M I N U T E S
 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
 AUGUST 18, 1997
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri, met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 18, 1997, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri.  The roll was taken with the following results:  Council Members COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, and HINDMAN were present.  Council Member KRUSE was absent.  The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk, and various Department Heads were also present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the regular meeting of August 4, 1997, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Campbell and a second by Ms. Coble.

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Upon his request, Mr. Campbell made the motion that Mr. Janku be excused from voting on B213-97.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Coble and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The agenda, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Ms. Coble and a second by Mrs. Crockett.

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B210-97     Setting property tax rates for 1997.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck commented that there had been a lot of public discussion regarding this issue.  He explained that the City's operational tax rate would change from twenty-two cents to twenty cents, the debt reduction would change from twenty-six cents to twenty-one cents, for a net reduction of seven cents per one hundred dollar assessed valuation.  He said this would more than offset the reassessment process that occurred this past year.
    Although it would be revenue neutral to the City, Mr. Janku said each individual taxpayer's situation would determine if the change in property tax would be revenue neutral to them.  He said the City is not representing that each taxpayer would be paying the same amount, but rather the overall total due in property tax.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B210-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B211-97     Adopting the FY98 Budget.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that he had held a budget press conference at which time he noted the budget, along with the budget message, was available for review.  He said the Council was in the process of holding five public work sessions and three public hearings.
    Mayor Hindman noted that the budget document was available at the Library and in the Finance Department.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, talked about the need for budgeting for more police.  He passed around pictures of a Habitat house under construction and the vandalism that had occurred there.  He was asking for an additional six officers rather than the two budgeted.
    K. C. Morrison, 1312 Overhill Road, Vice-Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, explained that the Council had already been forwarded the Commission's funding recommendations.  He said the application had been changed this year for clarity, and a workshop was held in January.  He said the Commission had also mailed applications to previous applicants and had advertised the availability of the funds.  Mr. Morrison reported that an informational meeting was also held in February and staff had been available through May 9th to consult with individuals who had ideas for proposals to the Commission.
    Mr. Morrison reported that the Commission had received 18 requests for funding that totaled $97,000.  He said this included several requests for new programs and one had been from a first time applicant.  He pointed out that the Commission had a work session in June where the applications were rated for artistic quality, community outreach, educational value and administrative ability.  He said consideration was also given to a number of other factors which included unmet needs or under-served areas in the community.  Mr. Morrison said they wanted to make sure that community resources from other areas were being leveraged by those making proposals.  The Commission was also interested in program coordination and collaboration between would-be funded agencies, and they wanted to make sure there was adequate attention to comments that had been raised about issues last year.  Mr. Morrison noted that a public hearing was held on July 9th, which also served as an appeals process, and additional public comment had been received regarding the programs at a Commission meeting on July 17th.  Mr. Morrison said the Cultural Affairs Commission is recommending contracts for 18 different programs this year which totaled $65,023.  This represented a 3.5% increase over fiscal year 1997.  The Commission felt they had seen very good progress this year and also believed agencies were taking very good advantage of discussions regarding management of their organizations.  Mr. Morrison said William St. Clair had discussed management audits with a number of programs.
    Mayor Hindman pointed out that this was a citizens' committee and thanked them for their hard work.
    Mr. Campbell commented that the Commission's instructions must have been very clear because this was the first year he had not received any comments concerning the process.  He said the Commission had done an excellent job.
    Lucille Salerno, 806 Bourne Avenue, stated that she was on the Board of Directors of the newly formed John William Boone Heritage Foundation.  She explained that this was the group attempting to ensure that the John William Boone home currently located on Fourth Street is taken off the market so that they could preserve it.  She said they wanted to preserve the history of Mr. Boone's contribution to the City, County, and the State of Missouri.  Mrs. Salerno said her group would be making a further presentation at the next budget hearing under Community Development.
    Mayor Hindman thanked Mrs. Salerno for her comments and noted that the Council had received a copy of their report.
    Mayor Hindman continued B211-97 to the September 2, 1997, meeting.  He noted that due to the Labor Day Holiday, the meeting would be held on Tuesday evening.

B203-97     Authorizing Change Order No. 1, approving the engineer's report and tax billing for
                     improvements made to Old 63 South from Ashland Road south 6,050 feet.

