M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
JULY 16, 2001
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:10 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2001, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members JANKU, HUTTON (entered at 7:40), LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN and CRAYTON were present. The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk, and various Department Heads were also present.
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the regular meeting of July 2, 2001, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Loveless and a second by Mr. Coffman.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Loveless and a second by Mr. John.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
Katrina Reynolds Hernandez - Expresses Appreciation to Fire Department.
    Ms. Reynolds/Hernandez read a letter of thanks she had written to the Fire Department for going above and beyond the call of duty. She explained how they assisted her on the evening of July 4th.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B221-01     Rezoning property located generally north of Blue Ridge Road and east of North Garth Avenue,
                   extended, from R-1 to R-2.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this tract consists of approximately 9.5 acres located in north central Columbia. Both staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Tim Crockett, an engineer with Crockett Engineering, 2608 N. Stadium, spoke on behalf of the H. E. Johnson Companies, owner, and Steve Herigon Construction, contract purchaser. He explained that the tract to the south is zoned R-2, and the one to the north is an R-1 development. Mr. Crockett pointed out an open area which will be used as a buffer between the R-1 development and this R-2 request.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku spoke in opposition to the rezoning. He commented the area was initially rezoned R-1 a few years ago, and the existing R-2 development was already in place. His point was that the applicant should have planned for a buffer at that time. Mr. Janku reported that the R-1 development is basically built out to where Providence Road will eventually be extended. He did not think enlarging the R-2 area, which is across the street from the existing R-1, would be appropriate. Mr. Janku explained that he lives to the southwest of the existing R-2 area, and he has had some unfortunate experiences. He indicated that he would have no objection if the applicant were to rezone some of the land for R-2, and keep the remainder of the property along Providence Road as R-1.
    Mayor Hindman asked when Providence Road would be extended. Mr. Dudark replied there was no time frame for it. He noted a preliminary plat for this area showed Providence Road extending to Smiley Lane. He explained when the applicant filed a plat with frontage along Providence, that would be the point to work on a time frame for it.
    Mr. John stated that even if Providence is built within this subdivision, it would not include a bridge connecting across Bear Creek. He suspected this extension would not occur for several years. Mr. Beck did not think anyone knew when it would occur as it was dependent upon funding. Mr. Janku remarked that the extension is identified in the 2025 Plan.
    Mr. John remarked that the tract in question is a natural location for R-2 zoning, although he has no desire to see an increase in R-2 in this area. However, it would provide a suitable transition point between the R-2 and R-3 zones. Mr. John believed a residential development would be trapped between the R-3 and R-2 areas.
    While the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously supported this request, Mayor Hindman noted that each member had voted for it by only a hair. He remarked about the large amount of R-2 in the vicinity, and indicated he would prefer a mixed development in areas such as this. He was also concerned about the amount of traffic traveling through one subdivision.
    Mr. Crockett explained the buffer strip between this development and the R-1 development to the east would be 180 feet. He said the central electric power line easement is 100 feet wide, and there is a 100 foot right-of-way which overlaps this easement by 20 feet. Mr. Crockett noted that the construction of North Providence Road will commence with the final plat of this development. Mr. Crockett referred to an agreement wherein this developer will pay for his portion of the road as the development is platted.
    Mr. Janku reiterated his support of an R-1 zone along Providence Road as it would offer a better buffer to the existing neighborhood to the east.
    B221-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: NO ONE. VOTING NO: JANKU, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. ABSENT: HUTTON. Bill defeated.
 

