Local Government

Finger Lakes State Park looks to improve parking

Two-phase plan would add additional parking spaces and improve existing lots.

Mounting costs have Columbia pondering changes to police, fire pension plans

Low return on investments and other flawed assumptions have forced the city of Columbia to increase contributions to the police and fire pension fund. The city is considering several strategies to reverse the trend.

Columbia Police Review Board suggests increase in police's audio and visual recording

An attorney from the Boone County Public Defender's office urged the board that increased use of recording will provide an objective account of interactions between the police and citizens.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill tackles the economy at town hall meeting

McCaskill talked about job creation and the importance of the coal industry.

Task force gives Columbia cable television companies poor reviews

Although Mediacom and Charter Communications are the targets of frequent complaints, a Columbia advisory board says city government is ill-equipped to address the problems and lacks the authority to require better service.

City Council changes Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue

A roundup of other action from Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Columbia City Council grants Citizens Police Review Board more funding

The mayor also recommended a smaller electric rate increase at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Pedestrian improvements at Providence Road and Business Loop 70 tabled

The Columbia City Council was ready to move forward with pedestrian improvements to a busy intersection, but the issue was tabled because all stakeholders were not given proper notification.

Columbia accepts $380,000 settlement from T-Mobile

Columbia is one step closer to being more than $380,000 richer after the City Council  accepted the terms of a settlement over back taxes that several Missouri cities say the wireless carrier owes them.

Council considers budget cuts to find money for public safety staff

The City Council is wielding a sharp knife as it seeks to find enough money to pay for firefighters, police and emergency dispatchers in the fiscal 2011 budget, which is the subject of another public hearing on Tuesday.

City to offer amnesty to unregistered landlords

The city's Office of Neighborhood Services wants a better accounting of rental properties in town and is encouraging unregistered landlords to comply without fear of prosecution.

Regency Hotel Downtown to undergo $17.5 million redesign

Approval of tax-increment financing for the hotel's redesign will be discussed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.


Missouri House races heat up as Labor Day passes

Labor Day traditionally has marked the beginning of the fall campaign season, but candidates in local House races say they've been working hard since spring.

Newly proposed energy efficiency codes meet opposition

The Columbia City Council plans to review energy efficiency options for modifying the building code.

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.