Local Government

Sixth Ward boasts highest-attended Comprehensive Plan Task Force meeting

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force completed its series of six community meetings Monday night in the Sixth Ward at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School.

State Representative Chris Kelly will run in District 45

Kelly, D-Columbia, had a choice to represent any district in Boone County because the districts were redrawn earlier this month.

Chris Stevens named manager of Office of Cultural Affairs

Chris Stevens will take over for Connie Kacprowicz as manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Mary Still to run for District 19 Senate seat

Still, the current Democratic Party representative of the 25th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, will face incumbent Republican Kurt Schaefer in the 2012 election.

Columbia's six wards: Census data reveals demographic differences

The Missourian used computer-mapping software to determine the demographic characteristics of Columbia's six wards after reapportionment.

El Ray park owner uninterested in delaying closure

Despite an appeal by the Boone County Commission, Whirlwind Properties has no plans to keep the El Ray Mobile Home Park open until June 1. Whirlwind is currently being cited for public nuisance violations. 

Residents meet in Fifth Ward to discuss Comprehensive Plan

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony said infrastructure was important to the residents in her ward.

City Council votes to protect gender identity under discrimination policy

An amendment to the Columbia city code will protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. 

City Council agrees to request to install posts on Alley A

The City Council passed an ordinance that will restrict car access, making the alley more friendly to pedestrians.

Wireless Internet might be on its way to Paquin Tower

Columbia is trying to narrow the "technology gap" for public housing residents, starting with Paquin Tower.

Columbia's City Council structure differs from other cities in Missouri

Some smaller cities in Missouri have more council members than Columbia because they have more wards or they choose to employ at-large members.

City's birth and death certificates could be requested online

Residents could be able to request birth and death certificates online if the City Council signs contract with LexisNexis.

Plan for new state House and Senate districts affects next election

Boone County representatives see significant boundary changes as the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission filed new maps for state representatives and senatorial districts.

Fourth Comprehensive Plan meeting draws small crowd

The members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force plans to reach out to residents to draw a bigger attendance at meetings for the next phase of the plan.

Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force meets with residents in the Third Ward

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force continued to present the framework in each of the city's six wards by meeting with residents in the Third Ward on Wednesday night.

Boone County Commission amends budget to give fairgrounds additional money

A new budget amendment will provide the Boone County Fairgrounds with an additional $85,192 for maintenance and utility costs until the end of this year.

Boone County Commission to hold public hearings on 2012 budget

Boone County residents have the chance to comment on the county's proposed 2012 budget during the County Commission meetings from now until the budget is approved in January.

Columbia hopes to build new park near Battle High School

Parks and Recreation proposed purchasing 30.18 acres of land north of Battle High School for future park development.

Schneider to lead Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

City Manager Mike Matthes chooses interim director Amy Schneider for the permanent position.

UPDATE: Occupy COMO's camp removed from city building plaza

City workers removed Occupy COMO's belongings Tuesday morning. The group is still allowed to protest but cannot store items, such as plastic bins and sleeping bags, in front of city hall.