Local Government

City Council to consider creating improvement district downtown

The creation of the district could allow for a  half-cent sales tax, if approved by residents, that would generate an estimated $2.5 million to fund projects in the area.

Bill preventing parking by mailboxes tabled again

The city manager recommended tabling so the council could talk to stakeholders.

City Council puts $49.5 million bond issue on April ballot

The bond will be used to purchase the remainder of the natural gas-fueled Columbia Energy Center from Ameren Energy Marketing.


City Council approves ecological restoration project

The project, expected to get under way in April, will be done on a former city sewer site.

Council approves Ridgeway Cottages sewer line construction

Approval of the sewer line installation allows developer Amir Ziv to go ahead with a central Columbia housing project.

Bill to remove Blue Ridge Road stop sign goes to council

The bill would remove the all-way stop at Blue Ridge Road and Skylane Drive and the crosswalk at the intersection, as well as install a new crosswalk at Blue Ridge Road and Deer Run Drive.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri unemployment statistics by county

Search Missouri unemployment statistics from 1990 to the present by year, month and county.

TIF funding approved for Regency Hotel

A tax increment finance funding resolution was approved for the redevelopment of Regency Hotel by the TIF Commission.

Columbia four months away from sixth red-light-traffic camera

Columbia's net revenue from tickets issued as a result of red-light cameras was $18,046.94 for the fiscal year 2010.

Citizens Police Review Board discusses marijuana laws, police misconduct

The board also discussed the departure of member Steve Weinberg.

Police chief offers security training to City Council

Ken Burton has offered Police Department expertise to council members and possibly Board of Education members.

City received almost 39 million e-mails in 2010

More than 34.5 million were blocked for being spam or containing viruses. 

Residents express views on downtown Columbia development plans

The public was invited to take a look at the finished plan for the development of downtown Columbia on Tuesday afternoon.

Darrell Foster files candidacy for First Ward City Council position

Foster said he wants to increase transparency and address crime, unemployment, poverty, polarization and discrimination in the First Ward.

Columbia City Council races take shape

The deadline for filing for two open seats on the City Council was 5 p.m. Monday. In the end, six candidates submitted petitions to get their names on the ballot.

Columbia considers adjusting fluoride levels after federal recommendation

The city plans to communicate with the state Department of Natural Resources to discuss changes in the recommended levels of fluoride in drinking water.

Missouri Municipal League eyes bills in legislature

Columbia officials and municipal league members have expressed concern about a potential red-light camera ban and sales tax proposals.

Committee evaluates applicants for city finance post

Applications for the city finance director post will be accepted until the position is filled.

Planning and Zoning commissioner, attorney to run for council

Helen Anthony joins Glen Ehrhardt in running for the Fifth Ward seat.

Pam Forbes announces candidacy for First Ward

Pam Forbes turned in the required 50 signatures to be nominated as a candidate for the First Ward City Council seat. The election will be in April.