Minutes for Monday, August 7, 2017
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10:00 am The Callaway County Commission will meet with Mike Schupp, MoDOT to discuss road issues.

Monday, August 7, 2017

 The Callaway County Commission met with the Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann, Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst, and Western District Commissioner Roger Fischer present.

 New Teacher Reception

8:00am

Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann and Western District Commissioner Roger Fischer attended a New Teacher Reception at Fulton High School.

 Road Issues

10:00am

The Callaway County Commission met with Paul Winkelmann, County Road & Bridge Engineer; Leroy Benton, Fulton Mayor; Mike Schupp, MoDOT representative; Doug Mertens, Mertens Construction; Clint Smith, Callaway Electric Cooperative; and Tom Howard, Callaway Electric Cooperative, to discuss road issues. Helen Wilbers with the Fulton Sun was also in attendance. Deborah Goldman also attended this meeting to represent the County Clerk’s office.

Commissioner Fischer began by informing the group that potential safety issues exist on Callaway County roads due to the continued growth of Jefferson City and Columbia into Callaway County. He mentioned that he would like a traffic study done on Callaway County roads leading to Boone and Cole Counties.

Commissioner Fischer stated that he thought Route F was becoming more and more dangerous as more people travel between Fulton and Columbia. He told the group that they should start considering the future needs of this region in regards to roadway traffic. He stated that it would be a good idea to begin preparations for new or improved access to the Columbia airport and industrial development.

Mr. Mertens agreed that there are some significant traffic issues within Callaway County that are affecting his rock quarries. He stated that his businesses could allow customers in the Ashland and Columbia area to save money on delivery fees if his drivers had access to a more direct route to those regions. The group then discussed various options for creating a direct route to Cole and Boone Counties from Callaway County. Mr. Howard added that if a new road were created, Callaway Electric would be interested in being involved so that it has the opportunity to expand its services down that potential road.

Mr. Schupp informed to the group that MoDOT has made improvements to Routes WW, J, and F in order to counteract traffic issues in Callaway County. He said that MoDOT was in the business of maintaining its current roads and making necessary safety improvements, and not necessarily to create new roads. He added that due to funding issues, MoDOT does not build roads for future development; therefore, he believed that any potential road improvement or creation would not involve the State. He also stated that any cost-sharing project with MoDOT would only be possible with existing roads. At this, Mr. Mertens stated that Callaway County should look at the availability of grants or other funding for Economic Development.

Commissioner Fischer stated that the Callaway, Cole, and Boone County triangle is prime for development and the three entities should talk together about the possibility of sharing the cost for this potential project. Mayor Benton added that it would also make sense for the Columbia airport to be involved in discussions. Mr. Winkelmann mentioned that the current cost of upgrading a gravel road to asphalt is approximately $400,000 to $450,000 per mile. Mr. Schupp then added that he would think it would be more cost efficient to continue making improvements to WW, J, and F as needed then to add additional miles of roadway to the State’s inventory.

The group also discussed the possibility of passing a road tax in Callaway County to cover the costs of a potential road creation, expansion, or improvement. Finally, Mr. Schupp informed the group that creating a new road is about a seven-year process, including roadway studies, ongoing environmental work, and other related issues.

 Adjourn

 Ordered that the Commission adjourn until Tuesday, August 8, 2017.





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