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.
â€śThere has to be more justification to me to go to this system, (for example) a bigger dollar savings," Kespohl said. "I canâ€™t see where itâ€™s at. Either that or the public has to be overwhelmingly in favor of it. Then Iâ€™d be in favor.â€ť
The Grindstone Creek Trail project is no more, at least temporarily. A Columbia neighborhood vocalized their opposition to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Departmentâ€™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. Heâ€™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.
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 airportâ€™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.Â Columbiaâ€™s fire departmentÂ 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.Â The Stephens Lake Park and Kiwanis Park bonfire pit are closed for now.
The ongoing debate over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia prompted a change today. The proposed blight zone for Columbia is now a little bit smaller.Â The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board unanimously voted in favor of eliminating six portions of the original blight zone.Â
Occupy Columbia protesters have been ordered to stop their demonstration in front of the city's administration building, because officials say they are not complying with two city ordinances. KBIAâ€™s Lee Jian Chung reports on the demonstrators plans.