COLUMBIA — The Public Works Department met with Fourth Ward residents Wednesday in the fourth of six town hall meetings to discuss possible street maintenance and repairs.
The series of six town hall meetings is a result of the approximately $300,000 in excess funds, which are leftover from the annual snow-removal budget.
The meeting took place at 5:30 p.m. in Room C of the Activity and Recreation Center. Seven residents attended, the best turnout for the town hall meetings so far.
The focus of the meeting was to offer the public the chance to voice concerns with the city streets and give input on what repairs and maintenance are most important to them.
John Glascock, director of the department, outlined his intentions for the meeting as he passed around documents to help residents better understand the process that street maintenance and repair undergo.
Ideas from residents at the meeting:
- Because Faurot Drive is a cut-through street and receives a lot of traffic, one resident suggested that it is in need of repair.
- With Columbia's population steadily increasing, the number of cars parking on residential streets has increased. Bernice Malarkey said she would like to take parking off residential streets.
- Residents said they'd like to see possible fixes for "dips" in the streets at the intersections of Worley Street and Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street and Stadium Boulevard.
- The area of road from the intersection of College Avenue and Rollins Street to Stadium Boulevard is in need of repair because of harsh winters and heavy traffic.
- The entrance to the Rothwell Heights neighborhood is in need of repair.
- At the intersection of Broadway and Stewart Road, rough patches and potholes caused by heavy traffic make daily commutes too bumpy and could cause damage to cars.
- Malarkey also said empty school buses, which are too big for the roads, are causing damage to residential streets.
- Longer traffic signals for the Broadway sides at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Broadway.
Residents can fill out a comment form at either of the remaining two 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The date and location for the First Ward's town hall meeting has changed to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.