Local Government

Muleskinners to host First Ward candidate forum

Columbia City Council First Ward candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easley will address audience's questions and concerns at the Muleskinners' lunch-time forum.

Want to vote in the April 8 election? Wednesday is the last day to register

Registration must be completed online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be valid for the general municipal election on April 8.

Developers agree to pay for some downtown utility improvements

Three student-housing developers have agreed to fund the sewage, electric and water utility improvements that would otherwise hold up their projects. The Columbia City Council will read through the agreement Wednesday.

Downtown Leadership Council continues conversation about downtown infrastructure

C-2 zoning requirements and lack of clear data describing the city's current infrastructure capacity were the focus of a Downtown Leadership Council subcommittee meeting Friday afternoon.

FIRST WARD CITY COUNCIL: Meet the candidates

Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.

Electronic filing saves time for courthouse, public

Attorneys at the Boone County Courthouse have started filing case documents online, opening the court documents up to public access.

City Council members investigate options for financing downtown infrastructure

Mayor Bob McDavid said funding for a $6.75 million sewer project is within reach.

Mayor's Task Force evaluate community policing but take no action

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence discussed community policing and neighborhood watch programs, but did not make any formal recommendations at its Wednesday meeting.

Options for College Avenue upgrades draw mixed reviews

Most people at a public meeting focused on the aesthetics of a proposed barrier down the middle of College Avenue. Others worried about the potential loss of left-turn access to East Campus.

UPDATE: City offices will have minimal staffing during Bruce Britt memorial service

Some city offices will closed or lightly staffed to allow employees to attend memorial services for Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt onThursday morning.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council forms task force for infrastructure funding

The task force, composed of members of the Leadership Council, will meet for the first time next week.

City staff to detail which downtown projects can still proceed

There are about 15 projects vying for utilities, City Manager Mike Matthes said, and some of them will not move forward.

Second-home zoning change inches towards vote

The Columbia City Council will comment in March on a zoning change that would allow two houses on certain lots.

Former emergency management director files lawsuit against city of Columbia

Zim Schwartze, former emergency management director, is suing the city for wrongful termination and asking for damages of at least $451,000.

Officials to hear questions and concerns from Columbia First Ward residents

The city will be hosting its second ward meeting for First Ward residents Monday. Representatives of various city departments will address Columbia's budget and priorities.

After TIF district defeat, city manager outlines options

The city's three remaining options might not be able to raise $19.75 million to fund sewer and electric works for additional downtown development.

After voting down TIF, Columbia council explores alternative funding

The 5-2 decision eliminated the only proposed solution to address the city's infrastructure problems downtown and could halt development for months. But some council members are ready to propose other approaches.

Columbia City Council votes down proposed TIF

The council's decision might also cause several developers to pull out of Columbia. Before the vote, St. Romaine said representatives of OPUS Group and Park 7 Group told him they plan to cancel their developments if the city did not approve the downtown infrastructure funding.

Columbia City Council to select potential TIF projects

Although the council's decision Monday night won't establish a downtown tax-increment financing district, it could bolster the plan, which has been criticized by council members, the public and the Boone County government.

Data gathering, attendance problems mar task force's progress

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence ran into several problems at Wednesday's meeting, many of which stemmed from a lack of attendance for the second straight meeting.