As we embark on this new decade, I've been reflecting on the changes our community has experienced over the past 100 years.

Residents of this area must have marveled in 1918 at the opening of the Army Quartermaster Corps installation, now known as the Defense Supply Center Columbus, or 90 years ago when Columbus Municipal Hangar, now John Glenn Columbus International Airport, began operations. Over the years, from township to village to one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States in the 1950s, the one constant in Whitehall has been change.

With this new decade, the only thing I can promise is that changes will continue to shape our path.

Many of these changes will be of our own choosing, while others will be thrust upon us. It is my belief that, together, we will make the most of the changes to come.

This year, some of the changes you can plan to see include the construction of the first phase of the new dog park at the corner of Beechwood Road and Washburn Street, and access to Big Walnut Creek at Whitehall Community Park.

To continue our efforts to enhance public safety, we are increasing the number of police officers next year. In addition, we plan to increase the size of the police station.

For far too long, the current building has not met the needs of the dedicated men and women who keep our community safe. One of the most significant changes you will see along Yearling Road this year is an addition to the police station.

To improve infrastructure, the service department will oversee work on a number of city streets, including Erickson Avenue, Pierce Avenue, Elaine Road and Tornes Road. Overall, the city will invest nearly $1.5 million in this area.

But the biggest change you will see this year is at the corner of Broad Street and Hamilton Road.

The first phase of the Norton Crossing development should be complete by mid-summer and promises to energize this area of the city. In addition, development staff is hard at work on plans for the former Woodcliff Condominiums and golf-dome sites. We will have more exciting information to share later this year. 2020 is poised to be another year of exciting changes for our community. As did residents in the 1920s, 1950s and 1980s, we will embrace these changes.

Kim Maggard is mayor of Whitehall.