M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
JUNE 19, 2000
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, June 19, 2000, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council members CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, and JANKU were present. Member HINDMAN 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 June 5, 2000, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Janku and a second by Mr. Coffman.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Upon her request, Mr. Janku made the motion that Mrs. Crockett be allowed to abstain from voting on B170-00 and B171-00. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor pro-tem Campbell announced that B169-00 would be moved from the consent agenda and placed under Old Business and that R122-00 would be added under New Business.
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mrs. Crockett and a second by Mr. John.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
A.     Alice Edwards - House, Grant Fund Repair
    Alice Edwards, 3210 Mexico Gravel, asked about funding available for home repair. She had been told by several lending agencies that there were no funds available for home repair. Mr. Beck explained that there is a building committee made up of private citizens who review requests for funding for the upgrade of structures -- housing in particular. He noted this group has developed guidelines as to how much funding is available for any one structure. Ms. Edwards indicated she would contact this committee.
 

B.     Lolita Lucas - Douglass Caring Communities Crosswalk Initiative
    Lolita Lucas, the Douglass Site Coordinator for Caring Communities in the Douglass community, spoke on behalf of the Crosswalk Initiative Committee which was formed a few days after a child was struck on Providence Road in July of 1999. The purpose of the Crosswalk Initiative Committee is to address the pedestrian traffic issue on Providence, specifically between Ash and Worley Streets. Since beginning their work, Ms. Lucas noted that two signs encouraging usage of the crosswalks have been added to the intersections at Park and Providence and Switzler and Providence. The Committee is working on the installation of video camera equipment, donated by Boone County National Bank, on or near the crosswalk. She explained that the Fun City Youth Academy has agreed to partner with another organization to become their first quarterly Care Team. She referred to that as their version of the Adopt A Spot Program. This phase of the initiative will begin in July or August of this year. Ms. Lucas reported the Committee's request to the City this evening is for installation of push buttons and/or signage to the existing traffic light fixtures at Ash and Providence and Worley and Providence.
    Ms. Crayton noted that residents feel very insecure about crossing the pedestrian bridge because it is secluded. She believed the bridge should either be torn down or reconstructed in such a way so that people from the street can see what is going on when someone is crossing the bridge. Ms. Crayton acknowledged that if the walls on the bridge are lowered, kids could throw rocks off of it.
    Ms. Lucas explained that this request is just one of many avenues the Committee has looked at to address the issue. She indicated at this time the Committee has to work with what they have, and they thought the suggestion being presented this evening was one way to accomplish that.
    Mr. Janku noted that the state controls Providence Road, and staff could forward this request to them to see if they will pursue the push button lights.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B170-00     Rezoning property located on the south side of Park Avenue, approximately 100 feet west of College
                   Avenue from R-3 to O-P.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this rezoning request would allow for the expansion of a parking lot. The staff as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.
    Mayor pro-tem Campbell opened the public hearing.
    Bill Crockett, 2608 N. Stadium, spoke on behalf of Dr. Shapira, owner of the tract in question. He explained that Dr. Shapira operates a dental office at this location and simply wants to enhance his parking situation. The existing parking lot is crowded so he purchased the property adjacent to it in order to provide more room for his facility. Mr. Crockett explained that the existing lot has a gravel drive all of the way from Park Avenue to the rear which is in bad condition. The uses desired are accessory uses for the existing office building and the single family residence. He noted that Dr. Shapira and his wife had met with members of the North Central Neighborhood Association and had received their concurrence with the plan. In addition, the NCCNA president spoke in favor of the request at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Provided the O-P zoning is granted, Mr. Crockett said they will be following it up with a plan similar to the concept plan in the packet. He noted that the neighborhood association proposed a suggestion which would be addressed at the time the plan is discussed.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, a member of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association, spoke in favor of the rezoning.
    Mayor pro-tem Campbell closed the public hearing.
    B170-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSTAINING: CROCKETT. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B172-00     Establishing permanent R-1 zoning on property located on the west side of Lake of the Woods Road,
                   north of Evergreen Acres Subdivision.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this 4.3 acre tract had been voluntarily annexed into the City. He noted that both staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved this request.
    Mayor pro-tem Campbell opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor pro-tem Campbell closed the public hearing.
    B172-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B178-00     Authorizing road and parking improvements to the Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that $90,000 had been included in this year's budget to provide for improvements to existing roads and parking lots in Cosmo Park. He explained that many comments are made about how great the park is, but how difficult it is to exit out of it after a major event. Mr. Beck indicated that staff realizes that opening an entrance in the northwest part of the park will alleviate some of these traffic problems. He pointed out that a roundabout was planned for this area.
    Mr. Hood explained that for the past several years staff has opened a second exit/entrance at the north end of the park during times of heavy use. He noted tho road is not in very good condition as it is narrow and there is one hazardous curve. The proposal is to make improvements to this exit/entrance area. Mr. Hood pointed out that staff proposes to extend the road from the parking lot serving Harris Shelter, just south of the Antimi Youth Baseball Complex, to Parkside Drive where the road comes off park property and connects into the City's street system. The proposal will allow traffic to flow straight out of the park on an exit basis using a modified roundabout. Mr. Hood remarked that the project also included resurfacing a parking lot which had been built when two permanent tee-ball fields were completed this spring.
    Mr. Hood reported that no construction work is intended during the Show Me State Games that would impede traffic. He indicated the majority of the work will take place after the games, during the latter part of the summer. Mr. Hood explained that staff would see what could be done prior to the games that would alleviate some of the traffic congestion.
    Mr. John asked how people would be kept off of the service road. Mr. Hood replied that this road would be barricaded or gated.
    Mr. Janku asked if the service roads would eventually need to be relocated. He wondered if the location of these roads would have to be changed at some point. Mr. Hood did not believe it would ever be necessary to relocate the road being proposed tonight due to its alignment with Parkside Drive. He noted the road that leads to the tee-ball fields is also badly in need of improvement and staff hopes, if funding is available in the 2001 budget, it could be upgraded. Mr. Hood indicated that his department is also taking a long range look at whether or not there might be other possibilities for improving traffic flow in and around Cosmo Park. Mr. Janku questioned whether the service road would break up potential space that could be used for other purposes. Mr. Hood reported that long range plans do show potential use of the land near the road to the tee-ball fields. He said the road would actually serve the uses they have identified. He noted that staff has been talking to some groups interested in bringing a BMX facility to the city. Mr. Hood also pointed out that Public Works uses a portion of the property in the back for several storage uses.
    Mr. Campbell remarked that information in the Council packet mentioned that the rapid increase in petroleum prices might be an inhibiting factor on how much work could be done. He asked how much of a factor it could become. Mr. Hood responded they are not really sure at this point. He commented this project included the road improvements as well as surfacing the parking lot. Mr. Hood noted their first priority is to complete the road improvements, and then work on asphalting the parking lot. If the funding is not adequate, they would have to use a chip and seal surface for the parking lot which would provide a dust free surface; however, it would not hold up as long and in a few years it would have to be resurfaced with asphalt.
    Mayor pro-tem Campbell opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor pro-tem Campbell closed the public hearing.
    B178-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B169-00     Approving the final plat of Rockbridge Subdivision, Plat No. 13; authorizing a performance contract.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that a request had been received to have B169-00 tabled.
    Mr. John made the motion that B169-00 be tabled to the July 17, 2000, meeting.
    The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

