Miller re-elected CAC chairman; Northmoor pillars get boost


At last week's organizational meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission, Chairman Daniel B. Miller unanimously was elected to serve another term in the post.

Dana Bagwell of District 5 nominated the District 4 representative to continue as chairman.

Miller in turn nominated Bagwell, who had been the secretary, to be vice chairwoman.

Libby Wetherholt of District 3 was chosen to replace Bagwell as secretary.

District 7's Jason Meek will stay on as treasurer.

All the votes were 8-0, with D Searcy of District 9 arriving after the elections were held.

Also at the July meeting, commission members heard from Patricia Campbell of Montrose Way regarding a restoration project currently underway on the historic columns that mark the entrance to the Northmoor neighborhood.

Campbell, a 12-year resident of Clintonville, said she noticed the columns, probably built around 1921, were showing signs of deterioration, with a "huge" crack in the one to the north and serious wear on the southern one.

Concerned, Campbell said she turned to James Cox of Vic Art Masonry, who had done stone work at her home previously. They in turn sought out Bagwell for help in determining if the columns are on public or private property.

It turns out they are in the city right of way, so Cox volunteered to make the repairs himself, Campbell said.

"This is a perfect job for me," the owner of the 14-year-old masonry service said at the meeting. "I just ask that you don't run over my scaffolding."

Cox said he would restore the columns to their original appearance as much as possible, but added some interior stone might have to be replaced. He also promised to finish the job as quickly as he could.

A website that allows donations toward the project can be found by searching "Fund the Repair of the Northmoor Pillars."

Commission members also voted unanimously at the meeting to recommend approval for a variance request that would allow a microdistillery to be operated at 590 Oakland Park Ave.

Clintonville David Chew, manager of 451 Spirits and partners in the enterprise with two other men, said the 1,600 square feet of space in the same building as India Oak Bar and Grill would be used only to make and age the smoked whiskey, rum and other spirits they plan to create.

Chew added there are no plans for a tasting room or any public aspects to the enterprise.

"We're looking for the home market, not the bar market," he said.

Finally, CAC members approved a proposal for creation of a new committee that will focus on historic preservation and maintain the safety and crime committee.