COLUMBIA — Here's what the City Council decided at Monday night's meeting:
- Just over 25 acres on Grindstone Parkway were rezoned from agricultural to commercial. Debate centered on a proposed intersection and traffic light. Council members expressed concern about the stop light, which some said would cause problems with traffic flow.
- The Citizens Police Review Board can send one member to a national conference in September. The original proposal asked for money to send two members to the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement conference in Seattle, but the request was called "excessive" by Mayor Bob McDavid. the council decided that up to $2,200 can be spent on travel, registration and hotel fees for the one member.
- Columbia Police will be able to use two automatic license plate recognition units that were donated by the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The units could be put in place within a month. Data from the units will be kept for 30 days. Some council members expressed concern about the length of time and amount of data that would be stored, but ultimately the council voted to approve the donation.
- The southeast regional park plan was unanimously approved. The master plan, which will guide the development of a 460-acre park, has been in the works since 2007. More than a dozen public hearings have been held on the plan.
- Just over $1,000 will be given to the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre for help with performance costs. The funds would be put toward expenses such as concessions, costumes and publicity. None of the money will go toward rebuilding the barn, which burned down April 5.
- Stormwater management plans for the Catholic high school being built near A. Phillips Perry Park were approved. The high school will grade some park land and install a pipe to drain water into the park lake. The high school will foot the costs of implementing the plan.