First Ward kicks off Ward Check-In meetings

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 11:24 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Ongoing and upcoming construction projects were among a few topics dominating Wednesday evening's first Ward Check-In meeting

Residents of the First Ward were the primary attendees of the meeting at the Daniel Boone City Building, where First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt and other department heads spoke about issues concerning the area. Officials and members of the public discussed topics such as planning and development, public projects and public safety.

Before those discussions kicked off, however, City Manager Mike Matthes began meeting with a simple statement: why he loves Columbia.

"One of the things that I love is the city government. This (type of meeting) doesn't happen in New York City. ... You have to buy your way in (there)," he said.

During the meeting, David Nichols, assistant Public Works director, discussed upcoming and ongoing construction to correct the area's sewer and stormwater systems.

Other construction planned for this year will take place on Anderson Avenue and Ash Street, a traffic signal at Walnut Street and College Avenue and a crosswalk light at Tenth and Rogers street.

At the end of the meeting, Matthes told residents that this year, he will work with other departments to improve roads, prevent crimes and balance the city's budget.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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