M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
JULY 7, 2003
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, July 7, 2003, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, and CRAYTON were present. MAYOR HINDMAN was absent. The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk and various Department Heads were also present.
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the regular meeting of June 16, 2003, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion by Mr. Janku and a second by Mr. John.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless noted that Report G would be added under Reports and Petitions.
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion by Mr. Janku and a second by Mr. Ash.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    Mr. Loveless reported that Mayor Hindman had come through his surgery fine this morning.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B138-03 Rezoning property located on the south side of Aspen Drive, approximately 275 feet west of West Boulevard; approving the C-P Development Plan of University Chrysler, Phase 2.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck stated staff received another request to table this item.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    Mr. John made the motion that B138-03 be tabled to the July 21, 2003, meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Ash and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless continued the public hearing to July 21, 2003.
 

B179-03 Amending Chapter 23 of the Code as it relates to banners.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that Boone Hospital Center submitted a request for banners and it had been processed through the Planning and Zoning Commission. He indicated the Hospital wanted to place banners on light poles, similar to those used in the downtown area.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    B179-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B190-03 Voluntary annexation of property located at the north terminus of Shamrock Drive and north of Kelsey Drive; establishing permanent zoning.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this 22 acre tract is located in northeast Columbia. Besides seeking voluntary annexation, the applicant is asking that 11 plus acres be zoned R-1 and 10.2 acres zoned R-2. Staff recommended approval of the permanent zoning requests, and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the R-1 request, but recommended denial of the R-2 request.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    Tom Schneider, an attorney with offices at 11 N. Seventh, spoke on behalf of the OFW Corporation, the contract purchaser with a contract contingency on annexation and rezoning. He circulated photos of existing duplexes, one of which was built by OFW. Mr. Schneider noted that the proposed duplexes will have two car garages per unit and these will not be cookie-cutter duplexes by any means. He reiterated that the plan is consistent with the City's 2020 Plan with the duplex portion being contiguous to existing duplexes to the south and the west. Mr. Schneider indicated that the proposed boundary between the R-1 and R-2 developments line up with the existing zoning boundary between R-1 and R-2 to the south. In the event the rezoning is not approved, Mr. Schneider commented that OFW does not wish to proceed with the annexation. He pointed out that the applicant recently met with a newly formed neighborhood association to provide more information about this project.
    Tom Weable, 2401 Lentz Drive, President of the Green Acres Neighborhood Association, remarked that he has been happy with the houses built in Green Acres thus far, but said residents are opposed to the R-2 request planned in Phase 4. The neighborhood believed that two streets of duplexes seemed a bit extreme to be used as a buffer between Indian Hills and their subdivision. He said there is already a park and a wooded area that could be used as a buffer. Mr. Weable reported residents were also concerned about the additional traffic the duplex development would create. He handed the Clerk a petition signed by 83% of the neighborhood property owners who are opposed to the duplex development.
    John Gage, 2301 Shamrock Drive, said he would be living at the end of the proposed R-2 area. He spoke highly of the OFW Corporation and he supported both zoning requests.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Hutton thought that 10 acres of R-2 in this area was too excessive. He said if the proposed duplex development was smaller, it could possibly be considered a buffer. Mr. Hutton commented that an R-1 area that is buffered from a park by R-2 did not make sense to him. He felt that the proliferation of R-2 zoning in this section of town has been way overdone and he intended to oppose the R-2 zoning request.
    Mr. Schneider reiterated that his client would not annex this property if the zoning is not approved as requested on both tracts.
    B190-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: NO ONE. VOTING NO: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill defeated.
 

