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					IN 2007, THE CITY OF DUBLIN QUIETLY TURNED 20
YEARS OLD.


WE COULD HAVE MARKED THAT MILESONE WITH
FANFARE AND REMINISCED ABOUT OUR HERITAGE.
INSTEAD WE CHOSE TO DO WHAT DUBLIN DOES
BEST. WE LOOKED FORWARD.


IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO PRESENT THE STATE
OF THE CITY ADDRESS TO MEMBERS OF DUBLIN
CITY COUNCIL, TO OUR CORPORATE CITIZENS, TO
OUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND TO THE
RESIDENTS OF THIS COMMUNITY BECAUSE EACH
YEAR WE HAVE A LONG LIST OF NOTABLE
ACHIEVEMENTS.


WE HAVE CALLED THIS YEAR’S STATE OF THE CITY
“THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMMUNITY” BECAUSE
WE BELIEVE THOSE TWO IDEALS ARE AT THE HEART
OF WHAT MAKES DUBLIN GREAT.




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IT IS AN ART FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS TO
VISUALIZE A CITY THAT IS AN ENVIABLE PLACE IN
WHICH TO LIVE, WORK AND RAISE A FAMILY. IT IS
AN ART TO IMAGINE THE PERFECT BALANCE OF
QUALITIES THAT MAKE DUBLIN ATTRACTIVE FOR
BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE.


BUT IT IS A SCIENCE TO PERFORM THE EFFECTIVE
PLANNING, FORETHOUGHT, AND IMPLEMENTATION
INVOLVED IN TURNING THAT VISION INTO A
REALITY. IT IS A SCIENCE TO CONSTANTLY
MONITOR OUR PROGRESS AND TO GAUGE THE
SATISFACTION OF OUR RESIDENTS TO ENSURE WE
CONTINUE TO BUILD THE COMMUNITY PEOPLE
WANT TO CALL HOME.


THE KEYSTONE OF DUBLIN’S 2007
ACCOMPLISHMENTS WAS THE REVISION AND
ADOPTION OF THE UPDATED COMMUNITY PLAN.
THIS DOCUMENT IS THE BLUEPRINT — THE SCIENCE,
IF YOU WILL — FOR TURNING CITY COUNCIL’S
ARTISTIC VISION FOR DUBLIN’S GROWTH AND
DEVELOPMENT INTO A REALITY.


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THE COMMUNITY PLAN SETS THE STANDARDS BY
WHICH ALL FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND GROWTH
WILL BE JUDGED.


CITIZEN INPUT WAS KEY THROUGHOUT THE
COMMUNITY PLAN PROCESS. THERE WERE MORE
THAN TWENTY PUBLIC MEETINGS AND EIGHTEEN
JOINT WORK SESSIONS BETWEEN COUNCIL AND THE
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION.


THOUSANDS OF DECISIONS WERE MADE AND
THOUSANDS OF STAFF HOURS DEDICATED TO
TURNING AN ABSTRACT VISION INTO A CONCRETE
PLAN. NOW THAT THE PLAN IS FINISHED, DUBLIN
HAS A MAP TO GUIDE US INTO THE FUTURE WHILE
PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE.


THE SHEER NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE
APPLAUDED FOR THEIR WORK ON THE COMMUNITY
PLAN IS TREMENDOUS.




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THERE IS NO WAY TO THANK EVERY RESIDENT,
BUSINESS LEADER, CITY STAFF MEMBER AND
ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO WORKED ON THIS
PROJECT. BUT THEIR EFFORTS WILL BE THE
FOUNDATION FOR DUBLIN AS IT CONTINUES TO
PROGRESS.


IN ADDITION TO COMPLETING THE COMMUNITY
PLAN, THE CITY WAS BLESSED WITH TREMENDOUS
PROGESS ON OUR CORPORATE LANDSCAPE IN 2007.


