Contact: Renee Graham
Residents are advised to help keep 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies. For non-emergency assistance and non-injury accidents, residents should call the Public Safety Joint Communications non-emergency line at (573) 442-6131.
The ARC will be open from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today. However, due to limited staffing, the pool will stay closed and land and water classes today are cancelled. The Kid Zone will be available from 4-8 p.m. today.
A list of warming centers and official shelters can be found at www.GoColumbiaMo.com/Health by searching for "warming centers." Citizens are advised to contact warming centers and official shelters in advance to ensure that facilities are open and operational.
The 1 Million Cups/Downtown Incubator pizza party scheduled for Feb. 5 has been rescheduled to Feb. 12.
The Airport Advisory Board meeting scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today has been cancelled. This meeting will not be rescheduled, and the board will resume with its next regularly scheduled meeting.
The Feb. 5 Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization (CATSO) Technical Committee meeting has been canceled.
WIC appointments are canceled and can be rescheduled by calling 573-874-7384 when the Department of Public Health and Human Services reopens Thursday, Feb. 6.
The Consolidated Plan Community Facilities Focus Group scheduled for Feb 5 has been canceled. The Focus Group will be rescheduled at a later date.
Road crews were out all day yesterday plowing priority routes and maintaining passable conditions on Columbia's primary roads. Crews are using a salt and cinder mix for added traction in some areas to improve safety for customers.
Response to the snow event has been a citywide effort. Crews from Parks and Recreation, Water and Light, Parking Utilities, Sewer Utilities and Solid Waste pitched in to help plow streets. Contracted hauling services were also brought in to remove snow from the central business district.
Several crews moved into residential neighborhoods overnight, utilizing smaller equipment, backhoes and pickups to plow residential streets. This helped keep larger snow plow trucks on priority routes. Today's efforts will focus on clearing trash collection routes, starting with Tuesday collection routes, and then moving on to Wednesday, and so on. Thanks to cross-departmental efforts, crews will also be able to make some early progress in northeast Columbia, using backhoes that Water and Light has available in that area.
Solid Waste Updates
TRASH/GARBAGE - Tuesday and Wednesday residential routes will be delayed until Thursday. We anticipate collection will be be delayed by one day the rest of the week. If we don't make it through all of Wednesday's routes by the end of the day Thursday, we will resume first thing Friday morning before moving on to Thursday's routes.
Customers are asked to place their trash in a visible and easily accessible area free of snow and ice, if possible, and away from areas that could have snow dumped on it from road plows.
RECYCLING - residential curbside collection of recyclables is cancelled the rest of the week. Please hold your recyclables until your collection day next week or take them to the drop-offs once you can safely do so.
LANDFILL - The landfill plans to be open Wednesday from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
The ban on parking on snow routes is still in effect. Customers will be notified when cars can be moved back to priority routes online, on social media, press releases and by the subscribed NIXLE alert system.
Customers can get more information, updates on road conditions and the city's snow management efforts at www.comosnow.com and on the Public Works Facebook and Twitter pages.
Customers may contact Public Works concerning snow removal issues at:
E-mail - PubW@GoColumbiaMo.com
Facebook -- Facebook.com/columbiamissouripublicworks
Twitter -- @pub_works