Local Government

Columbia's business community questions candidates for three wards

Candidates for First, Second and Sixth wards answered questions about infrastructure funding, downtown student housing, airport upgrades and form-based zoning.

Battle annexation passes through planning commission

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request from Columbia Public Schools to annex 116 acres of land located north of St. Charles Road and east of Battle Avenue at its meeting on Thursday. The commission approved the annexation of about 146 acres of land in total.

Fourth Ward residents express opinion at second roll cart forum

City staff and the Solid Waste Advocacy Group gave presentations and fielded questions on the hotly contested issue.


Columbia resident Martha Stevens announces candidacy for the 46th House District

Martha Stevens, a community organizer at Missouri Rural Crisis Center, announced her candidacy for the seat held by Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, in a news release Monday.

Council approves annexation of Somerset Village

The annexation of the land west of Muriel Williams Battle High School will permit the school and the future Eliot Battle Elementary School to be incorporated into the city.

TELL US: Weigh in on how Columbia's City Council works

The Missourian wants to know how much attention you're paying to the upcoming council election and your expectation of council duties.

Columbia teenagers win platform to make their voices heard

The new Youth Advisory Council comprises 21 high school students. The council was created to bring teenagers' ideas for city governance to the fore.

UPDATE: City Council withdraws plastic bag proposal

Columbia City Council members voted unanimously to withdraw the proposal at Monday's meeting. Meanwhile, different approaches in other communities offer lessons for Columbia, as the city will continue working on the issue, City Manager Mike Matthes said.

Proposed lot width regulation change riles surveyors

Surveyors think that establishing the county's recommended minimum lot width clarifications would unintentionally increase how much land is needed to build a house.

A mixed bag: The science of plastic microparticles

Plastic grocery bags are slowly broken down by sunlight into microscopic fragments which attract toxic pollutants and escort them into the food web.

Columbia City Council agrees to finance Henderson Branch sewer, MidwayUSA to stay

With city sewer bonds up for sale on March 16, in part to finance the Henderson Branch sewer, MidwayUSA founder and CEO Larry Potterfield said the term "free agent" would be eliminated from MidwayUSA's vernacular.

Business Loop CID petition verified by city

The Columbia City Council will have 45 days to hold a public hearing on the proposed district, whose supporters hope will prompt a renaissance along Business Loop 70.

Finance reports show City Council races opening wallets of supporters

Eight of the 12 candidates for Columbia City Council submitted their campaign finance reports. The reports detail the money raised from the candidates supporters, how the candidates are spending the money, and who is financially supporting the candidates. Second Ward candidate Paul Love and First Ward candidates Rob Rasmussen, Nate Brown and Sal Nuccio did not file reports.

Boone County layers up disaster preparedness plans

On Tuesday, the Boone County Commission signed an agreement with Ameren to collaborate in the event of a nuclear meltdown at the Callaway Energy Center. Boone County Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson said signing Ameren's "FLEX" plan indicates the county would coordinate with other agencies, including state emergency management authorities and first responders.

Chris Kelly will lead support of Columbia ballot issues

The former Missouri state representative will be the chairman of the Foundation for Columbia's Future, a committee formed to support the passage of Propositions 1 and 2 on the April 7 ballot.

Sheriff's Department asking for money to reduce speeding and drunken driving

Boone County and Columbia have high rates of alcohol-involved crashes, often ranking among the 10 highest such rates in Missouri. The Sheriff's Department hopes to reduce the number of drunken drivers and speeders with the help of some MoDOT grant money.


City's rental inspection regime lacks teeth

Loose rental codes, protracted enforcement and time tilt the scales against tenants.

Paper or plastic bags debate could be deferred until 2016

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the community needs more time to "fully grasp what is being proposed" and that the City Council will be asked to delay action.

Community Tree Task Force created to advise Columbia City Council

The task force aims to be a temporary citizen advisory board that would directly advise the Columbia City Council on tree-related issues.

Yearly survey has mixed results for city departments

In the annual survey, Columbia residents noted increased levels of satisfaction with the street maintenance and customer service experiences. The city says it will use the findings to guide budget decisions and priorities.