Local Government

Changes in parks enhance accessibility

In 2010, the city developed a plan to make parks more accessible in order to comply with changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Many in the community are pleased with changes, but not all are satisfied. 

Development council opposes Proposition 2

The Central Missouri Development Council said the proposition, which would raise development fees to pay for roads, will make it too expensive to live in Columbia.

Candidates field questions from Columbia Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters

State candidates discussed highways, Medicaid and MU buildings, while county commissioner candidates talked about the fairgrounds and city-county relations.

Columbia City Council says no to marijuana, yes to new buildings

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe's proposal to decriminalize growing up to two marijuana plants failed by a 3-4 vote. Councilmen Ian Thomas and Michael Trapp also voted for it.


Columbia City Council action, Oct. 20

Plastic bags, park projects, new buildings packed the agenda along with the vote on an ordinance easing the city's marijuana ordinance.

Dietzel's banking, performance background prepare her for recorder bid

Nora Dietzel is used to being the center of attention. Her singing allowed her to transition into theater, where she starred as the lead in several local plays. Now, Dietzel is the center of attention for a different reason: her campaign for Boone County recorder of deeds.

Ballenger brings rural character, business acumen to recorder's race

Almost half of Lisa Ballenger's life has been spent in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office working as deputy recorder. Now she's one of two candidates competing to replace her boss, who is retiring.

Donated land will provide new entrance to Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

Visitors will soon have two entrances to choose from: one on Rollins Road and one on the south side of the West Lawn subdivision, where the park will be increased by five acres.

Property tax on November ballot would add 40 police officers, 15 firefighters

As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.

Proposed changes to marijuana ordinance get support from Columbia NAACP, others

The ordinance would decriminalize the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana or the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. It's scheduled for a public hearing and council vote Monday.


Chamber panel supports higher property taxes, opposes higher development fees

The Government Affairs Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges voters to say yes to Proposition 1 and no to Proposition 2 on the November ballot.


Boone County office candidates report campaign finances

Candidates for presiding commissioner, recorder and collector report how much money they've raised and spent in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.

Hallsville forum gives candidates chance to introduce themselves

Boone County candidates for collector and recorder of deeds, along with contenders for state House of Representatives, went to Hallsville to speak to a crowd of about 20 voters. 

Development fees on November ballot stir debate about who should pay for roads

Proposition 2 would have developers pay a higher share of the cost for roads and would tie the fees to the number of vehicle trips their projects generate.

Stephen Webber offers solutions to Ferguson problem

In a speech to the League of Women's Voters on Wednesday, Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, emphasized the need to increase funding for police officers, the minimum wage and the justice system, implying that people should be willing to pay for the society they want to have. 

County clerk says Amendment 6 on November ballot is wrong for Missouri

Early-voting advocate Wendy Noren explained at a luncheon Friday why Amendment 6 is not the right step forward for early voting in Missouri. 

Disabilities Commission endorses proposed ordinance to ease penalties for growing marijuana

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe's bill would allow Columbia residents to grow up to two marijuana plants without suffering felony prosecution.

The District opposes funding recommendation for downtown infrastructure

Although The District does have the power to issue bonds, paying for utility projects is not its primary purpose, the board says.

Columbia Board of Health opens public discussion on tobacco proposals

Some Columbia residents seem to be in favor of raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21, but opinions are split when it comes to implementing restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Columbia Regional Airport passengers could see new amenities added to holding area

If approved by the Columbia City Council, the airport would add a new bathroom in the holding area and a snack bar in terminal lobby area.