Local Government

Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.

Wind turbines approved for most of city, but not The District

The small energy systems aren't allowed in parts of downtown because The District's board thinks the turbines wouldn't be compatible with the area's designation as a National Historic District.

PHOTO GALLERY: Skateboarders hope to skate on Columbia streets

During its next meeting, the Columbia City Council might consider an ordinance approved by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to allow skateboarding in more parts of the city.

Federal grant will help Columbia replace buses

A grant from the Federal Transit Administration will allow Columbia to make upgrades to its bus system.

Commissioner Karen Miller kicks off re-election campaign with dinner

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller began a bid to keep her seat at a dinner event Wednesday night. Miller, who has served on the commission since 1993, was forced to cook herself after the caterer came down with an illness.

Columbia project offers Boone County artists the chance to decorate city hall

Boone County officials seek input on Columbia power lines

One proposal from the city for meeting new electric demand in south Columbia would stretch utility lines along county roads.

Filing period for Columbia City Council seats begins

The three-year terms of Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will end in April.

TAG Events submits only application for management of fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission will begin the reviewing process soon with TAG Events, the only company applied to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds permanently.

North Village demolition reveals murky zoning authority in Columbia

A recent demolition by Boone County Family Resources exposed the murky territory of zoning authority between the quasi-governmental agency and the city of Columbia. Residents in the North Village Arts District are asking if the demolition or the agency's planned developments conflict with city zoning ordinances and, if so, what they can do about it.

Downtown Columbia residents to vote on new sales tax

A half-cent sales tax proposed by the Downtown Community Improvement District will be the subject of an election by mail. One hundred and fifty downtown residents are eligible to vote on the measure.

Filing for Missouri presidential primary starts Tuesday

The filing period runs through Nov. 22. The primaries are scheduled for February, that's a month sooner than what national guidelines allow.

Planning Commission approves request for annexation, zoning to build subdivision

The annexation and zoning, which would pave the way for plans to build a 181-home subdivision to be known as Creek's Edge, is subject to the final approval of the Columbia City Council.

Winners of Mayor's Health and Fitness Awards share successes

The Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health aims to recognize outstanding leaders who are interested in increasing health and physical fitness in Columbia and Boone County. Award winners are nominated  in the categories of fitness, mentor, weight loss and youth.

Petition to recall councilman Daryl Dudley falls short

Although the petitioners failed to collect the necessary signatures to recall Dudley, the petition leaders say the passage of Trial E means the petition was a success.

City adjusts snow removal strategies, focuses on residential streets

The Public Works Department revealed snow removal policy changes at a Columbia City Council work session Monday. The department eliminated the "critical street" designation to allow a quicker response to residential streets during snowfall.

Columbia's domestic partner registry provides benefits to couples

The registry makes it easier for homosexual couples or unmarried heterosexual couples to gain access to benefits such as health insurance. It also makes it easier to designate a partner as a beneficiary in a living will.

City Council approves Trial E for new ward boundaries

Trial E, which expands the First Ward to the west, was approved by a 6-1 vote. The trial redraws the city's political boundaries based on the 2010 census.

Regency trailer park rezoning request to be postponed

The attorney of the development asks that the request to rezone Columbia Regency mobile home park be tabled until Nov. 21.

City Council votes against selling Fano to fired Columbia police officer

The City Council voted against allowing former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders to buy Fano, the dog he patrolled with. All but one council member supported the city manager's recommendation against selling the dog.