|Funding Fiscal Year :
||FY 2011: $350,000*
FY 2012: $1,220,000
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||Park Sales Tax
* FY 2011 mid-year appropriation from 2010 Park Sales Tax ballot.
Project Description: New trail
development from Grindstone Nature Area to the confluence of the north and south forks of Grindstone Creek.
Project Manager: Mike Snyder, Superintendent of Planning & Development, 573-874-7203, MTS@GoColumbiaMo.com
Proposed Plans and Alignment Study:
Interested Parties Meetings and Public Input
1. A meeting was held with members of the Eastpointe Homeowner's Association (EHA) at Miller's Imaging on April 27, 2011.
2. A public Interested Parties (I.P.) Meeting was held August 30, 2012, 7-9pm, at 2104 Hillcrest Drive (house at the top of the hill at
end of the drive), Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area. (See press release.)
3. Anyone that was not able to attend the August 30, 2012 I.P. Meeting had opportunity to fill out an on-line comment form that was available 8/31/2012 - 9/17/2012.
4. An Interested Parties Meeting was held July 17, 5-7pm, at the ARC. Documents displayed at the meeting are available on-line (click here).
5. An on-line comment form was posted for those who were unable to attend the July 17, 2013 Interested Parties Meeting. The on-line comment form was available from July 17 - July 24, 2013.
Project Status and Updates:
- August 18, 2014 update: Bridge bid closes 8-20-14. Easement acquisition is underway.
- May 5, 2014 update: Council approved the acquistion of the trail easements on April 21, 2014. Engineers continue working on bridge design.
- February 17, 2014 update: Design is completed with the exception of the bridges. Estimated completion time for bridge design is the end of March 2014.
- November 19, 2013 update: Engineers are working on the final design.
- August 20, 2013 update: After holding the public hearing, the City Council approved the project with a 6-1 vote at the August 19, 2013 Council Meeting. Staff will continue with the planning and scheduling of the project.
- August 19, 2013 update: A public hearing for the is scheduled at the August 19, 2013 Council Meeting. An ordinance to proceed with the project is also scheduled for Council vote.
- July 18, 2013 update: An interested parties meeting was held at the ARC on July 17, 2013. About 75 people were in attendance. Parks and Recreation staff and an engineer from Allstate Consultants were
available to discuss the recommended bridge types and locations that were
determined after the recent survey work and hydrological studies conducted by
Allstate. Parks & Recreation and Allstate staff were on hand to answer any technical
questions related to the Grindstone Trail project, including but not limited to
hydrology, bridge design, tree removal, and alternates to connect the
neighborhood associations to the trail.
Information and opportunity for discussion was also available regarding the remaining
GetAbout projects. An on-line comment form was posted July 17-July 24, 2013 to give those who were unable to attend the meeting an opportunity to comment on the proposed project.
- July 8, 2013 update: On Friday, May 17, from approximately 1:00-4:30pm, numerous residents, Councilpersons Barbara Hoppe and Karl Skala, John Holmes and Brian Harrington from Allstate Consultants, former Mayor Darwin Hindman, and Parks & Recreation staff members Mike Griggs, Gabe Huffington, Mike Snyder, Brett O'Brien, and Janet Godon all met and walked several sections of the Grindstone Trail. The end result of this meeting was that Allstate Consultants would conduct additional survey work and further hydrological studies to determine type and exact location of bridges. The goal is to determine whether the preferred low water bridges will work or if elevated clear span bridges are required.
This process is now completed, and staff has scheduled an interested party meeting on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Activity & Recreation Center (ARC). This will be a drop-in meeting where staff and engineers will be available to discuss actual bridge locations and be available to answer any technical Grindstone Trail questions that came up during our last walk of the site, including but not limited to hydrology, bridge design, tree removal, and alternates to connect the neighborhood associations to the trail.
Parks and Recreation staff will also be available to discuss the remaining GetAbout projects.
