M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
APRIL 15, 2002
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, April 15, 2002, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, and JOHN were present. The City Manager, Assistant City Counselor, City Clerk and various Department Heads were also present.
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the regular meeting of April 1, 2002, as well as the minutes of the special meeting of April 10, 2002, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Loveless and a second by Mr. Janku.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Mayor Hindman noted that Bills 163-02, 164-02, 165-02, 166-02 and 167-02 would be added under Introductions, and that R86-02 would be added under New Business.
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Ms. Crayton and a second by Mr. Hutton.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    Mayor Hindman welcomed Scout Troop 706, with Troop Leader, Linda Bennett, who were observing the meeting to meet the requirement for earning their communication merit badges.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
Austin Hake, Missouri Students' Association Senate - Discussion of Bill 41-22 regarding sewage billing.
    Mr. Hake explained that Bill 41-22 addresses a billing discrepancy related to sewer service for students in the City of Columbia.
    Mr. Coffman noted that the Council had received a report on this issue and said the information Mr. Hake obtained regarding the billing practices of other cities was not correct. He encouraged Mr. Hake to look at the report and assured him the City would continue to investigate the issue.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B115-02     Authorizing construction of water mains serving Vanderveen Crossing, Plat 8; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that per current policy, Water and Light funds are used to pay the differential costs for extra diameter pipe when the City determines it is needed to serve a development. In this case, a 12-inch rather than an 8-inch line would be constructed along Smiley Lane, and an 8-inch rather than a 6-inch line would be constructed along Rain Forest Parkway. The estimated cost to the Water and Light fund is $24,231.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B115-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B121-02     Establishing permanent R-1 zoning on property located on the south side of State Route K, east of
                   Old Village Road.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck described this as a small tract of land in south central Columbia consisting of less than an acre. Both staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission have recommended approval of the request.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B121-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B123-02     Rezoning property located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Stadium Boulevard/State
                   Route 740 and West Worley Street from C-1 to C-P.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that both staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval of the request.
    Mr. Dudark explained that the request involves rezoning the existing C-1 to C-P with uses being restricted to C-3. The intent is to replace the current retail business with an auto repair facility. He pointed out existing C-3 just to the south. Mr. Dudark stated that a plan would have to be submitted to both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Council before the applicant could proceed with the project.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Brian Connell, an architect with offices at 28 N. Eighth Street, spoke on behalf of the prospective buyer of this parcel of property. He offered to answer any questions.
    Mr. Janku noted an issue relating to sidewalks on the tract. He asked if that was going to be a problem when the site plan comes forward. Mr. Connell replied from a development standpoint, it would not be a problem. He spoke about the usual conflicts when developing along MoDOT right-of-way. Mr. Connell assured the Council that they would follow MoDOT's recommendations.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B123-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B128-02     Authorizing acquisition of land necessary for construction of the Park de Ville Drive Sidewalk Project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained the gap in the sidewalk network in this area. He spoke of the importance for continuing the walk because of the new elementary school under construction at this location.
    Mr. Patterson reported when the Council directed staff to plan for sidewalks in this area, they also asked about the potential for traffic calming devices and the need for pedestrian safety enhancements. As a result, he explained staff met with interested parties which included both residents and school officials. He pointed out that notices had also been sent to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission and the Ped Net Coalition. As a result of the meetings and the studies, Mr. Patterson stated that staff recommends constructing a five-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of Park de Ville Drive from Broadway to Worley, a five-foot sidewalk along the north side of Ash from Basin Drive to Park de Ville Drive, and a five-foot sidewalk along the east side of Park de Ville between Ash and Worley Streets.
    Mr. Patterson indicated that although traffic calming was not warranted based on speed studies in the area, staff proposes that medians be constructed at Worley and Park de Ville to enhance the safety of pedestrian crossings. The median on the east side of the intersection would be mountable with a brick paver surface, and the median on the west side is shown to have a pedestrian walkway with a 6-inch barrier curve and brick paver surface. He pointed out the potential for landscaping the median on the west side, west of the crosswalk. Mr. Patterson noted that continued maintenance of this landscaped median would be a problem and installing water would cost an additional $2,000-$3,000. If Council wishes to have landscaping in the pedestrian island, he asked that direction be given after the hearing.
    Mr. Patterson summarized the estimated cost for the project is $92,000, with $84,000 coming from Community Development Block Grant funds that were appropriated for the sidewalks, and the remaining $8,000 from the transportation sales tax traffic safety funds. Based on preliminary estimates, he said the project would be bid in such a manner that if it becomes necessary, the sidewalks along the east side of Park de Ville could be postponed if the entire project cannot be funded. Mr. Patterson related that abutting property owners will not be tax billed as part of this project.
    Mr. Patterson also spoke about the ordinance authorizing acquisition of temporary construction easements for this project. If temporary easements can be acquired without significant delay, staff is hopeful the sidewalk could be constructed before the opening of school this fall.
