OCTOBER 1, 2001

    The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri met for a regular meeting at 7:05 p.m., on Monday, October 1, 2001, in the Council Chamber of the City of Columbia, Missouri. The roll was taken with the following results: Council Members HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, and COFFMAN were present. The City Manager, City Counselor, City Clerk and various Department Heads were also present.

    The minutes of the regular meeting of September 17, 2001, were approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mr. Loveless and a second by Mr. John.

    Mayor Hindman noted that three reports would be added under Reports and Petitions.
    The agenda, including the Consent Agenda, was approved unanimously by voice vote on a motion made by Mayor Hindman and a second by Mr. Hutton.



B312-01     Authorizing the installation of traffic calming devices on Mills Drive, Hatton Avenue and Limerick
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck pointed out that this project was initiated by a petition from property owners in the area.
    Mr. Patterson explained this is an area where staff had identified problems with both speeding and cut-through traffic. He noted that his department worked closely with residents to address the problems. Since the proposed solutions consist of some fairly unique and somewhat radical changes, Mr. Patterson reported staff is recommending that the project be done in two phases. The first phase would cost approximately $11,500. After evaluating those changes for a period of at least six months, staff can determine whether the devices have been successful. If so, more permanent changes can be installed.
    Mr. Patterson described the improvements to include a speed hump on Mills Drive, a raised intersection at Mills Drive and Marylee Drive, a raised median on Limerick Lane to discourage speeding and cut-through traffic, a reconfiguration of the intersection of Mills Drive and Hatton Drive, as well as the half closure of Mills Drive at its intersection with Chapel Hill. He indicated the speed hump and raised table will be constructed out of asphalt, but the other devices will consist of delineators, flexible raised barriers and barrel type features to detour traffic. Mr. Patterson reiterated that the devices will be temporary so if it is found that they are not working, the City would not have made a major investment.
    Mr. Janku asked if motorists coming from the south and west of Stadium would have to come down Limerick Lane. Mr. Patterson said that most of the traffic movement generated from people living in this area is primarily to the north. From the south, motorists would have to come through Limerick Lane or come down Mills Drive. He said emergency vehicles would have access at any time.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    Chris Haglund, 1815 Hatton, expressed support for the improvements. He spoke about traffic volume and speeding in the area. He noted most of the traffic is generated by people who do not live in the neighborhood.
    Mr. John voiced his concern about the half closure of Mills Drive because it will force traffic coming from the south and west onto Limerick and back through Hatton. Mr. Haglund said that was a concern, but the idea is to stop motorists from using Mills Drive as a cut-through from Chapel Hill Road to access Forum Boulevard. He reported that the neighborhood traffic does not need to use Mills Drive as it does not proceed past Chapel Hill to the south. Mr. Haglund stated it would not be beneficial to the neighborhood to force more traffic onto Limerick and Hatton. He noted the raised median on Limerick that would also help slow traffic down.
    Mr. Patterson indicated the half closure of Mills Drive was a concern that staff reviewed. He explained staff identified the biggest problem as the cut-through on Mills. He stated that when motorists travel east on Chapel Hill and approach Mills Drive, they are close enough to see the intersection of Chapel Hill and Forum. If traffic is backed up, the natural tendency is to cut-through on Mills to avoid the light. On Limerick, Mr. Patterson said that view is obscured.
    Bob Humphreys, 1510 Marylee, also spoke in support of the project.
    Glen Roberts, 1805 Hatton, explained that he lives at the junction of Mills and Hatton, the acceleration point for traffic. Mr. Roberts was concerned about the safety of the children in the area.
    Lewell Wilkinson, 1804 Limerick, believed the traffic lights at the intersections of Mills Drive and Forum Boulevard and Mills Drive and Chapel Hill to be a major contributor to the problem. He supported traffic calming on both Mills Drive and Limerick Lane.
    Ann Klusemeier, 1805 Limerick, noted that the proposed median will be installed in front of her house. She did not have a problem with that, but was also hopeful there would be some follow-up as to its effectiveness after the trial period.
    Mr. Patterson noted that staff will consider additional traffic calming on Limerick in the event the initial devices are not sufficient, i.e., traffic circles at Tremont and Limerick. He said there are other treatments should this project be ineffective.
    Edwin Gibb, 1820 Hatton, spoke in support of the calming devices to control traffic on Mills, Hatton and Limerick.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mayor Hindman thought the problems in this area to be a classic example of why sidewalks should be constructed along unimproved streets as development occurs.
    B312-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B317-01     Authorizing a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant from the State of Missouri; authorizing
                   construction of football/lacrosse fields; appropriating funds.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Hood explained the request to construct two fields in the Cosmopolitan Recreation Area. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $77,336 of which 50% would be paid by the grant. The two new fields will be located in the southeast corner of Cosmo Park. Mr. Hood displayed an overhead showing the detail of the construction of the two fields. He indicated that staff anticipates the fields being used by the Columbia Youth Football Association in the fall. In addition, numerous requests have been received for lacrosse fields due to the interest in the sport at both high schools. He stated lacrosse season takes place in the spring. Mr. Hood noted that the project will also include about 500 feet of access road which will provide a secondary entrance into the Rainbow Softball Center parking lot. The City's matching funds would come from the park annual improvements account that was included in the 2001 City budget.
    Mr. Loveless pointed out that the report mentioned the project would be completed using a combination of contracted and force account labor, yet the ordinance identifies only force account. Mr. Hood responded that staff anticipated a contractor doing the earth work, and then City workers will complete the remainder of the project. Mr. Boeckmann suggested the ordinance be amended to reflect this.
    Mr. Loveless made the motion that B317-01 be amended to include both contracted services and force account labor. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. John pointed out that both fields appear to be within 20 feet of the side road, which he believed to be too close. He expressed concern about people parking on the side of the road and the proximity of the players to a driving lane. Mr. Hood said he will ask the planners to pull the fields back several more feet from the road.
    Mayor Hindman asked about the proposed trail and wondered if a small segment could be extended from the parking lot to the south end of the two fields. Mr. Hood indicated staff could look at an access pathway to the fields, but he did not think a full trail could be constructed with the funding that is available. Mayor Hindman said a pathway to the west would also be helpful.
    Mayor Hindman commented about the view of the park from the Candlelight facility. He said there is a Parks maintenance building and a 150 foot wide driveway directly across from the facility. He asked that staff look into what could be done about it. Mayor Hindman remarked that residents requested picnic tables and barbeque grills in the greenery between the parking lot and the other area. In addition, he noted residents of Candlelight cannot get across the street because there is no crosswalk. He thought that should also be looked into. Mr. Hood responded that staff could look at those concerns. He noted that some very large vehicles access the driveway to deliver materials. He said the trucks are not that wide, but they do need room to maneuver.
    The vote on B317-01, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B322-01     Calling for bids for the construction of McBaine Levee and well access road.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is a joint project in the Missouri River bottoms between the area farmers, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Water and Light Department.
    Mr. Malon noted that this is the last step in a project that began with the drilling of two new wells at the McBaine bottoms. Currently, the bottoms are protected by a levee district and a primary levee. Prior to 1993, he noted that there had been a secondary levee which is lower than the primary levee. Mr. Malon reported the secondary levee was not intended to provide the same protection as the primary levee, but it did protect hundreds of acres of farmland and the new wells from the annual spring rises. During the flood of 1993, the secondary levee was damaged in several places. Mr. Malon showed the location of the new well sites and said the levee would be left open below them and onto the south. The project will cost roughly $182,000 and will include mostly dirt moving.
    Mayor Hindman opened the public hearing.
    There being no comments, Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    B322-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

