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City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

An effort to dramatically expand Columbus’ urban forest over the next two decades took another important step Monday night, when the Columbus City Council approved a new ordinance from the Recreation and Parks Committee funding the priorities established in the Urban Forestry Master Plan, released earlier this year. Council President Pro Tem and Chair of […]

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City Council Passes Downtown Public Restroom Proposal

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Council Passes Downtown Public Restroom Proposal

Columbus City Council passed legislation last night entering into agreement with Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District to install at least three new public restroom facilities Downtown. Funding for the project will come from the CARES Act’s Community Development Block Grant, received by the City of Columbus last year. Grant dollars must be used for activities […]

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Columbus Selected to Develop Resident Financial Counseling as Free Public Service

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Selected to Develop Resident Financial Counseling as Free Public Service

The City of Columbus has been selected to receive over two years of funding and technical support to develop and launch free financial empowerment programming for Columbus residents. Columbus will receive support from the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to implement a plan for investing in free, one-on-one, professional financial counseling as a public […]

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Fee Cap Ordinance May Have Little Impact on Restaurants

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Fee Cap Ordinance May Have Little Impact on Restaurants

Last month, Columbus City Council announced a fee cap for third-party delivery services in an effort to assist restaurants during the pandemic. At the time, it was promoted and heralded as a way City Council was protecting Columbus’ small businesses and the restaurant community. “Exorbitant delivery fees being sent to out-of-state corporations just make no sense when […]

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City Council Announces Fee Cap for Third-Party Delivery Services

Susan Post Susan Post City Council Announces Fee Cap for Third-Party Delivery Services

Already hard-hit by the pandemic, the last week has brought more unwelcome news for the restaurant industry. Franklin County has reached a Level 4 Public Health Advisory, Governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide curfew, and Columbus and Franklin County are about to enter a stay-at-home advisory. Likely facing a further decrease in in-person dining, […]

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Delayed Policy Pitch Night Picks Idea Winner

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Delayed Policy Pitch Night Picks Idea Winner

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, five Columbus community members pitched their local policy ideas to three members of Columbus City Council for the city’s first-ever Policy Pitch Night, in partnership with Cincinnati-based community engagement and strategy company Cohear. The event, which was originally to take place in late March but was postponed due to the coronavirus […]

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Council President Pro Tem Brown Announces Police Demilitarization Hearings

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council President Pro Tem Brown Announces Police Demilitarization Hearings

On Sunday, June 21, over three weeks of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death culminated once again in violence. Just five days after Mayor Andrew Ginther issued a directive prohibiting the use of tear gas for crowd control measure and limiting pepper spray to “clear instances of violence,” Columbus police once again released […]

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