Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: May 9, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 09 May 2023

Location: Epworth United Methodist Church

Meeting called to order @ 7:00 PM by Ed Vanasdale 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Attendance was taken via role call.


President Ed Vanasdale

  1. Guest Speaker: Ray Leard “The Compost Guy”:
  • They operate a curbside or drop off compost for the last 10 years.
  • Drop off at farmer’s markets around neighborhoods.
  • 6 weeks free promo offer. They are looking for a Northland captain/s – there are benefits
  • When you renew your membership, you get a free 7# bucket of compost. 740-249-5427
  1. Reminder: Do not use the blue boxes outside the post offices. Many checks have been stolen, please use the boxes inside to be safe.
  2. The idea of street lights has been brought to our attention. If you are interested please contact Ed. He is trying to ascertain if there is enough interest in them.
  3. There is interest brewing about starting walking, running, and biking groups. Please check the Facebook page and the Forester for more info.
  4. “Forest Park Night at Gabby’s” every last Thursday of the month. Please join us!
  5. There is interest in the Block Watch–but we are in need of someone who is willing to head up the Block Watch. Please contact Ed if you are interested

Vice President Trevor Secord Absent

  1. Trevor apologizes for not being able to make tonight‘s meeting in person. He has connected with local PD and confirmed our participation in the National Night Out. YMCA will partner with us again and host a block party on that evening. He will be filling out the Grant application for funding that is due this week as well.
  2. He was glad to help out on Saturday with the mulch delivery. Thank you Scott so much for putting that together.

Secretary Lou Bernard –

  1. Attendance:
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, LB, MS, RW, DVM, KVM, SL, SB, AP, KG, 
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: TS, CL, MB, AR, ER, DP 
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13
  • Area Reps Absent: 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14 (Area 14 remains vacant )
  • Total meeting attendance: 30
  1. Reviewed minutes from April, no changes or corrections were needed. A vote was taken to approve minutes. Minutes passed and are entered into the official record.

Treasurer Cheryl Lutman –

  1. In March, we received $385, and in April $3,210 through PayPal for the mulch sale, and on May 1st, deposited an additional $2205. That’s a gross of $5800! The mulch cost us $3767.40. Most everyone paid their PayPal fees, but there was $47.39 not covered. Before any additional expenses we made $1985.21!
  2. Outside of mulch sales, we received 7 household memberships (one person paid both this year and last, so thank you!) Gabby’s Tavern renewed their business membership and we also received business memberships from Yellow Umbrella Real Estate and Sherrie Johnson-Dantz (no business name listed).
  3. Our only expenses were Forester Printing and the printing of the household data sheets.
  4. There will be a mailing expense coming up this week.

Public Relations Mary Sguerra –

We have a couple events this month – 

  1. FPCA Community Garage Sale is Saturday, May 20th – Maps with listings of those participating will be available at the FP Entrances on Karl Rd. from 9 – 10:30 a.m. An ad was placed in the Dispatch to run a few days ahead of the event. We are looking for volunteers to hand out the fliers.
  2. FPCA Bowling Day is Saturday, May 20th from Noon – 3pm For $15/person the Forest Park price includes shoes rental & 2 hours of bowling fun! We’d like to have a few door prizes to give away – Please contact me if you know anyone who would like to donate an item, gift card, etc.
  3. Forest Park Night at Gabby’s – Please bring a side dish/dessert to share. They will be supplying the meat then stay and enjoy the music by the Alexander Band – May 27th (6 pm). 
  4. We are still looking for someone to head-up the volunteers for the upcoming 4th of July float.

Forester Editor’s Rita Woeste –

  1. June Forester will be delivered. Still looking for someone to cover East Karl Rd.
  2. May 19th is the deadline for articles and ads for the June edition.
  3. Vote was taken to buy more bags for the Forester.
  4. We are looking for a volunteer to help judge the Bikes-n-Trikes competition on the morning of the July 4th parade. Please contact Rita.
  5. We are looking for volunteers to help run the Beautification Competition of Forest Park. Please contact Rita.

