Local Government

Columbia Contact Center set to handle street and sidewalk concerns by 2015

The city proposes to expand the coverage of the Contact Center to include customer concerns on streets and sidewalks.

Columbia Police Officers' Association supports property tax for more police

The officers' group says the November ballot issue is a better proposal than one floated last year.

City encourages neighborhoods to set shared goals

More than 10 neighborhoods in Columbia gathered to discuss the neighborhood planning on Wednesday evening. The city will assist neighborhoods to set up unique plans for future development.


Columbia residents file another lawsuit to block Opus project

Petition alleges city was "arbitrary and capricious" in its issuance of demolition and building permits.

UPDATE: Opus gets permits, plans to be open for fall 2015

Building and site development manager Shane Creech said the city gave Opus demolition, land disturbance and building permits shortly before noon Wednesday.

City to vote on continued funding for Columbia Access Television

The City Council is leaning toward a $100,000 appropriation for the public access cable channel, half of which would be used to match money raised by the station.

Opus waiting on city of Columbia to shut off utilities

In order to receive the permits it needs to proceed with development of a six-story, 259-bed student apartment building, Opus needs utilities to be shut off. That work had not been scheduled as of Monday afternoon, a Columbia Water and Light spokeswoman said.

Judge rules against Opus opponents, suit against city of Columbia remains

U.S. District Judge denies a request for an injunction that would continue to block the city from issuing permits for a six-story student housing development on Locust Street.

$2.4 million could be returned to flight investors

American Airlines flights to Chicago and Dallas from Columbia Regional Airport have been mostly profitable for the past 18 months.

Columbia will install audible pedestrian signals by 2015

Signals will be installed at four intersections, with eight others to follow when more money becomes available. The Disabilities Commission and Tiger Council for the Blind have been advocating for the systems for several years.

Public questions Columbia City Council's intent with budget proposal

Residents brought up the proposed discontinuation of the city's trash bag voucher program and hike in sewer connection fees. Others supported a change to rental property inspection fees.

Columbia City Council to discuss solar project, Hinkson Creek, sewer cost increase, Flat Branch trunk line

Here's a preview of the various public improvement projects and rate increases the Columbia City Council will discuss Tuesday night.

Public forum looks for alternative ways to fund infrastructure

Five state representatives will host the discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Columns Room at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center.


City, users optimistic about natural gas filling station

The Clean Energy pumps opened last Monday and are open to the public.

Neighbors say Ameren Missouri property would be ideal for a park

Residents of the North Village Arts District are hoping the city will buy the land, which is the site of a former coal gasification plant.

City Council considers increasing parking fees to address budget shortfall

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city needs more parking revenue to close this year's $30,000 deficit.

Opus could learn fate of new student housing Thursday

There will be a teleconference hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday on Opus' motion to dissolve the temporary restraining order that has blocked the developer from receiving building permits.

Opus lawyers say lawsuit against city meant to ruin housing project

Opus lawyers argued Thursday the restraining order blocking the project from getting building and demolition permits has nothing to do with residents civil rights lawsuit against the city that caused a judge to issue it.

Ordinance proposes to add meters at disabled parking

An ordinance to stop free parking for motorists with disabilities and add ADA-compliant spots near East Broadway will go for a vote by the City Council on Sept. 2.

Judge could rule next week whether Opus can intervene

Opus may get the chance to intervene in a civil case that has kept it from construction.