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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Help support our neighborhood school at the annual Stallion Stampede

Dear Shepard Neighbors,

Shepard Boulevard Elementary School invites you to the Stallion Stampede October 18, 11 am - 2 pm. There will be food truck options, including Pepe's, Columbia Dough, Playing with Fire Pizza, Dickey's BBQ, and Kona Ice. Lilly's Cantina, which just pulled into town this weekend, is hoping to make its launch that day, as well. Join in the raffle for some great prizes like an iPad Mini with Retina display, Kindle Fire HD, $100 Columbia Mall gift card, and a two-hour Party Bus rental. A silent auction includes prizes from many local businesses. Jackson Pollock-inspired student artwork will be available for purchase, too. We hope you are able to come out and support our neighborhood school! 

Shepard Parent Teacher Student Organization

Monday, August 25, 2014

All you can eat breakfast for Sterling Wyatt Memorial Scholarship Fund

Neighbors, please join us for an all you can eat Pancake, Eggs and Sausage Breakfast to raise funds for the Sterling Wyatt Memorial Scholarship Fund.

When:  Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where:  Applebee's (EAST LOCATION ONLY)  2601 E Broadway, Columbia MO

Time:  8 AM - 10 AM

Cost:  $6.00 per person (at the door)

Through the generous support of our family, friends, neighbors and donors, we were able to disperse the very first scholarship from Sterling's Memorial Scout fund this July.  The recipient was Brandon Reddick,  Eagle Scout (2008), from Troop 706.  Brandon is fully supporting himself and is pursing a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas.  

We are so blessed to give back a portion of the outpouring of love and support we have received from so very many people.   Come and join us on Saturday , Sept 6th for breakfast.

Sherry, Randy and Chandler