Supplemental Security Daryl Van Mercetta –

 Katie Van Mercetta –

Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer) 614.645.1418

  1. From Officer D. Yandrich – CPD is still not towing for parking infractions. Semi parking complaints still coming in, he has  been monitoring Tamarack circle and in front of 1700 Morse Rd. for them. Tickets are typically written if still there after an hour. Concerns about speeding have been raised along Karl Rd. typically third shift hours. This information was passed onto the third shift supervisor. Still seeing a large amount of stolen cars coming from the apartments along Red Robin east of Karl Rd. Officer Yandrich attended a career day at 2100 Morse Rd., Columbus Bilingual Academy North. If residents have houses that back up to Woodward Park and observe vehicles in the park after hours, the park closes at 11pm please call that into CPD. We are getting some after hours activity that needs to be stopped, drinking shots fired, etc.
  2. Officer Mills of Security Company: Reported about 20 kids were fighting near Forest Park Nature Preserve May 4th around 5:30 pm. The police were called and the kids dispersed.
  3. If you notice any groups of cars/motorcycles gathering that may lead to street racing, please call the police immediately 614.645.4545. They are trying to stop the street racing before they get started.

Business Representative Marty Biggs – Absent  

Sheridan Landin – Alan Ray – Absent

  1. Gabby’s Tavern renewed their business membership and we also received business memberships from Yellow Umbrella Real Estate and Sherrie Johnson-Dantz (no business name listed). 
  2. We presented 2 companies with honorary business memberships due to their assistance with deliveries for the mulch sale: Martins Dumpster Hauling Services and Moegling Home Remodeling


Welcome Committee Chair Ellin Ray – Absent

This committee has been temporarily put on hold in order to study the best way to fulfill this need.

Volunteer Coordinator Scott Biggs –

  1. Thank you to our Membership Packet volunteers.
  • A small group of volunteers gathered April 23 to prepare 2,870 membership envelopes for our 2023 FPCA Membership Drive. Each household in Forest Park received a Membership Form, mailing envelope and the May Forester Newsletter in their mailbox. The FPCA is entirely run by volunteers, but we do have many expenses. Memberships are our primary revenue source and allow us to provide services, pay for administrative costs, and plan events for the community. This makes the membership package preparation and mailing our single most important service of the year. Thank you to Schoedinger Funeral Services on Karl Rd. for providing its large reception room and providing snacks for the group.
  • We extend our gratitude to the following volunteers who devoted their Saturday to serving our community: Saundra K. Abrams, Scott Biggs, Andy Hunt, Patty Hunt, Eileen Kunkler, Dave Paul, Linda Ridenour, Mary Sguerra, Mike Stone, Randy Via, and Diane Wagner. Special thanks to Dave Paul, Mary Sguerra, and Rita Woeste for their extensive preparation of materials. And thanks to Andy Hunt, Cheryl Lutman, Mike Stone and Scott Biggs for delivering the many bags of envelopes to the USPS bulk mail facility.
  1. Thank you to Candy Jordan, our very first member of 2023-24! Candy joined online immediately after she received her membership package in the mail. Many more people have joined or renewed their memberships already by mail or online at
  2. Thank you to our Mulch Sale volunteers! 
  • Our first FPCA Mulch Sale was a big success. Thank you to the 80+ households that ordered mulch. And thanks to the volunteers who donated a Saturday to deliver more than 2,200 bags of mulch across Forest Park East and West. The sale was a good source of revenue and will help us plan and host many community events and programs this year.
  • Sandra Santos and Homer Muniz of Martin’s Dumpster Hauling Services brought their big trailer and the Forest Park East residents worked all day to serve their community. Contact Martin’s Dumpster Hauling Services at 614-600-9426
  • Justin Moegling of Forest Park West and Mike Bey of Moegling Home Remodeling brought a large trailer and delivered mulch to homes across the neighborhood. Contact Moegling Home Remodeling at for your remodeling needs.
  • Mary Sguerra of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services worked all day and also donated $200 in mulch for the landscaping islands at Sandalwood Blvd. and Karl Rd.
  • Special thanks to the following volunteers who donated their muscles and vehicles and loaded and delivered mulch for many hours: Scott Biggs, Marty Biggs, Pam Curry, Cheryl Lutman, Trevor Secord, Rita Woeste, Darryl Van Mercetta, Ed Uppenkamp, Pat Kelly, Dan Purdy, Tyler Miller, Mike Stone and Andy Hunt. 

Social Activities Coordinator Andrea Philipsen

  1. Andrea just took over the Social Activities Coordinator position. She has a meeting with Sherrie from YMCA on May 10th to discuss upcoming programming. 
  2. She presented lots of tentative ideas. Will come back next month with more definite plans.