    Mr. Janku wondered if staff looked at any type of pedestrian crossing where Ash intersects Park de Ville. Mr. Patterson responded that with the walk being constructed at Worley, there would be less of a need at Ash. He said that could certainly be revisited after the school opens. However, school officials are trying to encourage pedestrian walkways and they did not think a walk was needed in that location. Mr. Janku inquired about the possible delay of sidewalks on the east side of Park de Ville. If these walks are delayed, Mr. Patterson reported a pedestrian crossing would definitely be installed. Mr. Janku asked the width of Park de Ville. Mr. Patterson believed it to be a 38-foot street.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Ratliff, 211 Park de Ville Drive, said that a five-foot walk would result in the removal of landscaping along the front portion of their property. They wondered about the policy for compensation when landscaping is removed as part of a City project. Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff also expressed concern about the possible increase in pedestrian traffic if a sidewalk is not built on the east side of Park de Ville.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku asked about compensation for landscaping. Mr. Patterson explained that only temporary easements will be required in this case as the project itself is being built entirely on the street right-of-way. He said improvements that have been put on public right-of-way, without a right of use permit, are not typically considered a liability on the City's part. However, staff tries to negotiate with property owners at the time of temporary easement discussions. Mr. Patterson indicated the right-of-way agent could talk with the property owners about the landscaping.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the final plans and specifications be approved, including the development of plans for the landscaping suggested in the median for potential bid with an option to include water to the site. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B128-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B133-02     Authorizing construction of improvements to Stephens Lake Park.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Hood explained that staff is requesting authorization to proceed with Phase I improvements to Stephens Lake Park. Funding in the amount of $1,225,000 has been provided from the park sales tax and is included in the FY 2001 and 2002 budgets. It is anticipated that the City will use a combination of contract and force account labor for the proposed improvements.
    Following approval of the master plan at the April 1, 2002, meeting, Mr. Hood said his department is prepared to begin the selected capital improvements to the park. The proposed expenditures include $182,500 for site preparation expenses including architect/engineering fees, utilities, site grading and the demolition of selected roadways and buildings. The improvements will also include the construction of a new entrance off of Broadway, as well as a new shelter, restroom and playground at that entrance. The estimated cost for these improvements is $208,500. Following the conclusion of the 2002 summer swimming season, Mr. Hood explained the department proposes to begin construction of the new aquatic area at the west end of the lake. This area will include the beach, bath house, parking lot and boardwalk. During this phase of construction, he reported it would be necessary to drop the water level of the lake an estimated six to eight feet. While the level is down, staff will have the opportunity to inspect and make any needed improvements to the dam. These improvements are estimated to cost $633,000. The department also budgeted smaller amounts of funds for various improvements such as landscaping, tree planting and site amenities to include signs, picnic tables, drinking fountains, lights, etc.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, spoke of his preference for the boardwalk to be wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to pass on it. He wanted the area made comfortable enough for people to relax and fish.
    Mr. Hood noted that cost estimates include funding for a paved eight-foot wide path around the lake which would be connected to the boardwalk. He said the boardwalk would be fully accessible to persons with disabilities to fish and enjoy the lake. He believed it would be ten-feet wide.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    The vote on B133-02 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B134-02     Authorizing construction of improvements to Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Hood explained that his department is requesting authorization to proceed with improvements to the Twin Lakes Recreation Area as included in the City's 2002 budget. He said that funding in the amount of $45,000 has been included from the Recreation Services User Fees account for the improvements. It is anticipated that a combination of force account and contract labor will be used to complete the improvements.
    Mr. Hood reported the improvements include the addition of a playground near the reservable shelter -- which is the largest shelter in the City's park system. This project would include the installation of playground equipment as well as walkways and landscaping at an estimated cost of $35,000. Staff is also requesting approval to proceed with a feasibility study regarding the addition of possible new water features in the Little Mate's Cove and the conversion of the lake facility to a chlorinated water facility. He noted that staff has been working for several years to maintain acceptable water quality levels in the swimming lake, and that is the reason for consideration being given to converting it to a chlorinated facility. Mr. Hood said $10,000 has been budgeted for the feasibility study, but preliminary estimates have indicated it could be done for $6,000-$8,000.
    Mr. Loveless asked if there is a single factor that keeps the water quality from being at the level staff would prefer. Mr. Hood stressed that the water is tested regularly, as is done in all swimming facilities. He indicated it does meet Health Department standards; however, late in the summer the readings often begin to go up and approach levels where they would become concerned. Mr. Hood thought it to be a result of multiple factors which includes the shallow depth of the lake and the increase in the geese population. He explained that warm water temperatures in the late summer encourages heavy growths of algae. When the water is treated for algae, this contributes to the overall quality of the water readings.
    Mr. Janku asked whether staff had ever considered installing kitchen-type equipment in City shelters. Mr. Hood replied staff has not looked at that possibility for this particular shelter. He said they have discussed it for Stephens Lake in the future phases of the park.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Kathleen Weinschenk, 1504 Sylvan, was hopeful the dog area could be retained. It was ascertained that there is no intention of removing it.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B134-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

