JULY 20, 1998

    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri, met for a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, July 20, 1998, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri.  The roll was taken with the following results:  Council members CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  Council member COBLE was absent.  The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk, and various Department Heads were also present.

    The minutes of the regular meeting of July 6, 1998, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Campbell and a second by Mr. Janku.

    The agenda, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Janku and a second by Mr. Campbell.



B194-98     Authorizing the repair and stabilization of a section of the streambank of Bear Creek between Garth
                   Avenue and Creasy Springs Road; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained repairs would occur in a 200 foot portion of the streambank located in north central Columbia, in the area that was once the City's sewage lagoon.  The work, planned to be executed by City forces, is estimated at a cost of $18,000.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comment, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
 B194-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B202-98     Rezoning property located on the northeast corner of Austin Avenue and Grand Avenue from C-1 to
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said that some proposed changes to the rezoning request had been received today and were distributed to the Council this evening.  He asked Mr. Boeckmann to explained the proposal.
    Mr. Boeckmann explained that the request had changed from a C-3 zoning to a C-P on the two lots.  The proposed uses would include all C-1 uses, and a wholesale and retail sales office, sample room, and facility for the indoor storage and delivery of beauty products.  He said the land use plan would be changed to planned commercial.  Mr. Boeckmann explained that a condition of the rezoning would be that no change shall be made in the use of the property and no improvements, other than remodeling, shall be constructed on the property until the City Council has approved a C-P development plan for the property.  Mr. Boeckmann noted that when he was working on the amendment sheet, he also thought there would be a change in the legal description, but there is not.  He said the portion on the amendment sheet that reads, "Section One is amended to delete the legal description of lot___", should not be part of the amendment.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Tom Schneider, an attorney with offices at 11 N. Seventh, spoke on behalf of the contract purchasers.  He said the Weaver's have operated Tiger Beauty Supply on Lakeview for years, and the business needs are such that they need to expand.  That is the reason they are interested in purchasing the old Cal-Type building on Austin Avenue.  Because there would be some storage and delivery, Mr. Schneider said there is a necessity for zoning over and above C-1.  Mr. Schneider explained the two changes to the rezoning request which includes the deletion of the corner lot from the application, and a request for C-P rather than C-3 zoning.  He noted that the change to C-P was made in order to conform to the desires of the neighborhood association.  He said the Weaver's met with the association, and they had voted unanimously to support a C-P proposal.  Mr. Schneider pointed out there was no objection to Tiger Beauty Supply, the neighborhood just preferred the planned commercial zoning designation.  Mr. Schneider noted that the nature of the business would create very little traffic, less than what a C-1 use would generate at that location.
    Pat Kelly, 1007 Grand Avenue, President of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association, said the association met with Mr. Weaver and had decided they were not opposed to his business as a neighbor, but objected to the C-3 zoning request.  She asked the Council to support the C-P designation.
    John Clark, 403 N. Ninth, President of the neighborhood association immediately adjacent to the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association, spoke in support of this particular project and the C-P request.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that B202-98 be amended per the amendment sheet, with the exception of the language regarding a lot being excluded.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Campbell and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    B202-98, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B203-98     Amending Chapter 29 of the Code to allow day care centers and similar establishments in District R-2
                   as conditional uses.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted an increasing demand for day care facilities in the community.  From time to time, facilities have been requested in R-2 areas of the City.  Mr. Beck reported when one such request was reviewed by the Board of Adjustment, there had been no opposition.  He explained that the Council had directed the Planning and Zoning Commission to hold a public hearing regarding the issue.  The Commission's recommendation was to allow day care facilities in R-2 districts provided a conditional use permit is obtained.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comment, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
 B203-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

