The Comprehensive Plan Task Force will hold meetings in each of Columbia's six wards over the next month to develop a vision for how the city should grow and where resources should be directed.
A new half-cent sales tax on all retail sales downtown was approved by voters on Tuesday. The new tax takes effect April 1 and is estimated to generate about $300,000 per year initially.
The voluntary annexation would help the property prepare for development into a subdivision to be known as Creek's Edge.
Although the changes came too late for residents of Columbia Regency, in the future, residents will get more advance notice of mobile home park closures.
The backup dispatch center is being built on land belonging to the Boone County Sheriff's Department and will serve as an emergency alternate location to the Office of Emergency Management.
There are four confirmed cases of E. coli in the area, two of which share genetic material with the larger St. Louis outbreak. Public health officials have not found any commonalities between the Boone County cases.
Members of Keep Columbia Free are urging First Ward residents to vote against a proposed sales tax on all downtown retail sales.
Residents at Columbia Regency mobile home park will have to move as the park is set to close on Feb. 29.
The mobile home park is being shut down March 1 because the lagoon on the property can no longer sustain the park.
Downtown Columbia residents have received their ballots to vote on a half-cent sales tax that could be imposed on all retail sales downtown.
Rusty Strodtman joined Columbia's Planning and Zoning Commission as its newest member in October. He reflects on his background and current planning issues.
Downtown Community Improvement District board members have initiated a campaign effort in support of the tax. They say the money raised could be used for projects such as sidewalk snow removal and setting up Wi-Fi downtown.
Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.
The small energy systems aren't allowed in parts of downtown because The District's board thinks the turbines wouldn't be compatible with the area's designation as a National Historic District.
During its next meeting, the Columbia City Council might consider an ordinance approved by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to allow skateboarding in more parts of the city.
A grant from the Federal Transit Administration will allow Columbia to make upgrades to its bus system.
Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller began a bid to keep her seat at a dinner event Wednesday night. Miller, who has served on the commission since 1993, was forced to cook herself after the caterer came down with an illness.
One proposal from the city for meeting new electric demand in south Columbia would stretch utility lines along county roads.
The three-year terms of Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will end in April.