Upper Arlington officials will highlight the year that was, including the community's centennial celebration, and look at projects on the horizon for 2019 during next week's State of the City address.
The annual event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.
Before the address, beginning at 5 p.m., the city also will host its annual Community Fair, which this year will feature exhibits from eight city departments and 20 community organizations.
Upper Arlington community-affairs manager Jared Nyhart said the fair is a convenient way for residents and other UA stakeholders to learn about the work of city departments, as well as services and opportunities local organizations have to offer.
"In one room, you can learn how easy it is to submit permits for a house remodel, find out everything the Fire Division's CARES program has to offer residents of all ages or sign up to become a member of the Civic Association and become part of the organization that puts on the best Fourth of July celebration in central Ohio," he said. "Residents can meet with community leaders during the fair and learn about the ways they can become involved."
Nyhart said this year's State of the City address will include a look back at the 2018 centennial celebration, as well as work the city has planned for this year that's designed to "further services and position the city for a successful second century."
"This will include the work ahead implementing the Parks & Recreation master plan, continued reinvestment in the capital-improvement program, the pending formation of a follow-up Citizen Financial Review Task Force to study the city's progress meeting the goals and recommendations from the 2014 task force and identify new goals, if appropriate, development (and) economic-development progress in the community and more," he said.
"These are all topics that tie into the ongoing efforts of all in the community and at the city to preserve and enhance the Upper Arlington we all love in the years ahead."
In a recent city manager's blog, City Manager Ted Staton summed up the event by saying, "As we reflect on the last year during the upcoming State of the City address and the century that went before, our thoughts will pivot to what lies ahead and the strong foundation that positions us so well for the next 100 years."
Last week, Staton announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31. He currently is receiving treatment for esophageal cancer and is not expected to take part in the State of the City.
Those who will be part of the night's program include the seven members of Upper Arlington City Council and Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley.
"We have three videos to share -- centennial, community, key projects -- and we are pleased to have members of the UA High School Vocal Music Group joining us to perform some songs from their upcoming production of 'Mamma Mia' in February, as well as students from Tremont Elementary who will perform their centennial song," Nyhart said.
As always, the city will cap the night's program by handing out Community Awards to individuals and groups in recognition of achievements in business, community enrichment and community safety.
The awards also recognize achievements and services among local senior citizens and youths.
Over the past month, the city has solicited nominations for the awards, and a committee that includes Ralley and council President Kip Greenhill selects recipients.
"Every year, we receive an impressive slate of nominations for people and entities in this community that really make a difference for the betterment of others, and who inspire others to also give back to their community," Nyhart said. "We have presented these community awards every year since 2000, and this program has become a notable part of our annual address."
City Council will meet following the State of the City address.
The agenda for the meeting is expected to be posted on the city's website by Friday afternoon, Jan. 25.