NCC Representative Ken Gilbert – Trevor Secord –

Please read the NCC Report in the month’s Forester.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale – 

They heard 3 cases, but only 2 are in our area:

  • Case #1 Application for special permit to allow the installation and maintenance of a portable building on the northwest corner of the site, in the form of a self-contained “mobile pop-up store” to accept and process DHL shipments from customers; permit for a period not to exceed 2 years) DHL Express US, 5700 Columbus Square, 43231 • The Committee approved (14-1 w/ 1 abstention) a motion (by SWCA, second by KWPCA) to RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the application.
  • Case #2 Application to rezone the use of the site for a used motor vehicle dealership; (TABLED in February 2023) 5357 Cleveland Ave, 43229. • The Committee approved (15-0 w/ 1 abstention) a motion (by FPCA, second by PCHA) to RECOMMEND DISAPPROVAL of the application. 

Website Administrator Scott Biggs – Dave Paul – 

Please check it out! Lots of good info. We are continuing to promote ourselves and our activities on Facebook, Nextdoor, and the website. Check us out, stay informed!!



Meeting adjourned at 8:33 PM

Meeting minutes submitted by Lou Bernard, Secretary, FPCA

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: April 9, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 09 Apr 2023


President’s Report  Ed Vanasdale

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Attendance by Roll Call

Discussed the NCC Banquet, which will be held on April 20, 2023 to honor the volunteers of Forest Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

 Stuffing of the May Forester will be held on April 22, 2023 at 1:30pm at Schoedinger Funeral Home. They have updated their hours so they are no longer open on Saturday but are opening specifically for the Civic Association. As usual, they will provide soft drinks, water, and cookies. The Civic Association will provide pizza for all the volunteers.

Beginning April 17, 2023, the north side of Karl Road at 161 will be closed for 90 days while the city does construction and installs a mini roundabout. 

Vice President’s Report Trevor Secord – Absent

Secretary’s Report  Lou Bernard – Absent

Katie Van Mercetta filled in and took attendance:

  1. Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, RW, MS, DVM, KVM, SL, SB, KG, DP
  2. Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: TS, CL, LB, SP (deceased), MB, AR, ER
  3. Area Reps in Attendance: 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13
  4. Area Reps Absent: 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14 (area 14 remains vacant)
  5. We had two new area rep volunteers: 
    1. Suzanne Conway for Area 4
    2. Mark Bell for Area 13 

Total people in attendance: 28

Minutes from March were reviewed, approved, and voted into the official record.

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman – Absent

1) Income for the month: $1,560.17

2) Expenses for the month:  $3,776.30

3) Above or below budget for the year:

4) Number of new members (households and businesses) for the month: 4 new household membership and 3 new business memberships

5) Any other notes of interest (i.e. committee chairs need to let you know about budget amounts needed):

Please see the Treasurer’s Report in the Forester. 

1)    It’s the year-end report.  We ended the year in the black, in terms of income vs expenses, but that was because we trimmed expenses.  The good news:

       4 new household memberships

       3 new business memberships – Circle Smoke Shop, Circle Drive Thru and Sequoia Pro-Bowl.

       The only unanticipated expense was the printing of the envelopes for the annual mailing.  That added $965 to our expenses for this year that should have been on next year.

       People are buying mulch!! 

2)  A Chart!!  I did a pie chart that showed what our expenses were – the largest expense is the Forester.  Followed by Security, then Membership and Beautification.  The “Other” category includes Office Expenses, Committees and the Garage Sale.  I hope this helps our members visualize where the money goes.  Having figured out how to do them in Office365 online (so I don’t have my full desktop Excel with all the fun options you get), I’m happy to create others, if you feel they’d be beneficial.  Let me know what you’d like to see!

Public Relations Report  Mary Sguerra

  1. Garage Sale: May 20, 2023
  2. Bowling Party at Sequoia Lanes: May 20, 2023 from 12pm – 3pm. 
  3. Gabby’s Night is Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 6:30pm
  4. Ads continue to come in so let us know if you or anyone you know wants a business membership.

We hope to see you at all the upcoming events!