B196-03 Approving the C-P Development Plan of Lot 1 Hyde Park Block 2 (Burger King).
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained the location of the property to be on the south side of Nifong and east side of Hyde Park Drive, a north/south residential street which intersects Nifong. Directly to the west is a Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant. He noted that a Burger King restaurant is proposed for this tract.
    Mr. Dudark reported the Planning and Zoning Commission discussed three issues when reviewing this request. He noted that two of them (a change in the sign size and the height of the light poles) have been resolved. The primary issue related to traffic. Mr. Dudark stated that the current design would not provide for a left turn out at the intersection of Hyde Park and Nifong, but would permit westbound traffic a left turn in off of Route AC. Both right in/right out turning movements would also be allowed. He indicated that some sort of median would be placed in the intersection to prohibit the left out movement. Mr. Dudark noted that a traffic study had been conducted by the applicant's traffic engineer and it was reviewed and approved by the Missouri Department of Transportation. He stated that the majority of the Planning and Zoning Commission felt the left turn in from Route AC would not be safe.
    Mr. John asked if he understood that both City staff and MoDOT agree with the traffic study and feel that a left turn can be done safety. Mr. Dudark said that was correct.
    Mayor Pro-tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    Dave Bennett, an engineer with Engineering Surveys and Services, 1113 Fay Street, offered to answer any questions.
    Mr. Janku inquired about stacking distance.
    Julie Noltho, Professional Traffic Operations Engineer with Crawford, Bunty, Braemeyer, explained that the current stacking distance is a little over 100 feet, which could accommodate four cars. The peak queuing anticipated is two cars or less which she said would result in ample stacking distance.
    Mr. Janku asked how the anticipated future growth of the area factors into the traffic study. Ms. Noltho replied that the study was based on existing conditions plus the addition of a new Burger King restaurant. The study did not forecast out 10 to 20 years. However, she has had discussions with both MoDOT and City staff and it is understood that should conditions in the future warrant such, the left turn in movement could be eliminated.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    In reading the report, Mr. Ash picked up on two things: one was the concern this area could become another Clark Lane, and the second was that the same traffic experts that approved the Clark Lane design signed off on this project.
    Mr. John commented that traffic studies will have to be submitted for any future development along Hyde Park. He wanted to make it clear that if the left turn in becomes untenable (grade D or F), it would be eliminated. Mr. John related that would be the rule and nobody would have any room to complain.
    Mr. Janku noted the proposed left turn in would allow some traffic to be diverted that would otherwise be taking time at the signal. If this turning movement is not allowed, it might be necessary to lengthen the left turn light which could cause a delay in eastbound traffic.
    Mr. Ash asked if businesses in the Clark Lane area had to submit plans prior to development. Mr. John replied that there is open zoning along this strip so plans were not required.
    B196-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B202-03 Authorizing construction of water main serving North Hampton Woods, Plat 1; authorizing payment of differential costs.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Under City policy, Mr. Beck explained the City pays for the extra diameter of pipe over and above what the developer is required to pay. In this case, staff has calculated a 16-inch main is needed at a length of 4,920 feet. The City's cost for this project will be $98,500 to be paid out of Water and Light funds.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    B202-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B204-03 Calling for bids: construction of Brown School/Oakland Gravel Road/Roger Wilson Drive intersection.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained this project will consist of relocating the existing Roger Wilson Drive and a portion of Oakland Gravel Road to create a new intersection with Brown School Road and a new connection to the interchange at US 63. The pavement portion between the intersection and the connection to 63 will be a five lane section as required by MoDOT. The intersection will be designed to accommodate a fully signalized intersection at some point in the future. The estimated cost of the project is about $900,000 and it has been agreed that it will be equally funded by the City and the property owner to the west. Mr. Patterson reported the Council has already appropriated $320,000 for the project and the balance will come from annual program projects at the time the bid is awarded and the exact amount is known.
    Mr. Patterson reported the Oakland Gravel portion will terminate into a cul-de-sac and as part of the agreement, he said the City would be expected to acquire some off-site easements. He indicated that Drew Properties has already secured and dedicated all of the rights-of-way to allow the project to proceed. He noted formalization of these agreements have been drafted and are ready for execution.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    B204-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B206-03 Calling for bids: repairs on the Blind Boone Home.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck stated that staff has continued to work with the State Historic Preservation office and the John William Boone Foundation Board to renovate the Blind Boone Home. A local architect was hired to develop a plan for such with the estimated cost of the work being approximately $100,000. Funding for the project will come from a $25,000 State Historic Preservation Grant and the remainder from CDBG monies.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    Lucille Salerno, 806 Bourne, spoke in support of the renovation efforts. She spoke of the home's historic value. Ms. Salerno reported that her group has recently gone before the Advisory Commission of the State's Historic Preservation Office to request that the level at which the Boone Home is recognized on the list of historic structures be increased to that of national significance. She noted the request passed the Advisory Commission unanimously and they are now waiting for federal approval. Ms. Salerno indicated this increased recognition would allow them to apply for grants which are substantially significant.
    Anthony Holland, 306 El Cortez, a member of the Boone Foundation, urged the Council to support this work. He believed the home's renovation will play a considerable role in the future of heritage tourism for the City of Columbia.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless thanked both speakers for all of the work they put into this project.
    Eric Rozelle, Project Architect with Peckham and Wright, displayed a rendering of the proposed renovation work.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    B206-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

R148-03 Amending the 2002 CDBG Action Plan; establishing a steering committee to assist with a housing market study.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that some time ago, staff submitted a report to the Council regarding housing analysis that would provide information to housing developers, builders, lenders, realtors, the Columbia Housing Authority, City staff, neighborhood organizations and the general public concerning the community's need for housing. The cost of the study is projected to be $45,000. Being proposed is a nine person steering committee that would guide the selection of the individual who would work on the analysis. This committee will be appointed by the Mayor and will include representation from the following contributing organizations: Board of Realtors, Homebuilders Association, REDI, Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Housing Authority. Mr. Beck indicated that two members will be chosen from the banking community and two members will be chosen from interested neighborhood associations or non-profit housing development organizations. He reported that he met with representatives from HUD recently, and they were very interested in seeing this study completed. The study will also be used in the City's Consolidated Plan (HUD plan) which has to be updated from time to time.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless opened the public hearing.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, spoke on behalf of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association. Since CDBG funds will be used to pay for 50% of the study, he advocated that 50% of the members on the steering committee should be either low to moderate income individuals, or should be people from organizations that directly represents these folks. He suggested the make-up of the committee be changed to 11 members. Mr. Clark also recommended that Dale Whitman, a professor at the Law School, be appointed to the committee as he has 30 years of experience in the development of the policies and mechanisms that has provided housing for low to moderate income people. He also suggested that each of the organizations select their own representatives.
    Mayor Pro tem Loveless closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku suggested the committee consist of a minimum of nine members and add that at least two members shall be chosen from interested neighborhood associations or nonprofit housing development organizations.
    Mr. John noted that half the money being used for this study is public money and he wondered when bankers, realtors or individuals from the Homebuilders Association are no longer considered members of the public. He stated that these organizations contributed to this study because they are trying to assist in creating housing stock that is marketable.
    Mr. Loveless thought the organizations who contributed to the funding have as much interest in an assessment of affordable housing as they do in any other such housing. He agreed they are just as much a member of the public as is anyone else.
    Ms. Crayton remarked that all aspects of the community should have a voice in this study.
    Mr. Ash wondered about a large committee's ability in getting anything accomplished. He did not want to see any suggested members removed.
    Mr. Janku thought the Mayor, or his designee, should use their judgement and skill to come up with a group.
    Mr. Janku made a motion to amend R148-03 by adding that the committee shall consist of "at least" nine members appointed by the Mayor, and "at least" two members shall be chosen from interested neighborhood associations or non-profit housing development organizations. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R148-03, as amended, was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