B222-01     Rezoning property located along the east side of Scott Boulevard, approximately 140 feet south of
                   Rollins Road from A-1 to R-1.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck described this 36 acre tract as being located in west Columbia, south of Rothwell Heights Subdivision.
    Mr. Dudark thought the plan was for a single family R-1 development. He explained that the applicant owns a much larger tract of ground, but this is just the first portion of the plat that would be developed. Later on the agenda, Mr. Dudark noted the preliminary plat for the larger tract consisting of 89 acres.
    There was a question about access to the park. Mr. Dudark explained that the preliminary plat (R143-01 under New Business) shows a row of lots that go along the east side that would abut the Russell dedicated parkland. It had been ascertained that the applicant would agree to easements or some sort of dedicated strip for pedestrian and bicycle access into the park to the east.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Angela Howard, 4712 W. Georgetown Drive, President of the Georgetown Neighborhood Association, spoke about the amount of traffic on Scott Boulevard as well as the drainage problems in the area. She asked that the Council review both situations.
    Sharon Miller, 1405 W. Lexington Circle, reiterated resident's concerns related to traffic and safety on Scott Boulevard.
    Tim Crockett, an engineer with Crockett Engineering, 2608 N. Stadium, spoke on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Russell. He explained that the property in question had originally been a farm consisting of approximately 240 acres. Regarding the drainage issues, he remarked that they identified two ideal locations to install detention basins so storm water run off will not be increased by the residential development.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, commented that he had attended one of the Parks and Recreation community forums regarding the planning for Russell Park. He said there had been a great deal of discussion about watershed and traffic issues. The overwhelming sentiment expressed by attendees was that the land be retained as a more natural, conservation area. Mr. Clark proposed that the applicant be encouraged to seek PUD zoning so the council would have more control over the development.
    David Piest, 3914 W. Rollins, explained that he lives at the southeast corner of Rothwell and Rollins -- his lot abuts the proposed subdivision. Mr. Piest indicated he had no objections to the subdivision itself because he was well aware of the stub street alongside his house when he bought it. His concern was that there are two stub streets to this property (the second one is Defoe to the east), and the rezoning request only encompasses one of them. Mr. Piest thought the second stub street was being missed by about 150 feet. He asked that the rezoning be expanded to the east to include the stub street at Defoe.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku asked if the preliminary plat shows a connection to Defoe. Mr. Dudark responded affirmatively, but he understood the speaker's point to be that the area which includes Defoe is not part of the R-1 zoning request. The second entrance that connects to Scott Boulevard is included in this rezoning request. Mr. Dudark stated there will be two access points to the 35 acres. Mr. John noted the preliminary plat shows the Defoe and Rothwell connection. He believed each piece will be platted separately. Mr. John remarked the Council asks that preliminary plats be submitted for larger tracts so they can see how they will fit even though the owner may not be ready to develop them.
    Mr. Patterson agreed that Scott Boulevard is a major problem and in need of being rebuilt to four lanes. He recognized that stop signs are needed. He stated that Scott Boulevard should be expanded to four lanes from Gillespie Bridge Road to Broadway, unfortunately, this section is maintained by the state and he was not sure what the City could do about it.
    Mr. Coffman asked where Scott Boulevard was on the priority list. Mr. Beck responded that it is a high priority with multi-jurisdiction. He was sure the state would be happy to relinquish their jurisdiction of the roadway to the City. However, he would prefer that the state improve this section before that occurs. Mr. Beck indicated staff is trying to program the City's portion of Scott Boulevard in the capital improvement program.
    Mr. Patterson commented that improvements to Scott Boulevard would require participation by the state, county and City. He said the City simply does not have the funds in our five-year program to do it alone. He noted that the state has conducted studies at the City's request regarding the stop signs at Scott Boulevard's intersection with both Chapel Hill and Gillespie Bridge Road; however, they have declined to install them. Mr. Patterson reported that staff recently submitted another request for them to look at it again. He stated the City has plans for traffic signals at Chapel Hill and at Rollins Road.
    B222-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS. JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B223-01     Rezoning property located at 1408 Windsor Street from R-3 to R-2.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained a policy resolution which allows neighborhoods to request down-zonings once a year with the City paying the associated advertising costs. He noted there had been two requests in the Benton-Stephens area, but one has been withdrawn. Approval was recommended by both the staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B223-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B224-01     Rezoning property located within the East Campus Neighborhood from R-3 and R-2 to R-2 and R-1.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that the same policy would apply in relation to the rezoning requests for these eleven tracts located in the East Campus neighborhood.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B224-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

(A)     Utilization of Federal Transit Administration Grant Funds.
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that a public hearing is required in order to receive these funds. Per federal regulations, he asked Mr. Patterson to read the following statement:

