Positively Clintonville Group awarded city 'civility' grant

Positively Clintonville, a grassroots group of concerned residents, received confirmation that a grant application to help promote "civility" in debating contentious public issues will be funded by the city's Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program.

In addition, the local organization will be sponsoring a public discussion Monday, May 19, on the subject of dog etiquette.

Positively Clintonville will receive a $940 grant to be used for creation and distribution of material promoting civil discourse between individuals and groups on various sides of community issues, according to Nancy Kuhel.

The Clintonville Area Commission member helped launch the group during a time of strife among members of the CAC.

"The program being promoted by the Positively Clintonville group is similar to other such programs initiated in Cincinnati, Akron, and cities in Minnesota and Wisconsin and these programs will also be studied as part of the grant," Kuhel wrote in announcing the award.

Funding will be managed through the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center serving as fiscal agent as a requirement of the city's grants program. The project will be directed by Kuhel and will involve several other members of that organization.

"Dog Tales: A Public Discussion" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.

Kuhel indicated Positively Clintonville is hoping to have a representative from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on hand for the discussion.