Pataskala's ad hoc committee on neighborhood revitalization needs more time to complete its work, Pataskala City Council learned last week.

Pataskala's ad hoc committee on neighborhood revitalization needs more time to complete its work, Pataskala City Council learned last week.

"We need three more months," committee member Rob Bigler said.

The committee was formed this year to address development issues in older portions of the city: Summit Station, Columbia Center and the Blanche addition off Broad Street, and the older portion of the village on Main Street.

The committee first identified the boundaries of each study area and then tried to focus one meeting on each of the three groups.

Committee member Jill Steigertwald gave a presentation to council Nov. 17. The other three committee members were present. Steigertwald said the group has been meeting twice a month this year, studying each area separately.

"We tried to establish a common theme to tie the areas together," she said.

Members reviewed past studies and plans prior to looking at photographs of each neighborhood and talking to people who live in each area.

Steigertwald said the group aims to identify positive features in each area, such as historic homes and buildings, and the committee has found a common theme in the rail line that runs through the city.

Detriments also will be identified, such as items that could use improvement. Thus far, the committee has found areas with no defined pavement edges, sidewalks in need of repair and other infrastructure issues.

Steigertwald said the committee is finding that the most important items the city needs to address in each area are flooding problems and sidewalk and street repairs.

One of the opportunities to link each area could come through the development of a bike path.

Steigertwald said the committee also has recognized several volunteer efforts that have improved each area. The committee's goals are to prioritize the best action for each area, identify financial strategies for each area create and develop a final report with a vision for future improvements to council.

Council approved the committee's time extension through March.

Bigler said the committee still is working on one of the areas to be studied, and members want to have a final plan for all three areas by March.