A change in zoning laws allows produce to be sold on residential property in Kansas City is turning heads in Columbia.
The agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting will also be reviewed.
City Manager Mike Matthes said a merge between the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau could provide an opportunity to make Columbia "a city of the arts."
A new tax on sales at the Boone County Fairgrounds is a good step, but a representative of the fair board says county commissioners should commit more resources to the property.
The planned project would cost no more than $104,015, and the federal government will pick up 95 percent of the cost.
A plan to alter the boundaries of Columbia's wards will be presented at a July 14 public hearing. The ward realignment would even out the estimated populations in each ward.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved on Thursday a text amendment request that would allow selling produce on site if the land is in office zoning.
Representatives of 21 downtown businesses signed a petition saying Summerfest activities draw customers away from competing businesses. They ask that the street closure only be allowed on certain days.
The City Council unanimously approved the addition of an at-large member of committee, which had been criticized for lacking diversity. Wiley Miller was selected.
Residents can expect rates for downtown parking to double starting on July 1 from 30 cents an hour to 60 cents. The decision was approved unanimously at the City Council meeting Monday.
A Monday vote will decide if another member will be added following questions of lack of minority representation. Mayor Bob McDavid said the resolution would only apply to the current committee.
The third meeting, originally scheduled for June 22, has been canceled because organizer Daryl Dudley said nothing new would be discussed.
The council began digging into the details of the new garage at its retreat Saturday.
Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley hopes stakeholders can reach a compromise on a proposed trail route near Bonnie View Park and land owned by the Audubon Society.
The retreat will take place in the City Council chamber — a change from past years, when it was held outside the city. Agenda items include health care reform, storm water and the Short Street garage.
Andy Lee was chosen for the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night by the Columbia City Council.
Reconstruction of the Maplewood Barn Theater was approved Monday night by all seven members of the Columbia City Council .
Columbia City Council members decided against pursuing the idea of putting a 60-foot flagpole on top of the Fifth and Walnut parking garage Monday.
The Columbia City Council tabled until June 20 a decision won whether to raise parking meter rates downtown to pay for the parking garage.
Higher parking rates and longer meter hours could help the city's goal to raise $600,000 per year to finance the proposed Short Street garage.