Council picks firm for city manager hunt

Tuesday, August 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

At a meeting Monday night, the Columbia City Council:

  • Hired the PAR Group to be the consulting firm to help the council hire a new city manager. The council received proposals from eight firms, interviewed three and voted Monday between the Mercer Group and the PAR Group.

    The council chose the PAR Group because of its greater amount of experience recruiting people to the Midwest, the good rapport council members felt with the group and PAR’s promise to go to the national city manager’s meeting in September for recruiting.

  • Voted to approve a proposed annexation agreement with residents of W.B. Smith subdivision for property south of the intersection of Route K and Missouri 163. These residents hope to get sewer service from the city in exchange for a commitment to allow annexation when the city reaches their property.
  • Held a public hearing on the proposed voluntary annexation of 161 acres along the southwest corner of Route WW and Rolling Hills Road. The land borders the 804-acre tract that Billy Sapp successfully petitioned the city to annex in July. Don Stamper, a representative of Sapp, was the only person who spoke regarding the issue and supported the annexation.
  • Voted to appropriate money for late-night recreation at the Old Armory Sports Center. The program started June 20 and Mike Hood, parks and recreation director, said that 39 people participated in the first four evenings of the program.

Three more nights are scheduled in August, and Hood hopes the numbers go up. First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton suggested advertising with fliers at Moonlight Basketball games in Douglass Park and announcements on radio stations to boost participation.

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