City of Columbia, Missouri  
Meeting Minutes  
Planning and Zoning Commission  
Conference Rooms  
Thursday, May 5, 2022  
5:30 PM  
Work Session  
Columbia City Hall  
701 E. Broadway  
7 -  
Tootie Burns, Sara Loe, Joy Rushing, Anthony Stanton, Michael MacMann, Valerie  
Carroll and Peggy Placier  
2 - Sharon Geuea Jones and Robbin Kimbell  
Meeting agenda adopted unanimously.  
Approve agenda as presented  
April 21, 2022 Work Session  
April 21, 2022 work session minutes adopted as presented.  
Approve work session minutes as presented  
A. FY 2023 CIP Presentations  
Mr. Zenner introduced the topic and the staff from each City Department who  
would be overviewing their forthcoming CIP projects. The CIP projects contained  
projects from Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater  
Utility, and Water & Light. There were no Solid Waste CIP projects this year.  
Allison Anderson gave an overview of Public Works upcoming projects. There were  
nine street and sidewalk projects including slope stabilization and bridge  
replacement projects. Six traffic calming projects were proposed with clarification  
requested from the Commission regarding the one proposed on Manor Drive. The  
Commission requested clarity as to how projects get considered for the CIP.  
Anderson responded that projects get pulled from a master list that contains  
projects from the Sidewalk Master Plan, Ballot Initiative, and City Council.  
Commissioners inquired as to what standard sidewalks are built to if they have  
been from an old project list. Anderson confirmed that sidewalks are built to  
current standards.  
Gabe Huffington highlighted the Parks and Recreation projects and noted the  
Department’s funding sources including the Park Sales Tax. Huffington mentioned  
three projects leftover from FY22 such as the MU Healthcare Pavilion whose east  
and west wings are to be expanded. Parks had nine projects on the CIP list for 2023  
including trailheads, MKT bridge replacements, new parks, and facilities  
The Commission asked about park land acquisition. Huffington stated there is  
approximately $150,000 budgeted each year for acquisition and that is usually done  
at the end of the year once maintenance and project obligations are fully accounted  
for. Commissioners asked about leftover project funds and maintenance costs to  
which Huffington replied that funding stays with a project unless it is  
re-appropriated or closed-out and put back in the general balance. There was some  
discussion related to co-owned playgrounds where Parks provides funding to  
Columbia Public Schools for playgrounds located on school property that are kept  
open during non-school hours for the benefit of the neighborhood. This scenario  
occurs in developed areas where the Parks Department cannot acquire parkland for  
a neighborhood park.  
Erin Keys covered Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Utility projects. Sewer projects  
would include annual sewer rehabilitation, an ongoing private common collector  
elimination program, and four individual sewer projects. Commissioners and staff  
discussed private common collectors in developed parts of town. Stormwater  
projects addressed failing infrastructure and areas that were experiencing flooding.  
Individual projects including replacing failing concrete boxes, undersized inlets and  
pipes, and replacing entire systems. The Commissioners asked if there were other  
failing stormwater boxes under buildings and if there was a plan to address those.  
Keys, and other staff, noted there were several and replied that they address those  
items via projects like the ones discussed, but sometimes property acquisition  
issues arise prevent projects from happening.  
Dave Storvick presented the City’s Water & Light projects for the forthcoming year.  
Electric utility projects included numerous annual projects such as converting  
overhead lines to underground, streetlights, and new service expansion. There  
were several individual projects including items related to new substations.  
Undergrounding electric service on the Business Loop was noted. The Commission  
and staff discussed the costs and challenges associated with undergrounding  
electric service. Sorrell noted that the City only owns the electric line and not the  
phone, internet, cable and other utilities that share utility poles which make  
undergrounding utility services more challenging. Staff also highlighted that the  
cost of undergrounding electric line is upwards of $2,000,000 per mile.  
Commissioners inquired as to what extent utility expansion, associated with  
development, is subsidized. Sorrell commented that it is different for each City  
utility: Stormwater utility has zero subsidy; Sewer utility recovers costs via fees  
unless City Council elects to subsidize a project such as Swift Foods; and the Electric  
utility provides all materials (poles, lines, etc.) but recaptures this cost via the rate  
structure and fees.  
The Commission and staff discussed broadband service and capacity for a public  
utility. There was some discussion as to the efforts of the Broadband Business  
Planning Task Force. Staff noted that the task force had asked broadband utility  
providers to provide maps to show the extent and availability of broadband in the  
local area but those private utilities were not willing to provide the information.  
VI. NEXT MEETING DATE - May 19, 2021 @ 5:30 pm (tentative)  
Meeting adjourned approximately 6:59 pm  
Move to adjourn