When the president of the Northland Community Council wants to know what's up in Clinton Estates, it's easy for him to contact the president of that civic association to find out.
That's because Emmanuel V. Remy serves in both posts.
The NCC leader is hoping to improve the level of communication with presidents of the civic associations that make up the bulk of the NCC's membership. To accomplish that, Remy is convening what he calls a "Presidents' Roundtable" for late October.
"I feel it will allow me to get the pulse of what they're hearing within their own associations and, hopefully, develop new ways that we can help them within our body," Remy said last week.
He first announced the idea at the NCC's September meeting, saying it was tentatively scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the conference room of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center on Tamarack Boulevard.
Remy noted that's an away, late-afternoon game for the Ohio State University football team, the elephant in the room for any kind of get-together on a fall Saturday in Columbus.
Remy noted many of those who regularly attend the NCC's monthly meetings are representatives of their neighborhood organizations, not the presidents. Some of these representatives tend to be more vocal than others in raising issues of concern or problems in their specific subdivisions, he said.
"It's not like I feel that people are ineffective in any way, but I just felt there should be a line of communication," Remy said.
While the council was founded specifically as an amalgam for the civic associations of Northland neighborhoods, membership has since expanded to include the Northland Area Business Association, Northland Alliance and North Side Health Advisory Committee. The leaders of those groups are invited to the roundtable gathering, as well, he said.
"My philosophy is that everybody's welcome," he said. "My focus is predominantly on the associations themselves. I'd like to see a better than average outcome in terms of how many participate."
On another front, Remy said last week that membership in the organization will be back to what it was prior to actions taken in September to remove three associations for failing to have a representative at a sufficient number of monthly sessions.
Expelled from the council on a voice vote Sept. 4 were North Village following 19 straight absences, Woodstream West after a representative missed 16 meetings in a row and Blendon Meadows, with 11 consecutive no-shows.
While the action was taken with some reluctance, Remy said he's pleased to welcome just as many new organizations seeking to join the council. All are from the eastern fringes of the NCC's coverage area, abutting New Albany.