Local Government

Boone County Commission approves park tax ballot proposal

Boone County voters will consider a new park sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot. The one-eighth-cent sales tax would go toward park development in Boone County. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Snowplow priority routes available on Public Works website

A map showing first priority, second priority and state-maintained routes can be accessed through the Columbia Public Works Department's website.

Council members, petitioners hold dueling news conferences on Opus agreement

Columbia City Council members argued against a proposed repeal of the city's agreement with a student housing developer at a news conference Friday. Residents attempting to repeal the agreement also made their case.

Planning and Zoning Commission tables C-2 zoning amendments again

The commission tabled a vote on the amendments until its July 24 meeting. The commission had already tabled the issue at its April 24 meeting.

Columbia residents rail against proposed open-burning ban

Developers said that the proposed ban, which had been tabled by council in April, would take away their ability to choose how to clear lots. Under the proposed ban, developers would have to seek a permit from the council to carry out large open burns.

Mayor proposes property tax increase to bolster Columbia police, fire

Mayor Bob McDavid proposed a 30-cents-per-$100 property tax increase to expand the city's fire and police departments.

New Opus agreement passes, residents already planning repeal effort

Columbia City Council passed the controversial Opus Development Co. project once again at Monday night's meeting. Residents are circulating another petition to repeal it.

City Council passes concrete median on College Avenue

The purpose of the barrier and the two specialized crosswalks is to limit the number of pedestrians who cross College Avenue illegally at areas other than the designated crosswalks at the Rollins Street and University Avenue intersections.

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.


Matthes: City will probably ask for property tax increase

The city manager delivered his annual State of the City report Friday morning, outlining Columbia's successes as well as areas where he thought the city could improve.

City manager delivers State of the City Address

City Manager Mike Matthes' annual report outlines progress and priorities for seven strategic areas of city government.


Residents address utility rates at second infrastructure town hall

For the second time this week, city staff and members of the Downtown Leadership Council explained the infrastructure capacity issues downtown and received the public's suggestions on how to fund needed improvements.

Columbia group submits revamped petition to halt student-housing development

Columbia residents handed in an amended petition to halt the construction of Opus Development Co.'s proposed six-story, 256-bed project on Locust Street. A previous effort fell 91 signatures short. 


Violence task force: 'Ban the box' in public, private sectors

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence will send a report to the Columbia City Council recommending the city and private businesses stop asking applicants if they've been convicted of a felony until a face-to-face interview is conducted.

Residents, city leaders discuss solutions to downtown infrastructure problems

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Infrastructure Subcommittee is writing a report on downtown infrastructure and how to fund the necessary improvements.

Multi-million dollar development plan to be announced Thursday

The news conference will be at 11 a.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building. A news release from the city said the announcement will reveal "a medical science company's multi-million dollar development plan in Columbia."

Public invited to Board of Health meeting on marijuana ordinance

The Board of Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission are holding a public meeting Thursday night regarding a pending amendment to city ordinances that would decriminalize marijuana cultivation.

Public to preview plans for new zoning code Tuesday night

The public will have a chance to weigh in on draft plans for the city's new zoning code at 6:30 p.m. The proposed changes are designed to make the code more user friendly and easier to read.

New apartments approved for Broadway and Tenth Street

The project, The Lofts on Broadway, will be located on the northeast corner of Tenth Street and Broadway and will have 36 beds.

Downtown Leadership schedules two input meetings for infrastructure financing

City staff has estimated it will cost $49** million to upgrade downtown's utilities. Commissioners have been asked to find a way to finance the improvements.