Local Government

City manager finalists set to meet with public

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.

Columbia mayor finds funding for Short Street garage problematic

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.

Mayor to announce final four candidates for Watkins' job

The candidates come from Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Iowa.

City Council narrows city manager candidates down to four

Mayor Bob McDavid said although the four candidates are from other states, they know what to expect as Columbia's city manager.

Columbia City Council tables acquisition for Short Street garage

Council members didn't want to vote on purchasing the land until financial details for the garage were clearer.

Diversity, "Snowmageddon" highlights of candidate forum

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.

Columbia City Council to review land plan for Short Street garage

However, the financing for the proposed garage hasn't been explained to council members.

League of Women Voters forum to address energy, stipend issues

Candidates for the Columbia City Council, Columbia School Board and Boone Hospital Board of Trustees will answer questions about issues on the April ballot.

City Council to hold public hearing on 'streetscape' plan

The public can weigh in Monday on new sidewalks and landscaping proposed for the Avenue of the Columns near Broadway.

Reception scheduled for Watkins' retirement

City Manager Bill Watkins' retirement reception at Stephens Lake Park is set for March 10.

Hertwig Hopkins named Columbia's acting city manager

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.

Columbia 2010 census data to set ward boundaries

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.


What's so important about the census?

Numbers from the 2010 census will be the driving force behind new political boundaries and changes in federally funded programs.

Watkins sides with minority opinion on Billups case

The city manager is directing Police Chief Ken Burton to review and clarify two department policies.

City might pay for taxis to council meetings

Bus service stops at 6:25 p.m., leaving some Columbia residents without transportation to meetings.

Columbia City Council approves Regency Hotel redevelopment TIF

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.

City Council to vote on Regency Hotel TIF development Monday

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.

City manager application deadline approaches

The deadline for applicants to apply for city manager is today at 5 p.m. Final candidates will be interviewed in March.

Downtown taxi stand experiment set to unfold

Broadway and Tenth, Cherry and Ninth streets might play host to taxi stands, which are designed for public safety.

Stormwater grant to aid pollution reduction of Hinkson Creek

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.