Local Government

Columbia City Council approves six-story Short Street garage

The now 410-space garage will have 135 spaces left that will be open to the public. The garage also was made a Percent for Art project, meaning 1 percent of the cost of the garage will be used for site-specific artwork.

County commission, management group discuss improvements for Boone County Fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission and TAG Events LLC identified major repairs needed at the property, including fixes to roofs, restrooms and horse stalls.

Fifth and Walnut streets garage to house REDI and Parking Utility

Office spaces in the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage has been approved by the City Council.

New black and gold buses come to Columbia

County recorder recognized with Carl R. Ernst Founders Award

Bettie Johnson, Boone County recorder of deeds, was honored by peers in her field with the Carl R. Ernst Founders Award. The award, presented in late September, honored Johnson for her leadership in the property records industry.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning decision expected at Monday's City Council meeting

After the rezoning proposal, residents in the area have voiced concerns about stormwater runoff and traffic in the area.

Fairground manager calls it quits after nearly two decades

George Harris will officially retire as manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday, his 79th birthday. His time at the grounds has brought him friendships, stress, pleasure — and some controversy. 

Two Democrats eye vacant county commissioner seat

Boone County's Democratic and Republican central committees are accepting applications for the position, and will make recommendations to Gov. Jay Nixon for the final appointment.

Boone County Public Works to close Hinkson Creek Bridge

The bridge will be closed starting Monday for repairs.

Flags flown at half-staff Thursday for Ed Robb

The services for Ed Robb are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service.

Crowd voices opinions about Columbia power-line proposals

Columbia Water and Light hosted an open house to educate stakeholders about potential changes to city power lines.

Boone County finds temporary management for fairgrounds

The recently formed TAG Events, LLC, will have a three-month contract with the county, and will focus on revamping the fairgrounds accounting system to be more open, transparent and orderly.

Boone County Republicans begin recommendation process for new commissioner

Anyone who would like to be considered for the recommendation for presiding county commissioner can start applying Friday. However, a spokesman for Gov. Nixon said the governor is under no obligation to appoint a candidate who has been recommended.

Downtown Parking Task Force explores parking technologies to maximize revenue

The Downtown Parking Task Force is exploring new parking technologies to add to downtown Columbia.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council weighs in on Short Street Garage

The focus of Tuesday's Downtown Columbia Leadership Council was the planned Short Street Garage.  Discussion focused on two different designs for the garage as well as negotiations with a private company to build a building next to the parking garage. 

Environment and Energy Commission reviews feedback on garage light pilot

Mixed responses were received from the public about the lighting pilot for the Fifth and Walnut parking garage.

New policy gives county staff paid leave for officials' funerals

The revision will grant Boone County employees up to two hours of paid leave to attend the funerals of elected officers.

Commissioner Elkin scheduled for active Guard duty

Boone County's government will be "severely handicapped" if no one is appointed to replace Ed Robb by December, Skip Elkin said.

Columbia City Council measures size of Short Street Garage demand

Design options for the garage will be reviewed further and discussed during a public hearing, slated for the council's Oct. 3 meeting. Alternative design bids could include an extra half- or full-level of parking.

LOOKING BACK: In Robb's career, 'a zeal for economics'

Ed Robb moved to Columbia to take a position as director of MU's new Economic Research Center in 1972. Last year, Robb beat Democrat J. Scott Christianson by a margin of 528 votes to become presiding commissioner.