Local Government

Primary candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion, 'Ban the Box'

Thirteen primary candidates participated in Tuesday's question-and-answer session hosted by the Columbia NAACP.


Lottery ticket to support Missouri veterans will be on August ballot

Amendment 8, if passed, would instigate a lottery ticket specifically benefiting veterans. All net proceeds would go into one of the Missouri Veterans Commission's funds.

Former Columbia councilman, mayoral candidate Jerry Wade dies

Wade, 73, died of lung cancer at his home Saturday, his wife said. The former fourth ward councilman had a long history of service to the city.

County parks tax aims to save the Central Missouri Events Center

A one-eighth cent sales tax to fund the Central Missouri Events Center could create new economic opportunities, but opponents say the county has mismanaged the property and that a sales tax is a bailout.

Proposed Columbia budget recommends parking fee increases, raises for city staff

The proposal includes a 2 percent pay raise for all permanent city employees and suggests the city add the equivalent of 55.55 jobs.

Planning and Zoning Commission votes to recommend interim C-2 zoning changes

The commission voted to recommend the City Council adopt interim regulations regarding building height, parking requirements and first-floor utilization. The commission also voted 7-0 to amend the proposed ordinance to include a sunset provision.

Hearing set for Thursday on new rules for downtown zoning

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission could vote on new restrictions after public testimony.

League of Women Voters forum features candidates, park sales tax discussion

The League of Women's voters public forum featured nine candidates who will appear on the primary ballot on Aug. 5. One issue, a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase for Boone County to fund parks and the Central Missouri Events Center, was also discussed.

Panel aims to clear confusion, drum up support for county parks tax

The committee in favor of Proposition EPIC explained how the tax would work and what the county stands to benefit from the tax.

Columbia lakes to open earlier for fishers

Columbia lakes will be opening at 4 a.m., two hours earlier, to allow anglers to fish during opportune times. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission approved the recommendation Thursday.


Repeal group submits additional signatures for Opus petition

Repeal 6214 had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit 140 additional signatures as part of an amended petition designed to block the city's second development agreement with Opus Development Co.

Questions raised over proposed Boone County parks sales tax

Paul Prevo, a member on the Boone County Board of Parks Commission, said the commission did not endorse the sales tax because only 18 percent of its revenues would go toward parks. And Steve Spellman called the tax a bailout for the Central Missouri Events Center.

Council votes to allow Opus Development Co. to close sidewalks and roads

Council's approval of the sidewalk and parking lane closure permit will allow Opus to immediately close the sidewalks and parking lanes through July 2015 to accommodate construction.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Examine Columbia's building code online

Columbia's Code of Ordinances specifies insulation, roof load, swimming pool and other requirements needed to keep buildings up to code.

Opus Development Co. moving forward with housing project construction

The City Council will have the option to authorize Opus to temporarily close sidewalks and parking lanes so it can begin construction. The city has already issued Opus a demolition permit and land disturbance permit.

Columbia's consultant paints bleak image of central Columbia

The report argues for a tax-increment financing district, but one council member said statements within it are "outrageous."

Repeal group's second petition ruled to be 140 signatures short

In a letter to Repeal 6214, the group hoping to block the Opus Development agreement,  City Clerk Sheela Amin said the petition received only 3,069 signatures from registered Columbia voters, falling 140 signatures short.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia's new pickleball courts plan available online

City Council approved four new pickleball courts at Albert-Oakland Park. The plans for the courts are available on the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department website.

Heroin overdose antidote bill awaits Gov. Nixon’s signature

If a bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly is signed into law, first responders in Missouri will be able to carry medication that reverses the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdose.

FROM READERS: Stephens aviation sign uncovered at former airport site

Columbia Municipal Airport was home to Stephens College Aviation Department from 1941 until about 1960.