Columbus City Council to Meet in Person beginning July 12th

For the first time since March of 2020, Columbus City Councilmembers will meet in-person in Chambers at City Hall and open the doors to the public for its regularly scheduled meeting on July 12, 2021, at 5pm. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live.

While members and some staff will be in Chambers, Columbus continues to be COVID-19 cautious. Public seating in Chambers will be limited to 20 safely-spaced individuals, with limited additional seating in an adjacent conference room. Council will also continue to offer virtual online testimony to residents on regular agenda items, except zonings. Returning in a limited capacity and adhering to current social distancing and masking guidelines is an incremental return to normalcy. The regular zoning meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm. 

Columbus City Council continues to urge residents to submit their testimony in writing rather than attend the meeting in person. Residents that wish to speak in-person or online must complete an electronic speaker slip by 3pm on the day of the meeting, indicating whether the request is to speak in person, or via WebEx. To access the form, visit www.columbus.gov/council/information/Online-Speaker-Slip/.

Parties presenting testimony to Council during the Zoning Committee meeting of Council are required to be sworn in prior to giving testimony. In order to accommodate this, parties will be required to attend the meeting in person

All parties planning to present testimony on a Zoning Committee ordinance must complete an electronic speaker slip no later than 3pm on the day of the zoning meeting to request attendance at the meeting. To access the form, visit columbus.gov/council/information/Online-Speaker-Slip/. Online speaker slips can be submitted between 8am-3pm on the day of the meeting. The Zoning Chair will swear in all parties signed up to testify on a Council Variance just prior to the reading of that piece of legislation. For more information, visit https://www.columbus.gov/council/toolkit/rules-for-speaking-at-city-council/​.

In accordance with public access provisions, the meeting is open to the public. However, Columbus City Council discourages residents from attending the meeting in person and requests unvaccinated residents wear masks while in Chambers. The protocols of social distancing will be enforced, and the capacity in Chambers will be limited to 20 people based on the space of the room.

Council Districting Meeting for New Americans, Immigrants, and Refugee Populations

Who:
Chair Malik Moore
Members of the CRDC

When:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
5:30 – 7:30pm
 
Where:

Heart of Ohio Family Health at Capital Park

2365 Innis Road
or
Tune in on Facebook Live

What:

On Wednesday, July, 14th from 5:30-7:30p, the Columbus Residential Districting Commission (CRDC) will continue the discussion around geographic locations to draw the nine Council legislative districts by asking for feedback directly from residents. This week is focused on the New American, Immigrants & Refugees communities and will include a recap of previous presentations, an introduction to the CRDC survey, and the solicitation of direct feedback from attendees.

“As we embark on the journey to district our City, we want to be intentional about educating the community on the process as well as soliciting recommendations and feedback from our community,” said Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy

The CRDC has also created an online survey to gather additional information regarding this important process. Help us gain the feedback we need by taking our survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Columbusdistricts.

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

To learn more, please visit https://www.columbus.gov/districtingcommission/ If you have any questions or concerns, please email CRDC@columus.gov

Sheep Farm Park Contract on Tonight’s City Council Agenda

President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee is sponsoring ordinance 1182-2021 to design the new Case Road Park, located on the site of the former Ohio State University Agriculture Extension Sheep Farm at 2425 W. Case Rd. This 58-acre park has more than 1,000 households within a 10 minute walk. The $235,825 contract with MKSK Inc. will include developing plans for the parkland design and layout of amenities, which will be guided by community input.

You should be able to view the City Council meeting on their YouTube channel. The meeting begins at 5pm, but this issue is expected to be discussed around 5:30 or later. Trustee Roy Wentzel is scheduled to speak.

Columbus to Fund Summer Youth Engagement and Anti-Violence Programming

The City of Columbus has received $93 million in federal funds out of an expected $187 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be delivered over two years and must be used by 2024. Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and City Council have agreed to allocate $19.7 million for short-term summer youth engagement and anti-violence efforts.

“Our city and our residents continue to suffer from the fallout of the global pandemic, and no one has been more negatively impacted than our young people,” said Mayor Ginther. “Our first investment of American Rescue Plan dollars will help our kids regain some of what they lost with opportunities for programming, education and employment through city departments as well as through community partners.”

