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Columbia Vision Commission

Serves as an advisory board to the City Council as it relates to engaging the community on the implementation of the current City strategic plan and future strategic visions and goals. The commission shall consist of nine members, and the majority of members must be qualified voters residing within the City of Columbia.The length of terms is three years with openings occurring in December.

Members & Terms:

Coordinating Committee Members

  • Kevin EarthSoul - Term Ending December 15, 2020
  • Jeff Hickerson - Term Ending December 15, 2020
  • Trisha Green - Term Ending December 15, 2018
  • Lisa Gardi - Term Ending December 15, 2018
  • Carlos Ortiz - Term Ending December 15, 2019
  • Megan Corbin - Term Ending December 15, 2019
  • Sasha Pass - Term Ending December 15, 2019
  • Jameson Wells - Term Ending December 15, 2019
  • Anna D'Agostino Wilkerson - Term Ending December 15, 2019

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 2-301.  Established.
The Columbia Vision Commission is hereby established for the purpose of engaging the community on the implementation of the current city strategic plan and on future strategic visions and goals and other initiatives as deemed appropriate by the city council.
(Ord. No. 20081, § 1, 10-6-08; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 023533, § 1, 5-7-18)

Sec. 2-302. Visioning defined.  
Visioning began as a concerted effort to seek public input for implementation of “Imagine Columbia’s Future” and continues with efforts to provide planning alignment and public dialogue between and among city leaders, agencies and the public. Visioning is a continuing and ongoing process where new information and public input are integrated with the work of agencies, paid consultants and the business community.
(Ord. No. 20081, § 1, 10-6-08; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 023533, § 1, 5-7-18)

Sec. 2-303. Duties; staff liaison.
The commission is advisory to the city council and shall have the following duties and authority:
           (a)      Reconciling plan alignment.  To the extent the city seeks to optimize operations and outcomes in all aspects of governance and livability, the commission shall review department-level strategic plans and report annually in April to the city council on areas of misalignment, both internally and externally with third-party reports of city rankings and public perception.
         (b)    Coordination with other governmental boards, commissions, departments and nongovernmental entities.  The commission shall have the authority to solicit the cooperation of other boards and commissions in the city and throughout the region as needed to assist with its reporting and other duties, and also to solicit and receive information from other entities involved in visioning implementation.
        (c)     Public engagement. The commission, through various means, will collect public input on the strategic and relevant plan initiatives and departmental goals.  The commission, in preparation for its annual report submitted to the city council, will hold at least four public hearings for public comment on the current state of city initiatives and collected public feedback.
           (d)       Incidental authority.  The commission shall have such other authority as may be assigned by the city council from time to time and shall act in an advisory capacity in making recommendations to improve the ongoing process of visioning implementation.
            (e)       Staff liaison.  The city manager shall appoint a staff liaison to work with the commission.
(Ord. No. 20081, § 1, 10-6-08; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 023533, § 1, 5-7-18)

Sec. 2-304. Composition; compensation; terms; vacancies.
            (a)      The commission shall consist of nine (9) members.  The majority of members shall be qualified voters residing within the City of Columbia. The members of the commission should, to the extent practicable, reflect a broad cross section of the community.  
           (b)    Commission members shall be appointed by the city council following completion of an application submitted to the city clerk.  Candidates shall be evaluated based on their demonstrated commitment to the visioning process; ability to work with data and understand system relationships; ability to work collaboratively; management skills; independence and existing memberships or positions; and contributions to the diversity of the commission.  All members of the commission shall serve without compensation.
            (c)    Members of the coordinating committee shall serve for a term of three (3) years or until their successors are appointed and qualified. Members whose terms expire may be reappointed for successive terms.            
(Ord. No. 20081, § 1, 10-6-08; Ord. No. 20161, § 1, 1-5-09; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 023533, § 1, 5-7-18)

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Sec. 2-306. Officers; meetings; quorum.
            (a)       The commission shall select its chair who shall preside over meetings, and a vice chair who shall preside in the absence of the chair. The commission shall annually appoint a secretary who shall keep a record of its activities and actions, and shall also fill any vacancy in such position for the remainder of the term.
           (b)       A majority of those duly appointed and acting members of the commission required to vote on a matter shall be a quorum for making decisions.
             (c)        The commission shall hold monthly meetings during at least ten (10) months of the year. Other meetings may be scheduled at the call of the chair.  One of the  monthly meetings shall be a regularly scheduled annual meeting which shall include the appointment of officers.  Special meetings may also be called at the request of any three (3) or more voting members of the commission.  Notice of any special meeting shall be provided as prescribed by law prior to such meeting.  The city manager or the manager’s designee shall receive notice of all meetings of the commission.  The commission shall designate a regular place for its meetings which can be changed from time to time. In scheduling and conducting meetings, the commission shall comply with the sunshine law and other applicable laws and regulations.
            (d)       The chair of the commission is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting if the member requests to be excused prior to that meeting. Any member of the commission who is absent without asking to be excused from four (4) or more of the regular meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any such member who is absent without being excused from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the city council of any vacancy on the coordinating committee.
            (e)       The commission may from time to time adopt such rules for the conduct of its meetings and business as it may deem proper provided that such rules are not inconsistent with city ordinances or other applicable law.            
(Ord. No. 20081, § 1, 10-6-08; Ord. No. 20161, § 1, 1-5-09; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 023533, § 1, 5-7-18)