Local Government

Residents, City Council members criticize fast pace of student-housing proposals

City Council members and Columbia residents voice their wariness toward the expedited timeline to bring three student-housing proposals to a council vote.

First Ward City Council candidates share views over radio

First Ward Columbia City Council candidates received air time on KFRU/1400 AM at the League of Women Voters' candidates forum.

Columbia's agreements with developers moving too fast, residents say

One of the city's agreements with a student-housing developer, American Campus Communities, has already fallen through. That leaves the city saddled with a $300,000 bill, Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said.


Columbia City Council agrees to fix brick roads, add more

During the next 20 years, the city will lay a concrete base under Columbia's brick streets to even them up. The city will also develop a list of asphalt-covered brick streets to uncover.


Fourth Ward councilman criticizes city staff on downtown development

Ian Thomas expressed frustration about the city staff not bringing up the development agreements earlier and the resulting midday meetings that had to be scheduled.

City Council to consider decriminalizing marijuana cultivation

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe is sponsoring an amendment to city ordinances that would decriminalize the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants and expand protections for seriously ill people.

Columbia residents can comment on proposed downtown housing Monday

Columbia City Council will decide this week whether 1,325 beds of student housing will become part of downtown. Here's a breakdown of the three proposed development agreements.


Columbia City Council to vote on brick street resolution

The Historic Preservation Commission has proposed to repair brick streets and uncover asphalt-covered brick streets in an effort to express Columbia's historic character and to beautify streets.

Columbia First Ward council candidates answer development, infrastructure questions

Candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from an audience of more than 30 people at a candidate forum hosted by the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, did not attend.

Citizens Police Review Board adds appeals to mediation process

If residents or officers aren't satisfied by the outcome of mediation, they can appeal the decision.


Housing developers agree to shoulder some downtown sewer costs

There is an estimated $6.7 million in downtown city sewer work payments left, even after possible contributions from development companies.

Columbia's violence task force discusses public forum, racial profiling

Public comment sparked a discussion about racial profiling at Wednesday night's meeting. Members also laid the foundation for future projects and meetings.

Muleskinners to host First Ward candidate forum

Columbia City Council First Ward candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easley will address audience's questions and concerns at the Muleskinners' lunch-time forum.

Want to vote in the April 8 election? Wednesday is the last day to register

Registration must be completed online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be valid for the general municipal election on April 8.

Developers agree to pay for some downtown utility improvements

Three student-housing developers have agreed to fund the sewage, electric and water utility improvements that would otherwise hold up their projects. The Columbia City Council will read through the agreement Wednesday.

Downtown Leadership Council continues conversation about downtown infrastructure

C-2 zoning requirements and lack of clear data describing the city's current infrastructure capacity were the focus of a Downtown Leadership Council subcommittee meeting Friday afternoon.

FIRST WARD CITY COUNCIL: Meet the candidates

Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.

Electronic filing saves time for courthouse, public

Attorneys at the Boone County Courthouse have started filing case documents online, opening the court documents up to public access.

City Council members investigate options for financing downtown infrastructure

Mayor Bob McDavid said funding for a $6.75 million sewer project is within reach.

Mayor's Task Force evaluate community policing but take no action

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence discussed community policing and neighborhood watch programs, but did not make any formal recommendations at its Wednesday meeting.