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Local Government

City calls on volunteers to help keep sidewalks free of snow

City leaders are searching for a solution to Columbia's snow removal problem, and strict enforcement of ordinances doesn't seem like a viable option. Instead, Mayor Bob McDavid calls on Columbia's "culture of volunteerism."

Boone County Family Resources relies on network to serve clients' needs

Boone County Family Resources — established in 1976 — served 1,392 clients in 2011 through 202 agencies, therapists and other professionals to provide 44 different services for clients.

Assistance helps attorney live independently

Max Lewis — who still runs his own family law practice even after he became paralyzed — relies on Boone County Family Resources, Services for Independent Living and Medicaid for support.

Boone County Family Resources gives teenager sense of freedom

The agency has helped Isaac Pasley, a teenager with Asperger's syndrome, learn to drive, find a job, make friends and, most importantly, gain his independence.

City Council candidates discuss city's economic health

At a forum Thursday hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, candidates answered questions about the airport, crime and balancing the budget.

Bill Tillotson stresses growth and job creation in Sixth Ward campaign kickoff

To a crowd of supporters Wednesday night, Sixth Ward candidate Bill Tillotson stressed economic growth and job production as the major tenets of his campaign.

Paquin Tower recreation program receives $10,000 gift

The Adapted Community Recreation Program received $10,000 from a disabilities rights group.

Columbia plans to use Google applications to communicate

The city government says Google cloud technology will protect data accessibility and will help inform and engage residents in a new way.

Budget for Short Street garage art up in the air

The budget for the Percent for Art program is still up in the air because the price of the Short Street garage keeps increasing.

Columbia legislators to host forum on I-70 toll

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.

Grissum Building to be test site for Hinkson, Bear creeks watershed pollution reduction

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.

Facing proposed dissolution, Downtown Leadership Council looks to solidify purpose

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.

REDI says enhanced enterprise zone to support job growth, public schools

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 might hire firm to assess transit needs

MU officials are in search of a consulting firm to address the transportation needs of students.

Columbia hotel owners question need for lodging tax rate increase

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.

Columbia City Council authorizes bond issue for Short Street parking garage

The Short Street parking garage will be five stories tall, include 424 spaces and cost about $11.3 million.

Pine Grove Village opens spaces for RV parking

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a mobile home community.

Three Columbia fire stations see new sprinkler systems

Columbia Fire Stations receive funding for a new sprinkler system from Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

Community members vote to work together in Douglass Park

Discussions at Douglass High School led to the reopening of park's locked parking lot.

Columbia residents raise concerns about sidewalk replacements at public meeting

The Department of Public Works is addressing concern regarding the safety of some Columbia sidewalks for residents who use wheelchairs.

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