The Northland Community Council's annual awards banquet will take place April 19.

The banquet is a chance for member organizations to honor volunteers and for the overall organization to recognize efforts by civic associations that go above and beyond.

NCC Vice President Alicia Ward, who heads the committee charged with planning the banquet, said it will return to the Golf Club at Little Turtle, the same venue as in 2017.

Awards will be presented to community volunteers nominated from the various civic groups that make up the council, as well as best civic association, best Block Watch program, top event and best publication.

Ward said nomination forms are available at the NCC's website, columbusncc.org.

She said nominations are due by March 6.

"That's a hard deadline," Ward said. "If you don't get it in by then, I'm sorry."

She said time is required to get the awards signed by local officials prior to the evening of the banquet.

During their Jan. 5 reports to the council, Scott Clinger and Larry Geis, Columbus Police Department liaisons to the neighborhood, were asked about the activity taking place at the former Ramada Plaza, 4900 Sinclair Road.

U-Haul Co. of Ohio purchased the 5.5-acre site of what was once one of Northland's crime-plagued motels, to turn the property into a storage operation. Clinger and Geis said renovations have begun in earnest.

"It's incredible how quick they're working on that place," Geis said.

"They're not playing around," Clinger said.

Meeting schedule

Northland Community Council secretary Roger Davidson announced the schedule of the organization's meetings and some events for 2018.

In general, full council meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Development committee sessions are at 6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, 1721 Northland Park Ave.

There are exceptions.

The August meeting of the NCC is held on the second Tuesday, in order to allow member organizations to participate in National Night Out. That session is also the council's annual picnic and is held at the Northland Swim Club, 5006 Almont Drive. The Dec. 4 meeting is the organization's holiday party, with the site to be chosen from area restaurants later in the year.

Because the development panel's November and December meetings would fall on or near holidays, the sessions for those months are combined into one, set for Dec. 5, Davidson said.

Aside from the awards banquet in April, other scheduled events include a meet-the-candidates forum in October with date, time and location to be determined.

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