Residents address utility rates at second infrastructure town hall

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 4:31 p.m. CDT; updated 4:48 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Infrastructure Subcommittee held the second of two town hall meetings Saturday in the city council chambers at Daniel Boone City Building to gather public input for an infrastructure report. 

City staff and members of the Downtown Leadership Council again explained the infrastructure capacity issues downtown and received the public's suggestions on how to fund needed improvements.

Some of the people in attendance Saturday said raising utility rates would be a good place to start. "I'm not paying enough, I should pay more," Downtown Leadership Commissioner Pat Fowler said.

Public Works Director John Glascock said rate changes would be a part of cost of service study the city has requested that analyzes the sanitary and storm sewer utilities and projected rate increases. 

Glascock said he expects to put a draft of this study before the Columbia City Council sometime this summer and that it would be finalized for inclusion in the city's budget in October.

These two meetings were designed to gather public input for a report the council asked the infrastructure subcommittee to write. The report will explain infrastructure issues facing downtown and provide suggestions for long-term funding options.

The report is tentatively titled "Columbia Sustainable Infrastructure," said Downtown Leadership Commissioner Nick Peckham, who is chairing the subcommittee.

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