After six years on Upper Arlington City Council, John C. Adams is planning to step aside.

Adams, 65, won't seek re-election in November when four seats on City Council will be up for votes.

"Four more years is probably too long," he said.

Adams is a public finance banker who assists municipalities and school districts with financing for building constructions and other capital projects.

He was appointed to council in December 2011, reappointed in January 2013 and elected to a four-year term that November. Had he sought, won and served out another term, it would have added up to a decade on council.

"I started looking at what we've accomplished," Adams said. "I've been on for six years.

"Six years might not be quite enough, but 10 years is too long."

Adams said he'll continue to teach a master's in business administration program at Capital University and seek community-based volunteer opportunities in Upper Arlington and central Ohio, but he has no future political aspirations.

He said he sought election because of a commitment to his community, and he's satisfied he was part of a council that in 2014 oversaw a push to secure $3.5 million in new, annual revenue for infrastructure improvements through a quarter-percent income tax increase.

He's also proud of economic development strides made during his tenure that have helped revitalize areas such as Lane Avenue and bolstered the city's payroll tax collections, in addition to providing local access to medical services through the additions of an Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center facility at Kingsdale Center and an OhioHealth medical office on Tremont Road.

"We're stronger than we used to be," Adams said. "We're not talking about the building of new buildings, but we're talking about streets and sewers, upgrading parks.

"That's really big for a city like Upper Arlington. We've also done a good job, in my opinion, over the last six years of promoting the right kinds of economic development."

Adams acknowledged bumps in the road, particularly with regard to the city's community relations with segments of the population in recent years.

He was among four council members, along with David DeCapua, Kip Greenhill and Debbie Johnson, who last August beat back the first recall election in the city's history after a citizens group called Save Northam Park -- later UA for Accountability -- opposed plans to redevelop Northam Park and accused the officials of dismissing residents' concerns and being fiscally irresponsible.

That effort was defeated by approximately 60 percent of voters who favored keeping the four in office.

Adams said city administrators and council should have had a longer discussion with the public about how to upgrade Northam Park before approving any plans.

He also pointed to council's initial support of a proposal to build private, professional offices on undeveloped land at the city's Municipal Services Center as a misstep.

Council ultimately backed off the plan in summer 2014 after an opposition group collected enough signatures to try to reverse council's decision via a referendum vote.

Adams said he originally supported the project at the MSC's The Point because the city was set to ask for an income tax increase, and he was considering if city officials had "done everything possible to drive the tax base."

"We clearly made some mistakes -- some real, some perceived," he said. "People need to remember city council is a volunteer body.

"By and large, it's people doing the best they can. If anything gets to the city council level, there are pros and cons to it and there is no perfect decision."

Council President Debbie Johnson, herself in her eighth and final year on council, said Adams' expertise will be missed and commended his leadership.

"While I am deeply disappointed that John will not seek another term on Upper Arlington Council, I respect his decision," Johnson said. "During his six years of public service, the city has accomplished so much in terms of fiscal stability and infrastructure improvements.

"John is a very effective leader and member of council. He is thoughtful and always prepared with an eye toward fiscal responsibility. I think I speak for all the other council members when I say that his vast public finance expertise has been an asset. It has been a pleasure to serve with him."

Adams said he plans to spend more time with his family, including his wife, Blair, whom he said he "can't thank enough" for her support the past six years.

He also looks forward to spending time with his three sons, Sam, Charlie and Ben, their wives and his two granddaughters, 16-month-old Caroline and 4-month-old Eleanor.

"It's been a pleasure serving the public, and I look forward to the next six months," he said.

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