Local Government

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.

Boone County Caucus sends on slate of Paul supporters

Boone County republicans assembled to caucus in Columbia on Saturday. After unanticipated changes in procedure, they voted to send forth a slate of Ron Paul supporters to next month's Congressional District Convention in Sedalia.

Parks and Recreation Commission discusses improvements, new projects for 2012 master plan

At a Thursday meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission discussed additions to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The 2002 Master Plan expired this year and it must be rewritten and revised. 

Second Ward residents ask for street repairs, safer routes from leftover snow removal funds

Residents of the Second Ward attended a meeting held by the Public Works Department to discuss what could be done with a surplus from the city's snow-removal budget.

League of Women Voters questions City Council candidates about taxes, planning

City Council candidates fielded questions from a packed house at the Daniel Boone Regional Library on Tuesday. The municipal election will be held April 3.

MU students discuss ways to improve Columbia's transit system

Students met at Memorial Union on Tuesday night to share ideas on how to improve the city and university's transit system.

Third Ward town hall meeting discusses Columbia's surplus snow-removal budget

One Third Ward resident attended the meeting held by the Columbia Public Works Department to help decide what should be done with the estimated $300,000 in excess snow-removal budget funds.

Study shows Crosscreek apartments will generate less traffic than previous plans

New trip estimates for the Domain apartment complex to be built in Crosscreek show less traffic than previous development plans.

Final bus trip gives Columbia chance to reflect on transit

A bus trip organized by Columbia city officials to the University of Illinois left some shocked by the differences between the Columbia transit system and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Columbia to hold Neighborhood Congress on Saturday

Columbia residents are invited to a Neighborhood Congress event this Saturday in the City Hall. The event will include discussion on the city's new comprehensive plan, Neighborhood Response Team and other issues.

City Council candidates address Boone County Muleskinners

All five candidates vying for seats in the Second and Sixth wards attended Friday's meeting of the Boone County Muleskinners. Members of the Democratic club asked the candidates about their priorities for their specific wards, planning for future growth and concerns about law enforcement.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board clarifies proposals

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board addressed weeks of public disgruntlement at its Friday meeting, which resulted in a map six census blocks smaller and a resolution to disassociate eminent domain and blight.

Former Boone County sheriff's deputy to run for County Commission

O.J. Stone filed papers Monday to run for the Boone County Northern District commissioner.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for Locust Street student apartments

The rezoning approval allows the developer to build up to 150 apartments in a building that cannot be more than 80 feet tall. The building is also expected to include retail space on the ground floor.

Columbia City Council votes to add service fee when paying utility bills with credit cards

The council voted Monday to charge utilities customers who pay their bills with a credit card a yet-to-be-determined service fee.

City Council to consider sale of Short Street property, request for Crosscreek hotel

North Light LLC hopes to buy city property adjacent to the Short Street garage site, where it would erect an office and retail building. Meanwhile, developers of the Crosscreek Center want permission to put a hotel on the land.

City Council approves Short Street land sale for proposed development

The six-story building is expected to be completed next summer, around the same time as the $9 million parking garage and the new DoubleTree hotel.

Weather service, fire district warn against burning Tuesday

Warm, dry weather will combine with stiff winds to create a fire hazard.