Local Government

Third Ward town hall meeting discusses Columbia's surplus snow-removal budget

One Third Ward resident attended the meeting held by the Columbia Public Works Department to help decide what should be done with the estimated $300,000 in excess snow-removal budget funds.

Study shows Crosscreek apartments will generate less traffic than previous plans

New trip estimates for the Domain apartment complex to be built in Crosscreek show less traffic than previous development plans.

Final bus trip gives Columbia chance to reflect on transit

A bus trip organized by Columbia city officials to the University of Illinois left some shocked by the differences between the Columbia transit system and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Columbia to hold Neighborhood Congress on Saturday

Columbia residents are invited to a Neighborhood Congress event this Saturday in the City Hall. The event will include discussion on the city's new comprehensive plan, Neighborhood Response Team and other issues.

City Council candidates address Boone County Muleskinners

All five candidates vying for seats in the Second and Sixth wards attended Friday's meeting of the Boone County Muleskinners. Members of the Democratic club asked the candidates about their priorities for their specific wards, planning for future growth and concerns about law enforcement.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board clarifies proposals

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board addressed weeks of public disgruntlement at its Friday meeting, which resulted in a map six census blocks smaller and a resolution to disassociate eminent domain and blight.

Former Boone County sheriff's deputy to run for County Commission

O.J. Stone filed papers Monday to run for the Boone County Northern District commissioner.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for Locust Street student apartments

The rezoning approval allows the developer to build up to 150 apartments in a building that cannot be more than 80 feet tall. The building is also expected to include retail space on the ground floor.

Columbia City Council votes to add service fee when paying utility bills with credit cards

The council voted Monday to charge utilities customers who pay their bills with a credit card a yet-to-be-determined service fee.

City Council to consider sale of Short Street property, request for Crosscreek hotel

North Light LLC hopes to buy city property adjacent to the Short Street garage site, where it would erect an office and retail building. Meanwhile, developers of the Crosscreek Center want permission to put a hotel on the land.

City Council approves Short Street land sale for proposed development

The six-story building is expected to be completed next summer, around the same time as the $9 million parking garage and the new DoubleTree hotel.

Weather service, fire district warn against burning Tuesday

Warm, dry weather will combine with stiff winds to create a fire hazard.

Ex-Boone County public administrator to run against her replacement

Connie Hendren, who was Boone County public administrator for 16 years, said she will run for the Democratic nomination against Cathy Richards, who Hendren endorsed for the job in 2008.

Regency residents face lawsuits by property owner

Most of the remaining tenants in Columbia Regency mobile home park are being sued by the property owner, who demands unpaid rent, late payment charges and eviction of tenants.

Columbia Regional Airport to offer nonstop flights to Atlanta

Nonstop daily flights to Atlanta will be offered at Columbia Regional Airport beginning June 7.

Shepard Boulevard group will meet with developer to discuss Crosscreek Center

Residents of the Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association will meet with developer Asset Plus about a proposed upscale, student apartment complex. Asset Plus has proposed to build the complex at the Crosscreek Center property.

Mayor Bob McDavid to make announcement involving Columbia airport

The mayor's news conference comes after talks about establishing a second flight destination.

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.