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The race for Columbia’s 2nd Ward Council Member sees two former opponents meet again.

Incumbent Michael Trapp and challenger Paul Love participated in a public forum at Daniel Boone Regional Library yesterday to discuss the upcoming election.

City of Columbia Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp held a press conference Monday afternoon to explain his support for legalizing medical cannabis in Missouri.

Trapp said the legalization of medical cannabis would decrease opioid epidemic mortality because cannabis is a safer alternative for treating chronic pain. Trapp is a certified substance abuse counselor in Missouri and worked in a medical marijuana clinic in California.

“When people have access to medical cannabis, they use less dangerous prescription drugs and that actually saves the taxpayers money,” he said.


A new family access center and the role of Columbia Public Schools in community violence intervention were some of the topics discussed in Wednesday’s Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence Open Forum. This was the second in a series of meetings for the public to discuss the progress on the implementation of the recommendations which were presented to city council a year ago.

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 Several city board members, community leaders, and organizations from across Columbia met at City Hall Wednesday evening to discuss the progress of Mayor McDavid’s Community Violence Task Force. City Council Member Michael Trapp said the city was spurred on to create the task force in August of 2013 after several violent, high-publicity gun crimes in May of 2012 in order to combat and prevent violent crimes in Columbia.

House Bill 277 Shakes up Local Legislative Power

Sep 18, 2015

House Bill 277 was recently rejected by the Governor. The state legislature then overrode the veto, leaving Missouri city councils with a lot less power. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LISA GOLDSCHIMDT and LEAH CHRISTIAN, who tell us about "Light Up Rotary," a joint effort between Columbia Metro Rotary Club, Central Missouri Community Action's Weatherization Program and the CoMo Energy Challenge to reduce energy use in 38 low-income homes. At [5:04] LEAH CHRISTIAN and MICHAEL TRAPP, Columbia Ward 2 Council Member, encourage everyone to attend the Smart Growth Parking Community Forum and Workshop September 22nd at City Hall. The results of the recent parking audit and the future of parking in downtown Columbia will be discussed! September 14, 2015

Columbia Access Television faces Potential Funding Cuts

Sep 14, 2015
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Columbia Access Television might soon lose all of its city funding.

CAT TV was planning to receive $50,000 for the 2016 fiscal year but Mayor Bob McDavid proposed a new amendment that will take one-time funding, which includes CAT TV’s funds, and add it to the police department’s budget for one year.

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Recently, one of the biggest issues on the Columbia City Council's plate has been the proposed demolition moratorium on buildings in downtown Columbia, such as Shakespeare's Pizza.  KBIA’s Jason Hoffman tells us why the debate still matters even though the ordinance failed. 


Michael Trapp was reelected as the ward 2 councilmember with 52% of the vote.  He defeated Paul Love who also ran for Columbia mayor in 2010.  Trapp said he ran this campaign on his process of listening to all points of view before he makes a decision.  He knows there will always be critics but believes as a whole, the people of Columbia are happy. 

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Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence discussed possibly bringing Juvenile Assessment Centers to Boone County at their meeting Wednesday night.

Juvenile Assessment Centers are designed help families with at-risk children get connected with services that can help their kids.

Second Ward Councilman and Task Force Co-Chair Michael Trapp said it provides options for families with troubled kids.

“It becomes an alternative way to provide access to resources to parents and kids who are struggling to help keep them on the right path,” Trapp said

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The Columbia City Council voted to not pass a bill to rezone 1.39 acres on the corner of Providence Road and East Broadway to build a CVS pharmacy Monday evening. The pharmacy would have consisted of a 13,000 square foot building, drive-thru pharmacy, 65 parking spaces, and more efficient sidewalks along Broadway.

Resident Rosie Gerding expressed her thoughts on the suburban look of the pharmacy would bring to the downtown area.

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In Columbia, the mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence met for the fourth time on Thursday to discuss measures for city crime prevention.

A survey to gauge at-risk youth in Columbia was discussed in new business, with the hopes of gaining an understanding into how the task force can implement purposeful and helpful activities to take Columbia youth away from a path toward violent crime.

“We are not looking for scientific validity [with the survey], but cross-checking our own ideas and seeing what we have to work with,” Second Ward Council member Michael Trapp said.

Trapp takes 2nd ward race

Apr 4, 2012
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Columbians elected Michael Trapp as the next Second Ward Councilman. Trapp led with 44 percent of the votes against candidates Bill Pauls and Mike Atkinson who came in second and third respectively.