A bevy of brats, a host of hot dogs and a whole lot of hamburgers were grilled for the Aug. 8 edition of the annual Northland Community Council picnic.
They were all eaten, too, during and after the brief business portion of the gathering at the Northland Swim Club.
"It's always a good time to get together," council President Emmanuel V. Remy said during what he promised would be brief remarks, after which attendees could get back to visiting with one another and eating all that food, which included side dishes contributed by the organization's members.
In his interactions with city and school district officials, developers and residents of other parts of Columbus, Remy said he is frequently asked why the Northland area is represented by a community council rather than an area commission, as is the case in many other neighborhoods.
The NCC, which is composed of subdivision civic associations as well as other organizations that operate in the neighborhood, such as the North Side Health Advisory Committee and Northland Area Business Association, actually predates the area commission system, Remy noted.
Far from being considered less influential than these city-organized and city-funded advisory panels, Remy said the NCC is recognized as representing more than 130,000 Columbus residents. The largest area commission represents 45,000 people, he said.
During her report, Vice President Alicia Ward provided an update on the planned Taste of Northland showcase for the area's restaurants. Already rescheduled from summer to fall, Ward said the whole event is now on hold. A manager with the online organization that was rounding up participants resigned recently.
"It might not happen until next year, but we still want to do it," Ward added.
Assistant City Attorney William Sperlazza told NCC members that the shuttered Ramada Plaza on Sinclair Road had received offers from four potential new owners. Two are eyeing the property, which closed in February 2015, as the location for a storage operation while the other two are considering the site for a retirement facility, Sperlazza said.
He predicted that new owners would be investing in the site by the end of the year.