New Income, Business and Superintendent Tax Rate Highlight Hilliard’s Best Stories From 2021

U.S. cities acclimated to a “new normal” in 2021, as restaurants, schools, businesses and residents began to live with the COVID-19 coronavirus which arrived in 2020.

In Hilliard, the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair has resumed, and two businesses in the area have been renamed and a new one has opened.

Meanwhile, the groundwork was laid for the construction of a community recreation and wellness center to replace the city’s decades-old facilities.

These are five of the best stories from the News from this week Hilliard in 2021:

If you build it they will comeHilliard voters approved in November a 0.5 percentage point increase in income tax to fund the construction of a community recreation and wellness center and other recreation programs and infrastructure and of parks.

Hilliard City Council had selected a site for the Hilliard Leisure and Wellness Campus in September. This will be on the south side of Scioto Darby Road and west of the future extension of Cosgray Road in West Hilliard, according to a concept plan.

Read more:Hilliard Voters’ Approval of Income Tax Increase Kicks Off Recreation Center Plan

With the new one at Old Hilliard – The Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair has resumed in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, a few new businesses have opened in Old Hilliard, including Hilliard Station Baking Co. at 4036 Main St. in March, Station Bar & Venue at 4030 Main St. in April, and Off Center Patio & Pub at 5286 Center St. in November.

The station was formerly known as Sports on Tap, Who firm after Franklin County public health inspections uncovered violations and the town of Hilliard, using Hilliard Police Division reports of disturbances at the bar, sought to challenge his license renewal alcohol.

Off Center is the former Benito’s Restaurant Bar & Grill.

Read more:Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair will return on September 4th

Read more:Hilliard Station Baking Co. opens in Old Hilliard

Read more:The co-owners of Station Bar & Venue are working to rehabilitate the image of Sports on Tap

Read more:Franklin County Public Health implements Sports On Tap re-inspection in Old Hilliard

Read more:Columbus couple buy Hilliard pub where they were engaged

Just say no? – Hilliard City Council in November rejected a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in a building that was once a Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar at 3799 Park Mill Run Drive.

Decision 4-3 put an end to a second attempt to develop a vacant parcel since 2014.

A proposal for a gun stand and store was rejected in 2016.

Read more:Hilliard City Council rejects plan for medical marijuana dispensary in Mill Run

Read more:Hilliard City Council to Have Final Say on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Application

Read more:Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Federal Lawsuit Against Hilliard Over 2016 Zoning Decision

Featured Superintendent – It wasn’t quite like Brett Favre dressed for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 after playing 16 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, but when John Marschhausen resigned his post as superintendent of Hilliard City Schools to accept the same job for neighboring Dublin City Schools, a neighborhood Hilliard is often compared to, people noted.

Marschhausen interviewed for the post of superintendent in Dublin and Hilliard in 2013, as both had vacancies at the same time, but Hilliard made the first offer, courting him from the suburbs of Cincinnati.

When Dublin Superintendent Todd Hoadley resigned, Marschhausen was hired and took over on May 1.

During this time, Hilliard has turned to the South-Western City School District to bring David Stewart, former principal of Bradley and Darby High Schools, into the fold as the new superintendent.

Read more:Hilliard Town Schools Lose Superintendent John Marschhausen to Dublin City Schools

Read more:Dublin School Board hires John Marschhausen of Hilliard as next full-time superintendent

Read more:Southwestern David Stewart chosen as Hilliard’s next superintendent

The district stretches in dollars – Hilliard School board members decided in October to wait until 2024 to apply for an operating tax.

Voters were last asked in 2016 when they approved a $ 4.5 million drawdown and a $ 50 million bond issue. At that time, district chiefs pledged to wait at least until 2020 before considering a renewal of the fee and decided not to do so during the pandemic.

Read more:Hilliard City Schools Leaders Plan To Wait Until 2024 For Next Operating Levy Request

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