(A)     Improvements at the intersections of Nifong Boulevard and Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard and Forum
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this project had been discussed for the last few years in the capital improvement program.  He said various alternatives have been examined, and he asked Mr. Patterson to describe them.
    Mr. Patterson explained that the staff had submitted a report approximately one year ago on the intersections, and the Council had requested that the staff further investigate some alternatives that might be more aesthetic and perhaps more pedestrian friendly to the area.  He said they were specifically asked to look into the possibility of roundabouts at the two locations.  At that time, a detailed analysis of traffic counts, accidents, and research into the use of roundabouts had been done.  Mr. Patterson reported as a result of that study, staff recommended that roundabouts not be applied at these locations due to existing and future traffic volumes.  He said the roundabouts would require two lanes of traffic and are considered to be more of a pedestrian hazard, particularly at the Bethel intersection where one of the major purposes is to provide protection for children crossing the street.  In addition, the roundabouts would require quite a bit more property (which is very expensive to acquire), increasing the total cost of the project significantly more than the traffic signals.
    Mr. Patterson said staff had also looked at alternatives for the more conventional signalized intersections to incorporate pedestrian and bicycle features for enhancement of alternative transportation modes.  The estimates arrived at for construction of the alternatives indicated that bicycle lanes could be constructed at an expense of about $93,000 above the cost for just the pedestrian signal intersections.  Mr. Patterson reported staff recommended construction of just the signalized intersections.
    Mr. Patterson stated that at Forum and Nifong, staff recommends construction of pedestrian islands and crossings with pedestrian actuated signal heads.  He noted the islands would provide some protection at this location, and a pedestrian would not have to cross more than three lanes of traffic.  At none of the intersections is staff recommending designated bicycle lanes through the intersections, not only due to the cost involved, but also because of the fact that it simply widens the intersection and makes it less pedestrian accessible.
    In regards to landscaping, Mr. Patterson said three of the islands have about 30 square feet that can be landscaped -- although it would be very expensive.  He noted the island in the southeast corner would be too small and crowded to accommodate any type of landscaping.
    Mr. Patterson reported at the Bethel intersection, staff recommends pedestrian actuated signals with marked crosswalks.  Also being recommended is a free right turn due to the heavy traffic movements north to east on Nifong, which would provide opportunities for a landscaped island of some size in the southeast corner.  Mr. Patterson said there would be some modifications to existing sidewalks in order to assure pedestrian landings at each of the corners.
    The total project cost is estimated to be about $380,000, which would be paid for out of sales tax funds, the CIP programming for traffic safety and annual streets, and other funds that may be appropriate.
    Mr. Campbell asked if right turn lanes would be installed at all of the corners.  Mr. Patterson said at this time only a free right on Bethel is shown.  He said the other turning movements do not warrant such at this time.  Mr. Patterson said as traffic grows, the areas designated as crosswalks will be the location of future islands as right turn lanes are constructed.  Mr. Campbell said he wanted to be assured that enough space was being reserved.  Mr. Patterson said five lanes are projected at that intersection, and an area is being reserved for that purpose.  He said staff is trying to minimize the cost of the project at this point.
    Mr. Janku asked if the right turn had been designed yet.  He understood a particular design could be utilized that would tend to slow down cars to give pedestrians more time to cross.  Mr. Patterson said if a problem is observed, a raised crosswalk would probably lend itself well as a way to do that.
    Mayor Hindman asked about the big expense for landscaping.  Mr. Patterson explained that the big expense is for installing water lines under the pavement.  He said if water is not put in, there is not a great deal of cost.  The people responsible for maintenance generally prefers to have water at the island so as not to have a truck or a person exposed to traffic.  Mayor Hindman asked about planting zeroscape where water is not needed.  Mr. Patterson said if staff works with the Parks and Recreation Department on designing something where water would not be needed, the cost of landscaping would be pretty minimal.  Mayor Hindman asked that staff look into that possibility.  Whenever putting in new islands, he felt the City should think seriously about making that a policy.  Mayor Hindman said the zeroscape may not be as colorful, but it would be a lot better than concrete.  Mr. Kruse noted that these plantings could be very colorful if done correctly.  He agreed something should be done at this location.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Rob Meyers, 3905 West Oak Drive, explained that both his home and office are located just off of Nifong Boulevard.  He travels through the intersections several times a day and had been observing the traffic patterns.  On Nifong and Bethel, he noted that the traffic flow is pretty much east/west -- with some exceptions.  He said there is a dramatically different pattern when traveling down to Forum, with a lot of people turning left.  He was supportive of the intersection at Bethel and Nifong, but not Forum and Nifong.  He said the traffic moves through the intersection very smoothly at this time, both during rush hour and at other times of the day as well.  He felt a signal would impede traffic flow as it tries to accommodate all of the left turn movements.  Mr. Meyers felt it would be best to leave this intersection as a four way stop.
    Mayor Hindman explained that traffic was found to be increasing at this located by 7% per year.  He said the reason for the improvements was based on the projected traffic.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Kruse agreed that the traffic flow through the intersection at Nifong and Forum is certainly much easier to negotiate.  He asked Mr. Patterson to address that point.
    Mr. Patterson said that Mr. Meyers is correct, there is a difference in the traffic movements at the two intersections.  Currently at Forum and Nifong, he said traffic counts are about the same -- in the neighborhood of 10,000-11,000 vehicles per day.  He noted the intersection does meet standard warrants for a traffic signal even at this point.  Whereas, at Bethel and Nifong, Mr. Patterson said it is about two to one -- east/west, north/south.  He said when talking about the free rights on Bethel earlier, perhaps it had not been emphasized that the Forum intersection would also contain free right turns on the corners.  He said there would be left turn signals at those locations also, so there will be a way of assuring smooth traffic flow through the intersection.
    Mr. Campbell asked if those signals will be traffic activated.  Mr. Patterson said there had been no decision made, but it would be advantageous to have progression through the two signals.
    Mr. Kruse asked about the benefit of doing both intersections at the same time.  Mr. Patterson said there would be likely cost savings in having the work done under one contract and having both done at the same time.  He said there would be less extended disruption in the area as well.
    Mayor Hindman asked if the City already has the right-of-way needed for this improvement.  Mr. Patterson said nearly all of it has been obtained, but there is another small segment at the northwest corner of Forum that has to be acquired in order to construct the free right turn lane.  He said the right-of-way at the southeast corner of Bethel will also be needed.  Mr. Patterson said staff has already been in contact with the developer, and he is aware of what would be needed.
    Mr. Kruse noted that the property on the southeast corner at Nifong and Forum is already appropriately zoned for development.  He said it is owned by Boone Hospital Center and he assumed medical offices will be developed on this site over time.  At the other intersection, on the southeast corner, he pointed out that grading has recently occurred and a lot of trees have been removed.  He asked if building permits had been issued.  Mr. Patterson said there have been no plans submitted other than the grading plan and land disturbance plan.  Mr. Kruse guessed it could also be assumed something will be constructed soon or the developer would not have gone to all of the expense he had.
    Mr. Kruse said he had asked for the consideration of the roundabouts, and he thought the report was very good and provided excellent groundwork for future consideration of other roundabout locations.  He appreciated the very thorough report and thanked the staff for all of the work they had put into it.  He accepted their conclusion and felt the reasoning was sound.  Regarding the proposal to not extend the bike lanes, he agreed there probably is a safety issue with putting the lanes through, and concurred the lanes should not be installed.  Mr. Kruse felt staff was a little premature regarding the signalization on the Forum and Nifong intersection, but he is comfortable this work should be done because it will have to occur at some point in the next few years anyway.  Mr. Kruse thought staff should proceed with the project.
    Mr. Kruse made the motion that staff be directed to proceed with final plans and specification for each intersection.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(B)     Construction of sidewalks and sidewalk ramps along a portion of West Ash Street.
    Item B was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this would authorize a sidewalk along the north side of West Ash (from West Boulevard to Pershing), and the south side of West Ash (from Pershing west to Clinkscales), at an estimated cost of $75,000.  He understood that the staff had met with the property owners.
    Mr. Patterson said staff had a formal meeting with the property owners and also individual contacts.  He noted this project had been initiated by Councilperson Coble.  Mr. Patterson explained that staff had attempted to design a sidewalk along the south side of the street in order to have a continuous walkway.  He said that had been met by considerable opposition by some of the property owners.  As a result, staff came back with a redesign and a recommendation that the City improve the existing sidewalk on the north side, build a sidewalk where there is none on the north side between West Boulevard and Pershing, then have a marked crossing at Pershing and build the sidewalk the rest of the way on the south side.  He said that seemed to be suitable to most of the property owners.  Mr. Patterson said he had not heard any negative responses to the proposal.  He said the sidewalk is proposed to be the standard four foot width, but since the meeting a couple of weeks ago, staff looked to see what it would take to add another foot.  He said this involves more utility relocation costs and additional construction easements.  Mr. Patterson reported staff recommends to proceed with the project as it has advanced this far, before looking at changing sidewalk widths.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comment, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku wondered if there were plans for relocating some of the utilities in the near future.  He said that might mitigate some of the extra cost mentioned.  He asked which department picks up the cost of the relocation.  Mr. Patterson explained utility relocation costs are charged to the department that owns the easement.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that staff be directed to proceed with the project.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.

