Second Ward residents ask for street repairs, safer routes from leftover snow removal funds

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 9:10 p.m. CDT; updated 10:10 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Public Works Department met with Second Ward residents Thursday in the third installation of town hall meetings to determine the fate of an estimated $300,000 in excess snow-removal funds.

What happened

The meeting took place at 5:30 p.m. in the media center at Parkade Elementary School. Among those in attendance were Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill and candidates, Bill Pauls and Michael Trapp.

The focus of the meeting was what John Glascock, director of the Public Works Department, described as a “conversation” between residents and the city to see which street repairs are most important to them.

Glascock said that once all the meetings take place, projected costs for each ward’s ideas will be released.

Originally, the excess funds were estimated at $400,000, but Glascock said the surplus is closer to $300,000. 

The Third and Fifth Wards already held similar meetings.

Ideas from the meeting

  • Pauls said he would like to see a sidewalk constructed for the east side of Northland Drive for residents who would like to visit Bear Creek Trail. He is concerned that it is not safe for people who live in the area.
  • Pauls said he is also concerned that the remaining parts of a broken yield sign at the North Garth Avenue roundabout could be potentially dangerous for drivers. 
  • Trapp said he is concerned about an area of Holly Avenue that has drainage issues.
  • Trapp said the city should use the leftover money to fill in potholes on Iris Drive, and the rest should be banked just in case the city has another rough winter.
  • Trapp said he would like to see the street signs of Thurman Street replaced.
  •  A Columbia resident said she wanted an easier route for her daily commute from Blue Ridge Road to Smithton Middle School, and would also like to have the curbs on Creasy Springs Road fixed.
  • Thornhill said he would like to see old sidewalk gaps fixed.

What’s next

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

Those who cannot attend one of the meetings can email their input to the department at

The next town hall meeting will be for the Fourth Ward from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room C of the Activities and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.

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James Krewson March 16, 2012 | 8:49 a.m.

Why can't the excess funds from snow removal still be used for snow removal later this year? I simply don't understand why government has to always spend EVERY dollar it gets rather than frugally using it for the purpose it was created for. I just don't get the thinking here.

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