Local Government

Columbia expands apartment, commercial recycling programs

The city has received two grants totaling $10,000, which will be used toward the purchase of recycling bins for three apartment complexes and eight city office buildings.

Dudley to discuss wards at library meeting

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley will talk to the public about his proposed ward reapportionment plan at the Columbia Public Library on Friday.

Habitat for Humanity seeks city annexations for single-family subdivision

Annexation would allow the subdivision to receive city services such as police and fire protection and infrastructure maintenance.

Dan Atwill appointed presiding county commissioner

Dan Atwill, MU alumnus and Columbia attorney, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon; the Republican Central Committee is criticizing the appointment.

Columbia honors Baumgardner for service to utilities board

Tom Baumgardner was appointed to the advisory board in 1991 and served until June.

Fired Columbia Police officer seeks to buy police dog

Rob Sanders, the Columbia police officer who was fired in September in connection with an incident in a holding cell, wants to buy the dog he worked with from the police department. But Police Chief Ken Burton said it's not that simple.

Councilman Dudley proposes amendment to ward reapportionment trial

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley has offered another idea for new ward boundaries that tweaks the controversial proposal known as Trial D. He plans to hold a public meeting about the plan on Friday.

New transit task force explores options for students

The Transit System Task Force held its first meeting Tuesday and discussed ways to improve the speed, frequency and convenience of buses.

Historic Preservation Commission supports conservation of Short Street bricks

The commission hopes that the bricks can be used to brick streets currently covered in pavement and to repair existing streets.

Proposed grant allows Columbia to understand benefits of urban forests

The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering Columbia a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant that would allow the city to collect and analyze data on the city's trees.

City Council to hear public comment on Rainbow Softball Center improvements

The proposed $200,000 project includes improvements such as increasing the size of dugouts and adding scoreboards.

Columbia City Council approves six-story Short Street garage

The now 410-space garage will have 135 spaces left that will be open to the public. The garage also was made a Percent for Art project, meaning 1 percent of the cost of the garage will be used for site-specific artwork.

County commission, management group discuss improvements for Boone County Fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission and TAG Events LLC identified major repairs needed at the property, including fixes to roofs, restrooms and horse stalls.

Fifth and Walnut streets garage to house REDI and Parking Utility

Office spaces in the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage has been approved by the City Council.

New black and gold buses come to Columbia

County recorder recognized with Carl R. Ernst Founders Award

Bettie Johnson, Boone County recorder of deeds, was honored by peers in her field with the Carl R. Ernst Founders Award. The award, presented in late September, honored Johnson for her leadership in the property records industry.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning decision expected at Monday's City Council meeting

After the rezoning proposal, residents in the area have voiced concerns about stormwater runoff and traffic in the area.

Fairground manager calls it quits after nearly two decades

George Harris will officially retire as manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday, his 79th birthday. His time at the grounds has brought him friendships, stress, pleasure — and some controversy. 

Two Democrats eye vacant county commissioner seat

Boone County's Democratic and Republican central committees are accepting applications for the position, and will make recommendations to Gov. Jay Nixon for the final appointment.

Boone County Public Works to close Hinkson Creek Bridge

The bridge will be closed starting Monday for repairs.