COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department will hold public meetings to discuss the alignment and costs of proposed sewer lines and to present an environmental assessment of projects concerning Columbia Regional Airport.
The meeting about sewer lines will be Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the media room at Rock Bridge Elementary School, on the southeast corner of Route K and Highway 163. The airport meeting will be Feb. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Regional Airport, N. Terminal, 11260 S. Airport Dr.
The sewage project affects a few blocks in the southwest part of town by South Bethel Church Road.
The sewage from that area is now treated in small lagoons that don’t work well, said Tom Wellman, engineering specialist at Columbia Public Works.
“The city is helping the neighborhood connect its sewers to the main sewer so that it can go to the city’s sewer treatment plant for treatment,” he said.
At the Jan. 23 meeting, employees from the Public Works Department will present a preliminary plan to property owners in the neighborhood and whoever else is interested, Wellman said. They will also discuss the costs property owners can expect to pay for the project. Residents typically pay a portion of the costs associated with this type of projects, depending on the size and zoning of the property. The city pays for the rest.
Airport improvement projects
At the Feb. 5 meeting, representatives of the Public Works Department will present a draft of an environmental impact study of several projects intended to develop the Columbia Regional Airport.
The department plans to apply for funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to support projects such as extending the main runway to accommodate larger aircraft, rehabilitating the crosswind runway and reconfiguring the taxiways, said Steven Sapp, public information specialist for Columbia Public Works.
“Before we can apply to the FAA for funding, one step is to complete an environmental assessment to ensure the projects will not cause detrimental environmental damage," Sapp said. "The draft report states no environmental impact would take place. The public meeting is part of the EA process. Once the meeting is completed, we can then move one step closer to applying for funding to begin the projects.”