Local Government

Proposed increase in utility rates would fund stormwater infrastructure repair

The Columbia City Council will decide whether to place the nearly 200 percent increase on the April ballot.

COMO Connect to get up to 40 new bus stop shelters

A report outlines planned improvements that include new shelters and route changes to the city's bus system. The report will be presented at the Columbia City Council meeting on Jan. 5.

New parking meter hours impact residents in different ways

Downtown parking meter enforcement was pushed back to the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feelings were mixed among drivers using the meters this weekend.

Events center's closure forces shows out of town

City and county officials lament the possible harm to Columbia's economy with the closure of the fairgrounds site.

Five sworn into Boone County government positions

New Year's Day marked the beginning of new terms of office for a Boone County associate circuit judge, a new recorder of deeds and three incumbents — presiding commissioner, auditor and prosecuting attorney.

New parking meter enforcement hours take effect Friday

Downtown on-street parking meter payments hours will be shifted to one hour later.

Petition certified to recall First Ward Councilwoman Chadwick

Petitioners gathered 319 verified signatures from eligible First Ward voters, surpassing the 249 signatures needed to trigger a recall election for Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick.

Cyber attack that blocked out Columbia's website fits in denial-of-service category

In DDoS attacks, sources bombard the target's server with so many requests for information that it overloads the server and renders the target's website inoperable.



TIMELINE: The latest in the Opus downtown development cases

The Missourian continues to track the progression of the Opus Development Co. student apartment project.

Columbia Fire Department discusses eliminating landline telephones

Converting Columbia's infrastructure to cellular technology was the topic of a discussion at a recent meeting of the Building Construction Codes Commission.

Columbia city leaders have few plans to fund more firefighters

Grants are a possibility, but Mayor Bob McDavid and others say the city has to find a more sustainable source of revenue.

Columbia Access Television looks to diversify its fundraising

The public access television channel has faced decreased funding from the city and is looking to diversify its revenue streams. 

Broadway crosswalk in the works to boost schoolchildren's safety

The Columbia City Council has asked city staff to explore options for the project.

New assistant physician law presents licensing, regulation challenges

Under a new Missouri law, medical school graduates who don't get a residency will be eligible to become "assistant physicians" and can provide primary care in underserved rural and urban communities. But the devil seems to be in the details.

Petitioners fight to repeal new tobacco ordinances

Keep Columbia Free is collecting signatures for petitions against City Council's decision to increase the purchasing age of tobacco and vapor products as well as banning the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Columbia looks to fund electric projects, stormwater upgrades

In April, Columbia voters could see a ballot with a proposed stormwater utility rate increase and an electric utility bond issue of $60 million.

Columbia City Council agenda from Monday night meeting

Here's a look at the Columbia City Council's agenda with notes on what the council did Monday night.


New youth council would advise city on issues related to young people

The idea, which emerged from a class at Battle High School, will be introduced Monday night and go up for a vote by the Columbia City Council in January.

Raising tobacco age, banning e-cigs indoors up for City Council vote Monday

First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick introduced the proposals in September, and the Board of Health has endorsed it. Convenience store owners are worried the measures will hurt their businesses. 

City of Columbia to consult federal nonprofit about parking concerns

The city applied for a parking audit tool that will teach the community how to generate reliable information about parking spaces downtown during a two-day workshop.