    Mr. Patterson reported the FTA funded projects being considered include: 1) the purchase of two spare engines and two transmissions for the new buses at a total cost of $62,179 -- the spares are eligible for capital expenses as part of the fleet replacement program; 2) the purchase and installation of an enhanced exhaust system for the Grissum Building bus facility to provide proper air circulation and ventilation at an expense of $73,500; 3) purchase and installation of a restroom at the Grissum Building bus facility at a cost estimated to be $12,000 (employees are currently using a portable toilet such as those used on construction sites); and, 4) purchase of a new paratransit scheduling software program as recommended by FTA for improving the scheduling and accounting of the rapidly growing paratransit program at a cost of $65,000. Mr. Patterson indicated that the total FTA capital program cost is $212,679. The required 20% local share amounts to approximately $42,535.80. He noted funding for the projects has already been appropriated in the current budget. In addition, the projects have been programmed and properly coordinated through a planning process. Mr. Janku questioned the scheduling of paratransit service. As this service is provided to anyone within the City, not just the area required by law, he wondered if requests could be prioritized based on medical appointments, etc. Mr. Patterson explained that the government has taken the position that if a client qualifies for paratransit services, the City cannot discriminate upon such usage. He was unsure if a rating system could be developed, but generally no discrimination of the services is allowed.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to proceed with the projects. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

(B)     Voluntary annexation of property located generally east of the city limits, along both sides of I-70.
    Item B was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this request involves 13 tracts located on 417 acres. Some of the land is developed and some is not. Mr. Beck remarked that City staff has been working with property owners for months relating to the need for adequate wastewater treatment in these developing areas. Some suggestions in this regard include the construction of an interim regional facility or expansion of the existing wastewater facilities. He commented that an agreement has been worked out wherein if these properties are annexed into the City, the owners would participate in the costs toward the planned interceptor sewer line. Mr. Beck also spoke about the importance of additional road planning in the area, particularly the extension of 740 (Stadium Boulevard) from US 63 northeastward to I-70. Mr. Beck pointed out that an ordinance will be introduced this evening pertaining to the zoning of some of the tracts. He noted that several applicants are requesting annexation contingent upon zoning.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
 

OLD BUSINESS
B217-01     Approving the final plat of Broadway Farms, Plat 15, a Replat of Lot 193, Broadway Farms, Plat 13.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this 12 acre tract is located at the southwest corner of Broadfield Drive and West Broadway. The plat meets all subdivision requirements.
    Mr. Dudark noted that the applicant is requesting a transfer of the performance contract to the contract purchaser. He said the ordinance has been drafted and asked the Council to approve it to allow the City Manager to execute a new performance contract with the contract purchaser.
    Mr. Loveless reported several constituents of Rothwell Heights have relayed to him their concern regarding storm water and peak flow run-off as this property is developed. He asked that staff be very aware of that as development plans come forward. Mr. Patterson replied that a letter had been sent to the developer outlining staff's expectation that detention will be required as part of this development, which includes preventing an increase in peak run-off after development. He noted staff has also met with residents and they are looking at potential detention facilities downstream to help alleviate some of the existing problems.
    Mr. Janku asked about the issue of the stop light at the intersection, and whether any progress has been made regarding its funding. Mr. Patterson responded that staff has only been negotiating with Hy-Vee representatives because they want something on Broadway, and that has been the only leverage we have had. He said the City has no mechanism to require or force any contribution from the other open zoned areas, but it has been suggested to them.
    B217-01 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B219-01     Approving Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Huebert Builders for renovation of the existing
                   police building.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this change order would extend the completion date and allow for an increase in the project cost due to conditions that were discovered after work began.
    Mr. Patterson said the amendment sheet would extend the completion date to September.
    Mr. John made the motion to amend B219-01 per the amendment sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B219-01, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B226-01     Appropriating funds for the purchase of drinking fountains to be installed along the MKT Trail.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Hood explained that a donation of $2,500 was received from US Cellular to be used for the installation of drinking fountains along the Trail. He noted that one has already been installed at the Forum Boulevard access point. Staff is also working toward installation of another fountain at the Scott Boulevard access. Mr. Hood said staff is also working with another donor which they hope to confirm in the near future. He expressed appreciation to US Cellular for their donation to the City.
    Mayor Hindman noted that the drinking fountain installed on Forum Boulevard is an all-weather drinking fountain. He said it is useable in the winter, but for some reason after it was connected to City plumping, it cannot be run in the wintertime. Mayor Hindman thought there must be a way to plumb the fountain so it could run in the winter. He asked that staff review the situation. Mr. Hood indicated staff would look into it.
    B226-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

