Local Government

Petitioners fire back at Opus with letter to city

Lawyers for the group petitioning to stop a downtown student-housing complex replied to threats of legal action from the developer's legal counsel.

Developer threatens legal action over petition on downtown Columbia apartments

A lawyer representing Opus Development Co. has threatened legal action if a petition designed to halt the construction of a student-housing project is presented to Columbia City Council.

Subcommittee wants independent contractor to study downtown Columbia infrastructure

The Downtown Leadership Council will review the recommendation Tuesday and decide whether to present it to Columbia City Council.

Chadwick, Nauser sworn in for 3-year Columbia City Council term

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said he was pleased to be followed by newly-elected Ginny Chadwick.

City to practice CoMO Connect bus system

CoMO Connect, the city's new transit system, will stage a full practice run starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Burton addresses community policing, understaffing with mayor's task force

The task force heard two presentations and made its first official action since forming last fall. Both Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton and representatives from the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program addressed the group.

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward win gives council progressive tilt

Chadwick's election to the City Council could shift votes to favor careful development and policies following Columbia Imagined.

Petition to repeal student housing project gets 3,633 signatures

A group of citizens handed in a petition Tuesday afternoon designed to repeal approval of a student-housing complex in downtown Columbia.

Developer must wait 7 months to resubmit student-housing proposal

The Columbia City Council voted in February to deny Park 7 Group's proposal for a student-housing complex near Cinnamon Hill Lane. The developer can't resubmit its proposal until September, the council ruled Monday.

Columbia City Council tables marijuana plant ordinance

The Columbia City Council plans to revisit in August an amendment that would decriminalize growing up to six marijuana plants.

Columbia City Council to consider downtown food trucks, alcohol hours

Under an ordinance that will be introduced to the council Monday, several spaces downtown would be designated for food trucks. Another ordinance would extend the hours alcohol could be served at sidewalk cafes downtown.

With civic affairs experience, Bill Easley makes bid for First Ward council seat

The Army veteran's top priority for the First Ward is increasing the job market. He would also like to work with the police and schools to enhance public safety.

Steeped in faith, Byndom makes low-key bid for First Ward council seat

A council appearance and service record shed light on First Ward candidate Tyree Byndom's views.

City staff details downtown infrastructure needs

Sewer and electric system expansions are the two improvements most needed to accommodate additional population downtown, according to a presentation given by city staff to members of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward campaign draws on experience, community

The MU graduate student is the only First Ward candidate who has raised money for a City Council campaign.

Final forum for First Ward candidates addresses public safety, downtown

In their last public forum together before the April 8 elections, Ginny Chadwick, John Clark and Bill Easley addressed public safety, downtown development and public health.

Candidates set for primary races in Boone County

Here are the candidates who have filed to run in the Boone County elections. The primary will be held Aug. 5, and the general election is Nov. 4.

Columbia to offer free bus rides Saturday in honor of Earth Hour

Columbia Transit is participating in Earth Hour by offering free bus service on Saturday.

Sirens sound across the city, but for what?

When a tornado warning is issued for anywhere in Boone County, outdoor warning sirens sound across the entire county — as many Columbia residents learned Thursday night. But this system might be changing, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

Columbia residents petition for repeal of student-housing agreement, cite lack of public process

Columbia residents are circulating a petition designed to rescind the city's agreement with Opus Development Co. The petitioners need more than 3,000 signatures by April 8 to send the ordinance back to Columbia City Council.