Randy Ketcham, District 6 representative of the Clintonville Area Commission, may get his wish after all for a detailed presentation from Columbus officials regarding the proposed "road diet" for Indianola Avenue.
But nothing was guaranteed by Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt during the CAC's June 1 meeting.
The two had been at odds in the weeks leading up to the June session, with Ketcham demanding someone from the city be present to offer more details on the proposal.
The road diet would reduce Indianola Avenue between East North Broadway and Morse Road from two vehicle lanes in either direction to one, with a turn lane in the middle and bike lanes on each side. Construction is set in the summer.
"I do not support having a city representative attend our meeting," Wetherholt wrote in one of a series of emails between the two CAC members.
However, Wetherholt did invite Ketcham to make a motion at last week's meeting to request a presentation for the July session, and that's what Ketcham did. He said residents want to know when the work is going to start, if Indianola Avenue will be shut down for any portion of the project and other details.
He acknowledged it's too late to back out of the road diet -- a plan several residents have indicated they would stridently support.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown also was on hand for the June 1 meeting. After she discussed the work of the committees on which she serves, Brown got an earful from Ketcham about the workings of the Board of Zoning Adjustment and from Judy Minister of District 4 regarding tax abatements for development in the Short North.
Ketcham said he is frustrated because, in spite of CAC opposition to variances requested for a Jimmy John's restaurant in a former chiropractor's office at 4409 N. High St., city planning personnel recommended approval and BZA members sided with the applicant.
"The bottom line is, if you want to get good commissions, you have to treat them with respect," Ketcham told Brown.
Minister reeled off statistics about sales figures for properties in the Short North for which 15-year tax abatements have been approved.
In one instance, she said, a North Bank condo is for sale at $2.5 million, but the property taxes on it due to the abatement are less than $2,000 a year. By contrast, Minister said she pays $10,000 a year in property taxes on her 4,000-square-foot real-estate office on North High Street.
Brown said city officials are conducting a study of the existing tax-incentive program to address such issues.
Also at the June 1 meeting, commission members agreed to write to the city in support of a proposal from Car2Go general manager Chet Ridenour to extend the vehicle-sharing program to the northern parts of Clintonville.
"We would like to give the north Clintonville area another shot," he said, alluding to the decision last year to limit the program to areas south of North Broadway.
"I think it's a great idea," said David Vottero, the District 1 representative.
Customers who use Car2Go may check an online map to find one of the company's distinctive small cars parked nearby, rent it via phone app and drop it off at any parking space within the approved area when finished.
Wetherholt acknowledged June 1 the departure of two commission members who opted not to seek additional terms in the May election. Nancy Kuhel of District 2 was not present, but Wetherholt thanked D Searcy of District 9 for her 12 years of service on the panel.
"We're losing a vast amount of instructional knowledge with her leaving," the chairwoman said.