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Many in our neighborhood knew Ann Henley, who lived in the house next door to Gary Smith and Randy Kilgore until 2006. I heard today that she has passed away in Arizona, where she moved to be closer to her children. The obituary was in Tuesday’s Tribune, but I missed it. I hope you will be able to go to the funeral on Friday, at Memorial Park Cemetery (see the obituary for details). She was a lovely lady and will be missed.
So, this coming Saturday, May 30, will be a big party day in the neighborhood. Looks like we may have good weather for it! First comes the neighborhood coffee/open house at the home of Randy Kilgore and Gary Smith, 804 Fairway, 9:00 to 11:00 am. Hope to see everyone there!
Then, in the afternoon, Mary Still is having a progressive “Garden Party Fundraiser” at three sites within the neighborhood, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. You can get your own invitation here but here are the basics: You can tour two beautiful gardens – one at Randy and Gary’s house (if you didn’t already see it that morning), and the other at Dorian and David Pickering’s home, 2 Club Court. Then you can also stop by for a “summer celebration” at Russ and Mary Still’s home, 2000 South Country Club Drive. Mary says, “contributions at all levels are appreciated.”
So, plan to visit with all your neighbors on Saturday at several locations in the neighborhood. See you then!
Just a brief note about the ‘Keys to the City’ event last night. Our neighborhood was well represented, with myself, Martha John, and Sarah Catlin-Dupuy in attendance. I spoke with several of the City Council members about issues relevant to our neighborhood (more on that later) and we all made good use of the time to gather information and make connections. The ‘Neighborhood Congress’ discussion was very preliminary (as covered here in the Missourian), but I think that more could come of it in the future.
And I also want to tell everyone – if you haven’t recently been by Betty Gladney’s ‘beauty spot’ at the bottom of Country Lane, be sure to swing by soon! The flowers are in full bloom and it is absolutely lovely – well worth a nice walk over, or an extra bit of time in the car.
Mark your calendars now for the next Neighborhood Open House. Gary Smith and Randy Kilgore will be welcoming neighbors to their home at 804 Fairway from 9 to 11 am on Saturday, May 30th. (That’s the weekend after Memorial Day.) Gary says he’ll be serving coffee, juice and fresh scones (cherry-pecan and blueberry – yum!) on the patio. Be sure to take this opportunity to visit with your neighbors and see one of the showplaces in our community.
Passing this along, which may be of interest to our neighborhood members:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Toni Messina, Communications Director – (573) 874-7660 or Bill Watkins, City Manager – (573) 874-6338
‘CityStream’ links citizens and local officials
COLUMBIA, MO (April 30, 2009) – The Columbia City Council steps into cyberspace next week if all goes as planned. Citizens and others with high-speed online access should be able to view the Council meetings live, over the Internet, starting Monday, May 4. This service is in addition to meeting broadcasts over the City Channel.
Dubbed “CityStream,” this new service also will allow users to view archived meeting video within 24 hours after the meeting ends. A viewer can see the whole meeting or click on a link in an online meeting agenda and see only the video associated with a specific item. Supporting documents will be available at the same location.
“Council members have asked for this service for citizens for several years,” Watkins said, “but the cost of buying broadband capacity was excessive, considering the small number of users that could be accommodated at one time.”
Finally, Watkins said, needs converged with available technology. Granicus, the vendor chosen to stream meetings and store archive, brought a product to the table with the right features at the right price. “Granicus has government clients across the country. Although we purchased what I would consider a basic starter package, and not bells and whistles, citizens will get good value.”
Public Communications Director Toni Messina said that start-up costs are less than $15,000, plus a monthly management fee, and are supported by funding recommended by the Public Communications Resources Advisory Committee and approved by the City Council. “We applied for funding through the Committee’s competitive process earlier this year and were very pleased when we got approval.”
CityStream is not only a technological advance but also a tool for wider citizen engagement, according to Messina. “When we applied, we linked CityStream to the community’s vision for a more transparent government process. What we’ll want to know is, are more citizens getting involved by using the Internet? Do they think this service helps them communicate with local officials?”
Messina said that a link on the city’s home page will take users to the viewing site. “Effective May 4, start with www.GoColumbiaMo.com, and then click on “City Council Meetings” in the black bar at the top of the page. Tell us about your experience and how we can serve you better.”
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