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City Manager’s Spotlight on June 2015
The City Manager’s Spotlight provides details about what is happening in the City of Columbia in an effort to keep citizens informed about City operations. The City Manager’s Spotlight on June 2015 reflects on the North Main Plaza Open House and Ribbon Cutting, Liberty Fellowship’s 12th Class Announcement, the Community Relations Council’s 51st Anniversary Luncheon, Community Development Department’s Financial Literacy Programs featured in a National Report, City’s Vertical Development and more.
Passport Mobile Payment App Revamps Parking in the City!
Drivers in the City of Columbia can get ready to pull out their phones to park! With Passport’s mobile payment system, available in early August, residents and visitors can use mobile parking payment technology in all of the City’s 5,000 parking spaces. The app, developed by Charlotte, NC-based Passport, is free to download and gives users a much simpler option than paying at the parking meter.
City of Columbia Tosses the Bin for Recycling Roll Carts
On July 14, 2015, the City of Columbia Solid Waste Division announced that the curbside recycling program will be upgraded from the 18-gallon bins to 95-gallon roll carts for residents. The Recycling Partnership has invested $300,000 in the City’s recycling program and has provided integral technical assistance to better enhance the program. Columbia is one of four inaugural cities in the grant program.Carts will start being delivered on Monday, July 27 and the delivery process will take approximately two weeks.
City of Columbia Water and Sewer Rate Changes
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, City Council approved water and sewer rate increases that take effect July 1, 2015. To help better understand how the rate increases might affect their bill, customers are encouraged to use the City of Columbia Residential Water/Sewer Bill Estimator. This estimator shows what a typical residential customer bill might look like based on meter readings that you provide.
Save the Date for NNO Kickoff and Neighborhood Activities
The City of Columbia will host its eighth annual National Night Out Kickoff on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 4-9 p.m. Participating neighborhoods will host their own National Night Out activities on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 5-9 p.m. National Night Out is a yearlong community campaign designed to: (1) increase crime prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
City’s Annual Summer Movies and Concert Series
The City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department kicked off their annual summer movie and concert series in June. All concerts and movies are free and open to the public. Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed. For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s Calendar of Events or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
 
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