Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs will be the guest speaker for the next monthly meeting of the Northland Community Council.

Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs will be the guest speaker for the next monthly meeting of the Northland Community Council.

That gathering will take , beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 in Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd.

Jacobs, the first female chief in the history of the Columbus Division of Police, is scheduled to appear at 7:30 p.m., said NCC President Emmanuel Remy.

"She proactively approached us," Remy said last week. "It may be her first community meeting that she attends. I think it says a lot about our infrastructure and how we're perceived by the city."

Mayor Michael Coleman appointed Jacobs, 54, as the division's 32nd chief on April 5, choosing her over three other deputy chiefs who had applied to replace Walter Distelzweig. He retired in January.

"We're excited to have her introduce herself to the Northland community, glad that she's being responsive to the crime issues that we've faced recently," Remy said. "We're looking forward to having a long and productive relationship with her and her team."

Among the crime issues the council president was referring to were the shooting deaths May 14 of two men in a hallway of the Northland Arms Apartments on Tamarack Boulevard.

In the wake of that and other recent incidents, Remy said that he had begun contacting members of City Council to appeal for more law-enforcement resources in the Northland area, but the chief's office contacted him to say she wanted to introduce herself in person and "assure everybody that they're on top of it."

Also on tap for the NCC meeting will be further discussion of gateway signs being offered to the area by the city as part of the bicentennial celebration. Under the 200Columbus Neighborhood Gateways Program, each of the city's neighborhoods is eligible to receive up to five signs at no charge, with an option of paying for two additional ones.

Hannah Jones, special projects coordinator for the Department of Development outlined the program for NCC members at their April meeting. After some discussion at the May session about where the five free signs might best be located to inform motorists and others they are in the Northland area, Remy said that he and the other officers would come up with some likely candidates and report back on June 5.

One item that was expected to be on the agenda next week will probably not, according to Remy.

That is the issue of whether or not a proposed student advisory committee would have a vote on the council.

Back on May 1, some civic association representatives opposed the idea, saying people too young to vote in a regular election shouldn't have that much of a say in the council's affairs. Others said having a single vote wouldn't greatly water down that of the other members and might give the students a greater sense of involvement.

Remy has now decided he wants to table the question rather than take it up June 5.

"The reason why is, after giving it more thought ... and discussing it at our education committee, we decided it might be best for the students to lay out their plan," Remy said. "They can start getting involved right of away by laying out their case for having a vote.

"Why not use this as a teaching moment?"