B195-98     Amending Chapter 14 of the Code to make Buttonwood Drive, south of Nifong Boulevard, a one-way
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said the State Department of Transportation has requested that Buttonwood be made a one-way street while they install a temporary signal.  By the year 2000, the State is hopeful that Route AC would be under construction and this can be reviewed again for use as a two-way street.  Mr. Beck said staff is recommending approval of the request.
    B195-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B197-98     Amending Chapter 22 of the Code to add a new section pertaining to deferred tax bills for sanitary
                   sewer projects.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that this has been a troublesome issue where there are large tracts of undeveloped ground and sewer tax bill districts are set up.  He said the tax bills are high and opposed by the people that are not ready to develop their property.  After some public work sessions, the Council asked staff to prepare an ordinance to deal with that question.  On undeveloped tracts of land, Mr. Beck explained that the payment of those costs over and above 30 cents per foot, or $5,000, would be deferred until such time that the tract is subdivided or developed.  He said they had discussed large tracts of land that the City subsidizes that may never be developed, and staff had come to the conclusion that the ordinance should be adopted as is.  Then, prior to the time there are requests for areas with major tracts that may not be developed in the future, staff could look into a proposed amendment that would address the concern of these tracts.
    Mr. Janku asked about the use of the term "shall" in the language.  Mr. Beck said staff had discussed "shall" versus "may".  He said it is not a clear policy to explain to people interested in setting up districts.  He said they would not know exactly what to anticipate nor would the staff know what to tell them.  Mr. Beck said if some more detailed guidelines could be written to make it clear to anyone raising questions about how the tax bills would have to be paid, it would be clear to everyone.  He said the word "may" would leave people in limbo.
    B197-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B200-98     Confirming the contract for the construction of a water main along Clark Lane.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck noted that the Council had been sent a detailed staff report on this issue.  He explained that eight bids had been received, and the Water and Light staff is recommending the low bid of J.C. Industries, Inc. in the amount of $328,280.
    B200-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B201-98     Vacating utility easements and street right-of-way for an unbuilt portion of Beach Point Drive;
                   accepting conveyances.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that the Planning and Zoning Commission had voted 5-2 to deny the street right-of-way vacation.  He said the Commission felt the Beach Point Drive street connection is needed due to the limited access into and out of the southwestern portion of Katy Lake Estates.  Mr. Beck explained the Commission does not make recommendations on easement vacations, that is handled primarily by the staff.  He understood there was no problem with the utilities, only with the street right-of-way.
    Mr. Hancock reported that when the preliminary plat was submitted some years back, the staff attempted to gain a couple of connections at Beach Point and at Cedar Crest Lane onto Scott Boulevard.  This had been pursued in order to diffuse traffic away from Grant Lane, and to provide future vehicular and pedestrian access to Scott Boulevard when it is eventually improved.  At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the residents of the subdivision cited their concern about the safety of such a street intersection with Scott Boulevard in its present condition.  He said it was explained to the residents that a street project is planned by the Public Works Department that would address the sight distance situation.  Mr. Hancock said if the Council decides the street is not necessary, the right-of-way is still considered important by the staff.  He noted right-of-way is hard to come by and could be used for a number of purposes.
    Mr. Campbell asked if national numbers were available as to how many homes should be allowed access onto a high speed traffic way.  He felt that only 30 or 40 homes would benefit from this connection, and wondered if it would be better to have one or two access points onto a high speed roadway.  Mr. Hancock said he could not speak to any national standards, but staff is trying to address the issue of establishing a couple of exits and entrances onto Scott to try to feed the 30 or 40 lots.  He said one principle that has been endeavored around town is to have connections at various locations when collector and arterial streets are nearby.
    Mr. Janku asked where the street improvement project stood at this point in terms of engineering and funding.  Mr. Patterson explained that the City entered into an agreement with the Boone County Commission a little over a year ago relating to a safety project on Scott Boulevard, which encompasses this area.  A preliminary engineering report was prepared by Larkin and Associates, the consultant for both the City and County.  Based on the report, the consultant was given notice to proceed with final plans and specifications.  When the subject of Beach Point Drive came up, Mr. Patterson said staff also directed the consultant to specifically look at this proposed intersection as to what could be done and what the potential hazards of an intersection would be.  He said the consultant has preliminarily indicated that there are improvements that could be made that would certainly exceed minimum standards at this location and provide a much safer intersection.  Mr. Patterson reported the consultants are still working on the design, and a meeting has been tentatively scheduled in August to review the preliminary designs.  He said if all issues are ironed out at that point, final designs would be ready some time in September or October.   With regard to funding, Mr. Patterson said the city has set aside some money for joint projects with the County.  In addition, he said about a month ago the staff was authorized to make a grant application to the County.  The application is in the amount of about $330,000, and the City has about the same amount in the CIP.  Originally, the County had put aside a little over $600,000 for funding.  Mr. Patterson said if everything is approved, the earliest Scott Boulevard could be under construction would be next year.
