The candidates will participate in community events to become familiar with Columbia.
Interim Director John Blattel became the permanent director of the city's Finance Department.
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.
Among the topics discussed were the proposed restrictions on tethering animals and regulating feral cats.
The Columbia Board of Health is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss changes to Columbia's feral cat policies.
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.
The unanimously approved request will enable developers to build twice as many apartments and a ground-level retail space.
The newly formed community improvement district could potentially collect an additional half-cent sales tax downtown.
Whether they're picking up trash, helping fight crime or teaching athletes to swim, Columbia volunteers are contributing their time to help others.
The last day to register to vote in the April municipal election is March 9.
The Boone and Callaway county courthouses will be closed Tuesday. The decision to open Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon.
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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.
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
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The city has taken interest in establishing a parking garage near the Regency Hotel.
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.
The nearly 90-acre park will try to preserve the natural landscape.
The more than 12.5-acre complex will feature two- to four-bedroom apartments.
The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association is asking the council to change the request to restrict what the developer can do.