Council hears from public on city plans

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Columbia City Council heard public feedback for the first time Monday evening on possible improvements that the city has planned for the next 10 years.

The fiscal 2008 Capital Improvement Projects Plan lists more than $450 million worth of projects which the city would like to accomplish within the next 10 years.

The projects also include nearly $212 million in improvements the city would like to make during the next one to two years.

Phebe LaMar, a resident, spoke in support of the Lemone Industrial Boulevard extension, an estimated $8.5 million cost. LaMar said the project has several advantages, including benefits for nearby businesses and schools.

“There are a number of improvements by the intersection,” LaMar said. “It will help relieve traffic.”

Others commented on the prospective projects before Monday’s meeting on the city’s Web site.

Lisa Klenke, a resident who responded online, supports a proposed downtown parking garage on Ash Street between Eighth and Ninth streets.

In contrast, Marjorie Hunt opposes the project, which she said was unnecessary because existing garages were not full.

At $59.6 million, construction of a wastewater treatment plant expansion in southwest Columbia costs more than any other project. While more than $2 million for the design of the new plant is already budgeted, the majority of costs would be paid from an April bond issue.

Other projects include city street extensions and recreation facility improvements.

In other developments, the council approved the preliminary plat of The Overlook with an amendment to adjust the plan for West Broadway despite the landowner’s request to reconsider as it might affect his tree line. They also amended city code to prohibit corner cutting.

A public hearing was held for the proposed voluntary annexation of the Prairie Hills subdivision, which will receive a final vote at the next meeting.

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