The July meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission won't exactly be a baptism of fire for the two newest members, but at least one of them is ready to get started.
"I'm really eager to engage my community," said B.J. White, who takes the place of longtime District 9 representative D Searcy.
"We have a full agenda already," said Libby Wetherholt, the District 3 representative who is expected to remain as chairwoman when the meeting is held from 7 to 9 p.m. today, July 6, at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.
The only case set to come before the CAC during the meeting involves two variances that will allow an Indianola Avenue woman to continue using her home as a residence, in spite of its zoning switch to commercial years ago.
"Applicant does not believe this variance will negatively affect any adjoining property or the general welfare, as the immediate vicinity is exclusively residential and not commercial," Barbara J. Lubberger wrote in her application for a council variance.
Other than that, Wetherholt said, she's been asked to provide time for a representative of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, as well as for potential updates on the Indianola Avenue "road diet" project and the proposed alterations to state Route 315, West North Broadway and Olentangy River Road in conjunction with the new OhioHealth campus.
In addition, Wetherholt said Councilman Michael Stinziano will ask the CAC to serve as sponsor for an Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund proposal that would pay for a pedestrian bridge over Slyh Run in the Cranbrook area on the west side of the Olentangy River. The area commission is being asked to back the $20,000 request because the neighborhood isn't represented by any other entity, Wetherholt said.
"It's not affecting Clintonville UIRF funds at all," she added. "It's just kind of a bookkeeping request."
The election of officers also is scheduled for the July 6 session, but those posts were decided, for the most part, at a special CAC organizational session held June 15. All four current officers are set to remain in their posts.
Wetherholt will continue to serve as chairwoman, Randy Ketcham of District 6 as vice chairman, District 5's Matthew Cull as secretary and Jason Meek, the District 7 representative, as treasurer.
White, who will be a new face on the panel along with Khara Nemitz representing District 2, said she feels an obligation to the people who voted her onto the panel. She said she hopes to improve communication with the constituents she represents in around 2,000 households.
White said she wants to serve as "sort of like a two-way communications interface between the goings-on at the commission and the neighbors," she said.
"I want to engage my neighborhood, tell them how to be proactive."
As an example, White said she hopes to create a subcommittee to focus attention on Sharon Meadows Park as well as residents of unincorporated Sharon Township along Rosslyn, West Kanawha and Westview avenues.
"They do share the High Street corridor and the commercial trends that are happening," White said of township residents.