M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
NOVEMBER 6, 2000
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, November 6, 2000, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, and CAMPBELL 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 October 16, 2000, as well as the minutes of the special meeting of October 26, 2000, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Campbell and a second by Mr. John.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Mr. Beck noted that B360-00 would need to be removed from Introductions.
    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. Janku.

SPECIAL ITEMS
A)     Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
    Mayor Hindman explained that this program is designed to encourage governments to prepare budget documents of the highest quality to meet the needs of decision-makers and citizens. In order to receive this award, the City's budget must meet strict criteria in the four areas of policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communication devise. Approximately 925 governments are expected to submit budgets to the program. He noted that this is the fourth consecutive year the City of Columbia has received this award. Mayor Hindman presented the award to Mr. Beck, who in turn gave it to Lori Fleming, the Finance Director. Mr. Beck explained the lengthy budget process and thanked everyone involved in its completion.
 

B)     Missouri Community Betterment Awards.
    Mayor Hindman explained that this award is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. He said it is the oldest continuous state sponsored community improvement program and it was designed to encourage communities to strengthen development efforts as well as self-help within the neighborhoods. He said more than 80 communities throughout the state entered the competition this year. Mayor Hindman reported that in the neighborhood category, the North Central Neighborhood Association was awarded first place and the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association took fourth place. He recognized representatives from both associations. It was stated that the North Central Neighborhood began entering the competition in 1993 and they have received an award every year.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
Evanell Craven - Street Conditions in Ward 1.
    Evanell Craven, 212 Hirth, talked about the lack of sidewalks in the first ward, and the danger to the pedestrian traffic due to cars and buses speeding through the neighborhoods. She noted the improvements at the Again and Worley Street parks have helped the neighborhood immensely. Ms. Craven listed some suggestions for further improvement in this area to include curbs and gutters on every street, construction of sidewalks, speed bumps or grooves, enforcement of speeding laws, and additional traffic signage.
    Mr. Janku suggested that Ms. Craven visit with the Public Works staff as they could explained the petition process for street improvements.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B342-00     Authorizing construction of a 12-inch water main serving Stonecrest, Plat 1; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained a City policy wherein the City pays the differential cost for larger water lines to allow for increased fire protection and better water pressure for a regional area. In this case, the project will consist of 2,250 feet of water line and the City's estimated cost for the project will be $25,000.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B342-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B347-00     Approving the C-P Development Plan of Burger King Corporation.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that the Council was provided minutes from the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting as well as additional information contained within the staff report. He said the Commission voted 6-0 to deny the request.
    Mr. Dudark explained the Commission's main concern involved the need to limit driveway access on West Broadway to right-in/ right-out movements to enhance traffic safety at that intersection. He said access into the property is only about 100 feet from the intersection of Broadway and Stadium, so left turn movements conflict with thru traffic. Another concern was that the plan includes free standing signs that exceed C-3 sign standards. Mr. Dudark explained the Commission was also troubled about the lack of a landscape screening along the north property line which abuts the residential apartments, and the lack of detail regarding the proposed on-site lighting for the project.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B347-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: NO ONE. VOTING NO: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill defeated.
 