- April 24, 2013 update: On Tuesday, April 23, Councilperson Barbara Hoppe and P&R Director Mike Griggs attended the East Pointe Homeowners Association's annual meeting. Several questions were asked about the status of the Grindstone Creek Trail, and it appears the plans are to have another interested parties meeting sometime in May, so that the Grindstone Creek Trail and the remaining nine GetAbout projects could be discussed at the same time. It is likely the Grindstone Trail project will be sent to Council for a public hearing sometime later this summer, possibly at a July meeting. Once these dates are established they will be sent out via the listserve and posted on the website.
Some of the neighbors asked about paint marks on trees along the Waters-Moss property. Those were not placed on the trees by either park staff or representatives from Allstate Consulting. In fact, we don't know who is responsible, so we will continue to monitor the trees and check with other departments or agencies.
- April 15, 2013 update: A report to Council regarding the Grindstone Creek Trail Development project is on the April 15, 2013 Council Agenda. Staff is seeking Council direction to schedule a public hearing for the project.
- January 29, 2013 update: The City Council held a work session on January 22, 2013 for the Grindstone Creek Trail Development project. Parks and Recreation staff gave a presentation of what has transpired to date and the options available to the Council. Staff will prepare a report to Council formally documenting the Commission responses, identifying Council options, and recommending that a public hearing be scheduled.
- November 16, 2012 update: The Parks and Recreation Commission met on Wed, Nov. 14. At this meeting, Mr. John Holmes from Allstate Consultants made the below presentation regarding the possibility of an alternate trail route that would bypass individual properties. This alternate route keeps the trail on either City or homeowner association common land thus avoiding the use of condemnation on individual private property. Following the presentation, the Commission opened the meeting for additional public comment. The Commission voted 4-3 to support 100% funding for the Grindstone Creek Trail project using the consultants preferred route or the alternate route. The three opposition votes supported partial funding of the Grindstone Creek Trail which would provide a connection from the Waters-Moss property to the Grindstone Nature Area. Once this connection was complete, remaining funds would be deferred to the GetAbout projects.
- November 5, 2012 update: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission submitted a report to Council on November 5, 2012 regarding the Grindstone Trail Project. They voted unanimously (8-0) at their October 19, 2012 meeting to keep the funding for the Grindstone Trail Project and not defer these funds to other projects.
- October 31, 2012 update: The Parks and Recreation Commission heard a staff report on the proposed GetAbout Trail projects and opened the meeting to public comment. Following the public input session and Commission discussion, the Commission tabled the Grindstone Trail fund deferral issue in order for the consultants to evaluate the possibility of an alternate route. Their next meeting is scheduled November 14.
- October 19, 2012 update: The City Council originally referred the project to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their input. However, now the Council is seeking feedback on deferring the Grindstone Trail project funds toward other trail and pedway projects. The Parks and Recreation will consider those projects at their October 25 meeting at the ARC.
- September 18, 2012 update: An on-line comment form was made available 8/31/2012 - 9/17/2012 so those that were not able to attend the I.P. meeting would have opportunity to give their input on the trail project.
- August 31, 2012 update: A Interested Parties meeting was held August 30, 2012. Over 60 people from the community came, along with five Parks and Recreation staff members and two representatives from Allstate Consultants. Attendees were given opportunity to fill out a comment form regarding the proposed trail route. A summary of the meeting and the public comments submitted were posted on the web. Parks and Recreation staff also posted an on-line comment form from 8/31/12 to 9/17/12 to provide an opportunity to offer input for those who were unable to attend the meeting.
- August 17, 2012 update: As directed by Council at the July 16, 2012 Council Meeting, staff has scheduled an interested parties meeting on August 30, 2012, 7-9pm, at 2104 Hillcrest Drive, Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, to invite the public to give input on the proposed route generated from the trail alignment study.
- July 27, 2012 update: Staff submitted a report to Council and Council approved proceeding with the public input process at the July 16, 2012 Council Meeting. Staff will be scheduling the following: 1) Interested Parties Meeting, 2) Review by Missouri Department of Conservation, 3) Referral of the final report to the Park and Recreation Commission, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, and the Disabilities Commission.
