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SWAC decides on holding quarterly meetings
At its July 18 meeting, the Southwest Area Commission (SWAC) unanimously voted in favor of holding quarterly meetings rather than monthly.
Under the revised bylaw, the commission will meet in August, November, February and May. Sessions will continue to be held the third Wednesday of the month.
The commission agreed to hold special meetings in the non-scheduled months if there are zoning applications, graphics or special permit requests. Notices for these meetings must be made at least 10 days prior to the session.
Residents can find special meetings published in the bulletin for the city of Columbus and on the commission’s website.
The commission said they wanted the change because it allowed more time for attending city meetings, talking to city officials and addressing public concerns and problems related to the Southwest area.
The meeting change will go into effect this year.
Elections to take place Aug. 7
The SWAC is looking for area residents who are interested in local government.
There are currently three elected seats open on the commission and several other vacant seats available.
Elected officials serve a term of three years. At-large commissioners serve a term of one year.
To become a commissioner, one must be 18 years of age and live, work, or own property in the commission area.
The boundaries are Mound Street to the north, Mt. Calvary and Greenlawn avenues to the east by the Scioto River, I-270 to the south and the CSX Railroad to the west.
Chairperson Stefanie Coe said the purpose of the commission is to listen to and work on ‘neighborhood issues, zoning, code enforcement and crime issues and other general things that impact the community.’
For information, visit www.columbusswac.org.
Volunteers needed at National Night Out
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention celebration that is nationally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and locally supported by the Westbrook and Eastfield Neighborhood Association.
It will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Finland Elementary School, 1825 Finland Ave.
According to Juanita Kaufman, who is a commissioner and president of the Westbrook and Eastfield Neighborhood Association, there will be family friendly activities to enjoy.
Activities include a kid’s parade, a fishpond with prizes, face painting stations, games, live music and police equipment on display. There will also be free food.
Kaufman said they need people who are willing to volunteer at the event.
“We’d like as many helpers as we can,” Kaufman said.
She added volunteers may arrive any time, especially when preparations begin at 9 a.m.
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