Citizens Group to Circulate Anti-Blight Petition
COLUMBIA - The political action organization Citizens Involved and Invested in Columbia (CiViC) will collect signatures Monday on a petition to reexamine the Columbia City Council's resolution regarding blight.
The city council passed the resolution on February 6, establishing borders of a proposed enhanced enterprise zone (EEZ). The city declared the area within this zone, including a large portion of the city and parts of Boone County, blighted in accordance with the state statutes on blight.
Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) originally proposed the resolution. CiViC was established after the quick passing of the resolution. The group says the petition is an effort to allow more public comment on the resolution before any further steps are taken on the EEZ. The petition would ask the city council to consider the EEZ and blight proposal as a proposed ordinance instead of a resolution. This would allow three readings and more direct public comment on the matter as opposed to the two readings and passing the resolution had.
But REDI president Mike Brooks said Monday the state requires the city to go through the EEZ procedure with an ordinance, so that process is already in the works.
CiViC will collect signatures Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library.