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste

  1. Articles are due Friday, April 14, 2023.
  2. We have extra Foresters from April’s delivery so if there are any local businesses who want to showcase them, please let us know. 
  3. Columbus Square dropped their ad in the Forester so we have a spot to fill.
  4. The person who covers the east side of Karl is no longer available to deliver so volunteers are needed for about 40 in that area and area 13 still does not have a deliverer. Please reach out if interested.
  5. Someone claimed the lucky ticket in Forester Park East so they will be receiving a gift card. No one has come forward from Forest Park West yet.
  6. If any changes are needed to the contacts listed in the Forester, please email

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta, Katie Van Mercetta Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer)

  1. There have been no house checks in the past month but they’re expected to pick up next month.
  2. We are researching security companies to shop around for pricing and coverage and more information will be forthcoming. 
  3. No report from Officer Yandrich

Business Representative Marty Biggs – Absent; Sheridan Landin; Alan Ray  – Absent

  1. Our business reps have been talking to CalFit, the YMCA, and 20th Century Care Center as potential new business members.


Welcome Committee Chair  Ellin Ray – Absent

No report

Volunteer Coordinator  Scott Biggs

  1. The Mulch Sale is going well with 176 total orders to date totaling $2,245.00 worth of mulch sold and $898 revenue for the Civic Association. We still have 2 weeks left to order; April 23rd is the last day.
  2. We are looking for volunteers for the mulch delivery on May 6, 2023 from 9am – noon. 
  3. Welcome to our new volunteers!
  1. Suzanne Conway is volunteering for Area 4 in Forest Park West
  2. Mark Bell is volunteering for Area 13 in Forest Park East
  3. Andrea Philipsen is volunteering to be our new Social Committee Chair

Social Activities Report  

  1. Andrea Philipsen volunteered and was voted in as our new Committee Chair.
  2. She is a Columbus native and is moving from Westerville to Forest Park next month. She was a social chair for her neighborhood and organized social events for her neighborhood and friend group totaling 40+ per year and about 8-10 for her old neighborhood. She looks forward to bringing her connections, experience, and enthusiasm to Forest Park and is open to any ideas or feedback from the neighborhood. 

Welcome to the Forest Park Civic Association!

NCC Representative  Ken Gilbert

  1. We have several liaisons moving on, including our liaison Alfred.
  2. There is an upcoming NCC banquet on April 20, 2023 and more information can be found on the NCC’s website.
  3. The NCC is looking for a Parade Committee from each neighborhood to help organize.
  4. The next meeting is going to be held April 15, 2023 at Epworth Church and will be available remotely via Zoom. More information can be found on NCC’s website.

Please see the article from Ken Gilbert for more information.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale

The co-chairs are Dave Paul and Bill Logan (from Woodland Park Civic Association). They discussed five cases:

  1. Hamilton Road – there is a laser tag facility that they are wanting to turn into a basketball and pickleball court.
  2. 1289 East Dublin-Granville Road: aka the old Red Carpet Inn – they asked for a counsel variance to operate as a residential care facility under the conditions that they have to meet the building codes and they are the only company allowed to operate as such in this location (so the zoning will remain as a hotel/motel and cannot be converted to residential living).
  3. Caprese Bowling Alley – the National Church Residence purchased it and wants to create a 5 story building housing 145 units. This was approved but cannot exceed 145 units.
  4. An Automobile Repair shop on Karl: located at Morse and Karl – requested the ability to add storage containers. The matter was tabled for future discussion as the shop had been written up for several violations, including too many unregistered vehicles, too much debris, and not maintaining a 20 foot clearance around the property.
  5. 2400 East Dublin-Granville Road – it’s a hookah bar that requested to classify a food truck as a “portable shed” so it could remain in front of the establishment. The board recommended disapproval.

Website Administrator  Scott Biggs  Dave Paul  

Please check it out! Lots of good info.

  1. Forms have been added and updated so they can be easily exported for various needs.
  2. Events have been updated – check out the site for more information!

