The future of Dublin is on the minds of newly elected and returning Dublin City Council members as they ready for their tenure.

Following the Nov. 7 election, Councilman Greg Peterson, who serves as Dublin mayor, will remain in office, as will Councilman John Reiner, who serves as vice mayor.

Newly elected councilwomen Cathy DeRosa and Jane Fox will join Peterson and Reiner and three-at-large councilman -- Christina Alutto, Chris Amorose Groomes and Michael Keenan -- on the seven-member City Council.

DeRosa, representing Ward 4, ousted longtime incumbent Tim Lecklider.

DeRosa said her next steps involve engaging with residents, council and city staff to focus on things that matter most for the community, such as the city's strong economy, green spaces, schools and resident involvement.

Fox, elected as Ward 2 representative, said she prioritizes understanding the needs of the public and engaging with the community to co-create the Dublin of the future.

Additionally, she listed improving senior services, preserving Dublin's authentic character and reviewing and re-evaluating the city's community plan as goals.

Returning as a representative of Ward 1, Peterson said Dublin needs to address border concerns, both with Jerome Township on the city's western edge, and Columbus at Sawmill Road.

Both of those areas require cooperation with other jurisdictions, he said.

Like Fox, Peterson also wants to make senior services a priority.

He said he wants to address an intra-city transportation system to support the city's walkable communities and its aging population.

"That could really allow you to remain in your home much longer," he said.

Reiner, who ran unopposed, said he is looking forward to seeing the library and the Bridge Street District get completed, along with the city's pedestrian bridge.

"It will be the hallmark of the city," he said.

Reiner said he's also looking forward to working more with Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks on the upgrades to Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

The upgrades will include an outdoor exercise course, a bike park, a dog park and an area to fly drones.

Other things Reiner is looking to work on include the redevelopment of the Frantz Road corridor, which he said dates to the 1980s, and looking for strategies to address crowding at the city's recreation center.

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