(A)     Street Construction on Blue Ridge Road from State Route 763 to Garth Avenue.
    Item A was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this is an STP Project and that the Mayor would read a statement to open the public hearing.
    Mayor Hindman read the following statement:

    Mr. Patterson explained that the Blue Ridge Road Improvement Project from State Route 763 westward to Garth Avenue will provide an improved collector on an existing alignment. The total estimated cost of the project is $909,000 with $727,200 of that amount provided from Federal Surface Transportation Program funds, and the City's share will be $181,800. He noted that the project is being designed by Engineering Surveys and Services, a consulting engineering firm from Columbia. All applicable federal guidelines will be followed. The proposed project is expected to have no significant impact on the environment and has been granted a categorical exclusion from the need to prepare an environmental impact statement. A phase I cultural resource assessment is scheduled to be performed which will include an archeological, architectural and historical survey of the project corridor.
    Mr. Patterson reported the extension is approximately 3,200 feet in length and runs from State Route 763 west to Garth Avenue. The street is designated as a major collector street on the CATSO 2025 Plan. A study done by George Butler and Associates indicated the projected average traffic count in 2020 to be 10,300 vehicles per day. In 1997, Mr. Patterson noted the traffic count had been approximately 1,700, and the most recent counts this past year show the growth to be approximately 4,600 cars per day.
    The typical street section, as recommended by the design consultant, was shown on the overhead by Mr. Patterson. The proposed cross section of the pavement is 41-feet in width which would accommodate two traffic lanes, a center turn lane and concrete curb and gutters on either side. A five-foot sidewalk is proposed on the north side and an 8-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle facility on the south side. The pavement is proposed to be widened at intersections to provide for adequate turnings lanes as recommended by the consultant. Mr. Patterson remarked that curbs and gutters, inlets, and storm drainage pipes are also proposed to improve stormwater management and will provide improved vertical alignment for sight distance.
    Mr. Patterson reported the intersection of Blue Ridge with 763 is of special concern due to the location of a business at the northwest corner. The grading for Blue Ridge Road will require significant modification of the driveway to achieve acceptable slope, and due to the location of the driveway, he said left turns into and out of the driveway should be prohibited for safety reasons. Mr. Patterson noted there have been discussions with MoDOT which indicate the future widening of Route 763 will also significantly impact the property and the option of acquiring such is being investigated. The future alignment of Providence Road will intersect with Blue Ridge Road approximately 1,200-feet east of Garth Avenue. The traffic study performed for the Blue Ridge project makes recommendations for the required lanes at this intersection. The grade of Blue Ridge Road in this area has been designed to accommodate future construction of Providence Road.
    Accounting for MoDOT review schedules and right-of-way acquisition, Mr. Patterson said it is expected that a contract for construction will be awarded late next year with work beginning in the spring of 2003. He pointed out that the City is also designing a project for Garth Avenue which includes the replacement of the bridge over Bear Creek and reconstruction of the pavement from Thurman Street to the bridge, and north from the bridge to Blue Ridge Road. Both projects have received federal funding and are on concurrent schedules, although, they will not be constructed at the same time. Mr. Patterson indicated a public hearing on the Garth Avenue project is projected for November, but at this point it appears the Blue Ridge Road project will be ready for construction first. He said staff is proceeding with the Garth Avenue project in order to be ready if something happens to the Blue Ridge schedule.
    Scott Judkins, 3200 Gazelle, asked about abutting properties being subject to tax billing. Mr. Patterson explained that tax bills have to be assessed by the City Council after construction and they are based on proven benefits to the property. At that point, the Council will consider whether or not there have been specific benefits to the property, such as the curb and guttering or storm drainage. Mr. Patterson stated this hearing does not allow for assessments being made to Mr. Judkins' property. If the 33-foot easement belongs to the City, Mr. Judkins asked why he would be expected to pay the abutting bill. Mr. Beck responded that was City policy, but it could be reviewed at the time of the tax billing ordinance to determine whether there is a legitimate reason for an exception to the policy.
    Chip Cooper, 500 Longfellow, spoke on behalf of the PedNet Coalition, and thanked the Council and staff for considering the inclusion of a pedway. Understanding this is the first phase of a two phase street construction project, he pointed out the road would actually intersect with the Bear Creek Trail in the not too distant future. Consequently, he said 763 might include a pedway as well. Mr. Cooper reported if that occurs, there would be a trail running alongside 763, then along Blue Ridge to Garth to the Bear Creek Trail. Someday, the Coalition hoped the Blue Ridge Road pedway would also be extended to connect to the Bear Creek Trail on the east side.
    Mayor Hindman thanked the group for their support.
    Stacey Watson, explained that he resides on Garth, between Thurman and where the Bear Creek Bridge will be replaced. His main concern related to traffic flow and the speed of such through the area. Mr. Watson asked if any thought had been given to the speed issues this project will create.
    Mr. Janku questioned whether this issue had been addressed when the meetings were held with the neighbors. Mr. Patterson replied that it had, and it will be discussed again when the public hearing is held for the Garth project. Mr. Janku indicated to Mr. Watson there would be an opportunity for the speed issue to be considered when Garth Avenue is engineered. Mr. Watson asked if the project would alter the speed limit. Mr. Janku did not think it would. Mayor Hindman said the Council establishes speed limits, and it would be hard to guarantee him anything at this time. If the speed limit were to change, it would not be done until after the public hearing.
    Michael Conner, Garth Court, reiterated comments made by Mr. Watson.
    Mayor Hindman closed the public hearing.
    Mr. Janku asked if traffic projections take into account whether Providence might be extended to connect to existing Providence north to Vanderveen Subdivision. Mr. Patterson responded they considered development around the intersection of Providence and Blue Ridge. Mr. Janku said if Providence was connected, arguably some of the traffic would be reduced on Garth.
    Mr. John asked if the City would be acquiring right-of-way along Blue Ridge. Mr. Patterson replied the City has most of the permanent right-of-way needed, mostly through platting. He remarked there are some parcels wherein the acquisition of widening and temporary construction easements will be necessary.
    Mr. Janku was pleased to see this street project moving forward. He also thought the improvement to Garth was important. Mr. Janku noted the comments about traffic calming on Garth were particularly appropriate. He was hopeful the design, when brought forward, would incorporate some sort of traffic calming.
    Mayor Hindman voiced his support of the project.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff be directed to proceed with plans and specifications for the project. The motion was seconded by Ms. Crayton and approved unanimously by voice vote.