New Business/Announcements/Ideas  

  1. The City is currently under a court order to replace handicap ramps because the ramps they installed a few years ago are not up to code so construction will be occurring in our neighborhood.
  2. The YMCA purchased the neighboring Karl Road Christian Church property. The intentions behind the acquisition are unknown and no zoning actions have been taken.
  3. Laura proposed a running/walking club and will provide more information for the Forester.
  4. Ed discussed having the following guests attend a future meeting:
    1. AEP: recent power outages
    2. Department of Public Service: recent removal/addition to trees in the hellstrip
    3. Department of Forestry
    4. Food Waste Recycling Program Representative

Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

Minutes submitted by Katie VanMercetta (a big thank you from Lou Bernard)

2023 Forest Park Community Garage Sale


Saturday, May 20, 2023, 9 am to 3 pm
Find Forest Park East and West on Google Maps

Maps and listings of addresses of participants will be handed out at the East and West Island entrances to Forest Park at Sandalwood Blvd. and Karl Rd. from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the sale.

See listed garage sales below. Many more will be held throughout Forest Park East and West!

FPCA Community Garage Sale listings

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: March 14, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 14 Mar 2023

Location: Epworth United Methodist Church

Meeting called to order @ 7:05 PM by Ed Vanasdale 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Attendance was taken via role call.


President Ed Vanasdale

  1. Discussed power outage last week. A large oak tree took out a major power line, 6 poles, and the back of a home. There was discussion about having AEP come to discuss general things to do in case of a power outage and other preventative measures. Ed will make calls to get a rep here as a guest speaker.
  2. Cheryl Lutman discussed budget short falls and ways to address them. We are currently $2300 in the hole. 2800 homes in FP, only 480 joined. We are going to run with the budget having a slight deficit, and hoping to get more households. A motion was put forth, voted on, and passed that the membership fee will be raised to $30 for this year forward.
  3. The question about continuing to allow Areas 13 & 14 to participate in the FPCA. They have not had a rep since anyone can remember. This will be discussed at the next meeting when membership numbers and cost involved in keeping them on, will be presented.
  4. Due to budget and delivery concerns, the Welcome Folder will be put on hiatus. There will soon be a meeting to discuss the future upgrade of the Welcome Folder.

Vice President Trevor Secord      See NCC Rep Report

Secretary Lou Bernard –

  1. Attendance:
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, TS, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, KVM, MB, SB, KG, DP
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: FQ, AR, SL, ER (Social Activities remains vacant)
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11
  • Area Reps Absent: 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 (Areas 4, 13 and 14 remain vacant )
  1. Minutes from February were reviewed, approved, and voted into the official record.

Treasurer Cheryl Lutman –

  1. Please see the Treasurer’s report in this month’s Forester.  We received 6 household memberships and 4 business memberships – Schoedinger Funeral Home, Massey’s Pizza, Karl Road Christian Church and Cindy Fenstermaker.
  2. Expenses were limited to our security patrols.
  3. Right now, we have a surplus.  We have the check written to Insley Printing for $985 for the March Forester clearing in early March, plus just paid for three more security patrols – $562.  We also need to renew our PO Box later this month, and that is $248
  4. So far in March, we have one household membership and Mary S. renewed her business membership.  Plus, we have advertisers checks of $770 to deposit.
  5. Cheryl has prepared and filed our 990-PF last week.  No taxes were due.
  6. Our new advertising manager, Lowell Lutman, went through all the advertising information received, and is reaching out to the advertisers to find out about the next issue.  We will be emailing the invoices and his email for this purpose is  Please direct anyone making inquiries there.  All payments should be sent to:

Forest Park Civic Association

Attn:  Advertising Manager

PO Box 29160

Columbus, OH  43229

Public Relations Mary Sguerra –

  1. May 20th FP Garage Sale.
  2. May 20th FP Bowling Party from 12-3 pm, $15/person to bowl, free shoes, 3 hours of bowling at Sequoia Lanes. There will be another day for a bowling party on September 17th.
  3. 3 new business memberships! Sequoia is one of them!! Circle Drive Thru and Circle SMoke Shop and Gabby’s are now business members.

Forester Editor’s Rita Woeste –

  1. Articles are due by Friday the 17th.
  2. There is a lucky ticket in one bag for FP East and FP West. The ticket entitles you to a gift card, please contact Rita.
  3. Membership Month in May. April 22nd, Saturday will be the stuffing day for this year’s membership drive.
  4. Looking for people to help deliver Foresters.

Supplemental Security Daryl Van Mercetta –

  Katie Van Mercetta – Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer) 614.645.1418

  1. Supplemental Security continues to operate in the neighborhood. 2 house checks this month. 
  2. Stay vigilant and stay in contact with your neighbors.
  3. No report from Officer Yandrich.

