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Local Government

Boone County Commission to hold public hearings on 2012 budget

Boone County residents have the chance to comment on the county's proposed 2012 budget during the County Commission meetings from now until the budget is approved in January.

Columbia hopes to build new park near Battle High School

Parks and Recreation proposed purchasing 30.18 acres of land north of Battle High School for future park development.

Schneider to lead Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

City Manager Mike Matthes chooses interim director Amy Schneider for the permanent position.

UPDATE: Occupy COMO's camp removed from city building plaza

City workers removed Occupy COMO's belongings Tuesday morning. The group is still allowed to protest but cannot store items, such as plastic bins and sleeping bags, in front of city hall.

Columbia Regency mobile home park rezoning passes, 5-2

The Columbia City Council voted 5-2 in favor of the proposal to rezone Columbia Regency mobile home park for student apartments.

Skateboarders, roller skaters now allowed on downtown streets

The City Council voted Monday to amend a city code to allow roller skaters, skateboarders and users of similar transportation to ride in downtown Columbia.  

Columbia council to consider including gender identity in discrimination policy

The City Council will vote Dec. 5 on an ordinance that would protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

City annexes land for development of Creek's Edge

The city is 158 acres bigger after a Columbia City Council vote on Monday to annex land for a new development.

Occupy COMO's belongings removed without incident from city hall

The group is still allowed to protest but cannot store items in front of the Daniel Boone City Building.

Columbia must fix sewer systems over next 15 years

Columbia officials estimate it will cost $56.9 million to repair city sewer systems in order to stop leakages of raw sewage that have occurred in recent years. The city was found to be in violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law due to these sewage overflows. 

Installation of red-light cameras in Columbia to cease

Installation of red-light cameras has been halted due to a decreased number of violations, which has also led to decreased revenue for the city and Gatso USA, the private company that installed and operates them.

New fairgrounds management works to clean up the grounds, finances

According to the proposal made by TAG Events, which has been managing the Boone County Fairgrounds since Oct. 1, the grounds lost $4,311 in October. Plans call for more profitable events for next year.

Installation of red-light cameras in Columbia to cease

Installation of red-light cameras has been halted due to a decreased number of violations, which has also led to decreased revenue for the city and Gatso USA, the private company that installed and operates them. 

Petitions on Regency mobile home park rezoning to be presented to City Council

Two petitions, one supporting the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park and one opposing it, are accumulating MU student signatures. Developer Aspen Heights plans to buy the park and build student apartments.

Aspen Heights holds $500 contest for MU Greek Life

Aspen Heights has offered the money to the sorority or fraternity with the most likes on Facebook and the most signatures on a petition. 

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency mobile home park residents

Aspen Heights announced Tuesday that it is increasing its previous offer of assistance for residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park, but residents had to sign papers on Tuesday to support rezoning.

Centralia tries to balance need for growth with small-town feel

Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values. 

Sustainability programs aim to make Columbia more energy friendly

City Manager Mike Matthes and Office of Sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe spoke to the League of Women Voters about the city's energy programs and sustainability goals.

Columbia City View, an online interactive map of the city, goes live

Columbia City View, an interactive online map of the city, is live and includes five maps: One that shows natural features, another with aerial photography, a printer-friendly city map, a zoning map and a base city street map.

Centralia alderman will seek Northern District county commissioner seat

Don Bormann is the second Republican candidate to seek the office.

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