The controversial 181-acre Richland Road rezoning request was ultimately approved Monday after two years of debate.
The stipends — $6,000 for ward representatives and $9,000 for the mayor — would be put to a vote of the people. Not all members agree they're appropriate.
Accountant Fred Schmidt has decided to declare his candidacy for the First Ward and plans to tackle issues such as the city's budget, financial issues and the pension system.
Since August, adjusted routes and a new one have increased Columbia Transit's ridership citywide by 20 percent compared with the same time last year.
The Columbia Star dinner train was expected to begin operations this fall but has been delayed. City and railroad representatives say the attraction will be up and running soon.
In a memo to the chairwoman of the Citizens Police Review Board, Police Chief Ken Burton re-affirmed his decision that Officer Nathan Turner did not use excessive force when he threw a man to the ground while responding to a reported disturbance at a nightclub last year.
The family of Michael Heaston, who died in July after he collided with a city bus, is seeking damages from the city of Columbia.
The commission will be the final government body to vote on the plan.
People who work on LeMone Industrial Boulevard say they like the northward extension of Maguire Boulevard, and Mayor Bob McDavid said the project was key to bringing IBM to town.
The city of Columbia and Boone County have completed their wish lists for projects they hope will win federal money. The projects include road extensions, airport and public transportation improvements and environmental infrastructure.
Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill asked for the proposed ordinance to be drafted after he received complaints from people who said they were missing mail deliveries due to parked cars blocking their mailboxes.
The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission finalized a document of goals and objectives for the city, developed with the Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
City Manager Bill Watkins announced that John Blattel has been named the interim director of the city Finance Department.
Columbia faces a lengthy and expensive effort to overhaul aging sewer systems that are compromised by stormwater and groundwater.
The director of Columbia Water and Light said some substations are approaching their maximum physical capacity and suggested a new substation and transmission lines.
Marie Nau Hunter has led the office since 2001; her resignation takes effect in February.
The Citizen's Police Review Board has sent its letter of recommendation to police chief Ken Burton regarding a case involving what it called unnecessary force by a police officer.
The Boone County Recorder of Deeds has created a system to notify registered users of changes in real estate documents in an effort to prevent property and mortgage fraud.
Online bill pay created accidental late charges for some property taxpayers last year. The collector's office will not use that system this year to avoid charging unnecessary late fees.
Home rule would give Boone County its own charter and independence from the state legislature, but Boone County voters have been reluctant to support similar proposals in the past.