The budget for the Percent for Art program is still up in the air because the price of the Short Street garage keeps increasing.
The proposed toll would be about 10 to 15 cents per mile for cars and twice that for trucks. The panel will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Activities and Recreation Center.
The city will test several strategies for reducing stormwater pollution and runoff at the Public Works Department building north of Business Loop 70. Some of the money for the project will come from a federal grant to Boone County.
At its meeting Tuesday, members of the Downtown Leadership Council expressed concern about a staff report that would dissolve its duties into the Downtown Community Improvement District.
New jobs and more funding for education could result from REDI's plans to create an enhanced enterprise zone. Business developments and expansions within the zone would benefit from a 50 percent tax abatement for the next 10 years.
MU officials are in search of a consulting firm to address the transportation needs of students.
The Columbia Hospitality Association is opposing a proposed increase in the city's lodging tax that would be used to pay for improvements at Columbia Regional Airport, warning that it could cause occupancy rates to drop.
The Short Street parking garage will be five stories tall, include 424 spaces and cost about $11.3 million.
The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a mobile home community.
Columbia Fire Stations receive funding for a new sprinkler system from Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
Discussions at Douglass High School led to the reopening of park's locked parking lot.
The Department of Public Works is addressing concern regarding the safety of some Columbia sidewalks for residents who use wheelchairs.
The tax has generated $20,000 per year for the Special Business District, which is being absorbed by the Downtown Community Improvement District.
The Public Works Department will take public comment at an informational meeting Wednesday on Phase III of the sidewalk rehabilitation for east-central Columbia.
Mayor Bob McDavid would like to see the revenue from a proposed lodging tax rate increase pay for a terminal addition at Columbia Regional Airport. The proposal, pending approval by the state legislature, would allow Columbia voters to increase the rate from 4 percent up to 7 percent.
Money for the project would come from Columbia's parks sales tax.
Staff recommends the pilot project downtown be used as a permanent solution to late-night crowds.
A staff report to be discussed at the Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday proposes new state legislation that would allow voters to determine whether to increase the lodging tax to 7 percent. The report suggests using the new revenue to pay for a terminal renovations at Columbia Regional Airport.
The lawyer for a defendant in the Aaron Hobson shooting case claims to have new evidence that could show Hobson's friends fired the first shots at the crime scene.
The president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities visited the White House on Tuesday to call for a renewed focus on education in civics at its member institutions. At MU, a focus on practical application of civic knowledge has to overcome political disinterest and skepticism.