Local Government

Columbia City Council candidates offer perspectives on roll carts

Candidates from the first, second and sixth wards shared their views on the proposed switch to roll carts.

Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approves rezoning for 849-bed apartment complex

The Columbia City Council will vote on plans for a 321-unit, 849-bed student housing complex on April 20. Columbia Planning and Zoning commissioners approved the rezoning of 32.5 acres of land for The Avenue at Columbia, a new student housing development in south Columbia.

New 911 call center faces construction freeze

Boone County's new 911 call center and emergency management facility was scheduled to start construction in late February and be completed April 26, 2016. Delays because of weather and soggy terrain have pushed the project's end date into May 2016.

Columbia City Council candidates field questions about environmental issues

Six candidates attended the Columbia City Council Candidate Forum on Clean Energy, Climate and the Environment, where they answered questions about city government's role in managing issues of climate and energy efficiency.

VIDEO: Columbia residents take a spin with roll carts

As the debate over whether to switch to an automated system of trash collection continues, the Missourian as part of its reporting on the issue asked three Columbians to try the carts and see how they work.

City Council candidates and School Board incumbents address issues

Second and Sixth Ward Columbia City Council candidates and Columbia School Board incumbents running for re-election in April addressed a variety of concerns at the League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night.

Columbia Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing

The Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the ban despite criticism from several residents who called the measure unfair.

City Council discusses COMO Connect consultant, Battle High School annexation

The Columbia City Council voted for the Public Works Department to hire a consultant to analyze and suggest improvements to the COMO Connect bus system that launched in August.

City Council approves plan for connection in Columbia trail system

Columbia's City Council voted to approve the construction of a trail that will connect a larger network of trails all over Columbia.


SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia Housing Authority board meeting agenda packet

CHA meeting agendas and reports to be discussed are available to the public.


Rising demand for power, concerns about reliability drive electric bond issue

Proposition 1 seeks $63.1 million to pay for power projects. In April, Columbia voters will have the opportunity to vote on the bond issue, which Water and Light officials say would prevent possible blackouts, update the city's utility infrastructure and prevent a steep hike in utility bills.

Key Columbia trail project goes to city council Monday for hearing, vote

Two city commissions, the PedNet Coalition and dozens of residents have weighed in with their preferences in advance of a decision on trail that would connect Rollins Street to Shepard Boulevard.

Candidates questioned at trio of forums Friday

Those in the race for First, Sixth and Second ward city council seats attended forums held by Peoples' Visioning, Boone County Muleskinners and the Columba Pachyderm Club.

UPDATE: Write-in candidate hopes to bridge gap between MU students, city

Chad Phillips, a senior at MU, joins eight other candidates running in the April 7 election for the Columbia City Council's First Ward seat.

Youth Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting

The council will take up issues of school violence, homelessness and health and wellness. It was created to give the youth of Columbia a voice in matters that concern them.

Access to mental health care remains a significant challenge for Boone County's youth

The Community Services Department is issuing its second request for proposals on how to put new sales tax to work.

Columbia's business community questions candidates for three wards

Candidates for First, Second and Sixth wards answered questions about infrastructure funding, downtown student housing, airport upgrades and form-based zoning.

Battle annexation passes through planning commission

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request from Columbia Public Schools to annex 116 acres of land located north of St. Charles Road and east of Battle Avenue at its meeting on Thursday. The commission approved the annexation of about 146 acres of land in total.

Fourth Ward residents express opinion at second roll cart forum

City staff and the Solid Waste Advocacy Group gave presentations and fielded questions on the hotly contested issue.


Columbia resident Martha Stevens announces candidacy for the 46th House District

Martha Stevens, a community organizer at Missouri Rural Crisis Center, announced her candidacy for the seat held by Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, in a news release Monday.