The City's engineers, experts, and finance folks have tried to select the most needed and desired projects for your consideration. How did they do? Vote, ask questions, and give comments. Help staff and council make sure this list reflects your priorities.
City's Project List
Columbia Police Department is dedicated to pursuing community policing - getting officers into the neighborhoods and forming positive relationships with residents. That is hard to do from a central location in a city of 64 square miles. A precinct in the northeast not only brings needed services and decreases in response times, it also brings a community facility with public meeting rooms and other amenities.
The Grissum building is home to most of the vehicles and equipment for Public Work's Sewer, Transit, Streets, Solid Waste, Fleet Operations, and Traffic Divisions. Built in the 1960's this facility is in need of an overhaul to support many of the City's core services for maintaining our infrastructure.
Cost: $10,500,000 for 10 Trucks
In order to properly maintain its fleet of expensive apparatus, the Department utilizes a schedule that allows for the replacement of a fire truck after approximately 14-16 years. The funds from the ballot allow for scheduled replacement in a fiscally responsible manner. Columbia Fire Department proposes replacing 10 vehicles over the 10 years of the tax.
In order to respond to our customers as quickly as needed for fires and medical emergencies, the Fire Department looks at the places it can reach within four minutes of travel time from the nearest Fire Station. As the City continues to grow over the next ten years, more residents will fall outside of the recommended 4 minute travel time from our existing fire stations (green area on the map). These funds will be set aside so that the City can identify and purchase land for the next fire station.
Fire stations are much more than garages for fire trucks, they are a temporary home for the men and women of the Fire Department. Just like any other home they need repairs, updated systems, and expansions. Three of the Department's fire stations were built in the 1970's and have recieved no major remodeling or repairs since. These repairs will extend the useful life of these facilities and reduce ongoing maintenance and energy costs.
A facility that is designed to simulate the situations firefighters will encounter in their jobs goes through a lot of wear and tear. Almost all of the facility is over 30 years old and these funds will provide repairs that will keep the Fire Department’s academy providing the training needed for our firefighters to be ready for real world emergencies.
Cost - Annual Funds: $12,910,000 Contingency: $4,000,000 Inflation: $4,000,000
Not every project or needed repair can be planned for. Annual funds insure that money is available each year for repairs and opportunities for co-funding projects with the county, state, and feds. Funds include: City/County/State Projects, Historic Brick Street Renovations, Landscaping, Traffic Safety, Streets/Corridor Preservation, and Street Reconstruction.
Even planned projects can have surprises that is why the City sets aside funds in a contingency category.
Finally, this is a 10 year ballot and money today is not same as money tomorrow, so the City sets aside $4 million for account for inflation.
This project is a major street repair. The road pavement consist of both concrete and asphalt sections and is failing in many locations. The existing pavement will be removed and replaced with either an asphalt or a concrete road.
This project will construct a new road that will connect the new interchange at Highway 63 and Discovery Park with the newly constructed Rolling Hills Road. This connector road will provide an improved route for traffic flow from southeast Columbia to northeast Columbia.
This location is currently a 4-way stop. The growth of residential development in South Columbia and nearby Mill Creek Elementary have created the need for a signalized intersection or roundabout (http://goo.gl/olAEBc). The intersection improvement will also include improvements for safe vehicle movements for picking up and dropping off children at the elementary school.