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City Council Asks for Community Input on Reimagining Safety in Columbus

As your FPCA Representatives, we encourage thoughtful contributions to this process.

December 30, 2020

City Council Asks for Community Input on Reimagining Safety in Columbus
Survey to Help Inform Path Forward

[COLUMBUS, OH] Columbus City Council invites residents to participate in a community survey designed to gain further insight on how to establish alternative crisis response models, invest in accountability and a better Division of Police, and invest in violence prevention.

The survey opened on December 21, 2021, and is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReimagineSafety.

“Over the summer, Council announced its intention to push forward how we reimagine safety together. This survey asks how the community wants to invest in violence prevention, accountability and begin to stand-up a more comprehensive crisis response system,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “This is one more step in our community’s process to build a safer, stronger City.”

The survey is another step in Council’s commitment to reimagining public safety driven by the people. In partnership with the Saunders PR Group, residents will participate in virtual town halls, focus group discussions and hearings. The information will be quantified to inform a comprehensive safety strategy that reinvests in neighborhoods, realigns safety protocols to specific community needs while creating a more equitable Columbus.

“Any plan to tackle the violence in our city must have residents’ voices at the center,” said President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “The 2021 operating budget process is our opportunity to invest in better public safety while also addressing the underlying economic insecurity among residents that is linked to it.”

The 16-question survey asks users for their insights into safety in Columbus and how they want to see Council advance a budget that keeps all neighborhoods safe.

“We must listen to our community if we are to improve safety and successfully invest in our neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown, chair of the Public Safety committee. “We want to hear from as many voices as possible. I encourage you to participate in this survey.”

For more information about the Columbus City Council Reimagining Safety Initiative, visit www.columbus.gov/reimaginesafety/.

FPCA Senior Support – Face Protection – still have some!

We still have some masks available – fill out the form below!

If you are in need of receiving a COVID protective mask, please complete this form:

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Someone will get in touch to arrange for you to receive a gift from some of our neighborhood volunteers!

Vision Zero Columbus transportation safety initiative

This came out as my wife came home from riding her bike to the Karl Road Library, and was again reminded how people speed and do not heed (sharrows) on Karl Road. I put in my contribution. If you have concerns please do likewise!

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in March announced a bold transportation safety initiative to work toward eliminating all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on the city’s transportation network.

Vision Zero Columbus makes protecting human lives the highest priority of our transportation system, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all residents and visitors.

Your input is important and valued. Please go to the map at columbus.gov/visionzero to mark locations where you have had a close call or think pose transportation safety risks. Take the survey on the website, too.

FPCA Senior Support – Face Protection

If you are in need of receiving a COVID protective mask, please complete this form:

OSApostle [dot] com” subject=”Request Mask”]

Someone will get in touch to arrange for you to receive a gift from some of our neighborhood volunteers!

Recycling Matters Even During a Pandemic

Ty Marsh, Director of SWACO (Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio), sent out a letter recently that is worth sharing. Some of the links in the letter seem broken, so I have attempted to supply corrected ones in the quoted text below.

Recycling Matters Even During a Pandemic

“Flattening the curve” has been the driving force behind nearly every policy decision the past few weeks. And rightfully so. In order to protect the health and safety of American citizens, we need to stop the spread of coronavirus as quickly as possible.

In working to achieve this critical goal, we’ve seen a temporary reduction in pollution, energy consumption and waste production. Recently, The New York Times reported “huge declines in pollution over major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago and Atlanta.”

Locally, Franklin County has seen reductions too. The closure of schools, universities, businesses and other commercial facilities has resulted in a reduction in the amount of recyclable and waste material that’s being created. In fact, the amount of material coming to the sanitary landfill is down 8%, or approximately 2,000 tons a week, from just a few short weeks ago.

While this is good news in the near-term, these environmental improvements aren’t permanent.

That’s why I encourage you to continue the sustainability practices you’ve always engaged in and, if you’re inspired, to adopt a few more. There are so many things you can be doing, and just a little bit of effort can make a very big difference.

Take recycling, for example. With coronavirus forcing many of us to work from and spend more time at home, we’re consuming more products packaged in glass, plastic and cardboard. These materials are all recyclable, and Franklin County’s curbside pick-up and drop-off recycling programs (* see Columbus curbside recycling) make recycling as easy and safe as possible.

Recycling right has never been more important. The reduction in the amount of available material has also created an increase in the demand for recyclables like paper and cardboard.

