A familiar face is all but guaranteed to return to the Clintonville Area Commission when votes are tallied in early May for the three seats up for election.
Dana Bagwell, who narrowly lost in her re-election bid in 2015 to stay on as the District 5 representative, was the lone person to apply for that seat by the deadline, elections committee Chairwoman Ann Henkener said at the CAC's April 5 session.
Barring an unprecedented write-in campaign, Bagwell will take the place of the man who took her place, Matthew Cull. He decided not to seek another term.
District 4 incumbent Judy Minister also was the only applicant for that seat, Henkener said.
"I really enjoy meeting more of my neighbors," Minister said. "I've learned so much about the city process."
District 7 also will have a different representative.
Jason Meek has decided against seeking another term, Henkener said.
The baton will be passed to either John Eschenbrenner, a principal with the EM Engineering Group Ltd. consulting firm, or Michael S. Weinman, director of governmental affairs for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio Inc.
Early voting for the CAC election is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. May 1 at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Regular election hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, also at the library.
During the CAC's April 5 meeting, members and those in the audience received a peek at a planned major presentation for the May session on proposed updates to the Clintonville Area Plan.
Justin Goodwin, a member of the planning and development committee, reported a subcommittee of the panel has reviewed the document, which seeks to guide development in the neighborhood, with an eye toward updating it.
Goodwin said 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the area plan's formal adoption by Columbus City Council.
"A lot has changed in the past 10 years in Clintonville," Goodwin said.
The informal update to the neighborhood plan, he said, will emphasize bringing the right type of project to the long-vacant former Clintonville Electric property on the west side of North High Street near its intersection with North Broadway, as well as call for an inventory of potential sites in the neighborhood's commercial corridors that might be ripe for redevelopment "so that we can get out ahead of development."
"We will be talking about this in much more detail next month," CAC Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said.