Local Government

Columbia City Council torn on infrastructure commission

The Downtown Leadership Council is pushing for a blue ribbon panel that would assess and create a plan for addressing utility and street needs.

After delay, Boone County Commission awards 911 center bid to Little Dixie Construction

Columbia-based Little Dixie Construction won the construction contract with a bid of $9.93 million and a scheduled completion date of March 29, 2016, but a bid protest delayed the awarding of the contract. Boone County Counselor C.J. Dykhouse recommended Tuesday that the Boone County Commission award the bid without further delay.

Low fuel prices provide financial benefit to city, county

The city of Columbia and Boone County stand to save big money if fuel costs stay low and other factors remain constant.

Public forum on plastic bag restrictions proposal to be held Tuesday

A public forum on the proposed ordinance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

Fees, possible rebates part of proposed plastic bag ordinance

Some details of the proposed ordinance include 10-cent fees for paper bags, waived fees for customers on food assistance programs and allowed exemptions for restaurant carryout and produce bags.

King debunks talk of bid for Columbia mayor

An icon of the local music scene said he cares about public affairs but isn't cut out for City Council service.

Mistrust between police union and city leadership festers

City Manager Mike Matthes believes the mistrust, along with the drop in public approval of the police department, stems from the "constant cadence of negativism" perpetuated by CPOA union tactics.

Future of trash collection to be discussed at public forums

Meetings will be held in each of the city's six wards beginning Feb. 10.

Columbia City Council to consider next phase of Scott Boulevard project

The council's Monday night agenda also includes bills proposing new rules for ride-sharing and taxi companies, but they aren't likely to be discussed until the Feb. 16 meeting.

'Heads in beds' a boon to visitors bureau

Hotel receipts produced a 9.2 percent boost in revenue for the agency that markets Columbia.

Public weighs in on proposed Shepard-Rollins connector trail options

The city's Public Works Department revealed new information about the proposed Shepard Boulevard-Rollins Street connector trail options and gauged public opinion.

City announces significant savings from incentive-based budgeting

The plan, which was put in place in fiscal 2012, saved the city $4.1 million in fiscal 2014. City Manager Mike Matthes will return half that money to individual departments and guide the City Council on how to spend the rest.

West Central residents offer optimism, concerns in open house

The Community Development Department hopes to develop visions for dozens of Columbia's neighborhoods, including the West Central neighborhood. The meeting held Thursday allowed residents a chance to complete a survey that city staff will use to address the particular neighborhood's needs.

Rep. Kip Kendrick pushes for telehealth services in schools

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed a house bill in January to include telehealth "originating sites" at schools. Currently, these sites can be found at hospitals, rural health clinics and other health centers.

Rob Rasmussen joins list of hopefuls for First Ward council seat

The Woodhaven home coordinator is the sixth person who intends to run for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. Elections for the First Ward, Second Ward and Sixth Ward council seats take place April 7.

UPDATE: Minchew drops out of Sixth Ward council race

Randy Minchew decided to pull out of the race after he determined that he and another candidate, Ryan Euliss, have similar political stances.

City rekindles talks of automated roll cart trash collection

The new system would encourage recycling, reduce workers' compensation claims and charge more for those who generate more trash, city officials said.

PedNet supports level trail to connect Grindstone to Stephens Lake

The PedNet Coalition has voiced its support for building a level trail connecting the Grindstone Nature Area and Stephens Lake Park. PedNet has asked the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to support options that avoid a large hill along Old 63.

Construction company claims inaccuracies in emergency center bid review

Tom Wright and Dan Dreckmann of Wright Construction Services attended Thursday's Boone County Commission meeting and delivered a presentation to the commission. They claimed some of the information in the county's review of their bid was inaccurate.


City seeks public opinion on how to spend annual federal grants

Columbia expects $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and wants residents to offer advice on how to spend it.