Analysis: A public meeting was held on May 8, 2017 with more than 55 in attendance. Attached is a summary of comments that were received at the meeting or in the mail at a later date. At the request of the residents in opposition to the closure, a subsequent meeting with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and residents was held on May 15, 2017. A copy of the presentation was sent to the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire and EMS and Muscogee county School District for comments related to impact to operation and response times as a result of the closure of the street. None of those had any concerns related to the proposed closure. Staff recommends a conditional approval of the closure and disposal. Copies of the request from the neighborhood and conditions committed by the church are attached. There is an average of 234 vehicles on school weekdays, 217 vpd on Saturday and 150 vpd on Sunday.
Financial Considerations: Staff is currently obtaining appraisals of the value of the Right-of-Way. Also St. Paul will also be responsible for any expenses incurred as part of the closure.
Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City will no longer be responsible for miantenace of the street.
Legal Considerations: The Columbus Council has the sole authority to declare City properties and Rights-of-Way as surplus and to approve their disposal. The property will be disposed in accordance with the City Code.
Recommendation/Actions: Approval is requested to approve Resolution deleting from the “Official Map of Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia” the improved segment of Leonard Street between the east Right-of-Way o Forest Avenue and the west Right-of-Way line of Wildwood Avenue, declaring it surplus, and authorizing its disposal in accordance with City Code and under the conditions outlined in the approved Resolution.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
All that tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in Land Lot 74, Coweta Reserve, Columbus, Muscogee, County, Georgia, being more particularly known as that portion of public right of way designated as Leonard Street lying between Forest Avenue and Wildwood Avenue, being more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at an iron pin located at the intersection of the North right of way line of Leonard Street and the West right of way line of Forest Avenue; thence N75°44'49"E for a distance of 61.16 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the North right of way line of Leonard Street and the East right of way line of Forest Avenue; said point also being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence along the North right of way line of Leonard Street N64°53'01"E for a distance of 307.51 feet to an iron pin located on the West right of way of Wildwood Avenue; thence S27°12'57"E for a distance of 30.02 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the South right of way line of Leonard Street and the West right of way of Wildwood Avenue; thence along the South right of way line of Leonard Street S64°53'01"W for a distance of 308.56 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the South right of way line of Leonard Street and the East right of way line of Forest Avenue; thence N25°13'02"W for a distance of 30 feet to an iron pin and the point of beginning. Together with and subject to covenants, easements, and restrictions of record.
Said tract or parcel containing 0.212ac. more or less.
2.) Concerns from adjacent neighbors regarding landscape will be incorporated into the final landscape design and included as part of the site development permit. The final will be reviewed with the neighbors before work commences. The site shall meet or exceed the 10 TDU and all other elements of the UDO related to tree preservation and replacement, landscape and buffer requirements.
3.) The existing air-cooled chiller will be replaced with new air-cooled chiller as soon as practical after completion of the engineering of the system. Acoustic measures shall be taken to minimize noise pollution in accordance with City Ordinances.
4.) Pedestrian access for public between Wildwood Avenue and Forest Avenue will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Engineering with the goal to maintain pedestrian food traffic through the area.
5.) The dumpster will be retained in its current location and screened according to City Ordinances.
6.) Subsurface stormwater detention is currently proposed. Any other alternatives will be approved by the Department of Engineering and reviewed with the neighbors.
7.) Exterior Lighting will be designed to provide adequate lighting in according with City Ordinances with cutoff at the property lines to prevent intrusion into the neighborhoods.
8.) St. Paul will continue to allow Columbus High Students who are church members to utilize the parking lots on school days.
9.) Any exterior construction shall comply with the City Ordinances for noise regulation.