Local Government

Columbia City Council authorizes bond issue for Short Street parking garage

The Short Street parking garage will be five stories tall, include 424 spaces and cost about $11.3 million.

Pine Grove Village opens spaces for RV parking

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a mobile home community.

Three Columbia fire stations see new sprinkler systems

Columbia Fire Stations receive funding for a new sprinkler system from Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

Community members vote to work together in Douglass Park

Discussions at Douglass High School led to the reopening of park's locked parking lot.

Columbia residents raise concerns about sidewalk replacements at public meeting

The Department of Public Works is addressing concern regarding the safety of some Columbia sidewalks for residents who use wheelchairs.

Columbia City Council votes to repeal business tax

The tax has generated $20,000 per year for the Special Business District, which is being absorbed by the Downtown Community Improvement District.

Public Works to hold meeting on east side sidewalk rehabilitation

The Public Works Department will take public comment at an informational meeting Wednesday on Phase III of the sidewalk rehabilitation for east-central Columbia.

Citing airport woes, McDavid calls for higher lodging tax

Mayor Bob McDavid would like to see the revenue from a proposed lodging tax rate increase pay for a terminal addition at Columbia Regional Airport. The proposal, pending approval by the state legislature, would allow Columbia voters to increase the rate from 4 percent up to 7 percent. 


City plans to build new fitness track, field at West Junior High

Money for the project would come from Columbia's parks sales tax.

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.