IT IS A TESTAMENT TO DUBLIN’S ECONOMIC
CLIMATE THAT OHIO’S LARGEST COMPANY,
CARDINAL HEALTH, CHOSE TO EXPAND IN OUR CITY.
IN 2007, CARDINAL BROKE GROUND ON A 50-
MILLION-DOLLAR, 250,000-SQUARE-FOOT EXPANSION
OF ITS WORLD HEADQUARTERS. WHEN
CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE, THE COMPANY WILL
BRING AN ADDITIONAL 675 NEW JOBS TO OUR
COMMUNITY.




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OF COURSE, WE CAN’T DISCUSS MAJOR CHANGES IN
THE CITY WITHOUT RECOGNIZING THE
COMPLETION OF DUBLIN METHODIST HOSPITAL.


IT WAS NO COINCIDENCE THAT OHIO HEALTH
CHOSE DUBLIN AS THE HOME OF THE FIRST NEW
FULL-SERVICE HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL OHIO IN
MORE THAN 20 YEARS.


IT WAS A GEOGRAPHICALLY PRUDENT CHOICE, BUT
ALSO DEMOGRAPHICALLY IMPORTANT.


DUBLIN WAS IDENTIFIED AS A COMMUNITY THAT
COULD HELP THE HOSPITAL ATTRACT A FIRST-
CLASS MEDICAL TEAM, AND THEY KNEW CITY STAFF
WOULD GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
TO MAKE THEIR PLANS A REALITY.


THE 150-MILLION-DOLLAR HOSPITAL EPITOMIZES
BOTH SCIENCE AND ART.




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THE SCIENCE IS OBVIOUS. THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART
FACILITY CHANGED THE FACE OF CENTRAL OHIO’S
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BEFORE IT EVEN OPENED ITS
DOORS.


BUT THE FACILITY ITSELF IS A WORK OF ART. THE
ENTIRE BUILDING WAS DESIGNED WITH THE
PATIENT IN MIND.


THE HOSPITAL INCLUDES SUCH HOLISTIC
APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE AND
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AS ROOFTOP GARDENS,
MAXIMIZED USE OF NATURAL DAYLIGHT, AND
MINIMAL ANGLES.


PATIENT ROOMS ARE NOT MERELY UTILITARIAN.
THEY ARE MORE SPACIOUS AND LESS CLINICAL
THAN OTHER HOSPITALS, DESIGNED FOR THE
COMFORT OF PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.




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A ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ASSOCIATED WITH
THE HOSPITAL WILL BE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXIT
RAMP FROM U.S. 33.


THIS NEW RAMP WILL REDUCE TIME FOR PEOPLE
TRYING TO REACH THE HOSPITAL, WHICH WILL
SAVE LIVES. CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN ON THIS
EXIT RAMP IN 2008.


SECURING FUNDING FOR THIS RAMP WAS A
TREMENDOUS TEAM EFFORT.


WE WERE PLEASED TO HAVE DUBLIN CITY
OFFICIALS WORKING WITH OHIO HEALTH, STATE
SENATOR STEVE STIVERS, AND STATE
REPRESENTATIVES JIM HUGHES AND JON PETERSON
TO EARMARK ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN THE STATE
BUDGET FOR THIS PROJECT.


THE EXPANSION OF CARDINAL HEALTH AND THE
OPENING OF DUBLIN METHODIST HOSPITAL WERE
JUST TWO ACHIEVEMENTS TO CELEBRATE IN 2007.




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THE CITY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
RESULTED IN AGREEMENTS WITH SEVEN MAJOR
COMPANIES THAT WILL CREATE 1,400 JOBS AND
RETAIN 100 MORE.


WE BELIEVE THESE JOBS WILL GENERATE ONE-
POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN INCOME TAX
REVENUE EACH YEAR FOR DUBLIN, ADDING TO THE
VITALITY OF THE CITY’S FINANCIAL HEALTH.


OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS WAS NOT
LIMITED TO THE LOCAL STAGE. IN 2007, DUBLIN WAS
NAMED A SMART TWENTY ONE COMMUNITY.


