Local Government

Developers' parking garage plans displease Columbia City Council; neighbors ask for considerations

After acquiring more land, developers of the 100-unit Brookside Apartments complex under construction on College Avenue and Walnut Street plan to build a parking garage. Council members and neighbors worry about traffic and stormwater issues.

Name change to Roger B. Wilson County Government Center undecided

The Roger B. Wilson County Government Center in Columbia is named after former Gov. Roger Wilson. The government center also includes a bronze bust of Wilson.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for apartments at nightclub site

A property at Hitt and Locust streets was rezoned to make way for a new student apartment complex downtown. The property formerly was the site of Athena and Memoir nightclubs and Salty's Bar and Grill.

Tree removal on Columbia's Westwood Avenue halted at last minute

Residents in Old Southwest spoke out against the city's plans to remove sweet gum trees, which are blamed for causing the sidewalk to buckle.

Columbia City Council to discuss Hinkson Creek agreement, rezoning proposals

A full agenda will follow the swearing-in of Michael Trapp and Barbara Hoppe to their terms as Columbia City Council members.

Petition seeks to rescind Columbia blight decree

The citizens group that formed to oppose an enhanced enterprise zone for Columbia wants the City Council to rescind a Feb. 6 resolution declaring much of the city blighted.

Battalion Chief Steven Sapp plans to continue community service after retirement

Battalion Chief Steven Sapp will retire June 29 from a 32-year career of service to the city. But he has no plans of sitting at home and is considering volunteer work with the Columbia Police Department or the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Trapp, Hoppe to take Columbia City Council oaths next week

Barbara Hoppe was re-elected to the Council for her third term. Michael Trapp will be the newest council member, replacing Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill.

Plans for apartment complex at Crosscreek approved by Planning and Zoning Commission

The commission approved a proposal for a luxury student apartment complex. The next step for developer Asset Plus is approval by the Columbia City Council.

Commission supports denial of Green Meadows rezoning request by The Pinball Co.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend denial of The Pinball Co.'s request to rezone an area of land on Green Meadows Road from residential to commercial use.

Greenbriar Trailridge residents fight rezoning request in neighborhood

Residents of the Greenbriar Trailridge area are concerned businesses will encroach on their neighborhood and argue there's enough commercial space nearby.

Reisch defeats Austene in Hallsville race for mayor

The former city clerk was fired in December by the Board of Aldermen she will now lead.

Columbia residents head to the polls for municipal election

City Council candidates were still working to spread their messages, particularly in the Sixth Ward, where Bill Tillotson was going up against two-term incumbent Barbara Hoppe.

Before the sun rises, election judges get ready for Columbia election

Preparations are precise for election day in Columbia. At work before dawn, election judges double-check the voting equipment.

Hoppe retains City Council seat; Second Ward elects Trapp

Insurance agent Bill Tillotson fails to unseat two-term incumbent while Phoenix Programs counselor wins three-man race.

Roundup of results from county municipal elections

Here is a roundup of the results from the April 3 municipal elections around the county.

Trapp, Hoppe win Council races; King, Cushing elected to School Board

Michael Trapp won the Second Ward seat in the Columbia City Council race, according to the final unofficial results from Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren. Barbara Hoppe defeated Bill Tillotson for the Sixth Ward seat.

Columbia City Council, School Board elections Tuesday

Elections to fill City Council seats as well as open positions on the Columbia, Hallsville and Southern Boone County school boards are expected to drive voting in Tuesday's municipal election. Various bond issues and a property tax levy will also be on the ballots.

Deputy chief leaving Columbia Police Department for chief job in Virginia

After 32 years of law enforcement in Columbia, Stephen Monticelli has accepted a position as chief of police in Harrisonburg, Va.

Columbia City Council votes to table rezoning request

The City Council voted to table a rezoning request from JQB Construction to build several condominiums at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road.