M I N U T E S
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
AUGUST 20, 2001
 

INTRODUCTORY
    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, August 20, 2001, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, and HUTTON 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 August 6, 2001, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Loveless and a second by Mr. Hutton.
 

APPROVAL AND ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA INCLUDING CONSENT AGENDA
    Mayor Hindman noted that two additions had been made to the agenda: B279-01 would be added under Introductions, and R172-01 would be added under New Business.
    The agenda, as amended, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. John and a second by Mr. Coffman.
 

SPECIAL ITEMS
    None.
 

SCHEDULED PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None.
 

PUBLIC HEARINGS
B256-01     Authorizing construction of water main along Audubon Drive from Mallard Court to North Azalea.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this project consists of installing 350 feet of six-inch water main to enhance fire protection service and improve domestic service within the area. The estimated cost of the project is $27,000 which will be paid from Water and Light funds.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B256-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B257-01     Authorizing construction of water main along Court Street from Paris Road to Hickory Street.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this project involves replacing a three-quarter inch line with a six-inch line 480 feet in length at an estimated cost of $49,350, which will be paid from Water and Light funds.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B257-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B260-01     Amending Chapter 14 of the City Code relating to parking rates and hours.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that earlier this year there was a proposal to adjust the parking rates in order to pay for the three parking facilities; the two new garages and the one that was recently renovated in the downtown area. He stated that he never recommended a rate increase, and had in fact asked the Council to delay the amendment in order to give the Special Business District more time to discuss options for raising approximately $300,000. He explained that Mr. Patterson worked with the Special Business District on the amendments before the Council. He pointed out that the parking utility is a totally separate fund and is operated as a business.
    Mr. Patterson explained that in 1995 when a financing plan was developed for the construction of the new garages and the renovations to the one facility, it was decided the financial resources would be phased in rather than implementing a major increase. It was anticipated that the first increase would occur in 2000, which never transpired.
    Mr. Patterson reported staff has been working closely with the business community to develop a package of revenue increases to distribute the load more fairly among users of the utility. The recommendation consists of three parts: extending the metered operating hours to 9:00 p.m., and increasing the rates on both parking meters and permits.
    Mr. Patterson explained the proposal to extend the enforcement hours of metered parking for both on-street and surface lots between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with the exception of holidays. He said parking structures would also then become more uniformly enforced between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Staff believed the net gain for this proposal to be approximately $26,850.
    Mr. Patterson indicated parking meter rates would also be a multi-level increase in that the proposal calls for increasing all meters to a minimum of 30 cents per hour. It is also proposed to increase the 24-minute meters from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour. The hourly rates in all parking structures would be left at the current rate of 50 cents per hour. Mr. Patterson explained that the area having the largest impact would be the creation of a campus area which would increase meter rates from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour. In all, this would affect about 350 parking meters in the campus area, out of a total of almost 2,000 hourly parking spaces in the utility. The revenues generated by the meter increases would be about $144,660.
    Mr. Patterson explained the suggested increase in current permit rates, ranging from $25-$75 per month, to a range of $35-$85 per month. These increases would result in revenues of approximately $118,000. He noted the $5 increase in uncovered spaces, and stated that staff is trying to market more of them.
    If approved by Council, Mr. Patterson reported the new rates would generate approximately $290,000. He thought the estimates to be conservative. Mr. Patterson said the additional revenue will provide the parking utility with the necessary financial stability for the next five to six years.
    Mayor Hindman asked what affect the rate increases could have in attracting apartment dwellers to the downtown area. Mr. Patterson responded a resident permit program was discussed, but not with regard to parking on the street. Mayor Hindman asked about the possibility of metering other areas. Mr. Patterson indicated there is a proposal that will be presented to the Council in the near future. He explained that staff has been conducting studies west of the Providence and North Park areas. In addition, they are also looking at more areas in the campus neighborhood. Mr. Patterson noted one of the goals for next year is to expand the parking meter base.