OLD BUSINESS
B171-00     Approving the Wellington Manor PUD site plan; granting a variance to the Subdivision Regulations.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this five acre tract is located at the southwest corner of St. Charles and Kipling Way. He noted the request for a sidewalk variance along St. Charles Road.
    Bill Crockett, 2608 N. Stadium, spoke on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Miller. He explained that this PUD-10 will be made up of 50 units. He noted that Mr. Miller wants to delay the construction of the sidewalk until St. Charles Road is improved.
    Mr. Janku asked if the variance is not immediately necessary at this point, whether it should be deleted from the ordinance. Mr. Crockett indicated that if St. Charles Road is not improved, the applicants desire to delay the sidewalk improvement until such time that it is improved.
    Mr. Coffman asked if the money that would be used to build a sidewalk could be put into an account that would be held until the improvement is made. Mr. Crockett said that is the same thing Mr. Miller would be doing -- he is simply agreeing to have the money available when the sidewalk is needed after the street is improved.
    Mr. Campbell asked whether this promise would have any legal standing. Mr. Boeckmann said if the request were to be granted as written, there would be no legal obligation to build a sidewalk there.
    Mr. Coffman did not think there was a concern with allowing a delay, but the Council wanted to be assured that a sidewalk would be built when the road is developed. He asked what tools they would have to make that work.
    Mr. Patterson remarked that in a situation like this there are three options; the first being to grant the variance, in which case the obligation to construct the sidewalk would cease to exist as far as the developer is concerned. If the Council feels there is a need for a sidewalk or walkway in this area, the other two options include an alternative walkway (an all-weather surface, asphalt or concrete), or deposit funds to the City for the equivalent amount of the sidewalks and have it noted on the final PUD plan. Mr. Patterson said that would relieve the developer of the future obligation and would assure the funding is in place when needed. He commented that he is not optimistic about St. Charles being improved in the next five years. Mr. Patterson noted another option would be to deny the variance tonight, and then the applicant would have until the performance contract expires to construct an acceptable sidewalk.
    Mr. Crockett asked if there is a way the deposit could be based on when building permits are requested for each unit. He explained the 50 units will be built over a three-year period. Mr. Crockett reported it would be a pretty good capital outlay to come up with that sidewalk cost up front. He stated if they could spread it out, so much per unit, that would be a consideration. Mr. Patterson indicated he understood the up front costs, but added it would be very difficult to assure proper accountability if staff tries to track the deposits with each building permit that is issued. He said it would be better to have a lump sum at some point.
    Mr. Campbell asked about the possibility of striking the variance request this evening and then having it come back on the plan in the form of a notation. Mr. Crockett asked if that meant the plan would be tabled. Mr. Campbell said they would not be tabling the plan, just amending the request by striking the variance. Mr. Patterson remarked that if Mr. Crockett wanted to table the issue and get the notation on the plan, he thought the staff could handle it in the next couple of weeks. Mr. Crockett stated they are ready to begin construction immediately.
    In conferring with Mr. Miller, Mr. Crockett reported it would be agreeable to split the cost for the sidewalks in three separate payments. He noted the outstanding performance contract which could be enforced. Mr. Crockett suggested that the Council deny the variance with the understanding that a situation will be worked out with Mr. Patterson on a development agreement, based on number of units and a three-way split. Mr. Patterson suggested they leave the option open on the number of units, but said they agree with the concept. Mr. Crockett indicated an agreement would be worked out with the understanding it would come back before the Council.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that B171-00 be amended by striking Section 3, removing the language in the heading regarding the variance, and by renumbering the sections. The motion was seconded by Mr. John.
    Mr. John commented that he would like to see these things tied to receipt of occupancy permits rather than construction permits because no one is currently living on this property and there is no need for a sidewalk. He added that he would leave it up to Mr. Patterson to work out this detail.
    The motion to amend B171-00, made by Mr. Janku, seconded by Mr. John, was approved by voice vote.
    B171-00, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSTAINING: CROCKETT. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B179-00     Authorizing an agreement to purchase Southmark Development, Inc. property for the site of Fire
                   Station #8; transferring funds.
    Mr. Beck explained that the staff has been working toward the purchase of approximately two acres located at the northwest corner of Bearfield and Nifong for the fire station site.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B179-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B180-00     Accepting a federal domestic violence enforcement grant; adding a new position.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would authorize the acceptance of $86,463 in federal money to fund the DOVE Unit. He noted that the revenue was budgeted for this fiscal year, but the related expenditures and authorized position were not. This ordinance will accept the DOVE grant for the period of January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2000, and would also authorize an additional DOVE Officer.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B180-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B183-00     Appropriating funds for the rehabilitation of various sanitary sewer lines.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this legislation would continue the program of rehabilitating older sanitary sewers. This third phase will appropriate $265,000 for the maintenance work using the trenchless method.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B183-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B186-00     Authorizing a supplemental agreement to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
                   agreement for the Bear Creek Trail Phase IV project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is the 1.4 trail between Old 63 and Oakland Park. This will extend the time frame for getting the plans and specifications approved in accordance with the agreement.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B186-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B187-00     Confirming the contract of Don Schnieders Excavating Co., Inc. for construction of the wetlands
                   treatment units berm repair project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this is the second time the project had been bid because the first time the low bidder had not used the proper performance bond, and the only other bid had been higher than the engineer's estimate. He reported the project was rebid so that they would not have to award all three of the repairs to a single bidder. By opting to award the bid to Schnieders for the repairs to Units 2 and 3 and the bank stabilization, they would be able to award the first unit repair to the grading contractor of wetland unit four, saving approximately $250,000.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B187-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B188-00     Authorizing acquisition for the property located at 1311 Poplar Street for the expansion of the Grissum
                   Building operations center.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this property is located across the street from the Grissum Building and contains approximately one-half acre. The staff recommended pursuing the purchase.
    Comments were called for with none received.
    B188-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

