Local Government

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.

Fireworks pose risk in Boone County due to dry weather

Water and electric use remain under capacity, but officials are keeping watch.

City Council approves amendment to DoubleTree Hotel agreement

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously to approve an amendment extending the timeline of construction on the DoubleTree hotel project on Broadway. Construction will begin by the end of September.

New EEZ Board members discuss job creation, zone boundaries

Members of the new EEZ Board weigh in on the possible future of an enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia.

Steven Sapp to retire from Columbia Fire Department on Friday

Sapp has served as battalion chief of the Columbia Fire Department since 2005. He has worked in the department for more than 22 years.

Columbia to hire specialist to market bus system

The Columbia City Council has approved an annual salary of nearly $60,000, including benefits, for a new employee who will focus on promoting the Columbia Transit System.

Elevated chloride levels suggest wastewater has infiltrated Columbia well field

Rising chloride levels suggest that the treated city wastewater moving through Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area has mixed with the underground water that supplies the city's well field for drinking water. 

Columbia City Council to explore money-saving options for Short Street garage

The council will discuss ways to save money on construction of the Short Street parking garage during its pre-council meeting on July 2. The lowest bid on the garage was $1 million more than expected.

47th District Republicans will try again to nominate House candidate

Although Columbia attorney Jennifer Bukowsky was nominated to run for the state House on Wednesday, the selection was not valid because not enough Republican committee members attended the meeting. Committee members will meet Thursday to try again to nominate a candidate.

Owner of closed Peppers Nightclub seeks rezoning; Odles request development plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission will revisit the rezoning of the Peppers Nightclub property and a request for a development plan from the Odle brothers for their Locust Street property at its meeting Thursday night.

Columbia residents share concerns with Housing Authority

The Columbia Housing Authority held a meeting Tuesday evening and invited public input on the agency's strategic plan. Some residents were concerned about potential disruption that could result from renovation or replacement of existing housing.

Tiger Town clears Columbia City Council hurdle

Organizers will turn their attention to fundraising, marketing and volunteers.


Brookside rezoning, FastCAT proposal approved by City Council

A request to rezone 0.4 acres of land on Walnut Street from residential to commercial property passed along with Mayor Bob McDavid's proposal for a new downtown and campus bus loop.

EEZ opponents rally at Columbia City Council meeting

Although the Columbia City Council took no action related to the establishment of an enhanced enterprise zone Monday, opponents staged a demonstration before the meeting.

EEZ Board discusses property tax abatement, job creation requirements

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board met on Wednesday and spent most of its time talking about issues surrounding the local property tax abatement.