Columbia City Council discussed how to mesh the renewal of a sales tax revenue with the results of a citizen survey, indicating a desire for more land preservation funding.
Donald Warren, one of the co-founders of CoMoCitizens, a group formed in response to a Feb. 11 raid SWAT raid, asked the City Council Monday night to make Chief Ken Burton's policy changes for the SWAT team binding.
The Public Works Department director proposed changes to Columbia's transit system. Expansion of the system would add service to the IBM site, Forum Boulevard and the Lenoir Retirement Community, among many other route changes.
Ken Burton, chief of the Columbia Police Department, said he wants his officers to be more community-oriented but asked the City Council for more staff to meet his goals.
Regional Economic Development Inc. will not reveal what business is involved in the discussion, but said it will use state funding and not require money from the city.
The agenda includes naming the proposed discovery garden in Stephens Lake Park, public comments about the February SWAT raid in which the team killed a dog, discussing the acquisition of a lot adjacent to Douglass Park and a report about the trial use of wireless Internet in transit buses.
Excellence in core service areas is the top priority at this year's City Council retreat. This year's retreat will take place at the Country Club Hotel in Lake Ozark. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and ends around midday Saturday.
The clerk's office has 30 days to check over the signatures to see if the petition qualifies to be forwarded to the Columbia City Council.
Columbia Regional Airport plans to create improved runways and terminal facilities to meet federal safety and security standards.
City Council plans to decide during its annual retreat if a one-eighth-cent sales tax benefitting Parks and Recreation projects will be on the November ballot.
Fire Chief Bill Markgraf also plans to ask the city to create two new positions to allow the department more flexibility.
Proposed rate changes could help fund improvements to Columbia's stormwater utility and save the city from facing fines.
Fire Station No. 9 opened in February, but officials say another one is needed.
Columbia Transit hopes to expand its service and eliminate delays by shortening the Orange South Route and adding another route to serve south Columbia.
The City Manager Bill Watkins forecasts adding Sutter site to Columbia's collection of development-ready locations.
Linen King, an Oklahoma-based company that provides laundry services to the health-care industry, promises to create 30 jobs in Columbia within six months and 100 within five years.
Regional Economic Development Inc. announced Linen King is coming to Columbia in August and will provide 30 jobs within the next six months and 100 within five years.
Three crew members of the USS Columbia attended the 16th annual reception for members of the city's namesake vessel.
A release from the governor's office said flags will be at half staff in Missouri on May 31, the day of Pfc. Jason Fingar's funeral. Flags in Boone County will remain at half-staff for the following week.
The City of Columbia has purchased foreclosed homes with the intent to rehab them within the next year.