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City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended consequences arise

A month after age was added as a protected category from discrimination, it was removed Tuesday night by the Columbia City Council. City staff said the protection affected city activities in unexpected ways.

Boone County Commission approves contract with TAG Events for fairgrounds management

The two-year contract extends a three-month interim agreement between TAG Events and the county that began in October. The two groups are now looking into a name change for the site and observing the operations of other successful event centers in the Midwest.

City seeks citizen participation in survey on affordable housing

The survey is part of the Citizen Participation Plan, which seeks input from the public on how to use federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.

City Council agenda features mobile home rent vote, snow removal

Among the items to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting are rent abatement for mobile home residents in closed parks, a report on the establishment of a shelter for the homeless on Old 63 and plans for a new terminal building at Columbia Regional Airport.

City to hold public hearing on priorities for community development

The hearing will be to discuss public infrastructure, community facilities and services and other needs for community development.

Office of Neighborhood Services moving to Columbia City Hall

Responsibilities include connecting to neighborhood associations, property maintenance code enforcement in residential areas, rental property enforcement and the city's volunteer programs. The entire staff will be making the move throughout January.

Proposed elimination of Columbia's Downtown Leadership Council questioned

At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Columbia City Council meeting, city staff recommended the Columbia Downtown Leadership Council be absorbed by the relatively new Downtown Community Improvement District.

City, county offices closed Monday; some services unavailable

City and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of New Year's Day.

County, TAG Events reach agreement on management of fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has reached a two-year agreement with TAG Events LLC to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds. TAG has been managing the fairgrounds on an interim basis since Oct. 1. The commission is expected to give formal approval to the agreement at its meeting Tuesday morning.

City may transfer fund created by Columbia man to help poor

The Conley Poor Fund was established in the will of John C. Conley, a prominent Columbia businessman who died in 1896. The fund, meant to help Columbia's "deserving poor," started with $20,000 and has been reinvested over time.

Columbia settles with plaintiff in lawsuit over officer's use of excessive force

Kenneth Baker, the inmate who was injured Aug. 15 by former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders, will be paid $250,000 by the city to settle his lawsuit.

City plans to move forward on plan for sidewalk snow removal

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission plans to send a proposal of sidewalk snow removal to the Columbia City Council in January. 

Safety agencies near completion of $1.8 million radio infrastructure project

Columbia and Boone County agencies have been working for years to improve radio communications between the Joint Communications dispatch center and police, firefighters and emergency medical workers.

Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission considers change to name, mission

Under a recommended change, the commission would be re-branded as the Sustainability Commission and take on additional responsibilities. Commission members said Tuesday they were hesitant to change the name because the commission is well-known under its current name.

Four artists chosen as finalists for City Hall projects

The final four artists will be considered to design artwork for the fifth and fourth floors of City Hall. 

Proposed trial would add payment options for downtown parking

Columbia's Downtown Parking Task Force recommended a test of two parking payment systems on Ninth Street. Both options would increase the number of ways downtown visitors can pay for a spot, including the use of credit and debit cards.

Columbia city manager recommends restructuring boards, commissions

City Manager Mike Matthes submitted a report recommending the merger and elimination of some of the city's boards and commissions. The City Council, at Mayor Bob McDavid's suggestion, decided to seek the input of the boards involved.

Columbia police offer tips for avoiding home burglaries

Chris Mangano, whose home was burglarized during the Thanksgiving holiday, expressed concern about holiday-season crimes to the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Short Street to be closed for garage, hotel construction

The City Council's decision Monday to close the street paves the way for the planned development of a parking garage for downtown businesses and the construction of a new hotel.

Council's rent abatement for closed mobile home parks called unconstitutional

Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl wants the Columbia City Council to repeal a provision requiring that owners of mobile home parks give tenants three months of free rent when they decide to close them.

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