R197-01     Amending agreements with Central Missouri Counties Human Development Corporation to provide
                   for the use of program funds for HOME eligible activities.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this item, as well as the next, was tabled from the last meeting because the Council inquired about the City's ability to target the use of HOME funds to CDBG eligible areas. It was determined this could be done.
    Ms. Crayton asked if CDBG funds had to be used for existing homes or new construction. Mr. Beck replied it could be used for either. Mr. Dudark concurred. Ms. Crayton questioned whether there are any job training activities linked to the funds. Mr. Dudark said there was not. Ms. Crayton asked what types of residences could be built with these funds. Mr. Dudark said the HOME regulations would allow all types. He said the question for the Council was whether or not they want to distinguish the density or number of units targeted to the CDBG area. He pointed out that language had been suggested in regards to this issue if the Council should choose to include such in the agreements. Ms. Crayton asked if the target areas could have more than one program. Mr. Dudark said nothing would prevent a developer from trying to combine different programs for two different goals, but the HOME funds would be strictly for housing purposes.
    Mr. John inquired as to whether CDBG eligible areas could be confined to a section bounded by I-70, 63 and 740. He thought more consideration should be given to what the target area should be. Mr. Dudark thought the Council has the discretion to do that -- they would just be geographically targeting funds within that CDBG area.
    Mr. Janku understood the restriction could only apply to program income and that the annual allocation is around $80,000 -- which is not program income. Mr. Dudark said it was not, it was their annual allocation. Mr. Janku said program income would be from the proceeds of the duplex development, the Hanover project, about $488,000 over the next 30 years, or approximately $16,000 per year. He wondered if $16,000 was the amount the Council could restrict, how effective it would be. Mr. John said they could do more with $16,000 per year if it was targeted to one specific area. Mr. Janku concurred.
    Mr. John made the motion that all four agreements include the wording that funds be restricted to CDBG eligible areas and that those areas be bounded by I-70 to the north, U.S. 63 to the east, and U.S. 740 to the south and west. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R197-01, as amended, was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R198-01     Authorizing an agreement with Central Missouri Counties Human Development Corporation to
                   provide HOME funds for the purpose of constructing affordable housing.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark pointed out that this particular agreement also has a program income section. He said the amendment made to the last bill could be included in this one as well.
    Mr. John made the motion that the agreement include the wording that funding be restricted to CDBG eligible areas and that those areas be bounded by I-70 to the north, U.S. 63 to the east and U.S. 740 to the south and west. The motion was seconded by Mr. Janku and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R198-01, as amended, was recorded as follows; VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

B310-01     Authorizing an agreement with Larkin Group Consulting Engineers, Inc. for design of the Lemone
                   Industrial Boulevard Improvement Project.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained that this is another major street project which would extend Lemone Boulevard from its northern terminus northward to Stadium Boulevard extended. He said it would provide for another roadway access to this industrial area east of U.S. 63. The project is divided into three phases and the Council will be given an opportunity to review each of the phases. The estimated cost of the engineering work is $330,940.
    Mr. Coffman noted a stakeholders phrase. He asked who would be considered a stakeholder. Mr. Patterson said it includes people who will ultimately have use of the extension of Stadium to the east, as well as those people who will be affected on the west side of 63. He indicated staff intends for the process to be very inclusive. Mr. Patterson thought the concept phase would be the most critical portion of the design.
    Mr. Hutton asked about the amendment sheet and why the appropriation is being removed from the bill. Mr. Patterson explained that staff began working on the project in FY 2001, and if the ordinance had been passed prior to this fiscal year, the appropriation would have been required. The 2002 budget went into effect today and the project costs were already in the CIP.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that B310-01 be amended per the amendment sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Dee Dokken, 208 Sanford, voiced concern about the road extension because of the effect on the creeks in the watersheds. She asked that people who have been involved with the watersheds and the stream teams be included in the Stakeholders Committee.
    Mr. Coffman asked about technologies available to minimize the project's impact on streams and bridges. Mr. Patterson replied different options do exist, and that is the reason staff has stressed the cost estimate is very preliminary and is dependent upon the alignment and design standards that are used. He said one of the prime examples of environmental sensitivity with construction is the Glenwood Canyon Interstate project in Colorado. He said it utilizes internationally acclaimed construction techniques that are attentive to the environment. Mr. Coffman asked if the scope of this plan would give the Council the opportunity to look at some alternatives with different costs. Mr. Patterson responded it would.
    Mayor Hindman spoke of his support to ensure that people who have a particular interest in the environmental situation be included in the stakeholders group.
    B310-01, as amended, was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

