City Construction Raises Concerns
After the Sierra Club's Ken Midkiff complained, Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins told the city's chief engineer to stay away from the project for the time being.
Midkiff wants developers to keep out, especially a former developer who now works for the city, David Nichols.
Midkiff complained, "I think it's inappropriate for a person to be the project manager for the development and then go to work for the city that issues the land disturbance permits and oversees the developments and eventually grants the go-ahead to do certain things."
After speaking with Midkiff, Watkins acted.
"I have asked him to refrain from dealing with this project until my review is complete," said Watkins.
Now, Midkiff worries about construction contamination in the creek. He filed a complaint with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources after another Sierra Club member flew over the site.
"He observed that the silt fences were down and that they had been collapsed or overtopped and that raw, muddy water had entered Grindstone Creek," said Midkiff.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a notice of violation for impermissible work near the creek.
Midkiff also wants officials to suspend the land disturbance permit, which would stop work at the site.