B168-00     Approving the final plat of Quail Creek, Plat 2; authorizing a performance contract.
B173-00     Vacating a drainage easement located within The Park at Arcadia Subdivision, Plat 7.
B174-00     Accepting easements for water and electric purposes.
B175-00     Approving engineer's report; accepting a deed of dedication; authorizing payment of differential costs
                   for water main construction for Stoneridge Estates, Plat 3.
B176-00     Approving engineer's report; accepting easements; authorizing payment of differential costs for water
                   main construction for Corporate Lake, Plat 12.
B177-00     Approving engineer's report; accepting a deed of dedication; authorizing payment of differential costs
                   for water main construction for Breezewood Estates, Plat 1.
B181-00     Approving Change Order No. 1; approving the engineer's final report for the apron expansion and
                   gate #9 modification project at Columbia Regional Airport.
B182-00     Authorizing a right of use permit with The Curators of the University of Missouri to allow construction
                   within the Fifth Street rights of way.
B184-00     Authorizing an agreement with Richmond Avenue, L.L.C. for the relocation of sanitary sewers;
                   appropriating funds.
B185-00     Authorizing an agreement in connection with sanitary sewer relocation at 404 and 408 College Avenue;
                   accepting easements for sewer purposes.
R111-00     Setting a public hearing: improvements to Flat Branch Park.
R112-00     Setting a public hearing: development of a Community Recreation Center.
R113-00     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for adult immunization services.
R114-00     Authorizing an agreement with The University of Missouri School of Nursing to allow students to work
                   in the Health Clinic.
R115-00     Authorizing a traffic services grant application to the Missouri Division of Highway Safety.
R116-00     Authorizing an Adopt A Spot agreement with firefighters at Fire Station No. 1.
 
