City Council approves major neighborhood improvement, cemetery tree removal

Jefferson City’s Council spent more than an hour listening to, then discussing, a request to rebuild the street, curb, gutter and sidewalks along Elmerine Avenue.

Then they approved the project on a 7-2 vote.

The Council on Monday night also sped up work on a proposal to remove a tree from the city’s Fairview/Woodland Cemetery.

The Elmerine project took a little more than a third of the entire, almost three-hour meeting.

Former councilman Ron Medin passed around a dozen pictures he took “after the rain” Sunday morning to show the council how “Elmerine Avenue’s curbs and sidewalks are in serious need of repair.”

He also noted property owners in the neighborhood were “contributing over $25,000” to the project.

“The time for action is long, long past due,” Medin said.

Former Cole County Treasurer Al Mueller brought a piece of broken curb from the neighborhood to illustrate the problem.

But 2nd Ward Councilman Bob Scrivner questioned the push to do the work this year since the city will go outside the Community Development department and hire Central Missouri Professional Services to complete the engineering and inspection work.

“I agree this absolutely needs to be done,” said Scrivner, who sponsored the bill approving the contract, then eventually voted against it. “I do have a problem with appropriating this money.

1-Creating an “Adopt-AStreet” program similar to the state Transportation Department’s Adopt-A-Highway effort.

People with questions should contact the Public Works Department at 634-6410, Lansford said.

2-Removing the city’s claim on an easement in the Hedgewood Heights Subdivision on Magnolia Place, then approving a new subdivision plat for four lots of the new “Magnolia Place Subdivision.”

3-Authorizing a contract for designing a sanitary sewer extension near the Route B/ Tanner Bridge Road intersection.

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