Local Government

City Council candidates discuss future of Columbia bus system

Candidates support asking MU to help pay for a more extensive, student-centric bus system. However, they are split on how much the city should subsidize bus operating costs from its own budget.

Hoppe recognized for leadership by National League of Cities

Sixth Ward councilwoman reached the bronze level in the National League of Cities' Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.

Columbia City Council Candidate Bill Tillotson seeks hands-on improvements

The candidate for the Sixth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council believes his business acumen would serve him well in city government.

Columbia proposing to nearly double water supply at treatment plant

The proposed expansion, which would be the largest and most complicated in the treatment plant's history, would limit the amount of water that can be treated during construction.

Mike Atkinson brings business experience, dedication to City Council race

Mike Atkinson, who is running for the Second Ward seat on the Columbia City Council, says his experience as co-owner of The Candy Factory will help him achieve his goals for city government. 

Draft plan outlines threats, protections for Columbia's drinking water

After the Source Water Protection Plan Task Force plan is finalized, the plan will be presented to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Columbia City Council and the Boone County Local Emergency Planning Committee for review and comments.

Hoppe brings historical perspective to third Columbia City Council campaign

Barbara Hoppe's career in politics didn't begin with her efforts to save Stephens Lake Park in 2000, but they do illustrate her commitment to the past and future of Columbia. Twelve years later, she's hoping to continue that commitment in a third term on the Columbia City Council.

Trapp brings cerebral approach to City Council campaign

Michael Trapp, a lifelong listener, hopes to use his perceptive qualities and "servant's heart" to secure the Second Ward vacancy in City Council.

ROUNDUP: Boone County election candidates and proposals

Here is a roundup of the races and issues that will appear on Boone County ballots on Tuesday, April 3. 

Columbia City Council candidate Bill Pauls not shy about speaking his mind

Bill Pauls, a longtime city volunteer and retired soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is making his first bid for elected office.

Planning Commission approves Hunter's Landing condominiums zoning request

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone property at the southwest corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road to a planned unit development that would allow up to six dwelling units per acre.

MULTIMEDIA: City Council candidates speak about the issues

The Columbia Missourian asked the five Columbia City Council candidates a series of questions in video interviews.

Traffic lights proposed at Fairview Road and Ash Street intersection

The intersection of Fairview Road and Ash Street will get span-wire signalization if approved by Columbia City Council. 

Fourth Ward residents discuss street, pothole repairs

The seven residents who attended the meeting with the Public Works Department had the opportunity to discuss which maintenance issues are most important to them.

City Council candidates deliberate about public safety, community involvement

Sixth Ward and Second Ward candidates for Columbia City Council focused on public safety concerns, such as the Citizens Police Review Board and neighborhood watch at the Keep Columbia Safe Forum.

Boone County commissioners discuss new name for fairgrounds

TAG Events LLC has proposed the name "Central Missouri Events Center, Home of the Boone County Fair." One person spoke in favor of the name at a public hearing Tuesday.

Phase three of Columbia Imagined identifies 12 issues for growth and development

The city wrapped up the third phase of Columbia Imagined Tuesday in a summary meeting, pointing out 12 key issues identified from public input.

Missouri House passes bill that would allow Columbia hotel tax increase

A spokeswoman for the city said the tax increase — which could be used to fund the terminal expansion project at Columbia Regional Airport — will be considered more closely after more destinations are added to the airport.

Columbia residents discuss the future of arts in the community

Chris Stevens, the newly appointed manager of Office of Cultural affairs spoke at a meeting Tuesday where Columbia residents suggested improvements for the arts community.

Public lawyer Janet Thompson enters race for Boone County Commission

A public lawyer filed papers on Monday to run for Northern District commissioner as a Democratic candidate.