    Mr. Janku asked what one campus meter might bring in over the school year. Mr. Patterson replied it is a little over $300 annually. He said that is compared to an average of on-street meters of $278 and off-street meters of about $200. Mr. Janku asked about the ratio of two-hour meters. Mr. Patterson stated about half of the parking spaces are two-hour meters.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Kenneth Watson, 384 Crown Point, Associate Minister of First Christian Church at Tenth and Walnut, explained that the City leases a large lot from the Church. He expressed concern about the serious impact increased enforcement of parking hours would have on all downtown churches. Mr. Watson noted that many churches conduct evening meetings. He asked if the increases would affect the lease they have with the City. Mr. Patterson did not think the leases would be affected because the payments the City provides for taxes exceed any revenues received.
    Annette Weaver, 2738 Northland, spoke as a downtown business owner in opposition of the extended hours. She said many people come downtown in the evening for dinner and other things. She suggested that parking not be free on Saturdays at the parking plaza. Ms. Weaver also noted that parking is not enforced on football Saturdays. She suggested that uniform enforcement of existing hours could bring in more revenue. Ms. Weaver asked if the parking utility receives any of the money from parking tickets. Mr. Beck responded the utility gets a percent of that revenue. He noted that traffic enforcement employees are paid out of the general fund.
    Carrie Gartner, speaking on behalf of the Columbia Special Business District, indicated the group realizes that some increases have to take place. Their concern is that this not be a significant increase affecting only one segment of the downtown population. Ms. Gartner stated SBD's goal had been to find a way to cover the necessary increases in a way that is fair and equitable, as well as evenly dispersed across the entire downtown community. She believed the proposal does just that.
    Geneva Moody, 504 W. Broadway, explained that she is a downtown shopper. She is totally opposed to any increase in the parking rates and indicated that she would take her business elsewhere if increases are implemented. She wondered why the increases are necessary.
    William Woodward, 200A Unity, spoke in opposition to any parking increases. He thought downtown parking is a user necessity.
    Mayor Hindman continued the public hearing to the next meeting.
    Mr. Beck explained that the rate increases were projected and discussed at the time the two new garages and the rehabilitation project at Eighth and Cherry were discussed. What was not discussed at the time was the operation hours.
    Mayor Hindman commented that parking must be provided for the downtown area. In order to avoid the construction of large surface parking lots, parking garages must exist. As such, these garages must be paid for somehow, and the question is whether this should come from general revenue funds or from the people who utilize and take advantage of the downtown area. Mayor Hindman said the system was set up so that the downtown users pay for parking, and that requires a certain rate of revenue in order to pay back the bonds. He remarked the Council has to consider options that would be the fairest way to accomplish such.
    When looking at the permit rates, Mr. John noted some discrepancies. He stated that some of the garages are consistently full, and some are empty most of the time. He said the Council discussed the option of trying to load the garages at different levels. Mr. John suggested that instead of adjusting rates just within the garages, the rates in the lots could be adjusted as well. If the higher use lots experience an increase, he thought that may encourage users to go to less expensive lots -- thus creating a more even distribution. Mr. John also spoke of his concern about parking on the first floor of the parking plaza. He felt permitted use of that floor should be limited to "quick traffic" not people parking for the day. He did not think it would be very beneficial to enforce parking into the evening hours. Regarding the 50 cent parking in the campus area, Mr. John noted that one block over the students would be able to park for 35 cents. He said the City should not encourage parking in downtown retail spots away from campus. Mr. Janku noted that the campus lots are charging 50 cents per hour presently. Mr. John agreed with that statement. However, the City is also charging 50 cents in our lots, but not on the streets in front of the lots.
    Mr. Hutton asked to see some options before having to vote on the increases as he had strong concerns about the extended hours of enforcement. He requested a proposal from staff showing an alternate plan for coming up with the $26,000 difference that would avoid an extension in parking meter enforcement.
    Mr. Janku agreed with Mr. Hutton in that something has to be done, if not extending the hours, to pay off the bonds. He explained the value of having parking structures. Mr. Janku did not think having extended enforcement time on the two-hour meters would be a good idea.
    Mr. Beck stated that staff would come back with some options for the Council to consider before the final vote is taken.
 

