Like the rest of the country, Dublin dealt with a recession in 2010, but the year wasn't dominated by financial woes.

Like the rest of the country, Dublin dealt with a recession in 2010, but the year wasn't dominated by financial woes.

From celebrating its bicentennial to planning for the city's central corridor, 2010 was a busy year for the city.

The following are the top 10 stories of the year in Dublin in no particular order:

•The study on development and redevelopment for the Bridge Street corridor that runs along state Route 161, from Sawmill Road to the U.S. Route 33 and Interstate 270 interchange, began in 2009 and wrapped up this year.

When the recommendations were presented in June, seven districts were laid out to encourage walkable, mixed-use development that includes housing, office and retail businesses. City officials say they hope the guide for development would be market driven and take 20 to 30 years to realize.

Dublin City Council members accepted an implementation strategy in October that includes framework, changes to city code, analysis on infrastructure costs and models on transportation and utilities. Those studies are expected to be completed in 2011.

• Changes in leadership came to Dublin mid-year. Police Chief Michael Epperson accepted a position as city manager for New Bern, N.C., in late July after 22 years with the city. City manager Terry Foegler appointed Lt. Heinz von Eckartsberg to serve in Epperson's place as interim chief. The longtime Dublin officer was hired by the city in 1983.

Shortly after Epperson's announcement, Foegler took a job with the Ohio State University as vice president of physical planning and real estate. He started the job Sept. 13 after 18 months with Dublin.

Finance director Marsha Grigsby was appointed interim city manager for the third time. In December, council members named the 21-year Dublin employee as the permanent city manager.

• A school-reform task force that began meeting in June 2009 surveyed students and parents on school-day start times in the spring and early fall. After research was completed, the committee recommended pushing the start time back for high school students.

Research lead the group to the conclusion that pushing back the school-day start time by at least 45 minutes would mean more sleep for high school students, thus leading to improvements in academics, in addition to other benefits.

The November recommendation did not come with a particular start time for the high schools, but Superintendent David Axner said the district would look into financial feasibility of the change. If any adjustments are made, the district the 2011-12 school year likely would be the first year, and the district would make an announcement this spring

• Dublin celebrated its 200th anniversary with several celebrations and events led by community groups.

The celebration began in February with the Dublin Foundation's Emerald Celebration and continued with the resurrection of the Dublin Cornet Band, a Leatherlips play, a Living History Day, bicentennial-theme parades and digitalization of old Dublin photos. The celebration also included Heritage Day in October, organized by the Dublin Historical Society, which brought bucket brigades, old crafts and games for residents.

Art was involved in the bicentennial, as well; several works of art were created in honor of the milestone, and the Dublin Arts Council is funding a public-artwork installation that drew criticism from residents near the Karrer barn property, where the art is to be installed. The Rhode Island-based artists chosen to craft the public artwork took comments from the community on his steel pole model of George M. Karrer's blacksmith shop that stood on the property decades ago. The art is expected to be constructed over the next few months and installed in the spring.

• The Dublin Board of Education in November delayed indefinitely what would be the district's 13th elementary school planned for the Jerome Village development in the northwest corner of the city.

The district had planned for the school to be ready by fall 2013, but the 2,200-unit development has been delayed because of the economy and required infrastructure improvements. Other growth in the northwest quadrant of the district has not occurred as expected. According to information from the district, 2,720 homes were planned in the northwest quadrant of the district in 2006 but only 711 have been built.

The district will put aside $14.5-million from the 2008 $50-million bond issue for the construction of the school when it is needed.

• Voters approved an 8.25-mill operating levy for the Washington Township Fire Department in November.

The fire department had asked for a 7.25-mill replacement levy with a 1-mill increase to fund operating expenses and the replacement of equipment, including 50 self-contained breathing apparatuses and 103 sets of firefighter turnout gear.

Fire chief Al Woo said the levy would allow the fire department to keep services at the current level.

The additional 1-mill was the first increase the fire department has requested since 2000. The new fire levy will cost voters $252.66 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value.

• Dublin grew greener in 2010 as the city, school district and township took on new eco-friendly endeavors.

A new roof was installed on the Dublin Community Recreation Center in the fall and is expected to clean rainwater run-off and lower heating and cooling costs for the building.

Dublin City Council members also passed legislation to encourage rain barrels and approved the conversion of some city vehicles to compressed natural gas. A fuel center for compressed natural gas also was approved.

Jamie Adkins was named to the city's new green position of sustainable-programs director at the beginning of the year. The new position for Adkins, who previously worked in the city's planning department, focuses on educating the community about sustainability, stewardship and advocacy, incorporating sustainable principles into municipal operations and maintaining a program that adds sustainable principles into building standards and new development.

The Dublin school district also took on green efforts, receiving a $5.7-million in no-interest energy-conservation loan that is expected to allow the district to make such improvements as energy-efficient lights, new boilers and water heaters. The savings realized from the energy-efficient improvements is expected to defray the cost of the loan.

Washington Township received a $5,000 "Green Grant" from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio in June to purchase more recycled picnic tables.

• Despite the recession, Dublin saw some growth in 2010.

In September, the city purchased 21 acres of parkland, which will be added to the city's parks system.

Work also began on the final Emerald Parkway extension as the city met with property owners near the addition that will take the road from Riverside Drive to Hard Road. Road improvements that included the addition of two roundabouts at Industrial Parkway and state Route 161 and on Industrial Parkway were completed.

The school district also continued district improvements funded by the 2008 $50-million bond issue. Work also began this year on four classroom additions at Thomas, Wyandot and Wright elementary schools. The 12 additional classrooms will help the district respond to growth and the state-mandated addition of all-day kindergarten.

• A Dublin bicycle advisory task force that began meeting in fall 2009 took its first set of recommendations to Dublin City Council members in March.

The group looked at roads that eventually could serve bicyclists, a multi-use path system, bike parking, maps and other features for the recommendation. In July, the group took a funding plan to council, identifying a funding time line for paths and other projects.

Dublin also hosted its first cyclocross event in October, as part of the task force's goals. The event that challenges riders with a track of obstacles while racing for 30 to 60 minutes was held in Coffman Park as a Cap City Cross race.

• After a series of delays, Dublin saw the completion of the public portion of BriHi Square on Memorial Day weekend. Construction on the 22,000-square-foot mixed-used development began in May 2008. The development was a partnership between Dublin and the Stonehenge Co.

The first tenants announced were Mezzo Italian Kitchen and Mr. Sushi. The Woodhouse Day Spa was the first business to open at BriHi Square in late December.