M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
SEPTEMBER 18, 2000
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 18, 2000, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, and CRAYTON were present. The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk, and various Department Heads were also present.
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the regular meeting of September 5, 2000, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Campbell and a second by Mr. Janku.
 

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

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B281-00     Amending Chapter 20 of the Code to establish Planning Department processing fees; amending
                   Chapter 29 of the Code relating to the processing fee for rezoning requests.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that it had been part of the budget strategy to review various administrative fees imposed by the City. He said these proposed fee amendments were discussed in public work sessions. In regards to this specific ordinance, Mr. Beck noted that a few adjustments had been made with the goal being to recover approximately 75% of the staffing cost.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B281-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B282-00     Amending Chapter 27 of the City Code relating to water services size and installation fees.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    In reviewing costs relating to water services, Mr. Beck said it was found in this particular case that the fee could be reduced. He noted that the amendment would also change the size of the water main from three-quarter inch to a one inch service main.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B282-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B283-00     Amending Chapter 15 of the code as it relates to warrant fees.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that this ordinance would increase the warrant fee from $35 to $50. He stated this increase would allow the Police Department and Municipal Court to recover most of the cost for that particular operation. Mr. Beck reported between 2,500 and 3,000 warrants are issued per year, so the impact on the General Fund budget has been approximated at $36,000.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B283-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B284-00     Amending Chapter 5 of the City Code as it relates to animal control services fees.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would raise the licensing fee for animals from $2.50 to $5.00 per year. He remarked some boarding fees will also be affected.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B284-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B285-00     Amending Chapter 11 of the City Code as it relates to fees for public health services.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this fee schedule had been revised by staff in collaboration with the Board of Health. In regards to the charge pertaining to flu shots for children and the elderly, it was decided that these inoculations would continue to be provided at no charge. Mr. Beck reported that no one requiring health services will be turned away from the clinic.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B285-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B286-00     Establishing Parks and Recreation fees.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted several fees would be affected by this fee schedule. The adjustments to the fee structure would generate approximately $100,000 which would go toward the City's General Fund.
    Ms. Crayton asked if the rates for youth programs would be affected. Mr. Hood replied the fees for most of the youth programs have not changed. He said the annual pass fee for junior golfers will be increased by $17.00.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Boeckmann explained that an amendment sheet had been prepared dealing with a recreation facility use charge.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B286-00 be amended per the amendment sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B286-00, as amended, was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B287-00     Amending Chapter 6 and 22 of the Code relating to fees of rental unit inspections and sign permits.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that these fee amendments would recover approximately 75% of the cost to the City to administer the program.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Boeckmann pointed out that the prepared amendment sheet reflects the rounding of the figures presented in the original bill.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B287-00 be amended per the amendment sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B287-00, as amended, was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B288-00     Adopting the Columbia Special Business District FY 2001 Budget.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the Council is required to adopt the budget for the Special Business District as well as setting their tax rate. He pointed out that their tax rate is different than that throughout the community. Mr. Beck reported the SBD's revenues come from this special tax from payment in lieu of tax and also from the sale of holiday lights and that type of thing.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B288-00 was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B313-00     Amending Chapter 19 of the Code relating to Personnel Policies, Procedures, Rules and Regulations.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted the purpose of the changes to this section of the Code are to clarify existing rules and regulations.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B313-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B314-00     Amending the FY 2000 Classification Plan and adopting the FY 2001 Pay Plan.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted a public work session had been held at which time the Council was informed about the review to the City's pay classification plan conducted by the Human Resources Department and a special consultant. This is the first amendment of a two part study. He indicated further review is still occurring pertaining to job descriptions.
    In the budget itself, Mr. Beck reported this amendment would provide a 2% cost of living increase and an opportunity for a 2% merit increase. He commented this places emphasis of merit over cost of living.
    Mr. Campbell asked if this change would correct the problem of the substantial number of long-term employees who are at the top of their salary range being ineligible for merit increases. Mr. Beck said it would, and he noted that the study did not just relate to salaries, but also to the City's benefit package, which is critical to attracting and retaining staff.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Boeckmann explained that the prepared amendment sheet would add to the pay plan and the classification plan the positions of Neighborhood Specialist, Grants Coordinator, and Health Educator.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B314-00 be amended per the amendment sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B314-00, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B226-00     Adopting the FY 2001 Budget.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reviewed the budget process and explained that amendment sheets have been prepared per Council requests. The amendments were displayed on the overhead.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B226-00 be amended per the amendment sheets. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Campbell noted that he would be making another motion, after discussion, designating that the proposed $200,000 in CDBG funding for sprinkler systems at Oak and Paquin Towers be given as a loan, and not a grant.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Etta Tilford, an 80 year old resident of Oak Towers, explained that she lives on the sixth floor of this building. Ms. Tilford was not only concerned with her own safety, but also that of the other 150 residents. She submitted a petition signed by over 500 Oak Tower residents, their friends and relatives, as well as by other City residents. They asked that the residents of Oak and Paquin Towers be provided the comfort of living in safe buildings.
