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City Council decided in a unanimous vote on Monday to join a handful of cites across Missouri to track prescription drugs. A database of prescriptions will prevent patients from seeking multiple prescriptions from different doctors by coordinating records. 

City Council Votes to Join Prescription Drug Database

Mar 7, 2017
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Columbia will establish a prescription drug monitoring program, joining an existing database in St. Louis County, in an effort to address drug-related problems, including opioid addiction.

Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the ordinance that establishes the monitoring program. The city will enter into an agreement with St. Louis County, which has already created a prescription drug monitoring database managed by Appriss, Inc. that many other Missouri cities and counties have already joined including Kansas City, Independence, St. Charles County and Jefferson City, which voted to join earlier Monday.


After 15 speakers and more than five hours of public comment, the future of Columbia’s new planning and zoning regulations is still uncertain.

The Columbia City Council held a special public hearing Saturday to hear public comments on the proposed changes to the code. Known as the Unified Development Code, the 400-page document details the most dramatic changes to Columbia’s planning and zoning code since 1964. Homeowners, property owners, real estate agents and members of the Columbia Improvement District all proposed sometimes contrasting revisions to the plan during the hearing Saturday.

City Council Member Not Seeking Re-Election

Oct 28, 2016

Columbia Fifth Ward Councilmember Laura Nauser says she will not be seeking re-election in 2017.

Nauser has been battling ovarian cancer and says she wants to take time to relax and spend time with her family moving to Colulmbia from Florida. She says she’s proud of the community she has served.

“I think the thing I have enjoyed the most is getting out and meeting people. I like to talk and meet with people and solve problems. So I think that is one of the most rewarding things,” said Nauser.

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The Columbia City Council heard a report on a possible good Samaritan ordinance at its Monday night meeting.

The proposed ordinance would be based on a similar law St. Louis enacted in June. The good Samaritan ordinance would protect people seeking medical care in case of a drug overdose from facing drug charges, as well as those asking for assistance for someone having an overdose.

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The Columbia City council voted Monday night to approve a $440.9 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget included some increases in residential and commercial utility fees, and spending to hire four new police officers.

City Manager Mike Matthes provided a brief presentation over the utility fees and explained that although it may look as if there is a deficit in the budget, there is not.

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  Residents will have an opportunity tonight to voice their opinions on a proposed two lane roundabout at the intersections of Forum Boulevard and Green Meadows Road at tonight’s Columbia City Council meeting.  

Skala Defeats Leuther in Columbia City Council Third Ward Race

Apr 5, 2016

Karl Skala will continue on as Columbia’s Third Ward Councilman after winning 56.63 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s municipal elections. Incumbent Ian Thomas also won his race against challenger Daryl Dudley, who had suspended his campaign in late march amid complaints about his financial disclosures.

 A group of Columbia residents are putting together a petition to recall Fifth Ward Councilmember Laura Nauser.  

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The Columbia City Council voted 6-1 last night to approve the combination of two lots of land to make way for a new apartment complex on Locust Street.

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  City Manager Mike Matthes got a salary increase after much city council discussion last night.

The amendment to Matthes’ contract had unanimous approval, taking his base salary from $150,000 to $165,000. But as Third Ward Council Member Karl Skala made clear, Matthes is not actually receiving a $15,000 raise.

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The issue of roll carts came back up in front of the Columbia City Council last night, and will be in front of voters next year. The council discussed an initiative petition to ban roll carts as the city’s way to collect garbage, and  unanimously voted to put the issue in front of voters during the presidential primary on March 15, 2016.

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Red light cameras were ruled constitutional by Missouri’s Supreme Court in August, but they won’t be coming back to Columbia, yet.

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The City of Columbia renewed an agreement with MU’s veterinary hospital that will allow for around-the-clock emergency services for sick or injured animals brought in by Animal Control.

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A plan to build at least 18 new bus shelters in Columbia is moving forward after last night’s city council meeting.

The Council voted unanimously to approve the project after a public hearing with 10 speakers - almost all in support of the plan. The city will use $570,000 funds from the federal and local grants to build the shelters.


Residents living near the site of a proposed 24-hour homeless drop-in shelter reviewed plans for the building Tuesday night. The Columbia Alliance to Combat Homelessness, CATCH, presented preliminary building plans to members of the North Central and North Village neighborhood associations.

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The city of Columbia took in nearly one million dollars in parking revenues from January to August 2015 according to a parking system and enforcement report released last week. That’s more parking revenue than in all of 2014. 


The City of Columbia’s Stormwater Utility reported challenges keeping up with its work at the Mayor’s Task Force on Infrastructure meeting Tuesday.

During her presentation for the task force, civil engineer Erin Keys said the crew’s biggest challenge is not having enough resources to replace or maintain failing infrastructure.

The crew maintains stormwater infrastructure, which includes 160 miles of pipes stretching from Columbia to Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri Advocacy Groups Renew Fight for Marijuana Reform

Sep 23, 2015
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After failing to get enough support for marijuana reform in 2012 and 2014, advocacy groups are once again pushing for changes to marijuana laws in Columbia.


Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid’s proposal for more public safety funding was quickly rejected Monday when his motion failed to receive a second. Mayor McDavid proposed $150,000 in new funding for public security sector to help fund services such as community policing.


  The Columbia City Council adopted a $442 million budget for the 2016 fiscal year unanimously Monday night. The new budget includes an extra $11 million in both revenues and expenditures from last year, with no new taxes.

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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.

Second Ward Councilman and co-chair for the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence Michael Trapp hopes that $150,000 approved by the Columbia City Council for the 2016 fiscal year budget will go towards the creation of a violence interruption program for the city.

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  Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve new lighting features for Stephen’s Lake Park.

Meter Permits Available in Downtown Columbia in August

Jun 16, 2015
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Some 10-hour parking meters off Locust Street, Second Street and parts of Broadway will soon have permits available for $35 a month. 

City Council Invites Columbia Residents to Speak Up

May 5, 2015 is Columbia's new website for public engagement. The city council hopes to use this site in addition to their weekly meetings to reach a wider audience.

“We have put a project on SpeakUpCoMo, and it’s a list of all the various projects being considered right now,” Tony St. Ramaine, the Deputy City Manager of Columbia said. “And we have a description of the project, and people have an opportunity to vote those up if they think they’re needed.”

St. Romaine also said that citizens can suggest their own projects on the website

A proposal to protect historic buildings in downtown Columbia will not effect the demolition of the downtown Shakespeare’s location. Following the denial of a proposed six-month moratorium the pizzeria will continue its relocation plans at the end of May and go through with the demolition and reconstruction.

Ruffin Wins First Ward City Council Seat, While Strong Campaigners Trail Behind

Apr 7, 2015
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  Clyde Ruffin won the vacant First Ward Columbia City Council seat by a margin of 100 votes with 327 total votes. The race was highly contested with nine candidates running for the position.

Ruffin said there’s work to be done before he is sworn in on Monday, April 13.

He said his top priority once he’s sworn in is to prepare for his role on the city council.


Michael Trapp was reelected as the ward 2 councilmember with 52% of the vote.  He defeated Paul Love who also ran for Columbia mayor in 2010.  Trapp said he ran this campaign on his process of listening to all points of view before he makes a decision.  He knows there will always be critics but believes as a whole, the people of Columbia are happy.