Local Government

Columbia continues to fall behind in affordable housing objectives

Columbia will be entering the third year of a five-year plan meant to improve access to affordable housing, but it is falling behind in roughly half of 42 objectives in the 2012 Housing and Community Development Action Plan.

Columbia Transit drivers to start enforcing evening fares

MU students have benefited from lenient bus drivers since the City Council rejected contracts with apartment complexes.

Wrongful death case brought against Columbia, The Links apartment complex

The family of a woman who died while trying to rescue a man from floodwaters on a Clark Lane detour in 2008 says the city of Columbia and several groups connected to The Links were negligent.

ANALYSIS: Voting patterns support suspicions about Trial D ward reapportionment plan

Councilmen Daryl Dudley and Gary Kespohl have supported the plan to move certain precincts out of their current wards, but some opponents of the move claim that the councilmen only support it because of the potential political gains.

Reapportionment: A look at each trial

Here is a summary of the ongoing debate on how to redraw the ward boundaries, based on the results of previous reporting, meetings and hearings.

Columbia City Council to cast final vote on ward reapportionment Monday

Council members expect a long meeting, as they have not reached a consensus on the best way to redraw the city's voting districts for the next 10 years. 

Rezoning amendment could delay Regency decision

An amendment to the rezoning of Columbia Regency mobile home park, suggested by the company that wants to buy the property, would require the city to give residents six months' notice and provide $1,200 to trailer owners. Some residents say that isn't enough.

City replaces Columbia Regional Airport manager

Columbia Regional Airport manager Andrew Schneider was replaced on Thursday. Don Elliott has accepted an interim appointment to the job.

City Council to vote Monday on Regency Trailer Park

The council is set to vote whether the mobile home park will be displaced by a student apartment complex.

Opponents of Trial D redistricting plan meet to organize Dudley recall effort

Columbia residents opposed to Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley's proposed redistricting plan met at two separate meetings Thursday to discuss a recall petition. Organizers hope to gather 2,000 signatures to place the recall initiative on the ballot and send a message to the City Council.

Columbia City Hall renovation gets LEED's gold certification

Columbia's city hall expansion and renovation project received gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Commission seeks permanent management for Boone County Fairgrounds

Representatives from TAG Events, LLC — the company temporarily contracted to manage the fairgrounds — were the only people to attend an informational meeting for contractors interested in bidding on a permanent management position.

Racial bias data for Columbia police traffic stops inconclusive

The Columbia Police Department pulls over more blacks than whites — but it's hard to tell if the police are as biased as the data suggest.

Residents of Columbia's Fourth Ward seek recall of Daryl Dudley

A petition, which will begin circulating Tuesday, accuses the councilman of gerrymandering and ignoring public opinion, among other things.

City Council considering sidewalk improvements near Hickman High School

The Columbia City Council will consider asking contractors to bid on sidewalk improvements along Providence Road, including the intersection with Business Loop 70 East.

Columbia expands apartment, commercial recycling programs

The city has received two grants totaling $10,000, which will be used toward the purchase of recycling bins for three apartment complexes and eight city office buildings.

Dudley to discuss wards at library meeting

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley will talk to the public about his proposed ward reapportionment plan at the Columbia Public Library on Friday.

Habitat for Humanity seeks city annexations for single-family subdivision

Annexation would allow the subdivision to receive city services such as police and fire protection and infrastructure maintenance.

Dan Atwill appointed presiding county commissioner

Dan Atwill, MU alumnus and Columbia attorney, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon; the Republican Central Committee is criticizing the appointment.

Columbia honors Baumgardner for service to utilities board

Tom Baumgardner was appointed to the advisory board in 1991 and served until June.