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DEADLINE: Sunday, July 5, 2020
City Council has reopened the application process for residents interested in serving on the new Community Relations Committee, which is now expected to be formed by late summer of 2020. The Community Relations Committee will be comprised of seven members who are residents of the City, with the City Manager and Community Affairs Director serving as ex officio members. Members will be reflective of community diversity. Members will serve four-year terms, however three of the newly selected members will initially serve a two-year term so that terms are staggered in future years. While the meeting frequency will be set by the Committee, it is initially expected to meet monthly beginning at 4 pm, on a weekday to be determined (excluding Friday).

An area of focus brought to the City’s attention thanks to the work of Equal UA, is a strong desire to explore options for the advancement of the community as a place that is welcoming, cohesive and inclusive. To help us get there, in the spring and early summer, UA resident Floyd Akins led a community relations assessment effort designed to help uncover the issues requiring our attention AND to develop a roadmap that will enable us to build on our strengths and shore up areas of weakness, so that all in our community feel connected, supported and valued.

More than 400 community members were directly invited to participate in two workshops, and an open invitation was extended to the entire community via various City communications channels. An online survey was fielded in early May, generating 133 responses that were used to help spark discussions at the two public workshops, which were held May 18 and June 5. In total, 85 individuals participated in the workshops. At the September 16 Conference Session, Mr. Akins and representatives of Equal UA discussed his “Upper Arlington Community Cultural Workshop Summary Report” with Council.

Subsequently, Council passed a Resolution to form a temporary Community Relations Assessment Committee to further review the series of ideas and initiatives generated at the workshops, as well as the recommendation that Council should consider creating a community advisory board. Committee members are: City Council members Michele Hoyle, Jim Lynch and Sue Ralph, Equal UA representatives Nic Fortkamp, Marianne Mitchell and Michelle Montgomery, Schools representative Tricia Fellinger, Library representative Jenn Faure, City Manager Steve Schoeny, Police Chief Steve Farmer and Community Affairs Director Emma Speight.

Over a series of meetings in October and November, the Committee developed a recommended framework, mission and goals for a new public entity focused on reaffirming and expanding positive community relations in Upper Arlington. At the December 2 Council Conference Session, the Committee recommended to Council that it form a Community Relations Committee.

Under the proposed framework for the committee, Council will appoint seven members who reflect a mix of representation, such as age, gender, ethnicity and tenure as a resident. Numerous entities have also been identified that will be invited to participate as affiliated groups, such as Equal UA, The Stand Project, Leadership UA, Asian American Community Services, all schools in our community, the Library, faith-based organizations, Realtors, and civic groups. 

The Committee also developed a “UA” definition of community relations, a statement of purpose, mission and vision statements for the new committee, as well as a series of goals that fall under the categories of:

  • Welcome | Connect | Belong

  • Educate | Inform | Enlighten

  • Gather |Share | Celebrate

Council is expected to form the Community Relations Committee shortly after Spring Break.

Residents interested in participating in one of the upcoming meetings or in serving on the Community Relations Committee are asked to contact Emma Speight, at 614-583-5045 or


2020 Meeting Schedule

  • City Council Meeting – 7:30 pm, Monday, July 13. Council Action expected to establish the Community Relations Committee
  • Special Council Conference Session – 7:30 pm, Monday, June 29. Review of proposed legislation to form the Community Relations Committee
  • Community Meeting – March 4. Residents were invited to a community meeting for an update on the process, an overview of next steps and to discuss how residents and representatives of various civic and community groups can be involved in efforts to further advance Upper Arlington as a community that is welcoming and inclusive.
  • Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 25


2019 Meetings

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