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CAC asks for mobility plan, will update bylaws

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Clintonville Area Commission members last week approved a resolution asking city officials to create a comprehensive mobility plan for the neighborhood.

They also approved a one-time amendment to the bylaws in order to shift the next monthly meeting to Thursday, July 11. Existing rules would have required that the meeting take place on July 4.

At that session, proposed changes to the bylaws will be considered, including one that would make it easier to shift meeting dates.

The resolution requesting the mobility initiative was approved 8-0, with Chairman Daniel B. Miller abstaining, following a presentation from Andrew Overbeck, who heads the planning and development committee. It will serve as an alternative, Overbeck said, to a proposal District 2 representative Nancy Kuhel put forth at the April meeting calling for a major traffic study of the neighborhood's midsection.

Over Kuhel's objection, as well as that of District 3 representative James R. Blazer II, the others on the panel referred the matter to planning and development.

Kuhel is now fine with the wording in the mobility plan request, Overbeck said.

"It is the city of Columbus' goal to create livable communities that are safe and enjoyable for all citizens, whether you walk, ride or drive," according to the page on the city's website devoted to mobility planning. "In order to achieve this goal, a community mobility planning effort has been established to determine possible solutions to achieve a more balanced transportation infrastructure. Community mobility planning is a comprehensive approach that looks at all modes of transportation and its success is contingent upon input from key stakeholders and the public.

By considering the concerns and needs of all users of the system, a stronger, more efficient and coordinated system can be created, because there is more opportunity for citizens to move around, connect and adapt to changes in the system."

Clintonville was in line for a mobility study a few years ago, District 9's D Searcy said, but it was derailed.

The resolution approved at the June meeting states the "plan should maximize the city's resources by prioritizing investments, achieving economies of scale and capitalizing on opportunities to coordinate and implement multiple planned improvements wherever possible."

Also at last week's meeting, prior to the vote to move the next session back by a week, CAC members heard from former District 4 representative Mike Folmar, who headed a task force that studied governing rules for the area commission.

"We tried to be as thoughtful as possible," he said.

The changes, which are to be voted on at the July 11 meeting in accordance with existing bylaws, clarify terms of office and when special elections should be held to fill vacancies; formally create the offices of treasurer, recording secretary and "webmaster"; and deal with how to modify the regular schedule for meetings, Folmar said.

Under the proposal from the task force, meeting dates, times and locations could be changed with 15 days of advance notice to the public, or as much notice as is possible in emergency situations.

Also, special elections for vacant posts would be held only when more than 12 months remain in a term. Otherwise, the remaining members would appoint someone to the post.

The vote to change the next meeting date to July 11 was unanimous, with Miller not abstaining, as has been his practice in recent months.

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