Local Government

City Council to consider postponing decision on 9th Street Summerfest

The council will review changes to the ordinance on street closings and will consider a proposition to wait to enact these changes for 60 days.

Columbia Audubon Society votes to allow Scott's Branch Trail construction

Members of Columbia Audubon Society voted 29-19 to allow the Scott's Branch Trail to be built through the society's property, but there are several conditions.

City's bus fund faces serious finance problems

City Manager Mike Matthes said during a coffee session that the city's bus system, which has been running a deficit, would use up its fund next year.

Booche's photo unveiled as Columbia's annual commemorative poster

Copies of the poster can be purchased for $15 at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall and the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. Proceeds from the poster sales will go to various arts agencies in town.

City of Columbia to hold bowhunter registration sessions

The city will host three sessions for bowhunters to obtain permits and go through an orientation.


Columbia Transit wins award for increased ridership

The Federal Transit Administration teamed up with the Missouri Public Transit Association to present The Federal Transit Administration Region 7 Award of Excellence.

Assistant city manager's duties to be reassigned after promotions

Paula Hertwig Hopkins will vacate her position because of budget cuts, and existing city employees will fulfill her duties after assuming new titles.

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.