Local Government

New fire station LEED certified

Columbia's newest fire station was LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sidewalks and crossings will be accessible to people with disabilities

The guys in orange vests walking around downtown and staring at the sidewalks are looking at how accessible they are for people with disabilities.

Three East Columbia road projects approved

The Federal Highway Administration approved three road projects, including a $40 million Stadium Boulevard extension, but the Missouri Department of Transportation doesn't have the money to begin any of them yet.

City Councilwoman Nauser looks to change nuisance law

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser wants to modify the rule about the number of unrelated people living in a house to make it a nuisance violation.

Early Prop C, presiding commissioner, associate judge results

Prop C is passing. J. Scott Christianson is in the lead for Boone County Presiding Commissioner.

Proposed TDD would lead to higher sales tax

If the proposed Transportation Development District on Grindstone Parkway is approved, those who shop at a new commercial development will have to pay a slightly higher sales tax.

Public voices support for Columbia park sales tax extension

The City Council held a public hearing about extending the park sales tax during its Monday night meeting. Citizens who spoke to the council showed wide support for the extension.

GetAbout Columbia trail projects delayed, but progressing

Several trails in Columbia are nearing completion, though others are still not ready for bikers and runners.

City Manager Bill Watkins presents 2011 budget proposal

The city's financial picture is stable as a result of good foresight, said City Manager Bill Watkins. Future stability will depend on preparing for trouble yet to come.

Council discusses 2010 park sales tax ballot initiative

The 1/8-cent sales tax is citywide and voters first passed it in 2000. It was extended by the voters in 2005, and the tax will raise an estimated $12 million dollars if extended for another five years.

Springfield public defender office turns away new cases

State Public Defender Deputy Director Cat Kelly said Missouri would have needed to more than double the number of defense lawyers to keep up with caseloads.

City Council discusses Richland Road annexation

Council sets Oct. 18 as decision day for two annexation proposals along Richland Road. The requests were first made in November 2008.

Despite reservations, Council approves design for parking garage facade

Council members expressed concern over the design before voting 6-1 to approve it.

Percent for Art public art program has 10 installments, six to come

As you walk or drive around Columbia, you will see a variety of public art. Some of it has been created through the city's Percent for Art program. The most recent is "Keys to the City" at Eighth Street and Broadway. There are nine others works installed and six more planned.

City Council to discuss Richland Road annexation

The City Council plans to swear in the new Water and Light director, Tad Johnsen, and discuss two annexation proposals along Richland Road.

Columbia Transit bus routes to change in August

Columbia bus routes and schedules are set to undergo major changes beginning Aug. 2. The hope is that the increased north, east and west routes will allow individuals greater employment opportunities and Saturday services will mirror weekday schedules to lessen confusion.

Presiding commissioner endorses Scott Christianson

The presiding Boone County Commissioner is Ken Pearson, who has held the position for four years.

Proposed ordinance looks to regulate city dirt piles

The ordinance, if passed, would regulate the size, height and distance of the piles from homes, among other things.

Columbia parking garage art to be presented to City Council

A design was unanimously recommended by the Commission on Cultural Affairs and is set to be presented to the City Council on Monday.

Columbia City Council approves bus route changes, hears festival plans

All bus routes will be modified, new areas of service will be added and the Saturday service will mirror the weekday schedule.