OLD BUSINESS
B117-02     Amending the FY 2002 Classification Plan and Pay Plan relating to Water and Light Power Plant
                   positions.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Malon explained that this amendment has been brought about by many changes that have occurred pertaining to the Reliability Council Rules and Regulations for operation of control areas. He reported one requirement is that operators must be certified (these employees must be trained and pass a test to become certified). In addition, the operators must continue to be certified. Up until now the City did not have a formal process in place for certification. As there are now three vacancies for operators, Mr. Malon indicated that his department and Human Resources have worked out an apprenticeship program. The apprentice power plant operator would be required to become certified within a two-year period as part of the job qualification. Upon completion of the certification, the employee would be eligible to be promoted to NERC certified power plant operator III. If certification cannot be attained, the employee would be dismissed.
    Mr. Loveless asked if the existing operators would go through a similar process. Mr. Malon explained that the current employees are all certified, but there are three vacancies. He indicated that the City needs to ensure the new operators come in at the apprentice level and have a two-year period to become certified.
    B117-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B118-02     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with R.W. Beck for consulting services; appropriating
                   funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Malon pointed out that this is not a negotiation to buy power, but a means to have R.W. Beck assist the City in taking proposals for power purchase. In today's world, he noted that cities cannot buy firm power from a neighboring utility, but must take proposals. Mr. Malon was hopeful the developed RFP would provide information on our system and what kind of power would be needed. It will enable staff to seek proposals from various entities as to how they might be willing or able to supply it. In addition, some block of green powers will be included as discussed previously. There will be a pre-bid conference to ensure the issues are clarified.
    Mr. Coffman noted that this agreement would not affect any future decision on the purchase of green power. He wondered about legislation that may make it easier for the City to engage in these transactions, but also contains a requirement that a certain amount of renewable energy must be included in the portfolio. Mr. Malon believed that was true, and it is part of what is being considered.
    Mr. Janku indicated that he had been asked why the City is not building additional capacity locally as opposed to going out on the market and buying it. Mr. Malon said the biggest problem is that Columbia cannot afford to do that. In order to gain any kind of economy, he reported it would have to be a fairly large project and he was unsure whether the Council would be willing to undertake that kind of risk, particularly because deregulation still lurks in the background. He would be hesitant to support a really significant commitment that could end up being a stranded investment.
    Tamela Meter, 3116 Alpine, spoke on behalf of Peace Works. She brought with her 3,208 signatures collected from Columbia citizens who wanted elected leaders to take action on global warming now. She invited anyone to stop by Peace Works to view the signatures.
    Chris Cady, 2108 Smiley, explained that for 20 years he has worked as a professional environmental scientist involved in energy issues, both personally and professionally. Aside from controlling the planet's population, he thought the use of fossil fuels to be the most important environmental issue faced today. He said we are busy using up in a few centuries what took Mother Nature hundreds of millions of years to create -- coal and oil. Mr. Cady urged the council, both in this action and in future actions, to make green power available to Columbia consumers.
    Juan Holt, on behalf of the Green Party of Central Missouri, spoke about wind power and its benefit over coal.
    B118-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B120-02     Authorizing an annexation agreement with Masonic Home of Missouri.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that staff as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval of the request. In order to connect to the City's sewer system, a pre-annexation agreement is required if a property is not contiguous to the City. At the time of contiguousness, the tract will be voluntarily annexed into the City limits.
    B120-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B124-02     Changing the street name of "Rice Road" to "Kelsey Drive."
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark described the location and the request using the map. He reported that every property owner abutting this street has given written approval for the name change.
    B124-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B131-02     Authorizing a right of use permit with Thornbrook Development, Inc. to allow work within a portion of
                   Thornbrook Parkway right-of-way.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that the developer is wishing to put in a landscaped median on Thornbrook to create a parkway. Because the median will be located on street right-of-way, the City Council must approve the right of use permit that stipulates the responsibilities of the developer in regards to this project. Mr. Patterson stated that staff met with the developer and agreed what is being proposed will be an amenity for the subdivision. Staff supports the request.
    Mayor Hindman believed this project was representative of enlightened development and supported the landscaped median as well.
    B131-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B135-02     Authorizing issuance of Sewerage System Revenue Bonds for extending and improving the City's
                   sewerage system.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    In order to meet the State schedule, Mr. Beck pointed out that this bill needed to be tabled. The Council agreed to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2002, to consider the bond ordinance.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that B135-02 be tabled to April 24, 2002. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

