Plans for wind turbine on Columbia City Council agenda for Monday

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 2:59 p.m. CDT; updated 9:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Columbia City Council agenda for Monday night's meeting includes:

  • Authorizing application

The council plans to consider an ordinance to renew the city manager's authority to sign applications for various state and federal planning, operating and capital grants.

According to the report by staff and the city manager, it is a renewal of an authority that the city manager already has.

  • Installation and permitting of a wind turbine

The council is scheduled to hear a report concerning a permit application to install a wind turbine to be located at Sterling Dental Care at 3408 Buttonwood Drive.

According to the report written by the city manager and staff, the turbine is intended to provide electrical power to the building. Staff is proceeding with the permit to install it because the zoning requirements for installation do not prohibit these installations.

There are energy efficient benefits as well as aesthetic issues that must be considered, the report said. The council plans to decide whether to direct staff on developing an ordinance regulating and permitting wind turbines.

  • Setting public hearings for the July 6 Council meeting

The Council plans to decide whether to approve resolutions on setting public hearings at the July 6 council meeting.

If approved, the first hearing on July 6 will be about proposed changes to the Columbia Transit bus routes. The report by the city manager and staff said it has been difficult to maintain the critical route timing of the public transportation system because of the growing community.

The report said besides reviewing the entire system for the route timing issue, staff has considered how to expand service. Staff has also developed several route change recommendations for the council to consider.

If approved, the second hearing will consider the fiscal year 2011 Capital Improvement Project Plan for the City of Columbia.



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