Local Government

Missouri Municipal League eyes bills in legislature

Columbia officials and municipal league members have expressed concern about a potential red-light camera ban and sales tax proposals.

Committee evaluates applicants for city finance post

Applications for the city finance director post will be accepted until the position is filled.

Planning and Zoning commissioner, attorney to run for council

Helen Anthony joins Glen Ehrhardt in running for the Fifth Ward seat.

Pam Forbes announces candidacy for First Ward

Pam Forbes turned in the required 50 signatures to be nominated as a candidate for the First Ward City Council seat. The election will be in April.

Council votes to oppose EPA plan for Hinkson Creek

Five council members side with the staff position saying a 40 percent reduction in stormwater runoff is unreasonable.


Bond issue to buy gas power plant proposed for ballot

City officials are interested in buying the rest of the Columbia Energy Center, a natural-gas generator that would boost the city's capacity to produce its own electricity. The measure, if approved, would appear on the April 5 ballot.

Columbia will vote on stipends for City Council

The proposal to pay the mayor $9,000 and other council members $6,000 a year will appear on the April 5 municipal ballot.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia City Council work sessions

The Columbia City Council work session minutes contain information about concerns over local zoning issues and health insurance options and costs, and even include graphics.

Columbia City Council votes to recite pledge before each meeting

The city code has been amended to require that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited before council meetings and work sessions. 

Council to hold hearing on Hinkson Creek plan

The long-running dispute about an EPA proposal for controlling pollution in Hinkson Creek will come to the City Council after criticism that it had not been adequately involved in establishing policy on the matter.

Ed Robb sworn in as presiding commissioner

Despite a health emergency Wednesday, Ed Robb was sworn in as Presiding Commissioner of Boone County at the ceremony Jan. 1. "When I say I'm very happy to be here, I really mean it," Robb said.

City Council to vote on bill requiring pledge before meetings

Fourth Ward's Daryl Dudley asked for the measure

City Council to hear about taxi stands for downtown

City Council will hear a report on a plan for taxi restrictions in downtown Columbia, but some cab companies think it is a bad idea.

Ed Robb to be sworn in despite hospital visit

After being hospitalized with an abnormal heart rhythm Wednesday, the man elected presiding Boone County commissioner in November will not attend the official swearing in ceremony Saturday. However, he will still be sworn in sometime this weekend.

Richards plans to run for First Ward City Council seat

Mitch Richards' interest in city government was piqued when he participated in last spring's campaign to oppose security cameras downtown.

Red-light cameras generate little revenue for Columbia

The city's five red-light cameras generated $18,000 in net revenue during fiscal 2010. The cameras aren't meant to make money, city officials say.

Applications available for city boards and commissions

Citizens may apply for several boards and commissions, including the Citizens Police Review Board and the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council.

Sierra Club disputes attorney's authority in city's dispute with EPA

David Shorr has represented Columbia, Boone County and MU in criticizing EPA recommendations for Hinkson Creek. But a letter from his law firm suggests he was hired just to appeal a state stormwater permit.

Chamber of Commerce committee aims to raise interest in council candidacy

The chamber's 11-member Recruitment Task Force is looking to encourage citizens to run for open City Council seats.


Utility companies receive complaints about scams

Boone Electric Cooperative and the City of Columbia Utilities Department are receiving complaints from customers who are getting suspicious calls asking for credit card information.