B319-01     Amending Chapter 16 of the Code to increase the penalty for violations of Article III relating to
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck explained this would increase the fine for violations to the noise ordinance from a minimum of $50 to $75, and the maximum from $500 to $1,000.
    Mr. Coffman thanked staff for this recommendation and he did not believe the minimum and maximum fines were out of line.
    Gary Froeschner, 603 Medavista, explained that he has lived in his home for 19 years. Because he is a musician who practices at home, he has received tickets for violations to the noise ordinance for playing acoustic instruments in his living room. He thought the ordinance is too restrictive. The ordinance defines music heard 100 feet away from the source, at any time during the day, as a peace disturbance. At one time, this distance was 200 yards. Mr. Froeschner believed his activity to be just as justified and deserves the same protection and tolerance that construction noise or running a lawn mower does. He said when someone is playing an acoustic piano in their living room with the windows open, they are violating this ordinance. Mr. Froeschner said he had no problem with increasing the fines if that is deemed necessary to cut down on the real problems, but he objected to being lumped in with loud parties at 3:00 a.m. He suggested that music be eliminated from the ordinance.
    Ellen Schlee, 1685 Sonora, spoke on behalf of Mr. Froeschner. She observed firsthand how musicians are being singled out. She said all of his neighbors, except one, find his Caribbean music entertaining.
    Mr. Coffman asked if there was a general peace disturbance ordinance. Mr. Boeckmann said there is a separate ordinance in Chapter 16. He said that is not typically what the prosecution is brought under, it is brought under the noise ordinance provisions. At one time the noise ordinance required a complaining party, a person who was disturbed by the noise. That was eliminated some years ago for the reason that people would be disturbed by the noise, call the police, but would not want to participate in prosecution. It was changed to what exists now in that if a noise is heard from a certain distance at a certain time, it is a violation of the ordinance. Mr. Coffman asked if the ordinance just stipulates music. Under the article relating to noise, Mr. Boeckmann said there is a breakdown in many different categories, one of which includes musical instruments, stereos and that type of thing. Mr. Coffman acknowledged that in his neighborhood, which generates a lot of complaints, it is not music creating problems as much as the general shouting and yelling associated with large parties of a few hundred people.
    Mr. Loveless said when he and Mr. Hutton were previously on the Council, at that time the City had been searching for a way to regulate disturbing parties and loudly played music from stereos and electronic instruments. He thought Mr. Froeschner had made a good point and said someone playing a piano could be heard at 100 feet if the windows are open. Mr. Loveless commented the ordinance was enacted with the best of intentions, but it is not as accurate as it could be. He asked that staff review it and find some way to allow musicians to rehearse in their own homes, particularly if they have unamplified instruments. Mr. Coffman thought that was reasonable. Mr. Janku suggested that they look at the time differences and distance differences.
    B319-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

    Mr. Loveless made a motion that staff be directed to report back with a proposal amending the noise ordinance that would allow for such activities as Mr. Froeschner was talking about, primarily acoustical instruments within reasonable time limits. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.

B320-01     Amending Chapter 4 of the Code relating to alcoholic beverages to increase the penalty for violations
                   of Chapter 4.
    The bill was given second reading by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck said this would also increase the minimum fine from $50 to $75 and the maximum from $500 to $1000.
    B320-01 was given third reading with the vote recorded as follows; VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Bill declared enacted, reading as follows:

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

B309-01     Appropriating donated funds for supplies for the D.A.R.E. program.
B311-01     Calling for bids for the construction of Smith Drive from Windermere Drive west 1,600 feet.
B313-01     Voluntary annexation of property consisting of I-70 right of way.
B314-01     Approving the final plat of McNabb's Addition, a replat of a part of Lot 7 of Hunthill Subdivision,
                   Block 3; authorizing a performance contract.
B315-01     Approving a replat of Lot 6 of Sedona Villas, Plat 1.
B316-01     Vacating a drainage easement located in Stonecrest Subdivision, Plat 2; accepting an easement for
                   drainage purposes.
B318-01     Amending Chapter 14 of the Code as it relates to intoxication related traffic offenses.
B321-01     Accepting easements for utility purposes.
R201-01     Setting a public hearing: installation of a traffic calming device on William Street.
R202-01     Setting a public hearing: FY 2002 Action Plan and an amendment to the FY 2001 Action Plan to
                   allocate CDBG and HOME funds.
R203-01     Setting a public hearing: construction of a water storage reservoir at the South Pump Station at Bethel
                   Street and Nifong Boulevard.
R204-01     Setting a public hearing: construction of water main along Creasy Springs Road from Brown School
                   Road to Sanderson Lane.
R205-01     Setting a public hearing: construction of water main serving Western Hills Subdivision.
R206-01     Setting a public hearing: construction of sewer improvements to the sanitary sewer serving the Settlers
                   Ridge Subdivision.
R207-01     Setting a public hearing: levying special assessments against property benefitting from the Annual
                   Sidewalk Improvement Project.
R208-01     Authorizing application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for loans and grants under
                   the Missouri Clean Water Law for sanitary sewer improvement projects.
R209-01     Authorizing agreements with the U.S. Geological Survey for groundwater monitoring in the vicinity of
                   the wetlands.
R210-01     Authorizing an agreement with Reliable In-Home Assistance, L.L.C. to provide homemaker/personal
                   care and respite care services.
R211-01     Authorizing an amendment to the agreement with the Missouri Department of Health for the Child
                   Dental Sealant Program.

