City Council approves ecological restoration project

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 9:58 p.m. CST; updated 11:20 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved an ecological restoration project that will reinvent a former city sewer site near an MKT trailhead into a wetland natural habitat.

Action: Council bill 11-11(B) is a $60,000 project that will include building a short trail and planting native species. Funding for the project will come mostly from the 3M Foundation Environmental Stewardship Grant, with $20,000 coming from a 2005 parks sales tax.

Construction at the site along Hinkson Creek and adjacent to the MKT Trail near Stadium and Forum boulevards is scheduled to begin in the spring with a groundbreaking ceremony sometime in April.

Vote: Approved 7-0.

Discussion: Council members said the restoration sounded like a great idea and a beautiful project. No members of the public spoke.

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