Northland News

Elections slated for February

Continuity likely for most NCC offices in 2013


Three of the Northland Community Council's four officers have agreed to remain in their posts for 2013, with only treasurer Sandy LaFollette hoping someone will step forward to replace her.

President Emmanuel V. Remy said he would be happy to serve another term "if the membership so chooses." He added that vice president Gerry O'Neill and secretary Brandon L. Boos are also willing to stay on. And while he would welcome LaFollette continuing to serve as treasurer, Remy said he understand she's already got many irons in the fire.

Nominating committee chairman John Kirkpatrick began soliciting candidates via email announcement in mid-December. He said before Christmas that other than a verbal communication from Remy, he had gotten no response, but subsequently issued a plea for someone to accept the treasurer's post due to LaFollette's involvement in other activities, including being co-chair of the North Side Health Advisory Committee.

"This is a very important position and no organization can operate without someone watching over their funds," Kirkpatrick wrote in an email.

He said he got started late on seeking people willing to fill the officer posts because his appointment was overlooked at the NCC's annual holiday party in early December.

"I just figured he had somebody else lined up to do it," added Kirkpatrick, who has headed the committee for several years.

Kirkpatrick is to give his report at the first meeting of the year, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd.

"Of course, every role's open," Remy said.

Nominations will be taken from the floor for all four officer positions.

Voting takes place in February and those elected start their terms in March.

Remy expressed his appreciation that O'Neill and Boos have consented to stay on.

"I definitely appreciate that and I feel it's important to have some continuity moving forward," he said. "There's plenty more to do."

Remy was elected to take over for six-term council president Dave Paul in February 2012.

Among the plenty more to do, Remy said, will be addressing some of the concerns and issues that arose during a Dec. 15 gathering he convened with presidents of some of the NCC's member civic associations.

"The meeting went well," Remy said. "I think it's an opportunity to open up new lines of communications.

"It's clear that we need to get out and tell the story or create the message of how the Northland Community Council benefits all the residents of the Northland area and collectively, we are a big voice to the city of Columbus," he said. "We speak on everyone's behalf as it relates to our community. We need to, for lack of a better way of saying it, sell that message."

To that end, Remy said he would be trying to attend meetings of the various civic associations and other groups that belong to the NCC once a month, explaining why the council exists.

"We really want to get other additional members involved throughout the community, and in order to do that, we have to spread the word," he said.

Remy added that he would be holding another gathering for neighborhood leaders in February, hoping for additional attendance with the holidays a thing of the past.

"I want to hear from those people, still," he said.