The MKT trail section which is being restored after the Flatbranch Sewer project should be lined with native plants, trees, and shrubs. Specifically, I would like to see more use of edible and fruit-bearing plants. A map could be created with displays the location of these various edible plants along with the likely dates that they will be in season. This could be part of a "walking picnic" or other educational/experiential activity for school groups and other citizens. There are many potential community partners for this project, including Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Community Gardening Coalition, Columbia Public Schools, Conservation Department, and Public Health organizations.
Please straighten out your billing system change! My method of payment has always been via my bank in Columbia. For some reason it was changed by COC to check form rather than electronic payment, thus slowing down the payment process dramatically. My bank has submitted request to be changed back to electronic numerous times only to be rejected and I cannot find out WHY!! I have talked to COC many times, even the customer service supervisor Derek Fast with no results. I am very frustrated, as I have been a loyal, on time paying customer for many years. This is just plain ridiculous!! Bonnie Allard
which is a big neighbourhood. Currently trail goes to under I 70 to Clark Lane. So many people enjoy what the City has already done (wonderful trail!!!). However, you can not access East Port from the trail without getting on the I 70 drive, which is pretty narrow road going up the hill with the traffic of 50 mph. The other way is to bike on I70 drive till east gate villages (Upland Creek Rd) and access St Charles road. However, it is as narrow, although pretty straight and there is no shoulder or sidewalks there. Therefore, these two options are pretty risky and not safe. I was wondering if there is any chance that the City could make an extra mile or so long addition to Hominy trail and have people from East Port and other close neighbourhoods enjoy bike rides, walks and jogging as well. Thank you!
For a city government that seems to spend most of its time trying to figure out new ways to spend its citizens tax dollars, who's bright idea was it to set up the new online utility payment system? This is the most unfriendly system for landlords and property managers and users in general. I'm sure the city government spent a million of its tax payers dollars to an outside consultant to tell them how to set this up. If I am not in Columbia when the bill arrives in the mail and I go online to pay several utility bills, I can't access the actual bill any longer. All I have is a dollar amount on each account and a past payment history. What is the City's kickback on each utility bill payment transaction? $4-$5.00 in service charges per account per payment to pay online is unacceptable. Going back to printing out checks to pay utility bills. At least I'm keeping individuals employed here in Columbia to process my check payment rather than some out-of-state online payment company. The City needs to fire it's IT consultant if this is the best they can come up with.
The website is not user-friendly for making utility payments. No contact for assistance, no itemized bill to review. I should be able to see a digital copy of my bill when I log on to make a payment. The change to the new system is not an improvement for online payment customers.
Like many people, I have been frustrated by the policies of the city government related to parking in the city center. This is not new, it is a permanent feature of college towns, and I don't expect miracles. But lately it has become much worse. The 'business friendly' willingness of the city to accomodate larger businesses and allow them to monopolize individual parking places has created a level of chaos. It has become impossible to patronize downtown restaurants and small businesses due to the number parking spaces held by larger facilities 'valet' reservations and the number of locations held by construction projects.
There seems to be no penalty for persons clearly not handicapped or not displaying a handicapped permit to flagrantly occupy a parking space clearly reserved for physically handicapped persons. I see the signed marked "penalty", but pay no attention. Is the "violation" only monetary without a "civil" charge? What can a private citizen do to notify authorities when the "violation" is observed. Do authorities even care?
City of Columbia (and/or REDI) should campaign to get the appropriate federal agency to redefine boundaries of the Metro Area to combine with Jeff City's. New combined Columbia-Jefferson City Metro area would make it easier to promote the entire region (especially airport, tourism, getting new companies to locate in Mid-Mo.). Currently, Jeff City's Metro Area designation gets Callaway County, which seems unfair. Also, they recently added Randolph and Audrain Counties to Columbia Metro and removed Howard County.
This is absolutely ridiculous that construction has started SO close to campus and student housing with FOUR WEEKS left of school. We have everyday class, finals and graduation to focus on and this construction does not only cause sound pollution but now our water is under a boil advisory. THIS IS A LAW SUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN! The city knows how many thousands of people visit this town for graduation weekend and you have machinery not only blocking roads but also on the sidewalks. I literally had to walk under a machine on the sidewalk to get to class this morning. Figure it out or face legal repercussions.
Affordable housing-rental prices.