COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A group of concerned Columbus citizens is demanding an overhaul of Columbus City Hall.
Columbus Aboveground protested outside of Monday night’s city council meeting, calling them corrupt.
”We have the same enclave of people who continually reappoint themselves or their friends,” said supporter Bill Todd. Todd ran for mayor eight years ago.
Columbus Aboveground is calling for a change in city charter, allowing for a ward system of government instead of at-large seats.
“The systemic problem is we haven’t changed the plan of governance for the City of Columbus in over 100 years,” said Todd. “We have the same number of council people drawn at large and this is a much, much larger city.”
The group began demanding change after the FBI began investigating the city’s contract with red-light camera vendor RedFlex. They are also outraged by the controversy surrounding the sale of Mayor Michael Coleman’s home to a Chinese businesswoman.
Kopano Marumo, who moved to Columbus from South Africa five years ago, is unhappy with Council President Andrew Ginther’s sudden demand for police body cameras. And she believes a community review board is needed to oversee police.
“I would rather have nothing than we have the kind of corruption that is eating at the middle class and the poor,” said Marumo. She believes the current council members are only interested in personal gain, putting aside the needs of the community they were voted to serve.
“A corrupt city council is not the answer. We need to begin again,” said Kapano.