The City Manager’s Office provides the executive leadership for the City, and policy guidance to the Mayor and Council. The City Manager is responsible for the overall management of the City’s departments, the support services necessary to maintain them, and the presentation of the City’s budget.
The Office is comprised of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Executive Secretary, as well as the following divisions:
Connect – oversees the City’s communications, marketing and community engagement programs (see the Connect section under Services)
Human Resources – performs all personnel functions for the City (see Human Resources section)
Economic Development – provides a wide range of services to attract new businesses and to help existing business stay and grow in UA (see Economic Development section)
After all the time spent planning for Upper Arlington’s Centennial Celebration, it’s hard to believe the year has come to a close. So many favorite moments to remember: UA’s Birthday Celebration, the Fourth of July Legacy Project Unveiling, the 1918…
The Council/Manager form of government is a system of representative democracy that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager. In this form of government, citizens vote to elect a City Council and that Council then hires a professional City Manager to run the City’s day to day operations and implement any changes in policy that the Council passes. Elected officials and appointed managers must reach out to citizens via community surveys and interaction with residents across the community to ensure that all enacted policies represent the betterment of the community as a whole. Citizen involvement is often widespread in communities that have adopted this form of government through processes such as visioning and community-oriented local services.
- Functions as a parliamentary system whereby all power is concentrated within the elected Council with a principal elected official, usually the Mayor, assuming a symbolic, coordinating and activist leadership role.
- Members of City Council do not perform this function on a full time basis and typically receive little or no compensation for what is considered volunteer service to the community.
- The number of members on a City Council can range from six to 13 members, depending on the size of the community.
- Often, some or all members of City Council are elected to represent specific areas – known as wards or districts – within a community.
- The Mayor is still perceived as the most visible leader for a community under this form of government.
- The Mayor fulfills two vital functions: Consensus building among members of Council and their representatives, and in guiding the development and implementation of policies.
- The appointed professional manager functions like a business organization’s chief executive – administering the daily operations for the City under the guidance of City Council.
- The City Manager has a professional staff that, under his/her guidance, provides the services and implements the policies adopted by the elected Council.
- This appointee is responsible for preparing the community’s budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and provides complete and objective information to Council on issues as they arise.
- The City Manager is selected by the City Council based on his/her education, training and relevant managerial experience.
- City Managers serve at the pleasure of the City Council, must respond to citizens, and are dedicated to the highest ideals of honesty and integrity.
Early in the New Year, the City hosts its Annual State of the City Address, at which time the City Manager and members of City Council present an update to the community on the activities and accomplishments of the previous 12 months, while also sharing a look ahead to the coming year. The Community Fair features exhibits from City departments, civic groups and service organizations, showcasing their work and providing an opportunity for residents to network with community leaders. Last but not least, a series of Community Awards are presented in the categories of: Business, Community Enrichment, Safety, Senior and Youth.
Plans for the 2019 State of the City Address will be shared as 2018—our Centennial Year—draws to a close, so please check back. In the meantime, we share here some highlights from the 2018 Address:
- State of City PowerPoint - 2018 (PDF 5MB)
- State Of City Program - 2018 (PDF 194KB)
- State of the City Presentation - 2018 (PDF 245KB)
Details of past-year State of the City Addresses can be found through our Archives Portal – State of the City search.
Theodore J. Staton (Ted) joined the City of Upper Arlington, Ohio in October of 2011. He joined the City at an important time in its history. Economic challenges were center stage at the State and national level, with the trickle down effect becoming ever more apparent for local governments.
In Ted’s initial time with the City, the groundwork was laid to position Upper Arlington for a successful future. Significant work with both City Council and the Administration set forth a series of goals and implementation steps to address the City’s fiscal challenges, begin a detailed exploration of service priorities, and consider options for expanding its capital improvements program.
The organization streamlined operations, reduced its workforce primarily through attrition, and secured several shared services arrangements with other entities. A 10-year capital plan was developed to address a backlog of deferred maintenance and position the City to stay on pace with future needs. At Ted’s suggestion, a citizen-led task force was formed to study the City’s financial situation to check that all appropriate cost saving measures had been explored and to develop a set of recommendations for maintaining service levels into the future while also addressing the funding necessary for the City’s capital needs. A pivotal recommendation from this work was to seek voter approval of an increase in the income tax rate. In the lead up to a November 2014 ballot issue, Ted led an extensive community education and engagement process to share the needs driving this request of Upper Arlington residents. The issue was a success, with 64% of voters supporting a .5% increase in the income tax rate to fund capital improvements.