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

R212-01     Establishing a Stormwater Committee.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reported there had been some discussion regarding the need to have a committee established to evaluate issues associated with stormwater management. He explained the EPA instituted requirements for cities of a certain size to meet by the year 2003. The state is also working on regulations. Appointing a committee now will allow time to prepare and adopt a community acceptable plan.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that R212-01 be amended to include the wording, "with the advice and consent of the Council". The motion was seconded by Mr. Coffman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Craig VanMatre, an attorney with offices at 1103 E. Broadway, spoke on behalf of a group of developers who are concerned about the issue. Due to the vagueness of the resolution relating to the size of the committee and the character of persons to be appointed, he suggested an amendment to outline the exact charge of the committee. Mr. VanMatre passed out copies of his proposal. He asked that each Council member be responsible for appointing a member of the Committee. He was not opposed to the Council having advice and consent, but was hopeful they would have much more input in terms of the precision the committee will have to approach its task.
    Annie Pope, spoke on behalf of the Homebuilders Association of Columbia, with offices at 204 Peach Way. Regarding the composition of the group, she would like to see anyone whose livelihood is directly impacted by the provisions of the ordinance be included as a member. Ms. Pope asked the Council to consider amending the bill to ensure that those people have representation in the body assigned to the project.
    Dee Dokken, 208 Sanford, spoke in support of a broad-based process that considers all points of view.
    Mr. Beck believed the impact would be community-wide in that all citizens pay stormwater management fees. He was hopeful to have a good cross-section of representatives. Mr. Beck thought the committee could have guidelines, but said to have an exact definition of what they are to do, other than addressing the six issues, could possibly affect the flexibility of the group.
    Mr. Janku pointed out that the Council considered appointing a specific committee to address some of the technical issues. He said the Council tried to come up with a way to address some of the concerns being raised about ensuring equal representation. He noted they also discussed establishing guidelines so the committee has a clear sense of their charge. Mr. Janku remarked that this relatively general resolution was intended to begin the process. One of the reasons for adding the words "advice and consent" is to give an opportunity for everyone to hear the names of the committee members before they actually begin their role.
    Mr. Hutton said when this topic was discussed at length during several meetings, he raised questions concerning the very general nature of the bill as presented, and the pros and cons of a more detailed resolution. When reviewing the resolution presented by Mr. VanMatre, which Mr. Patterson prepared several months ago, he said it did not even specifically address all of the issues that have been asked about tonight. Adopting that resolution would not necessarily solve all of the problems that are foreseen with the process. Mr. Hutton indicated he was comfortable with the bill being considered tonight. He was convinced that the committee will be a representative group of all aspects of the issue. He believed the Council has mandated that they would try to develop, before the committee is appointed, a mission statement with some detail on what is expected. In regards to the technical committee, Mr. Hutton pointed out the Council discussed this group would not be part of the actual stormwater committee, but a separate group with expertise to provide information to the committee.
    Mayor Hindman stated that it was more than abundantly clear that this group will have to be a very balanced committee. He said it would be difficult to satisfy everyone's idea of balance and that is why it has been set-up so generally. He thought there should be a resolution addressing the charge of the committee. Mayor Hindman reported he has made many appointments to committees, and he has always worked very hard to be fair and across the board. He intended to do the same in this situation.
    Mr. Loveless commented that he had no concerns about this being a very general resolution, and he agreed with the Mayor in that more specific legislation regarding the committee's purpose and mission should be put forth at some point.
    Mr. John said he too was comfortable with the advice and consent regarding the appointments to the committee. He thought the Council should carefully draft a fairly tight mission statement as any stormwater regulations have the potential of impacting the cost of living, the affordability of housing, and the future of Columbia far more significantly than all of the five years' work done on the 2020 Plan.
    Mr. Coffman reiterated that this matter is something that will affect everyone in the community to some degree, not just builders and developers, but anyone who enjoys the parks and natural environment in Columbia. He suggested that the Council also include people on the committee that have not yet formed an opinion about the issue, but are very thoughtful, critical thinkers. He thought that might be more helpful than having each ward represented.
    There was a discussion about the manner in which names could be gathered. It was decided that the regular application process would be encouraged, and the deadline for submitting applications would be noon on November 2nd, 2001. It was clarified that the regular appointment process will not be followed.
    Mr. Loveless asked that the group be a task force rather than a committee so as not to confuse the Stormwater Committee with the Technical Committee.
    Mr. Loveless made the motion that R212-01 be further amended by striking the word Committee and inserting Task Force. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    The vote on R212-01, as amended, was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

    Mr. Janku made the motion that the City Clerk be authorized to advertise the availability of membership on the Stormwater Task Force. The motion was seconded by Mr. Loveless and approved unanimously by voice vote.

R213-01     Authorizing Amendment No. 2 to the agreement with Burns & McDonnell for engineering services in
                   connection with construction of Cell No. 3 at the landfill.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Patterson explained that this amendment will increase the not-to-exceed amount by $58,000. He reported those costs are not only for revising the plans and specifications that became necessary when the last bids for the project came in over estimate, but it also includes the costs that were approved in Amendment No. 1 for the preparation of a change to the City's operating permit to provide for a vertical expansion. He noted the City should receive approval of that permit in the very near future. The total amount of the contract will now be $226,000. Mr. Patterson indicated the amendment will authorize the consultant to provide professional services associated with the rebidding and the construction inspection and quality assurance of Cell No. 3.
    The vote on R213-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R214-01     Authorizing demolition of a dilapidated structure located at 507 Banks Avenue and issuance of a tax bill.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Beck reported that staff followed a long process in trying to get this house renovated. All parties were given notice and a public hearing was held by the Public Works Director. This bill will authorize the removal of the house and the issuance of a tax bill against the property owner.
    Mr. Janku noted that the Community Development Corporation is in the process of building a new house next to this property. He expressed concern that once the house is demolished, the lot will become overgrown with weeds in the summer and will once again be a nuisance. He suggested that the City acquire the property and enter into an arrangement with an agency that could build a house on the lot. Mr. Janku asked if staff could be authorized to pursue acquisition of the property, including, if necessary, purchase by eminent domain.
    Mr. Boeckmann pointed out that an ordinance is required to authorize condemnations.
    Mr. Janku indicated he supports passage of this bill, and then during the interim staff could think about how his suggestion would work and which way would be more cost effective. He wondered if it would be more economical to deal with the property with the structure on it rather than going through two processes.
    Mr. Boeckmann said there are statutory procedures for dealing with dilapidated housing, but pointed out that it does not include the purchase of such. He explained a public purpose is needed whenever condemning property.
    Mr. Patterson remarked that appraisals would be required which would delay the project time wise. He said it would appear, if the Council wants to remove the nuisance, that they should authorize demolition of it. He reported a tax bill will then be assessed against the property. If the City acquires the lot, Mr. Patterson stated we will have gained that back anyway. He saw no advantage to separating them.
    Mr. Beck said if the resolution is passed, staff will need to determine whether it would be preferable to proceed with or without the demolition. He said they could report back before actually doing anything.
    Mr. John said when the staff reports back, an estimated cost of the demolition, and the size and zoning of the lot would be important in determining what will become of the property should the City try to acquire it. He noted if the house is demolished, there probably will not be any weeds high enough on the lot to garner complaints until mid-summer. Mr. John thought it would be about this time next year before the City could claim the property a nuisance and try to condemn it.
    The vote on R214-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS JOHN, COFFMAN. VOTING NO: NO ONE. Resolution declared adopted, reading as follows:

R215-01     Approving the preliminary plat of Valley View South Subdivision, Plat 2; granting variances to the
                   Subdivision Regulations.
    The resolution was read by the Clerk.
    Mr. Dudark explained that this 20 acre tract is located on the north side of I-70, west of Stadium Drive. He said the proposed plat shows 36 lots zoned A-1, and one planned commercial lot. Using the overhead, he showed the street that would come down and connect with I-70 Drive NW. He said it would be an extension of Abbeywood off of Grayson. Prior to this development, Mr. Dudark reported there was a variance granted for that street which the Thoroughfare Plan shows as a collector street. The variance was for the right-of-way to be reduced from 66 feet to 50 feet and the pavement width reduced from 38 feet to 32 feet. This proposal shows the street continued at a 50 foot right-of-way with 32 feet of pavement. The street would be constructed at a collector street thickness.
    Mr. Dudark further explained that Barnwood, connecting to I-70 Drive, would also be 50 feet with 32 feet of pavement constructed at collector street thickness to a point. It would eventually widen out to the collector street standard of 66 feet of right-of-way and 38 feet of pavement. The reason for the request is because of the topography to the west. The wider right-of-way would push the houses further back from the street and make it difficult to have enough width on the lot to build a home without a lot of clearing and fill work. Mr. Dudark explained that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends the variance. He indicated the Commission also recommended the installation of a traffic calming device at the intersection of Abbeywood and Barnwood, and the development of a stormwater management plan, including any necessary on-site detention, as a part of any final plats submitted for this development.
    Mr. Hutton assumed parking would be allowed on the 38 foot street. Mr. Dudark responded that it is normally allowed on 32 foot streets. Mr. Patterson clarified staff evaluates collector streets less than 38 feet wide in regards to safety issues. If there is a need for a restriction, staff will forward that recommendation to the Council. Mr. Hutton asked for examples of other 32 foot collectors. Mr. Patterson named Grant Lane at 30 feet and Stewart Road at less than 30 feet. Mr. Beck indicated that Clinkscales is 32 feet wide with parking on both sides. He spoke of the near accidents every week.
    Mr. Janku understood there was a discussion for R-1 zoning on Abbeywood and possibly R-2 on the Barnwood lots. Mr. Dudark said no official request has been made. Mr. Janku asked about the width of the lots. Mr. Dudark said the minimum was 60 feet. Mr. Hutton asked if that minimum applies in A-1 as well. Mr. Dudark replied it was only the R-1 minimum. Mr. John said that larger side yard setbacks are required in an A-1 district. Mr. Dudark thought there would likely be a rezoning request to at least R-1.
    Ron Lueck, Land Surveyor with Marshall Engineering, explained that he had surveyed this property. He stated it was likely that a request would be submitted to rezone 24 of the lots to R-1, nine to R-2, and the ones fronting I-70 Drive would likely be M-C. Mr. Lueck noted that the tract is well-wooded and if the variances are not granted, a significant amount of clearing would have to occur.
    Mr. John asked about the plans for Lot 45. Mr. Lueck said it would butt up to the existing sewer line through the ditch.
    David Rogers, an attorney with offices at 813 E. Walnut, noted that the vote had been 6 -1 at the Commission level in favor of granting the variances. The vote had been 7-0 in favor of approving the plat with the variances. He stated there would be a considerable hardship if more right-of-way were to be required for Barnwood because the City would take more than 66 feet after grading. With Grayson Drive being a residential street, Mr. Rogers said Abbeywood would be the only collector street in the City that ended in a cul-de-sac. Virtually every car traveling on Barnwood Drive, except for the 8 or 10 lots that front on Barnwood, would be going into 32 foot wide residential streets. He thought it to be illogical for Abbeywood to be constructed at collector width.
    Gus Moosman, 3009 I-70 Drive NW, reiterated the amount of trees that would have to be removed if the 66 foot right-of-way is required. He passed around a petition signed by property owners living on Grayson and Woodmoor saying they would rather have a 32 foot street with a 50 foot right-of-way.
    With respect to Abbeywood, Mr. Janku indicated he did not object to the 32 feet street width since he anticipated that being an R-1 development. He thought it likely there would not be much on-street parking. Mr. Janku was concerned, however, about the potential for an R-2 development along Barnwood, particularly with the narrow lots being suggested. He said that type of development leads to parking problems.
    Mr. John said although the Council was not making a rezoning decision tonight, he thought it was obvious the applicant would come back with a request for R-1, R-2, and M-C zoning. He believed the developer had been put on notice because of the parking concerns, especially on the narrow lots up near the front. As such, he did not have a problem with the narrowing of the streets. Mr. John pointed out the Council could always remove parking if it became a problem.
    The vote on R215-01 was recorded as follows: VOTING YES: HINDMAN, CRAYTON, JANKU, HUTTON, LOVELESS, JOHN, COFFMAN. 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:

B323-01     Accepting easements for utility purposes.
B324-01     Calling for bids for the construction of a water storage reservoir at the South Pump Station;
                   appropriating funds.
B325-01     Calling for bids for the construction of water main along Creasy Springs Road from Brown School
                   Road to Sanderson Lane.
B326-01     Authorizing construction of water main serving Western Hills Subdivision.
B327-01     Approving the engineer's final report; accepting a deed of dedication; authorizing payment of
                   differential costs for construction of water main along Quail Creek, Plat 2.
B328-01     Appropriating funds for wholesale power purchases and electric sales revenues.
B329-01     Voluntary annexation of property located on the southeast corner of Rangeline Street and Brown
                   School Road, extended; establishing permanent zoning in district C-3.
B330-01     Establishing permanent zoning in district A-1 on property located at 3220 South Old Ridge Road.
B331-01     Establishing permanent zoning in districts R-1, A-1 and C-3 on property located generally east of the
                   present city limits, along both sides of I-70.
B332-01     Rezoning property located on the west side of Rock Quarry Road, east of the easternmost part of
                   Seven Oaks Subdivision from A-1 to PUD-4.
B333-01     Authorizing an annexation agreement with B.C. Investments of Columbia, L.L.C.; approving the
                   preliminary plat of Settlers Ridge.
B334-01     Authorizing the installation of a traffic calming device on William Street.
B335-01     Authorizing acquisition of easements for construction of the Route B pedestrian bridge over Business
                   Loop 70.
B336-01     Authorizing Change Order No. 1 to the agreement with Don Schneiders Excavating Co., Inc. and
                   accepting the engineer's final report for the C-6 Interceptor Sewer Project.
B337-01     Authorizing Change Order No.1; approving the engineer's final report; levying special assessments;
                   appropriating funds for the Annual Sidewalk Project.
B338-01     Authorizing an agreement with the Daniel Boone Regional Library for the City to provide vehicle
                   maintenance to the Library.
B339-01     Accepting a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice; appropriating
B340-01     Levying special assessments on properties for abatement of weed nuisance.
B341-01     Accepting a Special Warranty Deed for greenspace/trail purposes.
B342-01     Amending the FY 2002 Classification Plan and Pay Plan.
B343-01     Amending Chapter 19 of the City Code to establish the position of electronic government coordinator
                   as an unclassified position.
B344-01     Amending Chapter 8 of the City Code to establish new ward boundaries - Trial 4.
B345-01     Amending Chapter 8 of the City Code to establish new ward boundaries - Trial 5.
B346-01     Amending Chapter 8 of the City Code to establish new ward boundaries - Trial 4J.

(A)     Intra-departmental Transfer of Funds.
    Report accepted.

(B)     Neighborhood Connectivity.
    Mr. Beck explained that this report was prepared by the Planning staff at the request of the Council. It identifies the benefits of connectivity for vehicles and pedestrians.
    Mr. Janku believed specific provisions are needed in the proposed amendments. Mr. John said he would also like to see some cost calculations and more information regarding grading, bridges, bicycle lanes and walkways -- who will maintain these and will they be part of the City's right-of-way system. He preferred to see some discussion on it before the Council considers the issue.
    Mr. Janku distributed copies of a report from July of 1996 wherein staff looked at cities like Bloomington, Indiana where they had delved into this issue.
    Mr. Janku suggested that the Commission get some input from the Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission. Mayor Hindman also suggested input from the Disabilities Commission.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that the issue be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for proposed amendments to the Subdivision Regulations, to hold a public hearing on the amendments, and then submit a report and recommendations to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(C)     Percent for Art at Water Plant and Landfill Projects.
    Mr. Janku suggested sending the proposals to the Cultural Affairs Commission. He thought both projects fit the proposed revision to the guidelines. He saw no reason to have them affected by any modifications.
    Mr. Beck said the question is whether or not the engineer/architect for the projects developed the art concept into the projects. Mr. Janku thought it had apparently been too late for redesigning the projects.
    Referring to Section 2 on Report D, Mr. John reported staff suggests removing parking lots, trails, wetland cells, stormwater detention facilities, water towers, wells, lift stations and radio towers from the Percent for Art program. Mr. Janku disagreed with water towers being exempted. Mr. Coffman agreed as water towers and radio towers can be seen by a lot of people. Mr. John remarked that he was not opposed to keeping the Percent for Art program allocated for certain projects, but for those that would not be appropriate, he would rather see funding used for other art acquisitions. Mayor Hindman and Mr. Janku agreed.
    Mr. Beck said the question would then be whether or not the solid waste utility would make a donation to some other activity. Mr. John confirmed that is what he had in mind. Mr. Beck noted the solid waste fund account is handled separately from other City accounts, as is Water and Light. Mr. John commented he was thinking that if the location is inappropriate for an art project, that these funds would then be transferred from that project to another location, whether it be specified or not.
    Mr. Janku made motioned for the Commission to proceed and designate these two projects and move forward. He said as indicated in the report the Commission is somewhat restricted, so if they want to come up with an alternative, that would be acceptable. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(D)     Staff Recommendations - Percent for Art Policy Modifications.
    Mr. Loveless made the motion that this report be sent to the Cultural Affairs Commission for their recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(E)     Chapel Hill Road Bicycle Lanes.
    Mr. Loveless indicated he requested this report and has since received strong opposition to the proposal. He believed he should have asked for suggestions on traffic calming devices first. Mr. Loveless stated he would like to delay any movement on bike lanes in this location until traffic is slowed down.
    Mr. Loveless made the motion that staff prepare a report on traffic calming suggestions for Chapel Hill Road. The motion was seconded by Mr. John.
    Mayor Hindman spoke in support of bicycle lanes and thought, in the long run, they would have a traffic calming affect. He noted that he has seen very little parking on Chapel Hill. Mr. Loveless responded that was certainly true west of Fairview, but to the east and past Twin Lakes residents really have very little parking. Mayor Hindman noted west of there, the way the traffic is now, it has maximum incentive to go fast. He said it is a wide road and nobody is parking there. He thought the bicycle lanes would tend to give it the appearance of a narrower road. Mayor Hindman agreed that traffic calming devices for this area made a lot of sense. Mr. Loveless said he would not want to paint a bicycle lane on the side of Chapel Hill and call that it. He felt there should be some type of physical barrier between where the automobiles are traveling and where the bicycles will be traveling.
    The motion made by Mr. Loveless, seconded by Mr. John, was approved unanimously by voice vote.