OLD BUSINESS
R123-03 Waiving the annexation requirement for a sewer connection to Gas Light Acres; denying waiver of the annexation requirement for a sewer connection to Boone Industrial Park.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Loveless noted that a request to table had been received.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that R123-03 be tabled to the August 4, 2003, meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

R134-03 Approving the preliminary plat of Woodland Springs.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that he had given the Council a letter received today from the University of Missouri addressing what they understood the agreements to be relating to the driveways into the property. The staff is recommending approval of the request and the Commission is not because of the driveway.
    Dan Simon, an attorney with offices at 203 Executive Building, spoke on behalf of the property owner, the University of Missouri and KMI, the proposed developer. He said the University dedicated right-of-way for the widening of Clark Lane as part of their negotiations with the City for two full service access entryways into this property. Mr. Simon believed to change it now would not be in keeping with that agreement. He saw no reason to breach the agreement or to inconvenience the property owner he represents as well as the property owner on the north side of Route PP. Immediately across from this tract, Mr. Simon pointed out there is already a full service entryway. With the understanding that Clark Lane is a busy road, his client realizes that MoDOT and the City, at any time when circumstances dictate, have the right to close the left in and left out entryway. Mr. Simon said they have no problem accepting that as a complete right the City and MoDOT can exercise without compensation. He referred to the traffic study approved by MoDOT and the City indicating a full service entryway at this location is acceptable and will work acceptably. He said it is not only something that will work, but something that is desirable. Mr. Simon submitted there is no reason to alter the agreement made with the University at the time the right-of-way was dedicated.
    Mr. Janku asked if the businesses listed in the traffic study are the actual businesses that will be constructed on the tract. Mr. Simon replied they are examples. Mr. Janku asked about easements on Lots 106 and 107 regarding a connection to the east.
    Jay Gebhardt, an engineer with A Civil Group, 1010 Fay Street, said the connection was discussed back in January, but because of the terrain to the east, he said it would be difficult to get a street over to the Cavanaugh property on the east side. Mr. Janku asked about linking the Hampton Inn driveway to the one on the west. Mr. Gebhardt explained that the Hampton Inn driveway is the second access point to the Burger King Restaurant. He said it just so happens that the owners of the Hampton Inn are also looking at property for another hotel on this site. Mr. Gebhardt related there is an opportunity for discussion of it, but at this point, they do not have any way of getting an easement from them. In addition, MoDOT indicated they would not be willing to purchase an easement for them.
    Mr. Hutton saw this as similar to the earlier case involving Route AC wherein MoDOT and City staff are approving the projects, and the Planning and Zoning Commission is not. He reiterated the Council's ability to change an access point if it is not working. Mr. Hutton wondered the point of a traffic study if it is going to be ignored. He did not see this proposal as a huge detriment to the traffic on Clark Lane.
    Mr. Ash pointed out that improvements will be made to Clark Lane as part of this project. Regarding fixing things later, he asked if that has ever been done. Mr. Patterson replied that the City would have to request a change from the MoDOT in the traffic or turning movements. He said they would base it on their studies as to whether or not the change is warranted and justified. One example he thought of was the recent construction on the west side of Nifong and Providence. Mr. Patterson reported that a median was installed at this location to prevent turning movements on that outer road. Mr. Janku also remembered the removal of the stoplight at Brickton and Falling Leaf.
    Mr. Janku questioned why there is no taper at the western entrance. Mr. Gebhardt replied that had been originally proposed by the City's traffic engineer. He indicated that MoDOT did not think it was necessary for the amount of traffic that would be turning in at this location. Mr. Gebhardt thought it would be better to construct a large radius than a deceleration lane.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that R134-03 be amended to reflect the preliminary plat dated May 22, 2003. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R134-03, as amended, was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