Business Representative Marty Biggs –  Sheridan Landin –– Absent    Alan Ray –– Absent  

No Report


Welcome Committee Chair Ellin Ray – – Absent

There are welcome folders to pass out. Area reps need to attend meetings to get the folders to pass out to our new neighbors.

Volunteer Coordinator Scott Biggs –

  1. The Library and Rec Center have been contacted about becoming regular contributors to the Forester. No word back from them.
  2. Working with Dave Paul to update our FP database of members and households.
  3. Mulch Sale/Fundraiser: Ohio Mulch will sell us mulch at a discounted price and then we sell it to residents for a fundraiser. A vote was taken and there will be the first annual FP Mulch Sale.
  4. Thanks to all those residents helping to maintain the flower boxes at the entrances to the neighborhood.
  5. We have a potential member to become Area 4 Rep. That will be confirmed by next week.
  6. Thanks to all volunteers and reps you are doing great.

Social Activities Vacant – No Report

NCC Representative Ken Gilbert – Trevor Secord –

See separate article in the Forester

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale – 

4 cases were heard. But only one near or concerning Forest Park:

Application to reduce the building setback from 110 feet from R/W to 12 feet from the future right of way 

Horizon Science Academy Inc., 2350 Morse Rd, 43229

  • The Committee approved (16-0) a motion (by FPCA/BCCA) to RECOMMEND APPROVAL WITH ONE (1) CONDITION:
  • That the text of the Statement of Support and the site plan be revised to reflect that the variance requested is modified, from 12′ from the future R/W, to 70′ from the existing R/W with approval of a waiver of Right of Way Dedication recommended by the Division of Traffic Management.

Website Administrator Scott Biggs – Dave Paul –  

The website has been updated, and old links have been fixed. If you have any problems using or accessing anything on the website, please let us know.


The last Thursday of every month, various FPCA officers, committee chairs, and reps will be meeting at Gabby’s at Tamarack Circle for conversation and cheer. Come and meet the FPCA leadership and share your good ideas and some goodwill. We will meet from around 6:30-8:30. We are hoping to make this a regular happening, and we look forward to seeing you. 


Meeting adjourned at 8:13 PM

Meeting minutes submitted by Lou Bernard, Secretary, FPCA

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: February 14, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 14 Feb 2023

Location: Epworth United Methodist Church

Meeting called to order @ 7:02PM by Ed Vanasdale 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Attendance was taken via role call.


President’s Report   Ed Vanasdale

  1. Elections were held for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The slate of candidates included Ed Vanasdale (P), Trevor Secord (VP), Lou Bernard (S), and Cheryl Lutman (T). All ran unopposed, and were reelected. Assistant City Attorney, Sarah Pomeroy, joined the meeting via Zoom and swore in all officers, committee chairs, and area reps who were present.
  2. Ed thanked all who attended the different meetings about the hotel issue. They went down to the meeting of the Development Commission of the City of Columbus. The committee suggested the Shelter Bd. table the issue until they can come back with a new proposal that will answer the serious concerns the commission had. The FPCA and NCC reps will be back at the future meetings to stand up for our neighborhood!! Your membership dollars at work!

Vice President’s Report  Trevor Secord

Gave NCC Report

Secretary’s Report Lou Bernard –

  1. Attendance:
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, TS, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, MB, SL, SB, DP
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: FQ, AR, ER, KG, KVM 
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11
  • Area Reps Absent: 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 (Areas 4, 13 and 14 remain vacant )
  • 23 people in attendance/Guest Speaker: City Attorney Sarah Pomeroy
  1. Reviewed and approved minutes from the January meeting.

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman –

  1. 3 new household memberships
  2. Shout out to the FP Business Reps–2 new business memberships – Forest Park Christian School and Krieger Ford. Good work to our business membership team! And, to give a quick update, in February, we received business memberships from Cindy Fenstermaker, Massey’s Pizza and Karl Road Christian Church.
  3. At the end of January, we were $250 over budget from what was projected for business memberships. With the three new ones, we are $475 over! That definitely helps with our household membership shortfall of $900.
  4. Expenses are greatly reduced, with the final security patrols being paid and no payments for Forester Printing. We are currently positive cash flow to the tune of $3,705.78. Remaining expenses that I am aware of for fiscal 2023 (ends March 31st), are the renewal of our post office box for approximately $232. April Forester will be a hard copy and delivered. We probably want to carry over about $2,800 into the next budget year (April 1st) as we’ll need to renew our bulk mail permit and pay for the printing of the household data sheets before the membership income starts rolling.
  5. As a final note, Cheryl’s husband is standing by to take over the advertising job. We haven’t heard anything from anyone (though Massey’s did pay $40 for an ad).

