Local Government

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.

City passes new feral cat ordinance addressing caretakers

The ordinance will make feeding or harboring feral cats in Columbia more expensive.

Task force recommends options for paying for road repairs

The City Council heard a report that suggested increasing taxes and adding new fees in order to deal with the lack of funding for the building and maintaining city roads.

City Council approves proposed crosswalk construction on Providence

The pedestrian overpass in front of Douglass High School will be replaced with a landscaped median, crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

Extending bus hours won't be part of city budget recommendations

An increasing percentage of the Transportation Sales Tax, which accounts for more than a third of public transportation's revenue, is going to streets and airport subsidy each year.

Columbia feral cat caretakers eager to see how City Council will vote on ordinance

On Tuesday, Columbia City Council members could vote on a new ordinance that would increase the responsibility of those who feed and harbor feral cats.


First phase of Scott Boulevard project nearly done

Two years after construction began, phase one is nearly complete and currently under budget.

Residential produce sales not allowed in Columbia despite nationwide trend

A change in zoning laws allows produce to be sold on residential property in Kansas City is turning heads in Columbia.

City news update will be held Friday morning

The agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting will also be reviewed.

Columbia Hospitality Association debates funding, structure of department merger

City Manager Mike Matthes said a merge between the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau could provide an opportunity to make Columbia "a city of the arts."

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.