Bill Weitkamper Announces Intention to Run for City Council
COLUMBIA - Retired Columbia Public Works Supervisor Bill Weitkemper announced his candidacy Friday for the Fourth Ward of the Columbia City Council.
Weitkemper's announcement follows his retirement as the City's Sewer Superintendent.
"My service to the community over the last 37.5 years has been extremely rewarding and I am looking forward to the challenge of serving the community in a different capacity," Weitkemper said.
Weitkemper, a graduate of Hickman High School and the recipient of the inaugural Ed Robb Public Service Award, vowed to continue his long quest for fairness in the city's utility billing practices. He indicated his guiding principle with be to promote a government that is accountable, responsible and responsive to all members of the community.
Weitkemper outlined his plans to help create jobs and improve infrastructure. He acknowledged that city residents are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the city's deteriorating streets, sanitary sewer system, storm water system and water system.
Weitkemper would also like to see the city adopt a residency requirement that would require all future city employees to be Columbia residents.