Local Government

Four candidates for Columbia fire chief position named

The candidates will participate in community events to become familiar with Columbia.

Columbia promotes John Blattel to permanent finance director

Interim Director John Blattel became the permanent director of the city's Finance Department.

Candidates address downtown, zoning issues

The six candidates for two seats on the Columbia City Council talked about their priorities during a forum hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Residents, experts discuss proposed changes to animal ordinance

Among the topics discussed were the proposed restrictions on tethering animals and regulating feral cats.

City considers regulating feral cat owners

The Columbia Board of Health is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss changes to Columbia's feral cat policies.

Historic snowfall causes pothole issues on Columbia roads

City officials say they expect the perennial problem to be worse this year. Temporary patches are being applied, but the real fixes must wait till spring.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for apartments at College, Walnut

The unanimously approved request will enable developers to build twice as many apartments and a ground-level retail space.

Columbia City Council approves potential downtown tax district

The newly formed community improvement district could potentially collect an additional half-cent sales tax downtown.

Behind rise in volunteer hours are people inspired to help

Whether they're picking up trash, helping fight crime or teaching athletes to swim, Columbia volunteers are contributing their time to help others.

FAQ: What do I need to know to vote in the municipal election?

The last day to register to vote in the April municipal election is March 9.

Boone and Callaway county courthouses closed Tuesday

The Boone and Callaway county courthouses will be closed Tuesday. The decision to open Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Crime statistics

Find crime statistics for MU, Columbia, Boone County and Missouri.

Keene Street project leads council to re-evaluate tree preservation plan

A plan to remove protected trees off Keene Street in exchange for off-site mitigation has led the city council to reconsider how urban forests could be preserved.

Council to review Special Business District sales tax proposal

Revenue generated by the proposed sales tax increase would be used to make The district cleaner, bolster public safety programs, jump-start marketing efforts and enhance the beautification process

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Financial trends and budgets for Columbia

Find out how the city has been spending your tax dollars for the past 10 years.

City interested in financing parking garage at downtown hotel

The city has taken interest in establishing a parking garage near the Regency Hotel.


Funding for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week decreases

Budget for the 10th annual event will decrease from $108,000 to $5,000 because of the cut of $103,000 from GetAbout Columbia, which has supported the event. However, Janet Godon believes the loss of funding will not affect the support from community businesses and organizations.

Commission releases plans for Bonnie View Park

The nearly 90-acre park will try to preserve the natural landscape.

Planning and Zoning Commission approves new apartment complex

The more than 12.5-acre complex will feature two- to four-bedroom apartments.

City Council to hear rezoning request for College Ave. apartments

The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association is asking the council to change the request to restrict what the developer can do.