The state of Reynoldsburg could be summed up in two words, Mayor Joe Begeny said: "Potential" and "opportunity."

In his first State of the City address Feb. 13 at City Hall, Begeny said revitalizing the Brice Road area, street and parks projects and improved communication with residents are among the priorities in 2020.

"We have the potential for a partnership with OhioHealth for an ambulatory center" at the former Kroger location on East Main Street and are "working on the redevelopment of the Brice Road corridor," Begeny said. "These are important parts of our city, and they deserve our attention."

The city attorney's office also is looking at ways to help beef up code enforcement.

"We are going to be focusing on code enforcement and putting teeth into our policy," Begeny said, "so that when we see commercial areas that are run down, we can actually go in and clean them up the way they need to be. We are going to hold them accountable."

Begeny also said the city is exploring partnering with faith-based organizations on ways to help residents age in place and tackle home-improvement and maintenance needs.

Other projects scheduled in 2020 are playground upgrades at John F. Kennedy Park, 7232 E. Main St., and plans to bring a third K-9 officer to the police department, Begeny said.

The city is redesigning its website and developing ways to increase communication with residents, including "open office hours" at City Hall, where residents can meet with the mayor.

"Anybody who wants to come in and talk -- be it staff members or community members," Begeny said.

The Tomato Festival will return Aug. 6-8 and again promises to book "national recording acts."

"We're going to try to take what we did in 2019 and double it in 2020," he said.

Begeny had one tease for next year: The Ohio Department of Transportation told the city it will repave the portion of Main Street running through Reynoldsburg in 2021.

"For everybody who always complains about Main Street, the light is at the end of the tunnel," he said.

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