Officials to hear questions and concerns from Columbia First Ward residents

Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:39 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA— First Ward residents can raise concerns with their councilperson and other city government officials at the second Ward Check-In Meeting on Monday.

Representatives from the Health Department, Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Columbia Water and Light will be present to discuss specific questions or issues, and city personnel will address Columbia's budget and priorities.

The departments will be addressing issues that might be relevant to the First Ward, Leland Rehard, who works as a fellow for the city manager, said.

Some of the departments represented are not well known, but "they do have an impact on the community," Rehard said. Participation at these meetings has varied from ward to ward, though he said the upcoming Columbia City Council election for the First Ward in April might drive the attendance up at the meeting Monday.

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said the meetings were a good way for the staff of the different departments to take notes on residents' concerns and take it back to their departments.

He said he was pleased with attendance at the first meeting and that these meetings have turned out to be a good method of communication.

The meeting will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

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