Every so often, the city surveys its residents to gauge how we're doing in terms of the services we provide and to identify where improvements or adjustments might be needed to stay in tune with the desires of the community.

We are currently in the midst of the 2017 Community Survey.

Early in May, 1,500 randomly selected households were sent a letter from the city inviting them to participate and directing them to an online version of the survey. To accommodate households without easy access to the internet, a follow-up hard-copy version of the survey has just been mailed to homes that have not yet completed it online. We are asking that all households invited to participate in the 2017 Community Survey do so by the end of May.

The primary goals of the 2017 Community Survey are to obtain feedback on areas that include:

* The quality of life in Upper Arlington.

* Satisfaction with existing city services.

* Opinions on implementation of the city's capital improvement program.

* Opinions on recent economic development activity.

* Perceptions of the challenges that currently face UA.

* Identifying or reaffirming important goals for the city.

As we move into the summer and the returning data are analyzed, the emerging opinions and themes will be used in a variety of ways, aiding City Council as it sets direction for the city and as it revisits our 2018 budget. In addition, our city departments will use the data to determine satisfaction with existing programming and services, possibly obtaining new ideas or suggestions for improvement.

Survey consultant, Illuminology, is undertaking the community attitude survey on the city's behalf, so that the survey content and resulting data provide an accurate snapshot of community sentiment on a number of issues. Since beginning the process, they have conducted a focus group to make sure the survey is clear and concise, while getting to the heart of resident opinion on the issues before us.

If yours is among the households selected to participate in the 2017 Community Survey, I urge you to do your part by responding and making your opinions known. Please allow approximately 12 minutes to complete the survey.

For additional survey details, please contact Emma Speight, Community Affairs Director, at 614-583-5045 or via email: espeight@uaoh.net.

Westmont open house

As the proposed J. Liu project on Lane Avenue works its way through the public review process, our engineering division has reviewed a traffic impact study provided by the developer and has developed a series of possible public improvements for Westmont Boulevard.

An open house is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, at 3600 Tremont Road so residents can learn about and share their thoughts on the available options. Additional details can be found on this at uaoh.net under the J. Liu project page.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager. His office provides this column to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.