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Local Government

City, county happy with joint planning on East Columbia Area Plan

City and county planning officials call joint planning well worth the effort and long overdue.

Columbia looking for ways to cut energy costs

The Columbia Office of Sustainability is expecting an energy assessment report Friday outlining where several city departments can save money on energy.

Mid-Mo Recycling to have electronic waste recycling event in Columbia

Columbia has partnered again with Mid-MO Recycling and Home Depot to host a special electronics collection aimed at reducing landfill waste.

Two Maplewood Barn design options discussed

Insurance money, private fundraising and a proposed parks tax that voters will decide on in November would make up the funding for the new barn.

Marijuana-law reform activists to appeal Citizens Police Review Board ruling

California-based Green Aid wants the city to reconsider the board's rejection of its complaint against the Columbia Police Department over a controversial SWAT team drug raid earlier this year.

Text of the letter from Green Aid

This is the text of the appeal filed with City Manager Bill Watkins.

Labor Day affects city services

City government and other city employees will have the day off to observe the Labor Day holiday.

UPDATE: City Council works on tight budget at second work session

City Council members discussed changes — mostly cuts — at more than seven departments. They also proposed reinstating four firefighter positions and adding two police officers.

TODAY’S QUESTION: What changes to the city budget would you like to see?

City officials are discussing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. What are some changes you'd like to see?

Residents, officials discuss proposed parking lot at Jefferson Junior High

The new lot would increase safety for students, but neighbors are concerned it would cause flooding problems for nearby homes.

Missourian live blogging city budget session

The Columbia City Council is having its final work session on the proposed budget for fiscal 2011 on Monday night. Missourian reporter Mary Daly will keep readers up to speed on the conversation on The Watchword blog.

Columbia officials shape 2011 budget

The Columbia City Council and city officials discussed amendments to the proposed 2011 city budget at a work session Saturday. City officials spent the four-hour meeting brainstorming ways to trim the more than $92 million budget.

Ad campaign proposed to promote city of Columbia

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants more than $100,000 for advertisements to promote the city.

Huntsdale mayor faces domestic violence charge

Huntsdale mayor Deborah Lancaster was arrested Saturday at her home in a domestic dispute involving her son and daughter-in-law.

Boone County Fire Protection District has set aside to pay FEMA, if need be

 The Boone County Fire Protection District approved a budget that will pay back $752,453 owed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and purchase new equipment.

GetAbout Columbia goes chic

“Cycle Chic" encourages participants to embrace their inner chic and place “style before speed.”

Columbia's garbage: where it goes and how it gets there

The City of Columbia processed 13,000 tons of trash in 2009. Where does it go?

Council approves Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival operating agreement

The agreement for this year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival are similar to last year's.

Columbia reviews city's Americans with Disabilities Act plan

The city is seeking input about the plan, which hasn't been reviewed in 18 years.

Parks and Recreation Commission considers land acquisition proposal

City departments are considering land acquisition criteria that would be used if a one-eighth of 1 percent parks sales tax is extended in a Nov. 2 election. The criteria will help the city identify the best sites for acquisition.

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