    Doris Chiles, Executive Director of the Columbia Housing Authority, remarked that she regretted the misinformation that has been floating around the community since her presentation at the last meeting. She reported that engineers have estimated that it would cost $800,000 to install fire suppression systems at both Oak and Paquin Towers. She indicated the Housing Authority plans to open the bids on the project in the next 30 days and at that time they will have a firm price. Ms. Chiles noted that HUD has made available to them $600,000 through a capital grant that the Housing Authority receives annually. The balance of the funds received from HUD for the 2000 and 2001 fiscal years are allocated for preventive maintenance items on the other 374 public housing units, as well as some additional work to Oak and Paquin Towers, to ensure the Housing Authority buildings are maintained in a decent and safe condition for the residents.
    Ms. Chiles reported that the Columbia Housing Authority is not a federal agency. It is a local housing authority established by a previous City Council in 1956. If there was another resource available to fund the installation of the sprinkler systems, Ms. Chiles indicated the Board of Commissioners would not have come to the Council to ask for the CDBG funds. She pointed out that Columbia's Housing Authority is a public entity, not a private, not-for-profit entity, and not a private developer.
    Mayor Hindman asked Ms. Chiles if she had any comments pertaining to the $200,000 being given as a loan rather than a grant. Ms. Chiles responded the loan would certainly achieve the objective of getting both buildings under one contract. She thought it was unusual of a City the size of Columbia to loan CDBG funds to its Housing Authority rather than granting the money.
    Mrs. Crockett asked how long CHA has been working on getting a sprinkler system installed. Ms. Chiles indicated it had been two years since they met with the Fire Department after the fires. She said a proposal from CHA was presented to the City in the spring of 1998 requesting the funding for a fire suppression system at Paquin only. Ms. Chiles reported at that time, they accepted $30,000 from the City to assist with the engineering fees. She noted those fees were about $110,000 for both buildings. She related that the design work is complete and they will open bids for the project on October 19th.
    Mr. Janku asked about the amount CHA receives annually from HUD. Ms. Chiles explained that the amount varies; in 1998 they received over $800,000, in 1999 they received something over $900,000, and this year they received $1.2 million. Ms. Chiles stated that next year they could get $800,000 again.
    Mr. Campbell said considerable concern has been raised about priorities on the spending of Housing Authority funds. He asked Ms. Chiles to comment on the construction of a new administrative while this fire safety issue was still unresolved. Ms. Chiles explained that CHA's administrative building had not complied with ADA and HUD regulations as it was not handicapped accessible. Mr. Campbell asked if that had been more important than a sprinkler system. Ms. Chiles remarked at the time it was because they were out of compliance. She noted that the Housing Authority Board, whose members are appointed by the Mayor, are very conservative and a number of alternatives were considered before the present building was constructed.
    Tiffany Combs, Program Director for Columbia Enterlight Ministries, spoke on behalf of Reverend Young who could not be present. She explained that their small office is run by Reverend Young and herself and that they offer home ownership counseling. She reported that last year's CDBG funding was used to fund her position. It was hoped that their application for funding would be approved so as to continue the current program. Ms. Combs indicated their case load of approximately 12 last year has grown to about 50. The block grant funding is important for them to be able to maintain their case load and help the people of this community realize their dreams of home ownership. Ms. Combs noted that they were also planning to use part of the funding to match their Fair Housing Grant.
    Mr. Janku asked if their office has submitted a report since Enterlight Ministries was last awarded funding. Ms. Combs did not know they were required to do so. Mr. Janku asked her to submit a copy of their HUD report.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth Street, an officer of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association, thanked the staff and Council for its recommendation for partial funding of a planning process for North Central to develop a neighborhood plan that might be the basis of legislation.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B226-00 be further amended to reflect the $200,000 in CDBG funds allocated for the Columbia Housing Authority being designated as a zero interest loan (to be paid back at a time to be determined after negotiations between the staff and the Columbia Housing Authority) and not as a grant. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku.
    Mr. Janku felt the benefit to the community of having a loan rather than an outright grant is when the funds are repaid to the City, they will be re-circulated in the community for various projects within CDBG guidelines.
    Mr. Campbell indicated he considered public safety first, housing second, and then neighborhood programs and other such things as third in his priority listing relating to decision-making concerning the allocation of CDBG funds. He said the money, as it comes back in, could be used very effectively in some of the areas that were not fully funded this year.
    Mrs. Crockett agreed with Mr. Campbell and Mr. Janku. She asked if the City has ever given the Housing Authority money. Mr. Beck thought they had given them money on a maintenance building. He noted we also had a program in their center at one time and he remembered the City doing some work on that building.
    Mrs. Crockett thought CHA should be given a grant rather than a loan. She noted a considerable amount of CDBG money being spent on the Armory Building, and there are no lives at risk like there are in this situation.
    Mr. John also supported the idea of a grant as opposed to a loan. He remarked that he could not support the amendment.
    Ms. Crayton also expressed support of a grant.
    Mayor Hindman favored a loan, but said whichever way the vote goes on the amendment, the situation will be taken care of. He believed it was a matter of working toward maximizing the benefit of HUD funds.
    Mayor Hindman suggested a friendly amendment to Mr. Campbell's motion by compromising and allocating a $100,000 grant and a $100,000 zero interest loan. Mr. Campbell accepted his amendment.
    Mr. Coffman noted the funding for a new Health Department facility will be coming up eventually as well as other needs. He thought the City should remain flexible to ensure that monies will be available for these projects. Mr. Coffman believed Mayor Hindman's suggestion was a fair compromise that would give the City that flexibility.
    Mr. Campbell felt it was very important for the City to put every dollar possible into low income housing.
    Mr. John argued that by allocating funding for a fire suppression system at Oak and Paquin towers, would be putting money into low income housing.
    The vote on motion to further amend B226-00, made by Mr. Campbell, amended by Mayor Hindman, seconded by Mr. Janku, was approved by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku noted there will be other funds reallocated later for which applications will be taken again.
    B226-00, as amended, was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