    Assuming both intersections were built, Mr. Campbell asked which would be the safest -- the one currently existing or the one being proposed.  His impression is that it still would not be a good intersection.  Mr. Patterson responded he could not answer to specifics on what currently exists except from comments made at the Planning meeting regarding sight distance problems at that location.  That is one of the reasons they felt a second entrance would be helpful.  Mr. Patterson said any diffusion of the traffic at the intersections would be helpful.  Regarding Beach Point Drive, before the road is built staff would have to be satisfied that it would be a safe intersection.
    Mrs. Crockett asked when the improvements on Grant Lane would be finished.  Mr. Patterson is hopeful there will be a public hearing this fall, with construction to begin next summer.
    David Rogers, an attorney with offices at 813 E. Walnut, spoke on behalf of the Katy Lake Homeowners Association.  He said the association has petitioned the Council to vacate this street.  He said it is not a question of another building lot being created, or a question of whether the developer would save money because of it, but the residents who live in the area do not want the street because it is unsafe and can only be made marginally safe by significantly cutting-up the hillside.  He was surprised to hear Mr. Hancock and Mr. Patterson say they wanted to diffuse the traffic onto arterial streets away from the collector streets that come into them.  Mr. Rogers observed in the past, he has begged to get entrances onto Nifong that were not approved.  He had been told the entrances must access the collector streets that feed into arterial streets.  Mr. Rogers said in this situation there are 200 houses that have three entrances into a relatively quiet subdivision, and it was unlikely there would be much more development.
    Mr. Campbell explained that he had met with the neighborhood association and, at that time, the developer had said he would not be saving any money on the project because he would donate that amount of money to the neighborhood association.  Mr. Rogers said that was correct, the developer was going to make a commitment of $8,000.
    Don Stohldrier, subdivision developer, explained that the homeowners had asked him to address the Council.  Using the overhead, he related how the subdivision was originally platted.  Because there were over 100 lots, the developer was required to have a second entrance to the subdivision.  He said one was platted at the Beach Point entrance, the best of the worst of what was available at that time.  He showed the layout that was submitted to the City and approved as a preliminary plat for this area of ground.  Mr. Stohldrier said there was one additional exit shown going out to Grant Lane, but no additional connections to Scott Boulevard at all.  He said at that time, three entrances and exits to the subdivision seemed to be sufficient.  Subsequently, Mr. Stohldrier purchased this property from Mr. Magnuson.  He displayed a drawing of the entire subdivision as it currently exists with the connection to the north on Grant Lane.  He noted an exit on Cedar Crest Boulevard to Scott Boulevard was added with the hopes of eliminating the need for the Beach Point exit.  He said they still have the three complete streets in and out, and assumed that would resolve any problems.  Earlier this year, Mr. Stohldrier had sent out a newsletter to the homeowners association mentioning the intention to put the street in and finishing up the subdivision.  He immediately received a letter and a petition from the residents indicating they strongly wanted to vacate the street.  He said the residents do not want this road in their subdivision as there are severe visibility constrictions at this location on Scott Boulevard, and it is a horrible place to put a street.  Mr. Stohldrier said they would donate the money that would be saved on the street to the homeowners association for park equipment for their in-subdivision park.
    Mary Helen Horton, 4004 Beach Point, explained that the neighborhood has 1 1/2 acres of common green space and lake access at the east end of Beach Point Drive.  She said the street ends at the lake and they felt it was unique to see families and outdoor activities at this location.  Ms. Horton explained residents are trying to preserve their quiet residential area.  A direct vehicular route to the lake area off of Scott Boulevard would change that.  Ms. Horton said residents are fearful of auto accidents, of bikers being hit, of children trying to cross the street, and they opposed the creation of a new four-way traffic pattern.  She said if the Council does not vacate the property, the developer will begin building the entrance at once -- which means residents would have to live with a very dangerous intersection for maybe three to five years.
    Forest Cushionoff, 4003 Bay Wood, also spoke on behalf of the Katy Lake homeowners.  He said the residents feel three access points to be adequate.  He said there is no objection to additional access, the objection is to this particular access.  He said residents are very comfortable with a single access point onto Scott Boulevard, and the two access points onto Grant with the assumption that this road will be improved.  Mr. Cushionoff reiterated the resident's feelings about the dangers of an access point at Beach Point Drive.  He felt the Planning and Zoning Commission was more concerned about vacating this access at the present time since once it is vacated, it cannot be undone.  He said the residents believe that, despite whatever improvements are made to Scott Boulevard, it would never be safe.
    Mayor Hindman asked how the residents would feel about putting this question on hold until the improvements to Scott Boulevard are made.  Mr. Cushionoff said he had reservations about the intersection ever being safe.  His concern is that if it is not vacated now, a road will be put in.  He said if the vacation is turned down, his hope would be that nothing would be done until the improvements are made, and then the issue could be revisited as another agenda item.
    Mr. Campbell said because this property was developed as two separate tracts, it was almost an historical accident in the way the access points had been made.  He understood Mr. Patterson to say that the development on Scott Boulevard would be modified based upon whether or not there was an intersection.  He felt the Council would somewhat be determining by their action that the development may occur.  Mr. Campbell could not imagine exactly what this would look like, but he thought it is fairly clear that it would require a lot of alterations to the hillside because of the sharp grade in the area.  Mr. Campbell believed it would be very difficult to have a safe intersection, and he had not heard any of the residents say they felt the access point should be created.
