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Local Government

Two new candidates file for Boone County Commission

James B. Pounds and Darin Fugit filed to run for positions on the Boone County Commission on Tuesday. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Local labor unions contribute to campaigns of Hoppe and Trapp

The Mid-Missouri Labor Club has donated to the campaigns of Barbara Hoppe and Michael Trapp, citing their past experience with labor and political positions on pension plans and collective bargaining for city employees.

Boone County Commission approves Ponderosa Street rezoning, tables North Battleground issue

The commission approved LeMone Trust's request to rezone property along Ponderosa Street for industrial development and voted to table a request to approve a residential subdivision that would be built east of the new Battle High School.

Columbia's leftover snow-removal money subject of town hall meetings

The Columbia Public Works Department will ask the public how it should spend the extra money on street maintenance throughout the city.

Questions about enhanced enterprise zone linger from public, Downtown Leadership Council

Following a presentation by Regional Economic Development Inc., members of the Downtown Leadership Council as well as community members posed questions regarding the proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: What issues are important to you in the April 3 City Council elections?

With the municipal elections a little more than a month away, the Missourian is asking what issues you want to hear the candidates address.

Financial reports show City Council candidates court business leaders, professors

Four of five City Council candidates filed financial reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Thursday. Thursday marked the 40th day before the April 3 election.

City Council candidates talk collective bargaining, raises with unions

The Mid-Missouri Labor Club invited candidates on the April 3 ballot to speak at their meeting Wednesday afternoon. Topics included raises for public employees and the ability to collectively bargain with the city.

City Council approves annexation of planned subdivision near Battle High School

Plans for Somerset Village moved forward at Monday's council meeting as the city agreed to allow developers to connect to city sewer lines. The development group must now submit a zoning plan to Boone County for approval.

Planned subdivision would bring housing, businesses near Battle High School

St. Charles Road Development LLC has released preliminary plans for a mixed-use subdivision near Battle High School that would allow development to occur under county standards until the area is formally annexed into the city.

City Council considers fee for utility payments made with credit cards

The fee would help offset processing fees the city incurs when residents charge utility payments. Such charges cost the city $462,649 in fiscal year 2011.

Columbia chamber of commerce endorses Pauls and Tillotson in council races

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced endorsements of Bill Pauls in the Second Ward and Bill Tillotson in the Sixth Ward for April's City Council election. Each candidate is running for the council for the first time.

Missouri cannabis supporters hold signature drive at state capitol

The Show-Me Cannabis Regulation ballot initiative campaign held a signature drive on Friday outside the Missouri state Capitol in Jefferson City. The signatures, gathered by about 1,000 unpaid volunteers, are required to qualify the campaign's proposed constitutional amendment.

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.

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