B136-02     Authorizing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with CenterState Transportation
                   Development District.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted previous discussions relating to the development of guidelines for transportation development districts. He reported this agreement authorizes the CenterState TDD to levy an additional sales tax to fund road improvements delineated in the agreement. The City would be responsible for collection of the tax. The first revenues would be used to repay the developer, City and county for the extension of Vandiver and the US 63 Vandiver Interchange. Future revenues from the TDD tax could be used to pay for other projects such as the widening and extension of Vandiver from Route B to Mexico Gravel Road, a pedestrian trail along the Hinkson within the district boundaries, and Creekwood Parkway. All projects which become City maintained streets would be built according to City specifications and standards in place at the time of Council approval. Mr. Beck noted the Council direction for staff to ensure that future developments would have provisions for pedestrians and bicycles.
    Mr. Watkins commented that he spoke to the developer's attorneys this afternoon, and they had received an informal phone call from MoDOT with some questions. The attorney thought these issues were pretty much procedural and strongly suggested that it would be appropriate to continue with the agreement if Council is so inclined. Mr. Watkins noted that language was included which specifically addressed pedestrian accommodations and the Hinkson Trail. He added that he has had several discussions with members of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission and thought most of their questions had been answered.
    Mr. Janku indicated that in discussions with Mr. Watkins about landscaping, his suggestion had been to address it with a separate motion following the vote. He believed the City should develop landscaping plans and then as reimbursement is received, this work can be done. He supported landscaping as part of the commercial development in Phase I, but his concern was the interchange itself. Mr. Watkins said that TDD funds can be used for landscaping upon approval of the Council.
    Mayor Hindman asked about sidewalks. Mr. Watkins explained that Phase IA would include bicycle lanes and a sidewalk across the bridge. In Phase I, the developers agree to include sidewalks as part of the C-P plan to be submitted to the Council within the next few months. Until Phase II, the extension to Mexico Gravel Road, the road dead ends. Mr. Watkins related that MoDOT agrees that the Phase I bridge is wide enough to stripe bicycle lanes. Mayor Hindman asked about the location of sidewalks. Mr. Watkins thought sidewalks would be along both the north and south sides of Vandiver. However, the walks along the south side would be located away from the road so they would not have to be torn out when the road is widened. Mayor Hindman inquired as to how far west the walks would be extended. Mr. Watkins said it would go west to the start of the project.
    Waldo Palmer, 414 Alexander, asked how the City could authorize an additional sales tax without the vote of the public. It was explained that state law authorizes an additional sales tax to be collected within a transportation development district. In addition, the law stipulates that all property owners within the district have to agree to the tax. In this case, there are no residents because the tract is owned by one person. Mr. Watkins further explained that state law (Section 238.200) allows the creation of a special purpose governmental district called a transportation development district. He indicated that the district itself, not the city, levees the taxes.
    Curtis McDonald, CenterState Properties, offered to answer any questions.
    Greg Ahrends, 1504 Sylvan, President of the Whitegate Neighborhood Association and also a member of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission, wondered if additional funds could or would be used for improvements to Vandiver. Generally, he favors the agreement and was hopeful the development would include sidewalk and bicycle provisions.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, as a member of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission, endorsed the arrangement. He thought the TDD will advance the goals of the Commission for a more bicycling, pedestrian, wheeling friendly town. Mr. Clark believed the Commission should participate in each of the stages of development.
    B136-02 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS and JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to come up with plans for landscaping the Vandiver Drive extension, including the interchange being built, and that plans include methods of funding that will be available to accomplish it. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

