M IN U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
MAY 15, 2000
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 15, 2000, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council members CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN and HINDMAN were present. Member CROCKETT 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 May 1, 2000, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Campbell and a second by Mr. Janku.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Upon his request, Mr. Campbell made the motion that Mr. John be allowed to abstain from voting on B155-00 and B156-00. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman noted that Report D would be added under Reports and Petitions.
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. John and a second by Mr. Campbell.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B126-00     Authorizing construction of a water main along Fourth Avenue from Garth Avenue to Providence Road.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this project calls for the replacement of a four-inch water line with a six-inch line to provide for increased flows for better fire protection. The estimated cost of the project is $95,400 to be paid from Water and Light funds and installed by force account labor.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B126-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B127-00     Authorizing construction of water mains serving Smithton Ridge, Plats 2 and 3; authorizing payment
                   of differential costs; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Under current policy, Mr. Beck noted the City pays for the extra diameter pipe when the project benefits the total community. The subdivider will pay the basic cost of the project which is the normal expense associated with the development. The estimated cost to the City is $35,834 which will be paid from Water and Light funds.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B127-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B128-00     Authorizing construction of water mains serving Valley View Ridge, Plat 1; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that the estimated cost of this project, to be paid from Water and Light funds, is $7,743.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B128-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B129-00     Authorizing construction of a water main serving Vanderveen Crossing, Plat 3; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that the estimated cost of this project is $15,600 and it will also be paid out of Water and Light funds.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B129-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B131-00     Calling for bids for the construction of wells 13 & 14 and related improvements in the McBaine
                   Bottoms; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is part of the short term plan that had been discussed earlier at a public work session. He asked Mr. Malon to describe the project.
    Mr. Malon displayed the two well sites located in the McBaine bottoms owned by the City which have yet to be developed. Both sites were shown to be on the river side of the main McBaine levee. He reported the wells will be drilled at the existing elevation of the ground, but it is not known whether there will be a secondary levee that can be built to protect these wells. Mr. Malon indicated staff will be submitting a request for an additional appropriation that will include the installation of a water main to connect the two new wells to the existing system as well as some levee work. He explained that the adjacent property owners are trying to build a cross levee, the same height as the secondary levee, to protect their property. Mr. Malon reported that staff has been working with these individuals to determine whether the City could also participate in this project so that the secondary levee will come around the side of the two new wells to offer protection from possible flooding.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B131-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

    Mayor Hindman congratulated Mr. Malon for the manner in which his department responded to the unfortunate water main break last week. He commented the repair had been handled in a very expeditious manner. Mr. Malon explained that the credit goes to a fine group of staff personnel that knew how to respond to this situation.
 

B135-00     Authorizing installation of traffic calming devices in Woodridge Subdivision.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that a level of funding had been provided for this type of traffic calming work. He asked Mr. Patterson to explain the project.
    Mr. Patterson explained the project to be the culmination of two years of work with area residents and the neighborhood association to reduce speeding and cut- through traffic. After conducting speed evaluations, it was determined there was significant cut-through traffic. Based on departmental guidelines which conform to national standards relating to what constitutes criteria for traffic calming in residential areas of this nature, it appeared that the installation of the two traffic circles, one at Woodridge and Evergreen and one at Lansing and Arbor, would serve to significantly slow down traffic without resorting to unwarranted stop signs at the intersections. Mr. Patterson reported the traffic circles were marked out and field runs were performed with solid waste collection vehicles, buses, and fire vehicles to ensure they would be able to navigate the circles. Mr. Patterson revealed the second part of the project to be the installation of speed humps on Berrywood at staggered intervals to reduce vehicular speeds through that long stretch of roadway. He noted the total cost of the project would be $16,500 and that the work would be done by force account labor from the street division. Mr. Patterson related that there would also be increased marking and signing to alert traffic to the location of calming devices.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B135-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B139-00     Authorizing the improvements to the MKT Trail access at Stewart Road and Providence Road
                   intersection.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted the estimated cost of the project to be $21,500 which was in the budget for this year. He asked Mr. Hood to describe plans for the area.
    Mr. Hood explained that staff would like to improve the aesthetics of the area as well as making the area more user friendly for trail users. Included in the project is the development of two additional sites for memorial benches, in addition to improved landscaping with the planting of native trees. He noted that directional signage will also be installed to advise how to proceed on the trail, and another informational sign will display park rules and a map of the downtown area. The estimated cost for the total project is $21,500, with $5,000 of that amount to be used for force account labor.
    Mr. Janku asked about the west side of Providence in the area of the creek. He asked if it would look similar to the wooden bridge on the east side. Mr. Hood responded that an alternative trail is planned that will pass underneath Stewart and Providence Road and come back onto park property near Elm Street. He noted that would provide a safe pedestrian crossing for both Stewart and Providence Roads. He explained that staff plans to apply for federal enhancement grant monies to fund the project. If this alternative route is developed, Mr. Hood indicated there is a potential for working on landscaping and the appearance of the northwest corner of the intersection.
    Mr. Janku asked whether the signage would indicate the direction to the Katy Trail and the river. Mr. Hood said that was their intent -- to show how the trail connects to the statewide Katy Trail.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Campbell said this improvement is very much needed and he was glad to see it moving ahead.
    B139-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B143-00     Rezoning property located north and east of the northeast corner of Parker Street and Holly Avenue
                   from District R-1 to District R-3.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mayor Hindman explained that a request had been submitted for withdrawal of the application.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the request be accepted. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

