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Let’s Talk Safe Neighborhoods

Columbus City Council Leads Panel Discussion to Enhance Safety Measures in Northland Area

[COLUMBUS, OH] Neighborhoods give a city its character. Its people collectively develop a system of values that unite residents and solidify community relationships.

Council President Zach Klein and Public Safety Committee Chair Mitchell J. Brown will lead a panel discussion that will explore how to maximize safety in the Northland area. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Crossroads Baptist Church, 5075 Cleveland Ave at 5:30pm.

“It is necessary that we foster an ongoing dialogue with residents especially when it comes to safety,” said Council President Klein.  “Each neighborhood is unique. We want to know what are the issues so we can work to create concrete solutions.”

When residents came to Council reporting criminal activity in local hotels and motels, city leaders heard their concerns, proposed and enacted the Hotel/Motel code creating a licensing program that expedited a remedy to address the issue, including the closure of the establishment.

“We have made great progress making our neighborhoods safer,” said Councilmember Brown.  “We have customized solutions to target individual community concerns. However, we have more to do and that is why we need our community members and leaders to come and talk to us.”

Panelists include:

  • Zach Klein – council president                                   
  • Mitchell J. Brown – councilmember, chair of the Public Safety Committee
  • William A. Sperlazza  –  assistant city attorney for Zone1                                 
  • Thomas Quinlan, deputy chief
  • Robert L. Stewart,  assistant public safety director            

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