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On Nov. 8, Hilliard voters will be asked to authorize the City to create a green-energy electric aggregation program. Learn more.

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Electric Aggregation 101: What Hilliard Residents Need to Know

September 21, 2022

Electric Aggregation (Issue 35) is on the ballot for Hilliard voters this November and is a program supporting sustainable energy that would offer residents and businesses that opt in, a bulk rate for electricity.

There are two main goals for this program.

  1. Promote the use and creation of electricity produced by sustainable sources, such as wind and solar.
  2. Secure the lowest-possible bulk rate by negotiating with sustainable energy providers.

Electric prices constantly fluctuate based on supply and demand, among other factors. But this program, if approved, would allow the City to act quickly on your behalf when the market is most favorable for sustainably-sourced electricity.

It’s important to know, it’s still your choice! Hilliard electric customers may always “opt out” of the program contract period and pay the market rate. Opting out will be as simple as completing an online form or returning a provided postcard informing us of your decision.

Even a “Yes” vote does not remove your choice. Everyone still keeps the same level of service, on the same power lines, and has the right to choose their provider.

The electric aggregation program just authorizes the City to negotiate a bulk rate for sustainably sourced electricity. You can then choose to “opt out” if you wish.

Voters in Columbus, Worthington, and Grove City have already made the commitment and authorized their municipal government to establish green-energy aggregation programs.

Now, it’s your choice to decide if this is the right step for the City of Hilliard. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and early voting begins Oct. 12. So get out and vote and make your voices heard this fall!

For complete information, visit our Electric Aggregation, Issue 35 page.

Bridging the Gap Over I-270 at Cemetery Road: Pedestrian Path Survey Results

September 7, 2022

We asked and you answered! Earlier this summer, the City of Hilliard asked for your thoughts about four possible designs for a bike and pedestrian path over I-270 at Cemetery Road.

The goal of such a path is to prioritize safety, recreation, and connectivity for people who travel on foot or via bicycles. This is part of the City’s long-range plan to improve the environment, promote alternate forms of transportation, support local business, and connect our community to Central Ohio’s multi-use path system.

More than 400 people provided feedback that ultimately informed our decision. The clear preference was for the City to build a crossing entirely on the south side of Cemetery Road, including a tunnel under eastbound Cemetery Road to the southbound I-270 entrance ramp. This path would loop up to the pedestrian bridge over the interstate.

This design would create a safe and user-friendly option for pedestrians, bicyclists, or anyone not traveling by vehicle to cross I-270 between Cemetery Road, Trueman Boulevard, and Mill Run on the east side of the interstate. Here’s why:

1. The multi-use path will be on a separate bridge on the south side of Cemetery Road. This means automobile traffic will not be affected by the new multi-use crossing. The new bridge also will not be affected by any future improvements to the existing interchange .

2. This option eliminates all free flow ramp crossings for path users. There will be only one ramp crossing at a signalized intersection.

3. It also results in fewer interactions between vehicles and path users.

4. Finally, there are fewer right-of-way impacts between Britton Parkway and I-270.

Now that you’ve helped us determine the best plan for Hilliard, the City will begin the process of securing outside funding from the federal government and other sources to pay for this needed improvement.

At this time, the City is in the process of applying for two grants – the MORPC Attributable Fund, and the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant.

About 80 percent of the funding for the I-270 trail project would come from these federal funds, with the remaining 20 percent funded by the City of Hilliard or other non-federal sources. The City should know more about the status of this funding in early 2023.

Hilliard School Resource Officers Get Ready for Back to School!

August 15, 2022

Hilliard school resource officers are getting ready to go back to school next Wednesday, August 17!

It takes some effort to get back in the school routines. Wishing students and staff at Hilliard City Schools a fantastic and safe 2022-2023 school year!

“Real People” Spotlight: Kristan Turner, Event Coordinator

July 19, 2022

For this month’s “Real People” spotlight, we’re featuring Kristan Turner, Event Coordinator for the City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department.

Planning events like “Freedom Fest” and “Fall Festival” is a year-round job and Kristan works behind-the-scenes to make everything run smoothly. She was also instrumental in starting new events like Celebration at the Station and the DORA at Hilliard’s Station Park.

Kristan is a lifelong Hilliard resident and has proudly served her hometown community since her teenage years. In fact, she’s never worked anywhere else! Thank you for all you do for Hilliard, Kristan!

Freedom Fest 2022 Recap

July 5, 2022

Relive the sights and sounds of Freedom Fest 2022!

A record crowd attended our Independence Day celebration at Municipal Park this year with a free concert by Dylan Scott, Alexandra Kay, and Lee Gantt.

Cemetery Road at I-270 Trail Study

July 3, 2022

The City of Hilliard is seeking public input on four alternative routes for a multiuse path that will connect the east and west sides of Cemetery Road at Interstate 270.

A Talk2Us webpage has been developed to provide information and gather public feedback on four proposed options that will address the pedestrian gap at Cemetery Road and I-270. Those who live, work, or travel in the City of Hilliard are encouraged to provide comments.

Public comments can also be made by filling out a comment card at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Feedback will be accepted from July 5 through Aug. 5.

According to Letty Schamp, Director of Transportation and Mobility for the City of Hilliard, this path will provide a safe connection for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users via a pedestrian bridge and – with one alternative – a tunnel.