    Mr. Beck commented that he was appreciative of the work done on the budget by the staff and the Council. He was confident the budget is a good one and thanked everyone for their help.
 

B289-00     Calling for bids for the repainting of runway and taxiway markings at Columbia Regional Airport.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that an FAA directive was that glass beads be included in the paint on both taxiways and runways. He noted a 90% match has been approved on the estimated cost of $141,600 for the project. Local money, about $14,000, will come from the Transportation Sales Tax.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B289-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B302-00     Rezoning property located on the south side of Clark Lane, east of Crump Lane from A-1, R-2, and
                   O-P to C-P and O-P.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this approximate 12 acre tract is located in northeast Columbia. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the request.
    Mr. Dudark noted that this rezoning application was heard by the Commission on two different occasions. He explained the current request has been scaled back a bit. With several vacant tracts of commercial in the area, Mr. Dudark remarked that the Commission had a hard time approving any additional zoning with the traffic situation being what it is. Also, he said the alignment of the streets is unusual in the area and sight distances are a problem. Mr. Dudark stated that the home owners to the west of the site are also concerned about the additional traffic.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Tom Schneider, an attorney with offices at 11 N. Seventh, spoke on behalf of the applicants. He noted that in January, a significantly larger request was before the Council in regards to this property. He said it was scaled back at that time and the Council remanded it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their review. In addition to scaling back the acreage significantly, Mr. Schneider noted this request also considerably limits the amount of frontage on Clark Lane. He thought there had also been a concern expressed relating to driveways located to the northeast of the property. Mr. Schneider stated the current plan provides some offset which the applicant believes would be beneficial. He pointed out due to the tract's proximity to I-70, Mr. Schneider doubts that the R-2 zoned area will ever be developed for that purpose.
    In response to the traffic issue, Mr. Schneider indicated that he agreed it would be appropriate to require a traffic study in connection with this development, but he pointed out that his clients did not create the traffic problem in the area. It is thought that the incremental increase in traffic, between office and commercial in relation to the overall area, is not great. Mr. Schneider acknowledged there is more traffic generated by commercial and office businesses, but the incremental change should not be that significant.
    Mr. Schneider noted that if the Metro 2020 plan is adopted, it would allow some retail in the area. He pointed out that his clients propose to dedicate a greenbelt on the property to the City in the event this request is approved.
    Mr. Campbell understood the applicant already owns commercially zoned property across the road from this site. Mr. Schneider agreed that there is some ownership overlap. Mr. Campbell asked Mr. Schneider about his comment that the probability of a residential development in this area is unlikely. Mr. Schneider indicated that was his personal opinion. Mr. Campbell argued that has happened in other cities with areas such as this. Mr. Schneider said he could be wrong, but that was his opinion.
    Mr. Janku asked how much acreage the applicant owns in this area, excluding the portion designated as a greenbelt. Mr. Schneider said the commercial tract to the northeast is approximately 12 acres, and this request contains about the same amount.
    Judy Johnson, a member of the Zaring Neighborhood Association, 1516 McKee Street, thought this proposal will bottleneck residents in. She spoke of current traffic issues and believed this development will only intensify the problem.
    James German, 4217 Stevendave, spoke in opposition to the application.
    Karl Skala, 5201 Gasconade, spoke on behalf of the Hominy Branch Neighborhood Alliance. He explained that Clark Lane continues in a straight fashion with Ballenger curving off to the left just at the access where this proposed change would take place. He thought that was a real potential traffic problem. Mr. Skala displayed an overhead of the area and pointed out the commercial tracts. He noted that all of those developments have had an impact on traffic in the area. He reported the map was made about two years ago and does not take into account the 50 acres of commercially zoned property at Lake of the Woods, nor the Gateway Development which contains about 45 acres. Mr. Skala stated out these tracts are only approximately a mile from the property owned by Mr. Godas.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mrs. Crockett asked about C-P zoning and off-site improvements, specifically in reference to the horrendous curve on Ballenger Lane that is adjacent to the property in question. Mr. Patterson indicated staff pointed out that this was a potential problem in developing a plan for the area. With the traffic flow, he said there would obviously be a need for some off-site improvements if the property were to be developed commercially. If this zoning request is approved, Mr. Patterson said staff could address the issue in more detail.