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

B116-02     Accepting easements for water and utility purposes.
B119-02     Authorizing an agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri for the services of an
                   Assistant Fire Marshal.
B122-02     Vacating sewer and drainage easements within Lot 1-B of C-K Place Subdivision, accepting an
                   easement for drainage purposes.
B125-02     Approving the final plat of West Lawn, Plat No. 1.
B126-02     Approving the final plat of Stonecrest, Plat No. 3.
B127-02     Authorizing acquisition of land necessary to construct the Rollins Road Street/Traffic Calming project.
B129-02     Confirming the contract of APAC-Missouri, Inc. for construction of the 2001 Annual Sidewalk project.
B130-02     Authorizing an air space agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for
                   the construction of a pedestrian bridge over I-70 along the east side of Providence Road.
B132-02     Authorizing Change Order No. Three to the contract with Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc. for construction
                   of the Community Recreation Center.
R82-02       Setting a public hearing: voluntary annexation of property located on the south side of State Route K,
                   approximately 400 feet east of the intersection of State Route K and Old Village Road.
R83-02       Setting a public hearing: water main construction serving West Lawn, Plat 1.
R84-02       Authorizing an agreement with the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District authorizing the
                   City to provide personnel and administrative services.

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

NEW BUSINESS
R85-02     Authorizing CDBG agreements with various community agencies.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained the City received formal approval from the Department of Housing and Development on our CDBG programs. The Council previously approved the allocation of funds for four community agencies (Enterprise Development Corporation, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Independent Living Center of Mid-Missouri and Habitat for Humanity). The details of the agreements stipulate the amount of funds for specific purposes.
    The vote on R85-02 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R86-02     Authorizing a settlement agreement with Eric Meyer.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck read a press release describing what is being proposed. It was believed the agreement would be in the best interest of the Police Department, the City and all parties involved. Mr. Beck indicated that neither he or the City admit, and in fact deny, any discrimination in hiring Chief Boehm. He also denied any retaliation against Captain Meyer. Mr. Beck further stated that he continues to feel Columbia has a great Police Department and that Chief Boehm is doing an excellent job for the City.
    Mayor Hindman commented that the Council has been thoroughly advised as to the details of the settlement by legal counsel specifically hired with respect to this case. He believed the vote would show that the Council wholeheartedly concurs that this is in the best interest of the City. On behalf of the Council, Mayor Hindman stated that they have complete confidence in the City Manager and Chief Boehm.
    The vote on R86-02 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

