Now that he's been elected, what does Emmanuel V. Remy plan to with the presidency of the Northland Community Council?

Now that he's been elected, what does Emmanuel V. Remy plan to with the presidency of the Northland Community Council?

Actually, he's already been doing it to a small extent, taking over from longtime president Dave Paul such duties as organizing a community shredding day and immersing himself in some of the issues facing the Northland area.

Even before being elected the council's first new president in six years on Feb. 7, Remy had been tabbed to be a featured speaker at last week's gathering seeking to reorganize the defunct Beaumont Civic Association

But now that he's in the council's top elected post, Remy said among the most important things he hopes to do in the coming year is bring together the disparate aspects of education in the Northland area - public, private, charter and parochial - to see if some common ground can't be found that would benefit the entire community.

"We have the usual areas that are the top concerns for our residents, and that's advocating for safety and our roads, kind of infrastructure concerns, and working development issues," Remy said. "Those are always going to be a top priority for us, and making sure we remain relevant before the leaders downtown."

In addition to these usual areas, though, the new NCC president said he has formed an education committee composed of representatives from various sectors in the neighborhood - which Remy frankly admitted don't have much of a track record in seeing eye to eye - to determine if they can't arrive at some common goal to benefit all of the Northland area.

"Can it be done?" Remy asked. "I don't know. That will be up to the committee to decide."

Another priority, he said, will be encouraging neighborhood groups, local organizations and even individuals to adopt or encourage adoption of sections of East Dublin-Granville Road to keep them cleaned of litter.

"I need to find people who are passionate about landscaping, passionate about gardening in their own homes to maybe spend an hour or two on a committee doing the same thing for Northland," Remy said.

In addition, the Clinton Estates resident said he plans to actively seek grants to fund beautification projects in the area and to encourage the creation of more community gardens, which Remy believes have the potential to bring people together and to reduce crime.

"It's a logical step to take with some of the real estate that's available in our area," he said.