B144-00     Rezoning property located on the north side of Smiley lane, approximately 500 feet east of Range
                   Line Street from District A-1 to District R-1.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this one-half acre tract request had been recommended for approval by the staff, but the Planning and Zoning Commission had a tie vote on it.
    Mr. Bondra said half of the Commission members were concerned about the size of the two proposed lots not being compatible with those of the neighborhood. He said there was also a concern that would come at the time of platting having to do with direct driveway access onto Smiley. Mr. Bondra thought, if the rezoning is approved, that the applicant may request a joint use driveway or variance.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Charles Turner, 1743 Sonora, property owner, explained that it is his intent to subdivide the property for two single family dwellings. He distributed to the Council a restrictive covenant that outlined the type of homes that would be built on the property.
    Gene Basinger, a surveyor with offices at 300 St. James Street, noted that the finished lot size would be approximately 11,000+ square feet. He noted that is somewhat larger than the minimum lot size for single family homes in Columbia. Regarding the concern that this request will change the character of the neighborhood, Mr. Basinger said the restrictive covenant would offer protection to some extent. He noted that just west and adjacent to this property is a 50-foot wide tract of land between the subject tract and the next home. He explained that land had been left vacant to address the need for a future street to access the M-L zoning to the north. He said all of the zoning to the north is industrial and to the south is commercial. Mr. Basinger contended that the character of the neighborhood would be changed more by those zonings than it would be by the addition of one more home.
    Frank Barnes, 4080 Highway 763 North, explained that he lives on the 26 acres that directly joins the north end of this property. He reported that his folks own the property and live in the house that borders the east side of the property. Mr. Barnes handed the Clerk a petition signed by all of the homeowners that abut this property and those that live on Smiley Lane. The petition requested that the Council reject the proposal to subdivide this lot.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku pointed out that the City could not enforce the restrictive covenants. He expressed concern about the access issue to Smiley Lane. He noted that the Council had denied such a request at the last meeting on Wyatt Lane because City zoning ordinances prohibit driveway access points on collector streets.
    Mr. John noted that this issue relates only to a rezoning request. He believed the two different issues are being mixed together -- the rezoning and platting. He said the access question would be addressed as part of the platting process. Mr. John thought R-1 zoning would be acceptable in this area.
    Mr. Campbell said he was in favor of the rezoning, but that he could not support subdividing the lots because of the question of access.
    B144-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B145-00     Rezoning property located on the east side of Paris Road, approximately 2,300 feet north of the U.S.
                   Highway 63 Interchange, from District A-1 to District M-C.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said the rezoning request on this 1.3 acre tract was recommended for approval by the staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Tim Reed, land surveyor with Engineering Surveys and Services, explained that the property had been surveyed and a minor subdivision plat was prepared on behalf of Simon Development and Equipment Company. He noted that the company had acquired this tract in 1977 from their neighbor and they now want to have the entire tract zoned M-C. Mr. Reed offered to answer any questions.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B145-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B146-00     City Council initiated rezoning of property located within the Benton Stephens Neighborhood.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this issue includes requests for down zoning 18 tracts in the Benton Stephens area -- fourteen from R-3 to R-1 and four from R-3 to R-2.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Coffman commended the property owners for the work they are doing to improve their neighborhood.
    B146-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B154-00     Voluntary annexation of property located approximately 200 feet west of Brown Station Road, north
                   of Waco Road; establishing permanent zoning and rezoning property currently located in City limits.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Bondra explained this split request. The western most tracts, two and four, are part of an annexation request contingent upon rezoning. The eastern tracts contain a 200 foot strip located along the west side of Brown Station Road. The request for tract one is to rezone from A-1 to M-C and tract two from A-1 to M-R. The request for tracts three and four are for C-P zoning.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Phillip Heller, 7401 N. Brown Station Road, asked for Council support of his rezoning request. He offered to answer any questions.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B154-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