THIS RECOGNITION FROM THE INTELLIGENT
COMMUNITY FORUM WAS A RESULT OF DUBLIN’S
EFFORTS TO PROMOTE A BROADBAND ECONOMY
THROUGH DEPLOYMENT OF FIBER AND WI-FI
SERVICE.


THE WI-FI NETWORK CURRENTLY OPERATES OVER
FOUR SQUARE MILES COVERING THE CITY’S
COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.


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THE CITY SUCCESSFULLY USED ITS PORTION OF THE
SYSTEM IN 2007 TO SUPPORT THE MEMORIAL
TOURNAMENT AND DUBLIN IRISH FESTIVAL.


AIRWIRZ, THE PRIVATE PORTION OF THE SYSTEM, IS
AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON A SUBSCRIBER BASIS
WITHIN THE COVERAGE AREA.


AS WE EXTEND OUR WI-FI AND FIBER SERVICE
NETWORK IN FUTURE YEARS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO
MEET THE DEMAND OF MORE BUSINESSES AND
RESIDENTS AND CONTINUE TO BE A CENTER FOR
COMMERCE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.


DUBLIN ALSO CONTINUED MAKING PROGRESS IN
2007 TOWARD DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL
OHIO INNOVATION CENTER AT US 33 AND POST
ROAD.




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THE COIC WILL BE A 1,500 ACRE TECHNOLOGY PARK
THAT WE BELIEVE WILL REVOLUTIONIZE BUSINESS
IN CENTRAL OHIO.


COMPANIES FOCUSED ON BIOSCIENCE,
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH ARE
ALREADY SHOWING INTEREST IN BECOMING KEY
PLAYERS IN THIS UNIQUE DEVELOPMENT.


OF COURSE, DUBLIN REMAINS TRUE TO ITS
HERITAGE IN THE FACE OF PROGRESS, AS THE
PROPOSAL FOR DEVELOPMENT AT BRIDGE AND
HIGH STREETS IN HISTORIC DUBLIN PROVES.


CITY COUNCIL, SEVERAL BOARDS AND
COMMISSIONS, CITY STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY
WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH THE STONEHENGE
COMPANY TO CREATE A PLAN FOR THIS HIGH-
PROFILE LOCATION THAT WILL ALLOW GROWTH IN
THE HISTORIC DISTRICT WHILE RETAINING THOSE
THINGS THAT MAKE THE AREA UNIQUE.




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THE CITY WORKED WITH THE HISTORIC DUBLIN
BUSINESS ASSOCIATION TO ATTRACT VISITORS TO
THE BUSINESSES IN HISTORIC DUBLIN THROUGH
DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT OF SLAINTE
THURSDAYS.


THESE EVENTS, HELD ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF
EACH MONTH, ARE DESIGNED TO BUILD
EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE HISTORIC DISTRICT AS A
SHOPPING AND DINING DESTINATION.


THE CITY RECEIVED THE DUBLIN CONVENTION AND
VISITORS BUREAU’S FIRST “IRISH IS AN ATTITUDE”
AWARD FOR SLAINTE THURSDAYS.


THE CITY ALSO TOOK AN IMPORTANT STEP IN
PRESERVING HISTORIC DUBLIN AS A RETAIL, DINING
AND BUSINESS HUB BY BUILDING A ONE-HUNDRED-
AND-TWO-SPACE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT.


THIS LOT INCREASES PARKING SPACE FOR VISITORS
AND EASES TRAFFIC IN THE DISTRICT BY REDUCING
THE NEED FOR ON-STREET PARKING.


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THIS PARKING LOT WAS JUST ONE PIECE OF THE
CITY’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN,
WHICH INCLUDES MORE THAN 160 MILLION IN
INVESTMENTS BETWEEN NOW AND 2012.
MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF THE CIP BUDGET FOR
2008 THROUGH 2012 WILL BE DEDICATED TO
TRANSPORTATION-RELATED PROJECTS.


