Local Government

Boone County Fairgrounds half-cent tax not enough, board says

A new tax on sales at the Boone County Fairgrounds is a good step, but a representative of the fair board says county commissioners should commit more resources to the property.

Columbia Regional Airport fence intended to block wildlife

The planned project would cost no more than $104,015, and the federal government will pick up 95 percent of the cost.

Columbia's Ward Reapportionment Committee looks to expand First Ward

A plan to alter the boundaries of Columbia's wards will be presented at a July 14 public hearing. The ward realignment would even out the estimated populations in each ward.

Urban farmers one step closer to on site produce sales

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved on Thursday a text amendment request that would allow selling produce on site if the land is in office zoning.

Downtown businesses petition City Council concerning Summerfest street closure

Representatives of 21 downtown businesses signed a petition saying Summerfest activities draw customers away from competing businesses. They ask that the street closure only be allowed on certain days.

Eighth member added to ward reapportionment committee

The City Council unanimously approved the addition of an at-large member of committee, which had been criticized for lacking diversity. Wiley Miller was selected.

Parking meter rates to double July 1 downtown

Residents can expect rates for downtown parking to double starting on July 1 from 30 cents an hour to 60 cents. The decision was approved unanimously at the City Council meeting Monday.

City Council to vote on additional member to Reapportionment Committee

A Monday vote will decide if another member will be added following questions of lack of minority representation. Mayor Bob McDavid said the resolution would only apply to the current committee.

Stakeholders fail to reach compromise in final Scott's Branch Trail meeting

The third meeting, originally scheduled for June 22, has been canceled because organizer Daryl Dudley said nothing new would be discussed.

Columbia City Council discusses plans for Short Street parking garage

The council began digging into the details of the new garage at its retreat Saturday.

UPDATE: City to host Scott's Branch Trail meeting Wednesday

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley hopes stakeholders can reach a compromise on a proposed trail route near Bonnie View Park and land owned by the Audubon Society.

City Council retreat to be held locally Friday, Saturday

The retreat will take place in the City Council chamber — a change from past years, when it was held outside the city. Agenda items include health care reform, storm water and the Short Street garage.

Andy Lee chosen for Planning and Zoning Commission

Andy Lee was chosen for the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night by the Columbia City Council.

Reconstruction of Maplewood Barn Theater expected to begin in August

Reconstruction of the Maplewood Barn Theater was approved Monday night by all seven members of the Columbia City Council .

Fifth and Walnut garage will not get 60-foot flagpole

Columbia City Council members decided against pursuing the idea of putting a 60-foot flagpole on top of the Fifth and Walnut parking garage Monday.

Columbia City Council to acquire land for Short Street garage

The Columbia City Council tabled until June 20 a decision won whether to raise parking meter rates downtown to pay for the parking garage.

City Council poised to increase downtown Columbia parking fees

Higher parking rates and longer meter hours could help the city's goal to raise $600,000 per year to finance the proposed Short Street garage.

Columbia city manager appoints Greg Slinkard as new internal auditor

Greg Slinkard, who will retire from his position as audit manager with the Missouri auditor's office July 1, begins his job as internal auditor for Columbia on July 11.

City ends Ameren deal, takes ownership of Columbia Energy Center

Although Columbia's energy portfolio is changing, the city will continue to get the vast majority of its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

Columbia garden creation to bloom on international stage

The city's parks team has paired up with Columbia's sister city, Suncheon, South Korea, to participate in the 2013 Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo, which will bring together nine other countries' gardening talents.