Last night was the first meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Infrastructure, a group approved by the city council in July to help guide the city in addressing the infrastructure problems created by the growth of downtown.
The first meeting was mostly housekeeping: introductions and basic structure for future meetings. But the group also began to set protocol for its assignment.
The task force is only supposed to last a year, and is made up of nine Columbia residents, including several who have worked with housing developers, others who have worked for city infrastructure departments and a University of Missouri representative. Former State Representative Chris Kelly is the group’s chair, and he led the first meeting with an emphasis on avoiding political agendas.
“I’m very, very delighted with my colleagues on the task force,” Kelly said. “I’m really the only political type and I hope that we get factual analysis and that’s what our goal is.”
The group plans to begin its work at the end of September with storm water infrastructure, starting with a presentation from the city and public comment to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
The next meeting is planned for September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the city council chamber.