Rental/Mortgage/Utilities Help

Central Ohio community has been deeply impacted by COVID 19 and IMPACT Community Action has served as an essential service to many with emergency needs.  Thanks to generous funding from the City of Columbus and other Hope Fund partners; IMPACT has distributed over $5.5 Million to 2,040 residents to assist them in maintaining their housing. If people applied before October 2nd, we continue to work with partner agencies to get applications processed on our 1st round of Hope Funds. 

Governor Mike DeWine announced the Development Services Agency has provided additional assistance to Ohioans with rent, water or sewer. The additional funding from the Home Relief Fund will help with outstanding rent or mortgages, water shutoff or to avoid foreclosure or eviction.  Those in need APPLY HEREIMPACT Community Action is one of 48 Community Action Agencies to receive funding. Franklin County households behind on bills and are at or below 200% of the federal poverty line will be eligible for aid, for a family of four that is an annual income of $52,400. 

In order to keep our clients safe, we have gone live with an online portal TODAY to allow clients to see if they qualify through a questionnaire; where we will capture name, email, phone, and requested assistance amounts for rent, mortgage, water, and fees.

After that, applicants will receive a wait list number and a message letting them know we will notify them when the portal is open and ready to accept their application. We encourage applicants to gather materials needed to apply before November 9th and to contact their landlord to ensure they know our team will be reaching out.

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Household Hazardous Waste Event 
November 14 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please check swaco.org for location
Open to central Ohio residents 

Now that winter is approaching, many people are cleaning out their garages and basements and trying to figure out what to do with household hazardous waste materials like motor oil, gasoline, lighter fluid and propane tanks. If you’d like to get rid of these or other hazardous waste items, you can stop by Dublin’s “Household Waste Collection Day” on November 14. It’s open to all Franklin County residents. For a list of accepted items, visit our website.

By adopting proper disposal methods, we can all make a positive impact on our environment and our community’s overall health.

Follow-up on Sawmill Athletic Club (3111 Hayden Rd.)

The Development Commission of the City of Columbus will hold a public hearing on 3111 Hayden Rd on Thursday, November 12, 2020, after 7:00 PM by WebEx virtual meeting (due to Covid-19). To join the meeting, send an email to the assigned planner listed on the agenda item at least one day before the meeting for an invitation link. You can also monitor the hearing through the City of Columbus YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cityofcolumbus.

Further information may be obtained by visiting the City of Columbus Zoning Office website at http://www.columbus.gov/bzs/zoning/Development-Commission or by calling the Department of
Building and Zoning Services, Council Activities Section at 614-645-4522.

APPLICATION: Z20-057
Location: 3111 HAYDEN RD. (43235), being 5.37± acres located on the south
side of Hayden Road, 500± feet east of Riverside Drive (590-173371;
Northwest Civic Association).

Existing Zoning: PUD-8, Planned Unit Development District.
Request: L-AR-1, Limited Apartment Residential District (H-35).
Proposed Use: Multi-unit residential development.
Applicant(s): Metro Development LLC; c/o Jill Tangeman, Atty.; 52 East Gay Street; Columbus, OH 43215.

Property Owner(s): Sawmill Athletic Club LLC; 470 Olde Worthington Road, Suite 100; Westerville, OH 43082.

Planner: Kelsey Priebe; 614-645-1341; krpriebe@columbus.gov

Columbus Public Health Update

Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 and Columbus Public Health’s response.

Situation Update

As of October 26, 2020, there are 24,953 cases of COVID-19 and 489 deaths in Columbus Public Health’s jurisdiction. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 case numbers in Columbus and Worthington, view the case summary report or follow Columbus Public Health on social media.

Other News to Know

New CDC Guidance

The CDC issued new guidance that expands the pool of people considered at risk of getting COVID-19 by changing the definition of who is a “close contact” of an infected individual. The CDC had previously defined a “close contact” as someone who spent at least 15 minutes within six feet of a person with COVID-19. The updated guidance now defines a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Several months ago, the Ohio Department of Health clarified that the 15 minutes are cumulative and do not need to be consecutive, which is consistent with the new CDC guidance. The time frame of 15 minutes within 24 hours is new guidance which Columbus Public Health has now implemented in evaluation of close contacts.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing at Columbus Public Health has moved to the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Celeste Center at 717 E. 17th Ave. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through a partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth and Mt. Carmel Health System. To make an appointment to get tested, call 614-645-1519.