B177-03 Approving the replat of a portion of F. C. Bradford's Subdivision.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained that this lot is located on the south side of Anthony Street. There is currently a single family home on the property. Mr. Dudark reported that a survey of all the houses in this area determined the median setback was 30.8 feet. This plat would dedicate an additional 5 feet of right-of-way across the front of the lot and would establish a front building line of 25 feet. This would be the equivalent of 30 feet from the existing right-of-way line, which is very close to the 30.8 foot median.
    Ron Lueck, a Land Surveyor with Marshall Engineering and Surveying, 300 St. James, explained that the plat is adjacent to, but not included in, the East Campus Overlay District. He offered to answer any questions.
    B177-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B194-03 Vacating a portion of right-of-way for Watson Place; authorizing an agreement with Marco Investments, Inc.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that staff was not opposed to this vacation. He noted the property owner will build an 8 foot sidewalk which is consistent with what exists in the downtown area.
    B194-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B195-03 Authorizing an access easement agreement with Harry Ewing and Ewing Investments, LLC.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained that Harry Ewing is the developer of the Ewing Industrial Park northeast of Brown Station Road and Peabody Road. He wishes to construct a road across City property to access the property he wants to develop to the east of the City-owned property. The road would extend from Peabody Road across the City property just north of the Bolstad Substation. In order to build the road, Mr. Dudark reported the City would need to grant a road easement 66 feet wide and approximately 800 feet long. The road would be built at no cost to the City and would be dedicated to the City for maintenance. Mr. Dudark indicated that Mr. Ewing has offered three considerations if the City grants the road easement as follows: a 50 foot wide greenbelt trail easement through his property along the north side of Hinkson Creek east to Rogers Road, he would voluntarily annex the remainder of his property, and he would provide a 60 foot wide railroad easement with the location to be determined by the requirements of future users and the Columbia Terminal Railroad.
    David Rogers, an attorney with offices at 813 E. Walnut, spoke on behalf of Harry Ewing and Ewing Investments. He said authorization of this access easement would put property back on the tax rolls that is currently landlocked. The City would also benefit from the greenbelt and railroad easements.
    B195-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B198-03 Establishing Sanitary Sewer District No. 158 in the Old Plank Subdivision.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson related that in meetings with property owners, staff developed a concept for the subject lots north of Old Plank Road. He indicated that there would be eight lots in the proposed district. The properties were voluntarily annexed in April of 2001 to allow for a connection to City sewer. He said the proposed sewer district will eliminate a single cell lagoon.
    Mr. Patterson reported the approximate cost of constructing the sewer line is $67,000. In accordance with City policy, he said four of the eight lots would have assessments that would be capped at $5,000 on the initial tax bill assessment. This would result in about $29,500 in deferred tax bills to the sewer utility. Mr. Patterson indicated this ordinance will establish the legal boundaries of the district; however, a public hearing will follow which will determine the necessity for construction of such. At that time, the maximum sewer tax bill rate will be established at about $0.29 per square foot.
    B198-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B200-03 Confirming the contract of N-J Wilson Contracting, Inc. for the construction of Heather Lane.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained approval of this ordinance would award the contract to N-J Wilson for their bid of $124,224.20. He indicated this is just the base bid of the project and only includes the construction of the street. At the time of the bid call, staff needed direction from the Council in regard to the sidewalk construction. For that reason, alternates were bid. Mr. Patterson pointed out that a contract is always awarded on the base bid and then the alternates are added based on the availability of funds. If a five foot sidewalk is added on the east side (which is recommended by staff due to the apartments), it would increase the project cost by $15,096 for a total of $139,320. If Council wishes to add the sidewalk on the west side, this would add another $16,558 for a project total of $155,878.
    Mr. John commented that if either or both of the alternates are considered, the third bid actually becomes the low bidder. He pointed out an approximate $4,000 difference. Mr. John was concerned about a tendency to fudge the base bid down and fudge the alternates up, thus overstating the cost of the work. In the case of the winning bid, he said it is a 20% addition to build walks on both sides. In the case of the bid that would actually have been low, it comes up to 15%. Over time, Mr. John felt that would alter the bidder's thinking about alternatives. In the future, he thought staff needed to ensure that a contract will not be awarded solely on the base bid, but would be awarded as the Council determines the alternatives. Mr. John indicated the Council could also be more up front and say whether or not they are going to put in one sidewalk or both and make it their base bid.
    Mr. Loveless asked if there is a specific reason for wording bid call documents that way. Mr. Patterson said they desire to have as little uncertainty as possible in the bid as to what it is the contractor would be doing, but sometimes it is necessary to include alternatives. The problem they encounter with three or four alternates is that any one of the bidders could conceivably be low depending upon which alternatives are chosen. Therefore, it has been a tradition to use the base bid because staff is sure this amount of work will be done. Mr. Patterson agreed there is a risk that a bidder could run prices up or down. The offset to that is that there are unit bid prices with the City's contractor so if a bid is completely out of line, specific items can be separated out and put in after the street is constructed. One option would be to prioritize the alternates and indicate these would be constructed dependent on funding. In this case, Mr. Patterson stated that staff did not know which sidewalk option was preferred.
    Mr. Janku commented it may have been Council's lack of decision that increased the likelihood of something like this happening. He suggested the Council make the hard decisions up front and avoid this kind of thing from happening. He pointed out that their ultimate ability is to reject all bids if the alternates are too high. Mr. Patterson replied that has been done in the past. He recalled a case where the alternate was so high it was rejected and rebid separately which saved quite a bit on money.
    Mr. Hutton asked about the City's standing bid on per square foot of sidewalk and how it compared to the alternate prices in this case. Mr. Patterson said there is a bid of $3.50 per square foot and the N-J Wilson price is $3.40.
    Mr. Janku agreed with the need for the sidewalk on the east side, but he would like to see both sides done because of the new development proposed in this area which he thought would generate more traffic to Ash. He understood from Mr. Patterson's memo that funds are available to build walks on both sides of Heather Lane. Mr. Patterson replied funds to do so would have to be taken out of annual projects. Mr. Janku asked if anything was coming up during this bidding cycle that would compete against this project. Mr. Patterson was not sure about before the end of the fiscal year, but said it would take the balance down for the next year. Mr. Janku wondered if there would be an increased tax bill as a result. Mr. Patterson said there could not be because the tax bill amount was set by resolution and is limited to the local pavement portion.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the project include sidewalks on both sides (alternates one and two). The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B200-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B207-03 Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code relating to parking restrictions on Vandiver Drive.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that originally Vandiver Drive, east of Route B, was open onto US 63 at the interchange. Prior to that time, Vandiver Drive was a dead end street and parking was allowed on both sides. Recently, staff received requests from business operators along the roadway to remove parking. All property owners were contacted regarding the proposed change.
    B207-03 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

