Columbia Improvement District offers grants for oil storage downtown

1 month 5 days 11 minutes ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:42:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
By: Temi Oshadiya, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Improvement District is offering a grant incentive to downtown restaurants that would eliminate messy grease bins in public alleys.

Restaurants have to dispose significant amounts of grease using shared storage bins, and the grant incentive program would replace those bins with on-site bins.

Travis Metcalf, kitchen manager at the Broadway Brewery, said the placement of the shared bins is not always convenient for all restaurants. 

"For us, it's really convenient because the bin is right behind us, but restaurants like Sycamore have to walk all the way to dispose their grease," Metcalf said. 

According to the district, the grant will help clean public alleys, reduce risk to the storm water system and create a safer working environment. 

Restaurant interested in the grant will have to apply to be eligible for the following incentives:

  • 50 percent match (up to $1,000) toward external grease tanks and installation
  • 75 percent match (up to $2,000) toward internal grease tanks and installation
  • 100 percent toward internal grease tanks and installation for the first $10,000 of grant requests

Seth Reynolds, a local grease recycler for restaurants, said the program might not work for the businesses he picks up grease from.

"I think that a lot of restaurants are still not going to be interested in the grant program, ultimately," Reynolds said. "Mainly, because many of them don't have the room and/or the thousands and thousands of dollars it costs to install all these programs."

Reynolds said the grant does not consider the age of the buildings. 

"These buildings downtown are a hundred or two hundred years old, the kitchens are very, very small, and it would take a lot of work to be able to get a room for any closed barrels in restaurants," he said. Even with the grant, "there's a lot of money in plumbing."

"I think it might help some businesses," he said, "but I think a lot of them will have a hard time, even if they wanted to do it."

Grant applications close April 30. 

More information on the grant program can be found on the districts website

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Police responded to a report of shots fired on Boyd Lane late Sunday night. Columbia police officers... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 12:08:00 AM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Officers arrested a Moberly man for allegedly stabbing someone Sunday. Moberly police said officers found a man... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said the right lane of U.S. 63 northbound n ear t he Broadway exit was shut... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of bomb blasts that hit... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:18:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — Authorities say officers responded to a brawl involving up to 300 teenagers at the Worlds of Fun... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:39:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
WINONA — Visitors to a conservation area in southern Missouri could soon have more acreage to explore along the Jacks... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City artist has been selected to create statue of former President Harry Truman for display... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia will host a litter pickup from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Flat Branch Park. ... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A comic convention brought comic fans and beer enthusiasts together for an afternoon of fun Saturday. STL... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:54:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Jay Dix's Challenge to Cure 5K and 10K on Saturday raised around $8,000 for the Ellis Fischel... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:32:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ELDON - A memorial service was held Saturday evening to honor the life of a Miller County Sheriff's deputy who... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:15:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Police said a man tried to shoot at his girlfriend Saturday afternoon as she attempted to enter the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — New census data shows that while Missouri's population rose slightly last year compared to 2017, more... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:12:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Children from the Jefferson City and Columbia area showed off their businesses during the Jefferson City Children's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation department held its annual "EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt" at Douglass Parks and Indian Hills... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:02:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Friends and family will gather Monday to see 87 people become American citizens. The United States... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 2:35:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY- The Moberly Police Department arrested a man on Friday afternoon after they received information from the FBI in Omaha,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:08:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man will be in jail for the next 25 years after he pleaded guilty Friday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:47:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
5am 62°
6am 60°
7am 60°
8am 64°