Public Relations Report Mary Sguerra –  

  1. The FP Spring Garage Sale date is being finalized and will be released soon.
  2. There are not many concerns coming in from area residents, so that is good.
  3. Long time resident and FPCA Volunteer Frank Tolbard passed away earlier this month. See the article in this Forester.

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste –

  1. DUE date for March Forester items is Friday February 17. Can’t stress enough need for articles/ads/photos/news  in a timely manner.
  2. Could we find a volunteer who might want to contact either local schools or churches for local news from them (I don’t have time to do it)?  
  3. Flyer/PDF of 2023 Meeting & Due dates concerning the Forester were emailed to the FPCA list.
  4. NEED a decision this week on whether we will print the April Forester so that the printer has time to order paper, etc…
  5. Paul, our Printer is requesting: if they are planning on printing the envelopes , for membership drive, I will need some advanced notice to insure I have the envelopes – still hard to get.
  6. Need substitute delivery person to handle FPWest, Ironwood Drive for the month of March 56 homes total
  7. Looking for NEW delivery person to handle 12 homes FPEast, on Rolling Rock Court, Area 13
  8. Looking for NEW delivery person to handle FPEast, Northcliff Loop East, West & North, 37 homes, Area 10
  9. And possibly, NEW delivery person needed in FPWest, for Pegwood Court & Drive, 38 homes, Area 2

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta –

  Katie Van Mercetta – Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer) 614.645.1418     See Officer Dandrich’s Report in this issue.

Business Representative  Marty Biggs –  Sheridan Landin –  Alan Ray –  

  1. Massey’s Pizza is now a business member and donated gift cards to be used as awards by the FPCA.
  2. Cal-Fit Center is seriously considering becoming a member.
  3. Krieger Ford has become a member, as well.


Welcome Committee Chair Ellin Ray – 

Welcome folders were passed out to the Reps present.

Volunteer Coordinator Scott Biggs –

  1. Thank you to Rev. Jennifer Kimball Casto of Epworth UMC for their membership and the use of the church as our meeting space.
  2. We have a new official FPCA Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Check us out on social media.

Social Activities Report Vacant

NCC Representative  Ken Gilbert –

See the report in article in this Forester.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale – 

There were 2 cases heard this month, but only one (1) case pertains to FP:

Application to permit the use of a former hotel property containing 82 units for long-term, permanent supportive housing under lease to Homefull; concurrent variances to maintain an existing vehicular easement across the property, and to maintain the existing billboard on the site; and to reduce required parking spaces to the existing 106 from the 123 required without variance for this use. Address: 1289 E Dublin-Granville Rd, 43229 • The Committee approved (15-0) RECOMMEND DISAPPROVAL of the applications.

Website Administrator Scott Biggs – Dave Paul –  



The idea was discussed to have a monthly informal get together at Gabby’s. It would give residents a chance to meet and talk with the FPCA officers, committee chairs, and reps. Possible dates are being discussed. Look for more in the future.

Meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM

Meeting minutes submitted by Lou Bernard, Secretary, FPCA

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: January 10, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

January 10, 2023 (condensed notes, secretary not present)

Pledge allegiance 7:32pm 

Roll call Not here – secretary, past president, welcome committee chair, forest park east Reps 6,8,10 

NOTE: At this meeting, the Community Shelter Board presented its ideas on taking over the old hotel on 1289 E Dublin Granville Rd. location. More info on page 1 of this edition.

  1. President made the group aware that the presentation today is special and there is a joint meeting. Questions will be after the presentation and normal business will be after presentation 
  2. Lianna Carter director at Community shelter board Partner agencies are present as well. Conversation is about 1289 E Dublin Granville rd. Location. Presentation is provided and will be attached. 
  3. Discussion was had from 8pm -9pm 
  4. Normal business of the FPCA was tabled to the next meeting. 

Motion To adjourn by Ken Gilbert, seconded by Cheryl Lutman at 9:06pm