C-2 zoning requirements and lack of clear data describing the city's current infrastructure capacity were the focus of a Downtown Leadership Council subcommittee meeting Friday afternoon.
Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.
Attorneys at the Boone County Courthouse have started filing case documents online, opening the court documents up to public access.
Mayor Bob McDavid said funding for a $6.75 million sewer project is within reach.
The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence discussed community policing and neighborhood watch programs, but did not make any formal recommendations at its Wednesday meeting.
Most people at a public meeting focused on the aesthetics of a proposed barrier down the middle of College Avenue. Others worried about the potential loss of left-turn access to East Campus.
Some city offices will closed or lightly staffed to allow employees to attend memorial services for Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt onThursday morning.
The task force, composed of members of the Leadership Council, will meet for the first time next week.
There are about 15 projects vying for utilities, City Manager Mike Matthes said, and some of them will not move forward.
The Columbia City Council will comment in March on a zoning change that would allow two houses on certain lots.
Zim Schwartze, former emergency management director, is suing the city for wrongful termination and asking for damages of at least $451,000.
The city will be hosting its second ward meeting for First Ward residents Monday. Representatives of various city departments will address Columbia's budget and priorities.
The city's three remaining options might not be able to raise $19.75 million to fund sewer and electric works for additional downtown development.
The 5-2 decision eliminated the only proposed solution to address the city's infrastructure problems downtown and could halt development for months. But some council members are ready to propose other approaches.
The council's decision might also cause several developers to pull out of Columbia. Before the vote, St. Romaine said representatives of OPUS Group and Park 7 Group told him they plan to cancel their developments if the city did not approve the downtown infrastructure funding.
Although the council's decision Monday night won't establish a downtown tax-increment financing district, it could bolster the plan, which has been criticized by council members, the public and the Boone County government.
The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence ran into several problems at Wednesday's meeting, many of which stemmed from a lack of attendance for the second straight meeting.
Two new developers expressed interest in building this week. On Tuesday, city officials decided that no new buildings that would add to the already strained utilities would go up in the downtown area.
Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from Chamber of Commerce members. Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, said he could not participate in the forum on religious grounds.
A street is considered passable when one lane is accessible by a front-wheel drive vehicle driving under the speed limit, according to Columbia Public Works.