The Northland Community Council grew by one member at last week's annual picnic gathering.

The Northland Community Council grew by one member at last week's annual picnic gathering.

While some attendees may have added an ounce or two as a result of the hot dogs and hamburgers the council supplied or the side dishes and desserts attendees brought, the organization itself increased by the 35 households in the Rolling Ridge subdivision off state Route 161 near Ulry Road.

Although little in the way of business is generally conducted at what is primarily an annual social gathering for the NCC, president Emmanuel V. Remy sought and got a unanimous voice vote to accept the subdivision's membership application.

"I didn't want to wait to get them members another month," he said.

The action will give Rolling Ridge residents official standing at the NCC development committee's meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29, when an unofficial review is scheduled of a proposed development near the subdivision. Some residents have expressed reservations about the density for a possible multifamily project east of Ulry Road and south of Warner Road, just outside of Westerville.

The property in question is currently in Blendon Township. An application for annexation into Columbus was withdrawn and no new one is pending, the owner of the land has said.

Rolling Ridge subdivision representatives have been attending NCC meetings and development committee sessions for the past five months, according to Rick Cashman, who represented the residents at the August meeting.

"We'd like to see the proper growth so that everybody financially enjoys a lot better life for this area," he said.

"It's always great to get membership, especially from the far reaches," Remy said, noting the NCC's territory stretches to the city's boundary with New Albany and encompasses 25 square miles.

NCC secretary Brandon L. Boos mentioned that the officers had reviewed the Rolling Ridge application in full prior to recommending approval.

In calling last week's brief session of the council together, Remy pointed out that, after years of meeting at a shelter in Blendon Woods Metro Park, this year's picnic moved to the Northland Swim Club in Karmel Woodward Park.

He thanked employees of the nonprofit community swimming pool for offering the space and thanked projects and events committee chairwoman Roseann Hicks for making the arrangements.

He also welcomed Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther to the picnic gathering.

"We really appreciate his support and city council's support for this neck of the woods in Columbus," Remy said.

After the new member was accepted and some comments were heard about the Northland Swim Club and the upcoming Northland Community International Festival, Remy closed the business portion of the meeting by thanking those on hand for attending.

"I still am very proud to help to lead the organization," he said. "I feel we have the strongest organization in Columbus, but it wouldn't be the strongest if it wasn't for people like you."