New commissioners introduced in the Hilltop

By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission welcomed its new commissioners at the Jan. 4 monthly meeting. Those new commissioner are Victoria Bates-Frye, Simon Dallas, Adhanet Kifle, as well as Josh Maddox, who won re-election.

New officers were also elected. Dan Fagan was elected chair, James White was elected vice chairman, Rachel Wenning was elected secretary, and Shawn Maddox was re-elected treasurer. Malik Moore was elected the new appointed commissioner after two rounds of a roll vote.

Moore brings his experience as a school principal in the Hilltop as well as his experience chairing the Council Residential Districting Commission. He also was YMCA senior leader and executive director for 13 years.

Melissa Green, who represents Columbus City Council as the westside pride center manager, advocated for hybrid meetings moving forward because of the surge in COVID cases and concerns about meeting in-person. The commissioners have to meet in-person to vote, but others can attend the meetings virtually.

“I believe (the camera you bought) has the ability to stream live online through Zoom. I also think there is an ability to download an app that’s connected to this camera and you can use your phones as microphones at each of your tables, or have a few people who have microphones set up on their phones,” said Green. “Then, you could permit people to either participate on Facebook or the Zoom link, or some combination of the two.”

Columbus City Council has approved MAP A as the city’s first district map. The Greater Hilltop Area Commission is “primarily in District 6 (old district B) with a sliver in District 7, as presented by Averi Townsend, legislative assistant with Columbus City Council.

The next full meeting of the Greater Hilltop Area Commission will be Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Briggs Road Baptist Church for those who want to attend in-person, or on Facebook, or Zoom, if available, for those who want to attend virtually.

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