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Columbia City Council to hold Monday public hearing on Maplewood Home improvements

The Columbia City Council will hold a public hearing Monday evening on a proposed $182,000 improvement project for the historic Maplewood Home building in Nifong Park.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The council is also scheduled to vote on the improvement project at Monday’s meeting. The council packet notes that $150,000 of the project budget will come from FY 2014 city surplus funds and $32,400 in funds from the Interior Department historic preservation fund grant.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department has been providing annual funding to the Boone County Historical Society for improvements to the Maplewood Home since 1997.

The Columbia City Council will also first read a bill on Monday that would authorize a $650,000 improvement project at the Thomas “Country” Adkins Jr. Memorial Park Baseball Complex.

The project is funded by the 2015 park sales tax. Proposed improvements include construction of the final two baseball fields, installation of lights for the fields, additional parking and interior park lighting.

The council will also first read a bill amending the city code as it relates to pawnbrokers. Second Ward City Councilman Michael Trapp has asked that an ordinance be prepared to revise the licensing regulations relating to pawnbrokers in order to aid in the investigation and recovery of stolen property and as a deterrent to crime.

The proposed amendments would require a pawnbroker to improve recordkeeping on each transaction, and would add a requirement that a photograph be taken of both the article being pawned and the head and shoulders of any person who receives cash in exchange for property left with the pawnbroker.

ABC 17’s Lucas Geisler will cover Monday’s council meeting, and will have updates on ABC 17 News at 9 and 10 p.m. Monday.

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