Council should deal with the issue of garden waste | Local
The question of how the community will deal with yard waste this fall is one of the main topics of discussion at Monday’s city council meeting.
The council is also presented a report on the use of the Wabash bus center for warming for the homeless during the winter months. And it will consider a proposal to rename the Columbia Regional Airport.
A report on curbside yard waste collection has been requested by First Ward Councilor Pat Fowler at two previous city council meetings. Changes to the city’s garbage collection policy began last November and require all garbage to be placed in bags bearing the city’s logo.
According to the staff report attached to the council’s agenda, the new rules state that guests are not allowed to put garden waste in trash bags without a logo for collection. They are allowed to dispose of their yard waste in city-issued logo bags, but only receive 104 bags with logos each year. Additional bags cost $ 2 each.
Fowler pointed out that this could be a burden on some residents of the city.
The report lists other options for disposing of garden waste, such as composting, taking it to one of the city’s garden waste collection sites or landfill, hiring a dump service. ” lawn care or contacting community or faith-based organizations for help.
The report notes that the council could choose to designate two weeks each fall – one in November and December – during which residents would be allowed to take out trash bags without a logo of garden waste to collect.
However, curbside recycling and collections of bulky items and household appliances would most likely be halted during these weeks due to a staff shortage. The report notes that this would lead to an overwhelming increase in the use of recycling sites during those weeks.
On the issue of the Wabash Warming Center, the board suspended its October 4 meeting on the minimum temperature increase that would trigger the facility to open as a warming center. City Manager John Glascock said he was concerned that using the facility for additional nights could impact federal funds supporting transit operations. The board asked him to research this impact.
According to a staff report included in the council’s agenda, the Federal Transportation Administration does not specifically prohibit the use of the station as a warm-up center as long as it does not interfere with the normal functions of the facility. .
Based on this report, the council is expected to discuss whether to consider a request from the city’s Human Rights Commission to temporarily increase the minimum opening temperature from 9 degrees to 18. The commission seeks to assess whether resources are available to make the change permanently.
The development of Canton Estates is another ongoing issue that council will be asked to address.
Crockett Engineering formally requested that council waive the requirement that a developer wait one year after withdrawing a zoning change request before submitting another if it is “the same or substantially the same” as the previous request.
They submitted the initial request, on behalf of developer Rob Hill, to build 65.35 acres, but withdrew it in April due to strong criticism. City staff found Crockett Engineering’s second submission too similar to the first.
If city council denies the request to waive the requirement, Crockett Engineering will not be able to resubmit until February 8.
The letter specifies that the new development proposal decreases the number of residential lots and reduces the size of the lots. This change would move the density of the development away from Rock Bridge State Memorial Park, so that stormwater would not flow directly into the park. They also plan to create large tracts of land as a buffer between the development and the park.
Crockett suggested in the letter that the rule of waiting a year to reapply is more about similar developments rather than similar zonings.
Crockett hopes the revised plan appeases both the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission and other affected citizens and groups.
At the October 4 council meeting, several organizations asked the council to develop a conservation overlay district to provide long-term protection to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park from invasive developments such as Canton Estates.
One of the terms of the request was that an 18-month moratorium be put in place on any annexation and zoning in the specified area, in order to give the committee time to create the overlay. The council discussed the creation of a working group to study the issue.
The board will also hear a report considering the renaming of Columbia Regional Airport to Columbia National Airport, based on recommendations from the airport advisory board. The name change is recommended to better reflect the growth of the airport, according to a staff report.
A resolution to hold a public hearing on November 1 regarding the expansion of the south parking lot of the airport is expected to be approved by council. The expansion is expected to give 90 to 93 additional parking spaces, the Missourian reported.
The council is also expected to authorize a lease agreement for Enterprise Leasing Company to develop a car wash at the airport and approve a cooperative agreement with Washington State for the purchase of city buses.