THE LARGEST INVESTMENT WILL BE 58 MILLION
DOLLARS EARMARKED FOR ROADWAY
IMPROVEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COIC.
THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE WIDENING
U.S. 33 AND EXPANDING AND REBUILDING THE
INTERCHANGE OF 33 WITH POST ROAD.


PROJECTS SUCH AS THESE MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE
WITHOUT SUPPORT FROM OUR CONGRESSIONAL
DELEGATION, ESPECIALLY THE EFFORTS OF
CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI.




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IN MANY COMMUNITIES, IT WOULD NOT BE
POSSIBLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THESE BECAUSE FINANCING
WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE.


BUT DUBLIN’S DECISIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
PREDICATED ON SOLID BUSINESS PRACTICES THAT
HAVE RESULTED IN A VIGOROUS REVENUE STREAM
FOR THE CITY AND AN ENVIABLLY LOW TWELVE
PERCENT VACANCY RATE IN AVAILABLE
CORPORATE SPACE.


DUBLIN MANAGES TO GENERATE 90 PERCENT OF ITS
REVENUE FROM INCOME TAXES. IN 2007, THAT
REPRESENTED 67 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX
REVENUE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND CITY
SERVICES.


THAT WAS A FOUR-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT
INCREASE OVER 2006. MOST OF THAT MONEY COMES
FROM PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE CITY BUT LIVE IN
OTHER COMMUNITIES.




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DUBLIN’S FISCAL HEALTH ALSO IS REFLECTED IN 611
BUILDING PERMITS PROCESSED BY THE CITY IN 2007.


THE VALUE OF THIS CONSTRUCTION WILL BE AN
ESTIMATED 162 MILLION DOLLARS. OF THAT
AMOUNT, 61 MILLION DOLLARS WAS IN HOUSING
CONSTRUCTION AND 101 MILLION WAS
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.


OUR ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY
MANAGE, INVEST AND ACCOUNT FOR THESE
FINANCIAL RESOURCES HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED.


FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, DUBLIN WAS ONE
OF FEWER THAN FIVE PERCENT OF ALL
GOVERNMENTS IN OHIO TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE
STATE AUDITOR FOR HAVING A CLEAN AUDIT AND
FOR OUR COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL
REPORT.


THE CITY ALSO RECEIVED THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE
BOND RATINGS FROM FITCH RATINGS AND MOODY’S
INVESTORS SERVICES.


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THESE RATINGS ALLOW THE CITY TO BORROW
MONEY AT LOW INTEREST RATES FOR COMMUNITY
IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.


THE CITY’S FINANCE DEPARTMENT ALSO IS
WORKING TO MAKE TAX SEASON EASIER FOR MANY
RESIDENTS THROUGH ONLINE FILING. THIS SERVICE
WAS OFFERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2007.


MANY MORE PEOPLE WILL USE THIS SERVICE THIS
YEAR.


ALL THIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND
FINANCIAL PLANNING IS VERY MUCH THE PICTURE
OF THE SCIENCE OF DUBLIN.


BUT SCIENCE IS JUST HALF THE PICTURE.


THE OTHER HALF OF WHAT MAKES DUBLIN A GREAT
CITY IS WHAT I LIKE TO THINK OF AS THE ART OF
BUILDING A COMMUNITY.




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IN SOME WAYS, THE IDEA OF ART IS A LITERAL ONE.


THE CITY PROVIDED FINANCING TO THE DUBLIN
ARTS COUNCIL TO SUPPORT TWO NEW PUBLIC ARTS
PROJECTS IN 2007.


THE FIRST, TITRATION, INVOLVED INSTALLATION OF
FIVE SCULPTURES THROUGHOUT COFFMAN PARK.
TWO OF THOSE SCULPTURES HAVE BEEN
PURCHASED FOR PERMANENT DISPLAY IN THE CITY.


