Local Government

Residents, officials pleased with phase one of Scott Boulevard improvements

A ribbon cutting Monday marked the completion of the $16.2 million project's first phase, which included widening the road, adding a bike lane and other changes. 

Second power line proposal for south Columbia could affect fewer residents

The Columbia Water and Light Department proposed a second plan to address electricity demands in southern Columbia. Hundreds of residents showed opposition to the department's first plan.

Preliminary plan approved for property east of Philips Lake

It isn't clear what would be done with the property, but developer Bruce Odle has proposed dividing the 144 acres into eight lots.

Red Bull wants to close Ninth Street for chariot race

The race would be alcohol-free, according to a Red Bull representative, but some committee members questioned how the company would ensure that is the case.

Public weighs in on five ward reapportionment maps

Committee to reassign ward boundaries discuss several options with the public for new City Council districts.

Demand precedes Short Street garage

The City Council already must consider whether to add a level to accommodate requested space.

Columbia residents voice displeasure with proposed transit cuts

Twenty-two people spoke at Tuesday's City Council meeting on issues involving the bus system.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning vote delayed to Oct. 3

City Council will hold the public hearing and vote on the rezoning of the southeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard on October 3.

Alley A businesses want vehicles to stay out

Business owners want to make Alley A more pedestrian friendly after recent renovations. Columbia City Council gave the go-ahead for drafting legislation that would make the alley pedestrian only.

Public hearings on Columbia's transit budget to be held Tuesday

Residents will get to speak about transit issues including fare increases and service cuts at this week's City Council meeting. Although PedNet director Ian Thomas says his organization is supportive of many elements of the city's long-term public transportation plan, his group wants the city to hold off on these changes until a new system can be put in place.

Byron Hill, president and CEO of ABC Labs retired

Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories, Inc., announced the retirement of its president and CEO on Friday.

Parks department seeks public input on improvements at Twin Lakes Recreation Area

A meeting will be held Sept. 15 to discuss ways to upgrade facilities at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

City of Columbia debuts Facebook page

The city's fan page has received 493 likes in its first week. It will be used to communicate and engage community members with general information about things happening in Columbia.

Boone County Commission proposes short-term plan for problematic fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has proposed a plan for the Boone County Fairgrounds that it hopes would lead to better management, financial oversight and maintenance over the next year. 

Developer of The Links fined for Clean Water Act violation

Violations include failures to minimize runoff, follow a stormwater pollution prevention plan, comply with water quality standards and conduct site inspections.

Cultural Affairs group concerned about move

Some members of the Commission on Cultural Affairs aren't so sure about moving offices to building that houses Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mike Matthes, the city manager, says there's lots of reasons to support the move.

City conducts survey on using roll carts for trash collection

A report by the Public Works Department is on the way to the City Council for review. If approved, an automated trash collection system will be in place sometime during or after 2013.

'One-stop shop' approach questioned at Community Development Department work session

The new department would be a merger of the Office of Neighborhood Services, the Building and Site Development Division and the Planning and Development Department.

Boone County Commission grants Missouri Soybean Association building permit

The Soybean Association plans to construct a facility that will allow them to conduct research on soybeans to help local farmers market them globally. 

Kahler sentenced to death in quadruple slaying

Karen Kahler's family said the sentence doesn't dispel the dark cloud that hangs over them.