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The debate over a new north-central group is postponed to Oct. 6.
By KOURTNEY GEERS
of things that a neighborhood association is allowed to do that a business organization is not allowed to do.” La Mar cited being able to be included in the city’s budget, which business organizations are not allowed to do, as one of the reasons for the requested change. The proposed neighborhood association would overlap with the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association — causing debate. This is not prohibited by the city’s neighborhood organization policy, yet some members of the existing north-central neighborhood association such as Linda Rootes, its president, see this as a problem. In an e-mail dated Aug. 4, Rootes said: “Recognition of this organization as an alternative neighborhood association would open the door to any splinter
Business owners within the North Central Phebe La Mar, an attorney rep- group in any other neighborhood Columbia Neighborhood Association want to resenting many of the business- association who does not want to form their own neighborhood association, es, said, “There are a number work with an existing organiza- which they would call a business district.
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news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Ninety minutes of debate about a second proposed neighborhood association in north-central Columbia kicked off the City Council meeting Monday night, leading the council to postpone its decision to the Oct. 6 meeting. The request was from the North Central Columbia Business District, which intends to represent the business and commercial interests in north-central Columbia in the form of a neighborhood association. The item was on the agenda for the July 21 meeting but was tabled because of the district’s request to amend its application submitted to the council. The change was to recognize it as a neighborhood association rather than a business district.
tion which has been recognized BUSIN by the city council. The developESS L OOP 70 ers would love the confusion and chaos that would result from that North Central precedent.” Columbia Neighborhood The root of the problem seems Association to lie in the policies of the city, as noted by Fourth Ward CouncilWILKE S BLV D. man Jerry Wade. “I think we find ourselves in this situation in that our lack of Boundaries of proposed focus and priority in our poliNorth Central Columbia cies and definitions has created Business District a very difficult question of how ROG this issue can be resolved,” Wade ERS ST. said. It was proposed that the group be considered to be a business district, keeping in mind that the PARK AVENUE council may give it more rights in the future. ASH ST. La Mar said that she couldn’t N speak for the entire North CenWALNUT ST. tral Columbia Business District, 1000 FEET but would present the idea and MISSOURIAN return with more information in Source: CITY OF COLUMBIA October.
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Resource system to be explained
The city is considering an electronic Community Issues Management system.
By KOURTNEY GEERS
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com As mentioned by City Manager Bill Watkins in his budget message last week, the city will be moving forward with the recommendation to consider funding an electronic Community Issues Management system, or CIM. A meeting on this topic will occur on Wednesday night, where information about the system will be presented by leaders of CIM to leaders of Columbia. Seventy-five of the city’s leaders were invited, and 45 plan to attend. Watkins said in his budget speech that this system would “greatly improve our ability to put resources where they can make the biggest impact.” Steve Hollis, manager of community services, said that this system has not been purchased yet, but if it were, it would allow groups to better manage data and make policy decisions. The CIM system was developed at MU from a project led by Christopher Fulcher, co-director of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, and has been used by four other cities in the nation. Watkins said in his budget message that he wants Columbia to be the fifth city equipped with the system. According to CIM’s Web site, it is a wide-reaching, “webbased system where organizations use tools and data to frame, manage and take action on complex issues.” It also facilitates conversations between members of the community and organizations. The system would be funded by an infrastructure grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Watkins also noted that in this process, the city would partner with MU, the United Way and “other key human service partners.”
Shots fired in robbery attempt; 2 injured
Police report multiple complaints about early morning shots.
By DANIEL SHAR
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Two people were shot during an attempted robbery early Monday morning in northeast Columbia, a Boone County Sheriff’s Department news release said. A 31-year-old male was shot in the abdomen and a 23-yearold female was shot in the arm. Both were taken to University Hospital. The woman was listed in stable condition while the man was in critical condition, according to the release. “We haven’t been able to talk to him (yet),” Capt. Gary German said. “I think he’s going to be a good source of information.” Deputies received multiple complaints of shots fired around 1:47 a.m. in the 700 block of Demaret Drive. German said both victims were asleep when two male suspects wearing bandanas over their faces forced the apartment door open and demanded money. The suspects then took the two occupants of the home outside at gunpoint, at which point the victims tried to escape. The suspects shot the victims and fled the scene in an unknown direction. It is unclear at this time whether both suspects were armed. “We’re kind of getting conflicting reports on that,” German said. Contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 8751111 or CrimeStoppers at 875TIPS with any information.