B191-03 Abrogating the final plat of Smithton Ridge, Plat 3; approving the final plat of Smithton Ridge, Plat 5.
B192-03 Approving the final plat of Smithton Ridge, Plat 6.
B193-03 Approving the final plat of Wyatt Lane Acres, Plat 7.
B197-03 Authorizing acquisition of easements: construction of Brown School/Oakland Gravel Road/Roger Wilson Drive intersection.
B199-03 Confirming the contract of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. for construction of Forum Boulevard from Dunbar Drive to Old Plank Road; appropriating funds.
B201-03 Accepting easements for water and electric utility purposes.
B203-03 Confirming the contract of Garney Companies, Inc. for the construction of water main along Liddell Lane and Mt. Hope Road.
B205-03 Calling for bids: construction of Sixth Street from Wilkes Boulevard to Hickman Avenue.
B208-03 Amending the 2003 classification plan and pay plan in connection with Horticulturist and Forester positions.
R137-03 Setting a public hearing: voluntary annexation of property located southwest of Durham Chase at the terminus of Worchester Lane.
R138-03 Setting a public hearing: relocation of water main along the Conley Road/US 63 Interchange.
R139-03 Setting a public hearing: construction of an 8-inch water main serving Thornbrook, Plat 10.
R140-03 Authorizing an agreement with the Memorial Day Weekend - Salute to Veterans Corporation for the Memorial Day Air Show.
R141-03 Authorizing an agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri regarding the Senior Games and the Show-Me State Games.
R142-03 Accepting a grant from the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct local weapons of mass destruction exercise training programs.
R143-03 Authorizing agreements with The Intersection and Boone County Group Homes and Family Support for CDBG and HOME funds.
R144-03 Authorizing an agreement with The Curators of the University of Missouri for police assistance at football games.
R145-03 Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with Burns and McDonnell for engineering services related to the construction of improvements on East Broadway.
R146-03 Authorizing consent to the assignment of the operating agreement and lease with ABX Air, Inc. to Airborne Express, Inc.

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

NEW BUSINESS
R147-03 Approving the preliminary plat of Eastport Gardens; granting a variance to the Subdivision Regulations.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained that this property is bounded by Richland Road on the south side and Grace Lane on the west. Both streets would provide access into the subdivision. He said the subdivision would also connect to the east which would provide a second outlet from the property to the existing Lake of the Woods Subdivision to the north. Mr. Dudark pointed out that the plat meets all the subdivision requirements except the applicant is asking for a variance to the width of Grace Lane, an arterial street which would normally have a 49 foot width. The request is to build it at the 38 foot collector street width. He noted this would still be wider than the street to the north, which he thought to be 32 feet. Mr. Dudark related that staff feels a 38 foot collector street would be adequate for probably several years. The applicants would be dedicating a 40 foot right-of-way half width on the east side and there is an existing 50 foot right-of-way and road easement on the west side. This would be total of 90 feet of right-of-way should there ever be a need to widen the street in the future. Mr. Dudark remarked that could occur if Grace Lane is extended to the south. The recommendation is to approve the plat with the variance.
    Mr. Hutton assumed the city would have to approve the design of Grace Lane. He pointed out it would be hard to widen a curbed and guttered street. Mr. Dudark thought perhaps the centerline could be placed differently to allow one side to be widened. Mr. Patterson said they could look at it and generally, when they know there is a high probability of widening in the future, staff will offset the centerline on one side or the other. Mr. Hutton asked if there was an actual potential that widening will never be needed beyond collector standards. Mr. Dudark did not think so. He said that long term it may need to be, but to build a street much wider than this would just not be needed for the traffic. Mr. Hutton understood a sidewalk would be required on the east side at this time. Mr. Patterson said it would be in conjunction with the development on both sides. Mr. Hutton questioned whether the sidewalk and easements in the right-of-way for utilities is designed around the 49 foot arterial standard or the 38 foot collector standard. Mr. Patterson responded that typically on a collector, City standards call for the sidewalk to be put back within one foot of the right-of-way line. That would leave a total of nine feet between the sidewalk and the curb.
    Mr. Janku asked if 38 feet could accommodate bike lanes. Mr. Dudark said it would without parking.
    Mr. Ash commented that he would go for the narrower street because it is already narrower up above and also because the City would be getting a free road.
    Doug Eckhoff, 608 Enswood Court, pointed out that the new overpass road will merge back in at the other end of Grace Lane. He said that cars park on the narrow part of Grace currently, creating a dangerous situation.
    Tom Mendenhall, offices at 2909 Falling Leaf Lane, developer, said in their original agreements with the neighborhood association the road is wider because it was a limited arterial street than they had originally planned. He said they offered to make the road wider, but agreed to the staff recommendation.
    Mr. John reiterated Mr. Hutton's comments about making sure the street is designed for an eventual widening of the street.
    Mr. Hutton understood the unimproved section of Grace Lane to the north is not, at this point, a City street. Mr. Dudark believed it to be a county road. Mr. Mendenhall noted that the other property owned by the Redeemer Church was annexed into the City. The portion to the north, he explained, was not part of the City. Mr. Mendenhall clarified that everything they have done with the Council has been voluntarily annexed. Mr. Hutton's point was that because this section of Grace Lane is not a City street, and potentially will not be for some time, it will not be improved by the City.
    Mr. John asked about the Mings property on the west side and whether it connects to the Redeemer Church property. Mr. Mendenhall related that the tracts do not abut (there is land in between the church and the Mings property). Mr. John commented that it appears the City limit line goes to the middle of Grace Lane all the way down. He said if development occurs on the west side, right-of-way and half widths can be built and developed at that point.
    The vote on R147-03 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, LOVELESS, HUTTON, JOHN, ASH, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. ABSENT: HINDMAN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