B261-01     Setting property tax rate for 2001.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted there is no proposed increase in the tax rate, it would continue to be $.41.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Henry Lane, 1816 E. Broadway, was disturbed by the fact that the City's property tax rate has not gone down while the School District's has. He thought it could be reduced by at least a penny or two.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    With the reassessment, Ms. Fleming explained that the state recertifies the City's cap rate -- which only changed the maximum rate by 0.18 of a cent. She stated the School District rates may have dropped because their maximum rate dropped. Ms. Fleming indicated the City's maximum rate to be $0.4481. The difference is almost four cents.
    Mr. John asked if anyone knew how much of the increase was due to added new structures since the last reassessment, and how much was due to inflation. Ms. Fleming said she had not received the final numbers from the county as of yet.
    B261-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B262-01     Adopting the FY 2002 Budget.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that a press conference had been held regarding the budget. He noted that copies of the budget are available in City Hall and at the Library, and the document is also posted on the City's web site. Mr. Beck reported that the budget message summarizes changes and proposed work being planned for the upcoming fiscal year. He also pointed out that the Council has indicated to him what level of funding should be made available to the Cultural Affairs Commission as well as the Community Services Commission. He said those groups then bring back a recommendation to the Council for how that money should be allocated.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing and noted that it would be held over for the next two meetings.
    Dave Griggs, 6420 Highway VV, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Commission, explained that funding in support of the arts was divided into two categories: presentation and education projects. He remarked that the review process this year included workshops and public hearings. He stated that the Commission received 28 applications from 21 organizations, all by the published deadline. The requests totaled $175,874, and the commissioners allocated $70,000.
    Mayor Hindman complimented the commission and the staff on the evaluation process they have put together.
    Greg Cecil, 1700 Oakcliff Place, a member of the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board, explained that the allocations before the Council are for events and festivals which will occur between October 1, 2001, and September 30, 2002. He pointed out that the Board received 17 requests totaling more than $315,000. The original recommendation to the Council was funding 13 of the 17 applications which totaled $139,000. Mr. Cecil noted that the Board decided to reconsider two of the applications at their next regular meeting on August 27th. He stated they hope to finalize their recommendation before the next Council meeting, at which time the Board will probably be allocating more than $139,000.
    Mr. John asked what criteria was being used to evaluate the projects. Mr. Cecil said one of the major factors is room nights because that is a source of income for the City. He commented the Board analyzes which events will attract visitors to Columbia.
    In reference to the request submitted by the We Always Swing Jazz Series, Mr. Loveless asked the Board to keep in mind that the Cultural Affairs Commission already recommended funding in the amount of $10,750 to this group.
    Ms. Crayton remarked that she would like to see groups brought to Columbia that would be appreciated by different segments of the community. Mr. Cecil said most of the requests were submitted by local groups. He agreed that broad-based events need to be brought into the community, and that is one of the things the Board looks at. Dave Dunn, 308 W. Worley, spoke on behalf of Jerry Carrington who could not attend this evening due to a family emergency. Mr. Carrington had concerns about budget costs and the priority of construction in regards to the Transportation Improvement Program budget. Specifically, the reconstruction of Blackfoot Road, which is an existing unimproved collector street, at a cost of $1,139,000. Mr. Carrington requested that the Council remove the construction of Blackfoot Road from the 2002 budget. As an alternative, he asked the Council to consider the construction of Creasy Springs Road as a priority collector street to accommodate the 700 plus new homes likely to be built within the next ten years in this area. He noted that Creasy Springs Road already carries extensive collector traffic, as well as traffic from areas like the quarry and other truck routes.
    Carrie Gartner, Central Columbia Association, spoke about the Twilight Festival. She explained this year they received a grant from the C&VB Hotel Tax fund, and she indicated they applied for a 2002 grant as well. She said the response to the festival this year had been much more than what they had expected. A 20% increase was recognized in June, with 18% of all attendees coming from outside Columbia.
    Mayor Hindman continued the public hearing to the next meeting.
 

