WAC assured council hears them

Members of the Westland Area Commission who have attended Columbus City Council meetings say they are telling council members about the issues facing their area.

“We are hearing you,” a legislative aide to Council member Hearcel F. Craig told commission members at the WAC meeting Wednesday, Oct. 18.

WAC members have been participating in a rotation schedule the past several months to attend council meetings where they not only learn what council and the city are doing, but also to let council know what issues are facing their area.

“I told them about the need for more police officers and our support for a community recreation center,” said member Ashley Hoye of his visit to council.

“I talked with (council member) Priscilla Tyson and she said ‘You’re from Westland Area Commission and want a recreation center.’ She knows us,” reported Patricia Brown. “The night I was there, council approved a zoning request for the car wash.”

In July, WAC approved a rezoning request for an automatic three-bay car wash to be constructed alongside the Georgesville Square Shopping Center. The request was then forwarded to the city for its study.

“Now that we have re-emerged, they (council members) will know what we want,” said member Bill Steimer.

Hensley, who said he tries to get to civic and community groups to listen to city residents, assured WAC that their voice is being heard.

As for the request for more police officers in the area, Hensley told them that council member Andrew Ginther is the safety committee chairman. Hensley also acknowledged the desire for a recreation center.

“You may not get it in this budget, but you are in the pecking order,? he said.

WAC member Jo Ellen Locke, who chairs the commission’s recreation andparks committee, said she is working toward bringing someone to a WAC meeting to talk about a bond issue as a way to raise funds for the community recreation center.

Hensley also touched briefly on the city’s plans to observe its bicentennial in 2012, saying several committees are being formed. One of those is headed by Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee.

Part ofthe observation will be showing a number of the city’s accomplishments, he said.

As a legislative aide, Hensley says he handles a lot of constituent requests and networks with the various city departments as he seeks to find a remedy for citizens’ problems.

WAC’s next regularly scheduled meeting date falls the evening before Thanksgiving Day, and efforts are being made to move the meeting a week earlier.

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