OLD BUSINESS
B133-00     Confirming the contract of Aplex, Inc. for construction of sidewalks along Providence Road between
                   Business Loop 70 and Texas Avenue.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is part of the overall sidewalk system plan along Providence Road. Six bids were received with the lowest being $38,625 by Aplex, Inc.
    Mr. Janku noted that part of the project is to include landscaping and he assumed, once this project is completed, that landscaping would be installed as soon as this fall. Mr. Patterson verified that landscaping would be part of the project and it is reasonable to expect this work to begin in the fall.
    B133-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B136-00     Approving Change Order No. 1; approving the engineer's final report for the downtown intersections
                   project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this is yet another one of the City's overall programs to strengthen, beautify, and manage the traffic situation in the central business district area. He noted the total cost of the project was $367,374.49.
    Mayor Hindman commented this is a continuous and obvious upgrade to the downtown area.
    B136-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B138-00     Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to establish an all-way stop at the intersection of Locust and
                   Seventh Streets.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the Public Works Department had conducted a survey at this intersection, and it was shown that an all-way stop was warranted in accordance with the City's manual on Uniform Traffic Control. He noted that the report mentioned another study at Elm and Seventh which did not warrant a stop sign.
    B138-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B141-00     Appropriating funds for a new park sign at Again Street Park.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that Smithton Valley Neighborhood Association donated $750 toward a new sign for the park. He conveyed the City's gratitude for this donation.
    B141-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B148-00     Approving the final plat of Smithton Ridge, Plat 4; authorizing a performance contract.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mayor Hindman noted that the proponent requested that this item be tabled to the June 5, 2000, meeting.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion to table B148-00 to the June 5, 2000, meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

