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      Columbia City Leaders Seek Crime Solutions

      Councilman Karl Skala wants members of the Mayorâ??s crime task force to offer solutions as soon as they get to work.

      Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid is organizing a task force to solve the problems of youth violence and gang activity.

      This is in response to several shootings throughout the city during the past month.

      McDavid said task force members will brainstorm ideas during the next year.

      Councilman Karl Skala wants members of the Mayor??s crime task force to offer solutions as soon as they get to work.

      Skala said, ??The task force will be in affect for about a year. I think we will get some results before that. I don??t think we will have to wait a year to get some results. I think we can put those people to work right away.??

      Many people in Downtown Columbia said that they are afraid they could be at the wrong place at the wrong time when bullets start flying in random locations throughout their city. Roger Golubski lives and works in Downtown Columbia and said it shouldn??t take a task force and a year??s time to figure out a solution.

      Golubski said, ??Get rid of the gangs. Go round them up. Start busting those crack houses. I know where 3 of them are right now.??

      Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton proposed a curfew for minors, but city leaders rejected that idea because they think there are not enough police officers to enforce it.

      If you are interested in joining the Mayor??s crime task force, you can contact your Columbia councilmember.

      City leaders said the Mayor??s task force will be up and running by the end of next month.