Long Agenda On City Council Agenda
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council members will tackle a long agenda during Tuesday's meeting. Members will hold public hearings to discuss new utility rate increases, as well as new construction that may raise some environmental concerns.
Council members want to discuss a controversial agenda issue concerning the Hinkson Creek. The Upper Hinkson Creek Outfall Sewer Extension is a project that will extend a sanitary sewer line along the water. This project would add about 5.5 miles to the sewer line starting just south of Vandiver Drive and running up to the city landfill on Peabody Road. The estimated cost of this project is about $8.1 million.
Those in favor of the project say it will increase sewer services to the industrial area. The project would also eliminate the Ewing Industrial Pump Station, as well as potentially remove 30 more septic systems.
But, the Hinkson Creek is on the state's list of impaired waterways. Many against the project are worried the new lines will only cause more pollution.
Also on the agenda is the budget. Columbia residents may see a few utility rate increases. An ordinance calls for a garbage collection fee increase of about $1, a 15 percent sewer rate increase, a 3 percent electric rate increase and a 10 percent increase in water costs. All of these rate increases are to help cover operation costs and generate more revenue.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.