Flu Shot Clinics

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year to protect health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Columbus Public Health is offering drive-thru clinics to get a flu shot at no cost. Visit www.columbus.gov/flu to see a list of clinic dates and locations. Flu vaccines also are available by appointment through the Immunization Clinic at Columbus Public Health, and at many health care providers and retail pharmacy outlets.

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 cases are going up across the state. Please help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Always wear a face covering in public.
  • Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid gatherings and large groups.

Learn More about COVID-19

Please use only credible and reliable sources for information and updates on COVID-19. See the latest here:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 24 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13 locations in and around Columbus

SWACO is a proud supporter of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of unwanted prescription drugs in ways that keep our environment safe while also educating the community about the potential for prescription drug abuse. We partner with local law enforcement, communities and private partners across Franklin County to host these important events.

Please note that only pills will be accepted at all of these locations unless otherwise noted. For more information on ways to safely dispose of prescription pills or for tips on how to talk to your kids about prescription drug misuse, visit dontliveindenial.org.

Public Comment Open on Environmental Assessment of the Lower Olentangy Tunnel

Last year, Columbus engineers spoke at one of our meetings about plans to address sewers which are overwhelmed when there is a heavy rain and back up into the Olentangy River, roads, and residential basements. One of the improvements described was a a 12-foot tunnel called the Lower Olentangy Tunnel (LOT) which extends from Tuttle Park south to Vine St.

The final environmental assessment of LOT has been issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as of October 14, 2020, with a comment period of 30 days. If you are interested in this project and how it may affect you, the document provides information about how to comment.


NWCA Meeting on November 4th

The next NWCA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The Zoom link will be available here closer to the date because our last meeting was “zoom-bombed.” If a problem occurs during a meeting, this is your place to look for a zoom link (or replacement link). Agenda

We will have Troy Euton from Recreation and Parks to talk about next steps for the Sheep Farm park.

We will also have 3 zoning/graphics presentations to hear.

1731 Ramblewood Ave. – Variances for existing shed and privacy fence to stay as is.

1025 Luxe Ave – Graphic variance for building sign higher than allowed height of 12’ on elevation facing Henderson and monument sign on adjacent parcel owned by the same owners.

3655 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. – Proposed rezoning (C-3 to a CPD) for the specific development of an automatic car wash (Blue Sky Car Wash)

Cheryl Grossman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Northwest Civic Association meeting
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Election Sign Recycling Event

Election Sign Recycling Event 
November 7 – 8 a.m. to Noon
Bill McDonald Athletic Complex, 4990 Olentangy River Road

Election season is in full swing, as evidenced by the number of political ads on TV and political signs in yards. Whether you’re showing your support for or opposition to a candidate, levy or bond issue, please remember that when Election Day is over, there’s a better way to discard of election signs than throwing them in the trash.

This year, SWACO will again host a yard sign collection event on November 7, the Saturday after Election Day. We will accept all types of yard signs, including those made of paper, cardboard, plastic and corrugated plastic, as well as the metal frames that hold them up.

NWCA Meeting on October 7th at 7pm

The next Northwest Civic Association meeting is on October 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

We are hearing zoning requests for:

  • Sheetz Graphics Application – Variance for height of sign
  • 3111 Hayden Road – Presentation of proposal to build a 213 unit multi-family development on current site of Sawmill Athletic Club on Hayden Rd.
  • 4660 Kenny Road – Changes to a previously approved (2016) zoning to build a 60 unit multi-family development.

Cheryl Grossman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Have You Completed the 2020 Census?

A lot of people in Franklin County and Ohio have yet to complete the 2020 Census. The Census is important because for the next decade, higher responding states and communities will get their fair share of:

  • Congressional representation,
  • Medicaid and CHIP money to fund hospitals and doctors,
  • Funding for transit and infrastructure,
  • Money for education from pre-school to college to adult,
  • Emergency food assistance,
  • Grants for firefighters, and
  • Pollution clean-up, and other federal money.

The good news is that Ohio has counted 92.4% of it’s citizens; the bad news is that may still leave a million people uncounted. Take the Census if you haven’t and encourage others to complete it as well.

You can find out more at the Franklin County Census site and the US Census site.