B149-00     Approving the final plat of Thessalia Subdivision, Plat 4; authorizing a performance contract.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would create seven R-1 zoned lots. He said Mr. Janku had questioned the dedication of the greenbelt and asked Mr. Bondra to explain the current situation.
    Mr. Bondra displayed the proposed Plat 4, the first final plat adjacent to the greenbelt area. He explained the applicant has stated on all of the various versions of the preliminary plat that a greenbelt would be dedicated at the time of final platting. The applicant has never stated when, but Mr. Bondra said his attorney indicated on the phone that Mr. Godas is preparing documents to dedicate the greenbelt to the City. He reported Mr. Godas would need to plat the greenbelt as a lot or dedicate some sort of green space easement.
    Mr. Janku asked how many plats showed this green space. Mr. Bondra said the only plat that indicates that a greenbelt will be dedicated is the preliminary plat. None of the final plats, thus far, are adjacent to the greenbelt. He noted they anticipate other final plats along the southeast side of the property. Mr. Janku was hopeful this would be worked out by the time the other plats are brought forward. Mr. Bondra indicated staff will be watching for it. He commented when the next final plat is submitted, staff will indicate to Mr. Godas that the Council is ready to see the greenbelt dedication.
    There was a discussion at this point regarding mandatory plat dedications.
    Bill Crockett, Crockett Engineering Consultants, with offices at 2608 N. Stadium, said there is no intention that the owner will not dedicate the greenbelt. He noted this has not been indicated on the three different plats the Council has approved.
    B149-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B150-00     Approving the Final Plat of Thornbrook, Plat No. 5; granting a variance to the subdivision regulations;
                   authorizing a performance contract.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this 19 acre tract would create 43 R-1 lots. He noted a sidewalk waiver request along Scott Boulevard.
    Bill Crockett, Crockett Engineering Consultants, 2608 N. Stadium, explained this development to be in the furthest southwestern portion of Columbia. He said the nearest sidewalk in any direction is two miles. Mr. Crockett noted a complete set of walks on both sides of all internal streets within the subdivision. If Scott Boulevard was an improved street, he indicated the walks would be installed. At this point, Mr. Crockett explained there is nothing to connect a sidewalk system to.
    Mr. John noted the Council just had a long discussion about sidewalks and unimproved streets. He noted many differing opinions as to whether or not walks should be built, if they should be tax billed, if different alternatives should be used, etc. He noted Public Works came up with some suggestions with Council direction to firm them up. Mr. John asked if discussions were held with the developer as to possible alternatives in this situation.
    Mr. Patterson replied he has not met with the developer since the discussion at the retreat over the weekend.
    Mayor Hindman explained that the Council discussed this issue at the retreat, and it was basically agreed if there are acceptable sidewalk alternatives, the Public Works Department should feel free to offer those to developers. He noted Scott Boulevard may remain an unimproved road for quite some time with country-type roads and no shoulders, however, a fairly significant population will be left with no pedestrian access. He reported this is the very thing the Council is driving at with the unimproved road situation. Mayor Hindman indicated he would support the final plat but oppose the variance.
    Mr. Janku asked if Mayor Hindman was saying he would be willing to accept an alternative type of sidewalk, not the traditional standard sidewalk, something to be worked out between the developer and the Public Works Department. Mayor Hindman said that was correct.
    Mr. Patterson commented if the Council approved the plat with no variance, the impact would be a time frame by which the developer could explore alternatives to the sidewalk requirement, or in the failure to do so, he said the lots along the street would be held hostage by certificates of occupancy until a sidewalk is built. The incentive would be to come up with something acceptable to the developer and the City as an alternative to the conventional sidewalk at that location. Mr. Patterson explained another alternative discussed would be a development agreement whereby the developer would pay the cost for the walks, and that money would go into the City's sidewalk fund. He said that would relieve the developer of the responsibility for sidewalks.
    Mr. Campbell asked whether any other plats bordering Scott Boulevard have come before the Council, and if variances had been granted regarding sidewalks. Mr. Crockett indicated they have not asked for variances on any sidewalk issues along Scott Boulevard before.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that B150-00 be amended by deleting the phrase from the title, "granting a variance from the subdivision regulations regarding sidewalk construction", deleting Section 3, and then renumbering Sections 4 and 5 to 3 and 4. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. John noted that the alternatives Public Works has come up with cost significantly less than putting in a standard sidewalk. As he remembered, all of the alternatives would relieve the property owners of the responsibility for a traditional walk if the street were to be widened at a later date -- the City would pay that cost.
    Mr. Janku believed it incumbent upon the Council to be consistent in situations such as this.
    B150-00, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:
    VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

B124-00     Amending the agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for maternal child health services.
B125-00     Authorizing payment of differential costs for construction of a water main serving Vanderveen
                   Crossing, Plats 1 and 2; approving engineer's final report; accepting a conveyance.
B130-00     Appropriating funds for alterations to railroad property needed to accommodate construction along
                   Route B.
B132-00     Accepting deed of dedication for water utility purposes from Cambridge Place, L.P.
B134-00     Confirming the contract of Don Schnieders Excavating Company, Inc. for the Lynn Street and Oak
                   Street drainage improvement project; appropriating funds.
B137-00     Approving Change Order No. 1; approving engineer's final report for the Route B sanitary sewer
                   relocation project; appropriating funds.
B140-00     Authorizing a right-of-use permit with Providence Road, L.L.P.; accepting easements for the
                   conservation and maintenance of Flat Branch Park.
B142-00     Vacating portions of a 20-foot wide water line easement located within Wyatt Lane Acres Subdivision.
B147-00     Approving the final plat of Norco Subdivision.
B151-00     Approving a replat of Lot 3 of Sedona Villas, Plat 1.
B152-00     Approving a replat of parts of LaGrange Place Subdivision, Plat 2; authorizing a performance contract.
B153-00     Changing the street name of "Quantico Drive" to "Waynesboro Drive."
B155-00     Authorizing an antenna agreement with Omnipoint C Communications, L.L.C. for an antenna at Fire
                   Station No. 6.
B156-00     Authorizing an antenna agreement with Omnipoint C Communications, L.L.C. for an antenna at Fire
                   Station No. 5.
R91-00       Setting a public hearing: special assessments for the Oakland Gravel Road improvement project.
R92-00       Authorizing an agreement with Allstate Consultants for engineering services related to flow monitoring
                   and analysis of sanitary sewer lines.
R93-00       Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Health to receive funding for public health
                   services.