    The bills were given third reading and the resolutions were read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bills declared enacted and resolutions declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

NEW BUSINESS
R117-00     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri for use
                   of Simmons Baseball Field.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck indicated that he sent the Council a memo some time ago regarding the change in what the University felt they should be paid for the use of Simmons Field. He explained that beginning in 1983, the City paid a $35 per game rate for the use of the fields (this paid for the lighting). He noted that fee was passed on to the teams that actually used the fields. Since the University has upgraded the fields, the rates have been increased to $200 per game. Mr. Beck reported that staff did not feel that cost could be passed on to the teams, so they propose that the number of years left remaining on the original agreement be reduced under this arrangement. He pointed out that both he and Mr. Hood spoke to representatives of the University and it was thought this would be the best alternative of those that had been considered.
    Mr. John noted that the rate has not gone up in 17 years, and if teams were willing to pay $35 in 1983, maybe they would pay $60 to $75 so that the use of the fields could continue to run closer to the full length of the agreement. He said the option would be to raise the rate and get the use of the field a little longer. Mr. Hood said that could be a possibility, but he thought the teams would not be interested in paying anything over $50. Mr. John noted that even $50 could continue the agreement another year.
    Mr. Beck said perhaps there might be an advantage to having a differential rate for using that beautiful facility.
    Mr. Janku asked about the per game rate. He questioned whether any double headers are played. He thought the charge should be per day, not per game if the cost is for cleaning and maintenance. Mr. Hood explained the fee has always been on a per game basis. Mr. Beck suggested that the Council approve the agreement this evening, and then he and Mr. Hood could continue to work with the University to discuss the alternatives mentioned tonight. He commented they could possibly work on something for next year.
    Mr. Campbell asked if any games would be affected if the Council tabled this issue until the next meeting. Mr. Hood indicated that he did not believe so.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that they table R117-00 to July 5, 2000. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