    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this public hearing was for the purpose of determining special benefits and levying special assessments against lots or parcels of land that abut the recently improved portion of Old 63.  He further explained that the project began south of Stadium, and extended south from that point approximately one mile.  The work consisted of the widening and improvement of the pavement to sections 32 feet wide and 38 feet wide where center turn lanes were necessary.  A combination sidewalk/bicycle lane was built along the entire length of the project on the west side. He said the 38 foot wide section referenced was utilized in the northern portion south of Walnut Hills Trailer Park, and the northern portion of the roadway was designed at 32 feet wide.  The total cost of the improvements was $1,202,933.41.  Under current City ordinances regarding an arterial street, Mr. Patterson explained that abutting property owners are subject to special assessments in an amount that is not to exceed the cost of curb and guttering or its equivalent.  That amount was established as a maximum of $9.50 at the time of the public hearing.  If the assessments proposed are levied against the abutting properties, he said that would generate approximately $79,000 in revenues, representing about 6.5% of the total cost of the project.  The remaining cost would be paid from the 1/4 cent sales tax approved by the voters in 1991 specifically for this project.  In order for the City to levy the assessments, Mr. Patterson explained that the Council must determine there have been benefits accruing to the property that are at least equal to the amount being proposed for assessment.  In doing that, he said the Council may wish to consider that the new curbing along the roadway improves the appearance of adjacent properties and provides for better stormwater management.  With the reconstruction of the street, he explained new driveway entrances were constructed providing better access to the properties, and the sidewalk/bicycle lane provides improved pedestrian and bicycle access.  The new street surface will provide more efficient snow removal and street cleaning.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Robert Bassett, 7510 E. Richland Road, explained that he owns an approximate 2,000 foot frontage along this street, running from Walnut Hills Trailer Park to the corner of the former Old 63 Drive-In.  He had no problem with the $9.50 per abutting foot, but said he had received a letter from the City indicating his tax bill would not exceed $13,432.24.  He said he had asked a Public Works engineer why the 500 foot maximum did not come into play.  He was informed that his tax bill had been figured on six small tracts; however, Mr. Bassett indicated the property had been resurveyed December 29, 1995, to one tract.  The engineer had told Mr. Bassett that the survey did not meet the requirement to make the property one parcel and that he could still get building permits on the individual tracts if he wanted to.  Mr. Bassett had a letter from Jim Brush stating that he had contacted the City's Planning Department about making a survey describing the property.  Mr. Brush had written that the Planning Department staff member had said that he did not see a problem with doing a survey of that type, but had cautioned that it would probably void any building permit rights they currently had.  Mr. Bassett said they understood the survey would void the tracts and would make it one piece of property.  He said the property was more valuable as one piece.  He thought he should be tax billed at the 500 foot maximum which would make his tax bill $4,500.
    Mr. Janku pointed out that the survey had been done after the ordinance was passed.  He said the ordinance authorizing construction had been enacted on September 18, 1995.
    In response to Mr. Bassett's concerns, Mr. Patterson said his staff had researched the issue.  He said they were somewhat surprised that he would have been informed by a Registered Licensed Land Surveyor that the boundary survey constitutes a change in the properties because it still constitutes six separate tracts of land.  For it to have become a single tract of land, Mr. Patterson said that replatting would have been required to come through Planning and Zoning and then to the City Council for approval.  He said his department did not have any discretion to give a waiver because the ordinance is very clear in that the 500 foot maximum would only apply if the property had been platted as a single lot of record and brought before the Council for approval.
    Mr. Bassett said that Mr. Brush had indicated that the tracts were originally created by a survey, never platted.  He thought it was Mr. Brush's opinion that it could be changed by a survey.  Mr. Patterson explained that the six tracts were part of a 1949 survey which made them a lot of record.  He said it was correct that they were created by a survey in 1949, prior to the 1965 date in the ordinance.  He said they were therefore individual lots.
    Mrs. Crockett pointed out that a replat would need to come in before that could be changed.  Mr. Patterson said that was correct.
    Mr. Bassett said he had given up the rights to individual tracts.  He did not want building permits on the individual tracts - he wanted one tract of land.
    Mr. Beck thought perhaps the effective date was at the time the Council adopts the resolution setting the public hearing for the project.
    Mayor Hindman said his only concern was whether or not there had been some misrepresentation made by the staff.
    Mr. Bassett said the resurveying was done after the August 5th letter regarding the public hearing on special assessment tax billing.  He said this was done partially because of the project.  He said they had talked about the resurveying beforehand because the piece of property would be more valuable as a single piece than it would be in six tracts.  He said they also did it because they were hopeful to reduce the tax bill assessment from $13,000 to $4,500.
    Under the definition of "lot" in the Subdivision Ordinance, Mr. Boeckmann said this property was still six lots.  He added that the section on tax billing streets refers to lots, parcels, or tracts.  He did not know that it was the intent of any staff member to give advice on how to avoid the tax billing procedure.  He thought it sounded like an offhand comment with the use of the word "probably".  Mr. Boeckmann did not see a problem with tax billing each of the tracts as separate parcels.
    Mayor Hindman asked if that meant Mr. Bassett could get a building permit on each of the six tracts.  Mr. Boeckmann said he would think he could.  Mayor Hindman asked if that would give him the right to access each of them from the road.  Mr. Boeckmann said it would.
    Mr. Bassett said the statement from the Planning staff member had not been an offhanded statement.  Mr. Beck asked if the reply had been that the six lots would become one if the property was resurveyed.  Mr. Bassett said that was what the staff person had told him -- that he should be cautioned that it would probably void any building permit rights.
