Local Government

Public hearings during council meeting will focus on Stadium, Business Loop 70 improvements

The new sidewalk on Business Loop 70 corresponds with a new waterline project in the area. The reconstruction around Stadium Boulevard will cost an estimated $19.6 million.

Downtown planning charrettes continue with open house, public meetings

The charrettes will include an open house and public meetings about downtown planning.

UPDATE: Columbia Star Dinner Train might start service in August

Central State Rail might begin service of the Columbia Star Dinner Train in August, pending Columbia City Council approval.

Public voices opinions about downtown planning to H3 Studios

H3 Studios ended the first phase of the charrette process with a public meeting to discuss future design plans for downtown.

Community meets Water and Light director candidates at reception

Some of the issues raised include renewable energy options and transparency.

H3 Studio focuses on two downtown nodes for revitalizing

H3 Studio Inc. led discussions about revitalizing the Broadway and Providence Road intersection and the North Village Arts District.

City Council report: Bus riders apathetic about Wi-Fi access

Wireless Internet access was available on two Columbia Transit buses earlier this year, but few riders used the service.

Downtown Safety Summit presents proposed changes to City Council

The committee recommended implementing security cameras, better lighting and increased panhandling restrictions in a proposal given to the Columbia City Council before its meeting Monday night.

Columbia City Council discusses results of citizen survey about land preservation

Columbia City Council discussed how to mesh the renewal of a sales tax revenue with the results of a citizen survey, indicating a desire for more land preservation funding.

CoMoCitizens group presses Columbia City Council on SWAT reforms

Donald Warren, one of the co-founders of CoMoCitizens, a group formed in response to a Feb. 11 raid SWAT raid, asked the City Council Monday night to make Chief Ken Burton's policy changes for the SWAT team binding.


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.