Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy, offering his year-end report to members at their annual holiday gathering last week, was upbeat about the prospects for the neighborhood.
"There's a lot to be thankful about," he said.
Remy, noting that the Coldwell Banker King Thompson realty firm he works for is in Upper Arlington, said he's frequently asked when he plans to move his family to that city.
The answer? Don't hold your breath.
"I'm really happy and pleased to be living in Northland," Remy said. "I wouldn't trade my neighbors and my community for anything.
"I don't have any intention of leaving any time soon."
Remy, who was recently elected a director for the coming year with the Columbus Board of Realtors, said his neighborhood, Clinton Estates, and many others in the Northland area, have both a strong civic association and Block Watch that combine to help keep up high standards for the entire sector.
"Of course, we have our issues," he said.
In dealing with those issues, however, Remy pointed out that NCC members and organizations approach city officials for assistance by offering possible solutions, not merely pointing out problems.
That approach is why the NCC gets things done, he said.
Dick Graham, the neighborhood liaison for the Northland area, concurred.
"Government works only as well as the citizens demand," Graham said.
"Every one of you makes up, collaboratively, our strength in dealing with the city," Remy said. "I see bright things ahead for Northland.
"We'll look forward to working together in 2014."
Also during his brief remarks at the dinner gathering at the Hunan House restaurant, Remy called for formation of a nominating committee to find candidates for the four NCC offices, which include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.