COLUMBIA — The Fifth and Walnut parking garage could be getting taller, brighter and more expensive.
Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley made a motion in April that requested staff look into installing a 60-foot flagpole with a 12-by-18 foot American flag lit by a floodlight, according to a memo from City Manager Mike Matthes and staff to the council.
"It is a high point in the city, and it's a perfect location to put a flag for everyone to see," Dudley said.
The report will be presented at Monday night's City Council meeting, said Jill Stedem, public information specialist for the Columbia Public Works Administration. She said it is currently just an informational process, but the issue will be decided Monday night.
According to the memo, the financial estimate for the design and installation of the flagpole and lighting is $13,000. The flag probably would need to be replaced each year, which would cost about $600 per replacement, according to the memo. The floodlight would also use an as yet unknown amount of electricity every year.
Dudley said he will propose on Monday that a Missouri flag also be included in the project.
City staff worked with the engineering and architectural firm that built the garage to decide where it could be located, according to the memo. Graham Construction and Walker Parking Consultants suggested six possible locations for the flag, Stedem said.
The two highest peaks at the center of the garage are the recommended locations. According to the memo, it is important the flag is placed correctly so it will be able to “properly carry the wind load.”
Workers must consider the locations of reinforcement steel and high-tension cables when drilling bolts and installing the flagpole, particularly because of the garage's design and the amount of wind load that will hit the flagpole, according to the memo.
For the floodlight to be mounted, electricity must also be wired to the same location.