    Mr. Janku could understand why the residents feel the way they do.  He said the houses that are going to be adjacent to Scott Boulevard, immediately north of the proposed access, are not developed yet.  He noted these are the people that will eventually bear the burden of the traffic flow, and they will be the folks coming to the Council wanting traffic safety and traffic calming devices.  Mr. Janku explained residents in similar situations in other subdivisions are approaching him now requesting more direct access to a collector street.  He felt the Beach Point Drive access point is appropriate and would help lessen the burden on future home owners.  Mr. Janku agreed that obviously if the improvements are not made, the Council would have another question to address at a later point.  He thought the Council should deny the present vacation of Beach Point Drive.  Mr. Janku reported one of the toughest problems the Council has is establishing interconnections between neighborhoods and subdivisions.  He said these connections are resisted at almost every turn in the initial stages by the developers.  He thought Beach Point Drive would be a good access point, and felt it would be well-used by the people in the subdivision because it would provide better access to the south, and it would lessen the burden on future residents to the north.
    Mrs. Crockett asked which schools would be attended by children from this neighborhood.  The reply was Fairview, Smithton, and Hickman.  Mrs. Crockett said all of those schools are not south of this project.  She said as there would be no more development in the floodway, this development has gone about as far as it can go.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if the proposed intersection would be almost directly across the street from Country Hill Subdivision.  Mr. Patterson said it was created to line up with the street.  Mrs. Crockett said her feeling is that the neighborhood children in Katy Lake Estates could possibly have friends in Country Hill Subdivision, and would be crossing a very busy road to get there.  She said that is a safety concern in her estimation.  She said if the intersection is not there, the children would have to go to a better crossing.  Mrs. Crockett observed the residents want to keep their neighborhood intact and did not want every Tom, Dick, and Harry running through it.  For that reason, she felt the entrance was not needed.  Mrs. Crockett felt three access points was plenty.
    Mayor Hindman asked if it was possible to place the money in escrow and see how the improvement project on Scott Boulevard goes.  Mr. Patterson said as far as staff is concerned that is acceptable.  He said there is no reason to say the entrance had to be constructed immediately.  He added that staff indicated at the public hearings that they would want to wait until the design is complete before proceeding with this connection.  At that time, staff would bring a report back as to what they thought would be appropriate for the intersection.  Mr. Patterson said there are no houses at the Beach Point Drive intersection location, and he saw no reason for the developer to start work on it immediately.  He reported staff would be willing to accept a letter of credit, a bond, or some type of assurance that if the road is constructed, the funding would be in place, and if it is not, the assurance could be returned.
    Mr. Campbell said this proposal is strongly opposed by the neighborhood and it would be, at best, marginal in the safety category.  He said the intersection does not follow the policy the City has had on other parts of this outer beltway, and there would be only approximately 30 to 50 houses that would be accessing it.
    B201-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, CROCKETT. VOTING NO:  HINDMAN, JANKU.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B206-98     Appropriating funds for memorial trees and benches.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that the City has received about $4,000 in gifts, mostly for memorial and heritage trees and benches.  He encouraged anyone wanting to make a donation to the City's permanent park fund to do so.  This bill would simply appropriate the money to the proper account so staff can implement the projects.
    B206-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B208-98     Amending the FY 1998 pay plan to change the pay grade and titles of three positions in the Parks and
                   Recreation Department.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said after Mr. Hood's appointment as Director to the Parks and Recreation Department, they had discussed several alternative changes to the organization that might further streamline their operation.  This proposal would change two existing pay grades from 20 to 21, and one pay grade would be reduced from a 20 to a 19.
    B208-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B212-98     Authorizing an agreement with Sprint Spectrum, L.P. to lease space on the Walnut Street water tower
                   for PCS antennas.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said that criteria had been established to ensure proper landscaping would be in place, and that the antennas would not interfere with City operations.  He said staff had worked with Sprint and arrived at an agreement where the City would be paid $10,000 per year for a five year period, and then Sprint would have two-five year options to continue this arrangement.  Mr. Beck said it was felt the agreement met the criteria discussed with the Council, and it is consistent with the policy of keeping the number of towers being constructed in the community to a minimum.
    B212-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B213-98     Establishing October 1, 1998, as the effective date of the solid waste utility fee increases.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said this bill would adopt a change in the solid waste rates at the beginning of the City's fiscal year, October 1, 1998, and authorizes the use of funds for this program during the current fiscal year.  The amendment changes the residential rate from $8.65 to $9.95 per month, and there will be an approximate 5 1/2% increase to commercial users.  Mr. Beck reported the money would be used not only for the blue bag program, which is roughly 93 cents of the increase, but funds would also be used to build a new maintenance facility at the landfill and to pay for landfill costs.
    Mrs. Crockett asked if the City would proceed with the increase even though more than half of the City will not have the blue bag system by October 1st.  Mr. Beck said it would be phased in starting with the Monday route.  He said distribution of bags would begin next Monday, July 27th.
    Mayor Hindman pointed out that not all of the rate increase was associated with the blue bag system.
    Mr. Coffman asked how often new routes would be added.  Mr. Patterson said every two months another route would be added.
    B213-98 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

