Dublin City Council - Ward 4

Dublin voters will choose among three candidates to fill one seat for Ward Four on Dublin City Council.Read more:Dublin council races contested in three wards
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    Cathy DeRosa Business Leader & Consultant

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    JD Kaplan Print, Web and Video Graphic Designer, Marketing Specialist & Project Manager

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    Tim Lecklider Attorney

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How should Dublin address commercial growth in the Historic District?

Do you believe the city has properly addressed traffic concerns at the Riverside and State Route 161 roundabout? If not, what would you differently?

What steps, if any, should be taken to ensure that Dublin and Jerome Township are more aligned on a vision for the Hyland-Croy area?

What else would you like to say to voters?

Age 56
Education MBA, Harvard Business School B.S. Accounting, University of Arizona
Experience Executive at Dublin-based OCLC, Executive at Symix System, Lecturer at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Planning and Zoning Commissioner. Dublin Schools Business Advisory Council, 2 terms.
Family Married to Michael DeRosa Two children, Spencer and Rachel
Religion Catholic
Campaign website http://derosa4dublin.com
Campaign email derosa4dublin@gmail.com
The Dublin Historic District is a truly special part of Dublin, uniting century-old structures with new buildings, and integrating commerce, community, and residential life.

The Historic District is home to dozens of businesses, shops, restaurants, and professional services organizations. While there is great diversity of commercial activity in the Historic District, the spirit, strength, and architectural character of the area remains uniquely Dublin. Residents, business owners, and city staff have worked together to create community plans and guidelines designed to support a vibrant economic base while also preserving Dublin’s heritage and character.

Commercial and residential development and redevelopment in the Historic District is needed today, just as it has been necessary in the past to keep the District vibrant, but any commercial growth or redevelopment must respect, augment, and enhance the character and heritage of the District.
City of Dublin officials report that there have been 182 crash reports on the Riverside/161 roundabout since the traffic circle opened in August 2016. This is roughly one accident every other day. There is no doubt that we must improve safety and traffic flow at this important intersection.

In a July memo to City Council, staff put forth recommendations including: modifying the northbound approach entry lane, revising pavement markings, and adding or modifying signs and directional arrows. Staff estimates the cost of these improvements at roughly $260,000. These modifications will likely bring some relief, but not enough.

Ask anyone who has driven the roundabout – it is just too complex. Many residents simply avoid the area. The volume of traffic through the roundabout will only increase as more Bridge Street housing comes online.

The roundabout must be significantly simplified, or Council should seriously consider alternatives traffic management solutions.
The geography along US 33/State Route 161/ Hyland-Croy is one of the more active development areas in Central Ohio. Many large development projects are at the exploration or design phase. Long-range community planning has proven to be challenging because of the many communities and jurisdictions that serve or border this region. Over the past decade, officials and residents from Dublin and Jerome Township have come together on many occasions to work collaboratively to develop areas studies and plans, but the work has often faltered in the execution phase.

We live in a complex world; a world that will increasingly require communities to build partnerships and collaborations across a wide range of dynamics, boundaries, priorities, and conflicts. Leaders and elected officials have the responsibility to do more with others for the benefit of their residents. Building trust through improved communication and open dialogue around shared needs and mutual benefit is a good next step.
This is a very important time in Dublin’s evolution. Soon Dublin will be home to 50,000 residents – a 50% population increase since 2000. Growth creates opportunities and challenges. The questions above illustrate a few of these challenges – how do we respect our history and neighborhoods while also fostering economic development? How will we manage our growing traffic networks? How can we come together with our neighboring communities to focus on our shared needs to create the best possible future for all residents?

These challenges will take energy and hard work from your elected officials. And these challenges will require a new mix of skill sets, and new perspectives on Dublin City Council. I am running for City Council to partner with fellow residents, business, community, school and area leaders to explore new ideas, bring fresh perspectives, and take action to ensure that Dublin is simply the very best place to live, work, learn, and enjoy retirement.