    Regarding the arguments they heard about traffic, Mr. John stated the C-P zone would take care of it in the long run because the applicant would have to conduct traffic studies and pay for some of the off-site improvements. He commented because there are so many commercial tracts in this area that are not developed, it speaks to the fact that the buyers who purchase these properties for such do consider whether or not people will have access to those tracts. He believed that someday these properties will be developed, but he wondered what they will develop as. Mr. John stated he could not support this request because the commercial zoning will be adjacent to the residential area on the west side.
    Mr. Campbell said he could not support something that will increase what is already a bad situation as far as traffic is concerned. He thought it might be worthwhile if it came in as a package, but he could not support something open. He noted the infrastructure costs pertaining to traffic improvements would be so great, and this small development would not be able to carry it.
    Mr. Janku remarked on the potential for an overpass in this area, but he did not think the Council could rely on it in connection with approval of this request. He believed the applicant should give more guidance as to what could be done to alleviate some of the traffic problems. Under the current proposal if approved by the Council, Mr. Janku said this would create a giant cul-de-sac of commercial property.
    B302-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: NO ONE. VOTING NO: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. Bill defeated.
 

B303-00     Authorizing construction of 12-inch water main serving Spring Creek, Plat 1; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this was being recommended in accordance with City policy. The estimated cost to the Water and Light Fund is $23,659.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B303-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B304-00     Calling for bids for the relocation and upgrade of water main along Route B from Vandiver Drive to
                   Business Loop 70; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Malon explained that this is the final step in the utility relocation work that needs to be done on a section of Route B between the Business Loop and Highway 63. He remarked this project will be reimbursed by the Highway Department in the amount of $470,000.
    Mr. Malon reported that the existing well line running from the corner of Vandiver Drive across Interstate 70 has been damaged in several places during the construction of Route B. He indicated that the project does not call for the removal of the old line, instead staff is proposing to upgrade this to a bigger line and use it as a second feed line to the northeast booster district pumping station located at the corner of Vandiver and Oakland. That pump station is what feeds the whole elevated pressure zone. The line will be located on the west side of the railroad track so it will not interfere with any of the work going on with the Highway Department. Mr. Malon stated the line would cross Interstate 70 and the railroad bridge.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B304-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

(A)     Amendment No. 7 to Planning Report (201 Facility Plan) on wastewater collection.
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this amendment is required because the City is using the State Revolving Loan Fund to finance the construction of the project. He pointed out that this major ballot issue project will provide a relief sewer on the upper Hinkson Creek. It will involve approximately 4,500 feet of 48-inch sanitary sewer line. Mr. Patterson reported it will also allow the City to eliminate an air lift pump station that is located on the Columbia Country Club Golf Course that has been a source of numerous problems in the past. It will also eliminate several syphon crossings that periodically cause maintenance problems. Mr. Patterson was hopeful the project would begin construction in 2001.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mayor Hindman asked whether a new easement would have to be acquired for the project or if the same one would be used. Mr. Patterson replied that it would not be necessary to acquire easements for the entire project, but he indicated there may be some additional right of way that the City would have to obtain. Generally, he said the project would follow the existing easements in order to minimize costs. He noted these are strictly sewer easements, so if they were to be converted to some other use, the City would have to obtain additional land rights. Mr. Patterson pointed out that this project would still have to come back to the Council for a public hearing, and the issue regarding "other uses" could be addressed in a report to the Council before plans are finalized.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the staff be directed to proceed. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Crockett and approved unanimously by voice vote.