    Mr. Janku asked Mr. Bassett if he had anything in writing from that staff member.  Mr. Bassett said what he had was a letter from Mr. Brush to himself (Mr. Bassett) relaying what the staff person had said to him.  Mr. Janku said facts were being built based on secondhand comments.  Given this information, Mr. Janku did not think the staff member was giving advice on whether or not the property would be tax billable.
    Mayor Hindman said it seemed to him the ordinance was passed before any platting was done.  He said he was hearing hearsay quotes.  He asked if the Council passed the ordinance in its present form, whether there was any sort of appeal available.
    Mr. Boeckmann explained that if the Council passed the ordinance, the issue could be brought up in a court in one of two ways.  Either the City would ultimately, if the tax bills were not paid, have to file suit to collect them.  He supposed that could be an issue then.  Additionally, the property owner could bring the issue to court.  Short of Circuit Court, Mr. Boeckmann said there was no appeal from the Council's decision.
    Mr. Campbell thought it was very clear that the ordinance was passed before the survey was done.
    Mr. Janku said he did not see any changes in circumstances other than the recording of the survey.  He did not see the detriment.
    Mrs. Crockett said the person in the Planning Department was not an engineer or a surveyor.  She said it was the Public Works Department that would be handling it and she would use Mr. Patterson's recommendation.
    Mr. Campbell said he could be very sympathetic with the desire to reduce the taxes; however, he pointed out that there were considerable advantages being added to the property because of the increased value of the whole area.  He said development has already begun in the area.
    Mayor Hindman said since the ordinance was passed before the attempt was made to resurvey, even if the advice were wrong, it would not have made a difference because the ordinance had already been passed.
    Mr. Bassett said this was one piece of ground and that was all it would ever be.  He asked why the 500 foot maximum could not apply and why did it matter who was talked to and when it was done.
    Ms. Coble said it was one piece of property that was legally six tracts.  At the time the ordinance establishing the improvements was passed, there were legally six separate tracts registered in Mr. Bassett's name and, until that changes by a platting process and not just a survey, it would be six separate tracts -- at which point the 500 foot maximum does not apply.
    Mr. Bassett asked why there was no curb on his property.   Mr. Patterson said where the improvement pavement blended in, the street did not have shoulders because it was rather flat at that location.  He said the pavement width was designed for not having curbs.  He pointed out that the improvement tax bill does not specify a curb and gutter.  It is the maximum cost the City can assess.  He said there had been other streets, like Nifong Boulevard, where there is no curb and gutter, but it was an improved street and residents were tax billed the amount of the curbing.
    David Jones, 2016 Hillcrest Drive, explained that his property adjoins the Conservation Department property.  He said the frontage was nothing more than a watershed coming down through the valley.  He said Mr. Moss and Mr. Waters had donated the property to the Conservation Commission and, during the development process, the road had been redone.  Mr. Jones said a culvert had been placed under the road so stormwater would run back over to his property instead of onto Highway 63.  Because of the drainage area, Mr. Jones could not develop the property due to a restriction he had made with Mr. Moss in which he would do whatever the Conservation Commission would allow him to do with the land.
    Mr. Campbell asked Mr. Jones how many acres he owned.  Mr. Jones said it was in several plots, but he had about 5 1/2 acres.  Mr. Patterson interjected that his property did go back quite a bit.
    Mr. Janku asked Mr. Jones from whom he had purchased the property.  Mr. Jones said he bought the property, but there was a deed restriction on it saying he could not develop the property without the consent of the Conservation Commission.  Mr. Janku said with Commission approval, he could.  Mr. Janku asked Mr. Jones if he lives on the property.  Mr. Jones said he does.  Mr. Janku asked if his driveway connects to 763.  Mr. Jones replied that they have a joint road, he and the Conservation Commission.
    Don Harrison, 1605 Blue Ridge, explained that he had just built a car wash on 63.  He asked if the assessments included the sidewalks and the driveways.  He said when he was building the car wash, he had paid J. C. Industries to work on the driveway and sidewalks.  He said now he was being charged for it again.  Mr. Patterson said there would be no reason for him to have paid the contractor anything that was within the construction limits.  He said quite frequently a property owner makes an agreement with a contractor to extend the work beyond the construction limits to the homeowner's benefit.  He said that would have to be handled as a separate arrangement by the homeowner.  Mr. Patterson said the assessment of this project was not for sidewalks or driveways -- only an amount up to the cost of curb and guttering.  He said anything above the amount specified as equal to that of curb and guttering was paid for by the public.  Mr. Harrison said the company should not have been able to charge him in that case.  Mayor Hindman said he would need to take that up with the contractor.  Mr. Harrison said his sidewalk had been broken up when utility crews were out.  Mr. Patterson said if the utilities tore it up, it would be taken care of by them.  He said the staff would check it.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku said when a decision is made to build a street, the financing is based on what the City has available from its resources, the broader community resources, and also the payments expected from the abutting property owners.  He said there is some sense going in what those payments are going to be and, if there is going to be a change in circumstances after the ordinance is approved that says where the revenues are coming from, arguably they would have said they did not have the money.  He thought it was important that the Council look to the date of approval of the ordinance.
    Regarding Mr. Jones, Mr. Janku said he has his home there and he would be using the street.  He said it was a much nicer street and a lot safer than before.  Although Mr. Jones may not be able to develop the property further, he would have the benefit of a wider and safer street to drive on.
    Mr. Campbell said if Mr. Jones chooses to sell the property to the Conservation Department in the future, it would probably be at market value.  He said the market value will be enhanced by the development of a new road and he should recoup his money.  He did not see him losing money on it.
    B203-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

