Local Government

City Council to vote on bill requiring pledge before meetings

Fourth Ward's Daryl Dudley asked for the measure

City Council to hear about taxi stands for downtown

City Council will hear a report on a plan for taxi restrictions in downtown Columbia, but some cab companies think it is a bad idea.

Ed Robb to be sworn in despite hospital visit

After being hospitalized with an abnormal heart rhythm Wednesday, the man elected presiding Boone County commissioner in November will not attend the official swearing in ceremony Saturday. However, he will still be sworn in sometime this weekend.

Richards plans to run for First Ward City Council seat

Mitch Richards' interest in city government was piqued when he participated in last spring's campaign to oppose security cameras downtown.

Red-light cameras generate little revenue for Columbia

The city's five red-light cameras generated $18,000 in net revenue during fiscal 2010. The cameras aren't meant to make money, city officials say.

Applications available for city boards and commissions

Citizens may apply for several boards and commissions, including the Citizens Police Review Board and the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council.

Sierra Club disputes attorney's authority in city's dispute with EPA

David Shorr has represented Columbia, Boone County and MU in criticizing EPA recommendations for Hinkson Creek. But a letter from his law firm suggests he was hired just to appeal a state stormwater permit.

Chamber of Commerce committee aims to raise interest in council candidacy

The chamber's 11-member Recruitment Task Force is looking to encourage citizens to run for open City Council seats.


Utility companies receive complaints about scams

Boone Electric Cooperative and the City of Columbia Utilities Department are receiving complaints from customers who are getting suspicious calls asking for credit card information.

Columbia native to direct Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Sara Parker Pauley will fill the position vacated in August, pending Senate approval.

City hires lawyer to challenge EPA on Hinkson Creek cleanup

Draft recommendations from the EPA call for a reduction of stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by 39.1 percent.

Presiding Commissioner-elect Robb meets with current Boone County Commissioners

Commissioners reviewed their work over the last year and divided up responsibilities for the coming year.

Police chief explains initial release on Dresner's retirement

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said he questioned whether being more forthcoming about the circumstances surrounding the resignation of his deputy chief would have served any purpose.

Deputy police chief's resignation prompted by affair with subordinate

The announcement by Columbia Deputy Police Chief Tom Dresner on Tuesday that he would retire Dec. 17 was prompted by his disclosure to Police Chief Ken Burton that he had an affair with a female officer.

Proposed road tax formula divides county municipalities

Some officials from less populous municipalities in Boone County think the proposed new county road tax formula is unfair.

Amnesty program encourages rental property registration

Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, the Office of Neighborhood Services offered an amnesty period for landlords to register rental units in compliance with city laws. The office registered 225 new units in that time.

City Council renews Columbia's anti-identity theft program

The Red Flag Rule, a city government effort to prevent identity theft, has been renewed for a second year. So far, the program has found no problems with the protection of municipal records.

Council stipend likely to be put on April ballot

According to several City Council members, voters will once again consider whether city government should be a paid gig.

Pledge of Allegiance may soon be a Council requirement

A proposal by Daryl Dudley might soon make the Pledge of Allegiance a staple of City Council meetings.

Richland Road request approved; Weiss property rejected by City Council

The controversial 181-acre Richland Road rezoning request was ultimately approved Monday after two years of debate.