Two Columbia City Council member have terms that expire next year. Michael Trapp said he'll seek another term; Barbara Hoppe has not yet decided.
The discussion of the county's legislative priorities included setting minimal standards for rental properties throughout the state, giving the county the ability to abate stormwater problems and making tax increment financing more equitable.
The Boone County clerk talked to the League of Women Voters about public misconceptions about the polling process and the challenges of working in a battleground state.
The county’s proposed spending for 2015 is 37.3 percent higher than the current year’s $57.7 million budget but includes the transfer of $9 million from the county's tax for a new 911 center to a capital projects fund.
Volunteers are expected to commit at least 12 hours a year to spreading information about recycling at festivals and other public events.
It was a relatively short meeting of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.
Commissioners said covering the ichthus — also known as the Jesus fish — was the safest option they had. An MU law professor said the courts haven't issued consistent rulings on the matter.
Black people in Missouri are 2.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for possessing marijuana, according to a 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The dismissed count asserted the city couldn't issue Opus the permits because its authority to do so vanished when two separate agreements it had with the developer were repealed.
The services will be funded by a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in the November 2012 elections.
The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission voted in favor of First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick's proposals to increase the purchase age of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 and ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.
The public educational push begins with a free screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Bag It" at Ragtag Cinema followed by a question and answer session.
The signature drive has been rescheduled for next Saturday because the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department asked petitioners, who planned to dispense free alcohol, to buy liquor liability insurance.
"Barcus Ridge," a new subdivision between Old Plank Road and Route K, will include 47 new single-family homes.
Proposition 1 would have boosted Columbia's property tax levy to pay for additional police and firefighters.
Republican Chuck Basye defeated incumbent John Wright for the 47th District state representative seat.
The Columbia Republican defeated Democrat Tom Pauley of Hallsville, Missouri.
Dietzel, an 18-year veteran of the office, was elected to succeed 35-year incumbent Bettie Johnson.
The veteran public defender defeats Republican Mike Whitworth and will succeed retiring Judge Larry Bryson.
The Democratic incumbent, who was appointed the top county official after the death of Ed Robb in 2011, was elected to a full four-year term for the first time.