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Local Government

Boone County Commission proposes short-term plan for problematic fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has proposed a plan for the Boone County Fairgrounds that it hopes would lead to better management, financial oversight and maintenance over the next year. 

Developer of The Links fined for Clean Water Act violation

Violations include failures to minimize runoff, follow a stormwater pollution prevention plan, comply with water quality standards and conduct site inspections.

Cultural Affairs group concerned about move

Some members of the Commission on Cultural Affairs aren't so sure about moving offices to building that houses Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mike Matthes, the city manager, says there's lots of reasons to support the move.

City conducts survey on using roll carts for trash collection

A report by the Public Works Department is on the way to the City Council for review. If approved, an automated trash collection system will be in place sometime during or after 2013.

'One-stop shop' approach questioned at Community Development Department work session

The new department would be a merger of the Office of Neighborhood Services, the Building and Site Development Division and the Planning and Development Department.

Boone County Commission grants Missouri Soybean Association building permit

The Soybean Association plans to construct a facility that will allow them to conduct research on soybeans to help local farmers market them globally. 

Kahler sentenced to death in quadruple slaying

Karen Kahler's family said the sentence doesn't dispel the dark cloud that hangs over them.

Ticket sales for MU events provide big boost for Columbia's economy

A study done by MU's business school shows that ticketed events — including Tiger athletic events, state high school athletic competitions, concerts and shows — brought more than $118 million of revenue to the city in fiscal year 2010.

Grasslands residents seek traffic relief

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Providence and Burnam roads creates problems for residents of the Grasslands neighborhood.

Synthetic marijuana, 'bath salts' now illegal in Missouri

The law, designed to lessen synthetic drug use, makes possession of any amount of "bath salts" or more than 35 grams of synthetic marijuana a Class C felony.

Columbia's sustainability office seeks grant to help low-income areas

The $500,000 HUD grant would provide funding for the city to explore various issues in low-income areas. The Office of Sustainability's proposal will be finalized in the next few weeks.

Columbia Regional Airport wants to lease advertising on terminal walls

If the Columbia City Council approves the program, an estimated $20,000 per year in revenue will be used for infrastructure improvements at the airport.

Matthes proposes partnership between tourism bureau, cultural affairs

The city manager has suggested sharing space to accommodate more cooperation by the departments.

City manager proposes new Community Development Department

City Manager Mike Matthes has proposed creating a Community Development Department to give residents a "one-stop shop" for all stages of the development process.

Citizens Police Review Board discussion continues

Issues such as defining police misconduct, the review board's independence from the Police Department and whether meetings should be closed when requested by a complainant or police officer were discussed.

Kahler capable of premeditation despite depression, psychiatrist says

On Wednesday, a Kansas City psychiatrist contradicted his partner's Tuesday testimony, saying that Kraig Kahler was capable of premeditation in spite of his psychological problems.

TIF district considered for downtown

The Columbia Downtown Leadership Council is suggesting a tax-increment financing district downtown to help fund projects.

Ward committee keeps council incumbents in mind

An experimental trial for drawing new ward boundaries would make sure incumbent council members do not get drawn out of their wards. This article explains Trial F and touches on other trial options. 

Columbia transportation organization to hold hearing on 2 projects

The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization will hold a public hearing on two proposed projects and their budgets for fiscal year 2012. 

Columbia Regional Airport to be updated with FAA grant

The airport runways and taxiways will be improved with the new Federal Aviation Administration grant, along with a land purchase. 

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