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4:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Columbia city council to consider paying for snow removal

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The Columbia City Council is set to take a final vote Monday to appropriate funds to cover expenditures from the planned snow removal budget, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Columbia council shortens Planning & Zoning terms, approves bike boulevard

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City Council voted in their meeting Monday night to shorten term lengths for members of the Planning and Zoning commission from five years to four years.

The amendment was proposed last month and passed with a 4-3 vote. Congressmember Barbara Hoppe introduced the amendment in hopes of drawing in more interest to serve on the Commission from community members.

“We have more work for Planning and Zoning now than ever before,” said Hoppe.

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Politics
8:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Petition fails to repeal Columbia's deal with downtown developer

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Clerk announced the petition by Repeal 6214 fell short of the required number of signatures.

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Politics
7:17 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Developer 'Opus Group' drops threat of legal action against Columbia City Council

Downtown Columbia
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The Opus Group announced plans to drop the threat of legal action surrounding its controversial downtown Columbia student housing project. The real estate group had been granted permission to begin construction on a new high rise apartment complex, but concerns from some Columbia residents cast the future of the building into doubt.

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Business
5:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

City Council approves extended hours for bars and restaurants

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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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Business
4:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

City Council approves ordinance for food trucks

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  Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at Monday night's meeting that will grant food trucks specific parking locations downtown.  The spots include eight metered spaces on the south side of Cherry and Locust streets and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street.

Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement district, said the new location for these food trucks could benefit all parties.

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Columbia City Council approves new homeless drop-in shelter

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

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

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

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  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Ginny Chadwick smiles after winning the race for Columbia City Council's First Ward Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
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University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Two student housing proposals approved, one tabled during Columbia City Council meeting

Columbia City Council members wait to hear the public’s opinion on the process of development agreement for Columbia properties during a meeting on March 19, 2014.
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Columbia City Council held a third public hearing at noon on Wednesday to discuss three contested student housing development proposals, approving the first two and tabling the third.

The council voted unanimously to approve a proposal by Collegiate Housing Partners for a 351-resident development on the south side of Conley Ave., between 4th and 5th Street, and voted 4-3 to approve Opus Development Company's plan for a 256-resident building on the north side of Locust Street between 7th and 8th streets. Both developers hope to be finished in time for fall semester 2015.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Columbia residents oppose housing development proposals

Columbia City Hall
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Tensions ran high between Columbia residents, city staff and council members at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. 

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Brick street ordinance revised for public opinion

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City Council presented an amended bill at yesterday evening’s City Council meeting concerning the protection, repairs, and restoration of Columbia’s historic brick roads.

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Business
8:31 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Columbia City Council to vote on downtown development agreements

The Columbia City Council is considering three separate development agreements that would give the developers clearance to work on downtown housing structures. 

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting

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 This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Columbia City Council examines downtown infrastructure payment options

Members of the Columbia City Council gather for a pre-council meeting Monday, March 3, 2013.
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Columbia is not issuing any building permits until a payment option for downtown infrastructure expansion is decided upon. The construction stall applies to Collegiate Housing Partners. They’re planning for a 350-bed student apartment complex near Fifth Street and Conley Avenue. 

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Faith/Religion
3:37 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Byndom making Baha’i history with City Council run

A portrait of Tyree Byndom, who is running to be the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council. Tyree practices the Baha’i Faith, and running for political office is not usually done by Baha’is.
Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (ColumbiaFAVS.com).

Tyree Byndom’s decision to jump in to the City Council race for the First Ward representative spot involved serious prayer. There was the typical prayer seeking God’s guidance. After hearing “yes” coming from that place deep in his spirit, Byndom had to receive sanction from leaders of his faith tradition.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue February 4, 2014

City Council denies rezoning request for student-housing complex

Aspen Heights student housing complex
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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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Politics
8:44 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.

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Politics
7:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Columbia City Council changes definition of family for zoning purposes

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council Monday changed the definition of a family in the city code to include domestic partnerships.  

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Politics
3:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Columbia City Council approves renovation plan for Douglass Park

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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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Politics
8:21 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Columbia City Council to vote on definition of family in zoning ordinances

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council is considering changing the definition of family in zoning ordinances to include domestic partners. The council will vote on the measure at Monday's meeting.  

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Columbia to consider changing definition of family for zoning purposes

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The Columbia City Council is considering changing the definition of family in zoning ordinances to include domestic partners.

The current zoning ordinance defines a family as an individual, or a married couple, and their children and no more than two other persons related to the individual. No more than three unrelated people are allowed to live in single-family homes.

Because of that definition, domestic partners were considered unrelated people, which is what a proposed resolution would change.

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Politics
8:42 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Columbia City Council postpones vote on brick-paved street repairs

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The Columbia City Council tabled a vote that would have created the first-ever written plan to repair and maintain Columbia’s brick-paved streets at its meeting Monday. 

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Columbia City Council votes against discontinuation of fluoride

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The Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night against a resolution that would have discontinued the use fluoride in the city’s water supply.

Many residents had reported health concerns regarding the presence of fluoride in the water, and the Columbia Board of Health investigated these claims earlier this year.

In April, the board voted in favor of continuing the addition of fluoride to the water supply and they sent a report to the council, who put the resolution up to a vote.

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Business
9:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Columbia Airport adds second daily flight to Chicago

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The Columbia Regional Airport is adding a second daily flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

City council votes against rezoning for proposed CVS pharmacy

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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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Politics
10:32 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Columbia City Council adopts new comprehensive plan

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The future of the City of Columbia became clearer last night as the Columbia City Council adopted a new comprehensive plan for future growth.

The City Council passed its plan, entitled "Columbia Imagined: The Plan for How We Live and Grow." The plan will influence Columbia’s neighborhoods and public places, development, job creation, transportation options, and the overall vitality of the community.

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Politics
10:22 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns

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Columbia City Council has approved a plan that narrows the lanes on Columbia’s busy Clark Lane, and adds a shoulder to the road.

A city council report of possible road construction on Clark Lane in Columbia was met with protest at the City Council meeting Monday night. The plan calls for narrowing the 12 foot lanes of Clark Lane by one foot in each lane and adding at six foot shoulder.

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Politics
9:39 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Downtown Columbia parking rates to increase

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This fall, the cost of parking in downtown Columbia will increase -- but access to public transit will as well.

Columbia City Council members last night amended the city code to raise parking rates for both unmetered off street facilities and metered parking in the MU campus area. The amendment will go into effect October 1. 

Meter prices on campus will increase from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour. Parking pass prices will go up $10 a month but parking permit consumers will have an unlimited bus pass included in their monthly rate.

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