The four candidates for Columbia's city manager position will begin the interview process Friday. The public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at City Hall.
McDavid was critical of a quick deadline given to the city by the redevelopers of the Regency Hotel. He said building the garage would guarantee an increase in parking rates downtown.
The candidates come from Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Iowa.
Mayor Bob McDavid said although the four candidates are from other states, they know what to expect as Columbia's city manager.
Council members didn't want to vote on purchasing the land until financial details for the garage were clearer.
City Council candidates discussed a variety of issues during a forum Tuesday night at the Columbia Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
However, the financing for the proposed garage hasn't been explained to council members.
Candidates for the Columbia City Council, Columbia School Board and Boone Hospital Board of Trustees will answer questions about issues on the April ballot.
The public can weigh in Monday on new sidewalks and landscaping proposed for the Avenue of the Columns near Broadway.
City Manager Bill Watkins' retirement reception at Stephens Lake Park is set for March 10.
Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins will work with City Manager Bill Watkins until his March 11 retirement and will have decision-making authority in his absence.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2010 census data for the state of Missouri. It shows Columbia's population has grown by 28.4 percent since 2000.
Numbers from the 2010 census will be the driving force behind new political boundaries and changes in federally funded programs.
The city manager is directing Police Chief Ken Burton to review and clarify two department policies.
Bus service stops at 6:25 p.m., leaving some Columbia residents without transportation to meetings.
Council members on Monday signed off on tax-increment financing for the redevelopment of the Regency Hotel. The total cost of project is estimated to be $17.5 million.
The council will vote on two bills: one on corrections to the original ordinance, and one on whether to accept the redevelopment proposal from Broadway Lodging LLC.
The deadline for applicants to apply for city manager is today at 5 p.m. Final candidates will be interviewed in March.
Broadway and Tenth, Cherry and Ninth streets might play host to taxi stands, which are designed for public safety.
The Boone County Public Works Department received a grant Thursday to help reduce pollution in Hinkson Creek. The money will be used to install rain barrels and other devices to help reduce the stormwater runoff into the creek.