(A)     Annual sidewalk construction.
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reviewed the project areas and noted the work is estimated to cost $73,000. Payment will be from tax bills in the amount of $22,500 and the remainder will be done at City expense.
    Mr. Janku understood the Council could still allocate funds in this year's budget for sidewalks. He specifically mentioned the new school which should be open in September of 2002, and suggested they address some of those needs in the budget. Mr. Patterson said that could be added as staff will put together another list in the fall for a spring hearing. This particular sidewalk project will begin in the fall of 2001.
    When considering the spring package, Mr. Loveless asked that staff look at the south side of Chapel Hill Road, on either side of the Fire Station. He said there is a gap and it affects the youngsters trying to get to Fairview School from the Katy Lake area. Mr. Patterson replied that he would check on it, but he believed it was on the list for notification.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Paul Kassar, 222 W. Brandon, explained that he recently purchased a property off of Dorothy Dean Drive. He knew nothing about the project until recently, and he had not been told about being tax billed for the construction of the sidewalk immediately abutting his property. He asked about his options.
    Mr. Patterson explained that the estimated cost for construction by contract is $1,370. He said it could be done less expensively if Mr. Kassar were to do the work privately. The only advantage of the City doing it is the ten year financing plan. He said the maximum rate is set at $5 per square foot. Mr. Kassar asked when the project is set to begin. Mr. Patterson was hopeful that the bids could be let in early October, with a desire to have the work done this fall. He said Mr. Kassar's property could be taken out of the bid if he wanted to have the work done privately, but it would be best to eliminate it from the contract.
    Mr. Kassar noted that his property is not accessed from Dorothy Dean Drive. He said it is zoned R-2 and has only one unit on it presently, but he would like to leave the option open to build another structure on the property, which would entail the construction of another driveway.
    Mr. John asked if this was the only gap on that portion of Dorothy Dean. Mr. Kassar believed it was. Mr. John commented that it was an unfortunate series of timing to have just acquired the property not knowing about the project. He suggested that if Mr. Kassar was considering the construction of another structure on the property, that he put in the approach and drive now so that nothing would have to be torn out. Mr. John believed Mr. Kassar could probably do the sidewalk and drive approach for what it would cost the City to just do the sidewalk.
    Mayor Hindman was concerned about Mr. Kassar not being given notice by the former owner of the property. Mr. Kassar said he may take the issue up with the former owner because there was nothing in the contract regarding this project.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the sidewalk construction be approved. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

(B)     Voluntary annexation of property located on Riviera Drive, approximately 200 feet west of Langham
          Drive.
    Item B was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that Friendship Missionary Baptist Church has requested annexation of this 3.5 acre tract located north of Smiley Lane. He noted the Church has informally discussed having the property rezoned to R-1.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku pointed out that this tract is located in the service area for Boone Electric. He asked how the lighting project was progressing for the general area of Capri Estates. Mr. Beck said he would report back on the project.
 

(C)     Construction of sanitary sewers in Sewer District No. 156.
    Item C was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that Sewer District No. 156 was formed in April of this year. It involves 10 parcels of land along Edgewood and Westmount Avenue. The project estimate is $109,000, with the not to exceed tax bill rate set at $.21 per square foot. Mr. Patterson said that three private common collector lines will be replaced by two collector lines. He noted the project would result in a cost of more than $10,000 per lot, but in accordance with City policy, the sewer utility will pay for one-half of the cost. The lots are capped at a maximum of $5,000 each until future development occurs. Tax bills issued to the property owners will have to be based on special benefits accrued to the properties. He listed benefits as follows: the elimination of potential health hazards and the possible liability associated with such, the elimination of cost for maintaining private common collectors, and the connection to a public sewer line typically enhances property values.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Loveless asked if the City would connect the properties to the new line. Mr. Patterson replied the private common collectors would be capped off, and then the affected properties would be reconnected to the new line as part of the project.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that staff be directed to proceed with final plans and specifications. The motion was seconded by Mr. Loveless and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

