Local Government

UPDATE: City offices will have minimal staffing during Bruce Britt memorial service

Some city offices will closed or lightly staffed to allow employees to attend memorial services for Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt onThursday morning.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council forms task force for infrastructure funding

The task force, composed of members of the Leadership Council, will meet for the first time next week.

City staff to detail which downtown projects can still proceed

There are about 15 projects vying for utilities, City Manager Mike Matthes said, and some of them will not move forward.

Second-home zoning change inches towards vote

The Columbia City Council will comment in March on a zoning change that would allow two houses on certain lots.

Former emergency management director files lawsuit against city of Columbia

Zim Schwartze, former emergency management director, is suing the city for wrongful termination and asking for damages of at least $451,000.

Officials to hear questions and concerns from Columbia First Ward residents

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.

After TIF district defeat, city manager outlines options

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.

After voting down TIF, Columbia council explores alternative funding

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.

Columbia City Council votes down proposed TIF

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.

Columbia City Council to select potential TIF projects

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.

Data gathering, attendance problems mar task force's progress

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.

Developers must wait for Columbia infrastructure improvements before building downtown

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.

First Ward City Council candidates address Columbia transportation, crime

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.

Some roads still covered with ice, snow a week after snowstorm

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.


New Norma Sutherland Smith Park will have extreme fitness trail

Norma Smith Sutherland Park will also feature traditional recreational facilities. The first of two public meetings will be held Tuesday.

City largely clears roads after midweek snowfall

According to a release from Columbia Public Works, 98 percent of roadways were passable at 9:30 Thursday morning, 27 hours after the snow stopped falling.

UPDATE: Dozens of cars towed, 104 cited under Columbia snow ordinance

The new city ordinance had its first road test with this week's snowfall, and the results were mixed: Some residents moved their cars out of the way, and others didn't.

Columbia City Council denies rezoning for student housing

The council voted 4 to 3 to deny rezoning for an 899-bed student housing complex that would have been built by Park 7 Group. The area proposed for rezoning was located near the intersection of Stadium and Maguire boulevards.

Meeting on second houses produces mixed public input

The next step in the process is to review all public input before passing on the draft ordinance to Columbia City Council for final consideration.

Proposed change allows additional house on lots in Columbia

The city is considering a zoning law change that will allow homeowners to build second houses on some residential lots. The proposed change is to be discussed during a Wednesday meeting at city hall.