2017 Municipal Election
City Council is comprised of seven members.Three members are elected by the voters of the City at large and four members are elected by the voters of each of the four Council wards. The Tuesday, November 7, 2017 municipal election is for the four ward Council members.
2017 City Council Candidate Orientation – PowerPoint
Council Candidate Mandatory Campaign Finance Disclosure Reporting
Requests for Additional Information
- Clerk of Council Anne Clarke, 614.410.4436 or email@example.com
- Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall, 614.410.4403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Management Assistant Nick Plouck, 614.410.4456 or email@example.com
Campaign Finance, Open Meetings Law, City Charter, General Legal Inquiries
- Law Director Jennifer Readler, 614.559.7253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Signs, Land Use, Zoning, Code Compliance
- Planning Director Vince Papsidero, FAICP, 614.410.4682 or email@example.com
Candidate Questions and Information Requests
Note: This is the section where City Administration will post responses to inquiries from any candidate. This will enable all candidates to have access to the same information in a timely manner.
Informational Request: Council Candidate Jane Fox – Could you provide a list of civic and neighborhood associations with contact names and numbers to us?
Informational Request: Council Candidate Cathy Derosa – What are resident’s options/process for asking the City to put in some type of traffic smoothing? What is the process? What are the traffic calming options?
Informational Request: Council Candidate Cathy Derosa – Can you clarify who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance and repairs throughout Dublin?
Response: There is some history with regard to the topic of sidewalk maintenance responsibility and it was most recently discussed during this year’s City Council Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Work Session. We summarized some of the discussion and included it in the CIP document as follows:
In the spring of 2017, Staff performed an updated citywide sidewalk condition assessment. Dublin’s sidewalk network consists of 992,858 feet, or 188 miles, of sidewalk. The vast majority of the network is concrete, however, there is a small area of paver construction sidewalks in the Muirfield area, a small area of brick sidewalks in Historic Dublin, and several locations of experimental rubber sidewalks. The inspection was performed to determine types of repairs needed, the quantity of repairs as well as categorizing those repairs by the observed cause of the damage. The method of repair was divided into two categories: sidewalk shaving and sidewalk replacement. The causes were broken into three categories:
- Damage due to street tree roots (trees in the tree lawn area between the street and sidewalk),
- Damage due to City utilities (sunken, broken, or shifted panels due to a buried City utility line), and
- Other (raised, sunken, cracked, spalled, or otherwise damaged sidewalks due to owner-placed trees or no obvious reason).
This information was used to develop preliminary estimates for maintenance of sidewalk panels in need of repair. The estimated cost to repair all sidewalks in need of repair Citywide is between $2,500,000 and $3,000,000. The estimated cost to repair all sidewalks in need of repair due to street tree roots is between $1,400,000 and $1,700,000. The estimated cost to repair all sidewalks in need of repair due to City utility lines is between $150,000 and $200,000.
The annual allocation has been increased from previous years to allow for more repair (either through replacement or shaving) of the sidewalks that have been damaged due to street tree roots or City utility main lines.
There is $250,000 programmed for the Sidewalk Maintenance Program in each of the next 5 years. During the CIP Work Session discussion Dana also mentioned that staff believes there is a need to clarify responsibility for sidewalk maintenance in the code. Dublin Code section 97.21 provides, “[n]o owner or occupant of abutting lands shall fail to keep the sidewalks, curbs or gutters in repair and free from snow, ice or any nuisance.” Staff’s practice for many years has been to communicate this code requirement with property owners when they report deficient sidewalk to the City. This information was also included on the City’s website. Meanwhile, there has been some funding set aside each year in the CIP for the City to perform some repairs of sidewalks (Engineering staff viewed this program as a courtesy program). In preparation for this year’s CIP update process, we researched the history of the topic of sidewalk maintenance responsibility. From our review of City Council meeting minutes it appears Council’s intent in the early 2000s was for there to be a policy or code amendment for the City to assume responsibility for sidewalk maintenance. We would like to verify Council’s current intent and draft any policy or code amendment necessary to memorialize Council’s direction. I checked with Dana yesterday and we plan to raise this as a topic of discussion with City Council by the end of the year.
So, the answer to your question below is, according to City Code the adjacent property owner is responsible for sidewalk maintenance. However, the City has dedicated significant funding for a Sidewalk Maintenance Program and staff is planning to repair deficiencies either through panel replacement or shaving pursuant to the funding in the CIP. If you have specific addresses with deficiencies you would like for us to review please let me know. We would be happy to assess the sidewalk condition, identify the cause for the deficiency, determine the appropriate repair method, and incorporate the repairs in our 5-year work plan (if they aren’t already planned).
Informational Request: Council Candidate Cathy Derosa – Can you please provide some information regarding the S.R. 161 / Riverside Roundabout:
- Consultant studies that reviewed the current traffic flow and associated recommendations – my understanding is that there are at least two studies that have been conducted since the roundabout opened. Please provide all.
- What day did the roundabout open?
- Statistics on the number of accidents / incident reports – opening to today
- Actions planned or in motion
Response: List of recent traffic studies
- Technical memos from consulting firms – see below
- The roundabout opened August 13, 2016
- 182 crash reports from August 13, 2016 to September 26, 2017
- The planned modifications as described in the latest memo to City Council, July 2017 – see below
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Traffic Operations Follow Up – Memo – August 31, 2016
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Traffic Operations Update – Memo – January 5, 2017
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Traffic Comparison Follow-up – Memo – February 8, 2017
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Collision Diagram Follow-up – Memo – March 3, 2017
- Roundabout In‐Service Review – SR 161 / Riverside Dr. Roundabout – Memo – April 6, 2017
- SR 161 / Riverside Drive Safety Review Recommendations – Memo – July 19, 2017
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Roundabout Operations Review- Memo – July 27,2017
- SR 161/Riverside Drive Roundabout Operations Review Appendix – July, 2017
Informational Request: Council Candidate Cathy Derosa – A request to provide all traffic studies that have been conducted to analyze the traffic along Hyland-Croy Road over the past couple of years.
Response: List of recent traffic studies
- Tartan Ridge
- Oak Park
- Celtic Crossing
- Riviera – Part 1, Part 2
- Autumn Rose
- DRAFT Jacquemin & Gorden sites – This study is in the preliminary stages, and has not been accepted by the City
Informational Request: Council Candidate Cathy Derosa – What is the long term time-line for expiration of the City’s TIFs and their values?
Response: Attached PDF
Informational Request: Council Candidate Mark Koogler asked if there is any resource he could look at that shows the number of homes/residents on the east side of the river and west side of the river for Ward 1?
Response: City Staff was able to gather the following demographic information related to each ward, including the estimated number of homes and average household size.
- Dublin Demographic Summary Ward 1
- Dublin Demographic Summary Ward 2
- Dublin Demographic Summary Ward 3
- Dublin Demographic Summary Ward 4