Bike Marking Survey

Columbia Public Works is asking the public to view experimental bike pavement markings at four Columbia intersections and then take an online survey.

The experimental bike markings are currently located on the northbound and southbound approaches of Garth and Broadway, Garth and Worley, West Boulevard and Worley, and West Boulevard and Broadway.

The survey is available on the Public Works website at www.como.gov/publicworks/biking as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Public Works is working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) who produces the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to test the effectiveness of the markings.

“Feedback from the survey will be provided to the FHWA and if successful could be included in future editions of the MUTCD manual,” said Traffic Engineer Lee White. “They were previously tested in a bicycle simulator at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s ZouSim testing lab in 2015.”

All public agencies and owners of private roads open to public travel rely on the MUTCD to bring uniformity to the roadway.

The survey will close on July 5, 2017. If you have special needs or do not have electronic access to the survey, please contact Ted Curtis at (573) 489-8853.

Any bike pavement markings added to Columbia intersections as a result of this survey would be paid for through the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Motorized Transportation grant that Columbia received in 2012 known as Getabout Columbia.

MKT-Parkade Bike Boulevard Update

The MKT to Parkade Bike Boulevard is moving along and we’ve got an update for you.

The city is submitting the plans to MODOT this week and if they have no additional comments, the project will go out to bid in mid to late June. Any construction would start in September at the earliest. (Of course, if MODOT has additional comments, construction would be pushed back until next spring.)

If you’re unfamiliar with the proposed bike boulevard, it is a marked path through the neighborhoods to the south which will connect the Business Loop to the MKT Trail. Cyclists will share the road with cars, although non-residential drivers will be encouraged to take roads such as Garth or West instead. The bike boulevard will also have bike-friendly infrastructure and signage.

This is a great opportunity to connect The Loop to the surrounding neighborhoods and will help us encourage bike travel to work or school. In fact, there is also a planned spur along Forrest Avenue to Hickman High.

For more details, read about it in the Columbia Missourian and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

City Meeting on Stormwater

The City of Columbia invites you to a community meeting to discuss the Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for Wastewater and Stormwater on

Wednesday, June 28
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Activity and Recreation Center (ARC)

The IMP is a long-term planning effort by the City to address critical infrastructure and meet Clean Water Act requirements in an adaptable and affordable manner. The IMP is being developed in phases to address the most critical needs first, while allowing adequate time to gather information needed for thoughtful planning of future infrastructure. Last fall, the City hosted a series of workshops to gain a better understanding of our community’s sewer and stormwater priorities and obtain feedback on important public health and water quality issues in and around the City.

At the upcoming meeting on June 28, we will review the outcomes of previous workshops, the planning analyses that resulted from your feedback, and the benefits and costs of Columbia’s potential stormwater and wastewater investments.

Please visit www.ourcolumbiawaters.com to review documents from past meetings and see new information as it becomes available.  We sincerely appreciate your input on these important decisions.

RSVP by calling (573) 817-6404

For more information, contact:

Patricia Hayles
Community Relations Specialist
City of Columbia, Missouri
701 E. Broadway, 4th Floor
(573) 817-6404
patricia.hayles@como.gov

Movies in the Park returns to Cosmo Park

The annual Movies in the Park series will return this year to Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W, near Nickell Shelter. Columbia Parks and Recreation shows family-friendly movies monthly on a giant inflatable screen.
The first movie of the series will be Zootopia (PG), starting at 8:30 p.m. on May 12. Viewers should bring blankets or low lawn chairs for seating.

Movies will be free, courtesy of Missouri Care. Kona Ice and Eagle Scoop food trucks will be on site. Popcorn and other light concessions will be available for purchase during the movies.

In addition to Missouri Care, the movies are sponsored by KPLA 101.5 and Boone Electric Community Trust. Call Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460 for more information or visit https://www.facebook.com/CoMoMoviesInThePark/.

2017 Movies

Friday, June 9, 8:45 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

Friday, July 14, 8:45 p.m. Moana (PG)

Saturday, August 19, 8:30 p.m. Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)

Friday, September 8, 8 p.m. Secret Life of Pets (PG)

And remember, you can now walk or bike safely to Cosmo Park from The Loop via the protected path under I-70 at the roundabout!

Central Neighborhood Meeting & Dinner is April 6

As part of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, the City of Columbia will host a follow-up meeting in the Central neighborhood on Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bliss Adult Day Care, 203 N. Providence Road 201. The meeting is open to all residents in the Central Neighborhood (map attached).

Prior to the meeting, Central Neighborhood residents are invited to share a meal between 5:30 and 6 p.m. at Bliss Adult Day Care. The meal is first come, first served.

The meeting will be a community conversation involving issues raised by citizens living in the Central Neighborhood area. Strategic Plan Partners Carolyn Sullivan, Elisa Glick and Nikki McGruder will facilitate the conversation.  COMO Connect will offer free rides before and after the meeting from bus stops in the Central Neighborhood. Visit http://www.comoconnect.org/ for information about bus routes. Child care will be provided.

An additional follow-up meeting in the Central Neighborhood will be held on Tuesday, April 25. Information and data collected from these meetings will be analyzed to determine how to best address the neighborhood issues and results will be communicated to the neighborhoods and community. Meetings will be scheduled in the East Neighborhood in the coming months.

