Preview of City Council agenda for June 7

Friday, June 4, 2010 | 6:51 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The City Council agenda for Monday's meeting includes:

Naming the proposed discovery garden in Stephens Lake Park

The Council will take a vote to decide whether to approve a request to officially name the proposed discovery garden in Stephens Lake Park the “Darwin and Axie Hindman Discovery Garden.”

A citizen’s committee made the request in April in order to assist with its ongoing fundraising efforts for developing the garden. The garden will be established in honor of the 15 years of the service to the city by Mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife.

The committee plans to raise approximately $60,000 to fund the development of the garden.  

Public Comments on the raid on Jonathan Whitworth

The Council will hear two public comments regarding the raid on Jonathan Whitworth’s house on February 11, 2010.  

According to a previous Missourian article, Columbia Police SWAT officers entered Whitworth's house with a search warrant. The 8-day old warrant was issued on suspicion that he was dealing a significant amount of marijuana. However, officers found only a small amount of marijuana and some paraphernalia.

Brian Oitker said in his request to the Council that he will address why Police Chief Ken Burton was allowed to continue to say Jonathan Whitworth was dealing drugs even after there was no evidence to prove it. Hearsay was the only evidence, Oitker said. Oitker said that he will speak about whichever topic that allows him. 

Donald Warren will be another speaker on the same issue.

Authorizing the acquisition of property

The Council will take a vote to decide whether to allow the Department of Parks and Recreation to purchase a single lot located at 413 N. Fifth St.

The acquisition of this lot, adjacent to Douglass Park, is critical to providing more green spaces in central Columbia.

Pauletta Gresham, owner of the lot, contacted the department and is interested in selling it for the appraised value of $67,000. 

Wi-Fi Trial on Transit Buses

The Council will hear a report concerning the Wi-Fi trial on transit buses, started in January 2010.

According to the report written by the city manager and staff, the trial began as a pilot project on two buses using a relatively low cost cell phone device that the IT department had sourced. The project was originally planned for 90 days from January through March.

Throughout the test period, the project faced numerous technical difficulties, the report said. Even after staff extended the 90-day test period through April, the difficulties continued. There seem to be little or no usage of the Wi-Fi devices.

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