Local Government

Columbia advisory council to ask city manager for apology on downtown infrastruture comments

City Council asked the Downtown Leadership Council to address public image and trust issues surrounding downtown development. The council's primary recommendation was to ask for a public apology and clarification from Mike Matthes.

Landowner: City should negotiate Columbia Regional Airport eminent-domain petition

Robert White, owner of the land near Columbia Regional Airport, wants $50,000 per acre, $42,000 more than the city offered.


Opus petitioners: Mayor, council members violated law

The letter, signed by attorney Josh Oxenhandler on behalf of a citizens group, says that Columbia City Council has circumvented the city charter in its handling of a development agreement for the student housing project.


Boone County GOP committee seeks replacement recorder candidate

The Boone County Republican Central Committee is trying find a replacement recorder of deeds candidate after Wes Upchurch was deemed ineligible to run because he didn't pay his state taxes.

Downtown Leadership Council explores city infrastructure needs

The council will submit a report to the Columbia City Council with suggestions for long-term infrastructure funding options.

City Council forms advisory group for Rock Quarry Road

The Rock Quarry Road Scenic Roadway Stakeholder Advisory Group is made up of four residents who live in the scenic roadway corridor, four general public representatives and four city officials.

Boone County Commission approves park tax ballot proposal

Boone County voters will consider a new park sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot. The one-eighth-cent sales tax would go toward park development in Boone County. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Snowplow priority routes available on Public Works website

A map showing first priority, second priority and state-maintained routes can be accessed through the Columbia Public Works Department's website.

Council members, petitioners hold dueling news conferences on Opus agreement

Columbia City Council members argued against a proposed repeal of the city's agreement with a student housing developer at a news conference Friday. Residents attempting to repeal the agreement also made their case.

Planning and Zoning Commission tables C-2 zoning amendments again

The commission tabled a vote on the amendments until its July 24 meeting. The commission had already tabled the issue at its April 24 meeting.

Columbia residents rail against proposed open-burning ban

Developers said that the proposed ban, which had been tabled by council in April, would take away their ability to choose how to clear lots. Under the proposed ban, developers would have to seek a permit from the council to carry out large open burns.

Mayor proposes property tax increase to bolster Columbia police, fire

Mayor Bob McDavid proposed a 30-cents-per-$100 property tax increase to expand the city's fire and police departments.

New Opus agreement passes, residents already planning repeal effort

Columbia City Council passed the controversial Opus Development Co. project once again at Monday night's meeting. Residents are circulating another petition to repeal it.

City Council passes concrete median on College Avenue

The purpose of the barrier and the two specialized crosswalks is to limit the number of pedestrians who cross College Avenue illegally at areas other than the designated crosswalks at the Rollins Street and University Avenue intersections.

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.


Matthes: City will probably ask for property tax increase

The city manager delivered his annual State of the City report Friday morning, outlining Columbia's successes as well as areas where he thought the city could improve.

City manager delivers State of the City Address

City Manager Mike Matthes' annual report outlines progress and priorities for seven strategic areas of city government.


Residents address utility rates at second infrastructure town hall

For the second time this week, city staff and members of the Downtown Leadership Council explained the infrastructure capacity issues downtown and received the public's suggestions on how to fund needed improvements.

Columbia group submits revamped petition to halt student-housing development

Columbia residents handed in an amended petition to halt the construction of Opus Development Co.'s proposed six-story, 256-bed project on Locust Street. A previous effort fell 91 signatures short. 


Violence task force: 'Ban the box' in public, private sectors

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence will send a report to the Columbia City Council recommending the city and private businesses stop asking applicants if they've been convicted of a felony until a face-to-face interview is conducted.