Local Government

Columbia City Council approves design firm for Short Street garage

Walker Parking Consultants were approved to design the Short Street parking garage by the City Council Monday night. The firm will be paid $514,600 for its services.

Number of polling locations reduced for Tuesday's election

Residents planning on voting tomorrow should check their sample ballots for correct polling locations.

Last City Council candidate forum addresses African-American community

The four candidates for the First Ward seat addressed race relations in the central city ward.

First Ward forum to choose consensus candidate for black vote

The Saturday event also includes a potluck dinner.

Institute accepts Columbia health director

Stephanie Browning, director of the Columbia-Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, has been accepted into the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Proponents hope April 5 election approves stipend for City Council

Members of the City Council haven't been paid since the city's first charter in 1949. Proponents of a proposed stipend think it would help the mayor and council members with their complex jobs resulting from the city's population growth.      

Campaign finance reports released for Columbia City Council hopefuls

The reports show that each Fifth Ward candidate has spent more than the four First Ward candidates combined.

Q&A with First Ward City Council candidates

Pam Forbes, Mitch Richards, Fred Schmidt and Darrell Foster answer questions from the Missourian's readers and reporters.

Foster wants to serve, lead Columbia's diverse First Ward community

Darrell Foster hopes to bring his history of community activism and commitment to inclusion to Columbia's City Council. Foster is running for the council's First Ward seat.

Fred Schmidt wants to bring communication, financial expertise to council

Schmidt is a native of Columbia and resettled here because he grew tired of giant corporations in California and New York. He's running to represent the First Ward.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Boone County Jail inmates

The list gives the age, gender, race and hometown of current inmates.

Planned bike trail projects need approval from Columbia City Council

Plans include new ramps connecting Stadium Boulevard to the MKT Trail, a wider and more interconnected pedway on Old 63 and a new trail in southwest Columbia.

Missouri auditor to release stimulus fund report

State Auditor Tom Schweich will release a report about Missouri's use of federal stimulus money in 2010.  

Columbia Neighborhood Response Team's inspections draw ire, appreciation

The city's Neighborhood Response Team, which formed in 2011, hopes its inspection program fosters a sense of ownership and nurtures a sense of community.

Columbia City Council takes step toward new Short Street garage

The council approved the acquisition of land for the new parking garage on Short Street, adjacent to a redeveloped Regency Hotel.

Diversity among talking points at NAACP's City Council candidate forum

First Ward candidates focused on issues related to affirmative action, while Fifth Ward candidates discussed erosion, energy-efficient homes and the Office of Neighborhood Services.

Mike Matthes hired as Columbia's new city manager

City Council members voted unanimously for Mike Matthes, former assistant city manager and chief information officer in Des Moines, Iowa, to replace Bill Watkins as Columbia's city manager.

Columbia City Council approves restructuring sewer rates

Some say the council's unanimous decision will increase the cost of business.

Mayor to announce Columbia's new city manager at 5:30 p.m.

The new city manager was chosen from four candidates and will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Statistics about Columbia

Increase your knowledge of Columbia by looking at city data that includes demographics, climate patterns and more.