Local Government

Watkins sides with minority opinion on Billups case

The city manager is directing Police Chief Ken Burton to review and clarify two department policies.

City might pay for taxis to council meetings

Bus service stops at 6:25 p.m., leaving some Columbia residents without transportation to meetings.

Columbia City Council approves Regency Hotel redevelopment TIF

Council members on Monday signed off on tax-increment financing for the redevelopment of the Regency Hotel. The total cost of project is estimated to be $17.5 million.

City Council to vote on Regency Hotel TIF development Monday

The council will vote on two bills: one on corrections to the original ordinance, and one on whether to accept the redevelopment proposal from Broadway Lodging LLC.

City manager application deadline approaches

The deadline for applicants to apply for city manager is today at 5 p.m. Final candidates will be interviewed in March.

Downtown taxi stand experiment set to unfold

Broadway and Tenth, Cherry and Ninth streets might play host to taxi stands, which are designed for public safety.

Stormwater grant to aid pollution reduction of Hinkson Creek

The Boone County Public Works Department received a grant Thursday to help reduce pollution in Hinkson Creek. The money will be used to install rain barrels and other devices to help reduce the stormwater runoff into the creek.

Community members voice approval of Bonnie View Park plan

The Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to move ahead and present the plan to the City Council.

Four candidates for Columbia fire chief position named

The candidates will participate in community events to become familiar with Columbia.

Columbia promotes John Blattel to permanent finance director

Interim Director John Blattel became the permanent director of the city's Finance Department.

Candidates address downtown, zoning issues

The six candidates for two seats on the Columbia City Council talked about their priorities during a forum hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Residents, experts discuss proposed changes to animal ordinance

Among the topics discussed were the proposed restrictions on tethering animals and regulating feral cats.

City considers regulating feral cat owners

The Columbia Board of Health is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss changes to Columbia's feral cat policies.

Historic snowfall causes pothole issues on Columbia roads

City officials say they expect the perennial problem to be worse this year. Temporary patches are being applied, but the real fixes must wait till spring.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for apartments at College, Walnut

The unanimously approved request will enable developers to build twice as many apartments and a ground-level retail space.

Columbia City Council approves potential downtown tax district

The newly formed community improvement district could potentially collect an additional half-cent sales tax downtown.

Behind rise in volunteer hours are people inspired to help

Whether they're picking up trash, helping fight crime or teaching athletes to swim, Columbia volunteers are contributing their time to help others.

FAQ: What do I need to know to vote in the municipal election?

The last day to register to vote in the April municipal election is March 9.

Boone and Callaway county courthouses closed Tuesday

The Boone and Callaway county courthouses will be closed Tuesday. The decision to open Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon.

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