(A)     Annexation of land on the west side of Scott Boulevard across from Grant Lane.
     Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this was about 9.34 acres on the west side of Scott Boulevard owned by Don and Mary Smith.  He said the plat being proposed contains five single-family residential lots.  Mr. Beck said it had been processed through the various departments, both City and County.  He noted an ordinance would be given first reading this evening if the Council wished to proceed.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.

(B)     Annexation of land west of King's Meadow.
    Item B was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this five acre tract of ground would eliminate a potential island if the other tract in the area was also annexed.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.

OLD BUSINESS
B200-97     Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to prohibit parking on the west side of Seventh
                    Street from Business Loop 70 to Nebraska Avenue.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this was north of Business Loop 70 and would eliminate parking on the west side of the street.  He said the amendment was being suggested because of traffic congestion problems.
    Mrs. Crockett asked why parking was being removed from the west side rather than the east side of the street.  Mr. Patterson said staff had reviewed the location and had felt that would be the better side because of the driveways and the current use of the street.  He said it also seemed to be what the majority of the people in this location preferred.  Mrs. Crockett asked if all of the businesses had been notified.  Mr. Patterson said everyone was notified.  He added that this had been initiated by businesses in the area.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B200-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B202-97     Authorizing Change Order No. 1 and approving the engineer's report for construction of a
                    parking lot at Fourth and Cherry streets.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that the project cost was about $62,000 and had been funded out of the parking utility fund.  He explained that it provided thirty-four parking spaces in the Flat Branch area.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B202-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B205-97     Accepting a conveyance, approving the engineer's report and authorizing payment of
                    differential costs for a 12-inch water main serving Meadowlands, Plat 12.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this was being done in accordance with City policy with the cost to the water and electric fund for the differential cost being $17,972.88.
    Mayor Hindman noted an amendment sheet had been prepared because of some numbers being transposed.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B205-97 be amended per the amendment sheet.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B205-97, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B206-97     Appropriating funds for water and electric capital improvements.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would appropriate $3,938,900.00 from the Water and Light Utility Operations Fund to the fund that would be used to finance the remaining part of the fiscal year capital improvement projects shown in last year's budget.  He said the plan was at a favorable time to sell revenue bonds to offset what is being taken out of the fund balance.
    Henry Lane, 1816 E. Broadway, passed around a summary sheet indicating an overstatement in the amount of the additional appropriation needed.  He pointed out discrepancies in three different projects between the appropriation amounts and the actual amount spent.  Mr. Lane said if the City was going to increase the appropriation of projects that need more funding, to be consistent.  The City should be decreasing the appropriation of any project that does not need all of the funds originally appropriated.  He asked the Council to reduce the appropriation by $268,121.00.
    Mr. Beck responded that what might be taken away from the appropriation would not save any money.  He explained that where the City saves is on the project cost -- funds that are leftover on a project.  Mr. Beck said that money goes into the fund balance.
    Mr. Malon explained the discrepancies and the reasons for them in the three projects pointed out by Mr. Lane.
    Mr. Campbell commented that he had always been appreciative that the engineer's estimates were as close as they have been.  He said a lot of the projects are very complicated and it was difficult to foresee what conditions will be encountered as construction proceeds.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that after a project is complete, there is an engineer's final report and that is when the Council accepts the contractor's work.  He said any change orders approved by the Council appear on that report.  Because of this, there is an accounting of all project costs.
    Mr. Janku noted that there would be another public hearing when the projects are complete to show how the money was spent and that they were within the guidelines adopted tonight.
    B206-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B212-97    Calling for an election for sewer system revenue bonds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that approval of this bill would call for an election on November 4, 1997, for sewer system revenue bonds in the amount of $18,901,000.00.  He noted that several work sessions had been held on this issue, as well as joint meetings with the Boone County Regional Sewer District, to determine where projects could be coordinated.  He said the projects were very much needed and the work had been categorized.  The projects would include an additional area for wetlands in the river bottom, renovation of existing sewer lines in the City, and would provide for some extension work.  Together with the new connection fee, Mr. Beck said the City would be able to generate adequate funds to sell these revenue bonds.  He said cost estimates had been run on what it would take to amortize the revenue bonds and what is being suggested, and would have to be acted on separately by the Council, is that there be a 3% rate increase in service the first year, 3% increase the second year, no raise the third year, 3% increase the fourth year, and no raise the fifth year.  Mr. Beck reported that this totals a 9% increase over a five year period.  He said this was an estimate of the amount of work that would be accomplished in the next five years.  If the Council passes the ordinance this evening, Mr. Beck said his suggestion would be to provide the voters as much information as possible as to what specifically is being planned, and then educate the public as much as possible on the projects.
    Mr. Campbell thought this was one of the more important items the City would have this year because it affected basic infrastructure.  When put together with the companion work that has gone on with the County, its importance would have a major impact on how the City will operate.
    Mr. Janku said one of the issues hoped to be accomplished is to control some of the problem lagoons that are currently point discharge.  He thought this project would be of tremendous value to the community.
    B212-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B213-97     Amending Chapter 22 of the City Code to establish wastewater system connection fees.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said his recommendation was to table this issue for two weeks to give people further opportunities to discuss what is being proposed, and for the staff to answer any questions from those who would be working with this new program.  He said this would also give those affected time to more closely review the effective date.  Currently, the effective date is set for October 1.
    Mr. Beck explained that this program would establish a new program for connection fees to the sewer utility.  The fee would be based on the size of the water meter, with smaller meters being charged less than larger meters.  The cost would be based on meters serving new structures in the City and would be assessed at the time of the plumbing permit.  The areas served outside the City would have a 50% surcharge, similar to the current monthly sewer service charge.  People outside the City would pay 1.5% times the rate in the City.  Mr. Beck said the lowest connection fee in the City would be $300, with outside the City being $450.  The rate amount charged outside the City is also being proposed by the Boone County Regional Sewer District.   Mr. Beck reported this connection fee arrangement had also been suggested by the Boone County Regional Sewer District  to help offset some of the costs of operating their wastewater program created by new development.  Based on the amount of connections this past year, Mr. Beck said it was anticipated that  this would provide them an annual revenue of about $425,000.  He said the County was also considering placing an issue on the November ballot that would provide for the construction of sewer lines in neighborhoods outside the City -- a neighborhood improvement program.  He said it would be similar to the City's tax bill method as it would be a loan to those people living in  neighborhoods that have inadequate sewers serving various lots.  His point was that there might be three sewer issues on the ballot.
    Mayor Hindman pointed out that the sewer connection fees would not be on the ballot.
    There was a discussion about all of the effective dates coinciding.
    Ms. Coble made the motion to table B213-97 to the September 2, 1997, meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Crockett and approved unanimously by voice vote.