A)         Street improvements to Heather Lane.
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this issue had been tabled from the last meeting to give the Public Works staff an opportunity to meet with the adjacent property owners to see if agreements could be reached regarding right-of-way and the driveway issue.
    Mr. Patterson explained that the attorney representing Gate House Apartments had asked for a continuance at the last meeting in order to work with the Church on some issues. He remarked that staff had been advised last week that an agreement had been reached, or at least an understanding, that appeared to be agreeable to both parties. He understood there was some concern at this time because the attorney representing the apartment complex is now in the hospital and has not been able to communicate the agreement.
    Mr. Patterson indicated the proposal includes constructing the street in the right-of-way, and an eight foot landscaped area with a privacy fence would be created between the apartments and the street. He noted the existing driveway on Broadway to the apartment complex would be eliminated in exchange for two driveways off of Heather Lane. As part of staff's discussions with the attorney, Mr. Patterson reported that Mr. Rogers had been assured that the cost of the project would include landscaping as well as the construction of the new driveway access - there would be no cost to the apartment complex for that. Mr. Patterson remarked that the attorney had also been told that when the Council directs staff to proceed with the project, the next step would be the negotiation of right-of-way. At that point, staff would be able to tie down details of what the property owners want in return for right-of-way, such as landscaping and other considerations. Mr. Patterson believed staff is prepared to move forward with the project and he thought they could accommodate any of the remaining concerns.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Roland Walker, an attorney with offices at 301 Locust, agreed with the statements made by Mr. Patterson in that the City should move ahead with the preliminary work. He thought anything beyond that could be worked out.
    Ellen Webber, 2401 W. Broadway, spoke on behalf of the owners of the Gate House Apartments. She asked that they be given the opportunity to review the final report on the negotiations between Mr. Walker and Mr. Rogers before the Council directs proceeding with the project. She asked that the issue be tabled for 30 days.
    Greg Ahrens, 1504 Sylvan, noted that the proposal includes five foot sidewalks on both sides of the street. He supported this design proposal as it would greatly enhance pedestrian flow.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku asked if the Council directed staff to proceed with plans and specifications, whether he understood correctly that during this process there would still be an opportunity for the apartment owners to provide input on the details. Mr. Patterson said that was correct as the City will have to negotiate for the removal of the access on Broadway, and then the subsequent alignment and arrangement of the access on Heather Lane. Mr. Janku asked if there was a possibility for landscaping on the west side. Mr. Patterson thought there had been some discussion with the Church relating to the plans for this property. He was under the impression they had signed off on landscaping on that side.
    If the Council were to take action tonight, Mr. Campbell understood it would not be binding to either of the landowners. Mr. Patterson said that was right. He said the Council would simply be giving the staff the authority to proceed with the development of the project. As final plans are prepared, right-of-way needs are assessed, and the negotiations with the property owners continue, Mr. Patterson reported that staff would be bringing back at least two ordinances relating to right-of-way acquisition and advertising for bids on the project. He commented there will be plenty of opportunity for public discussion. Mr. Campbell asked if the Council were to table this issue for 30 days, whether it would affect planning for the next season. Mr. Patterson said it would depend on whether or not they have problems with the driveway. He said the design will not be a real problem. Although, Mr. Patterson thought the Church was anxious to have some certainty so they can proceed with their development plans.
    Mayor Hindman remarked that he did not believe the issue should be tabled.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the staff be directed to proceed. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

B)         Sidewalk improvements in downtown area.
    Item B was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that last year the Public Works staff provided a detailed analysis of the sidewalk conditions in the downtown area. The estimated cost for the proposed project is $80,000 and would be paid out of CDBG funds. Mr. Beck explained sidewalks would be reconstructed on Seventh and Walnut Streets, and on the east side of Eighth Street between Walnut and Cherry Streets. He noted the project will also eliminate steps in two locations, and remove and replace deteriorated sidewalks along the police buildings.
    Mayor Hindman asked if the plan allows for trees to be planted next to the Police Building. Mr. Patterson responded the City has a tree grate policy and staff will follow those standards. Mayor Hindman thought tree grates should be in front of City buildings. Mr. Patterson said there are tree grates on the opposite side of the street by the attorney's offices.
    Mr. Campbell noted that the report submitted by the Disability Commission, which caused this project to be initiated, also made recommendations relating to other locations in the downtown area. He asked where staff was in that planning process. Mr. Patterson explained that staff is attempting to program these improvements in the priority order that had been outlined in the Commission's report. He indicated his department is trying to set-up annual programs on them.
    Mr. Coffman asked if the proposal before the Council tonight would be the only project planned for the downtown area this year. Mr. Patterson replied that was all staff could get done this year, but they will be starting on next year's program right after the first of the year.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Greg Ahrens, 1504 Sylvan, a member of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission, spoke on behalf of himself and Kathleen Weinschenk, a member of the Disabilities Commission. He noted that Ms. Weinschenk had worked with the team of people that submitted the report that was referenced earlier. He explained that Ms. Weinschenk has been using a wheelchair in Columbia since 1969 and that she is very happy this project is moving forward. Mr. Ahrens encouraged the staff to keep up the good work.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, noted this project would be paid for entirely with block grant money. He stated this proposal is a good use of those funds, but other projects would also benefit from those funds. He recommended that the Council look at unused property tax monies, the portion that has not been levied, and perhaps find a way to complete these sidewalk improvements faster and not with just block grant money.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the staff be directed to proceed. The motion was seconded by Mr. Campbell and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