The 2016-2019 Strategic Plan is dedicated to making Columbia the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play. The Strategic Plan is focused on five priority areas: social equity, economy, public safety, infrastructure and operational excellence.

Learn more about the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan by visiting CoMo.gov/Strategic-Plan.

 

Vision Zero Discussion Sessions

The City of Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes seeks public input as he works to form the Vision Zero Action Plan.
Vision Zero is an international movement, designed to improve the safety and well-being of communities. It is a philosophy of transportation system design and operations that asserts: safety is the most important factor in transportation planning; traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable and, therefore, unacceptable; transportation systems should be designed so that user errors are not fatal.

The Columbia City Council recently adopted the Vision Zero Policy, and set a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 through three key areas of focus: education, enforcement, and engineering.

Join the City at any of the Vision Zero World Cafe meetings to provide your input as the City and community work together to create the Vision Zero Action Plan. The first session will focus on the area of education and the group will discuss and review each of the education recommendations made in the final report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety. It is the City’s intention to further shape and define those recommendations into an Action Plan so that City staff and partners can begin implementation. The city manager will submit a final Action Plan to the City Council by April 30, 2017. The City wants to know how citizens envision these recommendations coming to fruition or what changes should be made.

Education Session:

When: February 28, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Missed the meeting? Click here to submit an education survey

Enforcement Session:

When: March 8, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Missed the meeting? Click here to submit an enforcement survey

Engineering Session:

When: March 13, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Can’t attend? Click here to submit an engineering survey

To learn more about Vision Zero, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkcAZQOzJV0

Special Council meeting March 11 to consider Unified Development Code amendments

The Columbia City Council will hold a special meeting on Saturday, March 11 to consider amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC). The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.

To view the amendments being considered visit CoMo.gov and search “Code Update” or visit this link: http://www.como.gov/community-development/planning/development-code-update-project/

 

CONTACT: Community Development Department
Tim Teddy, Director
Pat Zenner, Development Services Manager
573-874- 7239

Sheela Amin
Columbia City Clerk
573-874- 7208
cityclerk@CoMo.gov

Central Neighborhood meeting, dinner scheduled for March 14

As part of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, the City of Columbia will return to the Central Neighborhood to host a meeting on Tuesday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hickman High School, 1104 N. Providence Road. The meeting is open to all residents in the Central Neighborhood.

Prior to the meeting, Central Neighborhood residents are invited to share a meal between 5:30 and 6 p.m. at Hickman High School. The meal is first come, first served.

The meeting will be a community conversation involving issues raised by citizens living in the Central Neighborhood area. Strategic Plan Partners Carolyn Sullivan, Elisa Glick and Nikki McGruder will facilitate the conversation. COMO Connect will offer free rides before and after the meeting from bus stops in the Central Neighborhood. Visit http://www.comoconnect.org/ for information about bus routes.

Follow-up meetings in the Central Neighborhood will be held on April 6 and April 25. Information and data collected from these meetings will be analyzed to determine how to best address the neighborhood issues and results will be communicated to the neighborhoods and community. Meetings will be scheduled in the East Neighborhood in the coming months.

The 2016-2019 Strategic Plan is dedicated to making Columbia the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play. The Strategic Plan is focused on five priority areas: social equity, economy, public safety, infrastructure and operational excellence.

Learn more about the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan by visiting CoMo.gov/Strategic-Plan.

Public Inconvenience Fees

The City Council has proposed a Public Inconvenience Fee that charges private developers for every linear foot of sidewalk, parking lane, and traffic lane closed during a construction project. (Read more about this here and here).

The Loop CID Board does have concerns about any proposal that would dampen future development and although most current construction projects have avoided closing down sections of the Business Loop, we did attend the Downtown Leadership Council’s (DLC) public hearing last night to testify.

Our concerns include:

1) Exempting public/governmental bodies (such as utilities, MODOT, CIDs) from this fee when they are undertaking public improvement projects. – ADDRESSED

2) Offering private, non-profit colleges the same exemptions as Columbia Public Schools and MU.

3) Charging a city fee for activities on a MODOT owned road.

4) Given that this is largely a downtown issues, some type of tiered system that recognizes that road space is less limited along the Business Loop than downtown and that even closing one lane for construction will still allow traffic to flow.

5) Some type of consideration for private developments that also improve the public space, such as sidewalks, sewer infrastructure, etc.

The DLC will be discussing this and making a recommendation to Council. We will keep everyone posted on this issue but in the meantime, if you would like to weigh in, you can email both the Downtown Leadership Council and the City Council.

Sunday sewer cleaning project on Providence, Bus Loop

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Columbia Utilities will be performing routine cleaning of sewer pipes along Providence Road and Business Loop 70 on Sunday, July 10 from 7 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Crews will be working along Providence Road from Walnut Street to Business Loop 70 and along Business Loop 70 from Rangeline Street to Garth Avenue so there might be temporary roadway restrictions. This project is part of the routine maintenance of the system by the sewer utility. No service disruptions to customers in this area are expected. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area for the safety of the crews.

Contact:
Gerry Lisby, Sewer Maintenance Supervisor
Columbia Utilities
573-808-0205