Local Government

Avenue of the Columns construction enters next phase

The project will cost about $750,000, to be paid from city revenue funds.

Activist Jeremy Root says he's in it for the long haul

The attorney who led the charge against the Opus student apartment project is driven by the ideals of justice and democracy.

Motion to ban single-use plastic bags doesn't get full support

Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas said he didn't think switching to other kinds of  bags would be difficult for people in Columbia, if they were pushed to do so.

City, Chamber to go ahead with repairs to Walton Building

The Walton building, constructed in 1986, is home to the Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Office of Cultural Affairs.


City Council puts electric grid upgrades, stormwater bill increases on ballot

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night to put a $63.1 million bond issue for the electric utility upgrades and proposed increases in stormwater utility bills on the April 7 ballot.

Advisory board recommends airport changes to accommodate more passengers

The Airport Advisory Board recommended changes to Columbia Regional Airport that would accommodate increased passenger loads resulting from the introduction of larger aircraft earlier this month.

Ruffin, Nuccio seek First Ward City Council seat; Banks opts out

With three weeks to go before the filing deadline, the central City Council vacancy continues to attract candidates.


Proposed ballot measures, bag ban among agenda items for City Council

The Columbia City Council's regular meeting was moved to Tuesday night because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday.

Five finalists selected in city flag contest

The Office of Cultural Affairs received 84 contest entries. Several of the finalists incorporated the city logo in their designs.


Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission proposes plastic bag ban

The commission cites the environmental hazards proposed by the bags in a report submitted to the Columbia City Council. The council will review the report at its Tuesday meeting. If approved, the ban would likely be the first in Missouri.

Six City Council candidates' petitions validated; check who signed them here

Those running for Columbia City Council seats must collect at least 50 signatures from registered voters in their wards.


With three seats on April ballot, Columbia City Council field takes shape

Filing closes Tuesday for the Second and Sixth ward races. Four candidates have shown interest in Ginny Chadwick's vacated First Ward seat with just less than a month left to file.

Water and Light board looks at possible inequity in electric rates

Owners of smaller houses end up picking up the tab for peak electric use by those in larger houses, according to data presented by Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board member Dick Parker.

Midway sewer project divides Columbia City Council members

The $2.6 million sewer line was included in a 2013 bond issue, but some council members think companies that would benefit should help pay for it.

City Council discusses possible legal action against Uber

City officials said legal action against Uber is the next step if the ride-share company continues to ignore regulations.


Proposed bond issue would fund electric system upgrade for Columbia

The largest project in the proposed $63.1 million bond issue is the construction of a new substation and transmission lines in southern Columbia.

Proposed increase in utility rates would fund stormwater infrastructure repair

The Columbia City Council will decide whether to place the nearly 200 percent increase on the April ballot.

COMO Connect to get up to 40 new bus stop shelters

A report outlines planned improvements that include new shelters and route changes to the city's bus system. The report will be presented at the Columbia City Council meeting on Jan. 5.

New parking meter hours impact residents in different ways

Downtown parking meter enforcement was pushed back to the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feelings were mixed among drivers using the meters this weekend.

Events center's closure forces shows out of town

City and county officials lament the possible harm to Columbia's economy with the closure of the fairgrounds site.