 
OLD BUSINESS
B294-00     Amending Chapter 14 of the Code to prohibit parking on portions of Waterloo Drive.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this amendment was initiated by a request from persons living on Waterloo Drive. He said residents complained about parked vehicles obstructing traffic, and at times prohibiting the movement of emergency vehicles. He noted that staff surveyed the property owners along the street and received 10 responses; five residents were in favor of removing parking on both sides of the street, two were in favor of removing parking on the north side, and one supported removing parking on the south side of Waterloo. The traffic engineer thought it would be acceptable to remove parking on both sides of Waterloo if that is what the residents preferred. The ordinance reflects what staff believed to be the requests of the neighborhood -- to remove parking on both sides of the street from 340 feet south of Stevendave east to Ballenger Lane.
    Mr. Campbell asked if Waterloo was similar to Rice Road as well as other unimproved streets -- being about 20 feet wide. Mr. Patterson said that was correct, there are several similar situations in town. Mr. Campbell noted Waterloo is comparable to other streets in which there is a considerable amount of traffic traveling on narrow streets. He believed to approve this ordinance would set a precedent. Mr. Patterson indicated that these requests are being initiated by neighborhoods or persons living in the area. He reported that staff has not set any kind of a formal policy on the width. Mr. Patterson pointed out that current ordinances would allow the City to restrict parking on streets less than 20 feet, but he thought that something as important as parking should always come forward for public discussion before it is removed.
    James German, 4217 Stevendave, President of the Alumni Heights Neighborhood Association, read a letter from the Neighborhood Watch Captain suggesting that parking on both sides of Waterloo be restricted during certain hours, i.e., from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    Mr. Janku asked why the City could not restrict parking on one side only. Mr. Patterson said that was an option. He noted that currently parking is restricted on the west side of Waterloo from Stevendave Drive south 340 feet. He said it could easily be amended to restrict the parking on the west and south side continuously to Ballenger Lane. Mr. Patterson indicated they could try it this way and see if it works. Another option would be to go back to the neighborhood and try to develop something else.
    Mrs. Crockett asked Mr. Patterson's feelings about allowing parking on both sides of a 20 foot street and the maneuverability of emergency vehicles. Mr. Patterson said on a street such as Waterloo, parking on both sides does restrict emergency vehicle movement through the area. He noted these requests are discussed with emergency service providers.
    Mr. Coffman wondered why someone had not suggested prohibiting parking just on one side of the street. Mr. Patterson said it had been, however, what is being presented to the Council represented the majority viewpoint on the issue. He thought that by restricting parking on one side of Waterloo would be a reasonable compromise, and the situation could be monitored to ensure that it meets the needs of the area.
    Mr. Campbell believed it made sense to have parking restricted on one side, but not on both. He said people living along the street are inconvenienced because in many cases the driveways to these homes do not supply adequate parking.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B274-00 be amended by restricting parking on the south side of Waterloo. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Crockett and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. John thought the amendment was an improvement, but he noted there were still only five out of 28 to 34 owners along Waterloo that have said they want parking restricted. He said the safety issue was beginning to sway him, but he has a problem voting on these kinds of changes without having the majority of the ownership along a street indicating their support for such.
    Mrs. Crockett agreed with Mr. John, but because this is a narrow street she is concerned about the movement of emergency vehicles. She commented the Council is beginning to see more requests of this type as well as for traffic calming devices.
    Regarding the suggestion of having parking removed only during the day, Mr. Campbell noted oftentimes emergency vehicles would need to go through the area at night. He said the fact that it would be dark would make it even more difficult to navigate through the area.
    B294-00, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: JOHN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B295-00     Amending Chapter 14 of the Code to prohibit parking on both sides of Westwinds Drive near
                   Westwinds Park.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson noted that this request had been initiated by the Parks and Recreation Department. He said the street is narrow and they were concerned about the alignment of it. In this case there are 12 property owners. All were sent letters and five responded with comments, three of which were in favor or removing parking. Mr. Patterson showed on the overhead the section of road from which parking would be prohibited. Mr. Patterson noted that staff has already anticipated the potential for speeding problems, so Westwinds Drive has been added to the list of streets to be considered for traffic calming. Because this is a neighborhood park, it is thought there will be a lot of pedestrian access to it.
    Mayor Hindman noted that he walks his dog in that particular park several times a day. He said there are only a few houses on Westwinds Drive that would really be affected by this amendment. He felt very little parking was occurring on the street with the exception of a group picnic when there might be a line of cars. Mayor Hindman did not think parking was a major issue, but something is needed to control the speed of vehicles through the area.
    Mr. Campbell said he had not received a single inquiry on this issue. He did not think it was too much of a neighborhood concern. Mr. Campbell indicated he would be in favor of initially restricting parking on the north side of Westwinds Drive.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that B295-00 be amended to restrict parking on the north side only of Westwinds Drive. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B295-00, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: JOHN. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B296-00     Calling for bids for the construction of sanitary sewer improvements known as the Cow Branch Pump
