City Council Votes Yes on License Plates
City Council had 40 items on Monday's agenda, but the hottest topic was the license plate scanners. The council voted yes on the scanners.
Columbia Police are expected to get two new scanners. The scanners not only capture images of plates, they record the time, place and store the information for a month. The Boone County Sheriff's Department plans to donate the scanners for free. But after that, the scanners will cost Columbia near $6,000 over the next three years to keep up with update and labor. But the hot topic Monday night was privacy.
The council expressed concern that police would keep the information for too long. Some council members say there is no reason for all residents to have their data stored in the police car.
City Council also tackled a pedestrian overpass on Providence Road and extra money for the Citizens Review Board Monday night.