City of Columbia

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The city of Columbia is looking toward the future. City Manager Mike Matthes spoke at public forum at City Hall Thursday morning about the city’s strategic plan for the next four years.

The plan, which will be introduced and could be approved by the city council at Tuesday’s meeting, includes five key projects: the economy, social equality, public safety, infrastructure, and workforce performance. Matthes said the biggest issue the city is looking to address is poverty.

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  Columbia is offering the public an unusual way to charge their electronic devices.

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Jun 17, 2015
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  Demolition crews arrived on site early this morning to begin work on the Downtown Shakespeare’s Pizza location. A crowd of local residents and journalists gathered and watch the process unfold.

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to withdraw the single-use plastic bag ban from the agenda until more research is done and community involvement is higher. There’s no estimate for exactly how long it would be before the issue might be brought up again, but City Manager Mike Matthes said it would be a “substantial” amount of time.

City of Columbia’s Official Website Attacked, Again

Feb 20, 2015
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The city of Columbia’s website, gocolumbiamo.com, faced its fourth cyber attack since December on Tuesday morning. The attack took the website down for about an hour. 

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You may have heard about LEED certified buildings. The non-profit U.S. Green Building Council developed the nationally accepted LEED benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.  It's a complex system where the owner of a building gets points toward LEED certification by incorporating sustainable practices into just about every aspect of the construction process.  

Clark Lane West will receive new sidewalks

Feb 12, 2015

  New sidewalks are coming soon to Columbia’s streets. Columbia residents met at City Hall Wednesday night to hear the details of the Clark Lane West and Hinkson Creek Trail Pedway project.

City Council approved the new sidewalk in 2012 as part of the second phase of GetAbout Columbia. Funding for the project comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot program. In 2006, Columbia was one of four communities selected for the program.

Report determines factors behind Firefighter's death

Feb 5, 2015
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UPDATED at 9:20 a.m. CT on Feb. 5, 2015 with a statement by Chief Frazier.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health released a report on Wednesday of its investigation into Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt’s death and the walkway collapse at University Village last year.

The report determined the main factors in Britt’s death were the deterioration of the building and the failure of the university to notify the fire department of the building’s condition.

Columbia residents, consultants discuss city's future

Nov 14, 2014
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Columbia residents had a chance to weigh in on another round of recommendations for what development  in downtown Columbia should look like at a public forum at City Hall Thursday night.

Consultants, hired by the city, discussed the second of three models concerning development in the city. It included suggestions to limit building heights, make the city more walkable and change parking areas.

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COLUMBIA – The City of Columbia will switch its water disinfection process from chlorine to chloramine this week. Columbia Water and Light used the chlorine disinfection method until August 2009 when the water was tested and exceeded the maximum contaminant level.

Columbia’s Water Production Superintendent Ed Fisher said the city will add ammonia to its chlorinated water to stop the formulation of disinfection by-products like high levels of trihalomethanes (THMs).

New director of economic development announced

Oct 14, 2014
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Columbia city manager Mike Matthes announced Monday that Stacey Button will be taking over for Mike Brooks as the City’s director of economic development. Brooks, who served for five years, will look to retire in November.

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Columbia residents gathered at city hall Thursday evening to discuss the newest updates to the neighborhood watch program. There are now about 4,000 residents within the city limits that take part in the program.

Though there has been a sufficient increase since the start of the program, the city would like it to continue to grow.  The goal is to heighten awareness of crime occurring in the community.

Columbia city flag design contest kicks off

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia is looking for the best designs for an official city flag.

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  The local chapter of the NAACP sponsored a rally Thursday in support of Michael Brown's family. The rally took place at the amphitheater next to the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia.

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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.

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

Jun 26, 2014
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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. 

Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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An Oregon-based medical sciences company announced this morning a multimillion-dollar plan to build a radioisotope production facility in Columbia.

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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.  The decision allows owners to serve alcohol outside until midnight and for alcohol to be consumed inside until 1 a.m.

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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.

City of Columbia finances stand up to audit

Feb 13, 2014
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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.

Columbia has finally taken the number one spot in Best-Cities.org's yearly best cities list (in the "Small Cities" category). Take that, Columbus, Indiana, a city easily mistaken for Columbia in print only.

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Columbia bartenders and store clerks who sell alcohol have to complete a training course and obtain certification required under a new city ordinance.

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.

The city says it's issued about 400 certificates and expects many more people to take the course in the coming weeks.

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The city of Columbia has found a new way to replace damaged murals painted downtown.

In 2012, nine artists in the Columbia area painted murals on sidewalks behind storm drains.  The project was collaboration with the Roots N’ Blues Festival.  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.

But, three of those murals were damaged.  City of Columbia stormwater educator Mike Heimos says drivers and the weather were the likely causes.

Columbia adopts new neighborhood traffic plan

Nov 19, 2013
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Columbia’s city council adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Monday.

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.

“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.

City of Columbia brainstorms low income resolutions

Nov 14, 2013
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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.

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Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.

Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted.  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.

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.

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