Local Government

Rep. Kip Kendrick pushes for telehealth services in schools

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed a house bill in January to include telehealth "originating sites" at schools. Currently, these sites can be found at hospitals, rural health clinics and other health centers.

Rob Rasmussen joins list of hopefuls for First Ward council seat

The Woodhaven home coordinator is the sixth person who intends to run for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. Elections for the First Ward, Second Ward and Sixth Ward council seats take place April 7.

UPDATE: Minchew drops out of Sixth Ward council race

Randy Minchew decided to pull out of the race after he determined that he and another candidate, Ryan Euliss, have similar political stances.

City rekindles talks of automated roll cart trash collection

The new system would encourage recycling, reduce workers' compensation claims and charge more for those who generate more trash, city officials said.

PedNet supports level trail to connect Grindstone to Stephens Lake

The PedNet Coalition has voiced its support for building a level trail connecting the Grindstone Nature Area and Stephens Lake Park. PedNet has asked the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to support options that avoid a large hill along Old 63.

Construction company claims inaccuracies in emergency center bid review

Tom Wright and Dan Dreckmann of Wright Construction Services attended Thursday's Boone County Commission meeting and delivered a presentation to the commission. They claimed some of the information in the county's review of their bid was inaccurate.


City seeks public opinion on how to spend annual federal grants

Columbia expects $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and wants residents to offer advice on how to spend it.

Avenue of the Columns construction enters next phase

The project will cost about $750,000, to be paid from city revenue funds.

Activist Jeremy Root says he's in it for the long haul

The attorney who led the charge against the Opus student apartment project is driven by the ideals of justice and democracy.

Motion to ban single-use plastic bags doesn't get full support

Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas said he didn't think switching to other kinds of  bags would be difficult for people in Columbia, if they were pushed to do so.

City, Chamber to go ahead with repairs to Walton Building

The Walton building, constructed in 1986, is home to the Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Affairs.


City Council puts electric grid upgrades, stormwater bill increases on ballot

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night to put a $63.1 million bond issue for the electric utility upgrades and proposed increases in stormwater utility bills on the April 7 ballot.

Advisory board recommends airport changes to accommodate more passengers

The Airport Advisory Board recommended changes to Columbia Regional Airport that would accommodate increased passenger loads resulting from the introduction of larger aircraft earlier this month.

Ruffin, Nuccio seek First Ward City Council seat; Banks opts out

With three weeks to go before the filing deadline, the central City Council vacancy continues to attract candidates.


Proposed ballot measures, bag ban among agenda items for City Council

The Columbia City Council's regular meeting was moved to Tuesday night because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday.

Five finalists selected in city flag contest

The Office of Cultural Affairs received 84 contest entries. Several of the finalists incorporated the city logo in their designs.


Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission proposes plastic bag ban

The commission cites the environmental hazards proposed by the bags in a report submitted to the Columbia City Council. The council will review the report at its Tuesday meeting. If approved, the ban would likely be the first in Missouri.

Six City Council candidates' petitions validated; check who signed them here

Those running for Columbia City Council seats must collect at least 50 signatures from registered voters in their wards.


With three seats on April ballot, Columbia City Council field takes shape

Filing closes Tuesday for the Second and Sixth ward races. Four candidates have shown interest in Ginny Chadwick's vacated First Ward seat with just less than a month left to file.

Water and Light board looks at possible inequity in electric rates

Owners of smaller houses end up picking up the tab for peak electric use by those in larger houses, according to data presented by Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board member Dick Parker.