Local Government

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.

City to hold public hearing on priorities for community development

The hearing will be to discuss public infrastructure, community facilities and services and other needs for community development.

Office of Neighborhood Services moving to Columbia City Hall

Responsibilities include connecting to neighborhood associations, property maintenance code enforcement in residential areas, rental property enforcement and the city's volunteer programs. The entire staff will be making the move throughout January.

Proposed elimination of Columbia's Downtown Leadership Council questioned

At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Columbia City Council meeting, city staff recommended the Columbia Downtown Leadership Council be absorbed by the relatively new Downtown Community Improvement District.

City, county offices closed Monday; some services unavailable

City and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of New Year's Day.

County, TAG Events reach agreement on management of fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has reached a two-year agreement with TAG Events LLC to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds. TAG has been managing the fairgrounds on an interim basis since Oct. 1. The commission is expected to give formal approval to the agreement at its meeting Tuesday morning.

City may transfer fund created by Columbia man to help poor

The Conley Poor Fund was established in the will of John C. Conley, a prominent Columbia businessman who died in 1896. The fund, meant to help Columbia's "deserving poor," started with $20,000 and has been reinvested over time.

Columbia settles with plaintiff in lawsuit over officer's use of excessive force

Kenneth Baker, the inmate who was injured Aug. 15 by former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders, will be paid $250,000 by the city to settle his lawsuit.

City plans to move forward on plan for sidewalk snow removal

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission plans to send a proposal of sidewalk snow removal to the Columbia City Council in January. 

Safety agencies near completion of $1.8 million radio infrastructure project

Columbia and Boone County agencies have been working for years to improve radio communications between the Joint Communications dispatch center and police, firefighters and emergency medical workers.

Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission considers change to name, mission

Under a recommended change, the commission would be re-branded as the Sustainability Commission and take on additional responsibilities. Commission members said Tuesday they were hesitant to change the name because the commission is well-known under its current name.

Four artists chosen as finalists for City Hall projects

The final four artists will be considered to design artwork for the fifth and fourth floors of City Hall.