I have been contacted by Paul Love, who is a candidate for mayor and would be happy to meet with our neighborhood association to answer questions and discuss issues if we wanted to do so. As I noted in a previous post about Sid Sullivan, I am willing to arrange a meeting if there is interest in the neighborhood.
I have also been contacted by Bill Cantin of the City’s new Office of Neighborhood Services. The relevant bit:
I would like to take this opportunity to announce the formation of the City’s new Office of Neighborhood Services, created as part of the City’s 2010 fiscal year budget to bring staff and resources together in one place to better address code enforcement issues, strengthen neighborhoods and team those efforts with volunteers. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Columbia’s residents through fairly and swiftly enforcing city codes related to residential life and build a sense of community by offering valuable volunteer opportunities, providing resources for neighborhood leaders to solve issues independently and managing donations to support our community. Much more information can be found on our website at http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Neighborhoods/. We would also encourage you to visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter.
We are very interested in coming to any meetings your association may have in order to discuss in further detail our new office. Feel free to contact our office if you are interested and we will get those meeting times on our calendar. In preparation for this, we have prepared a brief survey to assess what you might like to see out of our new office, and to see what sort of issues and projects we can help you with. Please click on the following link to complete this survey if you are interested:
And last, but not least, here is some information from Karl Skala concerning another “Safety Summit” he’s scheduled for Feb. 11th which may be of interest:
Winter Quarter Ward 3 Neighborhood Safety Summit & Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 till 8:30 p.m. or questions/comments remain!
WHERE: Blue Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria, 3700 Woodland Dr.
Come meet our 3rd Ward Councilman, Karl Skala and several city leaders including Police Chief Ken Burton and a cadre of command staff and patrol officers and Office of Neighborhood Services Director, Leigh Britt.
A progress report on neighborhood crime since our September meeting will be center stage! Come find out how we can support a Neighborhood Watch Program and work together to reduce CRIME in North-East Columbia. Find out what you can do to help city officials combat CRIME in your neighborhood. This is your opportunity to participate – please come and bring your neighbors!
More info: Karl Skala @ 474-2195 or Ward3@GoColumbiaMo.com
Please let me know if you are interested in any of these and need more information.