“We are advancing a bold plan with the Mayor to put nearly $20 million into area nonprofits focused on keeping our kids safe while helping them catch up,” said City Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “This package of ARP projects are critical to getting Columbus past the brutal challenges brought onto neighborhoods by COVID-19 restrictions and frustrations. Together with local partners we’re helping make sure folks can get back to work, back into classes and back to living their lives safely.”

Of the $19.7 million that is being allocated, $15.6 million will utilize ARP funding. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s (CRPD) total additional spending for summer programming is $4.8 million, with $4 million coming from City sources outside of the ARP allocation. $4.2 million will be used by CRPD to support qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide youth programming centered on addressing educational disparities and/or promoting healthy childhood environments. 

Requests for RFPs through CRPD have been posted on the city’s Vendor Services portal since June 11, 2021. Proposals are due at noon on July 9, 2021. Questions can be submitted via email to: RecoveryFunding2021@columbus.gov.

The city is developing a process to determine how to best invest ARP funding to meet the community’s near- and long-term needs, informed in part by the work of the joint City-County Recovery and Resiliency Committee. Community organizations seeking financial support for proposals utilizing American Recovery Plan funding are encouraged to submit proposals online utilizing a standard form that includes a budget and description of how the funds will be used.

Sheep Farm Events

Join us if you are available on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to noon.

We will have Pam from the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks to show us what weeds we should target to keep the Sheep Farm as clean and usable as possible while we wait for a plan for the property. She will bring tools and gloves, but I encourage you to bring your own gloves and to be prepared with long sleeves and pants and, given the recent rain, boots.

As an inducement for rolling out so early on a Saturday, NWCA is providing coffee and donuts (really good ones from a local donut shop). So we know how many tools and donuts will be needed, please email northwestcivic@gmail.com if you plan to come.

Please come even if you can’t stay long. We want to show Recreation and Parks that this park is important to us. Thanks!
Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation to See a Presentation about the Farmhouse

Soon to be surrounded by a new city park, the fate of the c1880s sheep farmhouse – one of the oldest remaining structures in northwest Columbus – is unknown. Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation via Zoom, Friday, June 18 at noon for a free presentation by Miranda Nicasio, a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art & Design, who measured and evaluated this building as an assignment. We hope that Miranda’s work will help guide decision-makers and the design team toward a productive new use. 

Register to get the Zoom link

North Side Council Residential Districting Commission Rescheduled for June 16th – Update

The Council Residential Districting Commission will postpone their upcoming North Side Regional Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th due to overlapping meeting schedules. The Council Residential Districting Commission is drawing the maps that will create nine Council districts in the City of Columbus, and we need your help to get it right.  In addition to the weekly neighborhood virtual meetings occurring right now, you have an option to take the CRDC survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Columbusdistricts. Visit columbus.gov/districtingcommission for more info.

The survey asks users for their insights in neighborhood representation in Columbus and how they want to see the CRDC address the new residential Council districts. The information will inform the strategy in the drawing of the maps to take place later this year.  

“As our community continues to reimagine public safety and discuss the needs of our neighbors, it is important that we don’t make people choose between two important meetings. Postponing this week’s CRDC meeting just makes sense,” said Malik Moore, Chair of the Council Residential Districting Commission. “We encourage residents to attend Mayor Ginther’s Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00p to hear from the four finalists for Columbus Chief of Police.”

The next CRDC meeting will occur on Wednesday, May 26th from 5:30-7:30p focusing on the East Side Region of the City. Look for future Columbus City Council advisories for more information.

Updated CRDC meeting schedule:

May 26, 2021 – East Side Regional Meeting 5:30-7:30p

June 2, 2021 – West Side Regional Meeting 5:30-7:30p

June 9, 2021 – South Side Regional Meeting 5:30-7:30p

June 16, 2021 – North Side Regional Meeting 5:30-7:30p

June 23, 2021 – Community Outreach Meeting pt. 1, 5:30-7:30p

June 30, 2021 – Community Outreach Meeting pt. 2, 5:30-7:30p

To learn more, please visit https://www.columbus.gov/districtingcommission/ If you have any questions or concerns, please email CRDC@columus.gov

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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