Friday, February 27, 2015

Public Hearing March 16 Shepard to Rollins Trail

From Scott Bitterman, Street Manager, Columbia Public Works
There will be a public hearing concerning the Shepard to Rollins trail project on March 16, 2015 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 701 East Broadway. The Public Works department has prepared a memo to City Council outlining our recommendation for the project.

To review the memo and the City Council Resolution setting the public hearing, please visit and click on the meetings button, then click on the council meeting agenda link.  The agenda for the Feb. 16, 2015 meeting contains R27-15. Use the link, below, if you want to type the url address to the memo:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stadium and Old Highway 63 Intersection Improvement Project - Interested Parties Meeting February 17, 2015

(Press Release from City of Columbia)

COLUMBIA, MO (February 10, 2015) - The City of Columbia Public Works Department has scheduled an informal Open House informational meeting concerning an upcoming street improvement project. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School, 2616 Shepard Boulevard, Columbia, MO.

The purpose of this meeting is to present design concepts for the  Stadium Blvd and Old Highway 63 Intersection Improvement Project , which includes  the construction of additional turn lanes, construction of pedestrian facilities,   and bea,.utification of the intersection .

Construction of this project is currently scheduled to begin in 2016.

Information and diagrams showing the preliminary design concepts will be available for public review and City engineering staff will be present to answer questions. If you have any input for the City to consider as the design is developed, a Public Comment Form will be available for you to fill out.

We hope you are able to attend this Open House to learn about this upcoming Public Works street improvement project. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, contact  Sam Budzyna, E.l.T. at 573-874-7250 or pubw@GoColumbiaMO .com.

This release has the following attachments:

(The following meeting  information is submitted by Shepard neighborhood resident Georgia Morehouse ph: 573-442-7069)
"It's Our Wild Nature" is sponsoring a neighborhood meeting discussion for Hinkson Valley, East Campus and Shepard residents re: options 1, 2, 3, 4 proposed PedNet connector from Old Highway 63 to East Campus.  Upcoming meeting dates organized by It's Our Wild Nature will be Thurs. Feb. 19, 6:30-9 pm at HyVee meeting room on Nifong Blvd. and Saturday, Feb. 21, 12-4 pm at HyVee meeting room on Conley Rd. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Annual SBNA Meeting March 10, 2015

Please mark your calendar to attend the annual Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association Meeting beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Unitarian Universalist Church - across from Shepard Blvd. Elementary School.  SBNA President John Prenger will prepare an agenda before the meeting, which we'll post on this blog beforehand. If you have any meeting agenda items you'd like to discuss, please contact John before the meeting. Ward 6, which includes our neighborhood, will be voting for a new council representative on April 7 and we are inviting all of the registered candidates to attend our annual meeting. We'd like to give neighbors a chance to meet and visit with the candidates who are running to fill the seat that is being vacated by Barbara Hoppe. Ms. Hoppe will also be attending our meeting to give us a brief update on city issues involving our neighborhood.

We'll also set the date for the neighborhood garage sale and summer picnic at our upcoming meeting.  If you have new neighbors, please let them know about the meeting, as we may not have their email address. 

Hope to see you in March!

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Meetings of Interest to Shepard Blvd. Neighborhood

Several upcoming meetings in January pertaining to Shepard Blvd. Neighborhood:

City Manager Ward 6 Check-In Wed Jan 21, 2015 6pm - 8pm
Hillcrest Community Center, Room D, 1907 Hillcrest Drive,  Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area off Old 63 south of Stadium.  The first hour will be for City manager & Staff presentation and questions. The second hour will be set aside for 6th Ward residents to discuss other issues of interest to them. 6th Ward City Council Person, Barbara Hoppe will attend also.

Jan. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. Shepard to Rollins Trail Connection - Shepard Elementary School
City Staff with consultants will host an interested parties meeting concerning the 4 trail options. This is a Citywide informational drop-in event for Public Questions & written and verbal Comment.

Questions? Contact Barbara Hoppe, 6th Ward City Council, 424-9668

More information on Ward 6 Check-in from City Press Release:
City will host 'Ward 6 Check-In' January 21. 6-8 p.m.

COLUMBIA, MO (January 12, 2015) - Want to know more about upcoming projects, developments and issues in your ward? Come listen to and speak with your councilperson, the city manager, city department heads, city staff and fellow ward residents at your Ward Check-In. This upcoming check-in will include presentations from the Director of Cultural Affairs and Regional Economic Development Inc. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a simulation of the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Ballot decision making process. Participants will have a chance to offer their own project ideas, and to sign up for the launch of the City's online, interactive tool designed to collect citizen feedback on potential capital improvement projects.

The Ward Check-In will be held for Ward 6 residents from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, in Room D of the Hillcrest Community Center, 1907 Hillcrest Drive in the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area. The Ward Check-In will be held biannually for each city ward. Check the city's website at to see when and where the Ward Check-In meeting will be held in your ward.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Apply Now for 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Program

Message from neighborhood resident Meredith Donaldson:

The city of Columbia’s Community Development Department is accepting applications for the 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Program.  Each of the four sessions will have two parts — introducing participants to basic functions of local government and a workshop to build leadership skills. All sessions will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road. Dates are Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10. 

To apply go to Applicants must submit a $25 fee, but scholarships are available. Application deadline is Monday. For more information, contact Bill Cantin at 573-874-7248
Several of us from the neighborhood have participated in this program.  I thought I knew a lot about our city and how to make things happen or to get something done.  Well, this program was so informative - there was a lot I did not know! I think every citizen should attend this!
- Meredith

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Shepard to Rollins East-West Trail Connection Open House Meeting in January

Message to Shepard Blvd. Neighborhood Residents from Troy Balthazor – PedNet Board of Directors:
The City of Columbia Public Works Department has scheduled a vitally important informal Open House informational meeting.  This meeting will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Shepard Elementary School gymnasium, 2616 Shepard Boulevard, Columbia, MO.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the proposed Shepard to Rollins East-West Connection. The proposed trail is part of the city’s non-motorized transportation pilot program.  The City of Columbia has engaged TranSystems to conduct a study of various trail alignments to make the connection.  A location map for the project and identification of routes are at the following link:

At the meeting, information and diagrams showing preliminary design concepts will be available for public review, and City engineering staff will be present to answer questions.  A Public Comment Form will be available.  Your input will be considered as the design is developed.  We need input from everyone and then some!
We hope you are able to attend this Open House to learn about this upcoming Public Works project.  If you have any questions regarding this meeting, contact Scott Bitterman (573) 874-7250 or send your comments to
ALSO:  We will be offering the presentation that PedNet, with the exceptional direction of Chip Cooper, has developed to prepare for our advocacy efforts in regard to the development of the East-West Connection.  Entitled “Hinkson Valley Greenway Trail Network:  The Grindstone to Stephens Link (AKA Shepherd – Rollins)”, this comprehensive presentation makes a strong case to SUPPORT OPTIONS #1 & #3 as identified through the link provided above.   All are welcomed!  We will be meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015, in the Friends Room at the Daniel Boone Regional Library on the corner of Garth and Broadway.  The presentation will begin at 6:00
If you can’t make the presentation on the 5th, I also make house calls and am more than willing to talk one-on-one with you whenever you like. 
Troy Balthazor – PedNet Advocacy Team
PedNet Board of Directors

Monday, November 3, 2014

Are you missing a cat?

Meredith Donaldson found a cat on Shepard Blvd. - young tortoise shell in color.
If you or your neighbor is missing this cat, please call Meredith at 573-289-3018