MR. ZENNER: Mr. Skov. MR. SKOV: I just have a comment. I wanted to note that I did leave a copy of a letter from the gentleman on the board of Stoneridge Neighborhood Homeowners Association. I did talk to him at length yesterday on the phone and then he e-mailed me with his objections just so you have that. It is unusual we get comments by e-mail, but -- so I provided that to you just so you could see who he is representing. MR. KOESTNER: I might clarify a little bit before construction would actually happen, it would have to be approved on City, County budget plan for any construction.MR. GEPHARDT: This is just the first step.MR. KOESTNER: Yeah. It’s the first step. MR. GEPHARDT: This is just the first step to create the deed and you guys have a bigger job than to just look at what the neighborhood needs; you have to look at the needs for the whole city. I understand all that. I just think the -- if you believe Broadway is the arterial that goes clear across this town and should continue across this, then Smith Drive is,like Mitch had said in his disadvantages, is really kind of redundant because we have Stone Valley Parkway and it’s an expensive street and that. But if the intent is for this to become a replacement for Broadway, then -- because it is less expensive -- then there -- it’s a pretty big deal to get the map changed like this. Thank you.MR. ZENNER: Thank you Mr. Gephardt. Anyone else? MR. ALDER: My name is Joe Alder. I live at 511 Parkade Boulevard. I’m a former board member of the Columbia Safety Council. It disbanded a number of years ago, but I 4
am continuing to work on safety projects in Columbia at the request of the former state director. One of the projects I am working is to develop a civilian capacity community development for the eventual establishment of a City County Public Safety Commission in the city of Columbia and in the county of Boone. What that would do would comply with the spirit of much federal legislation that has been passed since 9/11 to enhance public safety, homeland security throughout the country and cities and communities. I don’t have a specific comment on the discussion on the alternative routes today, but I just would ask you all to keep in mind that in the event of a major disaster or catastrophe, such as an earthquake, pipeline explosion, terrorist act, first responders and emergency personnel havea critical need for alternative routes to respond quickly to a site of emergency. That might be multiple sites in a major catastrophe. So just keeps that in mind in your long range planning, the big picture of the long range of public safety and also economic development. A number of years ago MoDOT proposed a spur I-70 to run from the Midway exit out to the airport. And just think of the economic potential had that been completed and then gone oneast through New Bloomfield to connect with I-70 east of Fulton. That never happened because of lot of environmental and a lot of other concerns, but in the picture of long range planning don’t forget that in the event of a major disaster alternative routes are critical.