Daily Dish: Aug. 13, 2012

Here’s a rundown of stories about city and county government that made the news over the weekend.

Proposed historic district rules cause property rights worries

Jacob Barker of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports on the fledgling debate surrounding city-initiated historic property designations.

Stream team volunteers clean up trash in East Campus

Jennah Sontag of the Columbia Missourian details a city-sponsored effort to keep garbage out of streams.

Construction on new Greenbriar Trail to begin soon

KOMU-TV8 reports on the latest trail project in Columbia.

Missouri School of Journalism news outlets collaborate on new election-related website

Project Open Vault, a cooperative effort of KBIA 91.3, the Missourian, KOMU-TV8, Newsy.com and the Reynolds Journalism Institute will aggregate election news and track spending on televised political ads in central Missouri leading up to the November election.





KBIA Intersection — Ward Reapportionment

Today I (Karen Miller) was asked to be a guest on KBIA’s intersection program focusing on the Ward Reapportionment issue. You can watch the video of the broadcast on their website. I was joined by Andrew Denney of the Columbia Tribune and former councilman Karl Skala.

It was an interesting experience, but I’m glad I was asked to be on. Originally the guests were supposed to be Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley and Karl Skala, but Dudley canceled and Andrew and I were invited on.

This is a complex issue and even following it for 6 weeks I still don’t always sort out all of it. If you have any questions feel free to post on the blog or contact me via email (karenelyse.miller@gmail.com).

The Daily Dish-Sept. 27, 2011

Commissioner Elkin scheduled for active Guard duty – Columbia Missourian

“Gov. Jay Nixon will need to appoint a new Boone County Presiding Commissioner before December to avoid a county commission of one.”

Mamtek inquiries shape up – Columbia Daily Tribune

“A planned Missouri Senate investigation of the Mamtek deal in Moberly will look at how the state shopped the project to communities around the state and whether the Department of Economic Development did a thorough review of the project before approving it for state tax incentives.”

Four trial maps remain in ward reapportion process; to be presented at next City Council meeting – Columbia Missourian

” Four trial maps for the ward reapportionment process will be presented at the next City Council meeting as a possible way to redraw the city’s political boundaries. The trials being presented are A, B, D and E; Trial F has been cut.”

All About Ward Reapportionment

A public hearing about ward reapportionment has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Council Chambers of the Daniel Boone Building.

Leading up to that meeting, here’s a quick guide consisting of terms, dates, and committee members


  • Wards – Columbia has six of them. Each is represented by a city council member. Ideally, each ward will have an equal population and therefore equal representation on the council.
  • Reapportionment – The redrawing of ward boundaries to create near-equal populations. It occurs every 10 years after census data is collected.
  • Trial – Essentially an experimental map. So far there are five (A,B,D,E and F). The council can either adopt one of these trials or come up with a compromise.


  • Sept. 7 – The next public hearing on the trials
  • Sept. 12 – The next committee meeting to discuss the trials
  • Sept. 15 – The date when the reapportionment must present options to the city council


There are eight members on the committee:

  • Colleen Coble: First Ward
  • Scott Atkins: Second Ward
  • Eugene Gerke: Third Ward
  • Rob Monsees: Fourth Ward
  • Michelle Gadbois: Fifth Ward
  • Terry Smith: Sixth Ward
  • Wiley Miller: At large appointee. Miller was added as the eighth member of the committee after a complaint was made that the committee lacked diversity. More information can be found in this article from the Missourian.
  • Bob Pugh: chairman, at-large appointee.

More information can be found at the city’s website.

Helen Anthony and Fred Schmidt sworn in at City Council ceremony

Helen Anthony and Fred Schmidt were sworn in as city council members at 6 p.m. Monday night at a special city council ceremony. Former Fifth Ward councilwoman Laura Nauser and former First Ward councilman Paul Sturtz gave parting speeches in which they thanked their friends, family and the city’s staff for all of their help and support.

The two outgoing council members were presented with a resolution of appreciation and a glass retirement tile from the city and a separate gift from the city staff before Anthony and Schmidt were sworn in.

Anthony replaces Nauser as Fifth Ward city council member and  Schmidt replaces Sturtz as First Ward city council member.  Anthony and Schmidt were elected Tuesday, April 5, and their term will expire April 2014.

Barbara Hoppe was also appointed mayor pro-tem to fill the spot formerly held by Nauser.

City Council Special Meeting Tonight at 6

The City Council will have a special meeting tonight at 6 to swear in the newly elected council members Helen Anthony and Fred Schmidt. Anthony will be replacing Laura Nauser in the Fifth Ward and Schmidt will be replacing Paul Sturtz in the First Ward. Schmidt and Anthony will make comments after taking the oath of office. Nauser and Sturtz will also make comments. A reception will follow.

City Council Watch Parties

The time has finally come.


With the general municipal election tomorrow, First Ward candidates have organized watch parties for their campaigns and supporters.

Mitch Richards is holding a get out the vote party tonight from 5-11:30 p.m. at Boone Tavern. His watch party will be around 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mackenzie’s Prime on the corner of Locust and Tenth streets.


Mitch Richards
7 p.m. at Mackenzie’s Prime
Corner of Locust and Tenth streets

Fred Schmidt
7 p.m. at Red and Moe’s
21 Ninth St.

Pam Forbes
7:15 p.m. at the Broadway Brewery
816 E. Broadway

Darrel Foster
Foster said he is planning on having a watch party around 6 p.m. tomorrow at Douglass Park, with more details to come tomorrow.
Helen Anthony
7 p.m. Sophia’s
3915 South Providence Road
Glen Ehrhardt
7 p.m. at D’Rowes Restaurant and Bar
1005 Club Village Drive