Age 62
Education JD Kaplan has a degree from DeVry Institute of Columbus and attended The Ohio State University and Ohio University
Experience Print, Web & Video Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist of his own company, After Dark Graphics for over 35 years. Volunteer: Alzheimer’s Assoc., Dublin Irish Festival & Past Board of Dir. for Brain Injury Assoc. of Ohio
Family Married to Angel with 2 adorable rescue puppies, Valentino & Vanessa
Campaign email KaplanForDublin@gmail.com
Commercial growth in all areas of Dublin needs to be addressed with balance and forethought. Vital growth and development can bring many positive aspects to the people of Dublin; however, this has to be balanced with protecting green spaces, planning for increased traffic, and not diverting funds away from schools and township levies in such a way that causes financial problems (this diversion is known as a TIF). The current TIFs that are in place are creating a shortfall in funding for our Washington Township emergency services, and they will soon need additional levy money from homeowners to provide services. In this case, commercial growth will lead to an increase in taxes and levy dollars for Dublin homeowners. The city is taking money away from the Township emergency services, and the homeowners will have to pay more in a levy because of this. This is unacceptable, and we need new leadership on City Council to protect our pocketbooks. More Info: www.KaplanForDublin.com
Anyone who has driven through the Riverside/161 roundabout can tell you that it does not address traffic concerns. It can be a confusing and harrowing experience. It is not surprising that we have had so many accidents since the roundabout opened. Many people easily saw the design flaws when the roundabout was revealed in the Columbus Dispatch. You did not need to be an engineer to predict the problems to come, but at that point it was too late. There is a disconnection between City Hall and the people of Dublin. I will do more to engage with my constituents so that their voices will be heard before it is too late. I don’t believe that the changes proposed to the north-bound lanes will fully address the roundabout problem and I am ready to take this on as a top priority. After 16 years, it is time for new leadership, new energy and new ideas in Ward 4 of Dublin City Council. Visit www.KaplanForDublin.com to learn about my 7 promises for the people in Ward 4.
First of all we must HAVE a working relationship with the leaders in Jerome Township. By talking with the leaders in Jerome Township, the developers that have purchased land along Hyland-Croy, and residents in the area, I have come to understand the issues on the table. The first one is that our current Ward 4 Councilman no longer has any relationship with them. That is a significant problem because the Dublin portion of the Hyland-Croy area borders Ward 4. We are linked as neighbors with Jerome Township and we must work together as neighbors. Dublin needs a councilman that will heal the divide and get back to work with our neighbors. I have already begun developing relationships with the Jerome Township leadership and property owners. I have assured them that when elected, I will continue to bring the good-will, respect and integrity to the table. They assured me that they will do the same so that we can come to an aligned vision for Hyland-Croy, just as neighbors should.
After 16 years, it is time for new leadership in Dublin City Council Ward 4. Problems are mounting and there is no time to spare. I will bring fresh energy, dedication and ideas to the table to address these problems, take a balanced approach to commercial and housing development, and I will forge new relationships with our neighboring communities. I live in Dublin, work in Dublin, and volunteer in Dublin. As councilman, I will advocate for the people of Dublin Ward 4. People deserve to be informed about what is happening in their city and to be included in the decisions, but they are not getting that. To help with this, I will create an advisory board made up of residents that will meet with me monthly and discuss the issues for their areas. Further, I have created my 7 Promises to the people of Ward 4 that can be viewed at www.kaplanfordublin.com
Age 60
Education BA, JD
Experience Dublin Council member, 16 years; Mayor, 4 years; Vice Mayor, 4 years; Dublin Planning & Zoning Commissioner, 5 years; attorney, 34 years; Asst. Prosecuting Attorney; former Asst. Attorney General, State of Ohio; Dublin resident, 25 years.
Family Sharon Lecklider, wife of 38 years; daughters Kathryn and Lauren.
Religion Protestant
Dublin should be cautious in its approach to commercial growth in the Historic District. This is especially true south of Bridge Street in my opinion. I am especially sensitive to the impact of any commercial development on the homes existing along North and South Riverview Streets, South High Street and Franklin Street. I believe it is important that the existing residential character of these streets be preserved and protected. To the extent that any existing commercial space south of Bridge Street is redeveloped, I would work to ensure that its scale and the height of the buildings are respectful and do not detract from the existing homes in the near vicinity. Any potential redevelopment of existing commercial space south of Bridge Street also should ensure that adequate parking is provided. In light of the primarily non-residential character of the properties north of Bridge Street, the City should strive to maintain a careful balance of complimentary and sustainable uses.
Dublin has closely examined the roundabout since its completion, including driver behavior and crash data. The studies reveal that the majority of the crashes involve northbound Riverside Drive traffic and failures to yield. As a result, the northbound approach to the roundabout is being modified, in addition to changes in pavement markings and overhead signage. More details regarding these modifications can be found on the City's website. I personally have advocated for a reduction in the speed limit on all roads approaching the roundabout.
I personally serve as Dublin's representative to the Northwest 33 Innovation Corridor Group, which includes a Jerome Township Trustee as well as elected officials and appointed staff members from Union County, Marysville and Millcreek Township. This group was formed approximately 2 years ago and meets monthly with a focus on land use, infrastructure, and economic development. This group also was responsible for the collaborative formulation of the Crossroads Area Plan that both Dublin and Jerome Township have adopted in an effort to promote better planned development along the Hyland-Croy corridor. The Crossroads Area Plan encompasses approximately 1,000 acres at the crossroads of US 33, State Route 161/Post Road and Hyland-Croy Road. The Plan included certain compromises made by both Dublin and Jerome Township. The key to the success of this Plan and the corridor is continued communication and collaboration with a long-term view of the area's potential.
I am a 25-year Dublin resident. Over that time, I've invested immeasurable time and energy into helping make Dublin a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family, because, just like all of you, I want the very best for our kids, our neighborhoods, our community and our future. The knowledge and experience I have gained serving the last 16 years as your Ward 4 representative on Dublin City Council, and the previous 5 years on Dublin's Planning & Zoning Commission, provide me with invaluable insight into how to keep Dublin moving forward in a responsible fashion. I have demonstrated strong leadership, accountability to my resident constituents and a record of success leading to Dublin's reputation as a premier community where all of us can be proud to live and work. I will continue my efforts to protect the integrity of our neighborhoods as well as make the wise financial decisions necessary for Dublin's continued prosperity. It's an honor to serve you.
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