Local Government

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.


City plans to refurbish building at MKT trailhead

The brick building that used to be a former sewer treatment plant will be renovated to accomodate weddings and other events.

Columbia forum on plastic bag restrictions draws mixed comments

Public opinion was mixed on proposed restrictions on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores and pharmacies at the public forum Tuesday evening. Supporters lauded the environmentally friendly tone of the ordinance, but others saw it as infringement on personal liberties.

Phase three of the Scott Boulevard renovation still slated for 2015

The project will cost an estimated $11.6 million, and construction is expected to last 12 to 18 months, a Columbia Public Works spokesman said.


Columbia City Council torn on infrastructure commission

The Downtown Leadership Council is pushing for a blue ribbon panel that would assess and create a plan for addressing utility and street needs.

After delay, Boone County Commission awards 911 center bid to Little Dixie Construction

Columbia-based Little Dixie Construction won the construction contract with a bid of $9.93 million and a scheduled completion date of March 29, 2016, but a bid protest delayed the awarding of the contract. Boone County Counselor C.J. Dykhouse recommended Tuesday that the Boone County Commission award the bid without further delay.

Low fuel prices provide financial benefit to city, county

The city of Columbia and Boone County stand to save big money if fuel costs stay low and other factors remain constant.

Public forum on plastic bag restrictions proposal to be held Tuesday

A public forum on the proposed ordinance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

Fees, possible rebates part of proposed plastic bag ordinance

Some details of the proposed ordinance include 10-cent fees for paper bags, waived fees for customers on food assistance programs and allowed exemptions for restaurant carryout and produce bags.

King debunks talk of bid for Columbia mayor

An icon of the local music scene said he cares about public affairs but isn't cut out for City Council service.

Mistrust between police union and city leadership festers

City Manager Mike Matthes believes the mistrust, along with the drop in public approval of the police department, stems from the "constant cadence of negativism" perpetuated by CPOA union tactics.

Future of trash collection to be discussed at public forums

Meetings will be held in each of the city's six wards beginning Feb. 10.