Local Government

Columbia residents voice displeasure with proposed transit cuts

Twenty-two people spoke at Tuesday's City Council meeting on issues involving the bus system.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning vote delayed to Oct. 3

City Council will hold the public hearing and vote on the rezoning of the southeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard on October 3.

Alley A businesses want vehicles to stay out

Business owners want to make Alley A more pedestrian friendly after recent renovations. Columbia City Council gave the go-ahead for drafting legislation that would make the alley pedestrian only.

Public hearings on Columbia's transit budget to be held Tuesday

Residents will get to speak about transit issues including fare increases and service cuts at this week's City Council meeting. Although PedNet director Ian Thomas says his organization is supportive of many elements of the city's long-term public transportation plan, his group wants the city to hold off on these changes until a new system can be put in place.

Byron Hill, president and CEO of ABC Labs retired

Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories, Inc., announced the retirement of its president and CEO on Friday.

Parks department seeks public input on improvements at Twin Lakes Recreation Area

A meeting will be held Sept. 15 to discuss ways to upgrade facilities at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

City of Columbia debuts Facebook page

The city's fan page has received 493 likes in its first week. It will be used to communicate and engage community members with general information about things happening in Columbia.

Boone County Commission proposes short-term plan for problematic fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has proposed a plan for the Boone County Fairgrounds that it hopes would lead to better management, financial oversight and maintenance over the next year. 

Developer of The Links fined for Clean Water Act violation

Violations include failures to minimize runoff, follow a stormwater pollution prevention plan, comply with water quality standards and conduct site inspections.

Cultural Affairs group concerned about move

Some members of the Commission on Cultural Affairs aren't so sure about moving offices to building that houses Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mike Matthes, the city manager, says there's lots of reasons to support the move.

City conducts survey on using roll carts for trash collection

A report by the Public Works Department is on the way to the City Council for review. If approved, an automated trash collection system will be in place sometime during or after 2013.

'One-stop shop' approach questioned at Community Development Department work session

The new department would be a merger of the Office of Neighborhood Services, the Building and Site Development Division and the Planning and Development Department.

Boone County Commission grants Missouri Soybean Association building permit

The Soybean Association plans to construct a facility that will allow them to conduct research on soybeans to help local farmers market them globally. 

Kahler sentenced to death in quadruple slaying

Karen Kahler's family said the sentence doesn't dispel the dark cloud that hangs over them.

Ticket sales for MU events provide big boost for Columbia's economy

A study done by MU's business school shows that ticketed events — including Tiger athletic events, state high school athletic competitions, concerts and shows — brought more than $118 million of revenue to the city in fiscal year 2010.

Grasslands residents seek traffic relief

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Providence and Burnam roads creates problems for residents of the Grasslands neighborhood.

Synthetic marijuana, 'bath salts' now illegal in Missouri

The law, designed to lessen synthetic drug use, makes possession of any amount of "bath salts" or more than 35 grams of synthetic marijuana a Class C felony.

Columbia's sustainability office seeks grant to help low-income areas

The $500,000 HUD grant would provide funding for the city to explore various issues in low-income areas. The Office of Sustainability's proposal will be finalized in the next few weeks.

Columbia Regional Airport wants to lease advertising on terminal walls

If the Columbia City Council approves the program, an estimated $20,000 per year in revenue will be used for infrastructure improvements at the airport.

Matthes proposes partnership between tourism bureau, cultural affairs

The city manager has suggested sharing space to accommodate more cooperation by the departments.