After serving a total of two decades as Grove City mayor, Richard "Ike" Stage said the city will have a full agenda for his upcoming term.
Stage was elected Nov. 5 to his sixth nonconsecutive term as mayor.
The next four years will be filled with studies, projects and planning to help the city address issues related to growth and development, Stage said.
"We'll have a lot going on, including a lot of long-range planning," he said.
One of the top priorities for the short term is finalizing the Town Center Framework, Stage said.
"It will now include the new set-aside of the old library site (on Park Street) as park space," he said. "The framework will serve as a blueprint of guidelines to make sure we have good strategies in place for how we see future development occurring in the Town Center."
City officials have identified other areas around Grove City where they expect development to occur, Stage said.
That includes the area extending from the intersection of U.S. Route 62 and state Route 665 northward to Orders Road, he said.
"We'll be doing a corridor study for that area to look at how we see future development occurring there and how it may impact land owners and residents," Stage said.
Another area available for long-term development is the corridor south of 665 and on Hoover Road to the Zuber Road and Seeds Road area, he said.
"We want to make sure we have identified the infrastructure needs we have in that area in terms of roadways and access points," Stage said.
Another task for the next four years is continuing to develop the city's trail connectivity, especially to the Camp Chase Trail and up to Columbus via the Scioto Trail, he said.
The city will be preparing to host the 2020 Building Industry Association of Central Ohio Parade of Homes next summer in the Beulah Park development.
"We're excited about that and will also be focusing on having Beulah Park continuing as a successful project and implementing a plan to connect Beulah to the Town Center," Stage said.
Stage said his administration will continue to encourage engagement between the city and the YMCA of Central Ohio regarding the potential of a community center/senior center facility for Grove City.
"We see it as something that could be a partnership between the YMCA and the city," Stage said. "It would have a lot of benefits for our community."
More immediate projects including beginning engineering work to prepare for a project to improve Demorest Road from Grove City Road to Big Run South Road.
The engineering work will be included in the city's 2020 capital-improvements budget, Stage said.
"This will be a long-term project, but it's really needed because of safety issues on Demorest," he said.
Stage defeated council President Steve Robinette in the election. According to final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Stage received 4,148 votes (52%) to Robinette's 3,797 (48%).
In the race for the Ward 2 City Council seat, Randy L. Holt won with 805 votes (40%). Melissa J. Anderson received 747 votes (37%) and Jeffrey E. Buskirk received 471 votes (23%).
Holt will replace councilman Jeff Davis, who did not run for reelection.
Aaron C. Schlabach won the race for the at-large council seat with 3,762 votes (55%) while John Galasso received 3,044 (45%).
In the uncontested South-Western Board of Education race, incumbents Robert Ragland and Anthony Caldwell won election.
Grove City voters in various precincts also approved Sunday liquor-sale permits.
Voters approved Sunday wine, mixed-beverage and liquor sales for Local Cantina, 3937 Broadway, in precinct 1-A; the Time Zone Pub, 2360 Stringtown Road in precinct 2-F; and Three Brothers Diner, 3090 Southwest Blvd. in precinct 4-A.
Voters in precinct 4-B approved a Sunday-sales permit for wine and mixed beverages for Aldi, 4041 Gantz Road.