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.

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Time: Nov 4, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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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.

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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.

Town Hall on Monday, August 24th

Katherine Cull and Rebecca Deeds from the Department of Neighborhoods will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on Facebook Live. Updates from multiple City of Columbus departments will be shared. You may watch and participate by visiting Facebook.com/cbusneighbor and clicking on the “Video” link, which will show that there is a “Live” event. If you have a Facebook account, you will be able to comment and ask questions in the Comments section. If you do not, you can still view the event at this site, and means by which to submit your questions will be provided.

September 2nd NWCA Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

The agenda features brief presentations on two issues that Columbus will vote on November 3rd: Electric aggregation and Civilian Review Board.

We will also have someone from the Auditor’s office to talk about the Know Your Home Value campaign to educate property owners about the role they have in determining their assessed property value.

Zoning: 3111 Hayden Rd. Presentation of a proposal to build a 213 unit multi-family housing on the current site of Sawmill Athletic Club. No vote at this time.

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AARP Fraud Prevention

At the August 5th meeting, trained AARP volunteers, Phil Smith, Veronica Carter and Mike Kessler, gave a fraud prevention presentation on identity theft, how to outsmart cyber-attacks, and the latest scams including corona virus related scams. The presentation provided an inside look at how scammers think and gave tips and tools to safeguard against theft & fraud and what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud. If you missed it, or would like to learn more, they provided some materials.

Stay One Step Ahead of the Scammers (PowerPoint)

Con Artist’s Playbook (pdf)

Watchdog Alert Handbook (pdf)

New Airport Director Named

Adam Wolf has been named Airport Director for the Ohio State University Airport effective August 1, 2020. In this position, he will be responsible for both the strategic development and the overall day-to-day operations of the Airport.

Wolf has served on the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.  He holds an FAA Private license. Since joining OSU, he has taken progressively more responsibility, including serving as the Interim Director.

Congratulations, Director Wolf.