Only one of the three Clintonville Area Commission members whose seats are up for election next month will seek another term.

David Vottero of District 1 is assured of his return to the commission, since no one filed to run against him.

Both Nancy Kuhel of District 2 and D Searcy of District 9 said last week they simply felt it was time.

For Kuhel, that means time to spend with family.

For Searcy, it's more like time to throw in the towel.

Searcy, the longest-tenured CAC member, expressed bitterness last week with the direction in which Columbus is going, frustration with the way neighborhood concerns are handled and anger at what she sees as officials encouraging unwanted development in Clintonville to cover revenues lost through tax abatements in the Short North and last week's announced redevelopment of the North Market area.

"This is not the Columbus that I knew when I first went on the commission," said Searcy, who first was elected in 2005. "It's just changed. It's no longer the city of small neighborhoods and them being helped and actually being able to go down and talk to council members and have them understand the feelings of the local community.

"All you have to do is look at what's been allowed to happen in Clintonville."

Kuhel, who opted not to seek a third three-year term, said, "Six years is a long time. I feel that whatever I brought to the table, I've completed that goal."

She said she intends to concentrate her efforts on Positively Clintonville, the civility-fostering organization she helped create, as well as to remain involved with the CAC's historic building committee.

"I'm going to have another grandbaby up in Michigan," she said. "Something has to come off the table."

Vottero said seeking another three years on the commission wasn't a difficult decision.

"The only uncertainty was the time commitment," he said.

The District 1 representative said he wants to see to their conclusion some of his initiatives in the works, notably, a solution to train noise from the tracks on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, and possibly developing an architectural review process for Clintonville's commercial corridors.

"I sort of felt like both of those were things I stated and they still needed some advocacy to have a chance to go somewhere," Vottero said. "I've enjoyed the last three years. On the whole, they've been a lot of fun."

"It's been very interesting to hear from people and be involved in developing a strong community," Kuhel said.

Searcy is no longer interested in fighting what she sees as a losing battle with City Hall.

"It was just time for someone else to have some fun," she said. "The commission has changed a lot since I went on the commission; the city government has changed a lot since I went on the commission. Particularly, I don't find it very enjoyable dealing with the city anymore, quite frankly."

Time was, Searcy said, she could have a conversation with a member of City Council "and feel like you were being heard."

That's no longer the case, she said.

"The concerns of the citizens who don't have paid lobbyists are not that considered," Searcy said.

Lee A. Cole, director of communications for Columbus City Council, was unable to obtain a response to Searcy's comments from any council members by ThisWeek Booster's deadline.

Searcy, a longtime volunteer with animal-rescue organizations, plans to become even more involved in that arena.

"I feel like my time can be better spent," Searcy said. "I think I can make a difference in the lives of dogs.

"I don't think I can make a difference with the city."

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