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Local Government

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.

Flags flown at half-staff Thursday for Ed Robb

The services for Ed Robb are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service.

Crowd voices opinions about Columbia power-line proposals

Columbia Water and Light hosted an open house to educate stakeholders about potential changes to city power lines.

Boone County finds temporary management for fairgrounds

The recently formed TAG Events, LLC, will have a three-month contract with the county, and will focus on revamping the fairgrounds accounting system to be more open, transparent and orderly.

Boone County Republicans begin recommendation process for new commissioner

Anyone who would like to be considered for the recommendation for presiding county commissioner can start applying Friday. However, a spokesman for Gov. Nixon said the governor is under no obligation to appoint a candidate who has been recommended.

Downtown Parking Task Force explores parking technologies to maximize revenue

The Downtown Parking Task Force is exploring new parking technologies to add to downtown Columbia.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council weighs in on Short Street Garage

The focus of Tuesday's Downtown Columbia Leadership Council was the planned Short Street Garage.  Discussion focused on two different designs for the garage as well as negotiations with a private company to build a building next to the parking garage. 

Environment and Energy Commission reviews feedback on garage light pilot

Mixed responses were received from the public about the lighting pilot for the Fifth and Walnut parking garage.

New policy gives county staff paid leave for officials' funerals

The revision will grant Boone County employees up to two hours of paid leave to attend the funerals of elected officers.

Commissioner Elkin scheduled for active Guard duty

Boone County's government will be "severely handicapped" if no one is appointed to replace Ed Robb by December, Skip Elkin said.

Columbia City Council measures size of Short Street Garage demand

Design options for the garage will be reviewed further and discussed during a public hearing, slated for the council's Oct. 3 meeting. Alternative design bids could include an extra half- or full-level of parking.

LOOKING BACK: In Robb's career, 'a zeal for economics'

Ed Robb moved to Columbia to take a position as director of MU's new Economic Research Center in 1972. Last year, Robb beat Democrat J. Scott Christianson by a margin of 528 votes to become presiding commissioner.

Water and Light to host open house on power line routes

The open house will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Gentry Middle School.

City Council interviews three Planning and Zoning Commission candidates

The Columbia City Council interviewed Brent Brown, James Downey and Rusty Strodtman on Monday for a vacancy on the  Planning and Zoning Commission.

Four trial maps remain in ward reapportion process; to be presented at next City Council meeting

Trial D has been considered the most controversial map because it has been unpopular at public hearings and does not currently meet the requirements for redrawing wards outlined in the city's charter.

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