OLD BUSINESS
B244-01A     Authorizing an agreement with R.W. Beck for evaluation of power supply; appropriating funds.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that an amendment sheet had been prepared. He indicated that Mr. Malon sent the Council additional information pertaining to green power.
    Mr. Malon explained that the consultant sent back suggested revisions to the agreement per the Council's discussion at the last meeting. Because of the additional report, the consultant asked that the contract amount be changed from $35,000 to $40,000. Mr. Malon reminded the Council to keep in mind that the block of power relating to the contract with Ameren UE, which will terminate in 2004, was a very attractive economic arrangement. He said any replacement power the City comes up with, even if it is with Ameren, would have to be carefully considered because it involves a substantial block of power -- representing around 20% of our resources. Any price increases could have an affect on the City's rates. Mr. Malon indicated that capacity will not be reached until 2004, but in the interim, if a small block of green power could be found and obtained at a decent price, the City could make it available to see what kind of a response the community would have for such a thing.
    Mr. Coffman was happy with the rewording of the amendments. He was comfortable with the price.
    Mr. Hutton commented that he was not opposed to looking at green power as a source of energy, but in regards to the language on Page 10 of the agreement, the proposed revision seems to mandate the use of green power and preempt the purpose of the evaluation -- which is to consider all sources and then make a recommendation. With the wording, "while also incorporating a reasonable level of environmentally friendly sources of energy (green power)", Mr. Hutton thought the consultant would take that as meaning green power has to be included. Mr. Coffman said he was not reading it the same way. He believed the requirement was that green power be included among several options. Mr. Coffman did not think it would bind the consultant in any way. Mr. Hutton said he could agree to the revision if that was truly what the sentence means. He gave examples of how he would prefer the sentence to read, but his inclination would be to leave out the statement that was added.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion to amend B244-01A, pursuant to the amendment sheet, with the following addition to the amendment sheet: in reference to Attachment A, eliminate the revision on Page 10 and add the following, "including environmentally friendly sources of energy (green power)", after the word "resources" (first word in the second line of the paragraph). The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B244-01A, as amended, was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B247-01     Amending Chapter 13 of the City Code relating to manufactured or mobile home land lease
                   communities.
    The bill was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this issue had been tabled from the last meeting and staff was asked to provide zoning information on the existing mobile home parks within the city. Of the 22 mobile home parks in the City limits, containing a total of 1,988 lots, 10 are actually zoned RMH (Residential Manufactured Home). Twelve of the 22 have other zoning designations and are considered nonconforming uses, which means they can maintain existing conditions, but cannot expand or rearrange the site layout unless rezoned to RMH. He noted that the Planning and Zoning Commission asked that they be allowed to investigate the feasibility of rezoning all mobile home parks with a different zoning designation to RMH.
    Mary Hussman, 5306 Rice Road, spoke as an organizer for Grass Roots Organizing. She was appreciative of Mr. Coffman's amendment for the 180 day eviction notification. She enumerated the reasons why the current 60 day notification is not long enough. Ms. Hussman asked the Council to support the amendment.
    Mr. Coffman thought the proposed amendment was reasonable and said he would be willing to compromise at four months, 120 days, if it would alleviate concerns. Regarding the state preemption issue, his opinion was that it would not be a problem, but thought it could possibly generate a lawsuit. Mr. Coffman asked Mr. Dudark to comment on the motive of the Planning and Zoning Commission when they voted unanimously to recommend that nonconforming mobile home parks be rezoned.
    Mr. Dudark responded the Commission thought if all mobile home parks within the City are zoned RMH, then should there be a subsequent request for a zoning change, residents would receive notice of a public hearing which would provide additional neighborhood/resident input into the process. He said that process would take at least 60 days.
    Mr. Coffman expressed an interest in any creative approaches other Council members might have in relation to this amendment. He just wanted residents of mobile home parks to be supplied with more notification if a mass eviction is planned. It was not Mr. Coffman's intentions to prohibit someone from using their property as they wish, but these property owners should recognize that mass evictions create problems for the whole community, particularly to the residents of these communities.
    Mayor Hindman agreed. He said mass evictions for a change in land use deserves more time than 60 days. On the other had, he was concerned about the owner having to make a large capital investment so the renters could stay the extended time. Mayor Hindman observed the latest eviction case did not involve a change in land use, so this amendment would not have applied.
    Mr. John was concerned about the legality of extending the time. He said that was second to the question of how long the notification period should be. Mayor Hindman did not think the City would be a defendant in a suit of this type.
    Mr. Boeckmann said there are a number of ways the issue could be raised. He thought the least likely was that the City would be sued immediately or in the near future for passing the amendment. He said it could wind up in Municipal Court for violation of the ordinance, but that would be unusual. Another way would be if the Council wanted staff to file an injunction to get involved in it. Mr. Boeckmann believed it was unlikely that someone would go to the expense to challenge the ordinance in advance of a mass eviction. Both he and Mr. Coffman agreed that it would preferable for the State Legislature to address the issue. He commented there are a lot of cases of preemption, and there are always surprises both ways.
    Mr. Janku could understand why a group of mobile home park owners might want to challenge the issue. He asked if such a group would have the standing to do that. Mr. Boeckmann responded there would be a standing issue, but they would have to find someone locally who would arguably have standing.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that B247-01 be amended to 120 days. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B247-01, as amended, was read with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B258-01     Authorizing the award of four contracts for design contributions for the Eighth Street Master Plan;
                   appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the City has received $10,000 from private sources through the City Trust to authorize four, $2,500 honorariums for design and planning work on Eighth Street.
    B258-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:
 