    The bills were given third reading and the resolutions were read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN (abstaining on Bills 155-00 and 156-00), COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bills declared enacted and resolutions declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

NEW BUSINESS
R94-00        Authorizing temporary closure of Fifth Street from Stewart Road south to the Conley Avenue parking
                    garage and Elm Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the University was requesting these street closures from May 15 through June 12 for the installation of a chilled water main in conjunction with the expansion of their power plant.
    The vote on R94-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R95-00        Authorizing an emergency shelter grant application to the Missouri Department of Social Services.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Steinhaus reported that this is a continuing grant the City receives each year. He further explained that the State of Missouri received a small increase this year, so eligible units of government were able to apply for up to $75,000. He noted that Columbia has three eligible agencies; Welcome Home, Comprehensive and Human Services - The Shelter, and the Salvation Army Harbor House. Mr. Steinhaus said that they all provide direct emergency services to the homeless and near homeless. The Community Services Advisory Commission has reviewed the proposals and made the recommendations.
    The vote on R95-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R96-00        Granting the Columbia Special Business District permission to install downtown historic walk signs.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the Special Business District had made a presentation at the last pre-council dinner meeting regarding the installation of these signs. He summarized the request to be that the Public Works and Water and Light staff work with the SBD to get the signs installed.
    Arnie Fagan, a spokesperson for the Special Business District Board of Directors, explained this request would allow them to install and maintain signs along the downtown area. The signs would be removed if instructed by the Council. Overall, he stated the idea is to create a downtown walking trail that will educate the public about the historic nature of the area while also promoting the history of the City of Columbia. In addition, another overall goal is to promote fitness and tourism among the residents and visitors. Mr. Fagan related the specific purpose of the signage is to ensure that no one will get lost along the route. He noted there will be a brochure developed explaining the walk, but a person would not get lost if they do not have a copy of the brochure.
    Mr. Campbell asked if plaques would be placed on historic buildings in easy view of the people walking along this route. Mr. Fagan responded that he sees this as a beginning of the revitalization of the downtown area as an historic district. He said a brass plaque has already been placed on the Neate Building which was commissioned by Kary Kabler. Mr. Fagan commented that in addition to the plaques, a laminated or framed sheet could also be placed in building windows to explain the historic nature of the structure.
    Referring to the map and the longer trail, Mr. John voiced concern about the crossing at Fourth Street where there is no stop sign or traffic light. Mr. Fagan said the crossing is definitely an issue because of the Katy Station site and historically people would be interested in this area. He commented that they have another alternative route that would go up Cherry, from Fourth to Fifth, and then over to Broadway. He related the Board had gone back and forth on the issue because of the difficulty of the intersection. Mr. Fagan indicated they are aware of the problem as well as the related disability issues.
    Mayor Hindman thought the signs were a wonderful idea. He realized the intersection was very bad, but said it is a very significant intersection with the Church, the Blind Boone Home, and the Katy Station. He said this probably points to the need for beginning to do some serious thinking about how to deal with the intersection. Mayor Hindman believed that business activity in the area was being hurt because this area is too difficult to navigate for pedestrians.
    Mr. Campbell expressed concern about the Flat Branch park being built in an area not having better accessability. He too thought there was a need for some improvement to the intersection.
    Mr. John said until an improvement is made at that corner, he thought it would make more sense to swing up from Walnut to Broadway at Fifth, and then go back down Broadway instead of putting people out in the middle of Fourth and Broadway. Mayor Hindman noted that the Council is being asked to approve the signage, not to approve the specific route.
    Mr. Fagan confirmed that was correct, but the Board would certainly take these comments into account. He invited the Council to join them in a walk to figure out a better solution for this one block area.
    Mr. Beck spoke in favor of the walk, but was concerned about the lack of an overall plan as it relates to the signage downtown. He reported that he had been in other towns where different types of directional signs were tied together. Mr. Beck was also concerned about maintenance of the poles. Mr. Boeckmann thought that issue could be handled administratively.
    Mr. Campbell said he would vote in favor of this request, but he thought it could be substantially improved with more signs that would be compatible to the existing signage. He noted this is a good first step, but he would like to see additional steps to enhance the entire project.
    Mr. Beck indicated the need for a comprehensive plan for downtown signage.
    The vote on R96-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

