CAC bids Wood farewell, considers pool's closing


Departing Clintonville Area Commission member Rob Wood was thanked for his three years of service on the panel at last week's monthly meeting, his last.

Wood, saying he didn't have as much time to devote to the advisory panel as the residents of District 1 deserved, opted not to seek another term.

David Vottero was elected May 3 to replace Wood.

Elections committee Chairman Mike Folmar certified the results of the voting at the June session. Nancy Kuhel of District 2 and District 9's D Searcy were re-elected without opposition.

Vottero will be seated at the July organizational meeting. That session will not take place, it was previously announced, until July 10, because the normal first-Thursday-of-the-month schedule would be on the eve of Independence Day and conflict with Red, White & Boom.

Wood was elected in May 2011 to take the place of Mike McLaughlin, who also voluntarily stepped down.

Since taking office, Wood has "served diligently and with great respect and honor," Chairman Daniel B. Miller said.

"We're all really sad to see you depart from the commission," Miller added.

Once Vottero is seated, the panel will consider a list of potential projects under the Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund program, Miller said. Members of the commission's planning and development committee came up with a wide array of projects that since has been whittled down by city personnel.

The list of potential projects -- including new sidewalks, curb repairs, street streets, bike lanes and other improvements -- is among those still under consideration for funding, Miller said.

The election of officers also is on tap for the next monthly meeting. Miller asked those interested in being considered for chairman, secretary and treasurer to let him know via email prior to July 10.

At the conclusion of last week's session, during the public comment period, commission members heard from several people who don't want to see the Olympic Swim Club property on Indianola Avenue redeveloped as an apartment complex.

Miller said the CAC has not received any kind of application for the rezoning of the property.

He added he did not know if any redevelopment plans for the site would necessarily require a rezoning or variance that would come before the commission.

The residents said they wanted the site to remain a community swimming pool, but Dana Bagwell of District 5 said she knows the family who owns the pool and they don't plan to sell to some- one else to operate it as a swim club.

Bagwell encouraged those concerned about losing a community asset such as a pool to consider finding land and raising funds to create their own private swimming pool, adding that such a project simply would not be on the radar of the city's Recreation and Parks Department.

"If any community can do it, it's Clintonville," Bagwell said.