Local Government

Raising tobacco age, banning e-cigs indoors up for City Council vote Monday

First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick introduced the proposals in September, and the Board of Health has endorsed it. Convenience store owners are worried the measures will hurt their businesses. 

City of Columbia to consult federal nonprofit about parking concerns

The city applied for a parking audit tool that will teach the community how to generate reliable information about parking spaces downtown during a two-day workshop.

White to replace Witt as fire chief

The current deputy chief will take the reins when Charles Witt retires on Jan. 31.

Petition submitted to recall Columbia councilwoman

City Clerk Sheela Amin will review the signatures to determine whether the petition to recall First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick is valid. Readers can review the petition to see who signed it.

Plainclothes Columbia officers ticket Uber drivers

Any ride-sharing services are illegal in Columbia until the City Council votes on regulations of the services.

Activists plan to submit signatures for Chadwick's recall Monday morning

The First Ward councilwoman is being targeted for her votes in favor of the Opus development project and against a marijuana decriminalization bill, along with her proposal to ban alcohol in Douglass Park.

Activists protest outside Opus development leasing office

The opposition to The District Flats, a residential high-rise to be built by Opus Development Co., continued Thursday with a protest outside the apartment building's leasing office.

Columbia flag design contest recalls creation of first city flag

Alberta Smith, the wife of then-Mayor Rodney Smith, was tapped in an emergency to hand-sew a flag 26 years ago.

Advisory board reviews projects for April electric bond issue

The total cost of the proposal would exceed $60 million, including a transmission project at Mill Creek, Grindstone and Perche substations at an estimated cost of about $21 million.

City won't have Uber, ride-sharing regulations until February

The city is tweaking a proposal for ride-sharing regulations in order to keep taxi companies competitive. In the meantime, Uber will be barred from Columbia until at least Feb. 2.


New year will bring new, bigger planes to Columbia airport

American Airlines will begin using 65-passenger jets for flights to and from Chicago and Dallas, beginning in January.

City Council approves 'ban the box,' shifts parking meter hours

The Columbia City Council also tabled a proposal that would regulate ride-sharing services, such as Uber. In the meantime, the company won't be allowed to operate.

Plan to increase purchase age for tobacco products returns to City Council

The City Council is scheduled to discuss changes to street parking hours, parking meter payments via mobile devices and the "ban the box" ordinance at the meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. It also will introduce an ordinance that would impose additional restrictions on tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

City moves forward on 'green infrastructure' plan

The Columbia City Council will consider investing another $50,000 in Our Natural Legacy, a plan put together by the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri.

CEO: MidwayUSA is a "free agent" and without sewer extension could leave Columbia

Larry Potterfield acknowledges that he and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have spoken in person about a possible move and said the Lone Star State is not his company's only suitor.

Columbia residents to receive community satisfaction surveys

The annual survey is mailed to randomly selected residents; others can participate online.

Filing period for Columbia City Council seats now open

Two Columbia City Council member have terms that expire next year. Michael Trapp said he'll seek another term; Barbara Hoppe has not yet decided.

Boone County officials share priorities for legislative session

The discussion of the county's legislative priorities included setting minimal standards for rental properties throughout the state, giving the county the ability to abate stormwater problems and making tax increment financing more equitable.

Noren discusses challenges of conducting elections

The Boone County clerk talked to the League of Women Voters about public misconceptions about the polling process and the challenges of working in a battleground state.

Boone County eyes $79.2 million budget for fiscal year 2015

The county’s proposed spending for 2015 is 37.3 percent higher than the current year’s $57.7 million budget but includes the transfer of $9 million from the county's tax for a new 911 center to a capital projects fund.