City of Columbia http://kbia.org en Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-budgets-more-money-ferguson-lawsuit-defense <p>Boone County has spent nearly $100,000 on outside attorneys to defend it and three employees in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and are expected to budget another $100,000 for addition legal fees. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:26:07 +0000 Associated Press 55651 at http://kbia.org Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month http://kbia.org/post/airport-fund-untouched-15th-straight-month <p></p><p>The City of Columbia and the Columbia Regional Airport announced that they didn't take money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the 15th straight month.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:55:55 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 55245 at http://kbia.org Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month Lawsuit aims to halt development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-aims-halt-development-near-rock-bridge-memorial-state-park <p>Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:14:49 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 54466 at http://kbia.org City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit http://kbia.org/post/city-columbia-unveils-new-design-columbia-transit <p>The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:59:10 +0000 Tom Kackley 53991 at http://kbia.org City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit City council member Chadwick addresses new referendum petition http://kbia.org/post/city-council-member-chadwick-addresses-new-referendum-petition <p>First Ward Columbia City Council Member Ginny Chadwick announced Friday her opposition to a new referendum petition stated to be in favor of repealing improper downtown development.</p><p> Sat, 24 May 2014 01:15:37 +0000 Colin Hope 53468 at http://kbia.org City council member Chadwick addresses new referendum petition Columbia officials seek solutions for sewer infrastructure http://kbia.org/post/columbia-officials-seek-solutions-sewer-infrastructure <p></p><p>Columbia public works officials are seeking solutions to the city's failing sewer infrastructure. Columbia’s Downtown Leadership Council this week hosted a forum on possible solutions.</p><p>The biggest hurdle the city will have to overcome is funding. Brent Gardner is Chair of Columbia’s Downtown Leadership Council. He says he doesn’t think the funding will come from just one source.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:09:52 +0000 A.J. Feather 52678 at http://kbia.org Columbia officials seek solutions for sewer infrastructure Medical sciences company plans construction of radioisotope facility in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/medical-sciences-company-plans-construction-radioisotope-facility-columbia <p>An Oregon-based medical sciences company announced this morning a multimillion-dollar plan to build a radioisotope production facility in Columbia.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:23:50 +0000 Anthony Del Fiacco 52654 at http://kbia.org Medical sciences company plans construction of radioisotope facility in Columbia City Council approves extended hours for bars and restaurants http://kbia.org/post/city-council-approves-extended-hours-bars-and-restaurants <p>The Columbia City Council has granted a request from restaurant and bar owners extending the hours to which alcohol can be served outside the premises -- just in time for warm weather.&nbsp; The decision allows owners to serve alcohol outside until midnight and for alcohol to be consumed inside until 1 a.m.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:39:01 +0000 Quinn Cochran 51929 at http://kbia.org City Council approves extended hours for bars and restaurants Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case http://kbia.org/post/attorney-files-lawsuit-over-ferguson-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:07:46 +0000 Associated Press 49384 at http://kbia.org Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case City of Columbia finances stand up to audit http://kbia.org/post/city-columbia-finances-stand-audit <p>The city of Columbia is reportedly in strong financial shape after McGladry, an assurance, tax and consulting firm from Kansas City, finished their audit. McGladry considers Columbia to be a “low risk auditee,” which simplifies the auditing process.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:26:32 +0000 Tim Leible 48149 at http://kbia.org City of Columbia finances stand up to audit Bartenders in Columbia need certification http://kbia.org/post/bartenders-columbia-need-certification <p></p><p>Columbia bartenders and store clerks who sell alcohol have to complete a training course and obtain certification required under a new city ordinance.</p><p>The Columbia health department is issuing new server photo IDs under the ordinance approved by the Columbia City Council last November. The measure requires every liquor store clerk, grocery store checker, bartender and waiter in Columbia to complete the online training by Jan. 1.</p><p>The city says it's issued about 400 certificates and expects many more people to take the course in the coming weeks.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:21:35 +0000 Associated Press 44345 at http://kbia.org Bartenders in Columbia need certification Columbia looks to 'concrete graphics' to replace damaged art http://kbia.org/post/columbia-looks-concrete-graphics-replace-damaged-art <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Columbia has found a new way to replace damaged murals painted downtown.</span></p><p>In 2012, nine artists in the Columbia area painted murals on sidewalks behind storm drains.&nbsp; The project was collaboration with the Roots N’ Blues Festival.&nbsp; The artists chose imagery that promotes a cleaner environment and serve as reminders to viewers that what enters the storm drain systems flows directly into local creeks and streams.