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Graphics task force will report zoning violations

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The Northland Community Council graphics task force has expanded its territory, not in terms of geography but of scope.

At the urging of coordinator William Logan, NCC members voted unanimously last week to expand the mission of the task force to include reporting zoning code violations.

"Basically, he's doing this anyway," NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy said. "He wanted to bring it to our attention and get our blessing for doing it."

City personnel charged with enforcing zoning code regulations need to have violations brought to their attention, Logan said in making his case.

"It's kind of like the squeaky wheel gets the grease," he said.

The graphics task force was established in January 2010 primarily to address the problem of advertising signs being posted illegally in the public rights of way. Since then, the mission of Logan and the volunteers who assist him on the task force has expanded to embrace reporting incidents of graffiti and violations of the graphics code.

In the course of doing that work, Logan said, zoning code infractions often come to his attention. As a recent example, he said he was pursuing an issue related to illegal advertising banners at a business when he saw that a fence which screens an apartment complex's Dumpsters from public view had fallen or been knocked over.

That's not a graphics issue but is something for code enforcement personnel, Logan said. He said code enforcers respond to reports from the public, instead of having the time go out on patrol to find violations.

"They rely on us to inform them that there is a problem, then they go out and deal with it," he said.

The focus for the expanded task force mission, Logan wrote in the report, would be on commercial properties "along the major collector and arterial corridors, those streets with speed limits above 25 mph" such as Schrock, Morse, East Dublin-Granville, Cooke, Innis, Sinclair and Karl roads as well as Cleveland and Westerville avenues.

The reporting system already in place for keeping community council members as well as city personnel informed of task force activities will remain the same, save for the addition of including reports about code matters, according to Logan.

"In practical terms, the function I've had will remain, but just expand," he said.

Logan's title also would expand to include "commercial code coordinator," he wrote in the report.

"He tried 'king,' but we said no," Remy quipped. "We really do appreciate his diligence and his zealousness going after these violators."

When Remy asked if any of those present had any objections, no one did.

"Nosy neighbors keep the community looking good," Sharon Woods Civic Association president John Kirkpatrick said. "I think it looks good."

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