Local Government

Columbia's Fourth of July fireworks will move downtown this year

Fireworks will be shot from the top of the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets, and streets around the garage will close from 8:30 p.m. until the end of the display.

Columbia ponders increased use of popular public financing method

Although Columbia has two ongoing tax-increment financing projects downtown, city officials have expressed a desire to increase its use in the First Ward. Statewide data suggest many considerations need to be made before branching out.

Across Missouri, cities use tax-increment financing for a variety of purposes

City and county officials are pondering a more expansive use of tax-increment financing to address a variety of public projects. Here's a look at how the method is being used by other cities across Missouri.

A timeline of tax-increment financing from the 1950s to today

City and county officials are discussing the increased use of tax-increment financing, a public funding method pioneered in California in the early 1950s. The method was legalized in Missouri in 1982, though its use in Columbia has only picked up in the past three years.

Finalists chosen for public art to accompany Short Street garage

Two of the three finalists are Columbia residents. If the Columbia City Council approves the finalists, the artists will be paid $2,000 to create a design.

Columbia Hospitality Association suggests smaller lodging tax increase

The lodging tax would finance a bond issue that would pay for a terminal renovation proposed in January.

Columbia Water and Light asking for input on proposed water main

The city will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School media room.

Neighborhood association discusses storm water, traffic concerns with developers

The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association talked about development on the corner of Walnut Street and College Avenue.

Details on plan to address problems at Columbia Police Department expected mid-May

City Manager Mike Matthes sent a letter to the mayor and City Council members on Friday outlining a response to an independent review of the Columbia Police Department. Concrete goals for improvement are expected by mid-May.

Columbia Imagined asks residents to identify goals, objectives of development

Columbia Imagined, Columbia's plan to improve and maintain the local community, is asking for the public opinion of its residents as it enters the fourth of six phases.

Columbia's partnership with banks provides housing opportunities in older neighborhoods

The Columbia Community Development Corp. has built 29 new homes since 1994 in an effort to bring more homeowners into Columbia's timeworn districts.

City of Columbia hosts event to inform people about fair housing

Tenants who feel they have been discriminated against may file complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Columbia releases survey asking for residents' input concerning city priorities

The city of Columbia recently released a survey asking residents to weigh in on which issues they think are important and how the city can improve services for the city's strategic plan.

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.