THE SECOND, RIVERBOXES, PART OF THE RIPPLE
EFFECT PROJECT, INVOLVED THE CREATION AND
INSTALLATION OF SMALL ARTWORKS NEAR THE
SCIOTO RIVER.


PART OF THE INTERACTIVE NATURE OF THESE
PROJECTS WAS SEEKING OUT AND FINDING THE
SCULPTURES. INSTALLING THESE SCULPTURES
REQUIRED THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE BY OUR
PARKS DEPARTMENT. THE PROGRAM RECEIVED AN
OHIO PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.


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THE CITY’S INVENTORY OF PUBLIC ART ALSO WAS
EXPANDED IN 2007 BY THE DONATIONS OF
“CARTWHEEL” BY R.C. OLMSTEAD, “DANCING
HARES” BY THE EDWARDS COMPANY AND
“BASEBALL PLAYER” BY TODD TIMLER AND THE
MIRACLE LEAGUE.


WE ALSO EXPANDED THE ART OF RESIDENT
OUTREACH IN 2007 WITH THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF
OUR GOVERNMENT ACCESS CABLE CHANNEL, DTV.


FEATURING COUNCIL MEETINGS, NEWS MAGAZINE
SHOWS AND PROGRAMMING FROM DUBLIN CITY
SCHOOLS, WE EXTENDED A PILOT PROGRAM FROM
2006 INTO AN EFFECTIVE AND ENTERTAINING
COMMUNICATIONS TOOL.


THE CITY’S ANNUAL LINE-UP OF SPECIAL EVENTS
ALSO ADDED TO THE ART OF COMMUNITY IN
DUBLIN.




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IN AUGUST WE CELEBRATED THE 20TH DUBLIN IRISH
FESTIVAL. THE EVENT ATTRACTED ITS LARGEST
CROWD EVER, NEARLY 93,000 GUESTS.


THE FESTIVAL ALSO SET ANOTHER BENCHMARK:
MORE THAN 10,000 FESTIVAL GUESTS, INCLUDING
HONORARY CHAIR DAN SULLIVAN OF THE
MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT, HELPED RECLAIM THE
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST IRISH JIG.


THE FESTIVAL WAS HONORED IN 2007 WITH THE
DUBLIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S SPOTLIGHT
DUBLIN AWARD FOR BRINGING POSITIVE NATIONAL
ATTENTION TO OUR COMMUNITY.


THE CITY’S OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS ALSO WERE
SUCCESSES.


THE SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND BLARNEY
BASH DREW MORE THAN 20,000 GUESTS. THE EVENT’S
GRAND LEPRECHAUN WAS FORMER COUNCIL
MEMBER A.C STRIP.




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AT THE 2007 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION,
14,000 PEOPLE ENJOYED MUSIC BY THE VILLAGE
PEOPLE AND KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND,
FOLLOWED BY OUR LARGEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY
EVER.


THE GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 2007 EVENT WAS
KITTY MUNGER OF WENDY’S, A FOUNDER OF THE
DUBLIN IRISH FESTIVAL.


TERRIFIC FALL WEATHER HELPED BOOST
ATTENDANCE AT THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN
SPOOKTACULAR. AN ESTIMATED 7,500 GUESTS
ENJOYED THE EVENT.


FUNDING THESE SPECIAL EVENTS IS JUST ONE WAY
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE ARTS AND
ENHANCES THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR
RESIDENTS.


ANOTHER WAY COUNCIL FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON
QUALITY OF LIFE WAS BY ENCOURAGING HEALTHY
LIFESTYLES.


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DURING ITS 2007 GOAL-SETTING PROCESS, CITY
COUNCIL FORMALLY IDENTIFIED A HEALTHY
COMMUNITY AS AN OFFICIAL GOAL.


COUNCIL FINANCIALLY BACKED THAT GOAL
THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE RENOVATION AT THE
DUBLIN COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER.


