Local Government

New routes proposed for Columbia's bus system

The Public Works Department director proposed changes to Columbia's transit system. Expansion of the system would add service to the IBM site, Forum Boulevard and the Lenoir Retirement Community, among many other route changes.

Burton wants to change culture of police force

Ken Burton, chief of the Columbia Police Department, said he wants his officers to be more community-oriented but asked the City Council for more staff to meet his goals.

REDI president hints at new development within the month

Regional Economic Development Inc. will not reveal what business is involved in the discussion, but said it will use state funding and not require money from the city.

Preview of City Council agenda for June 7

The agenda includes naming the proposed discovery garden in Stephens Lake Park, public comments about the February SWAT raid in which the team killed a dog, discussing the acquisition of a lot adjacent to Douglass Park and a report about the trial use of wireless Internet in transit buses.

State of the City lays out goals, strategies for Columbia, despite tight economy

Excellence in core service areas is the top priority at this year's City Council retreat. This year's retreat will take place at the Country Club Hotel in Lake Ozark. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and ends around midday Saturday.

People For a Taser-Free Columbia present more than 4,000 signatures to city clerk's office

The clerk's office has 30 days to check over the signatures to see if the petition qualifies to be forwarded to the Columbia City Council.

Columbia Regional Airport improvements a priority for city

Columbia Regional Airport plans to create improved runways and terminal facilities to meet federal safety and security standards.

Sales tax could bring $12.3 million to Columbia parks and trails

City Council plans to decide during its annual retreat if a one-eighth-cent sales tax benefitting Parks and Recreation projects will be on the November ballot.

Fire chief plans to ask city for additional personnel funding

Fire Chief Bill Markgraf also plans to ask the city to create two new positions to allow the department more flexibility.

Columbia stormwater utility needs work to avoid fines

Proposed rate changes could help fund improvements to Columbia's stormwater utility and save the city from facing fines.

City Council to consider proposal for a 10th fire station

Fire Station No. 9 opened in February, but officials say another one is needed.

Council to discuss new routes, timeliness of bus system

Columbia Transit hopes to expand its service and eliminate delays by shortening the Orange South Route and adding another route to serve south Columbia.

Plans for new shovel-ready site introduced during Columbia's State of the City address

The City Manager Bill Watkins forecasts adding Sutter site to Columbia's collection of development-ready locations.


Linen King to bring jobs to Columbia

Linen King, an Oklahoma-based company that provides laundry services to the health-care industry, promises to create 30 jobs in Columbia within six months and 100 within five years.

Regional Economic Development Inc. announces Linen King coming to Columbia

Regional Economic Development Inc. announced Linen King is coming to Columbia in August and will provide 30 jobs within the next six months and 100 within five years.

World War II submarine veteran meets USS Columbia crew members

 Three crew members of the USS Columbia attended the 16th annual reception for members of the city's namesake vessel.

Nixon orders flags at half-staff for Pfc. Fingar

A release from the governor's office said flags will be at half staff in Missouri on May 31, the day of Pfc. Jason Fingar's funeral. Flags in Boone County will remain at half-staff for the following week.

City buys four more homes in hopes of neighborhood stabilization

The City of Columbia has purchased foreclosed homes with the intent to rehab them within the next year.

Columbia Police Department seeks applicants for summer youth academy

The program is open to grades 8-12 and is schedule for the week of July 19-23.

Residents weigh in on East Area Plan

Through drawings on maps of the county, about 60 residents offer opinions on the East Area Plan.