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

B157-00     Approving Change Order No. 2; approving the engineer's final report, levying and assessing special
                   assessments for the Oakland Gravel Road improvement project.
B158-00     Authorizing an agreement with Engineering Surveys and Services for engineering services related to
                   the Blue Ridge Road improvement project; appropriating funds.
B159-00     Calling for bids for the construction of the Parkade Heights/Creasy Springs Road drainage mprove-
                   ment project.
B160-00     Calling for bids for the construction of the Bear Creek Trail Phase IV project.
B161-00     Calling for bids for the reconstruction of Sunflower Street from State Route E to Mayberry Drive.
B162-00     Calling for bids for the construction of sidewalks along Curt Drive, Grant Lane, Bethel Road, Conley
                   Road, Brickton Road, Trimble Road, Grampian Drive and LaRail Drive.
B163-00     Confirming the contract of Don Schnieders Excavating Co., Inc. for construction of the C-6 Trunk
                   Sewer Project (Bearfield Subdivision lagoon interceptor); appropriating funds.
B164-00     Accepting certain private streets for public use and maintenance.
B165-00     Authorizing right of use permits with the University of Missouri.
B166-00     Approving the final plat of The Park at Arcadia, Plat 7; authorizing a performance contract.
B167-00     Accepting grant of easement for electric purposes from the Missouri State Teachers Association.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
A)     Red Light Enforcement/Cameras.
    Mr. Beck explained that the Council had requested a report on this issue and the status of the technology.
    Chief Boehm noted that various alternatives had been reviewed a few years ago, and at that time the technology did not appear to support such a program. Now, however, it is possible to catch violators by virtue of either a still camera or a video camera system. He reported the two major concerns are that the system is quite expensive, anywhere between $80,000 to $150,000 per intersection, and the related legal issues in that the technology does not allow a picture to be taken of the actual driver. Chief Boehm noted that even if that were doable, there would be quite a bit of staff time involved in identifying people from a photo. In addition, this method would require some type of ordinance that would allow for the registered owner to be responsible for the violation, such as the state does for license violations. The system recommended by the department is a video camera that would continually run, but would not actually record unless a violation is detected.
    Mayor Hindman asked if the City could pass such an ordinance when there may not be a similar state law. As a Charter City, Mr. Boeckmann explained that Columbia can enact ordinances as long as they are not in conflict with any state law. He was not aware of one this proposal would be in conflict with. Mr. Boeckmann noted it would have to be a no point violation, although any moving violation involves points. He explained that he would have to look into that issue, but the City could not establish an offense that would give points to any drivers. Mr. Boeckmann thought the violation should be considered an infraction -- meaning there is no possibility of jail time.
    Mr. Campbell and Mayor Hindman believed this issue was intriguing enough that they wanted to have more information on it. Mayor Hindman suggested another step toward analyzing where and how these systems could be used. Mr. Campbell was interested in finding out more about the technology and how widely it is being used. Mr. Coffman asked the staff to check with other cities using similar systems. He wondered if anyone was using the systems as a warning device. Mr. John summarized the comments by saying the Council is interested in the issue and thought it should be pursued, but they want more information on all of the different variables.
 