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

B196-98     Appropriating funds for the rehabilitation of the north cargo apron at Columbia Regional Airport.
B198-98     Authorizing the installation of pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Tenth Street and
                   Rogers Street by City employees.
B199-98     Calling for bids to construct sidewalks along West Broadway and along Smiley Lane.
B204-98     Approving the final plat of Meadowlands Subdivision, Plat No. 15, a major subdivision.
B205-98     Approving a replat of Lot 243 of West Pointe, Plat 1-B-1.
B207-98     Appropriating funds for public health and corrections nursing services.
B209-98     Authorizing a settlement agreement with Richard C. and Nan B. Erickson: accepting conveyance.
B210-98     Authorizing right of use permit to allow Union Electric to install and maintain a gas main across Rebel
                   Hills substation property.
B211-98     Accepting conveyance for water utility purposes from the National Benevolent Association of the
                   Christian Churches.
R146-98     Setting a public hearing: street improvements on Sunflower Street and Barberry Avenue.
R147-98     Setting a public hearing: construction of 12" water main to serve Woodhaven Dormitory; providing
                   payment for differential costs.
R148-98     Setting a public hearing: voluntary annexation of property located north and west of State Route KK,
                   along both sides of Scott Boulevard, west of the City.
R149-98     Setting a public hearing: renovations to the police building at Walnut Street between Sixth Street and
                   Seventh Street.
R150-98     Authorizing an amendment to the fiber optic agreement with the Curators of the University of Missouri.
R151-98     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with the State of Missouri Department of Health.

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

R152-98     Authorizing an agreement with Classic Balloon Events, Inc. to provide in-kind services for the US
                   Cellular Balloon Classic.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said this event would be held from August 28-30, 1998, at the Fairgrounds.  He said this agreement is being brought to the Council because staff support is requested.  Mr. Beck noted it is not anticipated the City would be committing to a very large expenditure, the agreement primarily provides for refueling at the Fire Training facility.  He said the cost has been estimated at less than $1,000 in staff time.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House.
    Janie Thomas, appeared on behalf of Classic Balloon Events, and offered to answer any questions.  She asked the Council to support the event.
    The vote on R152-98 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R153-98     Acknowledging the request of Jeffrey E. Smith Development Company for federal HOME funds.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that Mr. Smith was asking for City support in his request of $225,000 in HOME funds for the program year 1999-2000.  He noted HOME funds are federal monies that come to the City.  He said Mr. Smith would be seeking other funds to put the total project together.  Mr. Smith proposes to build 16 duplex units for the disabled in the Hanover Boulevard area, and had constructed similar units in the past.
    Mr. Beck had asked staff to calculate the HOME funds that would be available, and what needs the City would have for other programs.  He explained that Mr. Hancock has been in contact with the Community Development Corporation, and they have looked at the budget for housing rehabilitation, administrative costs, and that sort of thing.  Mr. Beck felt those types of programs should be a priority use of HOME funds.  On the other hand, if there are additional funds (which it is felt there would be), these should be put to use in the community -- particularly for the disabled.
    Mr. Beck reported Mr. Smith's first step in order to move forward with the overall plan is to have the City indicate support for the project.  This would help Mr. Smith in seeking other funds for his overall plans.  If the program goes forward, Mr. Beck said future Council actions would be required.
    Craig VanMatre, an attorney with offices at 1103 E. Broadway, spoke on behalf of Mr. Smith's company as the developer of the proposed project.  He distributed pictures of the type of structure that is proposed and where the development would be located.  Mr. VanMatre explained this is specialized, affordable housing for people with special needs.  He reported Mr. Smith believes the project would be immediately subscribed for as soon as it is announced in terms of people who want to live there.  He said the problem is the tremendous amount of competition for the type of funding (federal and state credits), that authorizes and permits this kind of project.  In the context of the competition for the credits, Mr. VanMatre said those projects which are supported strongly by the City Council have a much greater chance of achieving reality than waiting until after competing for the credits to enlist such support.  Tonight, Mr. Smith is seeking the Council's assistance by way of this resolution that stipulates if the project is awarded the necessary credits to make it financially feasible, and if sufficient HOME funds are received, this development will receive high priority in terms of its allocation of the HOME funds.
    Mr. Janku said a year or more ago Mr. Smith submitted another application and he was not successful.  He said some reference had been made about a nearby city that did a more effective job of lobbying.  He asked if there was anything else the Council could or should do that would help.  Mr. VanMatre said the more interest the members of the City Council show, the better off they would be.  He said that Mayor Hindman wrote a letter to MHDC on this project in November.  He said that is a good example of what is needed in order to help tip the scales in their favor.  Mr. VanMatre stated they are hopeful of similar expressions along with the resolution.
    Mrs. Crockett said Mr. Smith has built a similar project in the third ward and it had been a great success.  She said there is a great need for this type of housing, and she is in full support of the request.
    The vote on R153-98 was recorded as follows:  VOTING YES:  CAMPBELL, KRUSE, COFFMAN, HINDMAN, JANKU, CROCKETT.  VOTING NO:  NO ONE.  ABSENT:  COBLE.  Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

    The following bills were introduced by the Mayor, unless otherwise indicated, and all were given first reading:
B214-98     Appropriating ISTEA funds for the Bear Creek Trail Phase 4 project.
B215-98     Confirming the contract for improvements in the Garth Avenue and Sexton Road area; appropriating
B216-98     Authorizing the second amendment to the MO Highway and Transportation Commission for transit
                   operating assistance.
B217-98     Authorizing renovations to the police building at Walnut Street between Sixth Street and Seventh
                   Street; calling for bids.
B218-98     Accepting a warranty deed and conveyances for sewer drainage and utility easements.
B219-98     Approving a replat of part of Lot 5 of Stephens First Addition; granting a variance to the subdivision
B220-98     Abrogating the final plat of the Oaks, Plat 2; approving a final plat of Springdale Estates, No. 6.
B221-98     Establishing permanent A-1 zoning on property located on the south side of New Haven Road.
B222-98     Authorizing a territorial agreement with Consolidated Public Water Supply District No. 1.
B223-98     Accepting conveyances for water and utility purposes.
B224-98     Authorizing an agreement with Public Water Supply District #9 for the purchase and sale of water.
B225-98     Authorizing construction of a 12-inch water main to serve Woodhaven Dormitory; providing payment
                   for differential costs; appropriating funds.