B259-01     Approving the final plat of C-K Place, Plat 2, a Replat of part of C-K Place Subdivision.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mayor Hindman noted that the applicant had requested that this bill be withdrawn.
 

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

B250-01     Calling for bids for construction of the Upper Hinkson Creek Outfall Relief Sewer.
B251-01     Authorizing acquisition of easements necessary to construct improvements on I-70 Drive Southwest
                   from Business Loop 70 westerly to West Boulevard.
B252-01     Authorizing an agreement with Missouri Department of Natural Resources for storm water grant;
                   appropriating funds.
B253-01     Levying special tax assessments for weed nuisances.
B254-01     Approving engineer's final report; accepting a deed of dedication; authorizing payment of differential
                   costs for water main serving Springdale Estates, Plats 6 & 7.
B255-01     Accepting easements for utility purposes.
R160-01     Setting a public hearing: voluntary annexation of property located on the southeast corner of
                   Rangeline Street and Brown School Road, extended.
R161-01     Setting a public hearing: voluntary annexation of property consisting of I-70 right-of-way.
R162-01     Setting a public hearing: Special Business District 2002 Budget.
R163-01     Authorizing a grant application to the Missouri Historic Preservation Office for exterior stabilization
                   and restoration of the Blind Boone Home.
R164-01     Authorizing an emergency shelter grant contract with the Missouri Division of Family Services;
                   authorizing social service agreements with various agencies.
R165-01     Authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for sexually transmitted disease
                   clinical services.
R166-01     Authorizing an adopt-a-spot agreement with Woodridge Neighborhood Association.
R167-01     Amending the Transportation Planning Grant Agreement with the Missouri Highway and
                   Transportation Commission.

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

NEW BUSINESS
R168-01     Approving the by-laws of the Oakview Drive Neighborhood Association.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that all requirements have been met by the applicant and that it was ready for Council action.
    Tammy Avery, Chair of the Oakview Drive Neighborhood Association, 4601 Oakview, thanked the Council for recognizing the association. She asked that they be notified of any zoning issues in their surrounding area. Mr. Dudark confirmed that the contact person from the neighborhood association would be notified of any rezoning applications.
    The vote on R168-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R169-01     Authorizing a grant agreement with the FAA for the expansion of the Air Carrier/Air Cargo Apron
                   Phase II and Taxiway Connector Project at Columbia Regional Airport.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this 90/10 match grant was in the amount of $687,825.
    The vote on R169-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R170-01     Authorizing a grant agreement with the FAA for reimbursement of land acquisition costs at Columbia
                   Regional Airport.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that staff applied for matching money on the 224 acres the City purchased at the airport last year. He said this $320,000 grant would go toward that purchase to protect the runway. Mr. Beck indicated that staff plans to apply for more grant money next year.
    Mr. John asked whether staff considered leasing a portion of this 224 acres with restrictions, or selling the parcel outside the FAA area, to try and get some money out of it to use for more buffer. Mr. Beck indicated that was a possibility for the revolving fund program which staff is reviewing.
    Mayor Hindman asked whether the FAA would have to be reimbursed if the City sold the property. Mr. Beck replied that would be the case if the property was purchased with FAA funds.
    Mr. John inquired as to whether all the money went toward the land. Mr. Patterson explained that not all of the 224 acres was eligible for reimbursement. The portion in excess of what was eligible can be disposed of with restricted uses on it. On the eligible portion, Mr. Patterson reported the City can still generate revenue off of it, but we have to retain the title or reimburse the government. Mr. John's thoughts were to sell the balance with a restriction for agricultural uses only. He noted the City could then use that money for purchase of other parcels around the area.
    The vote on R170-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:
 

