A Mizzou professor who’s been active with Columbia Citizens for Roll Carts and with the Highland Park neighborhood association has been appointed to fill the remaining four months of former Columbia Second Ward councilwoman Andrea Waner’s term.
Columbia’s city council appointed Rachel Proffitt at Monday evening’s special meeting. Our news partner KMIZ reports four members of the council voted for Proffitt: Mayor Barbara Buffaloe and council members Nick Knoth, Nick Foster and Betsy Peters.
In Ms. Proffitt’s five-page application, she says she does not plan to run for a full term in the spring and that her service on the council will end in April. Two issues that Profitt is focusing on are affordable housing and homelessness. She says the city has a prerogative to address the current state of homelessness and provide humane and forward-thinking solutions. She also says that the new roll cart system for trash that begins in 2024 might need some adjustments as it is “rolled out.”
Ms. Proffitt says she’ll be able to meet with second ward constituents and engage in outreach in the next four months to ensure that their views are well-represented. Ms. Proffitt will be sworn-in at next Monday’s council meeting. Ms. Waner resigned her seat on the day before Thanksgiving because she’s moving to a new home outside her ward.