Category Archives: Resources

Resources to maximize your community enjoyment and to assist your active citizenship.

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!

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.

Columbus Police and City Apps

Columbus Police App

Columbus Police recently introduced their new App. Among the most interesting features are the ability to submit Tips, including uploading photos. (This is a complement to the Columbus App’s ability to submit 311 reports for code issues – see below.)

There is also a feature for Recruiting. If you or someone you know is interested in what it would be like and what it would take to join our police division, check it out!
Other features include Alerts, and News, Victim’s rights information, social media links, maps of substation locations, and contact information to various bureaus and precincts.

The Columbus Police mobile app is free and available on the iOS App Store: Columbus Police on iOS App Store, and the Google Play Marketplace: Columbus Police on Google Play Marketplace, or by searching for “Columbus Police” on the respective App Store.

A letter and news release introducing the App.

Columbus City App – “MyColumbus”

The City of Columbus has also had an App available for quite a while now. A most useful feature is the ability to Submit a Service Request. This includes 311 reports such as code violations, or need for Bulk Pickup. (311 is also available on the web site: 311 WEBSITE.)

The Columbus City mobile is app free and available on the iOS App Store: My Columbus on iOS App Store and the Google Play Marketplace: My Columbus on Google Play Marketplace. (or search My Columbus on the respective App Store)

More info on the My Columbus mobile App.

So please make use of these Apps and web sites to “report, report, report” when issues of concern arise. Between the two you have easy ways to report code violations (“The car is parked on the lawn”), or law violations (“The car is blocking the sidewalk”). Of course there are man other resources on the Apps and web sites of our Columbus and Division of Police.

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Tree and Plant Sale

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is having their Spring Tree and Plant Sale. Here are some resources to beautify our community!

Each year, our conservation team puts together our Spring Tree and Plant Sale. We offer different species of native plants (bare-root woody plants and trees); plug and container perennials (prairie grasses and flowering plants); seed mix (pollinator and native Ohio prairie mixes); and rotate in edible (berries, apples, mushroom kits) and live stakes (fast growing riparian species for streambank stabilization). We serve about 400 central Ohio residents and several non-profits every year by selling or donating plants. Our annual Spring Tree & Plant Sale is a fundraiser that benefits our Conservation Fund.

The 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale is now open! Visit the Online Shop now and place your order! Details and a mail-in order form can also be found in the 2019 Spring Frankly Speaking Newsletter.

View our new 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale Catalog (coming soon!) with plant descriptions and details.

Source: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Tree and Plant Sale

To Get Help or Give Help with 2-1-1

I came across this recently. It reminded me what a valuable resource we have for those in our community seeking to help or give help. -ed

To Get Help or Give Help
The Right People, with the Right Resources, at the Right Time and Place

24 hours a day, every day, 2-1-1 is the critical FirstLink between Greater Columbus’ efforts to reduce poverty and ensuring opportunity for every Central Ohioan. HandsOn’s 2-1-1 is the largest, AIRSTM accredited information and referral service in Ohio, and among the largest in the United States. Our professional team of certified resource specialists coordinate service delivery, strengthen food security, centralize homeless shelter access, and make volunteer service connections for nearly 500,000 people each year. We combine best practices, experience, and social innovation to provide one of the nation’s leading 2-1-1 services, in Central Ohio.

Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing or to be connected to volunteer opportunities.

from: Hands On Central Ohio

Columbus Metro Bike Map (MORPC)

Have a bike, but don’t know where to go? The Columbus Metro Bike Map gives you a color-coded view of the user-friendliness of on-road bike facilities in the core of Central Ohio. The printed map also features safety tips, a one-sided view of the regional map, and a larger inset of the downtown/Ohio State University area.

How to Receive a Bike Map
The fifth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is available online as a pdf and as an interactive map, at local bike shops, and public libraries. Fill out the form below to request a printed copy. A MORPC team member will respond as soon as possible. You can also email bikemaps [at] morpc [dot] org, or call 614-228-2663.

Limit one per person. Organizations and special event requests for more than one map will be reviewed.

Bike Map Request Form, PDF, or Interactive Map, may be found here:
Columbus Metro Bike Map

Pipeline which crosses Forest Park

Perhaps you have received a mailing from Marathon Oil Co. regarding the pipeline which crosses Forest Park.

Location:

The pipeline crosses Cleveland Avenue and runs west between Minerva Park Place and Rolling Rock Drive, continues between Blackoak Avenue and Maplewood Drive, jogs south just east of Northtowne Boulevard, then resumes going west along the north side of Northcliff Drive until it crosses Tamarack Boulevard. It then jogs south a bit before resuming a westerly path just south of Riverbirch Drive and Penworth Drive. After crossing Karl Road the pipeline runs west along the south edge of Woodward Park (N. of Fahlander Dr N) until it crosses interstate 71. You can zoom in on a map at:
http://www.marathonpipeline.com/Where_We_Operate/

MarathonPilelineFPCA

Safety Information:

Use your sense of sight, sound and smell to identify a potential pipeline leak.
Signs of a potential pipeline leak include:

  • A pool of liquid on the ground
  • A rainbow sheen on water
  • Dead or discolored vegetation
  • Continuous bubbling in water
  • Dirt or water being blown into the air
  • A dense white cloud or fog
  • An unusual hissing or roaring noise
  • An unusual odor such as gasoline, oil, sulfur or a rotten egg smell
  • Energy products transported in pipelines can be odorless. Use your sense of sight and sound as well as smell to identify a potential leak.

If you suspect a pipeline leak:

  • Leave the area immediately in an upwind direction and warn others to stay away
  • If you are near a school, hospital or large business, evacuate individuals from the area immediately as outlined in your emergency response plan
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone or turn on/off any electrical appliances
  • Once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, use a telephone or cell phone to call 911 and Marathon Pipe Line LLC at 1-800-537-6644
  • Do not drive into an area where you suspect a leak, and do not touch or operate pipeline valves

Here are links to more information:

811 Ohio Pipeline Info
U.S. D.O.T. Pipeline Info
Marathon Additional Resources