R118-00     Authorizing an agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri for use of University
                   property for Independence Day activities.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that each year the Cosmo Club, KMIZ, and the City co-sponsor the July 4th fireworks which are set-off on University property. Although $1,600 was budgeted toward the event, Mr. Beck understood a little more cost was going to be involved. He said the University has agreed to be a co-sponsor.
    The vote on R118-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R119-00     Authorizing a lease agreement for office space for the Police Department's detective unit.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this agreement would allow for the relocation of the investigative division of the Police Department. The division would be located in offices being vacated by a legal firm across the street from the Police Station.
    The vote on R119-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R120-00     Authorizing an agreement for the relocation of the La Colomba art work; transferring funds.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Marie Hunter explained that this agreement would authorize an outdoor objects conservator to help prepare the site of La Colomba, assist in crating the art work, and then advise the staff on moving it. She pointed out that the Library needs to have this done in July as their new project begins in August.
    Mr. Campbell asked if it would be possible for staff to look for a site on City property where the statue could be located permanently. Ms. Hunter replied they certainly could, and added that the Library has indicated an initial interest in having it back.
    Mr Coffman asked where the work would be stored in the interim. Ms. Hunter said they would store it in an outdoor facility, but the place has yet to be determined. She remarked they would have that figured out in the next couple of weeks. Mr. Coffman asked if this agreement includes relocation of the piece once it is decided where it will be. Ms. Hunter replied it did not.
    Mr. Janku said if a site could be identified in the next month that could save some money. Ms. Hunter said they would have to look into creating a new base. The current base is a temporary one and they would want to consult with the artist before proceeding with something different. She indicated staff could look into it.
    The vote on R120-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CRAYTON. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R121-00     Approving the preliminary plat of West Vandiver Industrial Park Phase 1; granting a variance to the
                   Subdivision Regulations.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is an approximate 28 acre tract which would create 16 C-3 zoned lots. The variance pertains to the radius at a street intersection.
    Mr. Bondra noted that the staff had no problem with the plat. He pointed out that the corner truncation issue was beyond the control of the developer since he does not own the land. He said the Public Works Department feels they can make the street work because of wide easements already in place. For that reason, Mr. Bondra said the staff has no problem with the variance request.
    Mr. Janku noted a reference in the minutes about a stop light at Vandiver and Parker. Mr. Bondra said once this plat is developed, there may be a need for a signal light at that intersection. He said the Commission was asking about the ability to obtain some sort of off-site improvements for a signal light by means of this plat. Mr. Bondra did not feel that was appropriate because the property is already zoned and is not a planned district. Mr. Janku believed it would be helpful in the long term to have a stop light at this location. He thought it would be worth asking whether the developer would be willing to help advance it. Mr. Bondra noted that the developer has not come forward with an offer to participate, although he is aware of what the Commission had asked.
    The vote on R121-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R122-00     Requesting the assistance of the Trust for Public Land in acquiring the Stephens Lake property.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that last week he met with the Regional Director and Vice President of the Trust for Public Land, Ms. Whiteford, regarding the City's interest in purchasing Stephens Lake. He noted that was followed up by a meeting between the same representative and Stephens College representatives. When Ms. Whiteford left town, Mr. Beck said she had indicated she was going to speak with people in her agency with regard to whether or not they would be interested in working with the City and the College to see if some agreement could be developed between the two. Since that time, Mr. Beck said he had spoken with her and she had indicated they would be happy to work with the two groups.
    If the Council desires to work with the Trust for Public Land toward the acquisition of the Stephens Lake area, Mr. Beck suggested adoption of the resolution. He noted this resolution would not commit the City to any type of financial arrangement. Mr. Beck added that if an agreeable arrangement can be concluded, the Land Trust frequently looks to the owners or parties involved for a financial contribution for their services.
    Mr. Janku understood that the Trust for Public Land does not actually fund or assist in funding the purchase of such properties. Mr. Beck said that was correct, they assist both parties to arrive at a fair price.
    Mr. Coffman understood this group may help with recognizing other funding sources that may exist. Mr. Beck indicated that was right.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if the Trust for Public Land is a private organization. Mr. Beck explained that they are a not-for-profit organization.
    The vote on R122-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

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

B189-00     Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to prohibit through truck traffic on Riviera Drive from
                   Smiley Lane to Langham Drive. Introduced by Janku.
B190-00     Calling for bids for the construction of the pedestrian bridge for Phase I of the Bear Creek Trail.
B191-00     Vacating a sanitary sewer easement; accepting a new sanitary sewer easement located at the
                   northeast corner of Providence and Broadway.
B192-00     Correcting Ordinance No. 012531 that tax billed property for construction of North William Street.
B193-00     Accepting easements for utility purposes.
B194-00     Authorizing annexation agreements with Louis Ray and Judith Yow, Charles Sims and James and
                   Kenda Bond.
B195-00     Rezoning property located on the west side of Old 63, approximately 700 feet south of Grindstone
                   Creek from A-1 and C-1 to C-P.
B196-00     Approving the final plat of Stonecrest Plat No. 1; authorizing a performance contract.
B197-00     Approving the replat of Lot 16 of Wyatt Lane Acres, Plat 4 and all of Wyatt Lane Acres, Plat 5;
                   granting a variance to the Subdivision Regulations; authorizing a performance contract.
B198-00     Vacating street right of way and easements located within Wyatt Lane Acres Subdivision, Plat 5.
B199-00     Vacating part of a sewer easement located within Little Bear Industrial Park Subdivision.
B200-00     Authorizing an amendment to the FY 2000 HIV contract with the Missouri Department of Health.
 