C)     Storm drainage improvements in the Crestridge Drive area.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this project will replace an undersized culvert on Crestridge Drive. Currently, the culvert will only handle about two-thirds of the ten year storm runoff, which means approximately 1/3 of a ten year storm will go around it causing erosion and yard flooding. Mr. Patterson indicated this situation has been a neighborhood concern for some time and staff has been discussing proposed solutions with residents for almost a year now. The replacement culvert will have minimal upstream/downstream gratings and will simply connect back into the existing channel. Mr. Patterson reported that staff believes this will solve several of the local neighborhood flooding problems. He noted that funding for this project will come from the storm water utility at an estimated cost of $60,700.
    Mr. Campbell understood this street was one of the older ones which was constructed before the City had standards in place. Mr. Patterson confirmed that was correct.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Campbell noted that the improvements are badly needed.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the staff be directed to proceed. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

OLD BUSINESS
B344-00     Authorizing the City manager to execute a contract for the sale of railroad property south of Rogers
                   Street owned by the City.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reported the potential sale of this City property has been discussed for several years. Since there are four property owners who have an interest in the property, staff proposed that these individuals come to an agreement between themselves on how the land is to be divided. Mr. Beck reported that staff believes it is in the best interest of the City to dispose of the property. He noted the property was appraised at $114,000.
    Linda Rootes, 807 N. Eighth, President of the North Central Neighborhood Association, thanked the business owners who were present for participating in this agreement. She indicated the neighborhood is looking forward to seeing this area redeveloped.
    Mayor Hindman noted that this property is totally underutilized and was pleased to see the interest in redeveloping it.
    Mr. Campbell agreed and commented that he is glad the land would be returned to a productive use.
    B343-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B351-00     Authorizing tourism development agreements with various organizations; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this to be the proposed use of $200,000 for the Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Development fund for contracts with 11 local organizations. The goal is to enhance existing festivals and develop new events to increase both general and overnight visitors.
    B351-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO. 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.

B343-00     Accepting easements for utility purposes.
B345-00     Vacating a waterline easement located within the proposed Katy Lake Estates Subdivision, Plat 3-H.
B346-00     Approving the final plat of Katy Lake Estates, Plat 3-H, a replat of Lots 344 and 345 of Katy Lake
                   Estates, Plat 3; authorizing a performance contract.
B348-00     Authorizing an agreement with Fairway Meadows Corporation regarding storm drainage improve-
                   ments in Sedona Villas; appropriating funds.
B349-00     Confirming the contract of Twin Traffic Marking Corporation for the repainting of all runway and
                   taxiway markings at Columbia Regional Airport.
B350-00     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of health for Transitional HIV Case
                   Management Services; appropriating funds.
R214-00     Setting a public hearing: construction of water main along Waterloo Drive, Stevendave Drive and
                   Murrell Drive.
R215-00     Renewing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for the Child Care Nurse
                   Consultant Program.
R216-00     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for surveillance of the West
                   Nile Virus.

