The Westland Area Commission tabled a resolution July 18 that would have urged Columbus City Council to allow voters to decide this fall whether they want to change the way city council members are elected.

The Westland Area Commission tabled a resolution July 18 that would have urged Columbus City Council to allow voters to decide this fall whether they want to change the way city council members are elected.

Commission member Adam Slane urged fellow members to pass the resolution, noting the importance of having representation from all parts of the city on Columbus City Council. Slane wrote the resolution and presented the document to commission members, most of whom saw the resolution for the first time at the meeting.

"I really would like to take the time to read all of this before passing a resolution," commission chair Linda Pitts said.

"There is a lot of detail here," commission member Ashley Hoye said. "I don't think 10 minutes is enough time."

A grassroots effort led by the Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government recently failed in its attempt to change the way Columbus residents elect council members. The coalition was seeking to change the city charter to allow for a mixed at-large and district-elected council.

According to the Franklin County Board of Elections, the coalition failed to collect enough signatures to meet the deadline to get the issue on the November ballot. The coalition is now asking area commissions and civic groups to urge Columbus City Council to voluntarily place the issue on the ballot.

"A mixed at-large and district-elected council reflects the democratic principles of America's Founding Fathers in their vision of a legislative body," Slane said. "This is not a challenge or an attack. I believe more regional voices can only make city council better."

Slane said he was torn on whether or not to offer the resolution to the WAC.

Not all members wanted to table the resolution.

"I say we do it," member Jim Kennedy said. "It just makes common sense."

Slane said the West Side should be represented by "someone who understands the area's needs.

"I think this body agrees with the sentiment of district council members," he said. "We agree we have been neglected by the city."

The WAC will discuss the issue again at its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital on West Broad Street.