The Downtown Leadership Council is pushing for a blue ribbon panel that would assess and create a plan for addressing utility and street needs.
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.
The city of Columbia and Boone County stand to save big money if fuel costs stay low and other factors remain constant.
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.
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.
An icon of the local music scene said he cares about public affairs but isn't cut out for City Council service.
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.
Meetings will be held in each of the city's six wards beginning Feb. 10.
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.
Hotel receipts produced a 9.2 percent boost in revenue for the agency that markets Columbia.
The city's Public Works Department revealed new information about the proposed Shepard Boulevard-Rollins Street connector trail options and gauged public opinion.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Randy Minchew decided to pull out of the race after he determined that he and another candidate, Ryan Euliss, have similar political stances.
The new system would encourage recycling, reduce workers' compensation claims and charge more for those who generate more trash, city officials said.
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.
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.
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.