Local Government

Columbia Fire Department discusses eliminating landline telephones

Converting Columbia's infrastructure to cellular technology was the topic of a discussion at a recent meeting of the Building Construction Codes Commission.

Columbia city leaders have few plans to fund more firefighters

Grants are a possibility, but Mayor Bob McDavid and others say the city has to find a more sustainable source of revenue.

Columbia Access Television looks to diversify its fundraising

The public access television channel has faced decreased funding from the city and is looking to diversify its revenue streams. 

Broadway crosswalk in the works to boost schoolchildren's safety

The Columbia City Council has asked city staff to explore options for the project.

New assistant physician law presents licensing, regulation challenges

Under a new Missouri law, medical school graduates who don't get a residency will be eligible to become "assistant physicians" and can provide primary care in underserved rural and urban communities. But the devil seems to be in the details.

Petitioners fight to repeal new tobacco ordinances

Keep Columbia Free is collecting signatures for petitions against City Council's decision to increase the purchasing age of tobacco and vapor products as well as banning the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Columbia looks to fund electric projects, stormwater upgrades

In April, Columbia voters could see a ballot with a proposed stormwater utility rate increase and an electric utility bond issue of $60 million.

Columbia City Council agenda from Monday night meeting

Here's a look at the Columbia City Council's agenda with notes on what the council did Monday night.


New youth council would advise city on issues related to young people

The idea, which emerged from a class at Battle High School, will be introduced Monday night and go up for a vote by the Columbia City Council in January.

Raising tobacco age, banning e-cigs indoors up for City Council vote Monday

First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick introduced the proposals in September, and the Board of Health has endorsed it. Convenience store owners are worried the measures will hurt their businesses. 

City of Columbia to consult federal nonprofit about parking concerns

The city applied for a parking audit tool that will teach the community how to generate reliable information about parking spaces downtown during a two-day workshop.

White to replace Witt as fire chief

The current deputy chief will take the reins when Charles Witt retires on Jan. 31.

Petition submitted to recall Columbia councilwoman

City Clerk Sheela Amin will review the signatures to determine whether the petition to recall First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick is valid. Readers can review the petition to see who signed it.

Plainclothes Columbia officers ticket Uber drivers

Any ride-sharing services are illegal in Columbia until the City Council votes on regulations of the services.

Activists plan to submit signatures for Chadwick's recall Monday morning

The First Ward councilwoman is being targeted for her votes in favor of the Opus development project and against a marijuana decriminalization bill, along with her proposal to ban alcohol in Douglass Park.

Activists protest outside Opus development leasing office

The opposition to The District Flats, a residential high-rise to be built by Opus Development Co., continued Thursday with a protest outside the apartment building's leasing office.

Columbia flag design contest recalls creation of first city flag

Alberta Smith, the wife of then-Mayor Rodney Smith, was tapped in an emergency to hand-sew a flag 26 years ago.

Advisory board reviews projects for April electric bond issue

The total cost of the proposal would exceed $60 million, including a transmission project at Mill Creek, Grindstone and Perche substations at an estimated cost of about $21 million.

City won't have Uber, ride-sharing regulations until February

The city is tweaking a proposal for ride-sharing regulations in order to keep taxi companies competitive. In the meantime, Uber will be barred from Columbia until at least Feb. 2.


New year will bring new, bigger planes to Columbia airport

American Airlines will begin using 65-passenger jets for flights to and from Chicago and Dallas, beginning in January.