PR149-03 Establishing a policy on cooperative planning of the urban fringe area by the City Planning and Zoning Commission and the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission.
B209-03 Voluntary annexation of property located on the north side of St. Charles Road, approximately 100 feet east of Upland Creek Road; establishing permanent zoning.
B210-03 Changing the street name of "Texaco Drive" to "Freedom Drive."
B211-03 Vacating utility easements located within Valley View Park.
B212-03 Vacating a portion of a utility easement across Lot 175 of The Village of Cherry Hill Subdivision, Plat 1.
B213-03 Approving the C-P Development Plan of Spring Creek; approving less stringent screening requirements.
B214-03 Approving the final plat of Judah, Plat 1.
B215-03 Approving the final plat of The Village of Cherry Hill, Plat 6, a replat of parts of The Village of Cherry Hill, Plats 1 and 3.
B216-03 Rezoning property located on the east side of North Eighth Street, approximately 60 feet north of Wilkes Boulevard from R-3 to R-2.
B217-03 Accepting easements for drainage, road, sewer, sidewalk and utility purposes.
B218-03 Authorizing relocation of water main along the Conley Road/US 63 interchange.
B219-03 Authorizing construction of an 8-inch water main serving Thornbrook, Plat 10; providing for payment of differential costs.
B220-03 Appropriating funds for electric utility purposes.
B221-03 Accepting easements for utility purposes.
B222-03 Appropriating funds from the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration for future celebration programs.
 

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

(B)     2611 Spruce Drive - Drainage Problems.
    Mr. Beck noted that staff has done quite a bit of engineering work on this property and have concluded that it would be helpful to do some more improvements in addition to what was already done in conjunction with the street project.
    Mr. Hutton asked Mr. Patterson if Mrs. Walters has seen the report. Mr. Patterson replied that it was mailed out last Thursday and he assumed it was received. Mr. Hutton questioned whether staff has clearly communicated to her what they consider the improvements that would be a homeowner responsibility, i.e., the grading around the house and patio, etc. Mr. Patterson replied they have certainly tried to and indicated that staff met with her several times to talk about these things. He said it was difficult to say for certain whether or not their communication has been totally adequate. Mr. Patterson assured the Council there has been a very sincere effort to do so.
    Mr. Hutton said what bothers him most is not being able to do something about these things because City policies do not prevent these circumstances from occurring. He asked if the Storm Water Task Force is reviewing all storm water policies, procedures and ordinances. Mr. Patterson said they pretty much are looking at everything. At their meeting this week, he said they would, for the second time, be reviewing the provisions of Chapter 12A as it relates to development and how to prevent problems from occurring. He related the group will suggest strengthening these ordinances as part of their recommendations to the Council. Mr. Hutton questioned whether there would be a fairly significant number of suggested changes to existing ordinances and new sections as well. Mr. Patterson said it is difficult for him to anticipate what the Task Force will finally come up with, but he did know they are talking about a lot of different possibilities.
    Mr. Hutton expressed concern about the City's lack of action to address storm water runoff to a suitable ending. He commented that when the subdivision plat to the north of Mrs. Walters' property was approved, the Council approved a plan that allowed a storm water pipe to dump water at a property line. He said if anything, the Task Force should be looking at that. In the future, Mr. Hutton stated that the Council cannot allow for storm water to be taken off a site that is currently being developed and dumped somewhere else. He wanted to see it accounted for to some logical end, like into a creek or a major drainage area. Even though this report maintains that the actions by the subdivision developer was done perfectly within City policy and procedures as they stand right now, he still did not think it is right that the City allows a 15 to18-inch pipe to dump water in Mrs. Walters' backyard.
    Mr. Hutton requested that the rocks be removed from the front yard as soon as possible and that the concrete swale be installed. Mr. Patterson said the rocks were on a high priority schedule -- he was waiting until after the Council acted on the report and gave direction.
    Mr. Loveless noted the report had said that regrading Mrs. Walters' yard would help provide some protection. He asked what it might cost to do the grading. Mr. Patterson did not know if staff came up with an estimate, but he thought it would certainly cost less than putting in a pipe as requested by Ms. Walters. Mr. Loveless asked if a half day would take care of the grading. Mr. Patterson thought it would.
    Mr. Ash understood the report to say that legally and technically, the City did not have an obligation to do anything because the house is in a low water point and it is a design/grading problem. He noted the report also indicated, under current standards, this pipe would not be allowed to contribute to this existing problem if it were built today. He felt as though, even if the City does not have a legal obligation, that perhaps we have a moral obligation to assist in correcting this storm water problem. Mr. Ash would feel more comfortable if the City were to offer Mrs. Walters some assistance. Mr. Patterson said while the drainage pipe in question was technically acceptable when it was installed in the early 90's, it really should not have been done. In recognition of the fact that the pipe should not have been allowed to discharge into her yard, he reported that his department spent $2,500 installing the drainage swale to compensate for the pipe. Mr. Patterson indicated that was their effort to try to acknowledge and participate in a solution to Mrs. Walters' storm water problems.
    Mr. Loveless reiterated that a good half day with a piece of equipment in the yard would probably reshape it to where it could be ensured that the water stayed in the ditch and did not come up to Mrs. Walters' house.
    Mr. Beck said there are quite a few situations like this that he was sure Public Works has addressed. Mr. Patterson concurred. Mr. Beck believed the question is how much public money should be used to deal with problems caused privately by someone building a house at too low an elevation because the City did not have tough enough standards or for whatever reason. Mr. Patterson reported that staff has been making progress, but he said there is always resistence to anything that increases building costs.
    Mr. Loveless asked if detailed plans could be furnished to Mrs. Walters so these could be given to a landscaper as was done in the case of the house on Martinshire. Mr. Patterson replied staff could do that and they would also be happy to help in those terms in any way Mrs. Walters would desire. He pointed out that there will always be water in the yard because it is a natural drainage way, but it can be directed so that it passes through the yard instead of ponding up against the house and getting in the basement.
    Mr. John concurred with the Council accepting this report then Mr. Hutton could follow-up and work with Mrs. Walters on the situation. The Council agreed with this suggestion. Report accepted.
 

