Local Government

Citizens Police Review Board discusses marijuana laws, police misconduct

The board also discussed the departure of member Steve Weinberg.

Police chief offers security training to City Council

Ken Burton has offered Police Department expertise to council members and possibly Board of Education members.

City received almost 39 million e-mails in 2010

More than 34.5 million were blocked for being spam or containing viruses. 

Residents express views on downtown Columbia development plans

The public was invited to take a look at the finished plan for the development of downtown Columbia on Tuesday afternoon.

Darrell Foster files candidacy for First Ward City Council position

Foster said he wants to increase transparency and address crime, unemployment, poverty, polarization and discrimination in the First Ward.

Columbia City Council races take shape

The deadline for filing for two open seats on the City Council was 5 p.m. Monday. In the end, six candidates submitted petitions to get their names on the ballot.

Columbia considers adjusting fluoride levels after federal recommendation

The city plans to communicate with the state Department of Natural Resources to discuss changes in the recommended levels of fluoride in drinking water.

Missouri Municipal League eyes bills in legislature

Columbia officials and municipal league members have expressed concern about a potential red-light camera ban and sales tax proposals.

Committee evaluates applicants for city finance post

Applications for the city finance director post will be accepted until the position is filled.

Planning and Zoning commissioner, attorney to run for council

Helen Anthony joins Glen Ehrhardt in running for the Fifth Ward seat.

Pam Forbes announces candidacy for First Ward

Pam Forbes turned in the required 50 signatures to be nominated as a candidate for the First Ward City Council seat. The election will be in April.

Council votes to oppose EPA plan for Hinkson Creek

Five council members side with the staff position saying a 40 percent reduction in stormwater runoff is unreasonable.


Bond issue to buy gas power plant proposed for ballot

City officials are interested in buying the rest of the Columbia Energy Center, a natural-gas generator that would boost the city's capacity to produce its own electricity. The measure, if approved, would appear on the April 5 ballot.

Columbia will vote on stipends for City Council

The proposal to pay the mayor $9,000 and other council members $6,000 a year will appear on the April 5 municipal ballot.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia City Council work sessions

The Columbia City Council work session minutes contain information about concerns over local zoning issues and health insurance options and costs, and even include graphics.

Columbia City Council votes to recite pledge before each meeting

The city code has been amended to require that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited before council meetings and work sessions. 

Council to hold hearing on Hinkson Creek plan

The long-running dispute about an EPA proposal for controlling pollution in Hinkson Creek will come to the City Council after criticism that it had not been adequately involved in establishing policy on the matter.

Ed Robb sworn in as presiding commissioner

Despite a health emergency Wednesday, Ed Robb was sworn in as Presiding Commissioner of Boone County at the ceremony Jan. 1. "When I say I'm very happy to be here, I really mean it," Robb said.

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.