Local Government

Boone County Fairgrounds still in limbo; new management discussion pending

The Boone County Fairgrounds has been losing money and is in need of a new management structure. The fair board and the county commission agree on that, but what's next for the fairgrounds remains to be seen.

Columbia assistant city manager position eliminated

Paula Hertwig Hopkins' position as assistant city manager has been eliminated. She had held the job since March 2000.

Matthes trying to fix infrastructure without raising taxes

In his first budget proposal as city manager, Mike Matthes recommends increasing funds for infrastructure, cutting bus services and raising hourly pay for city workers by 25 cents.

Matthes' first city budget proposal includes pay raise for city workers

City Manager Mike Matthes proposed no tax increases for Columbia residents but still plans to improve city streets and give city workers their first raise in two years.

Judge rules 'Alligator man' can have his gators back

A Boone County judge ruled Friday that Ken Henderson can have his reptiles back on the condition that he creates a more permanent home for them in Jackson County.

Public hearing set to discuss upgrades to Thomas E. Atkins ball field

Construction is set to begin on the third phase of improvements at Columbia's newest ball field.

Ward Reapportionment Committee weighs new options after public feedback

The Columbia Ward Reapportionment Committee discussed alternatives to the three previously proposed plans at a meeting Thursday night.

New Scott Boulevard lanes now open

Beginning Friday, the improved Scott Boulevard is open to traffic. Area business owners are excited for the improvements because it might improve business.

Audubon Society compromises on Scott's Branch Trail

The Columbia Audubon Society has several stipulations in a compromise over placement of the new Scott's Branch Trail through its nature sanctuary.

Columbia City Council passes Great Hangups zoning decision

The City Council voted in favor of rezoning a plot of land from residential to commercial land, and the Audubon Society compromised on the final leg of the Scott's Branch Trail.

Boone County Animal Control confiscates reptiles from 'alligator man'

The "alligator man," Ken Henderson, is charged with suspicion of animal neglect, abuse and abandonment. Boone County Animal Control requested that he pay a nearly $2,600 fine at a court hearing Monday.

Controversial rezoning issue returns to Columbia City Council for vote

Although the owners of Great Hangups Framing intend to sell, they are asking for a zoning change to allow redevelopment of the property at the southwest corner of Broadway and West Boulevard.

Possible Columbia ordinance aims to regulate wind energy

A pending ordinance would regulate residential and industrial wind turbines in Columbia, a city with more interested in wind energy than actual potential for it.

Columbia Regional Airport advisory board asked to submit strategic plan to council

City Manager Mike Matthes joined a meeting with the Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday. He asked that the board submit a strategic plan in the next few months to the Columbia City Council.

Reapportionment Committee adds new proposal for ward redistricting

The Columbia Reapportionment Committee introduced a third plan for redistricting  ward populations at a meeting Tuesday. The committee decided to leave all three plans up for discussion at the upcoming public hearing.

Parks and Recreation employee dies in accident

The city employee reportedly got trapped between the cab and the bed of a dump truck.

Benton-Stephens residents search for alternative to recommended reapportionment plan

The Columbia Ward Reapportionment Committee's recommended plan would expand the First Ward east to include the Benton-Stephens neighborhood and west to include apartment complexes beyond Stadium Boulevard.

Route K bike lane gets mixed reviews at public hearing

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the project is scheduled to begin around April of next year and is set to finish in September 2012. 

New program enables citizens to have coffee with city manager

The goal of the program is to meet more people and learn what they care about, according to a news release from the city.

Seventh and Walnut parking garage closing for cleaning

The Public Works Department will close the garage at 7 a.m. Monday to wash and seal the floors.