At a marathon meeting that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the City Council approved a resolution supporting the legalization of medical marijuana; said yes to a contract to increase the city’s use of renewable energy; heard several scheduled public comments; and discussed a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Keene Street and Interstate 70 Southeast.
As the first person scheduled for public comment, Paul Love, a candidate for the Second Ward City Council seat, asked councilman Mike Trapp to immediately resign from the City Council due to what Love said was Trapp’s conflict of interest.
Trapp was hired by the Downtown Community Improvement District to do outreach among the homeless population.
Love said he believed Trapp’s vote to approve the TIF project for the second tower of David Parmley’s Broadway hotel constituted a conflict of interest because Parmley sits on the CID’s board of directors.
Many of the other public comments at Monday’s meeting focused on the issue of race in Columbia.
“As an uncomfortable black mother, uncomfortable is being a Columbia resident and once again being victimized and disrespected by you, Mr. Matthes, an awkward uncomfortable white man,” Bagby said, referencing words from Matthes’ speech.