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)
Many in our community will recall that Upper Arlington served as the proud host community for the 2016 U.S. Senior Open golf championship at the Scioto Country Club. We also took advantage of this historic event to recognize and celebrate…
The second phase of improvements at Devon Pool are almost complete, in time for the start of the 2019 outdoor swim season. This phase of work is comprised of a new pool house that includes showers, lockers, baby changing stations,…
A top priority of the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan is for the Parks & Recreation Department to explore options for improving the community’s access to quality field sports facilities. This is in response to long-standing challenges arising from the…
As various trends brought about by smartphone apps sweep across the nation, the impacts—both positive and negative—aren’t always apparent at the onset. In the case of private home and apartment short-term rentals—which are on the rise in the Central Ohio…
Automatic External Defibrillators—or AEDs—are becoming increasingly prevalent in our public spaces, and the reason is simple: when used quickly and in combination with CPR, they save lives! Thanks to a generous, $4,000 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus,…
At a retreat in February, City Council developed a strategic plan and organizational goals for the coming one-to-two years, with Resolution 5-2019 passed by Council in April to formalize the City’s priorities in the months ahead. As part of this…
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.
With our first 100 years successfully in the books, the City hosted a memorable State of the City Address in January to celebrate the milestone events of 2018 and look toward an exciting new century. On hand to help the City celebrate were members of the UA High School Vocal Music Group, who performed a sampling of songs from their February production of Mamma Mia (pictured above). As the evening ended, Tremont Elementary School Songwriting Club members, along with teacher Tino Benedetti, performed their Centennial Song, Serve. Lead. Succeed (pictured right).
A popular highlight of the City’s annual State of the City Address is the Community Awards Program. Each year, the City receives an impressive slate of nominations for the five categories, highlighting the many individuals, civic groups and businesses that are dedicated to making UA the best it can be. The following are the 2018 Community Award Winners. For full details of each award recipient, click here.
- Business – Colin’s Coffee
- Community Enrichment – Centennial Task Force – Steering Committee: Rich Simpson, Erik Yassenoff, Charlie Groezinger, Kip Greenhill, Michele Hoyle, Debbie McLaughlin, Emma Speight, Jared Nyhart
- Community Safety – School Resource Office Jon Rice
- Senior – Judy Dixon Jenks
- Youth Award – The “Take Off” Event – Claire Geistfeld, Maria Buffer, Katie Overmyer
Details of past-year State of the City Addresses can be found through our Archives Portal – State of the City search.
Dan Ralley is currently serving as Acting City Manager, while Upper Arlington City Council conducts its search for a new City Manager following the recent retirement of former Manager, Ted Staton.
Dan has been with Upper Arlington in the role of Assistant City Manager since July 2014. He has been responsible for leading a number of special initiatives, including the construction of a community fiber optic network in partnership with the Upper Arlington Schools and Upper Arlington Library. He also successfully led updates to the City’s solid waste program, which were implemented in 2018, and oversaw the consolidation of 911 dispatching services with the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (NRECC) operated by the City of Dublin.
Prior to joining Upper Arlington, Dan served as City Manager for Petoskey, Michigan from 2009 to 2014, and as Village Administrator for the Village of Cardington, Ohio from 2004 to 2009. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago, as well as Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Syracuse University.
As City Manager for Petoskey, Ralley oversaw a number of innovative infrastructure projects, including a riverfront park development featuring a whitewater rapids course, a linear greenway on an acquired rail corridor, construction of a new public safety station, and numerous roadway redesigns and enhancements. He sought out public and private collaborations, including an agreement with Consumers Energy that resulted in more than $3 million of outside funding for public water improvements, and the sale of land to a local hospital that resulted in funding for the construction of a baseball stadium used by both the school district and City. He also worked to address declining city revenues during the economic downturn, overseeing the implementation of incremental budgetary cuts, and negotiating collective bargaining concessions in response to these challenges.
CURRENT PERMIT HOLDERS
|Permit Holder||Valid Until||Type / Description|
|UA Girls Soccer Association||June 30, 2019||Selling discount cards.|
|Creative Bath Renovations, LLC||July 12, 2019|
|Last Updated||May 20, 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.