R172-01     Authorizing an agreement with the Curators of the University of Missouri for police assistance at
                   football games.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Chief Boehm explained that the University is anticipating the possibility of some additional staffing from the City on an overtime basis at home football games. He said it would be a per game request.
    The vote on R172-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON. 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:

PR171-01   Establishing a policy on requests for variances to subdivision regulation requirements for
                    construction of sidewalks along unimproved streets.
B263-01     Authorizing a real estate contract with Bruce and Mary Florea; appropriating funds.
B264-01     Authorizing acquisition of easements necessary for construction of the Third Avenue Improvement
                   Project.
B265-01     Authorizing acquisition of easements necessary for construction of the Bicknell-Walnut Drainage
                   Project.
B266-01     Appropriating FAA grant funds for the expansion of the Air Carrier/Air Cargo Apron Phase II and
                   Taxiway Connector Project.
B267-01     Appropriating FAA grant funds for reimbursement of land acquisition costs at Columbia Regional
                   Airport.
B268-01     Voluntary annexation of property located on the south side of Riviera Drive, approximately 200 feet
                   west of Langham Drive.
B269-01     Approving the Replat of Lot 14 of Woodrail Subdivision, Plat No. 3; authorizing a performance contract.
B270-01     Approving the Replat of Lot 9 of Sedona Villas, Plat 1.
B271-01     Rezoning five tracts of land located on the northeast corner of Rangeline Street and Brown School
                   Road.
B272-01     Amending Chapter 29 of the Code to allow automobile repair facilities in the M-C District.
B273-01     Amending Ordinance No. 016872 which granted a variance from the Subdivision Regulations for
                   sidewalk construction along the south side of I-70 Drive Southeast.
B274-01     Amending Chapter 24 of the Code to require sidewalks along arterial and collector streets for new
                   construction in certain situations.
B275-01     Amending Chapter 2 of the Code to reestablish a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest.
B276-01     Approving Change Order No. One for construction of the Community Recreation Center.
B277-01     Authorizing the City Manager to accept the "Peacekeeper" armored vehicle; appropriating funds.
B278-01     Adopting the Special Business District 2002 Budget.
B279-01     Confirming a contract with Coil Construction, Inc. for renovation of Blind Boone Home.
 

REPORTS AND PETITIONS
(A)     Intra-departmental transfer of funds.
    Report accepted.
 

(B)     Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization 2025 Transportation Plan.
    Mr. Beck noted it was recommended that both the Council and the County Commission adopt the CATSO 2025 Plan. He suggested that the Council may wish to refer it to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Energy & Environment Commission, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission and the Disabilities Commission with a request that they bring a recommendation back to the Council. He said it was also recommended that Planning and Zoning Commission have public hearings with comments from the other groups incorporated.
    Mr. John made the motion that the plan be referred to the various Commissions per the recommendation. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
    Upon receiving the majority vote of the Council, the following individuals were appointed to the ensuing boards and commissions:

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CODES COMMISSION
Malicoat, Freddie L., 4101 N. Wappel, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/1/04

COMMUNITY SERVICES ADVISORY COMMISSION
Gilmore, Stephanie, 502 West Blvd. So., Ward 4 - term to expire 12/31/02

BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS
Erickson, Richard C., 1305 Woodrail, Ward 5 - term to expire 8/1/04

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
Wheeler, Doug, 3516 Churchill, Ward 6 - term to expire 6/1/04

BOARD OF HEALTH
Kennett, Michele R., 2801 Peppertree, Ward 6 - term to expire 8/31/04

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Crawford, Bill T., 802 S. Edgewood, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/1/04
McRoberts, Andrew J., 1407 Bouchelle, Ward 6 - term to expire 9/1/04
Pape, Brian J., 202 S. Glenwood, Ward 4 - term to expire 9/1/04
 

