Local Government

Bill Weitkemper named first Ed Robb award recipient

The Dr. Edward H. Robb Public Service Award recognizes the outstanding service of an employee of any city, county or public entity of Boone County.

Forum on public transportation scheduled for Thursday night

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt will host the forum, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Russell Chapel CME Church and is sponsored by Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit.

Improvements to Cosmopolitan Park would benefit Columbia sports leagues

Improvements would include adding lights, a restroom and a restroom/concession building. A revised version of the plan must be approved before it goes to City Council.

Boone County seeks authority to regulate rental property

Officials testified before a Missouri Senate committee today in favor of a bill that could give the county the power to regulate rental property.

Parks and Recreation holds open house about Cosmo Park improvements

The public will have a chance to ask questions and comment on plans for improvements to Cosmo Park at an open house with Columbia Parks and Recreation on Thursday.

Unused Columbia wells tapped to store water from river bottoms

Plans are in development to allow two previously unused wells below Columbia to store water in case of a power outage or heat wave during the summer months. The city currently gets its water from a groundwater source in McBaine.

Budget for Short Street garage art project increased

The budget for the Short Street garage art project increased from $70,000 to $83,000, and the deadline for artists to apply has been extended to March 16.

Weather prompts delay of Sixth Ward transit forum

The forum on public transportation hosted by Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe has been rescheduled for March. The First Ward forum will go ahead as planned Thursday.

Columbia explores bus systems in other Midwestern college towns

Columbia is sponsoring a series of trips to explore similar bus systems in hopes of exposing city and college leaders to successful bus systems.

Gov. Nixon appoints, nominates Columbia residents for Missouri commissions

Columbia resident Cheryl M. Darrough was appointed by Gov. Nixon to the Appellate Judicial Commission. Residents Jeffrey Nichols and Russell Unger were nominated for other commissions.

Commission approves Locust Street rezoning

A request for rezoning was approved with specifications from city staff, including room for a 10-foot sidewalk and a maximum of 150 units in an apartment.

Gov. Nixon wants voters to weigh in on I-70 tolls

The House voted to prevent MoDOT from using a private company to pay for road repairs Tuesday.

Columbia City Council votes to adopt improvement projects, seek federal funding

The council hopes to receive funding for improvements at Columbia Regional Airport and on Eighth Street.

Columbia officials, aviation consulting group work to foresee airport's future

Boyd Group International gave a promising presentation to city officials and the public regarding the future of the Columbia Regional Airport.

Don Farris withdraws from Boone County fire board election

With Farris' announcement, current board members Shelly Demotrorch and Phyllis Fugit are essentially running unopposed for the two available seats on the board.

Sparse voter turnout at presidential primary polls

Turnout was light in the election, which is nonbinding for Republicans and a foregone conclusion for Democrats.

UPDATE: Mayor calls for two downtown boards to coexist

As a result of two reports to the City Council, Mayor Bob McDavid asked City Manager Mike Matthes' staff to prepare to allow the Downtown Leadership Council and Community Improvement District to co-exist.

UPDATE: City Council passes taxi stand ordinance

The council voted to continue the designated taxi stand and "no pick-up/drop-off" zones, which began as a pilot project in May 2011. The start time for these locations was changed from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs moves to Walton Building

The new location is intended to foster collaboration with Convention and Visitors Bureau.

City Council to consider recommendations about merger of two downtown boards

Members of the Downtown Leadership Council and the Downtown Community Improvement District met in January to discuss a potential merger between the two. The City Council will consider each group's call for increased cooperation at its meeting Monday night.