Local Government

Short Street to be closed for garage, hotel construction

The City Council's decision Monday to close the street paves the way for the planned development of a parking garage for downtown businesses and the construction of a new hotel.

Council's rent abatement for closed mobile home parks called unconstitutional

Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl wants the Columbia City Council to repeal a provision requiring that owners of mobile home parks give tenants three months of free rent when they decide to close them.

War veterans will park for free in Columbia city spaces

The City Council passed an ordinance granting free parking to veterans who display special license plates. The free parking applies to city-owned spaces, but not MU parking spaces.

Columbia city offices will be closed Dec. 26

In addition to offices being closed, residential refuse and curbside recycling will not be collected Monday.  City buses will run every 80 minutes.

Columbia Star Dinner Train popular in first five months

Almost 5,000 passengers have boarded the train since it began round trips from Columbia to Centralia in July.

Boone County clerk awarded grant to improve voting system for overseas Americans

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren hopes overseas and military voters' opinions will be reflected in elections before they end.

City Council approves sewer billing change, but rates could rise

The council's decision is meant to rectify what some officials saw as an unfair billing practice. But the utility's supervisor thinks the change could have unintended consequences. 

DEAR READER: It's my right to tweet what I want

The "Free to Tweet" contest, sponsored by 1 for All, encourages students to celebrate free expression. The contest helps promote the First Amendment and the free flow of ideas.

Organizations helping college students become more active in elections

Different MU organizations are gearing up to get students more involved and registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

El Ray Mobile Home Park in violation of public nuisance ordinance

Large piles of debris, trash and tires at the park caused the violation of the ordinance. The Public Health and Human Services Department said it has received complaints about the property since October.

Legislative redistricting impacts where candidates seek election

The rearrangement of state House and Senate districts provides candidates with new opportunities. Candidates may choose which district to run in for the 2012 election but must live in the new district for a year to be eligible for re-election in that district in 2014.

Sixth Ward boasts highest-attended Comprehensive Plan Task Force meeting

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force completed its series of six community meetings Monday night in the Sixth Ward at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School.

State Representative Chris Kelly will run in District 45

Kelly, D-Columbia, had a choice to represent any district in Boone County because the districts were redrawn earlier this month.

Chris Stevens named manager of Office of Cultural Affairs

Chris Stevens will take over for Connie Kacprowicz as manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Mary Still to run for District 19 Senate seat

Still, the current Democratic Party representative of the 25th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, will face incumbent Republican Kurt Schaefer in the 2012 election.

Columbia's six wards: Census data reveals demographic differences

The Missourian used computer-mapping software to determine the demographic characteristics of Columbia's six wards after reapportionment.

El Ray park owner uninterested in delaying closure

Despite an appeal by the Boone County Commission, Whirlwind Properties has no plans to keep the El Ray Mobile Home Park open until June 1. Whirlwind is currently being cited for public nuisance violations. 

Residents meet in Fifth Ward to discuss Comprehensive Plan

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony said infrastructure was important to the residents in her ward.

City Council votes to protect gender identity under discrimination policy

An amendment to the Columbia city code will protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. 

City Council agrees to request to install posts on Alley A

The City Council passed an ordinance that will restrict car access, making the alley more friendly to pedestrians.