- April 27, 2012 update: A report including the Phase 1 Alignment Study prepared by Allstate Consultants was submitted on the April 2, 2012 Council Agenda. Council Representative Barbara Hoppe suggested a process that would provide the neighbors a couple weeks to a month to provide a proposed adjustment to the alternative before meeting with East Point Neighborhood Association or an interested parties meeting was scheduled.
- March 30, 2012 update: Staff has reviewed the Phase 1 Alignment Study prepared by Allstate Consultants and has sent the study along with a report to the City Council, which appears on the April 2, 2012 Council Agenda.
- January 19, 2012 update: Allstate Constultants has submitted a preliminary report on the route options. Report is under review by park staff.
- November 15, 2011 update: The trail alignment selection process is proceeding with three potential alignments being considered for the portion west of Highway 63 and two potential alignments being considered to the east of Highway 63. Allstate Consultants LLC, the engineering firm selected to complete the trail alignment selection and the trail design has met with some interested parties and with Council Woman Hoppe to discuss potential alignments and criteria for comparing alignments. Allstate Consultants is in the process of evaluating the alignments and writing a report describing the alignment evaluation process. The report will include discussion of the criteria used and the engineer's recommended alignment. The report will be forwarded to City Council and the public for comment. At least one public meeting will be scheduled prior to final selection of an alignment.
- October 24, 2011 update: Surveyors have begun setting survey control points and locating existing control points around the various neighborhoods on both sides of the Creek to develop an accurate base map for the potential trail alignments.
- September 30, 2011 update:
Allstate personnel will be in the field during the week of Sept 26-30 to look at options for alternative trail routes and to gather site analysis information.
- September 23, 2011 update: An engineering contract with Allstate Consultants for the planning and design of the trail was approved at the August 15, 2011 Council Meeting and has been executed.
- July 7, 2011 update:
Currently working to secure an engineering contract with a local consulting firm to design the project.
- April 27, 2011 update: Initial trail route planning is underway. On April 26, 2011 park staff Mike Hood & Mike Griggs and Council person Barbara Hoppe met with approximately 41 residents of the Eastpointe Homeowner's Association (EHA) at Miller's Imaging. After a brief EHA meeting, staff presented the below PowerPoint.
Action items of April 26 meeting included the establishment of a webmail/listserve service as a method to communicate with residents (completed April 28, 2011). Park staff agreed to walk the trail route with interested residents, but it was thought that it might be more productive to wait until an engineering firm was hired to assist with specific bridge locations. However, park planners are available as needed should anyone want to walk the route before June. Just contact Project Manager Mike Snyder to make the arrangements. Detailed minutes of this meeting were also taken by the EHA secretary.
- April 22, 2011: A request for proposal (RFP) has been issued which will provide park planners with engineering and cost estimating assistance regarding any proposed trail routes. Deadline for responses is May 20, 2011, 12:00 noon.
- April 20, 2011: Ward 6 Council person Barbara Hoppe, park staff Steve Saitta, Mike Hood, & Mike Snyder, Eastpointe Homeowner's Assoc President and several Bluff Pointe Drive residents walked an alternate trail route for the Grindstone Trail. Staff agreed to evaluate the proposed route as suggested by an EHA resident who's property is directly impacted by a potential bridge.
- April 7, 2011: Park planner Steve Saitta and Public Works Engineer Ted Curtis walked the creek route and evaluated potential neighborhood connections. During this preliminary walk, contact was made with the Eastpointe Homeowner's Assoc President and residents located adjacent to the Grindstone Creek. Action item included the scheduling of a future meeting with EHA residents, park staff and Councilperson Hoppe.
- December 3, 2010: Park staff Mike Hood, Mike Griggs, Steve Saitta and Mike Snyder walked the Grindstone Creek to evaluate various trail route options as proposed by park planners during earlier visits to the site. Staff started at the Grindstone Nature Area and walked to Maguire Blvd. Staff walked several alternate routes during this trip. Action items on this and subsequent topographic review meetings, included the preparation of the proposed "Preliminary Grindstone Creek Trail Plan" for further review by City planners and residents.
** E = Engineering/Architect Services; C = Contract Work
Capital Improvement Program