    The bills were given third reading and the resolutions were read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Bills declared enacted and resolutions declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

NEW BUSINESS
R217-00     Authorizing an adopt-a-spot agreement with The Community United Methodist Church.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that there is a policy in place as to how much City money is used as a contribution toward matching monies with different organizations who may want to adopt some type of landscaping in the community. The higher the use of the street, the higher the contribution is made by the City. Mr. Beck indicated the Volunteer Services Office has been working on the continuation of adoptions of these locations throughout the community. The estimated cost to the City for this particular agreement is $3,161, which is below the guideline figure of $4,000 for a major corridor.
    Leigh Nutter explained that this agreement calls for landscaping the traffic island on Park deVille, which is close to the temporary Library location. She reported The Community Methodist Church that is adjacent to the island has agreed to maintain the spot if the City would excavate the area and plant it.
    The vote on R217-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R218-00     Authorizing an adopt-a-spot agreement with the Katy Lake Homeowners Association.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted the City's cost on this project is estimated at $605. He said the neighborhood has agreed to maintain it for a minimum period of four years.
    Ms. Nutter explained that this is a traffic circle on Grant Lane. She indicated there is already soil and water hydrants at the location, and the neighborhood association has developed a proposal which calls for the City to fund the plants and mulch for the spot.
    Mayor Hindman said the landscaped islands and various adopt-a-spot areas improves the overall appearance of the community.
    The vote on R218-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R219-00     Authorizing an agreement with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. for engineering services in
                   connection with the rehabilitation of a portion of Runway 2-20 at Columbia Regional Airport.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained the estimated cost of this rehabilitation work to be $160,000, with the Federal Aviation Administration paying 90% of the cost to bring the City into compliance with new FAA directives.
    The vote on R219-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R220-00     Authorizing an agreement with Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity for CDBG grant funds.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained that these FY 2000 amendment funds are available immediately. Since it is not possible to use CDBG funds for new construction of housing, Mr. Dudark explained that Habitat typically buys land and improves the lots with streets and utilities. This agreement provides that Habitat can use these dollars within the CDBG eligibility area. Mr. Dudark reminded the Council that this includes a fairly large area within the north and south portions of the City. If the Council wishes to further consolidate the area targeted for the funds, they could amend the agreement to reduce the geographic area that would be eligible.
    Mr. Dudark noted that the Community Development Commission recommended that the money be a loan, whereas in the past the funds provided to Habitat have been in the form of grants. He explained that Habitat uses the proceeds from the sale of a house to build new homes. Mr. Dudark explained if Habitat contributes toward the public infrastructure, that would not be an asset that could be sold. He reported that staff has structured this agreement as a grant, but noted Council's discretion to amend it to be a loan.
    Mr. Campbell pointed out that the Council had discussed this at length during a work session. It is his feeling that the first priority for use of such funds should be within the central part of the city as there is a need for additional housing in this area. He suggested that the Council direct Habitat to focus on an area that might be bounded by I-70, Stadium Boulevard, and U.S. Highway 63 on the east.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that Section 1A be amended to read, "CDBG eligible areas bounded by Interstate 70, Stadium Boulevard, and U.S. 63." The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman.
    Mayor Hindman understood that Habitat had been looking at a different area. Mr. Beck said that was correct, he believed it to be an area north of U.S. 63 near Brown Station Road. Mr. Campbell said this amendment would not preclude Habitat from coming back later to discuss that issue. He believed the Council should give high priority to the inner part of the city.
    The motion made by Mr. Campbell, seconded by Mr. Coffman, was approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R220-00, as amended, was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R221-00     Authorizing an agreement with CH2M Hill to prepare plans and specifications to rehabilitate Deep
                   Well #10.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the 1997 bond issue provides funds for the rehabilitation of three deep wells. One of the emergency back-up wells has already been rehabilitated and now the staff is preparing to begin work on the second one. The design proposal will allow for experiments in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR). Mr. Beck reported that CH2M Hill is an international firm that has as much, or more, experience with ASR as any firm. He indicated that staff has worked with the firm to develop a proposed contract for design services, specifications and bidding of the project in an amount not to exceed $52,900.
    Regarding the design components, Mr. Janku noted that the agreement refers to structural and aesthetic modification of the existing derrick structure. As other wells are updated, he asked if anything was being done to make them more aesthetically appealing. Mr. Powell responded that the derricks are being removed and every attempt is being made to make the sites look a little nicer as they are restored. He noted some of the well sites are going to be abandoned and plugged. In addition, Mr. Powell stated there are plans to remove the well house so this property could be sold at some point in time.
    Mr. Coffman noted that ASR technology has been used in several cities before. Mr. Beck did not think there were any underground ASR's in the state. Mr. Powell remarked there are none in Missouri. He explained this agreement just calls for the gathering of some very basic and preliminary information while the well is being rehabilitated so that after discussions with DNR, staff will be able to determine if this is something we want to pursue.
    Mr. John understood that this is done in other parts of the country, just not in Missouri. Mr. Powell replied the engineer they want to hire in this case is working on an ASR near Green Bay, Wisconsin. He noted it has been quite successful.
    As part of the testing process, Mr. Campbell assumed they would also be testing to find how well the aquifer holds water. He thought there would be considerable variation from one aquifer to another. Mr. Powell said that is some of the data they will gather as this well is tested and rehabilitated.
    The vote on R221-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R222-00     Authorizing an agreement with Welcome Center Services, Inc. for operation of a hotel/motel
                   advertising display at Columbia Regional Airport.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this would be a one-year agreement for operation of a hotel/motel advertising display with a direct telephone call center at Columbia Regional Airport. He said the agreement allows for two, one-year renewals. It has been estimated the display could bring in as much as $200 monthly. Mr. Beck reported there would be no financial risk to the City.
    The vote on R222-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: CROCKETT. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R223-00     Authorizing an amendment to the Minimum Funding Agreement with RightCHOICE Managed Care,
                   Inc. d/b/a Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield and Healthy Alliance Life Insurance Company.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that six proposals were received pertaining to the stop-loss insurance on the City's self-funded medical, dental, and pharmacy benefit plans. The recommendation is to enter into an agreement with Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield who had the most competitive rate quote for this insurance. Mr. Beck pointed out that a consultant works with staff in reviewing the City's medical program each year. He noted that rates had not increased much over the last two years.
    The vote on R223-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, CAMPBELL. 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:

