Council to Hold Hearing on Reimagining Public Safety Resident Feedback

WHO:
Columbus City Council
Council President Shannon G. Hardin

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
6pm

WHERE:
Attend via WebEx
Password: 12345
By Phone: 1-650-479-3207
Access Code: 160 466 6640

Watch Live on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ColsCouncil/

WHAT:

The Saunders PR Group will present residents’ feedback gathered from a community survey, focus groups and a series of virtual town halls during this hearing. This feedback will determine Council’s work to Reimagine Public Safety. 

Nearly 4,000 residents participated in the community survey, providing essential feedback on how Council can invest in community safety and continue to build trust between the community and law enforcement. Additionally, residents submitted hundreds of ideas during the town halls and The Saunders PR Group conducted more than a dozen focus groups. The hearing will include testimony from community members representing four groups – older residents, youth, people with disabilities, and New Americans. 

Any resident seeking to submit written testimony should submit their testimony to the office of Council President Shannon G. Hardin. Written testimony must be received by 2pm on the day of the hearing and should be emailed to Zak Davidson at zgdavidson@columbus.gov.

Any resident wishing to appear via WebEx to provide testimony during the virtual hearing should email Zak Davidson at zgdavidson@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.

This hearing will be livestreamed and posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event.

NWCA Meeting on March 3rd

Replacement Zoom (unfortunately we had a disruption and had to move to a new Zoom):

Topic: Replacement meeting NWCA
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Agenda

Speaker: Stephanie A. Morgan
Executive Director of the Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus
OSU College of Engineering 

Email if you have questions you would like to ask the speaker.

Video about Airport plans and capabilities.

Topic: NWCA March Meeting
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Status on Community Choice Electrical Aggregation

You might have wondered whatever happened with the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) that passed on November 6, 2020. You may also be receiving letters and other communications asking you to sign up for an electricity contract and wonder if you should. Here is a general idea of the status of CCA and how it will affect you and your electricity choices.

If you are an individual or small business in Columbus, you are eligible for CCA, unless you are already on Columbus power. The City is currently in negotiations to finalize a contract with their preferred supplier, AEP. After that, legislation to approve the final master supply contract will be passed by City Council. Once that is complete, opt-out letters which include details about the program, including rates, will be sent to eligible individuals and small businesses who then have 21 days to opt-out or they will be enrolled in the CCA program. If you have a contract with an electricity supplier, you may not receive an opt-out letter and will need to opt-in at a later date. Opt-out letters are estimated to be sent in May and the program should begin in June.

The above is based on a very good page detailing the process and the FAQs. The CCA Advisory Group has their meetings posted. The most recent Advisory Group meeting was Thursday, February 18th and the next will be in April. They are open to the public.

NWCA will try to schedule someone from the City later in the year to provide more detail and answer questions.

IMPACT Hope Fund Rental Assistance is Back Open

As of Monday, February 8, 2021, HOPE Fund Rental Assistance is back open. Please carefully read the eligibility requirements below.  

Eligibility: In order to receive financial assistance through the IMPACT HOPE Fund, tenants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a valid lease agreement in their name and occupying the unit at time of application.
  • The household’s total rent payment is at or below 200% Fair Market Rate.
  • The household’s total gross income is equal to or less than 80% Area Median Income for location.
    • 60% of the funding will be targeted to households at 50% AMI and below or $42,100 for a family of four.
    • The remaining 40% will be available to households at 80% AMI or $67,360 for a family of four).
  • The household has experienced a financial hardship due (directly or indirectly) to COVID-19, for example:
    • Tenant has been laid off.
    • Tenant’s place of employment has closed.
    • Tenant has experienced a reduction in hours of work.
    • Tenant must stay home to care for children due to closure of day care and/or school.
    • Tenant must stay home to care for children due to distance learning.
    • Tenant has lost child or spousal support.
  • Tenant has had an increase in expenses due to COVID-19, i.e. child care, medical bills, etc.
  • Tenant has been unable to find employment due to COVID-19.
  • Tenant is unwilling or unable to participate in their previous employment due their high risk of severe illness fromCOVID-19.
  • The household cannot receive rental assistance from any other source, including, but not limited to federal (including Housing Choice Voucher), state and local rental assistance programs, for the same period of time Rent Relief Program is requested.

Required Documentation:

  • Proof of income (pay stubs, bank statements, letter from employer, social security documents, pension).
  • Must include at least the two months prior to the submission of the application for assistance.
  • Valid lease or other documentation of landlord-tenant relationship.
  • Rent ledger.
  • Completed Application and Agreements.
  • Landlord W9.  

Resources: HUD definition of Annual Income — Click here to learn more.   To apply, visit impacthopefund.org today.

Update on Godown Rd. Culvert Replacement Project

The utility relocation was completed in January and construction on the project is now ready to begin.

The waterline replacement is slated to begin on February 15, 2021. This will take place with limited lane restriction using flaggers as needed and is dependent upon the weather.

At this time, the full closure for the culvert replacement is slated to begin upon completion of the waterline and is scheduled to begin on April 5th. Once again, this is dependent on the weather and could change.

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries to Open for Limited Services on February 8th

Most Columbus Metropolitan Libraries locations will be open for Limited Services starting Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. The New Albany Branch is open for Drive-Up Pickup only during its renovation, which should wrap up in March. And the Marion-Franklin Branch, which has been closed for all services, will reopen with limited weekday hours.

As a reminder, with LIMITED SERVICES, you can enter the building to: 

Browse the shelves to pick out your items.
Pick up items on hold.
Get Grab & Go Books.
Return items.
Use a computer (60-minute limit).
Reserve a table.
Print, copy, scan and fax.
Get in-person Job Help and Homework Help at limited locations.

Find details here about how Limited Services work, plus frequently asked questions. Curbside Pickup and Walk-Up Services will still be available.

NOTE: Face coverings must be worn to enter any library locations, as required by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Remember: You can always visit columbuslibrary.org 24/7 for trusted information about COVID-19 and free access to digital resources. You can also contact us by email, phone and live chat. Plus, you can Reserve an Expert to get the one-on-one help you need. Get help for students with the Online K-12 Homework Help. Be sure to follow the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Zoning Update Survey Available until February 28, 2021

The City of Columbus has initiated a Zoning Code update process and needs your input.  As Columbus looks to the future, it is important that the Zoning Code be positioned to help manage growth and reinforce community priorities.  Zoning regulates development through standards that address such things as property use, building size and placement, and setback on any given parcel.  The first phase of this Code update effort is an assessment of the current Code and process.  Phase one is underway and will conclude in summer 2021.  As a member of the community, your input is valuable now in setting the stage for the upcoming changes in phase two. 

Please take a few minutes to share your observations about the zoning code by completing this survey, which will be available through February 28, 2021.

Kevin Wheeler presented this PowerPoint at the February 3, 2021 meeting. A video of the meeting is also available with NWCA Agendas and Minutes.

You can learn more about the update process and sign up for their email list by visiting the project website.   Please forward this information to others who might be interested.  Survey translation can be requested for the following languages: Spanish, Somali, French, Nepali, and Arabic.  Please contact zoningupdate@columbus.gov for more information.

NWCA Meeting on February 3rd

The next NWCA meeting will be February 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Speaker:  Kevin J. Wheeler, Assistant Director for Growth Policy, Development Department

The City of Columbus is going through its first comprehensive evaluation/revision of the zoning codes since 1950. Assistant Director Wheeler will be discussing the process and how you can make your opinions known. Yes, there is a survey.

Agenda

Video of meeting

PowerPoint of Kevin Wheeler’s presentation.

Topic: NWCA February Meeeting
Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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