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

B137-02     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a storm water
                   grant; appropriating funds.
B138-02     Authorizing a grant agreement with Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District for the purchase
                   of a horizontal recycling baler; appropriating funds.
B139-02     Authorizing a right of use permit with Gus and Cindy Moosmann to allow work within a portion of
                   Barnwood Drive right-of-way.
B140-02     Amending Chapter 12A of the Code relating to land disturbance permit requirements.
B141-02     Amending Chapter 14 of the Code to change the speed limit in signed school speed limit zones with
                   flashing yellow lights.
B142-02     Calling for bids for construction of a pedestrian bridge over I-70 along the east side of Providence
                   Road.
B143-02     Calling for bids for the construction of sidewalks in Park de Ville Subdivision.
B144-02     Confirming the contract of N-J Wilson Contracting, Inc. for construction of the Bicknell-Walnut Storm
                   Drainage Project.
B145-02     Accepting easements and deeds for public works purposes.
B146-02     Authorizing the City to collect the airline "Passenger Facility Charge" from passengers embarking
                   from Columbia Regional Airport.
B147-02     Accepting easements for water and electric purposes.
B148-02     Authorizing construction of water main serving West Lawn, Plat 1; authorizing payment of differential
                   costs.
B149-02     Authorizing voter approved annexation of the "East Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B150-02     Authorizing voter approved annexation of the "West Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B151-02     Authorizing voter approved annexation of the "North Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B152-02     Authorizing voter approved annexation of the "Northeast Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B153-02     Authorizing voter approved annexation of the "South Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B154-02     Approving the final plat of Auburn Hills, Plat 1.
B155-02     Approving the final plat of Valley View South, Plat 2; granting variances from the Subdivision
                   Regulations relating to street design standards.
B156-02     Approving the final plat of Vanderveen Crossing, Plat 8.
B157-02     Changing the position of the minority health grant funded Administrative Support Assistant I from a
                   one-half time position to a full-time position; transferring funds.
B158-02     Authorizing an agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri and Boone Hospital Center
                   to share and transfer equipment used in response to weapons of mass destruction incidents.
B159-02     Accepting a grant from Boone Electric Community Trust for the Community Study Circles Program;
                   appropriating funds.
B160-02     Accepting grants from the City of Columbia New Century Fund for the Community Recreation Center;
                   appropriating funds.
B161-02     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri State Safety Center for the Missouri Police Chiefs
                   Association Step Grant; appropriating funds.
B162-02     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with Sustainable Farms & Communities, Inc.
B163-02     Calling a special election for August 6, 2002, asking for voter approval of annexation of the "East
                   Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B164-02     Calling a special election for August 6, 2002, asking for voter approval of annexation of the "West
                   Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B165-02     Calling a special election for August 6, 2002, asking for voter approval of annexation of the "North
                   Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B166-02     Calling a special election for August 6, 2002, asking for voter approval of annexation of the "Northeast
                   Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
B167-02     Calling a special election for August 6, 2002, asking for voter approval of annexation of the "South
                   Area" to the City of Columbia, Missouri.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
(A)     Intra-departmental Transfer of Funds.
    Report accepted.
 

(B)     Street Closure Requests.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that the requests be approved as written. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

APPOINTMENT TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council, the following individuals were appointed to the following Boards and Commission:
 
AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD
Hunter, Robert (B.J.), 4310 Montpelier Place, Ward 5 - term to expire 5/16/06
 
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
Davis, J. Christopher, 6612 Chrissula Lane, Ward 5 - term to expire 5/1/07
 
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CODES COMMISSION
Lidholm, Eric H., 4501 Old Mill Creek, County - term to expire 8/1/04
 

COMMENTS BY COUNCIL, STAFF AND PUBLIC
    Mr. Janku noted a bike ride to Rocheport leaving from Flat Branch park on Sunday, April 28. He commented that if the ride was not on a Sunday, the participants leaving from that point might have trouble parking their cars for the duration of the ride because of the limited amount of long-term parking adjacent to the park. He was hopeful the City could move forward with installing 10-hour parking meters in this area.
    Mr. Janku related that the Council previously approved the condemnation of the structure at 507 Banks. He indicated that it is still standing. Mr. Janku stated the CDC is almost finished constructing a house adjacent to the property. He was confident it would help the marketability of it if the structure at 507 Banks is either torn down or purchased by someone else and fixed up.
    Mr. John asked for an update on the shelter that was to be built adjacent to the tennis courts at Rock Bridge High School.
    Mr. John relayed concerns about water pressure in Thornbrook. He noted that a new water line is under construction and asked about the status of it.
    Mr. John explained that the Water and Light Department put new lights on Southampton from Bethel to Forum, but stopped at Forum. He thought the decision had been made to go further west with the lighting on Forum.
    Mr. John made the motion that staff report back on the issue and what the original intent was. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku remarked that he had asked previously about painting light poles on Providence Road, particularly north of Worley. He thought a report was going to be sent to the Council as to who is responsible for the maintenance of the poles and what could be done to get them improved. Mr. Beck said he would report back on the issue.
    Mayor Hindman commented on a charming bridge at Cowan Drive and how it works as a great traffic calmer. He pointed out that the old-fashioned lights on it are rusted and he thought they needed to be touched up and the globes replaced. Mr. Beck said he would check into the situation to see what might be done.
    The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
 
                                                                                                Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                                City Clerk