B353-00     Calling for bids for construction of the Community Recreation Center.
B354-00     Establishing permanent R-1 zoning on property located on the north side of State Route K, west of
                   Old Village Road.
B355-00     Rezoning property located on the north side of Vawter School Road, approximately 1,000 feet east
                   of Scott's Boulevard from C-P to R-1.
B356-00     Approving the final plat of Smithton Park; granting variances to the Subdivision Regulations;
                   authorizing a performance contract.
B357-00     Approving the final plat of R.T.W. Addition; authorizing a performance contract.
B358-00     Approving the final plat of West Vandiver Industrial Park, Plat 1; authorizing a performance contract.
B359-00     Approving the final plat of Deer Ridge Subdivision, Plat 1; authorizing a performance contract.
B361-00     Approving the Creative Photo Studio C-P Development Plan.
B362-00     Approving engineer's final report; authorizing payment of differential costs for construction of water
                   main serving Broadway Oaks, Plat 1.
B363-00     Authorizing construction of water main along Waterloo Drive, Stevendave Drive and Murrell Drive.
B364-00     Accepting easements for water and electric purposes.
B365-00     Authorizing a right of use agreement with GTE Midwest Incorporated d/b/a Verizon Midwest to
                   allow installation of utility lines across Cosmo Park.
B366-00     Levying special assessments against properties for abatement of weed nuisances.
B367-00     Amending Chapter 11 of the City Code to add a provision relating to inspection fees for temporary
                   food events.
B368-00     Accepting a donation from Jim and Billie Silvey for acquisition of a canine for the Police Department;
                   appropriating funds.
B369-00     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with Bucher, Willis & Ratliff for engineering services
                   related to the Bear Creek Trail Phase IV Project.
B370-00     Authorizing a real estate contract to purchase property near Columbia Regional Airport; advancing
                   funds from the Designated Loan Fund; appropriating funds.
B371-00     Accepting easements for drainage, sewer, street, utility and construction purposes.
B372-00     Authorizing acquisition of land located on Tupelo Place for flood protection purposes.
B373-00     Confirming the contract of J.C. Industries, Inc. for the construction of improvements at the Cow
                   Branch Pump Station, Force Main and Outfall and Trunk Sewers CB-4 and CB-5.
B374-00     Calling for bids for the construction of Fire Station No. 8 at the northwest corner of Bearfield Road
                   and Nifong Boulevard.
B375-00     Appropriating funds for the FY 2000 public transportation operating budget.
B376-00     Authorizing acquisition of easements necessary for the construction of Smith Drive from Windermere
                   Drive to Silver Thorne Drive.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
(A)     Neighborhood Response Team
    Mr. Beck explained that several months ago a staff committee had been appointed to target aesthetic violations in response to Council discussions of a specific neighborhood area. The initial inspections were targeted in an area north of Sexton Road and east of Garth Avenue. He stated with the assistance of the Public Works, Health and Police Departments, two hundred and eleven housing units were inspected and a number of violations had been found. Forty-five were immediately brought into compliance and of the 165 violations discovered by the Health Department, 79% were corrected upon receipt of first notice from that department. Mr. Beck reported the team expects to complete initial inspection assessments in the entire target area which is bounded by Ash Street, Providence Road, the Business Loop, and McBaine and Jewell Streets by the end of the year. He noted that all of the Police Department's violations had been corrected, which primarily related to abandoned cars. Mr. Beck indicated that after extensive discussions during the budget meetings, it was agreed that additional resources would be made available to the overall program.
    Mr. Coffman commented that he has received a lot of positive feedback about the Neighborhood Response Team program. He observed that staff has done a good job with what they have been able to squeeze into their already busy schedules.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    None.
 