B214-97     Appropriating funds for the Route B water main relocation project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would appropriate an additional $58,330.00 to the waterline relocation project on Route B.  This would make the total project cost $623,330.00.
    B214-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B215-97     Authorizing acquisition of land on the northeast corner of Range Line and Wilkes
                    Boulevard.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this acquisition consisted of six platted lots.  He pointed out that the owner had requested a 30 day postponement in order to address the Council.
    Betty Cook Rottman, 1200 Coats, a member of the Field School Playground Committee, PTA, the North Central Neighborhood Association, and the Caring Communities, said she was speaking as an individual.  She said she would trust the judgment of the Council on this issue and added that she had called each Council member.  She said she wanted them to pursue, very diligently, this park because the money had already been designated for it.
    Mr. Janku said the neighborhood and school had a strong interest in this issue.  He said he understood the school district itself was making changes in the school property, perhaps somewhat in anticipation of this.  Mr. Janku said he had received a phone call today from the applicant's attorney who suggested tabling the issue to the next meeting, September 2, 1997.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that B215-97 be tabled to the September 2, 1997, meeting.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Coble and approved unanimously by voice vote.

B216-97     Authorizing defeasance of a portion of General Obligation Bonds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would authorize the use of some existing debt service funds the City has available to pay off a portion of the bonds we own.  He said those funds can only be used for debt reduction.
    Mr. Janku asked if this was the equivalent of when a homeowner paying off a mortgage prepays part of their principle so they save the interest payment.  Mr. Beck said that was correct.  He said it would pay off some of the bonds and would save the City interest.  He added that the City would be paying off those bonds that have the most unfavorable interest rate.
    Mr. Janku asked how much would be saved.  Ms. Fleming said until the investments are purchased to actually do the defeasance, exact savings are not known, but it is estimated at approximately $100,000 over the life.  Those bonds to be retired  are the longer bonds that would come due in 2005 and currently have a 9% interest rate.  She said $1 million would be invested and $1.37 million would be paid off.
    B216-97 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

PR115-97     Establishing extra-territorial sewer extension policies.
    The policy resolution was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this policy had been discussed at length by the City Council during public work sessions.  He suggested amending the resolution by changing the word "shall" to "may" in Sections one and two, paragraphs A, B, and C.  He said that would provide some control as well as a little more flexibility in the language.  Mr. Beck said the goal of the policy was to provide sewers to areas around the City that do not oppose annexation.  He said the only way this can be done on a voluntary basis is for these properties to be contiguous to the City.  He said the City had received requests from property owners who are not contiguous to the City; therefore, they cannot initiate a voluntary annexation on their own behalf.  He said this would set up a pre-annexation agreement with the property owner that would hopefully run with the land and would also establish the type of standards that would need to be followed by the developer for property that is connected to the City's sewer system.  Mr. Beck said to some this may seem like a totally new type of policy, but he explained that the City has had extra-territorial policies in place since probably the 1950's.  He said many of the subdivisions in years past began development outside the City under policy agreements with the City Council.  Mr. Beck gave examples such as Rothwell Heights, Hulen Lake, the Valleyview area, and some south of the City.  From time to time, the Council would initiate an annexation program, in an orderly fashion and on a regular basis, to bring those properties into the City.  He said that is currently improbable where there is development occurring because people would have to unanimously agree to be annexed.   Mr. Beck said the goal is to allow annexation to those properties that are provided City services and, more importantly, have those properties developed to City standards so that public funds would not have to be used to do so.
    Ms. Coble made the motion that PR115-97 be amended in Sections one and two, subsections (a), (b), and (c) of each, by changing the word shall to the word may.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Campbell and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, said this policy was ten years late in coming.  He said this was a good deal for those people wanting to annex into the City because a septic tank costs about $3,000.  He asked about the person owning 100 acres one-half mile outside the City limits that agrees to be annexed when the City reaches them.  He asked if the City would run the sewer line out through the 100 acres, or if the County Sewer District would have to connect between the present City limits and the property.  Mr. Beck said there were policies in place as to where the City would build a sewer line and how far up a drainage area.  He said this would ensure people would be treated equally.  He said the District would be involved in constructing some of the trunk sewers, but the developers would have certain responsibilities as to what they would have to do and then what public monies would be used for.
    The vote on PR115-97, as amended, was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

CONSENT AGENDA
    The following bills were given second reading and the resolutions were read by the Clerk.

B201-97     Authorizing a right of use permit to allow Drew Properties to install conduits under
                    Bridgeport Drive.
B204-97     Accepting water utility conveyances.
B207-97     Authorizing an agreement with the Department of Health for basic public health services,
                    and appropriating funds.
B208-97     Authorizing an agreement with the Department of Health for immunization services, and
                    appropriating funds.
B209-97     Vacating two utility easements in Workingman's Friend Subdivision.
R116-97     Setting a public hearing regarding construction of a 12-inch water main in Boone
                    Industrial Park North, Block 2, Lot 5, and authorizing payment of costs above those to
                    install an 8-inch main.
R117-97     Setting a public hearing regarding renovations and improvements at Woodridge, Again
                    Street and Rock Bridge neighborhood parks.
R118-97     Setting a public hearing regarding sidewalk construction along a portion of West
                    Broadway.
R119-97     Authorizing a right of use permit to allow Memorial Funeral Home to adopt a spot for
                    beautification along a portion of Forum Boulevard.
R120-97     Authorizing a right of use permit to allow Memorial Park Cemetery to adopt a spot for
                    beautification along a portion of Forum Boulevard.

