Join Your Neighbors at the Historic Sheep Farm Park for Earth Day!

Have you seen the new Columbus park on West Case Rd.? A lot of your neighbors have walked their dogs, flown kites and even cross-country skied there. On April 22nd we will meet in the Sheep Farm Park at 6:00 P.M. to celebrate Earth Day!

You can tour the 57+ acres, explore the mown paths and enjoy spring breezes! Or, you can help to remove some pesky invasive volunteer Callery pear seedlings. We will have trash bags to help clean up any trash we find. If you think you might want to do some clean-up or dig up unwanted plants, bring some gardening/work gloves. Bring tools if you have them.

This is great opportunity to get out in the fresh air, talk to other people and enjoy nature. We want everyone to be safe, however, so please wear your masks and maintain appropriate distance.

See you on Thursday!

Whether you are able to come or not, take our one question survey about how you can be involved with the Sheep Farm Park in future.

Council to Host Residential Districting, Mapping, and Processes Town Hall

Who:
Councilmember Emannuel V. Remy
Council President Shannon G. Hardin
CRDC Commission Chair Malik Moore
Columbus City Council Legal Analyst Niyah Walters, Esq.
Deputy City Attorney Lara Baker-Morrish, Esq.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:30pm
 
Where:

Click this link to join our town hall on Facebook Live

What:

Council will host a Columbus Residential Districting Commission (CRDC) town hall on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5:30pm. Residents will learn the historical importance of the CRDC, the mapping process and how the residency requirement will enhance neighborhood advocacy and amplify community voices inside City Hall. 

All residents are invited to attend and actively participate. Send questions to CRDC@columbus.gov by noon on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. There are also limited opportunities to ask questions during the event through Facebook Live.

The town hall will also be posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event.

April 7th NWCA Meeting

The next NWCA meeting will be on Wednesday April 7th at 7:00 PM via Zoom (hopefully without interruption). The Zoom link is below. Agenda

Our guest will be Lisa Wurm, from the League of Women Voters of Ohio. She will tell us about how voting districts will be drawn using the Census and new processes that Ohioans approved in 2015 and 2018.

If you are interested in the Sheep Farm Park, please complete this brief survey so we know how you might want to be involved.

Cheryl Grossman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NWCA April Meeting
Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Public Hearing on Urban Forestry Master Plan

WHO: President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4pm

WHERE: Live on Facebook or
1-650-479-3207
Access code: 157 661 7568

WHAT:

Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee will conduct a hearing to review the Recreation and Parks Department’s Urban Forestry Master Plan, a strategic and long-term investment in Columbus’s urban tree canopy.

“A healthy tree canopy improves air quality, prevents erosion and storm runoff, reduces the urban heat island effect, lowers utility bills for residents, helps mitigate the impacts of climate change, and simply makes our city a healthier and more beautiful place to live,” said Pro Tem Brown. “It is a critical investment for the future of our city to ensure a healthy canopy in every neighborhood, especially those that need additional tree coverage the most.”

The plan can be viewed at www.columbusufmp.org/get-involved.html and public comments can be submitted via this site through March 26, 2021.

Any resident wishing to appear via WebEx to provide testimony during the virtual hearing should email James Carmean at JWCarmean@columbus.gov by noon on the day of the hearing to request a WebEx speaker link. Each speaker will be limited to remarks lasting no longer than three minutes.

The hearing will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

It’s Not Too Late to Become a NWCA Trustee!

Trustees are elected by members and are volunteers who serve two-year terms. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, complete the application and return to NWCA, P.O. Box 20134, Columbus, OH 43220 or email to northwestcivic@gmail.com. Please return no later than April 23rd.

It’s a great way to know what is happening in the community and it can be fun!

Don’t forget you need to be a paid-up member to run or to vote on trustees. Member Application

Upcoming SWACO Webinars

SWACO’s monthly webinar series: From Waste to Resources, is geared towards helping answer your waste related questions. 

Yard Waste Organics Shrubs Recycling Yard Waste & Eco-Friendly Tips to Make Your Yard Greener With Spring right around the corner, many of us are looking forward to getting outdoors landscaping and cleaning up our yard. Yard waste is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into the soil as mulch and composting material. Most Franklin County communities provide curbside collection of yard waste to their residents making it easy and convenient to divert the material from the local landfill, thereby returning the nutrients to the earth. Join SWACO and Conservation Specialist from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to learn more about best practices for yard waste disposal, yard waste drop off locations and sustainable tips for maintaining your yard all year round. Register here to join us on March 24 at 12 pm  March 17 at 12 noon or 6 pm – Recycling Right is Easy and Convenient   
Recycle Right badge While it’s important for you to recycle, it’s also important to Recycle Right. By taking just a few minutes to recycle the right way, you help reduce pollution, contribute to cleaner water, conserve limited natural resources, support our economy and reduce central Ohio’s reliance on landfills. SWACO is here to help you recycle right, answer common recycling questions and provide the necessary tools and resources you need to make recycling right convenient for your household. Sign up for a recycling webinar. Choose one of the following times: Register here to join us on March 17 at Noon Register here to join us on March 17 at 6 pm Can’t make either of these sessions? No worries.  SWACO will be offering recycling webinars once a month throughout the year.  These FREE webinars will cover best practices for recycling and provide the opportunity to ask your recycling questions.  

Council to Hold Public Hearing on Columbus Climate Action Plan

Who:
Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy

When:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
5pm 

Where:
Live on Facebook
or
1-650-479-3207
Access code:
160 575 8658

What:

Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy will host a virtual hearing to discuss and gather resident feedback on the City of Columbus’ Climate Action Plan (CAP). Please join us on Tuesday, March 9th at 5 pm to hear a presentation on the CAP from the Sustainable Columbus team. The CAP is in draft mode, and can be found here: https://www.columbus.gov/sustainable/cap/

If you would like to provide written testimony, or sign up to provide three (3) minutes of public testimony during the virtual meeting, please email Lucy Frank at ljfrank@columbus.gov with the subject line “CAP Public Hearing 3/9” with your NAME, ADDRESS, and TOPIC of written or public testimony.

The hearing will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

Council to Hold Virtual Hearing on Transportation Safety Plan

WHO:
Council President Shannon G. Hardin

WHEN:
Thursday, March 4, 2021
5pm

WHERE:
Live on Facebook
or
1-650-479-3207
Access code: 160 360 0492

WHAT:

Council President Shannon G. Hardin is hosting a virtual public hearing to address a proposed Action Plan for safer roadways, walkways and sidewalks for drivers, walkers and bikers. In line with the Vision Zero movement, Columbus is setting a goal and establishing a plan to drastically reduce crash fatalities in our community. The Action Plan can be viewed in its entirety at https://vision-zero-columbus.hub.arcgis.com/.

City and community representatives will be on hand to answer questions and/or concerns. Public Testimony will be accepted. Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. Send an email to aaliban@columbus.gov to request a speaker link by Noon Thursday. 

Any resident seeking to submit testimony in favor of or in opposition to an ordinance is strongly advised to submit their testimony to Councilmember Shayla Favor’s office. Written testimony must be received by 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Testimony should be emailed to aaliban@columbus.gov with the subject line, “Testimony for 3/4/21 Vision Zero Hearing.”

The hearing will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook.