It might seem as if Zachary M. Klein doesn't quite know where he lives.

It might seem as if Zachary M. Klein doesn't quite know where he lives.

In recent months, he's been trudging from area commission meeting to area commission meeting, like he was looking for a home.

In fact, Klein resides in Italian Village.

It's just that, as one of two members of city council appointed to the panel in mid-January and a candidate for a full term in the fall, Klein has been making the rounds of what he termed "the eyes and ears of the community."

"It has been my commitment since I've been on council to get out as soon as possible to all the area commissions," Klein said last week. "It's incumbent upon us to go out and listen to what a community wants and what a community needs."

Next up: the Clintonville Area Commission on Thursday, April 7. "I'm excited to get to Clintonville to see how I can be a partner in accomplishing things with them," Klein said.

Klein praised the neighborhood for having become a "model for business growth" through adoption of a commercial overlay that encourages parking lots being located behind buildings, as opposed to the other way around, making an area more pedestrian-friendly.

"It's kind of been the model for the entire city to live by," Klein said.

At the March meeting of the CAC, chairman John DeFourny announced Klein's appearance at the following month's session. DeFourny said at the time that Klein would be on hand to discuss capital improvements, but the councilman said last week that he does not have a specific agenda.

"This is a listening tour for me," Klein said.

Klein, an attorney, was appointed to city council at the same time as Northeast Side resident Michelle M. Mills, president of St. Stephen's Community House.

They, along with council President Andrew J. Ginther of Clintonville and Councilman Hearcel F. Craig, will be on the fall ballot. The four, all Democrats, will face the challenge of two Republicans, Matthew Ferris and Daryl P. Hennessy, and two Libertarians, Mark Noble and Robert Bridges.

Noble also lives in Clintonville.