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Ms. Crayton spoke about the sidewalk issue in the first ward. She indicated her strong support for the Neighborhood Response Team as she believed her ward to be far behind the rest of the wards in the City.
    Mr. Janku commented that when he first came on the Council, there had been a fairly extensive list of street improvement projects that were targeted for CDBG funding. He thought a lot of these projects had been completed; however, when looking at the budget for the next few years, there are no streets designated for CDBG improvement. Mr. Janku believed staff needed to do another inventory of infrastructure and develop a list of priorities. He commented that if neighborhoods get together and submit petitions for improvement projects, the City could respond to that. Mr. Janku observed that the Community Development Commission did not want to allocate any money to street or sidewalk improvements because specific priorities have not been established by the City.
    Mr. Janku noted the Council had received a letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development pertaining to possible CDBG funding for the Youth Builders Program that could be used to support the City's C.A.R.E. Program.
    In reference to improving and increasing traffic flow on the Business Loop, Mr. Janku wanted to ensure that the pedestrian areas are not neglected.
    Mr. Campbell reported that he has received several calls regarding Grant School and the temporary closing of the Library making it difficult for parents to pick-up their children. He asked Mr. Patterson what has been done to alleviate this problem. Mr. Patterson reported that staff has met with the PTA Safety Committee and he had personally visited the site. He indicated that recommendations have been prepared relating to painting and signage. After receiving a copy of the letter today, he remarked that he was surprised to read that it indicated signs had not been put up. Mr. Patterson confirmed with the Street Division that the signs had been installed and the parking situation is being monitored. He noted the problem is, even with the signs and the painting, people choose to ignore them. Mr. Patterson stated that staff is reviewing the recommendations contained in the letter and a report will be submitted to the City Manager pertaining to the feasibility, advisability and the cost of those suggestions.
    Barbara Upton, Harambee House, 703 N. Eighth, spoke about the conditions in her neighborhood.
    Henry Lane, 1816 E. Broadway, urged everyone to vote tomorrow.
    Mr. Beck and Mayor Hindman also encouraged everyone to vote. Mr. Beck noted that if anyone had questions relating to the basic issue of the parks tax, to contact his office.
    The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                                City Clerk