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.

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.