                   Station, force main and outfall, and trunk sewers CB-4 and CB-5.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted there had been a public hearing held on this major project last October. Funding for this $2.2 million project was included in the 1997 ballot issue. He said the plan is to secure a low interest loan through the State Revolving Fund.
    Mr. Campbell remarked about a change in plans because of staff's inability to obtain easements from the Boone County Commission. He asked if that resulted in a significant change in the price of the work. Mr. Patterson responded that approximately 600 feet of sewer line will be eliminated because of it; however, this portion could be put back in as a change order if the issue is resolved with the County. Mr. Campbell asked how much money he thought the change in alignment was costing. Mr. Patterson thought probably $2,000 to $3,000.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if she understood the County would not grant the easement. Mr. Patterson indicated the County chose to impose some conditions on the easement that were not really relevant to the project. Since that portion of the project was simply to eliminate a lift station serving their facility, he said staff advised the Commissioners, due to our schedule, the City's plans would be modified from that standpoint. Mr. Patterson reported the City could not afford to delay the project over issues that were not relevant to the sewer line.
    B296-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B307-00     Discontinuing the Computer Advisory Committee; establishing the Internet Citizens Advisory Group;
                   adopting a Statement of Purpose for the City's web page.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reported the Council had been advised of the status of the Computer Advisory Committee -- the purpose for which it was established and why it was not actively working any longer. The Council talked about their desire for having a permanent web committee instead of a task force. Mr. Beck explained that this section of the Code had been rewritten to establish the Internet Advisory Group and to adopt a statement of purpose for the City's web page.
    B307-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B310-00     Accepting a Missouri Police Chiefs Association Step Grant; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Chief Boehm explained that this grant in the amount of $1,050 was offered by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. It is to be used for officer overtime to conduct traffic enforcement, specifically to look for seat belt violations.
    The bill was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B312-00     Authorizing an agreement with Central Missouri Counties Human Development Corporation for the
                   purchase and lease of city-owned property located at Rangeline and Wilkes.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the City acquired property at this intersection and a request had been made by the North Central Neighborhood Association to have the building utilized for a neighborhood/community-type center. He said staff has been working with CMCHDC relating to the lease of this city-owned property.
    Mr. Campbell noted that the agreement stipulated that the building will be limited to operation as a community center. He asked Mr. Boeckmann if the City has a definition of what that would be. Mr. Boeckmann said he did not believe so. Mr. Campbell asked if the agreement met with his approval. Mr. Boeckmann replied that he had no specific objections if that is something the Council wants to proceed with.
    Mr. John said he could not determine whether or not the agreement covers normal issues that should be found in a ground lease, in addition to some of the issues that might revolve around an old building that needs rehabilitation. He asked if the lease was acceptable.
    Mayor Hindman thought the Council will basically have to decide the policy issue. He assumed the lease was satisfactory.
    Mrs. Crockett questioned the parking. She noted that she had asked about it before and was told the parking issue would be addressed when a plan was brought back. Mrs. Crockett did not believe the City would allow anyone else to lease a building, for business or for any other purpose, without ensuring that the parking needs can be met. She believed parking is based on the square footage of a building or the use of a building. She remarked that parking is not specifically mentioned in the lease. Mr. Boeckmann pointed out a provision on the third page of the agreement that said, "Nothing in this agreement guarantees that the building or property is zoned appropriately for a community center or that adequate parking is available to meet minimum parking requirements for a community center." It went on to say that the agency is granted standing to apply to the Board of Adjustment or the Planning and Zoning Commission for either variances or rezoning. Mr. Boeckmann indicated that if CMCHDC applied for rezoning to C-2 and it was granted, there would be no parking requirement. Mrs. Crockett asked whether the Council should approve a C-2 zone for this area. Mr. Boeckmann reported the Council cannot enter into an agreement to rezone the property because that requires a public hearing. He stated the Council could not legally bind themselves to their decision prior to that.
    Mayor Hindman asked if the lease is contingent on CMCHDC obtaining the proper zoning. Mr. Boeckmann responded the agreement stipulates that the lease is null and void if the parking requirement cannot be met.
    Mr. Janku asked what the parking requirements would be for a community center. Mr. Hood thought he remembered it being 19 off-street parking spaces.
    Mr. John questioned whether or not a community center would be an allowed use in C-2. He pointed out that the agreement will be null and void if the CMCHDC cannot get proper approval. Mr. John commented that he can support this agreement as long as this agency is required to do the same things a private individual would have to do to use the building for some purpose.
    B312-00 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

