When residents voted against Proposition 5 on Tuesday, they forced the Columbia City Council to re-examine its street improvements priorities.
Changes to Scott Boulevard from Brook View Terrace to Rollins Road and from Vawter School Road to the MKT Trail, Gans Road at the Highway 63 interchange and the construction of a salt storage facility led the pack on a preliminary list introduced at a council work session Thursday.
“We have to re-prioritize with the amount of money we have,” City Manager Ray Beck said.
City staff now have the task of drafting reports, which must be approved by the council, detailing how to spend that money.
The road projects left at the bottom of the city’s preliminary priority list were the Ballenger Lane overpass, Bearfield Road from Nifong Boulevard to St. Charles Road, Clark Lane from Route PP to Lake of the Woods, the Sinclair extension and St. Charles Road from Keene Street to Grace Lane. The roadway priorities were proportionately reduced with the amount of money that the extended sales taxes will generate, Mayor Darwin Hindman said.
In a special city council meeting before the work session, the tax extensions and development fee increase approved by voters Tuesday were formally introduced so the council can pass them at its next regular meeting on Nov. 21 to meet state filing requirements.