It will also mark the second workday meeting about the student apartments in a week. Last Wednesday at noon, Matthes introduced the three development agreements without public comment, bringing widespread condemnation for failure to follow the usual Monday evening Council schedule.
"As the mother of a 15 year-old-son, I recognize the bum's rush when I hear it," First Ward Old Southwest resident Lisa Schwartz said at last night's first public hearing. "For the last hour, I've heard everyone say same thing: Process was not followed and there is a lack of confidence in city staff and the City Council."
"I want to clarify one thing: I did call for this meeting," Matthes told Root, after he had challenged the process.
"In what fashion?" Root asked.
"Verbally," Matthes quipped.
"Please, please -- do not make any decisions until you believe you have all the information you need to make an informed decision that will have lasting impact on this community," said Minor, who lives blocks away from two of the three projects and spoke as a private citizen. "Please restore our faith in you."
Council Chamber, City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri
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