Residents urge new council members to focus on roads, development

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COLUMBIA - Two new city council members will take part in their first official meeting Monday.

Clyde Ruffin and Elizabeth Peters will serve as the First and Sixth Ward city council members. They were sworn in during a ceremony April 14. 

KOMU 8 News went out on the streets of Columbia to ask residents what they think the new city council members should focus on during their terms.

For most residents, infrastructure and downtown development were main concerns. 

Carla Anderson said she wants to see continued work on Columbia's road and water systems. 

"They need to make sure there's enough workers working on keeping the roads in really good condition, and making sure the water system works," Anderson said. 

Patrick Kennon, another Columbia resident, said it may be time to slow down development in the downtown area. 

"The development we're seeing downtown, I think it is good, but I think it wouldn't hurt if we pumped our brakes, just what that entails as far as our infrastructure and what all that's going to do to it," Kennon said. 

At Monday's meeting the new members will take part in their first votes, expected to be on the demolition of Shakespeare's Pizza, appropriating funds for police officer training, and holding a public hearing on the construction of accessible parking in several locations in Columbia.