Connecting Cemetery Road to Mill Run by trail will allow people who use alternative means of transportation to cross the corridor for jobs, shopping, recreational activities, and more.

The community’s participation is valuable in the City’s decision-making and prioritization of capital projects.

“We want the public to take all the alternatives and evaluation criteria into consideration to help us pick the best option,” Schamp said.

In addition to community input, the City will evaluate criteria such as directness of route, safety, traffic management, and environmental factors when making the final decision.

The four options include:

“All of these alternatives are safer than existing conditions,” Schamp said. “Each one fills a specific gap, and we have to decide which design best serves our community.”

The various alternatives are estimated to cost between $3.8 million and $6.2 million.

Take the survey here.

Hilliard City Lab

June 22, 2022

The future of tech is right here in Central Ohio and Hilliard City Lab is the perfect innovative playground.

If you’re looking to grow your startup or take your tech business to the next level, Hilliard is the place to make it happen!

Hilliard City Lab has three main components:

1) Infrastructure

2) Product and Business Development

3) Workforce Development

Learn more in the video and for additional information, click here.

Hilliard Torch Run for Special Olympics 2022

June 21, 2022

The best workout of the year is with the Bobcats! 🏃‍♀️

We were proud to run the Hilliard leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics through Downtown Hilliard alongside our friends at Hilliard Special Olympics.

Support our team for Special Olympics Ohio here:

Hilliard By Design

June 14, 2022

Get in the Game with Hilliard By Design!

The City wants your input on ideas that have been suggested for future growth and development as part of the City’s community planning process. Starting this week, the “Hilliard by Design” team will have a tent set up at six different events, where you can make your voices heard!

🔹 Celebration at the Station, Hilliard Station Park: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16

🔹 Historical Society Art Show, 4100 Columbia Street: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25

🔹 Freedom Fest, Municipal Park: 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2

🔹 Celebration at the Station, Hilliard Station Park: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, July 14

🔹 Adult Recess, Hilliard Station Park: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16

🔹 Get the Scoop, Hilliard Station Park: 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27

Learn more about Hilliard by Design and participate online at

Country Star Dylan Scott to Perform at Freedom Fest

June 3, 2022

The City of Hilliard is excited to announce the return of Freedom Fest on July 2 with live music by multi-platinum country singer Dylan Scott.

Scott has two No. 1 singles, “My Girl” and “Nobody,” as well as Top 5 hit “Hooked.” The Louisiana native was nominated for iHeart Radio Music Award’s “Best New Country Artist” in 2019 and has toured with Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, and Chris Young. He’s also known for his ode to his wife, “Nobody,” which earned him a 2021 CMT Music Award.

Opening for Scott at Freedom Fest will be Alexandra Kay and Lee Gantt.

Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, Gantt is a singer and songwriter from Columbus who blends old-style country lyrics and new-school country melodies.

Independent country music artist Alexandra Kay’s songs and collaborations have been viewed hundreds of millions of times across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Her growing fanbase has allowed her to become friends with country music legend Randy Travis and get invited on tour by Tim McGraw in 2022.

Freedom Fest will take place on Saturday, July 2, at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr. Attendees will enjoy live music from nationally known artists, a large kid zone, food trucks and one of the biggest fireworks shows in central Ohio.

Franklin County Agriculture Society’s Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4. The annual parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds with a new route. From the fairgrounds it will head south down Main Street, continue east on Cemetery Road, north on Norwich Street, then north on Columbia Street and end back at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. There will be street closures in the area of the parade and parking will be limited.

Freedom Fest event schedule

  • Pool hours – noon-4 p.m.
  • Food trucks – 3-11 p.m.
  • Kid Zone – 5-9 p.m.
  • Chalk art – 5- 9 p.m.
  • Stilt walkers – 6-9 p.m.
  • Shuttle service – 6-11 p.m.
  • Live music by Lee Gantt – 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • Live music by Alexandra Kay – 6:45-7:45 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • Live music by Dylan Scott – 8:20-9:30 p.m. (Main Stage)
  • National Anthem by Hilliard Davidson High School student Lisa Curtis – 9:45 p.m.
  • Fireworks – dusk

Watch the City of Hilliard’s website, social media, and weekly “Hilliard Happenings” digital newsletter in the coming weeks for more details, including an event map, rules and regulations, and more.

Thank you to the following Freedom Fest sponsors:

Credit Union of Ohio, Independents Fiber Network, Japanese Automotive Services and Autism Society of Ohio.

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Hilliard Sunflowers for Refugees

May 26, 2022

Our community planted “seeds of love” as part of a special event Sunday to help refugees from Ukraine and countries around the world.

Sunflowers are the City of Hilliard’s official flower and the national flower of Ukraine.

To raise support and awareness, the City is selling 1,000 sunflower packets at $5 per package, with all proceeds going to the non-profit agency US Together (

For more information on how to donate, visit:…

Remembering Hilliard Police Officer Sean Johnson

May 19, 2022

May 19, 2016 is a day we will never forget. Today marks six years since we lost Officer Sean Johnson.

It’s not how he died that made him a hero, but how he lived — providing service and protection to this community each day he put on a uniform and came to work.

We want to invite the community to pause to remember him and the sacrifices he and his family made.

The memorial at First Responders Park where his name is etched is open for public reflection. 💙 #637

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