Local Government

Mayor proposes FastCAT bus route catering to student population

The proposed FastCAT (Campus Access Transit) route would have 11 stops completing a circuit through MU and the downtown area.

Scott Olsen named interim Emergency Management Director

The Boone County Fire Protection District Chief will fill the position left empty after Capt. Zim Schwartze was placed on administrative leave May 9.

Restaurant will occupy space in Fifth and Walnut parking garage

The city is still seeking a tenant for another suite on the ground floor of the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage.

Environment and Energy Commission reviews recommendations from rental efficiency report

Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission may propose plans for a website that would provide renters with more accurate and understandable information on energy costs.

Public, businesses chime in on proposed changes to commercial tent regulations

City staff and members of the community met Tuesday evening to discuss proposed changes to the city's commercial tent regulations.

Three neighborhoods in line for early snow removal

The pilot project requires that all vehicles be off the street before snowfalls of 4 inches or more.

Columbia City Council passes ordinance to create new EEZ board

The Columbia City Council voted Monday to establish a new advisory board for the planned enhanced enterprise zone. Mayor Bob McDavid announced his appointees to the new board. 

Heibel-March Building in line for demolition

The Parks and Recreation Commission recommends that the building be razed to create more green space at Field Park.

Mayor to announce 'FASTCAT' transit initiative Thursday

Mayor Bob McDavid's Thursday announcement follows a series of public forums about restructuring Columbia’s current bus system.

City seeks public input on changing commercial tent regulations

The city wants to improve safety protocols and ensure regular inspections of commercial tents. The proposed changes will be discussed in a meeting Tuesday at the Daniel Boone City Building. 

EEZ board returns to City Council

The EEZ Board ordinance will come before the Columbia City Council for a second time Monday night. There will be a public hearing before the council votes on the ordinance.

Columbia's blight debate: EEZs' value as job-creation tool unclear

Proponents say an enhanced enterprise zone could bring manufacturing jobs to Columbia. However, a 2010 state audit found that promises of jobs and investment related to Missouri's EEZ program were inaccurate and often overstated.

Columbia's blight debate: Old data used to examine poverty, population

Some citizens are concerned that 12-year-old demographic data might paint an inaccurate portrait of Columbia and Boone County. The city's population has grown about 30 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Columbia's blight debate: Timeline of enhanced enterprise zone effort

Regional Economic Development Inc. began to look into the possibility of an enhanced enterprise zone in early 2011. It first came before the City Council in January, and the council will consider re-establishing an EEZ board at its meeting on Monday.

Keep Columbia Free seeks volunteers for potential recall petition

Columbia group would seek removal of City Council members who vote to reform enhanced enterprise zone board

Columbia's blight debate: A question of jobs vs. neighborhood values

Columbia residents worry about property values and eminent domain in neighborhoods designated as blighted. Proponents of an enhanced enterprise zone insist the worries are unfounded and that the city needs to offer incentives to attract manufacturing jobs.

Columbia's blight debate: How an EEZ benefits businesses

Business that locate or expand within an enhanced enterprise zone are eligible for a number of economic incentives. To date, there are 199 such zones in Missouri.

City of Columbia to honor volunteers Friday

The event will recognize the contributions that volunteers have made to the city. Former Mayor Robert C. Smith will be presented with the 2012 Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service to the city of Columbia.

Office of Cultural Affairs seeks public input on artwork for Daniel Boone City Building addition

The Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking input on artwork for the fifth floor of the addition to the Daniel Boone City Building. Artist Joel Sager has proposed a series of three architectural paintings for the space.

Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denying downtown rezoning request

Despite the recommendation for denial, developers Jon and Nathan Odle will construct another apartment complex on the south side of Walnut Street, their lawyer said.