B220-01     Accepting easements for street, construction, drainage, utility and sewer purposes.
B225-01     Accepting easements for electric and water purposes.
B227-01     Appropriating funds for the fabrication and installation of benches throughout the park system.
B228-01     Authorizing an agreement with Pink, Inc.; appropriating funds.
R134-01     Setting a public hearing: storm drainage improvements to the Hardin Street - Donnelly Avenue area.
R135-01     Setting a public hearing: water main installation along Kentucky Boulevard and Richmond Avenue
                   from Providence Road to Rollins Road.
R136-01     Setting a public hearing: water main installation along Keene Street at St. Charles Road.
R137-01     Setting a public hearing: water main installation along Spruce Drive from Oakland Gravel Road
                   eastwardly to cul-de-sac.
R138-01     Authorizing an adopt-a-spot agreement with Executive Lawn Service for the landscaped area located
                   at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Bethel Street.
R139-01     Authorizing application to the Missouri Department of Public Safety for a Juvenile Justice and
                   Delinquency Prevention Grant.
R140-01     Adopting Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures for City employees.

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

NEW BUSINESS
R141-01     Accepting a Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant from the U. S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Chief Boehm explained that this grant would cover 50% of the purchase cost for a number of protective vests. He said the new vests would be used as replacements as the current ones are outdated. These vests will be more comfortable, yet they will still offer the same protection.
    Mayor Hindman believed that making the vests more comfortable was a step in the right direction.
    The vote on R141-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R142-01     Approving the preliminary plat of Vanderveen Crossing, Plat No. 3.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this approximate 127 acre tract is located in north central Columbia on the west side of North Providence extended, and on the south side of Smiley Lane extended. The preliminary plat consists of 240 single-family residential lots, one C-3 lot, and two R-3 lots for multi-family dwelling units.
    The vote on R142-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R143-01     Approving the preliminary plat of West Lawn Subdivision, Plat No. 1.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck described this as an 89 acre tract located in southwest Columbia on the east side of Scott Boulevard, south of Rollins Road. He noted that approval had been recommended by both staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Mr. Janku wondered about the storm water issues that were raised earlier this evening during the rezoning. Mr. Patterson replied that staff met with the project engineer and it was thought there is potential for storm water detention in conjunction with the Meredith Branch facility. In addition, all parties agree to the development of such.
    Regarding access to the park, Mr. Loveless did not see a notation on the preliminary plat that identified such. Mr. Dudark explained that at the time the plat was filed, there was no real consensus among the parties. He reported they have since met, and it is his understanding that an agreement was reached to provide for two access ways that would link this subdivision to the park on the east. He said it will be a dedicated access way, and the City will be responsible for maintaining it.
    Mr. Crockett confirmed the intention of dedicating the two access points at the time of final platting to the City.
    The vote on R143-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R144-01     Authorizing application to the Missouri Department of Public Safety for a Juvenile Justice and
                   Delinquency Prevention Grant.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Lorah Steiner spoke about the need for some sort of gateway off of the Katy Trail at the junction of the MKT Trail and McBaine. She noted that probably 50% of all the people traveling on the trail are not from Missouri, and research shows that more than 60% of the people that use the MKT and Katy Trails in the central corridor are from outside the State of Missouri. The research also shows that if these travelers can obtain information about Columbia, they will come up the spur into the City. Ms. Steiner reported the proposal calls for constructing a small rest area and informational kiosk. She noted this grant provides for a 60/40 match. The City's match would total $20,000 and funding would come from the C&VB unreserved fund balance or the Tourism Development Fund.
    Mr. Loveless supported the idea and added that a source of drinking water at that location would be beneficial. He asked that the staff look into the feasibility of a drinking fountain.
    Mr. Janku also thought it was a great idea and suggested some type of communications system at the site. Ms. Steiner said she could check into the feasibility of having a phone installed at that location. Mr. Loveless said he had investigated phone service in out-of-the-way places before, and the phone company generally requires a guaranteed number of calls per month before installing such service.
    The vote on R144-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R145-01     Establishing a Ward Reapportionment Committee.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this issue had been discussed at a work session and Council directed that this resolution be drafted.
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, stated his opposition to establishing 12 wards. Mayor Hindman pointed out that this resolution did not call for increasing the number of wards. Committee members would be charged with recommending new ward boundaries so that each ward would contain, as much as possible, an equal number of inhabitants. He explained that the City is required by law to do this under the equal protection clause. He further explained that the group will be advisory and the ultimate decisions will be made by the Council.
    Mr. Loveless asked when the Committee would be appointed. Mayor Hindman said appointments would be made as soon as he receives a name from each Council member.
    The vote on R145-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R146-01     Transferring funds for police consultant.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would authorize the transfer of $45,000 from the contingency fund to the Police Department budget. He pointed out that a committee has been working on a request for proposals.
    The vote on R146-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