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
A)     Passenger Facility Charges at Columbia Regional Airport.
    Mr. Beck explained that PFC charges may be assessed to passengers and these monies can be used on FAA approved projects to supplement or replace other local funding sources. In order to initiate this type of program, the City would have to get approval from the FAA. Mr. Beck thought it might be of interest because the City subsidizes the airport by about one-half million dollars annually. He believed there will be more federal funds coming available for aviation and other transportation issues, with nearly all of them requiring a match of local funding. The next step, if the Council wishes to proceed, is to refer the issue to the Airport Advisory Board for their recommendation. Mr. Beck indicated staff could also get feedback from the carriers at the airport.
    Mr. Janku thought it was an excellent idea and consistent with the user pay issue. He noted that this subject was reviewed several years ago, and at that time there were over 130 airports that had adopted similar facility charges. Mr. Janku pointed out that the idea had been endorsed by the Finance Advisory Committee.
    Mr. Campbell commented the terminal needs major changes and he thought the Board would want to consider it. Mr. Beck explained that the Airport Master Plan is in the process of being updated. He was sure that plan would bring forth priorities for public improvements.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the subject be referred to the Airport Advisory Board for their recommendation back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Crockett and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

B)     Street Closure Request
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the request be approved as written. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Crockett and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council the following individuals were appointed to the following Boards and Commission:
 
CULTURAL AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ART
Cameron, Brooke B., 923 College Park, Ward 4 - term to expire 7/1/01
Polley, Michael J., 510 Hardin, Ward 1 - term to expire 7/1/01
Williams, Karen D., 400 W. Broadway, Ward 4 - term to expire 7/1/01
 
DISABILITIES COMMISSION
Haight, Raymond E., 17- Forum Blvd., #1605 - Ward 5
 
BOARD OF MECHANICAL EXAMINERS
Brunner, William A., 1500 Johnmeyer - County
 
PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
Paulsell, Mary E., 510 Hardin - Ward 1
 
RAILROAD ADVISORY BOARD
Blaylock, Teddy J., 1861 N. Boothe Ln. - County
Groshong, Kee W., 201 West Blvd. So. - Ward 4
 
WATER & LIGHT ADVISORY BOARD
Hutton, Robert C., 2252 Country Ln. - Ward 3
 

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Mr. Janku thanked the Public Works Department for their response on Proctor Drive. He had been told that it would be resurfaced this summer.
    Mr. Janku mentioned that he recently spoke to Mr. Beck about a strategy to get something done to improve the Business Loop.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the staff be directed to report back with their thoughts on what could be done to the Business Loop to improve it, both practical improvements in terms of sidewalks and other things that could be done, as well as aesthetic improvements and possible sources of funding. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku reported that he had been contacted by a constituent regarding the $5,000 that was contributed some time ago to the Valleyview Neighborhood Association by the Johnson Companies. He noted the funds have not been used and there is interest in using these monies in the neighborhood park in conjunction with the improvements currently being done. Mr. Janku asked the staff for a report on how they could proceed to amend the agreement with Johnson Companies.
    Mrs. Crockett said she had talked to Larry Moore of Johnson Companies about this issue, and he did not oppose using the funds for park improvements. In addition, she had received an e-mail from the neighborhood association today that specified they would like to use the funds towards trees and benches.
    Ms. Crayton made a motion that the Council receive information about putting a light in and doing something different with the way people are crossing Providence Road.
    Mr. Janku asked if the motion could include staff contacting the State. Ms. Crayton agreed it could.
    The motion made by Ms. Crayton and seconded by Mr. Janku was approved unanimously by voice vote.
    William Woodward, 200A Unity Drive, asked if anything had happened with the suggestion made at the last meeting pertaining to a City-wide curfew. Mr. Campbell explained that no action has been taken.
    The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

                                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,
 
                                                                                                    Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                                    City Clerk