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:53:37 +0000 Kyle Winker 44104 at http://kbia.org Columbia looks to 'concrete graphics' to replace damaged art Columbia adopts new neighborhood traffic plan http://kbia.org/post/columbia-adopts-new-neighborhood-traffic-plan <p>Columbia’s city council adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Monday.</p><p>The program allows the Public Works Department to work with residents to fix problems in their neighborhood and aims to help calm traffic on residential streets. A neighborhood can make a request to fix traffic and a study will be performed to see if the issue is of legitimate concern.</p><p>“It’s great to have some kind of uniform strategy for handling questions that come up from neighborhood residents and neighborhood leaders,” said Community Development Director Tim Teddy.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:00:20 +0000 Samantha Ware 44017 at http://kbia.org Columbia adopts new neighborhood traffic plan City of Columbia brainstorms low income resolutions http://kbia.org/post/city-columbia-brainstorms-low-income-resolutions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a rapidly growing city like Columbia, it can be hard for everyone to find adequate housing to meet their needs. That's why Columbia organizations are coming together -- to formulate how they can help people understand their rights and secure safe housing.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:25:02 +0000 Elizabeth Tontz 43774 at http://kbia.org City of Columbia brainstorms low income resolutions Low voter turnout in Columbia sewer system bond measure http://kbia.org/post/low-voter-turnout-columbia-sewer-system-bond-measure <p>Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.</p><p>Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted.&nbsp; Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.</p><p>The proposal comes because the city’s need for major sewer improvements. With the bond the city would be able to complete major maintenance on the existing sewer system due to rainwater getting in the system and old pipes.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:55:34 +0000 Madi Morris 43316 at http://kbia.org Low voter turnout in Columbia sewer system bond measure City of Columbia hosts Hinkson Clean Sweep http://kbia.org/post/city-columbia-hosts-hinkson-clean-sweep <p></p><p></p><p>Golf balls, beer cans, plastic bottles and caps.&nbsp;</p><p>The list goes on and on.</p><p>These are just a few of the popular items volunteers removed from local streams during the City of Columbia&rsquo;s annual Hinkson Clean Sweep project on Saturday.&nbsp; The City of Columbia&rsquo;s Stormwater Education and Outreach Program has put on the event for the past 10 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Volunteers were stationed at five different local streams in Columbia, all of which flow into the Hinkson Creek.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:11:24 +0000 Kyle Winker 42087 at http://kbia.org City of Columbia hosts Hinkson Clean Sweep McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/mcdavid-announces-plan-reduce-crime-columbia <p>Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob&nbsp;McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.</p><p>"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same. &nbsp;"Nobody here disputes that."</p><p>Crime in Columbia has been a growing concern among residents and government officials – so much so that McDavid has come up with a six-point plan he thinks could lessen violent crime in Columbia.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:08:23 +0000 Casey Morell 38287 at http://kbia.org McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day http://kbia.org/post/stories-struggle-survival-converge-columbia-world-refugee-day <p>Close to 100 refugees filled Broadway Christian Church Saturday, during the Columbia World Refugee Day Festival. &nbsp;The party started out slow, but picked up after someone tossed a few soccer balls onto the field in the back of Broadway Christian Church.&nbsp; Within minutes, dozens of kids and young men swarm the balls, set up goals and begin to play soccer.&nbsp; A few young girls guard the goal, while the rest dribble and shoot in the afternoon heat.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:55:10 +0000 Meredith Turk 37512 at http://kbia.org Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day Columbia Police Department steps up fireworks patrols http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-department-steps-fireworks-patrols <p></p><p>Extra patrol officers from the Columbia Police Department are scheduled to enforce fireworks ordinances from July 1 to July 5. While the police department typically has extra officers on duty around this time every year, this is the first year possession of fireworks is illegal in the city limits.</p><p>Columbia Police Department spokesperson Latisha Stroer is asking that individuals with fireworks complaints call the non-emergency number at (573) 442-6131 and not 9-1-1.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:17:41 +0000 George Varney 36307 at http://kbia.org Columbia Police Department steps up fireworks patrols Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video? http://kbia.org/post/whos-behind-columbia-downtown-shooting-video <p>The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting in downtown Columbia Saturday night.&nbsp; Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, three young men were shot near the intersection of 10<sup>th</sup> Street and Broadway.&nbsp; While the incident has some concerned about the safety of Columbia’s downtown area, a video of the shooting captured by a bystander has sparked a reaction from many residents.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:00:18 +0000 Andrew Nichols 35666 at http://kbia.org Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video? Chris Stevens to resign in July http://kbia.org/post/chris-stevens-resign-july <p>Columbia’s Chris Stevens announced he is resigning his position as the Office of Cultural Affairs Manager at the end of July.