Columbia honors Baumgardner for service to utilities board

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 5:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Former Water and Light Advisory Board member Tom Baumgardner has been recognized by the city for his 20 years of service to the group.

Baumgardner, who now works as a financial adviser at Edward Jones, advises the city on the management of its water and electric utilities.

Baumgardner was honored at the City Council's meeting Monday night. Mayor Bob McDavid presented him with a plaque.

"He deserves a great credit for the current reliable water and light system that helps us live our daily lives," McDavid said.

Baumgardner, 72, was appointed by the City Council to the advisory board in 1991, and he served continuously until June. He cited the financial security and stability of Columbia’s water and light system as a point of pride.

Bob Roper, a current member of the board, said Baumgardner was a valuable member of the board.

"He was a well prepared and reasonable member that served the board and city well," Roper said. "I am proud to call him a colleague."

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