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Columbia Council to discuss Vineyards location for elementary school

The Columbia City Council is scheduled to meet Monday night to discuss plans surrounding a proposed East Elementary School.

The school board approved a development plan earlier this fall, and heard from residents about its plan for access to the school.

The new proposal the council will discuss Monday would result in a 289-lot plat of land for single-family development that would include a 28-acre lot for the school.

The proposed revision shows changes to the surrounding street and lot designs “intended to mitigate anticipated traffic impacts generated by the school and ensure adequate access to the surrounding neighborhood.”

ABC 17 News talked to several residents in the Vineyards and Woodlands neighborhoods who are worried the increase in traffic would create safety hazards, and they want a separate access road built to the school.

Before the council meeting, a closed session is planned where leaders are expected to discuss an increase in pay for City Manager Mike Matthes.

The council is also expected to talk with residents on the south side of Columbia in the Southfork neighborhood about erosion from road projects at the intersection of Route KK and Scott Blvd.

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