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Baseball, sewer and lighting projects on Columbia council agenda

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Action on Tuesday night's City Council agenda includes:

Possible American Legion Park renovation

The Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would approve renovations to the two baseball fields at American Legion Park.

The area was previously set aside as a stadium site for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks, but that project has been postponed indefinitely. The city has notified the Mavericks owners to see whether the team still has an interest in the site, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hood said in a report to City Council.

The larger Legion field already is used for games and tournaments, and the smaller practice field would be available for games after the work is done. The new revenue from that field would cover half the cost of future amenities, such as lighting.

If the project is approved, work on the smaller field would begin this winter and spring, as weather permits, to avoid interfering with baseball season. The larger field renovation would start in August 2010.

The project is expected to cost $200,000 and would include improvements to surrounding roads and parking, tree removal and replanting, demolition of an old fence, installation of an irrigation system and grading and seeding. Money for the project is included in the 2010 budget.

Grindstone Creek sewer line extension

The Council will hold two public hearings on the construction of a $1.37 million sewer line extension along the North Fork of the Grindstone Creek. One hearing is on whether to authorize the project; the other regards a proposed agreement with Boone County Regional Sewer District to pay for the line.

In a report to the City Council, Public Works Director John Glascock said the extension would lengthen the North Grindstone sewer line by 6,300 feet.

If the project is approved, the sewer district would contribute up to $600,000 and the city as much as $770,000.

The sewer system most notably would affect the site of the new Columbia high school north of Interstate 70 and west of Route Z. It also would serve any future development that would follow the new high school.

Possible new electric substation in south Columbia

Council members will hear a report from the Water and Light Department and its consultant, SEGA, about a proposal to place a new electric substation and transmission lines in south Columbia.

The substation, which has been allotted $2 million by the council, has been previously determined to be the best long-term solution to prevent cascading power outages.

The report, written by interim Water and Light Director Michael Schmitz, includes conceptual drawings of the substation at the chosen site of Peach Court, just south of Nifong Boulevard, as well as transmission lines along South Scott Boulevard just north of Vawter School Road.

The preliminary images include pictures of the substation, evergreen shrubs and trees and a fence superimposed over a photo of the site to show the impact of planned efforts to enhance the substation’s appearance.

The council previously approved a contract with SEGA to find a site to accommodate a 161-kilovolt system, which includes the substation and three new line sections.

New lighting projects

Council will hear a report on two pilot lighting projects. New technologies could reduce the amount of energy used by the street lights and lengthen their lives without diminishing the quality of light, Schmitz said in a report to City Council.

Water and Light currently uses mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium lamps. The department estimates that LED lights manufactured by Holophane could have life cycles two to five times greater than current lights and could result in a 10 percent to 20 percent reduction in energy consumption.

The first pilot project would include 16 new lamps on the new section of Green Meadows Road between Providence Road and Gray Oak Drive. The project would include eight high-pressure sodium and eight LED lights so the department can compare them.

The other project calls for installing a MidAmerica Solar LED lighting system, powered by a wind turbine and a solar cell, near the Philips Lake Boat Dock. This would mean the city would not have to extend its electrical system to that area. Other pilot projects testing LED and induction lights are being considered, but locations have not been identified.


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