B)     Building Code Review.
    Mr. Beck explained that a new International Code has come out, and over the years cities have used the National Code as a basis for local code revision committees to review. He said the next step would be for the Council to ask the Building Construction Codes Commission to review the codes and bring back recommendations.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the Commission begin to review the process. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku.
    Mr. Janku asked if the Commission would be looking at the issue of dryvit exterior. He noted that a lot of communities have been having problems with it.
    Mayor Hindman said he had received questions regarding wind damage and updating our code for that purpose. He thought that should be looked into as well. In addition, he asked that the straw bale type buildings also be reviewed.
    Regarding the Mayor Hindman's first point relating to structural wind damage, Mr. Beck indicated staff received a detailed letter from a University professor which he would forward to the Commission for review.
 

C)     Public Works Department Accreditation.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this self-assessment was conducted by the Public Works Department, and that it is part of a national accreditation program sponsored by the American Public Works Association essentially for the purpose of self-improvement and the recognition and implementation of good management practices. Particularly gratifying to Mr. Patterson is that the accreditation has been driven by the employees within the department who see this as an important effort in increasing their ability to provide excellent customer service to the people they serve.
    Mr. Patterson reported his department has spent almost two years on the self-assessment portion. That is where a very detailed evaluation of management practices are in place with the department as compared to the National Manual on Management Practices that has been prepared by the American Public Works Association. He pointed out that currently in the United States and Canada, there are only three cities that are accredited and several that are at various stages of becoming accredited. After making this public presentation of the findings, if the national accreditation team that will be coming to Columbia to evaluate the assessment concurs with staff's findings, Mr. Patterson said the next step would be the recognition of Columbia as one of the nationally accredited Public Works agencies. He indicated that staff will forward the finding to the National American Public Works Office next week in conjunction with National American Public Works Week. Mr. Patterson offered to answer any questions.
    The Council commended the staff in the Public Works department for their efforts.
 

D)     Stephens Lake Letter.
    Mr. Beck explained that the attorney for the College sent a letter dated May 4, 2000, regarding terms that Stephens would like to see the City consider as it relates to the possible purchase of the property (which includes the golf course/lake area -- about 111 acres located on the City's east side). He reported that the College suggests that the City look toward negotiating a mutually acceptable sales price (having the first right of refusal at an agreed price until November 8, 2000), and that the purchase of the property would be placed on the ballot for the November 7th, 2000, election in order to fund the acquisition. Mr. Beck indicated that he had previously reported if the Council wants to consider a ballot issue for November, an ordinance would have to be introduced as early as August 7, and be passed at the August 21st meeting in order for it to be placed on the November ballot.
    Mr. Beck said that he and Mayor Hindman had met with representatives of Stephens College, but no agreement has been reached on anything. He said they talked about the property itself and the procedures as they relate to any acquisition. Mr. Beck commented the representatives expressed the College's interests -- which is the fair return on what they feel to be the value of their property.
    Mr. Janku remembered the Council publicly asking the City Manager and Mayor to do just that.
    Mr. Campbell felt this to be a very positive step forward, but he has a major concern with the timing of it since these public discussions are going to occur at a time when many people are out of town. He spoke about the possibility of important decisions being made without the benefit of input from many people in his ward.
    Mr. Coffman thought the College should be told that the Council is pleased they are willing to talk with us, but we do express concern about the suggested time frame.
    Mr. Janku said it is a major decision for the community and that he is also glad Stephens has indicated a willingness to talk with us.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that staff respond in writing, telling the College the City will in good faith work with them trying to arrive at a price, and that we will be responsible with respect to the timing of it.
    Mr. Janku asked if the appraisal work needed to be authorized now. Mr. Beck indicated that is typically done on any property the City purchases...at least to give us a starting point. He noted that appraisals are based on the highest and best use of property.
    Mr. Janku asked if he could add to the motion that the City be given the other costs involved with the property, not just the purchase price.
    Mr. Beck believed if there is a ballot issue, it should include not only the purchase price, but any development costs that would occur in the next five or so years. He noted earlier estimates on operating costs, but he would have them updated. In addition, Mr. Janku asked the staff to look into the possibility of other funding sources.
    Mr. Campbell made a motion that staff be directed to incorporate all of these Council suggestions. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku.
    Mr. Beck understood the staff was to respond in writing to Stephens College, proceed with obtaining an appraisal to begin establishing some value, pursue alternate sources of funding, and work on operating costs as well as a development plan with an estimated cost.
    The motion made by Mr. Campbell, seconded by Mr. Janku, was 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 Commissions:

AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD
Elliott, James W., 2702 Bayonne Ct., Ward 4 - term to expire 5/16/04
Martin, Charles K., 1210 Vintage Dr., Ward 5 - term to expire 5/16/04

DISABILITIES COMMISSION
Henson, Lee, 3104 Greenbriar, Ward 5 - term to expire 6/15/03
Wagner, Les M., 1115 Lakeshore, Ward 4 - term to expire 6/15/03
Weinschenk, Kathleen, 1504 Sylvan, Ward 3 - term to expire 6/15/03

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
Collins, Nan C., 1201 Paquin #1502, Ward 1 - term to expire 6/1/03

HOUSING AUTHORITY
Holmstrom, Mary Ann, 1201 Paquin #709, Ward 1 - term to expire 5/31/04
Kinney, Marvin K., 1623 Highridge Circle, Ward 4 - term to expire 5/31/04

MAYOR'S COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL FITNESS
Huff, Darlene S., 2708 Vail, Ward 5
Snow, Teresa, 3300 Shoemaker, Ward 2

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
Kloeppel, Terry L., 4308 Watertown Pl., Ward 5 - term to expire 5/31/03
Knudson, Dennis R., 2100 Southwood Dr., Ward 6 - term to expire 5/31/03

BOARD OF PLUMBING EXAMINERS
Moosmann, 3009 I-70 Drive NW, Ward 2 - term to expire 5/31/02
Schulz, Bill, 1716 Stirling Ct., Ward 5 - term to expire 5/31/02
 

COMMENTS OF THE COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Ms. Crayton commented on the training that Boone Works offers for young men and women. She reported they are doing a very good job.
    Mr. Janku remarked that he has been receiving a lot of calls regarding Blackfoot Road. He noted there has been some grading and other work being done that has made the road unsafe. Mr. Janku indicated that he spoke to Mr. Patterson about this situation, and learned that the work had been authorized by the Corps of Engineers and that the City had nothing to do with it.
    Mr. Patterson reported that he asked his staff to see what measures could be taken to install a barricade to make the area safer for motorists. He explained that the work consists of actually opening up a new quarry area in addition to some work in the flood plain. The developer is attempting to grade in such a way that it will be potentially useful for an extension of Blackfoot Road in the City's CIP. Mr. Patterson indicated staff would do everything they could to make the area safe for traveling motorists.
    Regarding the earlier issue and landscaping on Providence Road, Mr. Janku asked the staff to begin developing a landscaping plan for the north end of Providence Road. He thought it should include both sides of the road. It was ascertained that this included the stretch between I-70 and the Business Loop.
    Mr. Janku made his request in the form of a motion. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman invited everyone to a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. in connection with the Flat Branch Park. He noted this is significant because of the substantial amount of private contributions made toward it.
    Elizabeth Cooper, 1701 Chapel Wood Road, spoke to the issue of people running red lights. She reported there are also problems with motorists running four-way stop signs. Ms. Cooper related that in her travels during the summer across the country, she realized Columbia has a more serious problem than most places. She commended the Mayor for asking the staff to look to other ways to stop the problem in Columbia. Mrs. Cooper suggested publishing problem intersections in the newspapers. She offered her volunteer services in any way that might be helpful.
    Audrie Sabel, 3800 Mint Julep, commented that she and her husband are concerned about the building that is going on in their area. She noted that contractors are not compacting the soil before pouring cement for foundations, driveways and subdivision roads. Ms. Sabel indicated there are numerous water leaks in the Derby Ridge area which she felt was being caused because the soil is not being compacted before the cement is poured. She also spoke about roof clips. Ms. Sabel requested a traffic study at Smiley Lane and Oakland Gravel Road. She thought a stop sign is warranted due to all the new development in the area.
    William Woodward, 200A Unity Drive, reported a large ditch in the area of the Columbia Car Wash on Worley Street (northwest corner). He noted many pedestrians walk through this area to access the bus system. Mr. Woodward suggested taking out the island, creating a left turn lane, and expanding the right turn corner.
    The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                    City Clerk