Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.
Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.
The proposal comes because the city’s need for major sewer improvements. With the bond the city would be able to complete major maintenance on the existing sewer system due to rainwater getting in the system and old pipes.
Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. Rangeline Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. Rangeline is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.
This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line.
But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.
Cole and Boone County Clerks are hoping to see more voters participating in today’s elections.
Cole County Clerk Marvin Register said this morning he is optimistic about voter turnout in today’s municipal elections. Voters across Jefferson City will elect school board members, and vote on whether to raise taxes to build new school facilities. Register says he saw a steady flow of people going into the polls.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler opened the doors to her new office in Columbia Tuesday.
Dozens of supporters showed up to welcome the Republican congresswoman to the south Columbia location. For many of them it was the first time meeting her.
Though this is Hartzler’s second term in Congress, this is the first time she will be representing Boone County in the Fourth District. That’s because of redistricting that occurred after Missouri lost a spot in the House because of the state’s dip in population.