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Albert-Oakland Park, smart meters to be discussed at council meeting

Monday, January 20, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:28 p.m. CST, Monday, January 20, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes:

Public hearing on the Albert-Oakland Park Master Plan

The council will have a public hearing on revisions to the Albert-Oakland Park Master Plan that will replace two sand volleyball courts with four pickleball courts. On Nov. 19, the council held an interested parties meeting that was attended by more than 40 residents. The total project budget is $80,000.

Public hearing on sidewalk improvements along the east side of Garth Avenue

The council will host a public hearing about the construction of a 6-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of Garth Avenue between Leslie Lane and Parkade Boulevard. The improvements also include a crosswalk with pedestrian activated flashing lights and a center median island across the north leg of the intersection of Garth Avenue and Parkade Boulevard.

The estimated cost of the improvement is $293,600.

Report on smart grid concerns and smart meters

The council will discuss a report on smart meters, an issue brought up by the "Take Back Your Power" organization during scheduled public commentary at the council's meeting Oct. 21, according to a council document.

A smart meter measures electrical consumption and other information and reports back to the utility's department. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system gathering, according to the document.

Columbia Water and Light electric meters are not smart meters at this time and utilize Automatic Meter Reading, which was installed in 1996, according to the document.

Report on tree preservation and landscaping requirements

The council will hear a report on proposed revisions to the city's tree preservation requirements to address concerns regarding utility work within a tree preservation area, according to a council document.

Removal of trees for construction at Aspen Heights, an off-campus housing complex, triggered the council's revision of the ordinance in October 2013, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.


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