THE WORK INCLUDED AN AESTHETIC MAKEOVER
THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE BUILDING AND THE
CREATION OF A CAFE, THE TEH-KU TEA COMPANY.


WE ALSO UPGRADED THE VENTILLATION SYSTEM IN
THE LAP POOL AREA AND IMPROVED CUSTOMER
SERVICE WITH A NEW WELCOME DESK AND
INFORMATION CENTER.


THE CITY ALSO WORKED WITH A COMMUNITY
GROUP TO FUND AND CONSTRUCT THE MIRACLE
PLAYGROUND AT DARREE FIELDS.




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THIS FACILITY IS ENTIRELY ACCESSIBLE TO
CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL CHALLENGES AND
COMPLEMENTS THE ADJACENT MIRACLE LEAGUE
BASEBALL FIELD.


ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT FOCUS FOR THE CITY IS
SAFETY.


DUBLIN DIVISION OF POLICE CELEBRATED ITS 50TH
YEAR OF OPERATION IN 2007.


THEY ALSO EXTENDED THEIR PUBLIC SAFETY
EFFORTS, FORMING A NEW CROWD CONTROL UNIT
AND IMPROVING THE DIVISION’S WEB PRESENCE.


FOR THE FIRST TIME, RESIDENTS CAN NOW SEARCH
CRIME DATA, TRAFFIC COMPLAINTS AND
ACCIDENTS ONLINE.


WHILE DUBLIN REMAINS COMMITTED TO THE
SCIENCE OF POLICE WORK, WE ALSO BELIEVE IN
THE BEAUTY OF OUR SURROUNDINGS.




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THIS BEAUTY IS REFLECTED IN CITY COUNCIL’S
GOAL OF ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL
SUSTAINABILITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.


INDEED, DUBLIN TOOK THE PHRASE “IT’S GREENER
IN DUBLIN” TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL IN 2007.


DUBLIN JOINED TWELVE OTHER LOCAL
COMMUNITIES BY SIGNING THE CENTRAL OHIO
GREEN PACT.


THIS PACT INCLUDES TEN ENVIRONMENTALLY
FRIENDLY ACTIONS, INCLUDING USING
ALTERNATIVE FUELS FOR FLEET VEHICLES;
CHANGING ZONING AND BUILDING CODES TO
ENCOURAGE ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE
BUILDINGS; REDUCING WASTE; AND INCREASING
RECYCLING RATES.


OUR STAFF IS EXPLORING EACH OF THESE
ALTERNATIVES, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER ECO-
FRIENDLY STRATEGIES.




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THE CITY EXPANDED ITS CURBSIDE RECYCLING
EFFORTS BY DELIVERING SIXTY-FOUR GALLON
RECYCLING CONTAINERS TO 1,500 MORE HOMES.


THE CITY WILL CONTINUE DELIVERING THESE
LARGER BINS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS UNTIL
ALL RESIDENTS HAVE THEM.


THE LARGER BINS MAKE IT EASIER FOR RESIDENTS
TO RECYCLE AND HAVE BEEN A KEY TACTIC IN
DECREASING THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL DUBLIN
RESIDENTS SEND TO THE LANDFILL BY 43 PERCENT.


YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE IMPACT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS IN CITY VOLUNTEER
PROGRAMS SUCH AS OUR NEW PLANT SALVAGING
TEAM, THE BLUEBIRD BOX TEAM AND THE GREEN
TEAM.


EACH OF THESE GROUPS TACKLES SPECIFIC
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND PROJECTS, HELPING
MAKE IT GREENER IN THIS CITY.




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THESE TEAMS UNDERSCORE THE COMMUNITY
SPIRIT IN DUBLIN. INDEED, VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL
AGES AND WALKS OF LIFE DONATED THEIR TIME
AND EXPERTISE TO THE CITY IN 2007.


MORE THAN 2,500 VOLUNTEERS GAVE MORE THAN
30,000 HOURS TO DUBLIN LAST YEAR.


