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The Columbia City Council again rejected a proposal to build a new CVS pharmacy at the corner of Providence and Broadway.

In a relatively short meeting last night, three of  seven non-consent agenda  items considered by the Columbia City Council pertained to sidewalks, bringing to light the sometimes conflicting views that could lead the city to reevaluate its sidewalk regulations.

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On a warm humid Mid-Missouri afternoon, a celebration 175 years in the making was held in City Hall Plaza in direct sunlight. As you looked down eight street from the plaza you could see the top of Jesse Hall. It was a picture perfect setting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia and Boone County.

“It’s a very symbiotic relationship,” said Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid. “I think it’s a relationship that can’t help but grow and get stronger in the future.”

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The mayor’s Crime Task Force for Community Violence is reaching out to Columbia residents to discuss solutions for stopping community violence.

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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Land northeast of Stadium Boulevard and the Cinnamon Hill Lane, Maguire Boulevard intersection will stay agricultural, at least for now, after a failed rezoning request.

The Columbia City Council voted 4-3 last night in opposition of New York City developers Park7 Group’s request to change the land from agricultural to a planned unit development, which would’ve been the site of an 899-bed luxury student-housing complex, The Avenue. 

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Columbia City Council members have approved phase one renovations for Douglass Park. The renovations include an outdoor amphitheater, more green space, a relocated parking lot, and a small shelter.

About 25 young people were at Monday's city council meeting to support the inclusion of a skate park in the initial phase one renovations.  The city plans to build the skate park at a later date.

Christopher Bailey is owner of Parkside Skateshop. He spoke to the council during the public comment portion.

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The Columbia City Council voted to not pass a bill to rezone 1.39 acres on the corner of Providence Road and East Broadway to build a CVS pharmacy Monday evening. The pharmacy would have consisted of a 13,000 square foot building, drive-thru pharmacy, 65 parking spaces, and more efficient sidewalks along Broadway.

Resident Rosie Gerding expressed her thoughts on the suburban look of the pharmacy would bring to the downtown area.

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A new city task force on violence will meet for the second time this week. The group was put together by Mayor Bob McDavid and is looking at ways to reduce violence in Columbia.

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  The Columbia City Council approved a proposal from Mayor Bob McDavid to create a taskforce to look at youth crimes in the city by a vote of six in favor to none against. Councilmember Ian Thomas did not attend the meeting.

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Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.

"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same.  "Nobody here disputes that."

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.

Columbia’s new council members look ahead

Apr 9, 2013
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Karl Skala and Ian Thomas were sworn into office at a special city council meeting Monday evening in Columbia.

Fourth Ward Council member Ian Thomas said he wants to bring a more research based and analytical approach to policy making to the council. Thomas said he’s looking forward to working on finding a solution to the Providence Road congestion problem.

Third Ward Council member Karl Skala said he has many plans for the future.

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A U.S. Congress member was not an airplane passenger at the Columbia Regional Airport on Tuesday. Instead, she visited to draw attention to an important safety issue.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s Fourth District said she does not agree with the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the air traffic control tower at the airport.

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week.  

The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.”  The post has since been taken down.

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Mar 19, 2013
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On this week’s Talking Politics, we hear from Columbia’s Mayoral candidates. We’re just two weeks away from the Municipal election on April 2nd. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan.

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Columbia mayoral candidate Sam Allison has announced his withdrawal from the city-wide race.

New air travel options take off in Columbia

Oct 22, 2012
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The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a new plan with American Airlines for new routes to Dallas and Chicago from Columbia Regional Airport.

City leaders are asking Columbia city council to allow them to make significant changes to the city’s benefit plans for new employees. It’s an effort to address the city’s ailing pensions.

Columbia City Council creates new EEZ Board

May 22, 2012
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The Columbia City Council approved a measure Monday creating a board that reviews the economic potential of underdeveloped city neighborhoods.

Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council

Mar 15, 2012

Concerns about a “blight” designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new “blighted” areas are among concerns being raised. 

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The Columbia Regional Airport will expand its reach beginning in June. 

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says offering additional air service to travel hubs like Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta is a major goal of city and regional planners.

A new group of Columbia residents now has protection against several forms of possible discrimination.