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Local Government

Eighth member added to ward reapportionment committee

The City Council unanimously approved the addition of an at-large member of committee, which had been criticized for lacking diversity. Wiley Miller was selected.

Parking meter rates to double July 1 downtown

Residents can expect rates for downtown parking to double starting on July 1 from 30 cents an hour to 60 cents. The decision was approved unanimously at the City Council meeting Monday.

City Council to vote on additional member to Reapportionment Committee

A Monday vote will decide if another member will be added following questions of lack of minority representation. Mayor Bob McDavid said the resolution would only apply to the current committee.

Stakeholders fail to reach compromise in final Scott's Branch Trail meeting

The third meeting, originally scheduled for June 22, has been canceled because organizer Daryl Dudley said nothing new would be discussed.

Columbia City Council discusses plans for Short Street parking garage

The council began digging into the details of the new garage at its retreat Saturday.

UPDATE: City to host Scott's Branch Trail meeting Wednesday

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley hopes stakeholders can reach a compromise on a proposed trail route near Bonnie View Park and land owned by the Audubon Society.

City Council retreat to be held locally Friday, Saturday

The retreat will take place in the City Council chamber — a change from past years, when it was held outside the city. Agenda items include health care reform, storm water and the Short Street garage.

Andy Lee chosen for Planning and Zoning Commission

Andy Lee was chosen for the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night by the Columbia City Council.

Reconstruction of Maplewood Barn Theater expected to begin in August

Reconstruction of the Maplewood Barn Theater was approved Monday night by all seven members of the Columbia City Council .

Fifth and Walnut garage will not get 60-foot flagpole

Columbia City Council members decided against pursuing the idea of putting a 60-foot flagpole on top of the Fifth and Walnut parking garage Monday.

Columbia City Council to acquire land for Short Street garage

The Columbia City Council tabled until June 20 a decision won whether to raise parking meter rates downtown to pay for the parking garage.

City Council poised to increase downtown Columbia parking fees

Higher parking rates and longer meter hours could help the city's goal to raise $600,000 per year to finance the proposed Short Street garage.

Columbia city manager appoints Greg Slinkard as new internal auditor

Greg Slinkard, who will retire from his position as audit manager with the Missouri auditor's office July 1, begins his job as internal auditor for Columbia on July 11.

City ends Ameren deal, takes ownership of Columbia Energy Center

Although Columbia's energy portfolio is changing, the city will continue to get the vast majority of its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

Columbia garden creation to bloom on international stage

The city's parks team has paired up with Columbia's sister city, Suncheon, South Korea, to participate in the 2013 Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo, which will bring together nine other countries' gardening talents.

Interactive map of Columbia historic properties set to launch in August

The Historic Preservation Commission plans include adding a description about each property and its architect. A draft map is currently available for public feedback.

UPDATE: City Manager's State of the City address

City Manager Mike Matthes released his first State of the City address Friday.

City Manager Mike Matthes releases State of the City address

City Manager Mike Matthes addresses the recession and his focus for the upcoming year in his State of the City address.

New MU-themed city buses might be covered with ads

The city is making money off bus advertising, but some of the larger ads might cover the new black-and-gold MU paint theme approved earlier by the City Council.

Belcher's volunteer army attacks achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools and beyond

Fighting the achievement gap is more than just a school issue — it's a community issue. Volunteers from the community are taking up arms against the problems at the core.

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