The Clintonville Area Commission held its first meeting of the year last Thursday, Jan. 3, during which the seven members on hand:
* Agreed unanimously to adopt a budget for spending the $1,000 the city allocates to the advisory panel. The measure is a duplicate of the one from 2012.
Area commissions are allowed to request $500 at the beginning and in the middle of the year to cover special projects, supplies, travel reimbursement, banking fees and miscellaneous expenses, said CAC Treasurer James R. Blazer II. Unspent funds are returned to the city, and that traditionally happens with the CAC's money, he said.
Chairman Dan Miller urged his colleagues to come up with ways to use the full allocation.
* Heard from Scott Hunley, vice president of Showe Management Corp., about hoped-for plans for major renovations at the Riverlodge Apartments on Broad Meadows Boulevard in north Clintonville. The management firm is applying for state and city loans and funding to cover the expense to completely remodel the units and upgrade the exterior of the buildings, which were constructed in three phases the early 1970s, Hunley said. Many of the apartments are for low-income residents, he said.
CAC members agreed to approve a letter of support, drafted by District 7 representative Jason Meek, at the February session.
* Passed on supporting a request from a resident of Morning Street, also in the northern part of the neighborhood, to be allowed to purchase right of way from the city. The city's right-of-way coordinator sent out an email requesting comments, and CAC members opted 7-0 not to back the request over concerns neighbors might not be fully on board with the plan.
* Decided to wait until next month to figure out how to reschedule the group's July meeting. CAC bylaws dictate meetings occur the first Thursday of the month, but this year what is traditionally the organizational meeting for selecting officers and making committee appointments would fall on July 4. Miller initially suggested moving the session to Monday, July 8, because that's when the meeting room of the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Lib-rary would next be available, but then suggested putting the matter off until the Feb. 7 session.