(F)     Sidewalk provisions of Subdivision Ordinance.
    Mr. Coffman made the motion that the proposed ordinance be sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing and recommendation back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(G)     Boone House Adaptive Use Plan.
    Mr. John made the motion that the report be referred to the Historical Preservation Commission for review and a report back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. Loveless and approved unanimously by voice vote.

(H)     Adoption of Official Name for Stephens Property.
    Mr. Loveless motioned that the issue be referred to the Parks and Recreation Commission for their recommendation back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. John.
    Mr. Janku suggested a public hearing be held by the Commission. The Council agreed.
    The motion made by Mr. Loveless, amended by Mr. Janku, seconded by Mr. John was approved unanimously by voice vote.

(I)     Mayor's Walk/Bike/Wheel to Work Challenge.
    Mr. John made the motion that staff support be provided for the Mayor's Challenge. The motion was seconded by Mr. Loveless and approved unanimously by voice vote.


Mr. Janku made a motion to appoint Mayor Hindman as the Council representative. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hutton and approved unanimously by voice vote.

    Mr. Hutton indicated he previously asked about a report on strengthening the nuisance ordinance to include legal proceedings against landlords for nuisance tenants. He asked if a similar report had been made before he was elected. Mr. Boeckmann replied that the Law Department was not working on the issue, but he thought he had heard something about it. He explained there is a state statute that deals with nuisance tenants.
    Mr. Hutton made the motion that staff review state statutes to see if there is anything the City could take advantage of and report their findings back to the Council. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    In regards to the City Assistance Program, Mr. John explained that in order for a resident to receive funding on an existing home, the structure must be inspected for lead base paint. He noted all homes built before 1978 could have lead base paint in them. Mr. John indicated a problem is occurring in that the inspection does not take place until a few weeks before closing, which is not enough time to get the results/report back before closing. He said it was causing problems in actually getting some of the sales made. Mr. John inquired as to whether that is still a problem and what can be done to resolve it. Mr. Beck stated staff would look into it.
    Mr. John commented about the signage in the parking garages in regards to public and permit parking. He indicated that all spaces in City garages are available for public parking, some are hourly and some are by permit, but it is all public. In the Plaza Garage, when entering on Seventh Street and arriving at the bottom of the first ramp, the sign reads "Permit Parking Only This Way". He said there is no place to go if you want hourly parking and do not have a permit. According to the sign, Mr. John stated it appears that you are stuck and have no where else to go. He asked that the signs be modified so people realize there are public permits and public hourly places as the signs and locations in some of the garages are upgraded. He also asked that it be made clear that a motorist can go through the permit areas to access the hourly areas.
    Mr. Coffman asked about the City's policy on street cleaning where on-street parking is allowed. He noted that some cities post streets so that people know not to park on them when the cleaning is scheduled. Mr. Patterson responded that staff has looked into posting streets, but the problem is being able to schedule a cleaning for a particular day and time during the month as the weather conditions can prevent that from occurring. He said most places that are posted are in really concentrated areas of downtown or very dense areas. Mr. Patterson said there might be some sections that could be posted, but as a general rule it would be hard to do city-wide. Mr. Coffman asked how frequently sweeps are done through residential neighborhoods. Mr. Patterson said streets are swept at least once a month. Mr. Coffman inquired as to the possibility of posting notices once or twice a year. Mr. Patterson responded staff could look into it and would get some information back to the Council.
    Mr. Coffman made the motion that the staff report back on street cleaning in residential areas. The motion was seconded by Mayor Hindman and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Ms. Crayton asked about the paratransit bus picking up only outside the Café Court at the Mall. Mr. Patterson replied that he had received the same e-mail and the situation is being investigated. He said he would report back.
    Ms. Crayton reported a tree at the corner of Worley and Oak. She said it is on Housing Authority property, but they say it is not their tree. She asked that it be cut back because the branches are hanging on the utility lines. Mr. Patterson stated he would look into the situation and report back.
    Mr. Janku commented the Council had previously discussed the possibility of a program to assist City employees in purchasing homes in target areas. He said the Council received a letter today from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that indicated CDBG and HOME funds might be used for that purpose. Mr. Janku noted the Council also reserved monies in the general fund for that particular use.
    Mr. Janku made the motion that staff explore the option, prepare a report on how it could be implemented, and also work with some of the major employers in the community to ascertain whether they might also be interested in this program that Fannie May developed called Employer Assisted Housing. The motion was seconded by Mr. John and approved unanimously by voice vote.
    Because questions have been raised regarding security issues and City facilities, Mr. Beck gave a brief report. He pointed out that emergency planning is continually updated and reviewed. He stated the City has three emergency operating centers. Regarding the City's water supply, Mr. Beck said we are fortunate in Columbia to have multiple sources. In addition to the water plant near the river bottoms (supplied from shallow underground wells in the river bottom), the City has continued to maintain a deep well water supply that can be utilized in times of emergency. He noted that in recent years a second electric source has been added to the plant and wells. With respect to the power supply, again, Columbia is fortunate to have multiple interconnections from outside sources, in addition to two separate generating plants within the City. Mr. Beck specified that one plant is owned by the City itself and the second is owned by Ameren. In addition, the City operates a regional mechanical wastewater plant supplied by two separate sources of electricity and has a number of wetland areas that can be operated separately if necessary. In regards to airport security, Mr. Beck explained the City has been following FAA guidelines and were notified by FAA that Columbia meets the new higher security standards.
    Greg Longheart, 102 Anderson, explained that he is a local artist. For the past two years, he has been building a stone wall in the City's right-of-way (he lives on the east side of the street and there is no sidewalk at this time). Mr. Longheart asked for a variance in order to utilize the space until a sidewalk is needed or any work needs to be done with the utilities.
    Ms. Crayton said she had visited the site and thought staff should look at it. Mr. Beck said he would have staff report back on the issue.
    Richardson Simpson, 3407 Scenic Rock Quarry Road, President of the Grindstone Rock Quarry Neighborhood Association, went on record opposing B332-01, the rezoning request for PUD-4 in their area. Mr. Simpson thanked the Council for their dedication and service to the City of Columbia.
    The meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Penny St. Romaine
                                                                                                City Clerk