COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid's Task Force on Community Violence is scheduled to meet for the first time at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall mezzanine, 701 E. Broadway. The meeting is open to the public.
The task force was formed by the mayor in response to a perceived increase in violent crimes over the summer. The panel, composed of 13 community members, is co-chaired by Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp and Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser.
Nauser said the first meeting will lay the groundwork for future meetings. The task force will be sworn in, establish guidelines and take care of procedural issues required by the city charter.
The group will be in charge of what steps it will take to address the problem of violence in Columbia.
"The issues we deal with will come straight from the task force," Nauser said. "The group will decide how it wants to proceed and move forward."
The meeting is expected to last two hours. There will be a section at the end designated for public comment.