(A)     Transfer of Funds Request.
    Report accepted.

    After receiving the majority vote of the Council, the following individuals were appointed to the following boards and commissions:

Cooper, Chip, 500 Longfellow, Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/01
Murphy, Thomas P., 4016 Bent Oak Dr., Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/01
Gilbert, Kelly E., 907 West Blvd. So., Ward 4 - term to expire 7/31/01

Glass, William, 128 N. Cedar Lake, Ward 5 term to expire 8/1/01
Malicoat, Freddie, 4101 N. Wappel, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/1/01
Watson, Paul, 3910 N. Locust Grove Church, County - term to expire 8/1/01

John, Karen M., 1001 LaGrange Ct., Ward 5 - term to expire 8/1/03

Erickson, Richard C., 1305 Woodrail Ave., Ward 5 - term to expire 8/1/01
Trachsel, Otto G., 3702 Wayside, Ward 3 - term to expire 8/1/01

Nelson, Rose, 2513 Lynnwood, ward 5 - term to expire 8/31/01 (nurse)
Pistel, Fred, 2105 Cobblestone, Ward 4 - term to expire 8/31/99 (lay)

Lane, Henry G., 1816 E. Broadway, Ward 6 - term to expire 6/17/01

    Mr. Beck explained that an agreement had been worked out on the Forum Chapel project that was discussed at the last meeting.  He felt the arrangement was fair.
    Mr. Campbell said he had been contacted about trimming along the sidewalk on the south side of Stewart Road, between Garth and Providence Road.
    Mr. Campbell said he had also received a complaint about pedestrian crossings on Broadway.  The caller had said it was impossible for her to walk across in the time allowed by the lights.  He asked if there was some way the markings could be out in the protected area by the planters to allow slower people to cross in the time allotted.  Mayor Hindman said Mr. Burden, from the walkability conference, had mentioned this issue and explained how it could be achieved.  He said at the Tenth and Rogers intersection, the City has taken a step in that direction -- there is a raised portion that keeps cars from cutting the corner.
    Mr. Campbell made the motion that the staff report back on the possibility of Mr. Burden's suggestion.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Regarding the Bethel and Nifong intersection improvements, Mr. Kruse said along the northwest corner there are a number of kids walking along the shoulder on Nifong on the way to Bethel.  He said there is enough room at this location to build some kind of asphalt or pedestrian bikeway from the intersection to the west, in front of the Stonegate Office Park. He assumed this would be a four-lane road at some time in the future, but he thought a temporary, non-traditional pedestrian walkway that could connect with the shoulder past the office park (near the bridge over Mill Creek), would work well.  He asked the staff to see if it could be part of the intersection project.  Mr. Kruse stated the developer at Stonegate supports the idea and if it had to go on this property, he did not think that would be a problem.
    Mr. Kruse made the motion that the possibility be explored -- a temporary walkway as part of the intersection project.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Patterson asked if the request was to go from Bethel to Forum.  Mr. Kruse said he was not thinking that far necessarily, but if they could it would be better.  Mr. Beck thought there was a shoulder at this location.  Mr. Kruse said there is, but it is being used as a turn lane for the planned office development.
    Mr. Kruse asked about a staff recommendation he thought he had asked for regarding a traditional neighborhood development ordinance.  Mayor Hindman said he remembered asking for a report on what could be done in the way of much more flexible zoning.  He thought that might cover what Mr. Kruse was looking for.  He said the Council has not received that report as of yet.  Mr. Kruse said what he was talking about would simply be another model for development that would not have the same kind of setback requirements and street width, etc.
    Mr. Kruse said he had brought up the issue of commercial lighting and street lighting several months ago.  He said at the retreat (which he was not able to attend), Mr. Malon reported on street lighting.  He thought there had been a request that the Council make a decision about what the City's standards should be.  Mr. Kruse was aware that some street lights had been removed on Forum to get a sense of what it would look like with 400 foot spacing on an arterial street as opposed to 200 foot spacing.  He asked if the staff was doing research on commercial standards for the Council to consider.  Mr. Hancock said his office has been compiling a file, but had been hesitant to write a report on it until the whole public street lighting issue was resolved.  Mr. Kruse said he was prepared to suggest very soon what the standards should be on the street lighting.  In terms of commercial, he thought there were some models the staff was going to research and report to the Council.
    Mr. Malon was under the impression that a decision had been made at the retreat -- that state highways would meet the IES standards because that is what is required.  He thought the Council wanted the staff to go ahead and design lighting on streets in residential areas at 400 feet spacing, and for the other ones, staff was to design them as best they could and if the Council did not like it, this information would be forwarded to staff.  Mr. Beck said he would rather see a policy resolution written and adopted by the Council.
    Mr. Janku suggested separating the two, residential and commercial lighting.  Mr. Kruse agreed.  Mr. Janku said the issue had been discussed at great length at the retreat, but he did not remember a final decision being made.
    Mr. Campbell said the major lighting issue he hears most about has not even been discussed -- this involves public facilities such as the schools, the University and colleges, and other athletic facilities.  He said these are the places that generate a lot of light.  Mr. Kruse assumed the commercial study would include those groups.  He explained when he refers to commercial lighting he meant anything other than street lighting.
    Mrs. Crockett felt that Chief Botsford should advise the Council on lighting at service stations because of safety issues.
    It was decided that a policy resolution would be brought forward on street lighting, and that a report would be prepared on commercial lighting.
    Mr. Kruse noted that staff has been looking at a traffic calming project on Lynnwood.  He said a couple of his neighbors had asked him if eliminating parking on the east side of Lynnwood, for some distance as the hill is crested coming down to the north, could be examined.  He said the hill is very steep and the road narrows.  He asked the staff to include the elimination of parking in their deliberations.
