The hearing will be to discuss public infrastructure, community facilities and services and other needs for community development.
Responsibilities include connecting to neighborhood associations, property maintenance code enforcement in residential areas, rental property enforcement and the city's volunteer programs. The entire staff will be making the move throughout January.
At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Columbia City Council meeting, city staff recommended the Columbia Downtown Leadership Council be absorbed by the relatively new Downtown Community Improvement District.
City and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of New Year's Day.
The Boone County Commission has reached a two-year agreement with TAG Events LLC to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds. TAG has been managing the fairgrounds on an interim basis since Oct. 1. The commission is expected to give formal approval to the agreement at its meeting Tuesday morning.
The Conley Poor Fund was established in the will of John C. Conley, a prominent Columbia businessman who died in 1896. The fund, meant to help Columbia's "deserving poor," started with $20,000 and has been reinvested over time.
Kenneth Baker, the inmate who was injured Aug. 15 by former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders, will be paid $250,000 by the city to settle his lawsuit.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission plans to send a proposal of sidewalk snow removal to the Columbia City Council in January.
Columbia and Boone County agencies have been working for years to improve radio communications between the Joint Communications dispatch center and police, firefighters and emergency medical workers.
Under a recommended change, the commission would be re-branded as the Sustainability Commission and take on additional responsibilities. Commission members said Tuesday they were hesitant to change the name because the commission is well-known under its current name.
The final four artists will be considered to design artwork for the fifth and fourth floors of City Hall.
Columbia's Downtown Parking Task Force recommended a test of two parking payment systems on Ninth Street. Both options would increase the number of ways downtown visitors can pay for a spot, including the use of credit and debit cards.
City Manager Mike Matthes submitted a report recommending the merger and elimination of some of the city's boards and commissions. The City Council, at Mayor Bob McDavid's suggestion, decided to seek the input of the boards involved.
Chris Mangano, whose home was burglarized during the Thanksgiving holiday, expressed concern about holiday-season crimes to the Columbia City Council on Monday night.
The City Council's decision Monday to close the street paves the way for the planned development of a parking garage for downtown businesses and the construction of a new hotel.
Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl wants the Columbia City Council to repeal a provision requiring that owners of mobile home parks give tenants three months of free rent when they decide to close them.
The City Council passed an ordinance granting free parking to veterans who display special license plates. The free parking applies to city-owned spaces, but not MU parking spaces.
In addition to offices being closed, residential refuse and curbside recycling will not be collected Monday. City buses will run every 80 minutes.
Almost 5,000 passengers have boarded the train since it began round trips from Columbia to Centralia in July.
Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren hopes overseas and military voters' opinions will be reflected in elections before they end.