Third Ward town hall meeting discusses Columbia's surplus snow-removal budget

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 8:59 p.m. CDT; updated 9:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Public Works Department held the second in a series of six town hall meetings to discuss possible street maintenance and repair projects. 

The series of town hall meetings, as reported in a previous Missourian story, is the result of an estimated $300,000 in excess funds the city has leftover from its snow-removal budget.

What happened

The meeting for the Third Ward took place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the small library at Blue Ridge Elementary School. 

Pushpins were offered to place on the street maintenance 2012 Third Ward map. A blue pin would mark where they live and a red pin would designate the streets they would like to see fixed.

Columbia resident Red Leighton was the only one in attendance. He said he thinks a lot of people might be submitting forms online, and the scheduled time could conflict with residents' suppertime.

Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl said emails were sent to the members of neighborhood associations Friday in hopes of boosting attendance numbers.

"Some issues aren't first priority with the people of Columbia," Kespohl said. "Unless it directly affects them."

Ideas from meeting

  • Leighton said he would like to see the "rough spots" on the area of Old 63 and McAlester Street fixed. He also said that the north side of Ann Street and Hinkson Avenue should be repaired.
  • Kespohl mentioned that the roundabout on Mayor Bob McDavid's street near Lansing Avenue, Ann Arbor Court, needs its curb replaced.

What's next

Residents can fill out a comment form at the remaining four town hall meetings and report streets they are concerned about.

Those who cannot attend one of the ward meetings can email their input to the Public Works Department at 

The next town hall meeting will be for the Second Ward from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the media center at Parkade Elementary School, 111 Parkade Boulevard.

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