Local Government

City Council to hold public hearing on 'streetscape' plan

The public can weigh in Monday on new sidewalks and landscaping proposed for the Avenue of the Columns near Broadway.

Reception scheduled for Watkins' retirement

City Manager Bill Watkins' retirement reception at Stephens Lake Park is set for March 10.

Hertwig Hopkins named Columbia's acting city manager

Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins will work with City Manager Bill Watkins until his March 11 retirement and will have decision-making authority in his absence.

Columbia 2010 census data to set ward boundaries

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2010 census data for the state of Missouri. It shows Columbia's population has grown by 28.4 percent since 2000.


What's so important about the census?

Numbers from the 2010 census will be the driving force behind new political boundaries and changes in federally funded programs.

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.