Local Government

Ginny Chadwick declares candidacy for First Ward Council seat

The MU graduate student puts better voter turnout at the top of her to-do list for the campaign.

Fairness of flat fee for online Columbia utility payments questioned

City Council approved a fee for paying utility bills online without setting the amount, and the $4.60 rate has come under challenge.

Council, residents disagree on solution for Clark Lane problems

The city has said sidewalks will be installed in the future but the shoulder proposal is necessary to ensure safe pedestrian travel in the meantime. The city said it can't build sidewalks now because of jurisdictional, geological and financial reasons.

60-year-old Glenn's sign returning to downtown Columbia

The same sign that has stood outside Glenn's Cafe since its original location on Business Loop 70 West will hang outside the restaurant's new location on Eighth Street.

Following Schmidt's decision against the First Ward seat, others consider running

With First Ward City Councilman Fred Schmidt deciding not to run again when his term expires in April, other names are being considered as potential candidates. Meanwhile, Fifth Ward City Councilwoman Laura Nauser, who will run for her seat after her term expires in April, remains the only person to officially file for candidacy. 

Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence looks ahead

In looking at future action the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence may take, preparing for a Columbia Public Schools presentation and clarifying questions the task force will ask the youth and itself were all discussed.

Revamping bus system hits home for those who need it most

Public transportation has outgrown the city's population and poses a challenge for people who rely on the bus every day. The city plans an overhaul of its bus system in August and looking ahead to additional changes if funding becomes available.

National drug law reform advocates speak at MU

One of the speakers, a former undercover narcotics officer, compared current drug laws to alcohol prohibition and cited drug-related violence as the No. 1 reason to legalize all narcotics.

McCaskill's staff to host 'Kitchen Table Talk' on Tuesday

A staff member for Sen. Claire McCaskill will host a "Kitchen Table Talk" Tuesday in Columbia.

Reduce penalty for growing pot in Columbia, Barbara Hoppe urges in ordinance request

Under the proposed city ordinance, someone caught growing up to six marijuana plants for personal use would not be issued a criminal drug conviction, but rather a fine of $250 or less.

City Council OKs replacement of Hinkson Creek Trail bridge

The Hinkson Creek Trail bridge replacement project was approved by the Columbia City Council. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department wants to start construction this winter.

Columbia voters approve $32.3 million bond issue for sewer work

The $32.3 million sewer bond issue passed with overwhelming support Tuesday. Of the 5,667 votes cast, almost 80 percent voted in favor of the bond.

Columbia City Council votes to continue fluoridation of public water

Council members cited the stance of the city Board of Health and scientific evidence for the benefits of continued fluoridation in their decision.

Q&A: Here's what is at stake in Tuesday's sewer bond vote

Still confused about what's at stake in Tuesday's special election for the sewer bond? Here's what you need to know before you go to the polls.

Former sewer supervisor questions Tuesday's bond issue

Bill Weitkemper, who worked on Columbia's sewers for nearly four decades, argues that next week's $32 million bond issue focuses on the wrong areas of improvement.

Columbia residents to ask City Council to decriminalize marijuana cultivation

Columbia's marijuana laws will be questioned Monday by two residents. Attorney Dan Viets and MU student Benton Berigan will talk about reforming the city's ordinances to decriminalize small-scale cultivation of the herb.

Boone County wants Columbia to take over all of MKT Trail

Boone County, which lacks a parks and recreation department, doesn't have the resources to repair the trail after flooding, said Bill Florea, a county senior planner.

Columbia works to improve residents' park and trail access

A 10-year plan approved by the City Council calls for the development of 22 new neighborhood parks and 20 new or expanded trails in and around Columbia.

Violence Task Force breaks into subcommittees to generate data

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence broke into subcommittees to analyze data from homicides in Columbia over the last five years and heard a presentation on national drivers of violence at its meeting Wednesday night.

Discussion at traffic forum focuses on downtown parking issues

Residents talked about the difficulty of parking downtown, and City Council member Ian Thomas pointed to the city's bus system as a solution.