COLUMBIA — Michael Trapp and Barbara Hoppe will be sworn in to three-year terms on the Columbia City Council during a special meeting on Monday night. Their work this term will begin in earnest shortly afterward during a regular meeting that includes public hearings on a new agreement for dealing with Hinkson Creek pollution and a pair of rezoning requests.
Trapp and Hoppe were elected April 3 to represent the Second and Sixth wards, respectively. Trapp, who defeated Bill Pauls and Mike Atkinson by winning 44 percent of the vote, will replace Jason Thornhill, who did not seek re-election.
Hoppe defeated Bill Tillotson by garnering 63 percent of the vote to win her third term representing the Sixth Ward.
The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the council's chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway. Thornhill, Trapp and Hoppe each are scheduled to make comments before the council elects a new mayor pro tem. A reception will follow in Conference Room 1A/1B, and then the council will begin its regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Items on the regular meeting agenda include:
- A public hearing on a request to rezone 15 acres at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road. The wooded property is now zoned A-1, agriculture. Rezoning would accommodate plans to build 76 condominiums in nine buildings. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the council approve the request. The development would be known as Hunter's Landing.
- A public hearing on a request to rezone multifamily residential properties at 1104-1108 Locust Street to accommodate plans to build student apartments on that land and on the site of the former Athena nightclub immediately to the west at Hitt and Locust streets. The developers hope to build up to 55 apartments with as many as 180 bedrooms on the site, according to a statement of intent filed with the city. The request asks that the council grant planned commercial zoning at 1104-1108 Locust Street. The former Athena site is zoned C-2, central business district.
- A public hearing on a collaborative agreement to reduce pollution in Hinkson Creek. The agreement, which involves the city, Boone County, MU, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is intended to settle a longstanding dispute with the EPA about how to reduce pollutants in the creek, which has been on the federal list of impaired waterways for several years. The EPA in 2011 established a standard for the maximum amount of pollutants the creek could receive and ordered a 40 percent reduction in stormwater runoff into the creek. Local officials estimated the cost of meeting that requirement at $30 million to $300 million and have offered the collaborative agreement as an alternative.
- A bill that would establish a separate drop-off facility at the landfill for members of the general public. The city hopes to spare residents the hassle of driving into the main landfill area and competing with garbage trucks and other large vehicles when they're dropping off much smaller loads. It is not scheduled for public discussion.
- A report from Regional Economic Development Director Mike Brooks on the processes involved in establishing an enhanced enterprise zone and the ramifications if the council chooses to rescind a resolution it passed in February that declared much of the city blighted and created the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board. Many residents have complained about the blight decree.