It's a lot of little things, Nancy Stewart says, but they all add up to a big problem for the residents of Clintonville's District 9.
Stewart made her comment after B.J. White, who represents the district on the Clintonville Area Commission, read a seven-page document into the record at the Dec. 7 meeting.
The document detailed how some of White's constituents feel as if the rest of Clintonville doesn't regard the northernmost district as being part of the neighborhood.
"In addition to my accountability to the residents of District 9 and in alignment the purpose of the Clintonville Area Commission, my hope is to ignite my fellow commissioners in collaboration that will heal the fracture that exists at Morse Road between District 9 and the rest of Clintonville through improved relationships, increased awareness of systemic inequity in development opportunities and acknowledge the attitudinal complacency for absolute inclusion to city initiatives that engage the CAC and the CAC planning and development committee," White read.
"All these other projects seemed to get done and they stop just south of Morse Road," Stewart added, once her commission representative finished reading the lengthy statement.
White, who replaced longtime district representative D Searcy in July, went on to discuss the methods she uses to gauge the views of residents in her part of Clintonville, including monthly community meetings, regular office hours, a Facebook page and "dedicated telephone number."
Among the issues that leave some District 9 representatives feeling neglected, said White -- who occasionally cited unnamed "sources" within city departments -- are:
* The road diet on Indianola Avenue that's intended to improve safety ends at Morse Road.
* Decorative antique-style light poles along North High Street start at Arcadia Avenue on Clintonville's southern border but don't continue past Morse Road.
* The "unsightly and obstructive presence of advertising benches that are sporadically placed in the right-of-way easements and sidewalks" on both Indianola Avenue and North High Street in the district.
* Aging infrastructure, including water lines dating to 1935.
* Frequent power outages for residents of Meadowlark Lane, Stanton Avenue, Sharon Avenue and Woodglen Road.
CAC Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt noted that when the call went out for people to express an interest in being appointed to any of the commission's various committees, no one from District 9 applied.
"Which was very disappointing to me," she added.
Jack Lamberson, a longtime resident of District 9, said the area is sometimes considered "no man's land."
Any stigma that pertains to that section of Clintonville is decades old, according to District 4's Judy Minister. It relates to where the Columbus city limits ended until the 1950s, which was at Morse Road. The Sharon Heights neighborhood, which extends north from Morse Road to the Worthington border, was not considered to be part of Clintonville until the area commission system was created in the 1970s.
"You're part of Clintonville, too," Minister said.
District 7 representative Jason Meek praised White for raising the issues and noted Searcy had similar complaints during her long tenure.
"You've raised the bar in how a person in our role can serve the neighborhood," Meek said. "They are definitely things that need to be changed. This can't be a conversation that just continues."