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Columbus City Council 2016 Year in Review



Council Fights Opioid Abuse: Columbus City Council and Columbus Public Health joined Equitas Health to provide Naloxone for those who cannot afford it or do not have insurance. With the increase in opiate abuse throughout Ohio, this drug, partnered with drug rehabilitation services, will help tackle the opiate crisis in the community.

Eastside $250,000 Treatment Center Investment: City Council provided $250,000 in funding to Alvis, a nonprofit organization that provides treatment and counseling for victims of human trafficking and substance abuse.

Tobacco 21: Tobacco use is the foremost preventable cause of premature death in America and causes 500,000 deaths annually. To help curb initiation of adolescent smokers, President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson sponsored legislation requiring retailers to obtain a license for selling tobacco products and product paraphernalia and prohibit the sale of those items to individuals under the age of 21.

Local Food Action Plan: It is predicted that the current generation of kids won’t live longer than their parents. Chronic diseases such as diabetes are increased among Americans due to poor access to healthy food and a lack of education. Columbus’ Local Food Action Plan was created as a response to this problem. The food plan wants to create a more sustainable local food system to improve our community’s eating habits and knowledge of healthy eating.



New Glenwood Recreation Center: The Glenwood Recreation Center reopened in April 2016 with a new $7.7 million facility.

Vacant to Vibrant: The Parcels to Places pilot project showcased the creative ideas of community members to transform vacant land into areas that positively contributes to their neighborhoods. The City provided $60,000 of the total $185,000 to the 8 finalists of the competition.

Car Seat Safety
Did you know, 9 out of 10 parents do not install their car seats in correctly, increasing the risk of a child’s life being taken in the event of a car accident. City Council approving additional $20,000 in funds, Columbus Public Health’s car seat program increased its number of monthly classes from 8 to 11. The program provides information on proper car seat installation and checks to ensure participants car seats are installed properly in their own vehicles.



Barbershop Books: Barbershop Books was created to increase the literacy of young African American males from ages 4-8. Council provided funding to create 15 reading stations with a total of 150 books in local barbershops.

Charter Review: In August, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and City Council announced the formation of a Charter Review Committee. The Committee met at recreation centers throughout the City and now is working on recommendations on the structure and make-up of Council.



Islamophobia Resolution: In November, Council adopted a resolution condemning religious intolerance and Islamophobia. This resolution supports the City’s continued promotion of diversity and belief that discrimination against a religion is unacceptable. Columbus is home to countless people who practice the Islamic faith who contribute to our City and should feel welcomed.

Planned Parenthood Buffer: In June, Councilmember Elizabeth Brown sponsored an ordinance to amend Chapter 2317 of Columbus City Codes. The additional provisions protect health care workers and patients attempting to access health care and reproductive health care facilities and to do so free from obstruction and harassment. They also prohibit harassment and/or obstruction of health care and reproductive health care facilities. Doing so would be a violation of which is subject to a charge of misdemeanor in the first degree.



IKEA Groundbreaking: The new IKEA store is planned to have its grand opening in the summer of 2017. The store broke ground in May 2016. The Swedish store plans to sell to over 210,000 Central Ohioan customers.

Small Business Incubator: In October, Columbus City Council approved the City of Columbus Entrepreneurship Business Case Program, a joint partnership between City Council and The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The pilot program was designed to help small business owners, non-profit organizations and aspiring entrepreneurs create, capture and deliver value to their communities.

Ohio Health Admin Offices: In September, OhioHealth committed to achieve an employment level of 2,533 full-time, noncontingent, non-seasonal jobs within the Olentangy River Road Corridor. Additionally, OhioHealth will invest approximately $7,300,000, over five years, towards community initiatives that include community-based pre-natal and women’s health care services, substance abuse prevention and treatment services, the OhioHealth Primary Care Mobile Medical Home and health literacy programming.