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Columbia City Council votes to add service fee when paying utility bills with credit cards

The council voted Monday to charge utilities customers who pay their bills with a credit card a yet-to-be-determined service fee.

City Council to consider sale of Short Street property, request for Crosscreek hotel

North Light LLC hopes to buy city property adjacent to the Short Street garage site, where it would erect an office and retail building. Meanwhile, developers of the Crosscreek Center want permission to put a hotel on the land.

City Council approves Short Street land sale for proposed development

The six-story building is expected to be completed next summer, around the same time as the $9 million parking garage and the new DoubleTree hotel.

Weather service, fire district warn against burning Tuesday

Warm, dry weather will combine with stiff winds to create a fire hazard.

Ex-Boone County public administrator to run against her replacement

Connie Hendren, who was Boone County public administrator for 16 years, said she will run for the Democratic nomination against Cathy Richards, who Hendren endorsed for the job in 2008.

Regency residents face lawsuits by property owner

Most of the remaining tenants in Columbia Regency mobile home park are being sued by the property owner, who demands unpaid rent, late payment charges and eviction of tenants.

Columbia Regional Airport to offer nonstop flights to Atlanta

Nonstop daily flights to Atlanta will be offered at Columbia Regional Airport beginning June 7.

Shepard Boulevard group will meet with developer to discuss Crosscreek Center

Residents of the Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association will meet with developer Asset Plus about a proposed upscale, student apartment complex. Asset Plus has proposed to build the complex at the Crosscreek Center property.

Mayor Bob McDavid to make announcement involving Columbia airport

The mayor's news conference comes after talks about establishing a second flight destination.

Two new candidates file for Boone County Commission

James B. Pounds and Darin Fugit filed to run for positions on the Boone County Commission on Tuesday. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Local labor unions contribute to campaigns of Hoppe and Trapp

The Mid-Missouri Labor Club has donated to the campaigns of Barbara Hoppe and Michael Trapp, citing their past experience with labor and political positions on pension plans and collective bargaining for city employees.

Boone County Commission approves Ponderosa Street rezoning, tables North Battleground issue

The commission approved LeMone Trust's request to rezone property along Ponderosa Street for industrial development and voted to table a request to approve a residential subdivision that would be built east of the new Battle High School.

Columbia's leftover snow-removal money subject of town hall meetings

The Columbia Public Works Department will ask the public how it should spend the extra money on street maintenance throughout the city.

Questions about enhanced enterprise zone linger from public, Downtown Leadership Council

Following a presentation by Regional Economic Development Inc., members of the Downtown Leadership Council as well as community members posed questions regarding the proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: What issues are important to you in the April 3 City Council elections?

With the municipal elections a little more than a month away, the Missourian is asking what issues you want to hear the candidates address.

Financial reports show City Council candidates court business leaders, professors

Four of five City Council candidates filed financial reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Thursday. Thursday marked the 40th day before the April 3 election.

City Council candidates talk collective bargaining, raises with unions

The Mid-Missouri Labor Club invited candidates on the April 3 ballot to speak at their meeting Wednesday afternoon. Topics included raises for public employees and the ability to collectively bargain with the city.

City Council approves annexation of planned subdivision near Battle High School

Plans for Somerset Village moved forward at Monday's council meeting as the city agreed to allow developers to connect to city sewer lines. The development group must now submit a zoning plan to Boone County for approval.

Planned subdivision would bring housing, businesses near Battle High School

St. Charles Road Development LLC has released preliminary plans for a mixed-use subdivision near Battle High School that would allow development to occur under county standards until the area is formally annexed into the city.

City Council considers fee for utility payments made with credit cards

The fee would help offset processing fees the city incurs when residents charge utility payments. Such charges cost the city $462,649 in fiscal year 2011.

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