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Columbia City Council to review new name for airport and add new city committee

Columbia and Boone County leaders to give COVID-19 update at Columbia City Hall Monday.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Columbia City Council is expected to address a handful of topics at Monday's meeting including the renaming of the Columbia Regional Airport and adding a new city committee.

Renaming the Columbia Regional Airport

At Monday's meeting, the city council will be presented with the topic of renaming the Columbia Regional Airport.

Members of the Airport Advisory Board say the name change is needed to reflect the growth of the airport, including the new terminal which is currently being built. The terminal project began in March of 2015 and is expected to be finished during the summer of 2022.

Members of the airport board unanimously voted to change the new airport name to be the Columbia National Airport.

The city expects the main costs from changing the airports name to include signs and marketing.

New Ward Reapportionment Committee

The City is being presented with a plan to establish a ward reapportionment committee at Monday's meeting.

After census data is collected, the city typically reviews boundary lines for wards based on differences in populations of city areas.

Each member of the city council would nominate one person to the committee and the mayor would nominate an additional city resident for a total of seven people.

The council will need to decide whether or not to reapportion the wards before April 2022 due to the municipal election.

A vote on this subject is also expected at Monday's meeting.

Other Meeting Topics

Other meeting topics include votes on an integrated shuttle bus service with the University of Missouri, authorizing a tourism sponsorship for the 2021 Missouri State Senior Games and Show-Me STATE GAMES, and amending the fiscal year 2021 budget for a CARES Acts grant relating to the new terminal of the Columbia Regional Airport.

The entire meeting agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday night can be found here.

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