As I look back on the past few months, I wonder if summer ever actually started -- and yet here we are facing its end, with the kids cramming whatever fun they can into their last few days of vacation.

As I look back on the past few months, I wonder if summer ever actually started -- and yet here we are facing its end, with the kids cramming whatever fun they can into their last few days of vacation.

While UA readies for its transition to fall, here are some end-of-summer updates and reminders.

Fall conversations

With one last summertime City Manager Coffee left -- and please join me at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Henderson Road Starbucks -- our eyes are now focusing firmly on the November ballot. You are probably already aware that the city is requesting an increase from 2 percent to 2.5 percent in the municipal income tax so that we can catch up and remain current on the backlog of street, waterline, storm and sanitary sewer repairs our community so clearly needs.

There's a lot to share on this important issue, so beginning in September, I have set aside time on Friday mornings to meet one-on-one with residents at your request. Additionally, we are in the midst of scheduling numerous neighborhood and community meetings dedicated to the income tax ballot issue.

I invite you to be part of this community conversation by either joining me on a Friday or by hosting a meeting for your friends and neighbors. Please call Suzanne Beach in my office, at 614-583-5042. I look forward to meeting with you.

AEP Energy Savers

The clock is ticking for UA to meet its goal of 900 participants in the AEP Ohio Energy Savers Program. There's still time for you to take action to save energy, save money and help your community meet its goal.

One of the easiest ways to participate is to do an Online Energy Checkup, where you fill in information about your home, appliances and energy use, and in return, receive energy-saving tips and a free energy-efficiency kit in the mail.

Additional options include the Appliance Recycling Program for old refrigerators and freezers, and an Appliance Rebate Program if you upgrade various electric appliances such as washing machines, TVs, etc. to Energy Star-certified replacements.

For more information, visit the website and click on Upper Arlington.

Doggie Dips

Tremont Pool will be opening its doors to our canine companions next week, courtesy of our annual Doggie Dips. Bring Fido along for a splashing good time from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, through Friday, Aug. 22, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. The cost remains $5 per dog. Visit and look for the link on our homepage for more details and guidelines on guaranteeing a fun and safe time for all.

Leadership UA

If our city is going to continue to progress, it is vital that we work today to develop leaders who are prepared to handle the issues of tomorrow. Leadership UA is calling for referrals for applicants for its 2014-15 Adult Learning Class, which will run from late September to late April.

Leadership UA has established itself as a premier program for current and emerging leaders who want to take an active role in our community. Please consider referring your friends, neighbors, co-workers or others who you feel might truly take advantage of a unique opportunity to grow as a leader.

For more information on the class schedule or to find an application, visit Leadership UA's website at or contact them at

'Peak of the Pick'

Some of the best fresh fruits and veggies are coming into their own at this time of year, and the UA Farmers Market is readying to celebrate the "Peak of the Pick" at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, event. While you are stocking up on succulent sweet corn, sun-ripened tomatoes, juicy watermelons and much more, enjoy entertainment, kids' activities and tastings of various market offerings. The Farmers Market runs from 3-6 p.m. at the UA Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road, and is held rain or shine.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.