PR147-01     Reconfirming the policy of the City Council to make Columbia a pedestrian/bicycle/persons with
                     disabilities friendly community.
    The policy resolution was given first reading.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that PR147-01 be amended to change the word "bicycle" found in the heading and Section 1 to "bicyclist". The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku asked about a group called the League of American Wheel Men that provides certification to communities that meet certain standards. He thought it was similar to the Tree Keeper recognition the Arbor Day Foundation bestows upon communities with respect to compliance to their policies. He asked staff to find out more about the group.
    Mr. John commented that the City spends a lot of money on these types of improvements. He pointed out the City participated in the construction of the Grindstone, Hinkson Creek, and Bear Creek Trails, the new Flat Branch Trailhead, as well as the pedestrian overpasses on I-70 at both Providence and Route B. Mr. John stated these projects have all occurred within the last few years. He also noted the added costs to the Route AC, Forum Boulevard and Rollins Road projects to allow for pedways and curb cuts.
    Henry Lane, 1816 E. Broadway, commented the difficulty handicapped people have when trying to get around in wheelchairs. He spoke about the sidewalks on Walnut Street from the Freedom House to downtown in particular. Mr. Lane asked the Council to give a priority to people with disabilities instead of trails
    John Clark, a member of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission, 403 N. Ninth, noted that the legislation is simply a policy value statement. He thanked the Council for considering it.
    PR147-01, as amended, will be held over to the next Council meeting.
 

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

B229-01     Confirming the contract for the construction of Sanitary Sewer District No. 152; appropriating funds.
B230-01     Authorizing a right-of-use permit with the University of Missouri to allow construction of an under-
                   ground utility tunnel in the Rollins Street and Maryland Avenue rights-of-way.
B231-01     Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code to prohibit parking along a portion of the east side of Nelwood
                   Drive between Vandiver Drive and Calvert Drive.
B232-01     Authorizing acquisition of easements necessary to construct the Upper Hinkson Creek Outfall Relief
                   Sewer Project.
B233-01     Calling for bids for sidewalk improvements along portions of Eighth Street, Walnut Street and Seventh
                   Street.
B234-01    Authorizing application and acceptance of a Transit Operation Grant from the Missouri Highway and
                  Transportation Commission.
B235-01     Amending Chapter 23 of the City Code relating to sign regulations.
B236-01     Granting a variance to the Subdivision Regulations so that sidewalks shall not be required along
                   street frontages on Lot 2 of Crossroads North Subdivision.
B237-01     Approving the final plat of West Vandiver Industrial Park Plat 2; authorizing a performance contract.
B238-01     Approving the final plat of Barberry Estates, Plat No. 1; granting a variance to the Subdivision
                   Regulations relating to sewer lines; authorizing a performance contract.
B239-01     Approving the final plat of Parkade North Plat 12-B; authorizing a performance contract.
B240-01     Voluntary annexation of property located generally south of I-70 and east of the city limits;
                   establishing permanent zoning.
B241-01     Authorizing construction of water main along Kentucky Boulevard and Richmond Avenue from
                   Providence Road to Rollins Road.
B242-01     Authorizing construction of water main along Keene Street at St. Charles Road.
B243-01     Authorizing construction of water main along Spruce Drive from Oakland Gravel Road eastwardly
                   to cul-de-sac.
B244-01     Authorizing an agreement with R.W. Beck for evaluation of power supply; appropriating funds.
B245-01     Appropriating funds for the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.
B246-01     Appropriating funds for CARE Program activities.
B247-01     Amending Chapter 13 of the City Code relating to manufactured or mobile home land lease
                   communities.
B248-01     Amending Chapter 11 of the City Code as it relates to nuisances.
B249-01     Levying special tax assessments for weed nuisances.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
(A)     Downtown Improvements.
    Mr. Beck spoke about the City's priority involving improvements to the downtown area. He noted a public/private partnership for implementing such programs is being proposed. He summarized the Eighth Street Avenue of the Columns project. The volunteer committee for this program is comprised of downtown property owners, merchants and representatives of interested groups including the University, City, County, Special Business District, and Columbia College. Mr. Beck suggested the City participate with the committee, not only with staff, but also with some funding since we are a major abutting property owner. He explained that the committee is proposing to hire a consultant to prepare a master plan for improvements to Eighth Street between Walnut and Elm. He was hopeful to incorporate any future City Hall planning streetscapes with this project. Mr. Beck recommended the City's involvement in the sidewalk improvement program as well. If the Council concurs with these recommendations, a motion would be in order to instruct staff to proceed with the funding aspect through the Columbia Trust, and to authorize staff support for the HUB Committee. He noted that a hearing is scheduled for the next meeting in relation to the sidewalk project.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that staff be directed to proceed as proposed by Mr. Beck. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku 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 Commissions:

BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COMMISSION
Deaton, Anne S., 2607 Luan Ct., Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/04 (Ped)
Kullman, Steven J., 205 S. Garth, Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/03 (Bike)
McLuckie, Steven J., 4600 Manhasset, Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/04 (Bike)
Pautler, Julie A., 1104 Marygene, Ward 1 - term to expire 7/31/04 (Bike)
Petrocik, John R., 3208 Wood Dale, Ward 5 - term to expire 7/31/02 (Bike)
Skinner, Terry R., 3716 Lansing, Ward 3 - term to expire 7/31/04 (Ped)

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CODES COMMISSION
Baldwin, James W., 2010 Ivy Way, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/1/04 (reg)
Glass, William (Mike), 128 N. Cedar Lake, Ward 5 - term to expire 8/1/04 (alt)
Londeree, Ben R., 2601 Chapel Wood Terrace, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/1/04 (reg)
Watson, Paul D., 3910 N. Locust Grove Church Rd. County - term to expire 8/1/04 (reg)
Westerfield, James R., 101 S. Glenwood, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/1/04 (alt)

BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS
Trachsel, Otto G., 3702 Wayside, Ward 3 - term to expire 8/1/04

RAILROAD ADVISORY BOARD
Wulff, Harry J., 605 Rockhill, Ward 6 - term to expire 7/15/05
Edwards, N.W., 1113 Doral, Ward 5 - term to expire 7/15/05

SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADVISORY COMMISSION
Barnes, Dixie L., 221 W. Brandon, Ward 5 - term to expire 10/31/02

MAYOR'S COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL FITNESS
Stoltz, Susan, 2616 Mallard Ct. - Ward 6

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Cotton, M. Christine, 2905 W. Rollins Rd., Ward 4 - term to expire 6/30/04
Johnson, Mary-Angela, 503 Edgewood Ave., Ward 4 - term to expire 6/30/04
Sapp, Jo, 1025 Hickory Hill Dr., Ward 4 - term to expire 6/30/04
 