THESE EFFORTS RANGED FROM SUPPORTING OUR
CITY-SPONSORED SPECIAL EVENTS TO READING TO
CHILDREN IN THE REC CENTER.


THERE WAS SO MUCH PROGRESS IN 2007 WE COULD
SPEND ALL NIGHT REFLECTING ON EVERY ONE.


BUT, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, IN DUBLIN WE TEND
TO FOCUS ON WHAT WE DO BEST: LOOK FORWARD.


STARTING TOMORROW, THE CITY WILL BE
LAUNCHING “E-NEWS FROM DUBLIN,” AN EXCITING
NEW TOOL THAT WILL GET PERSONALIZED
COMMUNICATION INTO OUR RESIDENTS’ AND
CORPORATE NEIGHBORS’ HANDS QUICKLY.


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THIS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER WILL ALLOW
RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR THE KINDS OF NEWS
THEY ARE MOST INTERESTED IN RECEIVING.


IF THEIR INTEREST IS RECREATION PROGRAMS,
THEY WILL RECEIVE UPDATES ON THEM. IF THEIR
INTEREST IS ROAD CLOSURES OR COUNCIL ACTIONS,
THEY CAN SIGN UP FOR THAT INFORMATION, TOO.


WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT LAUNCHING THIS
INTERACTIVE NEWSLETTER, AND WE ARE
RESEARCHING OTHER COMMUNITY OUTREACH
TOOLS AVAILABLE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY.


IN 2008, WE EXPECT CONSTRUCTION TO START ON
THE US 33 INTERCHANGE AND THE HOSPITAL EXIT
RAMP.


WE WILL SEE PROGRESS ON THE CENTRAL OHIO
INNOVATION CENTER AND CONSTRUCTION AT
BRIDGE AND HIGH STREETS.




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COUNCIL HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO COMPLETE
THE FINAL PHASE OF EMERALD PARKWAY. THE
FIRST STEP TOWARD THAT COMPLETION WILL BE IN
2008, WHEN WE WILL DESIGN THE ROAD. THE NEXT
STEP WILL BE LAND ACQUISITION. WHEN
CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETED IN SEVERAL YEARS,
THIS FINAL LINK IN THE PARKWAY WILL OPEN THE
DOOR FOR MORE GROWTH AND IMPROVED TRAFFIC
FLOW.


WE LOOK FORWARD TO BECOMING EVEN MORE
ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE, FINDING ADDITIONAL
WAYS TO PRESERVE DUBLIN FOR OUR CHILDREN.


THE FUTURE CONTINUES TO LOOK BRIGHT IN THIS
CITY. BUT AS DUBLIN MOVES FORWARD, WE WILL
NOT DEPEND ON LUCK OR OUR PAST ACHIEVEMENTS
TO ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS.


INSTEAD, WE WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE ART
AND SCIENCE OF BUILDING COMMUNITY.




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WE WILL CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE OUR SCIENTIFIC
PROCESSES WHEN DEALING WITH PLANNING AND
DEVELOPMENT.


WE WILL NOT BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT, BUT WE
WILL USE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO GUIDE US AND
HELP US GAUGE OUR SUCCESS.


WE WILL PLACE OURSELVES AT THE VANGAURD OF
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE OUR PLACE
IN THE FUTURE.


WE ALSO WILL CONTINUE FOCUSING ON THE ART OF
COMMUNITY.


EACH OF OUR BRUSHSTROKES WILL BE CAREFULLY
CHOSEN TO COMPLEMENT THE OTHERS AND
PRODUCE THE BEST CITY POSSIBLE.


IS BUILDING A COMMUNITY AN ART? IS IT A
SCIENCE?


WE BELIEVE IT IS BOTH.


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WE BELIEVE DUBLIN EXEMPLIFIES THE ART AND
SCIENCE OF COMMUNITY.


AND MOST IMPORTANT, WE BELIEVE THAT THE
STATE OF THIS CITY IS VERY, VERY GOOD.




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