Mount Carmel School/College of Nursing
Member of Dublin's Architectural Review Board, Past Executive Director Clintonville Chamber of Commerce, Over the last 30 years my background in nursing motivated an involvement in civic service, small business and volunteerism.
Married to my husband Tom, for 44 years. We have 3 children and I am the proud grandmother and step-grandmother of 10!
New projects in the Historic District are meeting resistance because the “vision” for the Bridge Street District and the Historic District are at cross purposes. The public is interested in maintaining the neighborhood intimacy and authentic character - the city believes millennials want modern urban living. There needs to be a "vision" consensus that is public driven. It is time for Council to listen to the opinions of residents and small businesses about perceived impacts of existing and future development in the Historic District and be willing to re-evaluate and adjust. Millennials want what all citizens want - walkable, mixed use, safe neighborhoods that offer quality amenities, a variety of affordable housing options and authentic communities that have timeless appeal. Development that benefits all.
Dublin is aware of the difficulties the roundabout has experienced and has collected data on accidents and understands that design changes must be made. Multi lane roundabouts create complexity for the driver in navigating them. Dublin hired MTJ, a roundabout engineering firm, to study and recommend changes. The technical memo on their recommendations can be found at: Roundabout In‐Service Review – SR 161 / Riverside Dr. Roundabout – Memo – April 6, 2017 There has been so much discussion in the neighborhood about the roundabout, citizens may enjoy reading the study. Dublin is in the process of modifying lane assignments, revising pavement markings and signage to simplifly decisions and provide clear and concise information on the correct way to drive the roundabout. The result will, hopefully, be an easier approach and improved driver experience with far less accidents.
The only steps one can take is to work in good faith with neighboring communities to try to find solutions that benefit each municipalities' interests and benefits the community they represent. The conversation in reaching an aligned vision should always center on what is best for the citizens and a commitment to working for the common goal of respect and cooperation. The objective should be to provide the best services and quality of life possible for the citizens that Dublin and Jerome township serve. And that service should be fiscally responsible, in the citizens best interests and with mutual respect in negotiating the diverse perspectives that exist.
I believe that a strong community is built on a trusted bond between its leaders and citizens. Government leaders make a covenant with their citizens to care for their safety, provide financial stewardship of their tax dollars and advocate for their constituents. People are the heart and soul of a community and government benefits greatly by the civic engagement and participation of its citizens. It is that collaboration by government that instills trust and strengthens the bond with the citizens that ultimately creates a strong community.
BS Architecture, The Ohio State University 1984
Building Construction Appeals Board 1993-1995
Board of Zoning Appeals from 2008 - 2009; 2009 - 2012, vice chair & chair
Planning & Zoning Commission
2016 - 2020, vice chair & chair
Married 33 years to Thomas McCash. former Dublin City Council member & Mayor, twin daughters and two grandsons.
When I first moved to Dublin the question was “How can we revitalize Historic Dublin”. Today Historic Dublin is a vibrant area of our community. We need to recognize that this is where Dublin started, it’s our foundation. This is an area where residents and businesses are closely located and where revitalization efforts can have an adverse impact on our resident’s quality of life. The location and types of uses, intensity, traffic circulation and parking within the district should be addressed with input from residents living in the area who will be the most impacted. Bringing together residents and businesses to in a Historic Dublin Task Force to develop planning principles that address both commercial growth and resident concerns would be a goal I would work to implement. A collaborative approach will allow issues to be addressed in an effective manner and ensure solutions reflect differing viewpoints.
This convergence of two state routes and a US route has always been a challenge. The city’s own analysis shows signalized intersections have a lower crash rate than roundabouts, although severity of incidents is statically higher. I find the number of vehicle crashes at this intersection unacceptable and we need to find a solution that works before additional traffic is added through the new development in the area is fully occupied. The city has implemented revisions to the roundabout however the number of lanes, the amount of traffic and the amount of future traffic will likely continue to show that a simple “adjustment” is not the correct solution. Additional signage and lane modifications as well as addressing the human impatience that occurs at the intersection should be part of our next steps of trying to fix this area. Analysis of this intersection must be extended to examine traffic conflict with vehicular parking and safe pedestrian access along Riverside Dr.
Dublin has always tried to work with its neighbors in city, county and township governments. Many times the interests of each of these governmental bodies can be quite different making effective planning principals difficult. I would hope that we as a city can continue to reach out to the trustees, administration and residents of Jerome Township in an effort to provide effective planning guidelines in the area. We can look toward poorly planned areas of central Ohio and see how the lack of quality planning can create problems for residents of the area.
My husband and I moved to Dublin in 1991 and we both have been active in community service to the City of Dublin since. We not only live here we work in Dublin and raised our twin daughters here, graduating in 2004 from Dublin Coffman High School. We have seen Dublin grow from 15,000 people to nearly 50,000 today. Dublin has always been at the forefront of planning in Central Ohio however to maintain that leadership role we need to recognize that we are an aging city and that some of our once premier office parks are in need of a fresh start. A sound and diverse tax base are essential to providing quality city services, quality schools and amenities that make Dublin unique. As a member of Dublin City Council I will work hard to attract and retain business and to implement sound planning principals that reflect resident input in the planning process as a key stakeholder in our future.