Some provisional voting took place at the July 6 meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission.

Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt explained that provisional votes were taken because Columbus City Council had not voted on legislation making new representatives Khara Nemitz of District 2 and B.J. White of District 9 official members, and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther had not signed off on the appointments.

"Their appointment is not yet quite official," Wetherholt said, citing an opinion from the city attorney's office.

The two new members could cast votes only on internal matters, such as the election of officers, but not on official issues, such as the lone zoning and variance case on the agenda, Wetherholt said.

Incumbent District 1 representative David Vottero, who arrived late, announced he was in the same boat and proposed that all three cast provisional votes.

There were no close votes among the three votes taken at the meeting.

One allowed an Indianola Avenue resident to continue living in her home, even though it and several other properties in south Clintonville were rezoned to commercial in the 1970s, zoning and variance committee Chairman Stephen Hardwick said.

The other vote, proposed by technology and public relations committee Chairwoman Judy Minister, called for spending an initial $35.70, then $12.50 a month, with Centipede Graphics for maintenance of the area commission's website.

Also at the meeting, the four current officers all were retained. Wetherholt remains chairman, Randy Ketcham of District 6 is still vice chairman, Treasurer Jason Meek of District 7 retains his post and District 5's Matthew Cull will continue to serve as secretary.

Commission members heard an update from Kyle O'Keefe, director of innovations and programs for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

Most of his presentation focused on the disappearance of 11 drop-off recycling containers from what many assumed was Indianola Plaza property.

The owner of the property, which is just north of the plaza, demanded their removal as of June 1, O'Keefe said.

He added that SWACO representatives are working with city and COTA personnel to perhaps replace the lost containers in the Park and Ride lot located at the intersection of Indianola Avenue and Morse Road.

"We are open to other thoughts and ideas," O'Keefe said.

Vottero said people in his part of the neighborhood were caught off guard by the abrupt disappearance of the drop-off recycling containers.

"Ever since people can remember, there's been a recycling drop-off at that location," O'Keefe said, noting that SWACO received only 15 days' notice from the property owner.

With recycling containers at Columbus City Schools sites now off-limits to the public for what O'Keefe said were safety concerns on the part of district officials, Vottero said people with excess recycling are in a quandary.

"There really is no good option," he said. "It is a serious issue."

O'Keefe noted that drop-off locations in Columbus have shown a 50 percent reduction in use since the citywide recycling program went into effect.

kparks@thisweeknews.com

@KevinParksTW1