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

B290-00     Approving Change Order No. 1, approving the engineer's final report for the construction of the West
                   Ash Street Sidewalk Project.
B291-00     Approving Change Order A to the contract with Huebert Builders, Inc. for the renovation of the Police
                   Building Project.
B292-00     Approving change order to the contract with Huebert Builders, Inc. for the renovation of the Daniel
                   Boone Building lobby.
B293-00     Authorizing a right of use permit to allow the University of Missouri to install a storm sewer line within
                   the University Avenue right of way.
B297-00     Authorizing application and execution of FTA grant documents for FY 2001.
B298-00     Approving the final plat of Russell Subdivision, Plat 2.
B299-00     Approving the final plat of Ewing Industrial park, Plat 5; authorizing a performance contract.
B300-00     Approving the final plat of The Highlands, Plat 12-C, a replat of The Highlands, Plat 12-B.
B301-00     Approving the final plat of Victoria South, Plat 2; authorizing a performance contract.
B305-00     Accepting grants of easements for electric utility purposes.
B306-00     Amending the agreement with the State of Missouri to receive additional funding for the HIV
                   Prevention Program; appropriating funds.
B308-00     Amending Chapter 18 of the City Code as it relates to pensions for firefighters.
B309-00     Appropriating funds collected from the sale of the Centennial History Book to offset publication costs.
R183-00     Setting a public hearing: street improvements to Heather Lane.
R184-00     Setting a public hearing: improvements to Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
R185-00     Authorizing a Transportation Planning Grant Agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation
                   Commission.
R186-00     Accepting a grant from the State of Missouri for family planning services.

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

NEW BUSINESS
R187-00     Authorizing an agreement with Enterprise Development Corporation for CDBG funds.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this agency administers the City's Home Ownership Assistance Program which provides up to $2,000 for down payment and closing costs for eligible applicants that meet the HUD requirements. He said the Council has budgeted $100,000 for this program.
    Mr. Janku noted that the organization provides the City with an annual report on the number of houses that have been sold with a breakdown of the demographics. He asked whether the geographic locations of the sale of those homes could be provided as well. Mayor Hindman responded that the agency plans to make a presentation at an upcoming Council work session. Mr. Janku asked that this information be included as part of the presentation.
    The vote on R187-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R188-00     Authorizing a contract with Horizon Research Services to evaluate city funded social services.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this annual process has been in place for a number of years. The intent this year is to evaluate seven programs provided by six agencies at an estimated cost of $16,500.
    Mr. Campbell complimented Mr. Steinhaus and the Commission members. He remarked this evaluation is an excellent way to see how much bang the City is getting from our social service bucks.
    The vote on R188-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R189-00     Authorizing an agreement with Columbia College to allow the placement of conduits on City-owned
                   lighting poles for emergency call boxes.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Malon explained that the College wants to install some emergency phones in their parking lots for use at night. He commented when the phone is picked up, it would automatically ring into JCIC. Mr. Malon reported that Columbia College contacted his department about providing electric service to about six emergency call boxes. He noted that each box will use less than one watt of electricity per year. The contract will allow the College to make the connections on the pole.
    The vote on R189-00 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: JANKU, CROCKETT, CAMPBELL, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON. 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:

