When reading the headlines of Tuesday’s Circleville Herald, I noted that Mayor Don McIlroy initiated the process that will bring the Hampton Inn to Circleville later this year. In Tuesday’s primary election, McIlroy is seeking a third term, so I was curious about his other accomplishments in the past seven years. Here’s what I’ve found:
Projects he’s completed, led and/or supported:
• Clark Drive was rebuilt from Nicholas Drive to the new Circleville City Schools to include the first round-about in Pickaway County, resulting in a safer and more efficient entrance to the schools.
• The Round Town Trail connection from Ohio Christian University to the Pickaway County Family YMCA was built with the Pickaway County Park Board.
• Health Care Logistics finished a complete overhaul of its production and warehouse facilities with a new 58,000 square-foot warehouse, creating 80 new jobs over the next three years.
• Pickaway Progress Park Jobs Ready Site, a $6.5 million investment in roadwork and utility infrastructure along with the necessary environmental remediation, was completed along with P3 and the Pickaway County Commissioners. It will provide Circleville/ Pickaway County with a 224-acre certified industrial park.
• The Pickaway Crossing intersection was relocated, providing a safer and more effective access to the retail center west of U.S Route 23 and South Court Street.
• The Northwood Park Bridge and Trail was built in conjunction with the Gerhardt family, resulting in safer access to Mary Virginia Crites Hannah Park.
• Beginning in 2017, the city has invested more than $1 million in street improvement projects.
Youth and recreation:
• The Foundation4Youth opened in April 2018 and is a coordinated effort between the Circleville Police Department, Pickaway Area Recovery Services and the Circleville City Schools to provide solutions to the lack of activities for our youth.
• Phase 1 of the Ted Lewis master plan was started at Ted Lewis Park in 2017.
• Twenty acres of land adjacent to Barthelmas Park was negotiated for purchase for future development youth sports programming.
Under Mayor McIlroy’s leadership:
• The purchase of Everts Middle School was negotiated from the Circleville Board of Education after which Pickaway Progress Parkway transferred part of the Everts Middle School for Senior Housing use.
• The Ohio Christian University was annexed into the City of Circleville, resulting in new income tax opportunities for Circleville.
• Business Development Support & Incentives were created:
• Tax increment Financing (TIF)
• Circleville Economic Growth Incentive
• Circleville Community Reinvestment Area
• Downtown Revitalization District
• A comprehensive Revitalization Action Plan for the city was created in 2015.
• Circleville Police Department continues to make advances in fighting crime and narcotics. Its tactics have resulted in a 25.8 percent decrease in violent crime and a 10 percent decrease in property crime.
• Over 20 new businesses have been attracted into Circleville.
• The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Grant.
• The Ohio Attorney General office’s Moving Ohio Forward Grant was used to remove more than 40 houses that were in disrepair, resulting in cleaner and better kept neighborhoods.
Mayor McIlroy has been a very busy, effective, and committed leader for the city and deserves another term to complete his numerous yet unfinished efforts.