Local Government

City Council introduces taxi stand ordinance

Staff recommends the pilot project downtown be used as a permanent solution to late-night crowds.

City looks at lodging tax increase to pay for airport improvements

A staff report to be discussed at the Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday proposes new state legislation that would allow voters to determine whether to increase the lodging tax to 7 percent. The report suggests using the new revenue to pay for a terminal renovations at Columbia Regional Airport.

New evidence could delay Tony Lewis' murder trial

The lawyer for a defendant in the Aaron Hobson shooting case claims to have new evidence that could show Hobson's friends fired the first shots at the crime scene.

Association of colleges calls for student education on democratic participation

The president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities visited the White House on Tuesday to call for a renewed focus on education in civics at its member institutions. At MU, a focus on practical application of civic knowledge has to overcome political disinterest and skepticism.

Columbia's new comprehensive plan completes second phase

Columbia Imagined is progressing toward approval with the completion of the second of six phases. In the third phase, residents will tell the Comprehensive Plan Task Force what priorities they would like to see addressed in the plan.

Filing deadline closed with five Columbia City Council candidates

Deadline of submitting petitions for Second and Sixth Ward City Council seats was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Several candidates filed a petition for the City Council seats.

Proposed extension to County House Branch Trail causes controversy

A proposed extension of the County House Branch Trail has some neighbors worried about noise, loss of privacy and litter.

Co-owner of The Candy Factory files for Second Ward council seat

Mike Atkinson filed his paperwork Monday to become the third to do so in the north-city ward. The deadline to file as a candidate for Columbia City Council is Tuesday.


Michael Trapp joins the race for City Council's Second Ward seat

Michael Trapp, a substance abuse counselor with Phoenix Programs, said he has finished collecting signatures for the Second Ward City Council seat currently held by Jason Thornhill.


Historic Short Street bricks removed for construction of garage, hotel

Workers removed the bricks from Short Street Tuesday in anticipation of construction on a new hotel and parking garage in the area. They will be held at a secure site until they are ready to be used in repairs of the city's remaining brick streets.

Two file for council seats

Bill Tillotson and Bill Pauls filed as candidates for the Columbia City Council. Tillotson plans to run for the Sixth Ward seat and Pauls plans to run for the Second Ward position.

Room at the Inn opens at new location after council approves zoning exception

The Room at the Inn started in 2009 and offers people who are homeless a place to stay overnight during January and February.

Mayor pushes consideration of terminal additions at Columbia Regional Airport

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Bob McDavid asked for consideration of preliminary renditions of airport terminal additions at the Columbia Regional Airport. The improvements would be designed to increase traffic flow through the airport.

Percent for Art program seeking local artists for Short Street garage project

The project has a $47,000 budget and, once finished, would be the third public art project at municipal parking garages.

Columbia City Council upholds rent abatement provisions at mobile home parks

The abatement now applies to future rental contracts after the original provision in a November ordinance was challenged by Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl.

City Council discusses priority snow removal plan for next winter

The city will send a survey to neighborhood associations later this month to determine interest in a plan granting snow plow priority to neighborhood associations that prohibit on-street parking during a large snowstorm.

City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended consequences arise

A month after age was added as a protected category from discrimination, it was removed Tuesday night by the Columbia City Council. City staff said the protection affected city activities in unexpected ways.

Boone County Commission approves contract with TAG Events for fairgrounds management

The two-year contract extends a three-month interim agreement between TAG Events and the county that began in October. The two groups are now looking into a name change for the site and observing the operations of other successful event centers in the Midwest.

City seeks citizen participation in survey on affordable housing

The survey is part of the Citizen Participation Plan, which seeks input from the public on how to use federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.

City Council agenda features mobile home rent vote, snow removal

Among the items to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting are rent abatement for mobile home residents in closed parks, a report on the establishment of a shelter for the homeless on Old 63 and plans for a new terminal building at Columbia Regional Airport.