Columbus City Councilman Emmanuel V. Remy paid a surprise visit to the Northland Community Council at its Jan. 8 meeting.

Remy was president of the NCC for six years prior to being appointed to council exactly one year earlier. He is filling the unexpired term of Zach Klein, who was elected city attorney, and will have to run for the seat in the fall.

"It's been an exciting ride," Remy told NCC representatives. "This is a special place for me."

The city "accomplished some really great things" in 2018, he said.

"I can't think of a more exciting time than we are in right now," Remy said.

Closer to home, the former NCC leader said he is looking forward to the results of a marketing study being undertaken along the East Dublin-Granville Road corridor. Remy predicted that it will bring "more identity and purpose" to what was once the main commercial area for Northland.

The hope is that the marketing study will lead to formation of a special-improvement district, as was the case on Morse Road.

"We have a lot of work to do in the environment," Remy said of the year ahead. "There are some immediate needs to work on in our community to be prepared as the climate warms."

He cited an Ohio State University study that predicted the weather in central Ohio would be similar to that of Virginia by 2030.

Columbus is the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, gaining on average 50 new residents a day, many of them refugees and immigrants, Remy said.

"We need to figure out how to make sure that they feel very welcome," he said.

Winter warnings

Also at the Jan. 8 session, Columbus police officers Scott Clinger and Larry Geis, liaisons to two of the precincts in Northland, predicted a sharp uptick in car thefts between 6 and 11 a.m. now that temperatures finally have caught up with the calendar. The reason: people leave their vehicles running to warm up on cold mornings.

"It's something that happens all the time," Clinger said.

He recounted stories of people seeing their cars being driven off after being left idling for only a short time.

"You would save yourself a lot of heartache in the end," Clinger said. "Make sure you don't leave your car unattended when it's warming up."

Geis pointed out that state law allows officers to cite the owners of vehicles stolen in such circumstances.

"There's nothing like getting your car stolen and then getting charged," Geis said.

Actually, officers wouldn't charge stolen vehicle owners with a crime, but do have the option of citing them, Clinger said.