Columbia City Council votes to eliminate several boards and to modify others

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 6:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Seven of Columbia's advisory boards and committees are facing the guillotine, and several others will see significant changes.

The Columbia City Council, acting on recommendations from the city staff, determined at its meeting Tuesday night that the following groups were unnecessary:

  • The Armory Board
  • The CARE Advisory Board
  • The Columbia Special Business District Board
  • The Community Cooperation Board
  • The GetAbout Columbia Committee
  • The Internet Citizens Advisory Group
  • The Public Communications Resource Advisory Committee

Many of those groups, such as the CARE Advisory Board, have had trouble getting quorums. The last meeting listed for the CARE Advisory Board on the city's website was on March 27. According to the minutes of that meeting, members "struggle(d) on understanding structure of CARE Advisory Board and the reason for serving in current capacity."

Some of the boards had outlived their purposes, city officials said. The Internet Citizens Advisory Group, for example, was founded in 2000 to advise the council on "the city's effective utilization of the Internet." Since then, the city has established a website and needs no more advice, City Manager Mike Matthes said.

"It sounds like a great idea when the Internet was new," Mayor Bob McDavid said at the meeting.

The council also voted to modify other boards and committees in the following ways:

  • To replace the nonvoting representative of Missouri CORE on the Airport Advisory Board with a representative of Regional Economic Development Inc.
  • To remove the Planning and Zoning Commission liaisons to the  Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission and the Environment and Energy Commission.
  • To add two alternates to the Personnel Advisory Board to help it obtain quorums.
  • To add a para-transit rider and a college student to the Public Transportation Advisory Commission to give the public a larger voice. The council also voted to change its name to the Public Transit Advisory Commission.

The council decided to wait before taking action on other committees. It voted to give the Board of Electrical Examiners, the Board of Mechanical Examiners and the Board of Plumbing Examiners six months to respond to its plan to combine them into a single Building Trade Board of five members.

The Building Construction Codes Commission also will have six months to respond to the council's plan to reduce its members from 20 to seven. Finally, the council decided to wait until an amendment to the storm water ordinance is drafted to consider whether to eliminate the Storm Water Advisory Commission.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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