Local Government

Boone County recorder releases Android app

The Boone County Recorder of Deeds office has made available a new Android app that allows residents to access real estate records from their mobile devices. 

Park users express opinions for improving Twin Lakes Recreation Area

Twin Lakes Recreation Area park users attended a Thursday night meeting to suggest ways for the city to use the $250,000 budgeted for the park improvements. Suggestions included building a public swimming pool and improving the dog park.

Citizens Police Review Board proposal remains unchanged, moves to City Council

The board's proposal will be sent to the Columbia City Council on Thursday. The council will act upon the proposal during future meetings.

Parks Department to host discussion of Twin Lakes projects

The city has budgeted $250,000 for work at the park. The meeting will allow the public to voice any thoughts or concerns about the planned renovations to the park.

Neighborhood associations react to Ward Reapportionment Committee meeting

Some neighborhood associations were disappointed that the Ward Reapportionment Committee split its vote on Trial D, which has been criticized for possibly diluting the power of minority voters in the central city.

Columbia's Ward Reapportionment Committee prepares plans for City Council

The committee voted favorably on Trial E, which would expand the First Ward to the west.

Labor groups present proposals to City Council about wages, bargaining

Groups representing workers for the Water and Light, Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments and Columbia police officers have been negotiating with city officials since May.

Residents, officials pleased with phase one of Scott Boulevard improvements

A ribbon cutting Monday marked the completion of the $16.2 million project's first phase, which included widening the road, adding a bike lane and other changes. 

Second power line proposal for south Columbia could affect fewer residents

The Columbia Water and Light Department proposed a second plan to address electricity demands in southern Columbia. Hundreds of residents showed opposition to the department's first plan.

Preliminary plan approved for property east of Philips Lake

It isn't clear what would be done with the property, but developer Bruce Odle has proposed dividing the 144 acres into eight lots.

Red Bull wants to close Ninth Street for chariot race

The race would be alcohol-free, according to a Red Bull representative, but some committee members questioned how the company would ensure that is the case.

Public weighs in on five ward reapportionment maps

Committee to reassign ward boundaries discuss several options with the public for new City Council districts.

Demand precedes Short Street garage

The City Council already must consider whether to add a level to accommodate requested space.

Columbia residents voice displeasure with proposed transit cuts

Twenty-two people spoke at Tuesday's City Council meeting on issues involving the bus system.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning vote delayed to Oct. 3

City Council will hold the public hearing and vote on the rezoning of the southeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard on October 3.

Alley A businesses want vehicles to stay out

Business owners want to make Alley A more pedestrian friendly after recent renovations. Columbia City Council gave the go-ahead for drafting legislation that would make the alley pedestrian only.

Public hearings on Columbia's transit budget to be held Tuesday

Residents will get to speak about transit issues including fare increases and service cuts at this week's City Council meeting. Although PedNet director Ian Thomas says his organization is supportive of many elements of the city's long-term public transportation plan, his group wants the city to hold off on these changes until a new system can be put in place.

Byron Hill, president and CEO of ABC Labs retired

Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories, Inc., announced the retirement of its president and CEO on Friday.

Parks department seeks public input on improvements at Twin Lakes Recreation Area

A meeting will be held Sept. 15 to discuss ways to upgrade facilities at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

City of Columbia debuts Facebook page

The city's fan page has received 493 likes in its first week. It will be used to communicate and engage community members with general information about things happening in Columbia.