Barbara Hoppe is one of the best City Council members that we have ever had. I have been a resident of East Campus in the Sixth Ward since 1980. Over the years I have come to understand how important the role of our City Council member is in helping citizens to address neighborhood and community issues, both small and big.
East Campus is a high density neighborhood. As councilwoman, Barbara has spent many hours and attended many meetings to help us address a range of issues and has helped us to look at practical, workable solutions. The following are just a few examples: (1) Trash collection — pickup day changed, which improved people getting trash on curb; (2) late-night noise — an improved ordinance and better communication with police and others has decreased this; (3) improvement of streets. This is an older neighborhood, and we have appreciated her work to help us with our infrastructure needs. Also, she has acted as a liaison with police and the Office of Neighborhood Services, and has facilitated communication between city officials, MU and other neighborhood members.
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Barbara is a super conscientious, value-driven, community-conscious city councilwoman. I occasionally attend council meetings. She is impressive. She pays attention to what people say at public hearings. It is obvious she has read and studied the packets. She catches errors that everyone else misses and asks important and relevant questions. She has limitless energy and solves problems in the context of what is best for the Sixth Ward and for Columbia. We are fortunate that she is willing to serve us for another three years.
Bonnie Bourne is a Columbia resident.