(C)     Business Area Organization Program.
    Mr. Beck commented that staff is already working with the Business Loop Association, but another further interest has been received from a group on 763. He said the question was whether or not the Council wanted to start creating business organization associations similar to neighborhood associations.
    As with neighborhood associations, Mr. Janku believed staff could develop standards for geographic areas and provide membership opportunities to everyone.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to develop a policy resolution for Council consideration. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

(D)     Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission Report - Rollins Road Project, Forum Boulevard Extension Project, Size of Commission Membership.
    Mr. Janku noted that the Commission size is something the Council could consider changing. He suggested asking staff to work with the Commission to come forward with a proposal to reduce the membership of this Commission.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the Commission and staff work on how to reduce the size of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission and report back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 
 

(E)     Commercial Use of Religious Facility Parking Lots.
    Mr. Beck reported that staff recommended applying the use of religious parking lots to a specific downtown geographic area. He commented that churches can be in any zoned area of the City, and if these institutions start leasing out lots, different traffic patterns could develop throughout the week. Mr. Beck thought it was a good use of parking lots that are not used through the week. The staff suggestion is that these lots be landscaped and brought up to standards.
    Mr. John and Mr. Janku thought this issue is being made much more complicated than it should be. Mr. Janku suggested forwarding this to the Planning and Zoning Commission with no formal recommendation or approach and ask for their review and recommendations.
    Mr. Ash said when the issue originally came up, he wanted to grandfather the two existing cases without allowing them to expand their operation too much and without opening this up to all of the other churches. He noted that three other churches could be affected by any amendment. In reference to the proposed revisions to Section 29-8 of the Code given to the Council, Mr. Ash suggested moving item 4 to the top with the only exceptions being for the lots in existence at the time of this ordinance. He stated this would grandfather the two churches that are already leasing their parking lots.
    Mr. Janku commented the Council could ultimately decide to do that, but he thought this should be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearings and their input. Mr. John thought it was a good idea to get some thoughts on paper. Mr. Janku wanted it made clear there is no consensus.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the issue be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearing and a report back to the Council.
    Mr. Hutton asked that the letter from Smith, Lewis LLP be considered in the context of the whole issue. He was not advocating the suggestions mentioned in the letter, but he wanted the Commission to consider the points of the letter. He noted the suggestion also included non-profit agencies as well as churches.
    The motion made by Mr. Janku, amended by Mr. Hutton, was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

