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New chambers for City Council nearly complete

Facilities are designed to promote interaction between the public and the council.
Friday, January 15, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. CST; updated 5:46 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010
Central Missouri Glass employee John Wayne Josey puts final touches of caulking along the door frame of the new City Council Chambers in the Columbia city building addition at 701 E. Broadway.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council will begin meeting in its new chambers on Feb. 15. Here are a few things to know about it.

  • The new chambers are on the first floor of the City Hall addition at Eighth Street and Broadway, and improved access was part of the design plan.
  • It replaces the chambers on the fourth floor of the Daniel Boone Building, home to the City Council since September 1976.
  • The new chambers will have 200 chairs that can be moved easily when needed.
  • Wireless Internet service will be provided as well as a lectern designed for easy hookup of speakers' laptopsduring presentations.
  • The room has six large plasma screens and seven remote-control cameras for multimedia presentations and live broadcasting.
  • The room's construction features many recycled and renewable materials, including bamboo wall paneling, panel-backing made from straw and carpeting made in part from recycled materials.

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