A full plate of issues awaits the Columbia City Council at its Monday night meeting. Along with an ordinance regarding urban hens, the council also is scheduled to deal with the following matters:
A request by Mark Nichols and Patra Mierzwa to rezone from single-family residential to planned commercial property at West Boulevard and West Broadway that includes Great Hangups Framing store. Nichols and Mierzwa want to build a two-story, mixed-use building that could include retail, restaurant, office and residential space. Neighbors worried about the impact of the proposed development, however, have filed a protest petition. That means five of the seven council members would have to favor the rezoning in order for it to be approved.
A report from Public Works Director John Glascock on the status of snow-removal operations. The city’s total budget for snow removal this season is $724,160. Glascock says in the report that the city’s new salt storage dome, which can hold 5,000 tons of salt, has made snow removal much more efficient and allowed the city to reduce the use of cinders. Cinders, however, will remain an integral part of the city’s snow removal efforts because it would cost too much to eliminate them and rely on salt and calcium chloride. Glascock also reports that city staff is researching whether the use of beet juice, which is popular elsewhere, might be a viable option in Columbia.
A report on an experiment with curbside recycling bins. About 1,900 households in north Columbia – including the Parkade neighborhood and part of the Vanderveen subdivision – will receive two plastic recycling bins in mid-February. One of the bins will be for beverage and food containers, and one will be for paper and cardboard. The experiment, which will run for a year and cost $30,400, is intended to determine whether the bins will increase recycling. It is funded primarily by a $22,800 grant from the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District.
A report on the proposed rehabilitation of the COLT Railroad. Michael Schmitz, interim director of Columbia Water and Light, is reporting to the council that the effort would cost about $11 million and would involve replacing 30,000 railroad ties and more than seven miles of the 80- to 90-year-old Columbia Terminal rail.