CDD 4/20: What’s next for downtown cameras

Columbia’s Daily Dish, April 20
What’s next for downtown cameras (CM) The downtown cameras initiative passed April 6, but Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton must still decide what cameras will be used and where they will go before the Columbia City Council can approve funding.

After inspectors’ recommendations, Truman Veterans Hospital staff to undergo training (CM) Hundreds of support staff and about 30 medical workers at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital will undergo training to refresh their skills on protective gear usage and proper sterilization of reusable medical equipment.

Review board’s trip request is questioned (CDT) The Columbia Citizens Police Review Board’s request for travel allowances met some resistance from the new members of the Columbia City Council last night.

Former sheriff backs J. Scott Christianson (CDT) Former Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm has offered his endorsement to J. Scott Christianson in the Columbia Democrat’s campaign to become Boone County presiding commissioner.

Bustamante asks to finish school (CDT) Alyssa Bustamante, the teenager accused of murdering 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins last year, has filed a motion asking the court to allow her to finish high school.

Columbia is well ahead of 2022 goal for renewable energy (CM) In 2004, Columbia voters overwhelmingly passed an act to make Columbia a greener city by requiring 15 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2022. A yearly report is required to make sure all is going according to plan. City Council reviewed last year’s progress and this year’s expectations Monday.

Pedestrian bridge on Providence could be torn down (CM) There was little discussion of a $293,000 project to make crossing Providence Road safer for pedestrians at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

City works toward sewer bill fix (CDT) Officials said the city plans to shift from a system that charges each “user” a monthly base fee of $6.09 to one that applies a monthly base fee to each water meter. The term “user” is not clearly defined in the current ordinance, leading to varying interpretations that could apply it to something as small as a single hospital room or as large as the owner of multiple properties.

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