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Local Government

Fourth Ward residents discuss street, pothole repairs

The seven residents who attended the meeting with the Public Works Department had the opportunity to discuss which maintenance issues are most important to them.

City Council candidates deliberate about public safety, community involvement

Sixth Ward and Second Ward candidates for Columbia City Council focused on public safety concerns, such as the Citizens Police Review Board and neighborhood watch at the Keep Columbia Safe Forum.

Boone County commissioners discuss new name for fairgrounds

TAG Events LLC has proposed the name "Central Missouri Events Center, Home of the Boone County Fair." One person spoke in favor of the name at a public hearing Tuesday.

Phase three of Columbia Imagined identifies 12 issues for growth and development

The city wrapped up the third phase of Columbia Imagined Tuesday in a summary meeting, pointing out 12 key issues identified from public input.

Missouri House passes bill that would allow Columbia hotel tax increase

A spokeswoman for the city said the tax increase — which could be used to fund the terminal expansion project at Columbia Regional Airport — will be considered more closely after more destinations are added to the airport.

Columbia residents discuss the future of arts in the community

Chris Stevens, the newly appointed manager of Office of Cultural affairs spoke at a meeting Tuesday where Columbia residents suggested improvements for the arts community.

Public lawyer Janet Thompson enters race for Boone County Commission

A public lawyer filed papers on Monday to run for Northern District commissioner as a Democratic candidate.

Boone County Caucus sends on slate of Paul supporters

Boone County republicans assembled to caucus in Columbia on Saturday. After unanticipated changes in procedure, they voted to send forth a slate of Ron Paul supporters to next month's Congressional District Convention in Sedalia.

Parks and Recreation Commission discusses improvements, new projects for 2012 master plan

At a Thursday meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission discussed additions to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The 2002 Master Plan expired this year and it must be rewritten and revised. 

Second Ward residents ask for street repairs, safer routes from leftover snow removal funds

Residents of the Second Ward attended a meeting held by the Public Works Department to discuss what could be done with a surplus from the city's snow-removal budget.

League of Women Voters questions City Council candidates about taxes, planning

City Council candidates fielded questions from a packed house at the Daniel Boone Regional Library on Tuesday. The municipal election will be held April 3.

MU students discuss ways to improve Columbia's transit system

Students met at Memorial Union on Tuesday night to share ideas on how to improve the city and university's transit system.

Third Ward town hall meeting discusses Columbia's surplus snow-removal budget

One Third Ward resident attended the meeting held by the Columbia Public Works Department to help decide what should be done with the estimated $300,000 in excess snow-removal budget funds.

Study shows Crosscreek apartments will generate less traffic than previous plans

New trip estimates for the Domain apartment complex to be built in Crosscreek show less traffic than previous development plans.

Final bus trip gives Columbia chance to reflect on transit

A bus trip organized by Columbia city officials to the University of Illinois left some shocked by the differences between the Columbia transit system and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Columbia to hold Neighborhood Congress on Saturday

Columbia residents are invited to a Neighborhood Congress event this Saturday in the City Hall. The event will include discussion on the city's new comprehensive plan, Neighborhood Response Team and other issues.

City Council candidates address Boone County Muleskinners

All five candidates vying for seats in the Second and Sixth wards attended Friday's meeting of the Boone County Muleskinners. Members of the Democratic club asked the candidates about their priorities for their specific wards, planning for future growth and concerns about law enforcement.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board clarifies proposals

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board addressed weeks of public disgruntlement at its Friday meeting, which resulted in a map six census blocks smaller and a resolution to disassociate eminent domain and blight.

Former Boone County sheriff's deputy to run for County Commission

O.J. Stone filed papers Monday to run for the Boone County Northern District commissioner.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for Locust Street student apartments

The rezoning approval allows the developer to build up to 150 apartments in a building that cannot be more than 80 feet tall. The building is also expected to include retail space on the ground floor.

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