    The bills were given third reading and the resolutions read with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Bills declared enacted and resolutions declared adopted, reading as follows:
    Mayor Hindman pointed out that two of the resolutions on the Consent Agenda had involved use permits for adopt-a-spots along Forum Boulevard, one by Memorial Funeral Home and one by Memorial Park Cemetery.  He expressed thanks on behalf of the Council for their generosity.  He said it also reminded him of the very fine gift by Richard Knipp which might also be used for beautification.

NEW BUSINESS
R121-97     Authorizing an agreement with the Department of Conservation for urban forestry
                    programs.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said this grant would primarily be administered through the Volunteer Coordinator's office working with the Parks and Recreation Department.  He explained that this would set-up a Tree Keepers Corps and would expand the City's adopt-a-spot program.
    The vote on R121-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R122-97     Approving a revision to the Preliminary Plat of Thessalia Subdivision.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck commented that this revision had been recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Mr. Janku noted that the original plat included the dedication of a greenbelt portion to the City.  He expressed appreciation to the developer for his contribution.
    The vote on R122-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R123-97     Approving a revision to the preliminary plat of Liberty Square Subdivision.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this plat is located on the north side of Clark Lane and it had been recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if Creekwood Parkway would be the entrance into the mobile home park.  Mr. Hancock said probably not for very long.  He said if the road ever goes through to the north, which is part of the City's Thoroughfare Plan, he assumed the road to the trailer park would have been moved by then.
    Christina Luebbert, an engineer with Marshall Engineering, explained that the owners at this time were going to provide drive entrances onto Penn Terrace, located on the north side of the subdivision.  She said they were unsure, depending on how the rest of the area develops, about how long the existing driveway will remain.  She said that would all depend on how future developers want to use that land.  Ms. Luebbert said the access to the trailer court would be the Creekwood Parkway collector street, and from the east on Penn Terrace with both an access on the left and right side of the circle drive.  She said that both Creekwood Parkway and Penn Terrace would have to be constructed before the circle drive could be abandoned, but it would have to be built or bonded before the lot could be sold.  Ms. Luebbert said the developer intends to build whatever is needed, but would provide driveway entrances in the event that if someone buys and develops the lots to the south and wants to eliminate that driveway, they will be able to do so.
    Mayor Hindman asked if she was referring to the circle driveway.  Ms. Luebbert said she was referring to the circle driveway.  She said part of the existing driveway would be used for a temporary turnaround for the stub street.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if the people in Creekwood Estates had been notified about the revision to the preliminary plat.  Ms. Luebbert said all residents were aware of it.  She said there were three trailers fairly near the intersection that will have to be moved.  She said these residents have been notified and negotiated with.  Mrs. Crockett asked how far Penn Terrace would go to the east.  Ms. Luebbert said it would go to the east to about station 1700, just after the east driveway entrance off of the circle drive.  Mrs. Crockett asked if it would connect with another street going south.  Ms. Luebbert said it would not at this time.  She said if at some point the Columbia Public Schools sells the bus barn property immediately to the east and the property is developed, the street plans for Penn Terrace would allow for that transition.  She said that was why construction had been stopped in the area -- because there would have to be a vertical curve at this location due to a break in the topography.  Mrs. Crockett asked where the stop light would go in.  Ms. Luebbert explained that it would be at the intersection of Creekwood Parkway -- immediately across from the driveway of Burger King and the existing temporary driveway now, which will then become Creekwood Parkway.  Mrs. Crockett said all the residents living in the mobile home park would have to travel through the commercial development to get to their homes.  Ms. Luebbert said that was correct because Creekwood Parkway would be a collector street.  As it is now, she said they have to make an unprotected right or left turn onto Clark Lane.
    The vote on R123-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R124-97     Authorizing an agreement with Republic Parking System to operate a parking concession
                    at the airport.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the City had received three proposals on the parking concession at the Airport, with Republic Parking being recommended.  He said they would pay the City a minimum of $40,200 per year.  He said the average that had been paid for the past three years was $44,500.  He noted that the rates had been changed some, indicated as a nominal amount.
    Mr. Janku noted that credit cards are not accepted at the parking gate.  He asked if that could be included in the agreement so that people do not get stuck at the gate because they do not have any cash.  He thought it would be a customer friendly thing if something could be worked out.  Mr. Beck said that could be discussed with Republic Parking.
    The vote on R124-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R125-97     Authorizing an agreement with the Department of Conservation for the Branch Out
                    Missouri program.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that the grant the City would be receiving was in the amount of $12,000, with a 40% match required.  He said this amount could be handled out of next year's budget.  He explained that trees would be planted in Rock Bridge Neighborhood Park and Nifong Park.
    The vote on R125-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R126-97     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with Shafer, Kline & Warren regarding the
                    Bear Creek Trail Phase 2 project.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this amends an agreement with a consultant regarding the Bear Creek Trail Phase 2 project for engineering work.
    The vote on R126-97 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  COBLE, JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  KRUSE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