    Mr. Coffman asked about the status of the Stadium/Audubon/East Pointe intersection.  He said a lot of people have been told it would possibly get started this summer.  Mr. Patterson said there has been progress on it and they have been in contact with the neighborhood association.  He said the City has received the dedication of the easements where the island can be taken out to allow for the widening.  Mr. Patterson said the final plans from the designer and developer are now in his office, and this includes accommodations that are necessary for the pedestrian crossings.  He said a portion of sidewalk has been identified that will need to be built as part of the project, and they are working to implement those in conjunction with the signal.  Mr. Patterson felt they are very close to being able to issue permits on it, but could not say when the work would begin.  Mr. Patterson said the City is depending upon someone else to issue permits, so he could not give a date.  He said staff would be coming back to the Council with a report after final designs are approved as some of the items under consideration could be very expensive.  Mr. Coffman understood the neighborhood graciously donated the island.  Mr. Patterson said this is correct.
    Mr. Coffman said he seems to be getting more and more requests from people wanting to have sidewalks installed.  He asked if there was any generic information about sidewalks, or a presentation that could be made to neighborhoods about what options exist.  Mr. Patterson said the policy resolution on sidewalks serves as staff's directive.  He said there are summaries, similar to what was presented at the retreat, that outlines what applies in certain situations.  He said this type of information could be made available to the public.
    Mr. Janku said Mr. Patterson had advised the Council at the retreat about the possibility of a roundabout on Creasy Springs.  He thought it had the potential for working well, but said there are concerns with respect to pedestrian impacts.  He asked if that was being evaluated in terms of this particular intersection.  As the Mayor mentioned earlier, Mr. Janku said it is hard to access Cosmo Park from south Columbia, in part because of the I-70 barrier.  He noted this is one way pedestrians can come under I-70.  He wanted to make sure there would be adequate pedestrian access.  Mr. Janku noticed there is an existing metal barrier that will keep cars from the overpass area, which could actually be used for the pedestrians.  Mr. Patterson asked if he was talking about under the bridge where there is spacing between the piers and beams.  Mr. Janku said he was.
    Mr. Janku also asked if there was any consideration being given to the landscaping of the roundabout.  He said it will serve as a model and he would like to see it done right from the beginning.  Mr. Patterson said staff has not seen anything near a final design, but some conceptual drawings have been reviewed.  He felt there was an opportunity for the landscaping to be in place, but in accordance with the normal Department of Transportation policies, there would need to be someone willing to put it in and take care of it.  Mr. Patterson reported the State would generally make that a condition of any agreement, but he thought they would work with the City on it.  Mr. Janku said there are some major land owners in the area that might be willing to adopt a spot.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the staff be directed to work with the Department of Transportation in terms of landscaping the intersection and potentially develop some Adopt-A-Spot partners.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Kruse and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mr. Janku said he had seen and heard comments lately about the question of construction debris in relation to developing properties.  He asked for a report on the present ordinances in respect to the issue, and suggestions on what else might be done to improve on it.
    Mayor Hindman said there had been some previous discussions about walk lights at Providence Road and Stewart.  Mr. Patterson said he believed the Department of Transportation had said current conditions do not warrant the lights.  He will send copies of the report to the Council.
    Mayor Hindman said one thing that causes a lot of confusion is the marking of the MKT Trail at the Providence and Stewart intersection.  He said people do not know what happens to the trail at that point, and he thought it should be properly marked on the street and signs installed so that people realize that the trail continues on downtown from the intersection.  Mr. Beck said there is a concrete guide at this location, and perhaps staff needed to talk with the Highway Department to obtain permission to paint it.
    Mayor Hindman asked about Providence and Stadium.  He said this is another intersection where it is difficult for pedestrians to cross.  Mr. Beck asked if he was suggesting the street should be marked.  Mayor Hindman said this is correct, in addition to the possibility of installing pedestrian lights -- but at a minimum there should be marking.
    Mayor Hindman said he had gotten calls about the Forum and Chapel Hill intersection.  He said there is commercial development there with sidewalks.  Mr. Patterson said he had received a drafted report today and it would be sent to the Council shortly.
    Mayor Hindman asked about the crossing at the Forum Shopping Center.  Mr. Patterson said it was staked out last week, and construction crews will probably be putting the walkway in by the first of next week.
    Mayor Hindman said he would like to see the staff investigate a policy that new sidewalks be five feet wide, especially along the more heavily traveled sidewalks.  This does not include rebuilding existing sidewalks.  He asked for a report.
    Mrs. Crockett said she had received a call from a woman requesting that parking be eliminated on both sides of McKee Lane and Rice Road.  Mr. Patterson said staff is doing a study on it and would report back.
    Mrs. Crockett announced she has a nephew in the audience working on a merit badge for the Boy Scouts.  She said she is proud of him for sitting through the entire meeting, and he deserved his merit badge.
    The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
                                                                                         Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                         Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                         City Clerk