Local Government

Columbia City View, an online interactive map of the city, goes live

Columbia City View, an interactive online map of the city, is live and includes five maps: One that shows natural features, another with aerial photography, a printer-friendly city map, a zoning map and a base city street map.

Centralia alderman will seek Northern District county commissioner seat

Don Bormann is the second Republican candidate to seek the office.

Environment and Energy Commission discusses lighting strategies for parking garages

The commission talked about LED lights and light shields during its Wednesday meeting.

Finalists for leadership positions at two city departments announced

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Affairs are hiring for the positions.

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency residents

The owners of single-wide trailers will receive $1,800, and owners of double-wide trailers will receive $3,000 to cover moving expenses. Residents who sign papers supporting the rezoning will receive $500.

Fiscal year 2012 budget presented to Boone County Commission

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 includes funding for several road projects, election costs and new law enforcement equipment.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force talks to residents in First Ward

Representatives from several neighborhood associations met with the task force Monday night to hear a presentation and discuss plans for the future of the city.

REDI begins process of creating enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia

REDI of Columbia is starting the approval process for an economic zone that would attract businesses here by offering reduced taxes. 

Columbia Regency residents remain uncertain about future of mobile home park

The City Council must decide whether to approve the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park. The decision will affect whether trailer owners will receive extra time and money from Aspen Heights to assist their move, or if another mobile home park could come to the property.

Downtown sales tax will not apply to vehicles purchased elsewhere

A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that the new tax would apply regardless of where residents of The District buy their vehicles. He discovered and corrected the error on Thursday.

One person attends Comprehensive Plan presentation in Second Ward

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force held its first of six community meetings at Parkade Elementary in the Second Ward on Wednesday. Only one person not directly involved in the plan attended the meeting.

Columbia to launch online city information map

The new map will have information about city properties, local government, school districts and natural resources.

Columbia City Council to begin televising work sessions

Work sessions and meetings of the Citizens Police Review Board will be televised on the City Channel. City Council approved the idea Monday night.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force begins community meetings

The Comprehensive Plan Task Force will hold meetings in each of Columbia's six wards over the next month to develop a vision for how the city should grow and where resources should be directed.

Voters approve new sales tax for downtown Columbia

A new half-cent sales tax on all retail sales downtown was approved by voters on Tuesday.  The new tax takes effect April 1 and is estimated to generate about $300,000 per year initially.

Residents discuss potential land annexation in southwest Columbia

The voluntary annexation would help the property prepare for development into a subdivision to be known as Creek's Edge.

Mobile home park ordinance comes too late for Columbia Regency tenants

Although the changes came too late for residents of Columbia Regency, in the future, residents will get more advance notice of mobile home park closures.

Backup dispatch center undergoes construction in face of fire

The backup dispatch center is being built on land belonging to the Boone County Sheriff's Department and will serve as an emergency alternate location to the Office of Emergency Management. 

Health officials continue investigating Boone County E. coli cases

There are four confirmed cases of E. coli in the area, two of which share genetic material with the larger St. Louis outbreak. Public health officials have not found any commonalities between the Boone County cases.

Keep Columbia Free campaigns for rejection of downtown tax ballot

Members of Keep Columbia Free are urging First Ward residents to vote against a proposed sales tax on all downtown retail sales.