Columbia growth affects city's ability to plow snow

1 year 4 months 1 week ago November 16, 2015 Nov 16, 2015 Monday, November 16 2015 Monday, November 16, 2015 3:01:00 PM CST in News
By: Nicole Shaddy, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Cold weather is quickly approaching, and the City of Columbia is deep into preparation for any snowfall this winter.   

The annexation of the area around Battle High School over the past year means Columbia Public Works has had to add several first priority snow routes this year--and now according to a new report the department doesn't currently have the resources to add any more in the future.

Columbia Public Works is set to present the report to the Columbia City Council Monday night. It shows the city has added parts of Battle Ave. and Spartan Ave. to its list of high priority snow plow routes after the city annexed this area this past year. Previously, the area was under the control of Boone County Public Works. 

The report also highlights that, with Public Works' current number of employees and equipment, the city could only add more priority routes if it were to get rid of some of its current priority routes.

"If we were to take on any additional priority routes if council had recommendations we would need to find a way to shed some current priority routes unless the council is willing to find additional personnel and additional equipment," Columbia Public Works communications specialist Steven Sapp said. 

Sapp said the city has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and that it grows roughly two percent per year. He said this means the city will have to find money to purchase more equipment and hire more employees in the future. 

"We're always an advisory role," Sapp said. "This is what we can do with what we have currently, this is what we've been asked to do, and this may be some additional resources that we need if we need them, so this is a way for us to communicate with the council on our needs."

Public Works plans to conduct winter weather drills on Wednesday as part of the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Preparedness days. Sapp said these drills will allow snow plow drivers to get familiar with the city's snow routes. 

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