Local Government

Boone County Commission talks about how to close fairgrounds

Boone County is considering 58 proposals to improve children's mental health programs. The estimated cost, funded by a quarter-cent sales tax, would cost $5.2 million.

Missouri Supreme Court will choose judge for Opus case

Boone County Presiding Judge Jodie Asel on Monday asked the high court to assign a new judge to the lawsuit filed by two Columbia residents against the city of Columbia and Opus Development Co.

Leader of police union backtracks on initial position on Proposition 1

Dale Roberts reversed his message against Proposition 1 and endorsed it two days later. Proposition 1 would increase property taxes by 30 cents to hire 40 more police officers and 15 firefighters

Columbia to recognize same-sex spouse in city retirement plans

The amendment conforms with the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that repealed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Columbia Police acquire non-tactical items from military surplus program

Although many police departments have received armored vehicles, assault rifles, and grenade launchers from the Defense Logistics Agency's 1033 program, the Columbia Police have received non-tactical items.

MU presents construction plans to Boone County Commission

Gary Ward, MU vice chancellor of operations, told county commissioners Monday afternoon about MU's master plan, which details possible construction projects across the 1,262-acre campus.

GRAPHICS: A visual look at aspects of the city of Columbia's budget for fiscal 2015

The general fund spending plan covers day-to-day operations of city government. It was approved as part of the larger $429 million budget for fiscal 2015 at the City Council's Sept. 15 meeting. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Planning commission approves gas station for Gerbes on Broadway

The Columbia City Council will get the final say on the request, which is scheduled for a final vote at the Oct. 20 meeting.

Gerbes seeks permission for gas station at Broadway store

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Residents protest Opus project as demolition continues

Demolition work on the site, which began Monday, continued for much of the protest as a backhoe cleared debris around the two remaining buildings on Locust between Seventh and Eighth.

MU’s smoking policy could expand to city streets on campus

The city is proposing an ordinance that will permit MU to enforce its smoking policy on city streets within campus.

Fee increases, programs cemented in city budget

The trash bag voucher program and Columbia Access Television both secured funding.

Designer approved for Flat Branch sewer system

The Columbia City Council approved bids from Engineering Surveys and Services to design replacements for two of the four Flat Branch Watershed sewer projects.

Change of judge sought as Opus starts demolition

Lack of restraining order means project can proceed.

Missouri offers grants to help cities fix streets

Speed limit reviews, pedestrian and bike route analysis, parking issues and other projects related to traffic engineering are eligible for the grants.

Council agenda dominated by fiscal year 2015 budget items

A final public hearing is scheduled on the spending plan. The council will also consider a College Avenue median to improve pedestrian safety near MU.

UPDATE: Judge sets aside restraining order blocking Opus from construction

Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane issued and then lifted a temporary restraining order barring Opus Development Co. from working on its proposed downtown student housing building.

City to hire mediator to resolve East Campus parking issues

Stakeholders and city officials have failed to agree on one of four options for how to deal with overflow parking from MU. Permits and meters are among the proposed solutions.

City expects slow sales tax revenue growth

A dip in collections from retail sales has council members reconsidering a use tax.

Columbia Contact Center set to handle street and sidewalk concerns by 2015

The city proposes to expand the coverage of the Contact Center to include customer concerns on streets and sidewalks.