Local Government

Petitions on Regency mobile home park rezoning to be presented to City Council

Two petitions, one supporting the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park and one opposing it, are accumulating MU student signatures. Developer Aspen Heights plans to buy the park and build student apartments.

Aspen Heights holds $500 contest for MU Greek Life

Aspen Heights has offered the money to the sorority or fraternity with the most likes on Facebook and the most signatures on a petition. 

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency mobile home park residents

Aspen Heights announced Tuesday that it is increasing its previous offer of assistance for residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park, but residents had to sign papers on Tuesday to support rezoning.

Centralia tries to balance need for growth with small-town feel

Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values. 

Sustainability programs aim to make Columbia more energy friendly

City Manager Mike Matthes and Office of Sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe spoke to the League of Women Voters about the city's energy programs and sustainability goals.

Columbia City View, an online interactive map of the city, goes live

Columbia City View, an interactive online map of the city, is live and includes five maps: One that shows natural features, another with aerial photography, a printer-friendly city map, a zoning map and a base city street map.

Centralia alderman will seek Northern District county commissioner seat

Don Bormann is the second Republican candidate to seek the office.

Environment and Energy Commission discusses lighting strategies for parking garages

The commission talked about LED lights and light shields during its Wednesday meeting.

Finalists for leadership positions at two city departments announced

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Affairs are hiring for the positions.

Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency residents

The owners of single-wide trailers will receive $1,800, and owners of double-wide trailers will receive $3,000 to cover moving expenses. Residents who sign papers supporting the rezoning will receive $500.

Fiscal year 2012 budget presented to Boone County Commission

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 includes funding for several road projects, election costs and new law enforcement equipment.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force talks to residents in First Ward

Representatives from several neighborhood associations met with the task force Monday night to hear a presentation and discuss plans for the future of the city.

REDI begins process of creating enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia

REDI of Columbia is starting the approval process for an economic zone that would attract businesses here by offering reduced taxes. 

Columbia Regency residents remain uncertain about future of mobile home park

The City Council must decide whether to approve the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park. The decision will affect whether trailer owners will receive extra time and money from Aspen Heights to assist their move, or if another mobile home park could come to the property.

Downtown sales tax will not apply to vehicles purchased elsewhere

A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that the new tax would apply regardless of where residents of The District buy their vehicles. He discovered and corrected the error on Thursday.

One person attends Comprehensive Plan presentation in Second Ward

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force held its first of six community meetings at Parkade Elementary in the Second Ward on Wednesday. Only one person not directly involved in the plan attended the meeting.

Columbia to launch online city information map

The new map will have information about city properties, local government, school districts and natural resources.

Columbia City Council to begin televising work sessions

Work sessions and meetings of the Citizens Police Review Board will be televised on the City Channel. City Council approved the idea Monday night.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force begins community meetings

The Comprehensive Plan Task Force will hold meetings in each of Columbia's six wards over the next month to develop a vision for how the city should grow and where resources should be directed.

Voters approve new sales tax for downtown Columbia

A new half-cent sales tax on all retail sales downtown was approved by voters on Tuesday.  The new tax takes effect April 1 and is estimated to generate about $300,000 per year initially.