CURRENT PERMIT HOLDERS
|Permit Holder||Valid Until|
|UAHS Girls Lacrosse||January 21, 2019|
|Keller Williams Classic Properties, Cindy McCain||January 27, 2019|
|Upper Arlington Baseball Boosters Club||February 4, 2019|
|Buckeye BBC||March 1, 2019|
|The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society–Students of the Year Campaign||March 6, 2019|
|Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland||March 24, 2019|
|Last Updated||January 4, 2019|
- Is a Peddling/Solicitation Permit required?
- Any organization that is going door-to-door at private residences within the City of Upper Arlington in order to sell a good or service or solicit donations of any kind or size is required to obtain a Peddling/Solicitation Permit. Only one Permit is required per organization.
- Canvassers who are going door-to-door with the sole purpose of distributing information are not required to obtain a Peddling/Solicitation Permit. If an organization does not obtain a Permit they are not allowed to solicit for donations at any time.
- The permit does not provide permission to solicit where notice of No Solicitation or No Trespass has been provided by the property owner. This also applies to canvassing organizations not required to receive a permit.
- Application fee
- There is a $50.00 application fee for a Peddling/Solicitation Permit. This must only be paid once per organization.
- The application fee is waived for charitable, non-profit, or religious solicitation, with proof of non-profit status pursuant to Internal Revenue Code §501(C)(3).
- If you are completing the application online via Viewpoint Cloud, this fee must be submitted in person at the time of the background check.
- Background check fees
- Background checks are required for any organization selling goods or services or soliciting donations of any kind.
- Every individual who will be going door-to-door must complete a background check.
- There is a background check fee for each individual who needs a background check. This fee is not waived for charitable, non-profit, or religious organizations that are soliciting donations or money for membership. This fee will need to be paid in person at the time of the background check. Amount of fee is dependent on residency.
- Documentation required
- Proof of non-profit status for fee waiver, if applicable.
- Copy of current, valid driver’s license and other current, valid, government-issued identification that includes your picture.
- Completed Application for Peddling/Solicitation Permit with accurate information and signature.
- Application procedures
- Submit an application online
- Attach proof of non-profit status, if applicable. $50 fee must be paid at time of application.
- All individuals who will be going door-to-door must come in person to complete a background check. Each will be required to pay a background check fee with the submission of a background check application.
- Application must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of business.
- Permit expires 60 days after date of issuance.
- Submit an application online
- Municipal Code Sections
No Solicitation Stickers
The City has made available free-of-charge two versions of a decal for use by residents. One states “No Solicitors/Peddlers” and is designed to dissuade individuals or entities wishing to sell a product or service. The second states “No Canvassers/Trespassers/Solicitors/Peddlers” and is designed to dissuade all such door-to-door activities. The decals can be obtained from the City Manager’s Office or the Police Division.
ACTIVITY - EVENT PERMIT
Activity/Event permits can be obtained in the City Manager’s Office. This permit is used for hosting a race/run on the streets of Upper Arlington. Contact the City Manager’s Office to confirm race date is available using the form below. Please apply at least 90 days prior to the event. There is a $100 application fee.
BLOCK PARTY PERMIT
A Block Party Application & Petition Form may be filed for any day of the year. It should be filed with the City at least one week prior to the date of the block party. A $50.00 non-refundable fee is required for the issuance of a Block Party Permit, to cover the costs of application processing and advance drop-off and pick-up of the necessary barricades. For all rules and regulations click here.
STREET SOLICITATION PERMIT
Street Solicitation permits can be obtained in the City Manager’s Office. C.O. 771 states that NOT LESS THAN 80 PERCENT OF THE FUNDS RAISED AS A RESULT OF THIS SOLICITATION WILL BE USED FOR THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE REPRESENTED. For more information, permit application and a listing of permitted intersections approved to solicit, please use the Contact Form below. No fee for this permit.
The City of Upper Arlington has five meeting spaces available for rental at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, subject to availability. Reservations may be made up to 18 months in advance, with additional policies and regulations outlined on our Facility Rental Page. Reservation fees are non-refundable (unless your reservation is cancelled by the City).
Contact the City Manager’s Office for availability using the form below.