As passenger numbers remain stagnant, the city looks for ways to continue tweaking its transit system.
Twelve candidates for three Columbia City Council seats responded to a Missourian inquiry about the challenges for CoMO Connect and public transit in Columbia.
Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards shared their views on a hotel and motel tax that would help pay for a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.
Officials say the failure of a November ballot issue and eroding sales tax revenue leave city with little means to beef up the force, which now stands at 163 sworn officers. A 2015 budget projection for Columbia's population puts the ratio of sworn officers to residents at 1.36 per 1,000.
Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards shared their views on staffing at the Columbia Police Department.
Clyde Ruffin, John Clark and Rob Stewart were present at Jack's Gourmet Restaurant for the Columbia Pachyderm Club's second forum for First Ward candidates.
City staff has been trying to make the case for automated trash collection, arguing it would be safer for workers and would boost recycling. Opponents, however, say it would be too expensive and will result in trash worker layoffs.
Missouri is the only state in the U.S. that has not established a prescription drug monitoring program, which would create an electronic database to track prescribed controlled substances.
Candidates from the first, second and sixth wards shared their views on the proposed switch to roll carts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the ban despite criticism from several residents who called the measure unfair.
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.
Columbia's City Council voted to approve the construction of a trail that will connect a larger network of trails all over Columbia.
CHA meeting agendas and reports to be discussed are available to the public.
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.
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.