Columbia residents express concerns at North neighborhood meeting

6 months 6 days 10 hours ago September 20, 2016 Sep 20, 2016 Tuesday, September 20 2016 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:15:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: Kristen Reesor, KOMU Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA- The first North Neighborhood meeting to address residents' concerns involved topics from picking up trash to activities for kids.
 
The City of Columbia hosted the meeting Tuesday at Derby Ridge Elementary to provide a forum for residents to voice their concerns and engage in a conversation with city leaders. The meeting was part of the city's 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.
 
James Whitt was the neighborhood facilitator for the meeting.
 
"We're out here tonight to just kinda listen to our community, see what their concerns are, see how we can, you know, develop a better working relationship with them, to answer any needs they may have and also to listen to see what they think is good about our city," Whitt said.
 
Resident James Gray had concerns about mentoring and activities for youth.
 
"They got one park out here, but what else could we do to give these kids something to do once they get their homework done?" Gray said.
 
A parent spoke about the same thing. Sophia Smith mentioned the neighborhood park, but said she doesn't feel comfortable if she can't see her kids playing from her home.
 
"I think that there should be an activities center," she said.
 
Two residents spoke about trash being scattered all over their yards from other people not properly putting out their trash.
 
A city employee responded to their concerns immediately. She said she personally picks up trash on Saturdays, and employees talk to citizens to let them know to bag their trash better.
 
A woman then spoke about implementing a neighborhood cleanup.
 
While some residents came to the meeting with topics in mind, other residents came to listen and see what issues were on the table.
 
Resident Joshlyn Dennis said a flier on her door prompted her to come to the meeting. She said she just moved to Columbia and wanted to see what these discussions were about.
 
Police officers at the meeting represented the community policing program. Resident John Becker said some of his concerns with the program have been addressed, but he said, "there's still a lot more work to do."
 
Other issues addressed included increasing minimum wage, creating a food pantry in the area and investigating a company that a resident said is exploiting low-income people.
 
About 50 people attended the meeting, including City Manager Mike Matthes and Ward 2 Council Member Mike Trapp.
 
Whitt said the strategic plan team already had two meetings with the Central Neighborhood, and it hopes to meet with the East Neighborhood in mid-October.
 
Gray said he hopes the city implements helpful programs, and not just holds talks.
 
"I appreciate the city for doing what they're doing, but now it's time to start putting stuff in action," Gray said.

 
 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed native bumblebees on the endangered species list at the start of... More >>
1 hour ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police said an investigation found that a man apparently fatally shot the mother of his children... More >>
2 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says people should have the option of getting IDs that allow... More >>
2 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House has endorsed a bill to repeal the state's "prevailing wage" requirements for... More >>
2 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens says he's still against expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Missouri following failed... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:17:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri law will change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials.... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:06:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As Missouri legislators debate the merits of a state prescription drug monitoring program, five of the nation's... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:53:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been convicted for his role in a shooting that left... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:45:00 PM CDT in News
STURGEON - The Sturgeon Board of Aldermen voted to remove Greg Halderman from his position as police chief by a... More >>
4 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:15:00 PM CDT in News
CALIFORNIA - A Kansas City man was arrested on suspicion of burglary Tuesday morning after attempting to evade police. ... More >>
4 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:50:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his... More >>
5 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:56:00 AM CDT in News
LADUE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in suburban St. Louis say a man found dead inside a van was wanted for... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:37:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fire investigators in Kansas City, Missouri, are trying to pinpoint what sparked a three-alarm blaze... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police say the shooting deaths of a former couple found outside a home... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:03:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 26-year-old man jailed on $200,000 bond after being accused of drunkenly causing a Kansas... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:56:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled for this summer for a Missouri home health care worker who admitted in... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:46:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis church pastor is accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager. St. Louis... More >>
7 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:40:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri branches of the Job Corps program are meeting at the capitol for the first time... More >>
9 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:32:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
5pm 61°
6pm 60°
7pm 59°
8pm 57°