Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Northwest Civic Association.
"We think that's a pretty good 'get,' " board of trustees Vice President Ruth Royal said at the association's May 2 meeting during which she announced plans for the annual session Wedneday, June 6.
The yearly meeting, which will be held in the Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, will begin with a social period time at 6:30 p.m., according to board President Nick Cipiti.
He said Royal, as she does every year, has arranged for the donation of refreshments from Fresh Market, Edible Arrangements and the Refectory.
"She just asks and they deliver," Cipiti said.
The annual session will be convened at 7 p.m. After hurrying through the minutes and voting on any new membership applications, it will be time for the featured speaker. Cipiti said Hardin's staff asked he begin his remarks right at the top of the hour.
"I think we can get to him at 7:05," Cipiti said. "We feel very honored and flattered that he would come out to our civic association meeting and talk to us."
The council president hasn't been asked to speak on any specific topic, other than to address issues of importance to the northwest side, according to Cipiti.
"We left it just that loose," he said.
"The Columbus region is experiencing tremendous economic and population growth," Hardin said in a statement released by his office.
"However, not everyone is sharing equally in that growth. That's why we need to work together to grow the right way," he said.
"We need growth that doesn't overload our roads with traffic or crowd out green spaces. Instead, our community needs to create mixed-income neighborhoods and improve the quality of life across Columbus."
According to Hardin's bio on the City Council website, the council president is chairman of council's rules and reference committee, which oversees approving and placing legislation on the agenda.
Hardin was appointed to council Oct. 7, 2014. He won election to a full term the following Nov. 3 and was re-elected Nov. 7, 2017.
Cipiti said he expected Hardin to speak for 20 to 30 minutes and perhaps take some questions.
The guest speaker will be followed by presentation of the Anna Mildred Henderson Award, named for the founder of the Northwest Civic Association and intended to recognize community volunteers.
Cipiti said he wanted to keep the recipient of this year's honor a secret until the June 6 meeting.
"I think it's a well-deserved award for this individual," he said.
That will bring to a close the annual meeting, and a regular session will be convened that includes the usual monthly committee reports.
Only one matter is up for consideration from the graphics and zoning committee, according to Chairwoman Marilyn Goodman. It involves rezoning a parcel of land that belongs to the Ohio State University Airport which has been or is being annexed into the city.
Annexed land is automatically given rural zoning, but airport officials want the parcel to be zoned manufacturing, Goodman said.
"That's what the rest of the airport is zoned," she said. "It should be quick and noncontroversial."
Once the regular meeting is concluded, the election of trustees will take place, Cipiti said. Eight members are to be voted on June 6, including five incumbents seeking additional terms.
They are Cipiti, Alyson Miles, John Fortkamp, John Ehlers and Kit Logsdon.
Any member of the association in good standing is eligible to run for trustee.
"The top eight vote-getters who have a majority of the votes cast will take their place on the board immediately," Cipiti wrote in an email announcing the schedule for the annual session. "If a runoff vote is needed, we will do so.
"Members must be present to vote. Absentee voting is not permitted."