PR127-97     Establishing policies relating to appointments to City boards and commissions.
    The policy resolution was given first reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the Council had requested that staff put together proposed policy changes relating to appointments to Boards and Commissions.  He said the Council had asked that a policy resolution be prepared.
    Mrs. Crockett said she would like to see late applications, even if it is the only application received for a particular vacancy, held over to the next meeting.  She said the vacancy would need to be readvertised and then the applicant could be considered in the next round of appointments.  She felt it would be more clear if the staff were to adhere to the deadline given.
    Mayor Hindman said the main thing was to have a policy and if that would suit, the Council could amend it to read that way.
    Mr. Campbell thought the Council had decided in previous discussions that if they had one applicant, it would save the advertising costs of readvertising if they were to appoint the late applicant.  He said only during contested times would the late applicant be refused.
    Mayor Hindman asked if two or three late applications were received, whether it would be first come, first served regarding the appointments.  Mr. Janku said the Council would have to vote on it.  He thought any late applications should be treated equally.
    There was a discussion about the fairness of Council members recruiting someone after finding out that no one had applied.
    Mr. Coffman said he thought the main thing was to be consistent.
    Mrs. Crockett thought the wording a late application will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration only if there is an insufficient number of qualified applicants to fill all vacant positions on board or commission should be removed.
    Mr. Janku said he thought a person that files late should be considered in the next round of applications.  Mrs. Crockett agreed.
    It was decided since the resolution had to be held over, that it would be amended at the next meeting.
 Mr. Janku reminded the Council that the matter of advertising would come up later.

    The following bills were introduced by the Mayor, unless otherwise indicated, and all were given first reading:

B217-97     Approving the final plat of Heritage Meadows, Plat 2.
B218-97     Rezoning from C-3 to R-1 property between Old 63 and Bluff Creek Drive.
B219-97     Vacating a sewer easement in Lakeview Subdivision, Plat 2, and accepting a sewer utility
                    conveyance.
B220-97     Establishing a scenic roadway area on Rock Quarry Road from Stadium Boulevard to the
                    south city limits.
B221-97     Annexing property on the west side of Scott Boulevard across from Grant Lane.
B222-97     Annexing property west of King's Meadow Subdivision.
B223-97     Approving the C-P development plan of Walt's VW Service Parking on the east side of
                    College Avenue south of Business Loop 70 East.
B224-97     Authorizing an amendment to an agreement with the Department of Health for family
                    planning services, and appropriating funds.
B225-97     Authorizing an amendment to an agreement with the Department of Health for HIV
                    prevention services, and appropriating funds.
B226-97     Appropriating funds to the Convention and Visitors Bureau for printing and postage
                    expenses.
B227-97     Appropriating funds to the Information Services Department and Fleet Operations Fund.
B228-97     Confirming the contract for construction of sewers in Sanitary Sewer District 136 (Olive
                    Street).
B229-97     Confirming the contract for construction of a flood intake structure at Wetland Treatment
                    Unit 3, and appropriating funds.
B230-97     Authorizing an agreement with Boone County for a grant to help fund revisions to the
                    Nifong Boulevard intersections at Forum Boulevard and Bethel, and appropriating funds.
B231-97     Authorizing acquisition of the Gates/Rader building.
B232-97     Accepting water utility conveyances.
B233-97     Authorizing construction of a 12-inch water main in Boone Industrial Park North, Block 2,
                    Lot 5, and authorizing payment of costs above those to install an 8-inch main.
B234-97     Authorizing City staff to construct renovations and improvements at Woodridge, Again
                    Street and Rock Bridge neighborhood parks.
B235-97     Adopting annual conflict of interest/financial disclosure procedures.
B236-97     Authorizing an agreement with the university for use of a portion of the City's fiber optic
                    cable system.

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
(A)     All-Way Warrant Study at Ridgeway at Donnelly.
    Mr. Beck noted the staff suggestion was to leave the situation as is.  He said a stop sign was not warranted by the Traffic Manual.
    Ms. Coble thanked the staff for performing the study.  She said she would forward the information to the Smithton Valley Neighborhood Association.

(B)     United Arts Fund Drives.
    Mr. Janku noted that at last week's budget work session on Cultural Arts, it was reported that the Fall Festival would be almost completely funded by private contributions.  He thought there was a big increase of private contributions in recent years in support of the arts.  In view of that, he did not think the City needed to change the existing structure.
    Mayor Hindman said requests were being submitted for different purposes, like environmental funds.  He said the Council would have to be making some decisions.
    Regarding the United Arts, Mr. Janku had heard that it would disrupt potentially existing relationships that have developed between art organizations and sponsors of various events.  Given that concern and the growing involvement of the business community supporting the arts, Mr. Janku did not believe it was necessary to go to this step of trying to develop another structure.
    Mr. Campbell said there was some movement underway to do some other things on the arts and also thought it might be a bit premature.  He thought the Council may want to keep it in mind as the arts community further develops.

