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SWAC OKs plan to meet quarterly
The Southwest Area Commission unanimously voted in favor of holding its meetings quarterly rather than monthly.
Under the revised bylaw, the commission will meet in August, November, February and May. Meetings will continue to be held every third Wednesday during this change.
The commission has agreed to hold special meetings in the non-scheduled months if there are zoning applications, graphics or special permit requests on the agenda 10 days prior to the third Wednesday of the month. Notice of the special meetings would be published in the city bulletin and on the commission’s website.
Commission members said they wanted the change because it would allow them to spend more time attending Columbus city meetings, talking to officials and addressing public concerns and problems that are related to the southwest area.
The meeting change will go into effect this year.
The commission is looking for southwest area residents who are interested in local government.
There are currently three elected seats open on the commission and several other vacant seats available. Elected officials serve a term of three years. At-Large commissioners serve a term of one year.
To become a commissioner, one must be 18 years of age and live, work, or own property in the commission area. The boundaries are: to the north, Mound Street, Mt. Calvary and Greenlawn avenues, to the east by the Scioto River, to the south by Interstate 270 and to the west by the CSX railroad tracks.
Chairwoman Stefanie Coe said the purpose of the commission is to listen to and work on “neighborhood issues, zoning, code enforcement and crime issues and other general things that impact the community.”
Interested parties can learn more by visiting www.columbusswac.org.
Elections take place on Aug. 7 during National Night Out.
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention celebration that is nationally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and locally supported by the Westbrook and Eastfield Neighborhood Association.
It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Finland Elementary School, 1825 Finland Ave.
According to Juanita Kaufman, who is a commissioner and president of the Westbrook and Eastfield Neighborhood Association, there will be fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Kaufman said they also need people who would be willing to volunteer at the event.
“We’d like as many helpers as we can get,” she said.
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