Local Government

Boone County commission candidates discuss growth and planning

Protecting rural areas and reining in regulations were among the themes cited by candidates in the August primary.

Democratic candidates for Northern District commissioner discuss city, county cooperation

The Boone County Muleskinners hosted a forum at the Columbia Country Club on Friday.

Grindstone neighborhood expresses concerns about Break Time rezoning plan

A proposal to build a Break Time convenience store at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway has raised concerns of the neighborhood. 

First Ward residents to meet tonight in Douglass Park pavilion

Residents from the First Ward and other citizens will be holding a meeting tonight at 6 at the Douglass Park pavilion to discuss recent events and problems the community faces.

Boone County Commission candidates weigh in on home rule

Although most of the Boone County Commission candidates think home rule would benefit Boone County, few see it as a priority.

Candidates for public administrator discuss visibility, challenges of office

Three of the four candidates running for Boone County public administrator discussed their qualifications, the lack of understanding of what a public administrator does and the challenges of the office.

Columbia council unanimously supports new pension plan for city employees

The council approved the report for a new pension plan that will decrease the city's unfunded pension liability. The plan will provide the city with $50 million in savings over 20 years. 

Columbia council approves Odles' Locust St. student housing, retail

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a development plan for new student housing and retail space. The Locust Street properties are owned by the Brookside developers.


Columbia council approves annexation, rezoning of Peppers Nightclub property

The Columbia City Council voted Monday evening to annex and rezone the former Peppers Nightclub property.

Columbia Housing Authority consultants to report renovation, redevelopment plans

The Columbia Housing Authority has hired consultants to develop a plan for renovating downtown public housing and to increase affordable housing. It will hear a report on progress at its Tuesday meeting.

EPA's Missouri list of impaired water bodies released for comment

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposed list of impaired water bodies in Missouri. The list includes 11 streams and two lakes in Boone County.

Mayor McDavid announces a solution to pension problem

The Mayor's Pension Review Task Force has come up with a new pension plan that officials say will require no tax increase and no layoffs. The plan is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

New law changes competitive bidding amount for Boone County

The amount required for competitive bidding in Boone County has changed from $4,500 to $6,000 under a new bill signed into law this week. The law also affects Greene County.

Boone County Courthouse Plaza construction to start in August

Construction on the beautification project, which is expected to begin in August, will cost more than $700,000.


Chad Herwald takes care of Columbia's public trees

Arborist Chad Herwald uses his extensive education and vast knowledge of horticulture to tend to Columbia's public trees.

Board approves Campus Lutheran Church steeple with hidden communications tower

The Columbia Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a request to build a 41-foot steeple containing a hidden communications tower on top of Campus Lutheran Church.

Putting Kids First gaining signatures for fall mental health vote

The group hopes voters will be able to decide in November whether to create a sales tax to pay for mental health services for children.

Columbia, MU drop out of proposed broadband group Gig.U

After completing the first phase of the effort, the city and the university are halting participation in the second phase.

Roll cart trash collection proposal author responds to residents' concerns

Columbia residents have responded negatively to the proposal that would replace the current trash pickup of trash bags with roll carts. Solid waste utility manager Richard Weiman offers answers to common questions. 

Councilman Fred Schmidt cuts ties with North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said Monday that he will no longer attend meetings with the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association after rumors questioned his residency in the First Ward.