Local Government

Finance reports show City Council races opening wallets of supporters

Eight of the 12 candidates for Columbia City Council submitted their campaign finance reports. The reports detail the money raised from the candidates supporters, how the candidates are spending the money, and who is financially supporting the candidates. Second Ward candidate Paul Love and First Ward candidates Rob Rasmussen, Nate Brown and Sal Nuccio did not file reports.

Boone County layers up disaster preparedness plans

On Tuesday, the Boone County Commission signed an agreement with Ameren to collaborate in the event of a nuclear meltdown at the Callaway Energy Center. Boone County Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson said signing Ameren's "FLEX" plan indicates the county would coordinate with other agencies, including state emergency management authorities and first responders.

Chris Kelly will lead support of Columbia ballot issues

The former Missouri state representative will be the chairman of the Foundation for Columbia's Future, a committee formed to support the passage of Propositions 1 and 2 on the April 7 ballot.

Sheriff's Department asking for money to reduce speeding and drunken driving

Boone County and Columbia have high rates of alcohol-involved crashes, often ranking among the 10 highest such rates in Missouri. The Sheriff's Department hopes to reduce the number of drunken drivers and speeders with the help of some MoDOT grant money.


City's rental inspection regime lacks teeth

Loose rental codes, protracted enforcement and time tilt the scales against tenants.

Paper or plastic bags debate could be deferred until 2016

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the community needs more time to "fully grasp what is being proposed" and that the City Council will be asked to delay action.

Community Tree Task Force created to advise Columbia City Council

The task force aims to be a temporary citizen advisory board that would directly advise the Columbia City Council on tree-related issues.

Yearly survey has mixed results for city departments

In the annual survey, Columbia residents noted increased levels of satisfaction with the street maintenance and customer service experiences. The city says it will use the findings to guide budget decisions and priorities.

Uber says it will comply with Columbia's new ride-sharing regulations

Uber spokeswomen criticized the new regulations, suggesting that its own background checks are more thorough than Columbia's will be and that new regulations mean fewer drivers will be willing to work for the ride-sharing company.

Council, public discuss St. Charles Road annexation

Several Columbia residents voiced concerns about the cost of improving the infrastructure around Somerset Village and about the "urgency" behind annexing the property.


City Council to vote on future of ride-sharing in Columbia

If approved, the project would put ride-sharing services on a level playing field with taxi operators.

Matthes to Columbia Council candidates: You'll have to hit the books

Council hopefuls learn Saturday that, if elected, they would have to read the equivalent of 'War and Peace' every two weeks. The 12 candidates also learned bout "hot topics" in each ward.

Eight is enough: Three more file for First Ward

Jake Loft, Dan Rader and Nate Brown add their names to the list of candidates for the Columbia City Council seat. Twelve people are seeking the three available positions.


City, advocates debate at first "trash talk" forum

Wary citizens ask city officials questions about the proposed roll-cart trash system at Tuesday night's Second Ward trash forum.

Columbia Public Schools hopes to annex school land into city

The Columbia City Council is tentatively set to vote on the annexation of Battle High School and Battle Elementary School April 20. The annexation vote date is tentative because the council must first approve the annexation of Somerset Village.

Construction on 911 call center likely after Feb. 18

The new emergency management building will cost $9.93 million and be built by Columbia-based Little Dixie Construction.

Ashland may be a role model for the future of Columbia's trash system

Columbia is considering implementing a roll-cart system of trash collection, which is what the town of Ashland has used since 2012.

Boone County hires Columbia native as new director of 911 communications

Shelton's career took him from Columbia to Kansas City to Greenville, North Carolina. He said he is happy to be back in Columbia, especially because he will be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Four days before deadline, a fifth candidate files in First Ward race

Sal Nuccio, a downtown business owner, is throwing his hat into the crowded ring of election hopefuls for Columbia's First Ward. The seat was previously held by Ginny Chadwick, who resigned from her position in early January.

Planning board approves annexation of land near Battle High for private development

A development company hopes to build up to 449 homes east of Battle High School and develop about 16 acres each of office and commercial property. The proposed agreement was unanimously approved by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.