Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is considering adding public restrooms downtown.
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.
“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.
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.
A New Franklin School District trashcan steadily fills throughout the lunch period on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. A majority of the student’s finished trays of food still held untouched servings of fruit and vegetables.
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.
“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.”
The Grindstone Creek Trail project is no more, at least temporarily. A Columbia neighborhood vocalized their opposition to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s plans to build a trail alongside the Grindstone Creek. As of Oct. 1, the department planned to re-allocate the funds toward other city projects.
St. Romaine replaces Bob Simms, who resigned after 12 years. He’ll eventually have to find an IT Director that can handle the challenges of an expanding technology field. St. Romaine is trying to find an update to the position that had stability for more a decade.
Mayor Bob McDavid introduces the new Frontier Airlines route at a press conference at Columbia City Hall on August 16. (Behind McDavid, from left) Mike Matthes, Dan Atwell, Greg Steinhoff, John Glascock and Don Elliot.
The Columbia Regional Airport will offer nonstop flights to and from Orlando, Florida, beginning November 20. Frontier Airlines will fly 138 passengers directly between the Columbia Regional Airport and the Orlando International Airport in Florida on the Airbus 319. Mayor Bob McDavid told reporters at a press conference Thursday that the new route will increase the airport’s passenger traffic by 27 percent.
Fire departments in several central Missouri cities have stopped issuing burn permits because of dry conditions and several have banned open fire burning all together. Columbia’s fire department issued a burn ban Tuesday morning. The department will not issue any burn permits and discourages any open burning such as bonfires. Officials say the low humidity and dry vegetation creates a high risk for fire. The Stephens Lake Park and Kiwanis Park bonfire pit are closed for now.