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2nd Ward Voters: I'm Supporting Mike Trapp

February 18, 2018

Dear Constituent:

I am endorsing Mike Trapp for another term on the Columbia City Council. If you live in the Second Ward (roughly speaking, north of I-70 and west of Oakland Gravel Road), I recommend you vote “Trapp for Columbia” on April 3. If you don’t know Mike, check out his positions here:

I don’t agree with Mike on every issue, but the way he approaches his role as a City Councilperson is exemplary. He works extremely hard, he listens to all his constituents, he explains every one of his votes, and he’s not afraid to take a controversial position if it’s something he believes in.

And Mike brings a unique personal and professional background to the City Council, which is especially valuable right now as we focus on solving Columbia’s social challenges and striving towards economic equity. Mike grew up poor in the Detroit suburbs; as a young man, he was an activist for social justice; and he has dedicated his career to addressing issues of addiction, mental illness, and homelessness.

Mike Trapp is an enormous asset to the City Council - let’s re-elect him.

Community-Oriented Policing Resolution

One example of Mike’s leadership on social issues was his role as co-chair, with Laura Nauser, of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence. In their final report, this group made a strong recommendation that Columbia adopt a Community-Oriented Policing Philosophy and Program.

Over recent months, Mike Trapp and Clyde Ruffin have worked with me to draft a Resolution “Declaring the City Council's Support for Community-Oriented Policing, Defining the Parameters of Community-Oriented Policing, and Directing the City Manager to Design a citywide Community-Oriented Policing Program for Columbia." With thanks to all of the stakeholders who have contributed amendments, I am pleased to share the final version of this Resolution, which is on tomorrow evening’s City Council agenda for a public hearing and vote:

Please let members of the Council know you support this important Resolution, which will advance our efforts towards ensuring the community is fully engaged in the Columbia Police Department’s vision, goals, and strategies.

If the Resolution is passed tomorrow evening, the City Manager will appoint a CPD officer with relevant experience to lead the community engagement and planning process.

Stewart Road Speed Humps

While I have received a lot of positive feedback on the new Stewart Road speed humps, some constituents have complained that they are too high and too frequent, and have called for their removal. Therefore, I am polling everyone on this newsletter list - please let me know whether you see the speed humps as beneficial to the neighborhood, or want them to be removed.

In my view, they do a good job of calming traffic and making this residential street more pedestrian-friendly. I would support reducing the general speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, so that vehicles are already traveling closer to the 20 mph required to safely drive over the humps.

Constituent Conversations

Upcoming Constituent Conversations will be held today and on Sundays March 4th and 18th, 2-4pm at Dunn Bros. Coffee. Dates for Constituent Conversations are always available at my web site.

Cheers, Ian