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Ms. Crayton announced that the National Night Out will be held on August 7th. She invited anyone interested to participate.
    Mr. Janku spoke about Council discussions relating to planned and voluntary annexations. He said one issue discussed pertained to eliminating some of the challenges associated with voluntary annexations. Mr. Janku mentioned the Council-initiated down-zonings this evening wherein the City paid the advertising costs for the public hearings. He asked for a report on what might be done to facilitate voluntary annexations in the same way.
    Mr. Janku commented on the approved list of street improvements funded by the new Federal Transportation Bill. One of those that had been granted was the Kansas City Light Rail Project. He noted that Kansas City actually hires a law firm to do their lobbying. They currently budget $100,000 for this purpose, but they are increasing it to $150,000. Mr. Janku was not suggesting that the City should expend that amount, but he asked that staff report back on what other cities similar in size to Columbia are budgeting for lobbying efforts in Washington.
    Mr. Janku spoke about some of the signage at the Biscayne Mall which advertise for businesses that no longer exist (Montgomery Wards, movie theaters). He asked for a report on the situation.
    Mr. John remarked that he had requested a summary of the territorial agreement with the Boone County Fire Protection District. He understood it to stipulate that land which has been annexed (with a few exceptions) since 1994 is under the protection of the BCFPD at that department's standards. Because these people are City residents, they are not charged the Fire Protection District's protection rate, but the City then reimburses the District for protection of the homes. Mr. John reviewed the amount of annexations over the last seven years, the number of homes now outside of the City limits, and the locations of the proposed fire stations. He thought people should be aware that if they live in newly annexed areas, they probably are not going to get City fire protection. Mr. John thought the City should meet with the BCFPD and look at some of the sites that have been identified by them as a location for future stations and, maybe with some of the funding the City has to acquire sites, swap them out. He said there is no reason for the District to be building a site at Scott and Vawter School Road, inside the City limits by at least a mile. He believed that in 2009, when the agreement expires, a great deal of the District's service will be inside the City limits.
    In keeping with PR147-01 regarding accessability , Mr. Loveless asked that the staff pursue a Class II bike lane along Chapel Hill Road. Mr. Patterson explained that he has a draft report on his desk to be forwarded to the Council. The recommendation was that an ordinance be introduced to remove parking in the areas where it is currently permitted on Chapel Hill, and that the Council designate it as a Class II bike lane. Currently, Mr. Patterson remarked the proposal has been sent to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission for their confirmation. He said if Council wishes to proceed with an ordinance, that could be done. Mr. Loveless indicated he would appreciate it.
    Regarding the earlier issue of Scott Boulevard, Mr. Loveless asked if anything could be done to encourage the State to consider improving it from Rollins Road to Katy Lake. He said the problem is not going away and it will only get worse with time. Mr Beck agreed. Mr. Loveless commented it would be cheaper to take care of it two years from now than it will be in ten years. Mr. Beck replied that he had not heard any indications from the State regarding funding. Mr. Patterson remarked that the State has indicated that they have no money for any new programmed projects at this time. If the City wanted to do something to try to expedite such a project, Mr. Patterson believed that if we took over the maintenance of Scott Boulevard, it would make it more attractive to them. He said there is also the possibility of the City applying for some kind of transportation funding, and then the State could reimburse us when funds become available. He said there are options, but they would require an investment.
    Mr. Loveless stated he would like to see staff do whatever needs to be done to begin the process. He did not think we could wait for the Highway Department. Mr. Beck said staff could work with the State on some alternatives.
    In regards to connecting neighborhoods with walkways or bike paths, Mayor Hindman wondered where staff was in the process of preparing a report. Mr. Dudark replied that his department is updating the Master Bike Plan, and that would be one element contained within the plan. Mr. Beck thought reports had been done regarding connectivity before Mr. Dudark was on staff. Mayor Hindman commented that he is convinced that connectivity between neighborhoods is a good idea. He was aware that there is a preference by a great number of people in the community to have such things as cul-de-sacs and long blocks. Mayor Hindman said if it cannot be done with streets, he thought the City should consider an inner connectivity of the sidewalks, walkways, and bike paths. He asked staff to look into the possibilities and also see what has been done in other cities.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that the staff be directed to report back on the issue. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman noted an apparently empty house on Fifth Street where there was a weed notice on the front door. He said the yard was overgrown and this nuisance was very much affecting the neighbors.
    Mayor Hindman reminded everyone of the Iodized Salt Program for our Sister City, in Kutaisi, located in the Republic of Georgia. He urged everyone to get involved.
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, talked about the three R's.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, commented that he viewed the idea of going to 12 wards totally separate from redrawing the boundaries for the current six. He also commented on the neighborhood connectivity issue. Mr. Clark thought it had been last discussed in the report on Walkable Columbia.
    The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

                                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                            Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                            City Clerk