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Local Government

Columbia council to consider including gender identity in discrimination policy

The City Council will vote Dec. 5 on an ordinance that would protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

City annexes land for development of Creek's Edge

The city is 158 acres bigger after a Columbia City Council vote on Monday to annex land for a new development.

Occupy COMO's belongings removed without incident from city hall

The group is still allowed to protest but cannot store items in front of the Daniel Boone City Building.

Columbia must fix sewer systems over next 15 years

Columbia officials estimate it will cost $56.9 million to repair city sewer systems in order to stop leakages of raw sewage that have occurred in recent years. The city was found to be in violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law due to these sewage overflows. 

Installation of red-light cameras in Columbia to cease

Installation of red-light cameras has been halted due to a decreased number of violations, which has also led to decreased revenue for the city and Gatso USA, the private company that installed and operates them.

New fairgrounds management works to clean up the grounds, finances

According to the proposal made by TAG Events, which has been managing the Boone County Fairgrounds since Oct. 1, the grounds lost $4,311 in October. Plans call for more profitable events for next year.

Installation of red-light cameras in Columbia to cease

Installation of red-light cameras has been halted due to a decreased number of violations, which has also led to decreased revenue for the city and Gatso USA, the private company that installed and operates them. 

Petitions on Regency mobile home park rezoning to be presented to City Council

Two petitions, one supporting the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park and one opposing it, are accumulating MU student signatures. Developer Aspen Heights plans to buy the park and build student apartments.

Aspen Heights holds $500 contest for MU Greek Life

Aspen Heights has offered the money to the sorority or fraternity with the most likes on Facebook and the most signatures on a petition. 

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency mobile home park residents

Aspen Heights announced Tuesday that it is increasing its previous offer of assistance for residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park, but residents had to sign papers on Tuesday to support rezoning.

Centralia tries to balance need for growth with small-town feel

Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values. 

Sustainability programs aim to make Columbia more energy friendly

City Manager Mike Matthes and Office of Sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe spoke to the League of Women Voters about the city's energy programs and sustainability goals.

Columbia City View, an online interactive map of the city, goes live

Columbia City View, an interactive online map of the city, is live and includes five maps: One that shows natural features, another with aerial photography, a printer-friendly city map, a zoning map and a base city street map.

Centralia alderman will seek Northern District county commissioner seat

Don Bormann is the second Republican candidate to seek the office.

Environment and Energy Commission discusses lighting strategies for parking garages

The commission talked about LED lights and light shields during its Wednesday meeting.

Finalists for leadership positions at two city departments announced

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Affairs are hiring for the positions.

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency residents

The owners of single-wide trailers will receive $1,800, and owners of double-wide trailers will receive $3,000 to cover moving expenses. Residents who sign papers supporting the rezoning will receive $500.

Fiscal year 2012 budget presented to Boone County Commission

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 includes funding for several road projects, election costs and new law enforcement equipment.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force talks to residents in First Ward

Representatives from several neighborhood associations met with the task force Monday night to hear a presentation and discuss plans for the future of the city.

REDI begins process of creating enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia

REDI of Columbia is starting the approval process for an economic zone that would attract businesses here by offering reduced taxes. 

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