</p><p>Stevens said he and his family are relocating to the Denver area for better opportunities. Stevens said his wife Jennifer Perlow accepted a position at Nine dot Arts, an art consulting firm in Denver. His daughter Charlie will start school at the Denver School of the Arts this fall. He said, “Because of these great opportunities, we are going to pick up from Columbia and relocate to Denver.”</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:37:27 +0000 Jenn Cooper 31676 at http://kbia.org Chris Stevens to resign in July Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power http://kbia.org/post/voters-limit-columbias-eminent-domain-power <p>Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:04:39 +0000 Khaliah Henderson 31431 at http://kbia.org Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain http://kbia.org/post/columbia-voters-decide-blight-prop-and-citys-use-eminent-domain <p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:19:42 +0000 jake godin 31199 at http://kbia.org Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain "Tentative agreement" to save the Niedermeyer building http://kbia.org/post/tentative-agreement-save-niedermeyer-building <p><em>UPDATE: 2:00PM, March 12:</em></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:46:26 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Russell Chapin 30279 at http://kbia.org "Tentative agreement" to save the Niedermeyer building Snow removal continues on Columbia roads http://kbia.org/post/snow-removal-continues-columbia-roads <p>Columbia Snow plows have been out overnight working to clear the roads for drivers. Columbia Public Works spokesperson Steve Sapp said as of Friday morning, all first and second priority routes have one lane that is plowed and passable.</p><p>“Passable does not mean that it’s clear down to pavement," Sapp said. "Passable means that it has been plowed, and at least one lane has had the top layer of snow taken off of it.”</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:46:04 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 29312 at http://kbia.org Snow removal continues on Columbia roads Columbia officials prepare for winter storm http://kbia.org/post/columbia-officials-prepare-winter-storm <p></p><p>Officials in Missouri are making preparations for a winter storm that’s expected to hit Columbia during the morning commute Thursday.</p><p>The National Weather Service says the storm, which already has dumped inches of snow and rain out West and across the plains states, is projected to bring at least two to four inches of snow accumulation and up to two tenths of an inch of ice in Columbia and surrounding areas.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:35:33 +0000 Eric Staszczak 29214 at http://kbia.org Columbia officials prepare for winter storm Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announces run for second term http://kbia.org/post/columbia-mayor-bob-mcdavid-announces-run-second-term <p></p><p></p><p>Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he plans to seek re-election for a second term.</p><p>McDavid told <em>The Columbia Daily-Tribune</em> that he wants see through some initiatives started during his watch, including efforts to improve air service and public transit.</p><p>McDavid was elected in 2010, becoming Columbia's first new mayor since 1995, when Darwin Hindman's 15-year tenure as mayor began. McDavid was elected with 54 percent of the vote.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:33:59 +0000 Associated Press 25680 at http://kbia.org Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announces run for second term Columbia considers adding public restrooms downtown http://kbia.org/post/columbia-considers-adding-public-restrooms-downtown <p>Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is considering adding public restrooms downtown.</p><p>There are no public restrooms downtown. Richard King is the owner of the Blue Note and Mojo’s and also a board member of the Downtown Community Improvement District. He said the addition of public restrooms might deter people from urinating on street corners or in parking garages.</p><p>“There were issues if you talk to some of the downtown folks, police officers; they made it clear that there were issues like that," King said.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:21:13 +0000 Karline Swan 25062 at http://kbia.org Columbia considers adding public restrooms downtown October real estate figures show 2012 boost for Columbia http://kbia.org/post/october-real-estate-figures-show-2012-boost-columbia <p></p><p>New housing figures for Columbia are showing that the number of homes sold so far in 2012 has already surpassed the yearly total from the year 2011. Thanks to the 117 homes sold in October, this year’s tally of sold homes has already bested that 2011 amount by more than 100. The Columbia Board of Realtors says that 1,629 homes have been sold between January and October.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:45:03 +0000 Kristofor Husted 24939 at http://kbia.org October real estate figures show 2012 boost for Columbia No more trash talk: Columbia to stick with trash bag system http://kbia.org/post/no-more-trash-talk-columbia-stick-trash-bag-system <p>The Columbia City Council voted against the heavily debated roll cart trash pilot program last night. Third Ward Council Member Gary Kespohl said the pilot program failed to show financial benefit and improved customer service.</p><p>“There has to be more justification to me to go to this system, (for example) a bigger dollar savings," Kespohl said. "I can’t see where it’s at. Either that or the public has to be overwhelmingly in favor of it. Then I’d be in favor.”</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:57:17 +0000 Sarah Hollins 24065 at http://kbia.org No more trash talk: Columbia to stick with trash bag system