Monthly Archives: October 2015

Photos of Fall in Sharon Woods!

Haven’t been out in the neighborhood lately? Or maybe it is hard for you to get out and about? Well, here is your chance to take a tour of our beautiful neighborhood as it is right now – in full gorgeous fall color!

The photos towards the end are from Northgate Park – if you haven’t been there recently you may not know that there is a 1/4 mile walking path where you can get some good exercise – try it!

If you know of a neighbor who would enjoy these photos but they do not yet get E-mails for the SWCA web site, please tell them to register so they can view photos and get all the news about Sharon Woods.

How to best view the pictures: click on the first photo below which will open up a slideshow where you can scroll through the photos. Once you are done with the slide show hit “esc”. We hope you enjoy the tour!

Haven’t been out in the neighborhood lately? Or maybe it is hard for you to get out and about? Well, here is your chance to take a tour of our beautiful neighborhood as it is right now – in full gorgeous fall color!

If you know of a neighbor who would enjoy these photos but they do not yet get E-mails for the SWCA web site, please tell them to register so they can view photos and get all the news about Sharon Woods.

How to best view the pictures: click on an image to see all the pictures in a gallery, then click on a picture to see larger images in a slide show – once done with the slide show hit “esc”.

 

Update on Adding Violence to Nuisance Law

I am still attending hearings with the Senate Civil Justice Committee. Please read below the article from the Northland News. There will be an “IP” (interested parties) meeting with these folks in the next 2 weeks.  According to Senator Hughes office I will be invited to this meeting.   I totally agree with Bill Sperlazza as to these parties do not understand the current law as written.  I am sure there will be some give and take.   What I asked Senator Hughes’ office staff is if there are two different sets of standards for residents and business? The reason I asked this was because there were chances for these folks to present their concerns “officially” in front of the Senate Civil Justice Committee but they did not.  It appears, so far, to me that they did not want to be seen “officially” as being against violence. I will listen and represent Sharon Woods to the best of my ability.  P.Wood

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The following is taken from The Northland News:

‘Strange opposition’ brewing to public nuisance amendment
By KEVIN PARKS
Wednesday October 14, 2015 11:57 AM
Correction
The print version of this story had some inaccurate details.

Rumors and misinformation are serving to muddy the waters regarding an amendment to the state law regarding public nuisances, according to Assistant City Attorney William Sperlazza.

“There is opposition to it, and it’s strange opposition,” he told Northland Community Council representatives at their Oct. 1 meeting.

Some local motel and even apartment community representatives are spreading the word that “innocent property owners” who don’t live in central Ohio and are unaware that things such as illegal drug sales, prostitution and violent crimes are occurring at their rental units will find them abruptly boarded up if the ordinance is passed, Sperlazza said.

That’s simply not true, he added.

“People are trying to confuse the issue,” he said. “They’re nervous about something that can’t happen.”

The amendment would prohibit establishments from being shuttered when the owners had no way of knowing the places had become public nuisances, Sperlazza said.

Senate Bill 201 and House Bill 126 would add violence to the existing factors that permit a hotel, motel, bar, restaurant or other establishment to be declared a public nuisance.

Also during his report, Sperlazza said the Franklin County Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of the city in shutting down the Red Carpet Inn, 1289 E. Dublin-Granville Road, as a public nuisance. He also said the boarded-up motel was scheduled to be auctioned this week.

Sperlazza expressed the hope that new owners would either invest money in the property or tear it down for possible redevelopment.

He noted that court orders barring the East Dublin-Granville Road motel from once again being operated as a public nuisance would stay in effect even with new ownership.

“We don’t want a quick fix,” Sperlazza said. “We want a permanent fix.”

Hotel Licensing Press Conference on 10/23/15

The following is from City Council, Zack Klein’s office about the Hotel Licensing.  This press conference will be at the closed  Rodeway Inn 6125 Zumstein Dr. 43229 (located behind the Waffle House).   I plan on being there – everyone is welcome.

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Knowing that you are a community deeply invested in our efforts regarding hotel/motel regulation; I wanted to let you know that we are finalizing our work on the hotel/motel initiative. Councilmember Klein will be convening a press conference this Friday (10/23) at 10:30am to discuss the purpose of creating the license system, our collaborative efforts in creating the legislating, and the conclusion/timeline for enacting the legislation and program.

It is our belief that once in place this system will hold accountable those establishments that perpetuate criminal nuisance activity in our community.

Comments Made to the Senate Civil Justice Committee

Thank you SWCA for allowing me to represent you before the Senate Civil Justice Committee on October 7th.  I spoke in support of  Senate Bill 201 which adds Violence to the current Nuisance Law. The us in this presentation was with a representative from Forrest Park, Officers Clinger & Geis & Asst. Prosecutor Bill Sperlazza.  This was the 2nd hearing for SB 201 and there should be 1 more hearing before a vote is taken to adopt this bill.

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Re: SB 201- Civil Justice Committee

Mr. Chairman, Senators

Thank you for allowing us to stand before you today in support of SB 201.
My name is Patricia Wood and I have lived in Columbus since 1966 and specifically the Salem/Sharon Woods area for almost 40 years. I am currently a trustee on the Sharon Woods civic Assoc and the block watch coordinator.

I do have support from the SWCA to represent our community.

It is our opinion adding VIOLENCE to the Nuisance law is a “no brainer.”

Officers Clinger & Geis, Asst. Prosecutors Bill Sperlazza, Wes Phillips and many other city depth. have worked very hard these last 2-3 years to get the 161/71 hotel’s cleaned up. We are currently in a good place with some hotel owners now running a legitimate & clean business which will draw people & new businesses to our area and Columbus.

Our crime rate has significantly decreased since the closing of these hotels. This huge effort done by so many, has told the drug dealers and prostitutes that our community is not going to allow this kind of illegal activity.
One of the continued problems is VIOLENCE. We have had shootings, with the loss of a life at hotel’s, we have had shootings with loss of life at Bars. We have had shootings at Cabaret’s. We had a shooting outside of an “after hours club” at Karl & 161. The health club across the street was riddled with bullets breaking their windows while they had customers inside. Thank heavens no one lost their life.

If we want our communities to feel safe, to survive and grow and we want Columbus & the rest of Ohio citizens to feel safe in their homes, driving their car & we want visitors to experience the best of Columbus & our State then Violence Must be added to the nuisance law, it is a no brainer.

Thank you

Patricia Wood
Trustee & Block Watch Coordinator
Sharon Woods

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How to File a Columbus Police Report

The two attachments below give you all the information you need to file a Columbus Police Department police report, whether for an accident or a crime. It is vital that anything that happens is reported. This makes it very easy to do what should be done.  If incident’s are not reported then the Police are not able to look at what is going on and plan for coverage in any area.  I believe you understand that CPD cannot always come to you to take a report, but you can file either on line or by telephone.  Any questions give me a call.  Pat Wood 406-4829.

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