Local Government

Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission endorses East Area Plan

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to accept a plan that creates a road map for the expansion of east Columbia, whose population has grown in recent years.

Mayor voices worries about parks sales tax proposition

Mayor Bob McDavid said unclear language could affect voters' opinions of a proposal to continue the city parks sales tax. The proposal will be on the ballot Nov. 2.

Panel discusses property seizure laws

About 30 people gathered at The Blue Note on Wednesday night to listen to a panel discussion about civil forfeiture laws. The gathering was sponsored by the Americans for Forfeiture Reform.

Columbia's city manager defends officers in February SWAT team raids

City Manager Bill Watkins informed Green Aid in a letter that he supports Columbia's police officers' actions during a SWAT team raid in  February. Green Aid said it was disappointed in the city's actions and the message it sends.

Judge Gene Hamilton concludes career spanning 28 years, 500 cases

Hamilton said he does not know who Gov. Jay Nixon will choose to replace him. In 1989, Hamilton presided over the state’s first case to accept DNA evidence. After retiring, he will begin conducting arbitration mediation for Fulton law firm Riley and Dunlap.

UPDATE: Family's suit seeks damages over SWAT raid that killed dog

A lawsuit filed by the Whitworth family claims the city and police officers violated their constitutional rights during a Feb. 11 SWAT raid at their Columbia home.

Council passes 2011 budget with smaller-than-proposed electricity rate increase

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the budget for fiscal year 2011. It also approved the hiring of four firefighters, one police officer and two joint communications operators.

Columbia City Council considers police chief's downtown camera report

The council asked the Police Chief Ken Burton to provide more specific information regarding the camera model and price before it chooses how to proceed.

Columbia's Fleet Operations Division hopes for increase in budget, staff

The budget for the 2011 fiscal year of the division, which works on vehicles and equipment for the city, was approved Monday night.

Columbia City Council to hold final budget meeting Monday

Bill Watkins first proposed a $385.5 million budget in July. The city council must now make its final decision on the fiscal 2011 budget.

Bonding with nature: 3M to donate to MKT Trail

The trail heads between Stadium and Forum boulevards will be the main beneficiary of $40,000 donation from the Columbia 3M plant.

Difficult budget forces cuts in city travel and training

Police and IT departments and Columbia Water and Light will feel the most impact as the City Council pushes for tighter travel and training budgets.

Accessibility argument threatens to derail Columbia dinner train

Two groups say the Columbia Star dinner train should be accessible to those with disabilities, but the company that owns the train says that would be too expensive and that the train is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Columbia City Council to hear downtown camera report Monday

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton proposed placing surveillance cameras at four downtown locations.

Burton recommends downtown camera placement

Four locations for downtown cameras were proposed to the City Council and will be considered at its next Monday night meeting.

Longtime donor, former state 4-H director honored Thursday night

Frank Graham, who donated land for the Boone County Extension Center office in 1984, gave his name Thursday night to a fund meant to maintain the same building.

Final draft of East Area plan presented to public

Without much of an audience, the Columbia and Boone County Planning and Zoning Commissions presented a final draft of the East Columbia Area Plan.

43 miles of Boone County roads being repaved

Residents should watch for loose rocks on freshly resurfaced roads.

Columbia receives highest art grant statewide

The city of Columbia received $32,644 from the Missouri Arts Council, which is the largest grant of any other city statewide. Collectively, various organizations in Columbia received $458,282.

Boone County Government Center construction moving along

Members of the Boone County Commission met Wednesday with the architectural and builder representatives for the renovation project.