Recycled newspapers, magazines, envelopes and school papers are needed to create products like paper towels and the toilet paper that’s been so hard to find. And recycled cardboard is used to make new boxes so we can avoid shopping in person and instead have goods shipped to our homes.

If we all prioritize recycling now and into the future, we’ll not only help our environment, but we’ll also help our economy. Nearly 400 companies make up central Ohio’s recycling industry, providing jobs and much-needed paychecks to about 5,000 people.

April is Earth Month, so let’s come together – virtually – and commit to helping without leaving our homes. Whether you recycle, compost or just turn off lights, your actions matter.

Before I close, I’d like to express my gratitude to the first responders, healthcare workers and others on the front-line of this battle. This includes SWACO’s very own employees who are working hard every day to keep the landfill open for the health and safety of our community as well as all of the sanitation workers who, day in and day out, are putting their health at risk to ensure our waste and recyclables are collected and disposed of. Thank you to all of them!

Sincerely,

Ty Marsh
Executive Director

See the entire letter here! (You can even sign up for more.) Or visit SWACO.

Absentee Ballot Request – if you haven’t voted

It’s not to late to get in your Absentee Ballot Request at the Franklin County Board of Elections!

OR from the or the Secretary of State at: www.ohiosos.gov or by calling 1-877-767-6446.

Ballots must be postmarked by April 27, 2020; or dropped off at the Franklin County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. April 28, 2020. Further information on deadlines, etc. may be found at the Secretary of State’s H.B. 197 FAQ.

The Columbus Dispatch April 7 edition has a copy of the Ohio Absentee Ballot Request on page B-4, along with other information.

Area Kroger stores have Absentee Ballot Requests available.

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Front Window Easter Egg Hunt

from Pam Weaver (as seen in April 2020 Forester)
— Forest Park Social (Distancing) Activities Committee

A Little Fun For Everyone…

As a mom of two very active boys, ages 7 and 9, I have to admit that things can get a little tense sometimes being cooped up inside all day with homeschooling. In March, some residents suggested on our neighborhood Facebook page that we all get out and do a “Shamrock Hunt” throughout the neighborhood – the Social-Distancing version of a shamrock hunt that is. Many residents joined in the fun by printing and coloring pictures of shamrocks and then hanging them in their front windows. Neighborhood children and adults then went out on daily walks and had a good time “hunting” for new colored shamrocks in the windows of their neighbors. My boys and I had a great time going on walks ourselves! We tried new routes each time and discovered quite a few beautifully colored shamrocks.

Well, lets keep the fun going! For April, I’d like to encourage our residents to join in on the Forest Park Front Window Easter Egg Hunt! Create a paper Easter egg of your own, then paint it, color it, glue construction paper to it – get as creative as you want – but make it bright and visible from the sidewalk. Even if you don’t have children, join in by going out for a walk and enjoying all the gorgeous window eggs, or you can even put up a window egg of your own to brighten up someone else’s day. Feel free to use the blank egg template in this issue of The Forester. I’m looking forward to a beautiful April!

See the egg to color in April 2020 Forester! – see page 10!

Response and Precautions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Response and Precautions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to concerns over the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Franklin County and Ohio, the Forest Park Civic Association Board has decided to cancel the April meeting. Below is a list of how the FPCA will be addressing the issues of monthly meetings and the monthly publication of The Forester. 

As always, please refer to the Forest Park website www.fpcivic.org and the Forest Park Facebook page www.facebook.com/fpcivic for the most up-to-date information about what is happening in your neighborhood.

  1. April’s FPCA meeting will be hosted online via Zoom. Details about the meeting will be posted on the website and Facebook page listed above. The decision concerning May’s meeting will be made at a later date.
  2. The April Forester will be an online version ONLY found on the FPCA website, here: Forester. Links will be on social media. The home delivery of The Forester will cease through the month of April, and possibly May. This may change depending on what the medical, state and municipal authorities are saying.
  3. Forester Stuffing for the membership drive will still have to go ahead; however, we will have to set up differently with social distancing guidelines in mind. Mike Stone will be in contact with the volunteers as to how that will all happen. Check the above websites for future information about stuffing.

If anyone in the community needs to communicate with the FPCA during this time, please use the “Contact FPCA” link on our website www.fpcivic.org/about/contact 

We hope that all our members, and the entire community, stay safe and healthy during this time.

Sincerely,

The Officers & Board of your Forest Park Civic Association