Those interested in helping create a safer German Village are invited to attend a public meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the German Village Meeting Haus.

Those interested in helping create a safer German Village are invited to attend a public meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the German Village Meeting Haus.

"I think the purpose is to pull together some members of the community who are interested in championing the cause of safety with new ideas, new energy and opinions," said Dan Glasener, a neighbor and owner of German Village Insurance.

The late Jerry Glick was the organizer of the monthly lunches with Columbus police officers in the Meeting Haus.

Since Glick died in November, Glasener has taken over organizing the lunches and wants to help broaden the scope of safety in the village, while continuing to work with police, and other city and public safety officials.

Also, last year, a strategic planning task force found safety was the No. 2 issue of German Village residents. The No. 1 issue was improving sidewalks.

A safety meeting last year led to the village's first-known celebration of National Night Out, a community-building campaign that supports neighborhood-police partnerships.

Jeff Ferriell, another village resident, said he will attend the Feb. 10 meeting with an open mind.

"I think we all just need re-evaluate how we can best work with the Columbus police department, with our neighbors, to make German Village as safe as we can make it," Ferriell said.

"Of course, we've had a wonderful relationship with the Columbus police for many years and we want to build on the work that Jerry had done."

Ferriell said he's worked intermittently on safety issues over the years but has stayed mostly on the sidelines. He said he hopes others join in being more active.

"I think we need a lot of people to get involved," Ferriell said. "Many hands make light work."