City Council Highlights | March 7, 2023

March 8, 2023

Funding for Columbia Water

During the City Council Meeting, City Council passed two items on the consent agenda that will continue to fund investments in the maintenance of our water and wastewater systems. Item #7 authorizes professional services to oversee annual contract rehabilitation services for Columbia Water’s wastewater pipelines, which helps to ensure the integrity of our infrastructure and to protect the environment. Item #9 authorizes additional funding to Indefinite Delivery Contracts for three contractors to continue assisting Columbia Water with water distribution leak repairs.  During the hard freeze over the Christmas holiday period, numerous leaks occurred and contractor services were instrumental to providing timely response to these leaks. Extending these services will assist staff with repairing on-going leaks in a timely manner.

Check Presentation to Rapid Shelter Columbia

To start off the presentation portion of the meeting, Capital City Club presented Rapid Shelter Columbia with a check for $2,000. The proceeds raised came from their yearly Black History Month Program. City Manager Teresa Wilson, Director of Homeless Services Kameisha Heppard, and Homeless Services Program Specialist Nyasia Franklin accepted the check on behalf of Rapid Shelter Columbia.

Columbia-Richland Firefighters Recognized

Additionally, several Columbia-Richland firefighters were recognized for their lifesaving efforts that took place on Thursday, January 12 at Columbia’s Blue Marlin restaurant. After getting reports that a kitchen worker at Blue Marlin had been found unconscious, CRFD rushed to the scene and successfully administered CPR and an AED. The patient has made a full recovery. Fire Captain William Cunningham, Senior Firefighter William Harrelson, Senior Firefighter Patrick Hayes, and Firefighter Robert Ford, Jr., received the City’s Safety Medallion for their heroic acts.

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Mayor Daniel J. Rickenmann also shared a brief video recap of some of the items discussed at the City Council meeting. View the recap here:

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