Local Government

Columbia City Council sets date for public hearing on paved shoulders for Clark Lane

Jan. 21 will be the date of a public hearing on proposed paved shoulders on Clark Lane. The cost of the plan has increased since it was first introduced.

Task force seeks hard answers to tough questions

At its last meeting of the year, the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence reflected on previous presentations and looked for ways it could get better answers to the difficult questions it has been proposing.

As CVS pushes ahead, Columbia considers its next move

In its Oct. 21 session, the Columbia City Council denied CVS Pharmacy's proposal to rezone the southeast corner of Broadway and Providence Road for a new store. The company has signaled it will develop the land anyway.

Educators' presentation at task force revolves around truancy, poverty gap

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence sought advice from Columbia Public Schools to help the task force combat youth violence.

Columbia City Council approves Douglass Park improvement plan

Dozens of supporters of the plan for Douglass Park came to the council meeting Monday. The council approved the plan, and the first phase will be implemented with $100,000 in funding.

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.