Doors were closed at Thursday night’s NAACP-sponsored meeting to discuss curfew alternatives, but First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton chose not to accept the invitation to come inside.
“I have other things to do,” Crayton said late Thursday.
The absence of Crayton and Community Recreation Supervisor Wynna Faye Elbert, who was ill, set discussion back a little, said Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia branch of the NAACP.
Ratliff said the meeting went well, though. Ratliff spoke about a letter she sent to City Manager Ray Beck that asked for information on outside funding for community services in Columbia and how it is distributed throughout the city. Beck said money for activities comes from a variety of places in the city’s budget.
Since the proposed budget is somewhat flexible, if a specific activity was proposed, there is still time to request funding from the City Council before the budget is approved in mid-September, Beck said.
The next scheduled discussion is at the NAACP meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway.
— Lori Yount