(F)     Review of City Liquor and Business Licensing Policies.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that the Commission had followed the proper procedure in asking the Council whether or not they should look into these issues.
    Mr. Ash agreed that flagrant, repeat violators should be punished, but he also thought if the City is going to get tougher on the bar owners, the Council should also consider ordinances to punish the kids who use fake identification. He believed the responsibility for violations should be shared 50/50 by both the business owner who supplies alcohol to a kid with a fake i.d. and the kid who has the fake i.d. Right now, Mr. Ash stated the business takes all of the heat. He noted that the Police Department allows a certain number of false alarms for free before charging a business for them. Rather than just trying to pull a business license, Mr. Ash thought the City could have a similar philosophy wherein a business is allowed a certain number of disturbances, but then after that they might be charged fees. He thought it seemed draconian to the point where it would make it harder for a business to retain a liquor license.
    Mr. Janku commented that graduating the offenses is fairly common in most types of situations where the first offense is a lesser penalty. He thought it was a good suggestion. He was hopeful the Council could be taken out of the hearing process.
    Mr. Ash had concerns about businesses and the tax dollars they generate being used to put themselves out of business. He suggested tightening the scope and asked that they tread lightly.
    Mr. Janku asked if the Council was allowed to affect the penalties for fake identification or if it was state only. Mr. Boeckmann stated the City has these types of ordinances as well.
    Mr. John was not sure he was comfortable in sending this fairly broad request back to the Commission yet. He said points had just been brought up that he was not aware of, and he would like to get a better feel for where the Council is going with this issue. He suggested further discussion at a pre-Council dinner.
    Mr. Janku thought the Commission was interested in developing a list of issues, and he did not want them to interpret the Council's current inaction as a suggestion that these are being ignored. Mr. John did not want it to go back so broadly brushed either. Mr. Janku suggested the Council ask staff to work on a further refinement of how to approach this and bring it back for Council review. Mr. John thought that was reasonable.
    Mr. Loveless asked that the Commission be notified that the Council is moving ahead and is not ignoring their request.
    Mr. Janku noted there would be a change in circumstances with reduced State Liquor Control staff. He said if it is perceived among the community at-large that there is no enforcement, things could get much different than they are currently. He thought it was a good idea to look at the issues.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to refine the issue and report back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

(G)     Crane and Philips Property Appraisals.
    Mr. Beck explained the estimated cost for the appraisals would be $3,000. He believed the appraisals will provide more information in regard to the cost and value of the properties.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to proceed. The motion was seconded by Mr. Ash and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

    Mr. Loveless asked about a Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Grant and understood it was moving forward. Ms. Crayton said that was correct. Mr. Beck commented that it would come back at the next Council meeting. Mr. Steinhaus stated the question was whether or not the application had to be completed by the next Council meeting or if the Council could authorize the City Manager to sign the grant once it is completed. That way, the group could have the grant completed by the deadline at the end of the month. Mr. John thought the Council would need to see some guidelines as to the amount of money that is proposed for each entity. He believed the Council could work with that without having a complete application. Mr. Steinhaus responded that information could be provided. Mr. Loveless repeated the consensus is that the Council is in favor of proceeding and would be looking for something more formal at the next meeting.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council, the following individual was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Standing Committee on Public Art:

Sleadd, Michael D., 1301 Windsor, Apt. #1 - Ward 3
 

COMMENTS BY COUNCIL, STAFF AND PUBLIC
    Ms. Crayton reminded everyone of the National Night Out event scheduled for August 5th. She invited everyone to participate in the parade. She also encouraged residents to participate in their own neighborhood activities.

    Mr. Janku requested that the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission be asked for their input on the priority of sidewalk construction in regard to the Brown School Road project. He also asked that they consider whether a pedway should be included as part of the project.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to report back on the possibility of bike lanes on Smiley Lane, west of 763 and also the new portion of Vandiver. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Mr. Janku commented that he had received an e-mail from the son of a former constituent, Mr. Albert, concerning Oakland Park and its naming and whether or not there should be some recognition of the Albert name.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to report back on the amalgamation of the park and whether or not it was formally named. The motion was seconded by Mr. Loveless and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Mr. Hutton commented that the Council recently found out that Indian Hills had been removed, through the census process, from the CDBG eligibility area. It was his understanding there was an appeal process.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that staff be directed to pursue an appeal regarding Indian Hills being included in the CDBG eligibility area. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Regarding Indian Hills, Mr. Hutton asked about the possibility of the City still being able to use CDBG or HOME funding for NRT related activities even though this neighborhood is no longer in an eligibility area.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that staff be directed to report back on the options and possibilities of using CDBG or HOME monies for repair activities in Indian Hills. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Mr. Ash explained that he had met today with members of the Special Business District and he was asked to have staff review the sidewalk ordinance, specifically the existing resolution that contains a list of downtown businesses and what items they are allowed to have in front of them. He noted that some of the businesses no longer exist and he thought it would make more sense to have a uniform policy of what is allowed as far as sandwich boards, tables and chairs, etc. Mr. Ash supplied a list of recommendations the SBD is proposing to the City Manager.
    Mr. Ash made the motion that staff be directed to look at the sidewalk policy. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Mr. Loveless asked about the letters that were to be sent to the cable companies regarding the public access television station. He wondered if these had gone out and whether a response had been received. Mr. Boeckmann indicated the letter went out and an extension was requested. He will report back on any further progress.

    Ruth Walters, 2611 Spruce Drive, reiterated her problem with the open storm water drainage pipe in her side yard. If she had known that she was going to end up with a creek next to her house, she never would have allowed them to lower her yard. She asked that the City bury the pipe and raise her yard.
    Mr. Loveless told Mrs. Walters that the City is struggling with storm drainage problems, hers in particular, and Mr. Hutton has pledged to continue working on it to see if conditions could be improved.
    Alexandra Walters, 2611 Spruce Drive, asked if the trench would be re-seeded when the City removes the rocks. She also requested that the report referred to earlier be resent to her mother because she has not received it yet.

    Henry Lane, 1816 E. Broadway, spoke on behalf of a new organization, Columbians for the Right to Vote, and asked that the addition and renovation of City buildings be placed on the ballot. He pointed out that there would be no added expense to the taxpayers to place it on the November ballot.

    The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                        Penny St. Romaine
                                                        City Clerk