COMMENTS OF COUNCIL, STAFF, AND PUBLIC
    Ms. Crayton reported a lot of positive summer activity in her ward. She was hopeful it would continue.
    Mr. Janku brought up the issue of pedestrians crossing Fairview in the area of Ash where it comes to a tee. He noted there are at least three apartment complexes in this quadrant near Stadium and Broadway, and this area has been included in the section for the new school district. Mr. Janku anticipated that some students would occasionally be crossing the street. He asked for a staff report on the appropriateness of a crossing guard or pedestrian crossing markings at this location. Mr. Janku stated this area is also near where the proposed shopping complex will be located.
    Mr. Janku noted the City received additional funds for the Parkade stormwater project. He was hopeful staff could attempt to reseed the areas worked on this summer to make it look a little more attractive.
    Regarding job training for Columbia residents, Mr. Janku referred to an article he read in the National League of Cities publication about Modesto, CA. Apparently, that community developed some pretty good training programs. He noted an article in a St. Louis paper about job training funds being cut from the state budget because of their prices at the state level and the choices that are being made.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to report on what might be an approach the City of Columbia could make to either look at what was done in Modesto, or try to make sure as these programs become less available through the state and federal funding, what we might be able to do here. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Loveless commented on the cell phone tower behind and beside Fire Station No. 6. He noted it was supposed to be disguised as a flag pole, yet it has no flag. Mr. Loveless indicated he would like to see a flag on the pole.
    Regarding the earlier discussion on mobile home parks, Mr. John noted that the Planning and Zoning Commission had passed a motion requesting the Council to direct them to investigate the feasibility of rezoning mobile home parks to RMH. He said it may be acceptable for them to investigate it, but he had some concerns about it. In looking at the underlying zoning, he noted that eight of the eleven properties not zoned RMH would actually be up-zoned and three would be down-zoned. He was sure there would be a lot of issues in regards to the intention to rezone the tracts, individually and as a group. Mr. John's thought was to not go too far into the issue unless some other issues could be brought into it.
    Mr. Coffman asked if staff had taken action on the crossing they had discussed for the Jefferson Commons area. Mr. Patterson said they were trying to work out the sidewalk issues that would be associated with it. He said they understood the desire of the Council to put it in according to the report they submitted.
    Mr. Coffman noted that the Council received a memo from the Law Department about the cable franchise renewal for Charter Communications which expires in April of 2004. He was undecided if the Cable Committee needed to discuss the issue before setting a public hearing for input. Mr. Coffman asked Mr. Boeckmann when it should be initiated. Mr. Boeckmann suggested a Cable Committee meeting to discuss the issues. Mr. Coffman understood that they needed to start the process within the next six months. Mr. Boeckmann said that was his understanding as well.
    Mr. Coffman commented that the trash problems are not as great in the East Campus area this year. He thanked the Public Works Department for their efforts and their continued focus on the situation.
    Mayor Hindman said it had been called to his attention that several people are interested in downtown street lights. He said some businesses on Fifth Street are interested in having lighting similar to that along the Trailhead Park. Mayor Hindman realized one of the first steps would involve the undergrounding of power lines. He indicated another property owner on Ninth Street expressed an interest to install some type of historic street lights. Mayor Hindman asked for a staff report on what would be needed in order to allow these lights to be put in and what the costs would be. He said in one case, the property owner offered to pay for the lighting. Mr. John suggested some kind of standard be established so there would be one style of light. Mayor Hindman understood the instinct to allow only one style of light, but thought it could be tastefully done so they would not have to be the same.
    Mayor Hindman made the motion that staff report back on the issue. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman noted that the City had put in a lot of good street crossing marks, but he was convinced that we need to get some kind of educational program going so that people understand it's the law to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. He asked for a staff report on how they might educate the public, including signage at the crosswalks. Mr. Patterson explained that staff is currently in the process of working with the Water and Light Department and the City's cable channel to put together a program on crossings. He said they expect to have something ready by this fall. Mr. Patterson remarked the number of signs will also be increased. Mayor Hindman thought that would help, but he still wanted a report that listed all options the City could utilize to get the point across.
    The meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

                                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                            Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                            City Clerk