Cemetery Road at I-270 Trail Study

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.

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March 24, 2023

The State of the City is strong. That was the lasting message Tuesday from Hilliard’s 2023 State of the City presentation at Center Street Market in Downtown Hilliard.

A crowd of more than 150 people attended the event with the train theme of “All Aboard and Full Steam Ahead”, harkening back to Hilliard’s railroad roots.

City Manager Michelle Crandall covered highlights from the past year and shared details about Hilliard’s exciting future plans.

The presentation included updates on the new Recreation and Wellness Campus, the Hilliard By Design community plan, the Hilliard City Lab tech initiative, and much more.

Videos from the presentation can be viewed on the City’s Youtube page: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkXmbPhtCrMGOh1tEsGdmxCvXVB2RO0EM

Thank you to all who attended this year’s event to make it such a big success!

2023 State of the City: ‘All Aboard and Full Steam Ahead!’

March 3, 2023

The community is invited to join City Manager Michelle Crandall at Center Street Market on March 21 for the 2023 State of the City presentation, “All Aboard and Full Steam Ahead!” 

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The event starts with networking at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:15 p.m. by the State of the City presentation. The State of the City will cover highlights from the past year and look ahead to all the great progress happening in our community, from plans for the future recreation and wellness campus to economic development successes. 

The presentation also will include updates on the big ideas included in the Hilliard by Design community planning process, as well as details about the exciting Hilliard City Lab initiative – and why Hilliard was recently named one of the Top 21 Smart Communities in the world! 

And you’ll want to be sure to stick around after the presentation as Crooked Can Brewing taps their special new “Hilliard Roundabout Stout” – an Irish stout created just for this occasion! 

Wild Turkeys Will Be Relocated to Safe, Natural Location

February 26, 2023

One of the two remaining turkeys of the trio that have gained significant community attention during the past year is being kept in a safe location by state wildlife officials until the final bird can be safely caught and they can be released together.

After the other turkey is captured, both birds will be safely relocated to an appropriate natural environment outside of Hilliard. The relocation site does not allow hunting but will allow the birds to interact with other wild turkeys.

The City and wildlife officials had previously hoped the turkeys would naturally move to a different location. Unfortunately, humans have made it more attractive to stay in Hilliard by feeding them, approaching them for photos, and otherwise habituating them to close contact with people. For their own safety and for the safety of people, finding them a new home out of the suburbs is now the best outcome for everyone.

It is never recommended to feed or approach wild animals. Until the third turkey is captured, residents are reminded not to feed the bird and to avoid getting close to it for photos.

City staff and state wildlife officials made the joint decision to relocate the birds because of the dangers they have been facing due to traffic and human interaction, as well as the risk they pose to people. No state or City permit is required for state wildlife officials to relocate turkeys when necessary.

It is not uncommon for wild turkeys to be found in suburban communities such as Hilliard, so relocating them for their own safety is generally a last resort.

However, recent incidents made it obvious that relocation was the best thing for the turkeys’ safety – as well as for the safety of humans living, walking, and driving in the area where the birds have been living:

  • A significant part of the concern for these particular turkeys is that humans have been feeding them, which is unhealthy for the birds, increases their dependence on humans, and can lead to human-wildlife conflict. This habituation has encouraged the turkeys to remain in the area rather than move to a more natural place.
  • In January, a resident took one of the turkeys to the Ohio Wildlife Center after the bird was injured by what wildlife experts think may have been an animal bite. It is uncertain at this time if that bird will recover enough to be returned to the wild, but even with a full recovery it would be irresponsible to return that turkey to a suburban setting.
  • In a separate incident, social media photos showed two men catching the turkeys and trying to put them in their personal vehicle.
  • The turkeys frequently walk and fly into busy traffic, which could cause a significant accident that could injure humans.
  • Unconfirmed reports of an individual attacking the birds with a stick was made in January.

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