Local Government

Columbia City Council grants Citizens Police Review Board more funding

The mayor also recommended a smaller electric rate increase at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Pedestrian improvements at Providence Road and Business Loop 70 tabled

The Columbia City Council was ready to move forward with pedestrian improvements to a busy intersection, but the issue was tabled because all stakeholders were not given proper notification.

Columbia accepts $380,000 settlement from T-Mobile

Columbia is one step closer to being more than $380,000 richer after the City Council  accepted the terms of a settlement over back taxes that several Missouri cities say the wireless carrier owes them.

Council considers budget cuts to find money for public safety staff

The City Council is wielding a sharp knife as it seeks to find enough money to pay for firefighters, police and emergency dispatchers in the fiscal 2011 budget, which is the subject of another public hearing on Tuesday.

City to offer amnesty to unregistered landlords

The city's Office of Neighborhood Services wants a better accounting of rental properties in town and is encouraging unregistered landlords to comply without fear of prosecution.

Regency Hotel Downtown to undergo $17.5 million redesign

Approval of tax-increment financing for the hotel's redesign will be discussed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.


Missouri House races heat up as Labor Day passes

Labor Day traditionally has marked the beginning of the fall campaign season, but candidates in local House races say they've been working hard since spring.

Newly proposed energy efficiency codes meet opposition

The Columbia City Council plans to review energy efficiency options for modifying the building code.

City, county happy with joint planning on East Columbia Area Plan

City and county planning officials call joint planning well worth the effort and long overdue.

Columbia looking for ways to cut energy costs

The Columbia Office of Sustainability is expecting an energy assessment report Friday outlining where several city departments can save money on energy.

Mid-Mo Recycling to have electronic waste recycling event in Columbia

Columbia has partnered again with Mid-MO Recycling and Home Depot to host a special electronics collection aimed at reducing landfill waste.

Two Maplewood Barn design options discussed

Insurance money, private fundraising and a proposed parks tax that voters will decide on in November would make up the funding for the new barn.

Marijuana-law reform activists to appeal Citizens Police Review Board ruling

California-based Green Aid wants the city to reconsider the board's rejection of its complaint against the Columbia Police Department over a controversial SWAT team drug raid earlier this year.

Text of the letter from Green Aid

This is the text of the appeal filed with City Manager Bill Watkins.

Labor Day affects city services

City government and other city employees will have the day off to observe the Labor Day holiday.

UPDATE: City Council works on tight budget at second work session

City Council members discussed changes — mostly cuts — at more than seven departments. They also proposed reinstating four firefighter positions and adding two police officers.

TODAY’S QUESTION: What changes to the city budget would you like to see?

City officials are discussing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. What are some changes you'd like to see?

Residents, officials discuss proposed parking lot at Jefferson Junior High

The new lot would increase safety for students, but neighbors are concerned it would cause flooding problems for nearby homes.

Missourian live blogging city budget session

The Columbia City Council is having its final work session on the proposed budget for fiscal 2011 on Monday night. Missourian reporter Mary Daly will keep readers up to speed on the conversation on The Watchword blog.

Columbia officials shape 2011 budget

The Columbia City Council and city officials discussed amendments to the proposed 2011 city budget at a work session Saturday. City officials spent the four-hour meeting brainstorming ways to trim the more than $92 million budget.