B315-00     Vacating a water line easement located within Wyatt Lane Acres Subdivision, Plat 5.
B316-00     Vacating a utility easement located within the proposed Burger King Subdivision.
B317-00     Approving the final plat of Burger King Subdivision; granting a variance to the subdivision regulations;
                   authorizing a performance contract.
B318-00     Approving the final plat of Nazarene Subdivision, Plat No. 2; authorizing a performance contract.
B319-00     Rezoning property located on the north side of Brown School Road, west of Roger I. Wilson Memorial
                   Drive from R-1 to C-P and C-3.
B320-00     Appropriating donated funds to purchase supplies for the D.A.R.E. Program.
B321-00     Confirming the contract of Emery Sapp & Sons for relocation of the water main along Route AC.
B322-00     Approving engineer's final report for construction of water main serving Heritage Estates, Plat 1;
                   accepting a deed of dedication; authorizing payment of differential costs.
B323-00     Accepting easements for electric and water main purposes.
B324-00     Authorizing improvements to Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
B325-00     Amending Chapter 27 of the Code relating to the City's utility customer financial assistance programs.
B326-00     Levying and assessing special taxes for abatement of weed nuisances.
B327-00     Amending Chapter 18 of the Code relating to the firefighters' retirement plan.
B328-00     Amending the cooperative agreement with Boone County and Boone Electric Cooperative for
                   establishment and operation of a geographic information system.
B329-00     Authorizing a right of use permit with PF. Net Network Services Corp to install fiber optic cable within
                   city right of way.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
    None.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council the following individuals were appointed to the following Boards and Commissions:

CONVENTION & VISITORS ADVISORY BOARD
Baker, Edward L., 1804 Katy Lane, Ward 4 (o/o) - term to expire 9/30/02
Bank, Gail I., 1214 S. Fairview Road, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/30/02
Cecil, Gregory A., 1700 Oak Cliff Place, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/30/02
Dunn, Michael, W., 1225 Sunset Drive, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/30/02
Gelatt, Rod G., 1020 LaGrange Court, Ward 5 - term to expire 9/30/02
Kovall, Kevin S., 803 Royal Birkdale, Ward 5 - term to expire 9/30/02

MAYOR'S COMMITTEE ON PHYSICAL FITNESS
Stonecipher-Fisher, Steven, 3305 Talent Drive, Ward 4

PERSONNEL ADVISORY BOARD
McDonald, Peter J., 2713 Greenbriar Drive, Ward 5 - term to expire 9/30/03
Rainsberger, Paul K., 2401 Hillshire Drive, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/30/03

    Mayor Hindman announced that Mr. Campbell has resigned as the Council representative of the Community Partnership.
    Mayor Hindman nominated Almeta Crayton as the Council representative to the Community Partnership. The motion was seconded by Mr. Campbell and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Mrs. Crockett stated in the last few weeks she had noticed a lot of transient curb-side businesses who sell things like shoes, rugs, etc. She wondered if these individuals had obtained business licenses. Mr. Campbell noted a vendor setting up a vegetable stand across the street from the Farmers' Market for the last few weekends. Mr. Beck said the staff would check into the situations.
    Mrs. Crockett observed an increase in people running red lights. She said if enforcing this law is going to take more officers, then the City needs to find a way to do so before someone gets hurt. Mayor Hindman suggested the Council consider lobbying for modifications to the state statutes so the City could consider installing electronic monitoring devices at major intersections.
    Mr. Coffman commented because of the popularity of the Twilight Festival, he expressed concern for pedestrians who participate in the event. He was wondering about the feasibility of cordoning off certain streets from vehicular traffic during the festival. Mr. Coffman noted that whatever action is taken should be done in conjunction with the Special Business District. Mayor Hindman thought there was already some talk amongst SBD representatives about looking into the situation. Personally, he did not think this was very dangerous because the cars go through so slowly.
    Mr. Janku commented that he has received several e-mails from a business in his ward who believes they are being adversely affected due to a day care business on another street taking up parking on Corporate Place. He asked the staff to report back with a recommendation.
    Mr. Janku asked for an update on the Colt Railway project. He noted that Columbia College is proceeding with their plans relating to expansion of their gym. Mr. Janku asked if the City is working on a plan for the area. Mr. Beck replied that we are, and that it is being spearheaded by the Water and Light Department. He indicated that staff will forward a report to the Council on the issue.
    Mr. Janku remarked that when the minor changes to some bus routes were advertised a few weeks ago, he had gotten a call from an elderly constituent residing on Park deVille who moved to this location because of access to the bus service. He indicated there are several residents who will be bringing forth a petition to see if the service can be restored. Mr. Janku asked that something be done about the situation. Mr. Patterson requested that Mr. Janku send him the individual's name and phone number so he can contact this person to try and resolve the problem.
    William Woodward, 200A Unity, was concerned about the lack of bus service to the temporary library location. He also noted that he had observed a dump truck going down Garth carrying an uncovered load of debris from the renovation project at the old library site.
    The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

                                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                        Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                        City Clerk