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Columbus Mayor addresses community group on Hilltop

Mayor Ginther spoke to Hilltop residents on his administration’s plans for tackling issues in their neighborhood. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke to Hilltop residents on his administration’s plans for tackling issues in the Hilltop neighborhood.

The mayor spoke Tuesday night at the annual board meeting for “Friends of the Hilltop.”

The neighborhood group works to improve life on the city’s west side.

Patrick Frazier said he has seen several issues in his Hilltop neighborhood such as violence and homelessness. The father said the most common problem he sees is drugs, "I've seen it here at the park multiple times. Just walking down the street in front of my own house,” said Frazier.

Mayor Ginther said solutions can be found in a neighborhood safety strategy he released several weeks ago.

“A dramatic investment in expansion of great pilots that have worked in other opportunity neighborhoods. The addition of bike patrols and foot patrols. Some of that proactive community policing that we think is going to help reduce crime, prevent crime and but also build relationships,” explained Mayor Ginther.

Mayor Ginther said he’s interested in working with residents on taking community problems and turning them into opportunities.

"It's a great neighborhood that is one of our opportunity neighborhoods where we really think collectively the public and private sector can come together and invest and improve the quality of life there."

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