(C)     Intra-Departmental Transfer of Funds.
    Report accepted.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council, the following individuals were appointed to the following Boards and Commissions:

COMPUTER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Youmans, Ann M., 1513 Rosemary, Ward 6 - term to expire 8/1/02

BOARD OF HEALTH
Szewczyk, Michael J., 1404 Highlands Ct., Ward 5 - term to expire 8/31/00

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF AND PUBLIC
    Regarding Boards Commissions, Ms. Coble asked if advertisements were being given to the Office of Volunteer Services.  Ms. St. Romaine said that was not currently being done, but she would ensure that this     information is forwarded in the future.
    Regarding the charitable funds, Mr. Coffman said he had been contacted by the Missouri Environmental Fund.  He said apparently there was no City policy regarding campaigns such as this and it seemed that the United Way was the only organization employees can donate to.  Mr. Coffman thought the City should develop a policy because governmental agencies were beginning to do more and more of it.  He said the State of Missouri's campaign is huge and they have hundreds of options for their employees to choose from.  He thought that might be too cumbersome for the City, but thought it should define what would be manageable, and then develop a policy that is not discriminatory and would define what programs would be available.  His preference was for not-for-profit organizations, but said he would be interested in seeing a variety of policy options employees could choose from.
    Mr. Beck said some time ago the Council had asked the staff to look into this issue.  He said staff had surveyed the employees and submitted a report to the Council.  He said the employees were not in favor of adding more organizations.  He suggested dusting off the report.  Mr. Beck thought if such a policy was adopted by the Council, there should probably be some kind of administrative policy, if not a Council policy, as to how much time would be spent by various people in the work place.  He said staff would have to explain the different options to the employees.
    Mr. Coffman said there were a lot of issues to consider and employees should not feel pressured to participate, nor did the City want to be discriminatory as to which agencies are selected.  Currently, there is no policy and yet the United Way is permitted to seek donations.  Mr. Beck said that had been the policy for a long time -- which did not mean it should not be changed.
    Mrs. Crockett said United Way was a great organization which covers a lot of different organizations.  She felt if this was opened, there could be up to 50 different agencies that employees might want to choose from.  She said people did not have to contribute to the United Way if they did not want to, but they could certainly write a check to any of the organizations.  She felt to open it up would be taking up a lot of administrative time.
    Mr. Boeckmann said his staff was looking into the legality of the issue.  He said a report should be coming soon.
    Mayor Hindman said when the legalities were figured and administrative issues identified, the philosophy of the issue could be examined.
    Without a written policy, Mr. Coffman said he wondered what the status was.  He said by doing this for United Way, he wondered if the City should open it to other similar organizations.
    Mr. Coffman said he was continuing to receive requests from the people in the Audubon and Stadium area about what is happening with the Theatre.  He asked if there was any new information about whether or not communication had been made with the Missouri Department of Transportation.  Mr. Coffman had talked with Mr. Sapp several times and he still seemed committed, but said he had not been able to talk with the Hollywood Theatre people.  Mr. Coffman asked if it would be appropriate for the Public Works Department to contact them.  Mr. Patterson said they had written the developer and advised them of the process that would need to be followed.  He said they had not received a response to their letter.  Mr. Patterson said they could send out another inquiry if he would like.  Mr. Coffman said he thought the neighborhood would appreciate it.
    Mrs. Crockett asked about the status of the stop sign at Lansing and Arbor.  Mr. Patterson said staff had performed the study and it did not warrant a four-way stop.  He said they are currently conducting a neighborhood survey as this is one of the areas identified for potential traffic calming.  Mr. Patterson said additional meetings in the neighborhood are planned to see if there would be any other alternatives other than putting in a stop sign.
    Mrs. Crockett said she had been contacted by a couple of people regarding wheelchairs being used at night.  She said these people feel that the chairs need to have lights on them.  Individuals are traveling in wheelchairs up and down Route B and on the Business Loop.  Mrs. Crockett said there is a concern about these people getting struck by a car.
    Mr. Janku suggested referring the issue to the Disabilities Commission.
    Mr. Campbell said he had raised that issue a year or two ago and it went before the group.  The clear message that came back was that the individuals utilizing wheelchairs felt they had certain rights and other pedestrians were not required to have lights on them so, therefore, they should not be required to have them.  He said there were some rather strong feelings.  Mr. Campbell suggested bringing the report back for review.
    Mayor Hindman said he thought it would be interesting to get the point of view of the Disabilities Commission.
    Mr. Janku said the Council had received a communication about possibly revising the existing permitted uses in C-3 zoning districts.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that it be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their review and comment.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Coble and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku said he had learned that there may be a limited amount of funding from the Department of Conservation Urban Wild Acres Program that could possibly help fund part of the City's greenbelt acquisition or other open space acquisition.
    Mr. Janku made the motion for staff to look into obtaining available funding for greenbelt acquisition or other open space acquisition.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman commented that the MKT Trailhead Park Committee had been working very hard.  He said they recently had a charette -- which involves getting a group of architects together and creating drawings for possible designs in the area.  He said the drawings were put on large boards.  He proposed that these designs be set-up in the lobby of the Daniel Boone Building for people to see.  He said they were very interested in changing the route of the Trail or having a sub-route from where it meets Stewart Road and Providence to the Park.  He said next Thursday at 5:00 o'clock the Committee planned to walk the creek.  Mayor Hindman said the group would like for members of the Council and press to participate in the walk.
    Mr. Janku commented that the Council had received a final report from the Route AC Committee.  He asked if it would be appropriate for the staff to review it and comment.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the staff be directed to review the report and forward their comments to the Council.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Jane Addison, 2407 Shepard, a member of the Greenbelt Coalition, said she was also the delegate to the Missouri Environmental Fund.  She said she was very interested in hearing the Council discuss the issue of employee charitable contributions.  Ms. Addison explained that the Missouri Environmental Fund is a federation of approximately 20 different environmentally oriented non-profit groups that are working to gain access to workplace giving programs throughout the state. She said this is a legal, voluntary, and fair way to contribute to other groups in addition to the United Way.
    The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
                                                                                         Respectfully submitted,
 
                                                                                         Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                         City Clerk