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Remy: Time for new NCC website to be 'up and running'

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The bank account for the Northland Community Council's Independence Day Parade is particularly flush at the moment.

That led to some discussion at last week's monthly meeting about using a portion of the $11,065 -- about $2,500 above what's normally in the account, according to treasurer Sandy LaFollette -- to beef up the council's anemic and unchanging website.

"I think it would be beneficial to upgrade our website," LaFollette said.

Some civic association representatives pointed out that money donated to or generated by the Independence Day Parade is intended to be spent specifically on that event.

However, former secretary Roseann Hicks, now projects and events chairwoman, said the council's website, if it were to be maintained, could be used to help promote participation and involvement in the event, which will mark its 51st year next summer. It is one of the largest Fourth of July Parades organized by a civic group in the state.

NCC president Emmanuel V. Remy indicated he's been doing some investigating into website upgrade costs, and $2,500 is way more than would be required.

"We need to get that thing up and running, period," Remy said. "This is 2012, not 1999."

NCC secretary Brandon L. Boos suggested volunteers be asked to explore the cost of website improvements and report back at the January meeting.

In other business, during his president's report, Remy said Franklin County's early-voting site in the former Kohl's store on Morse Road garnered a good deal of publicity for the community, not all of it good. Abortion opponents put out some "vulgar signs" and some of those handing out materials to people waiting to cast their ballots were a bit "intimidating," according to Remy.

In general, development committee chairman Dave Paul said, the site worked well and Franklin County Board of Elections officials were pleased.

Remy said he had not heard anything about the possibility of the elections board moving into the former department store.

Remy also announced that the former Olive Garden restaurant site on East Dublin-Granville Road will be turned into an over-30 jazz supper club.

On the subject of Olive Garden, Hicks brought up the possibility of moving the NCC's annual holiday dinner in December from its home of the past several years, Hunan House on state Route 161, to a Hamilton Road eatery, possibly the Max and Erma's or Olive Garden. Remy grumbled a little about the latter, expressing the frustration of some residents over the fact that the chain had left its East Dublin-Granville location.

Hicks was given authority to decide on the location of the holiday event.

 

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