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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
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  SpeakUpcomo.com 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. 

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Columbia City Council voted last night on a proposal that would bring a new CVS pharmacy to downtown Columbia.

This week’s Politically Speaking breaks some new ground. Through the magic of radio, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies joined with KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith to interview state Rep. Caleb Rowden.

The Columbia Republican and Rock Bridge High School graduate was first elected to the Missouri House in 2012. Rowden had a somewhat unconventional road to Missouri state politics: He was a successful Christian rock musician before running for a vacant House seat in 2012.

Business Beat: A conversation with Columbia business owner and city council candidate Sal Nuccio

Mar 25, 2015
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On April 7, Columbia will see a competitive city council race, with nine candidates running for the First Ward seat alone. One candidate in particular has a unique pulse on the community. Sal Nuccio has owned Eastside Tavern on West Broadway for the past seventeen years. Now he’s making his second run for local office, after running for mayor in 2010. Nuccio spoke with KBIA’s Emerald O’Brien on his perspectives on the community from behind the bar.     

Columbia city council candidates debated issues of energy and climate change at a forum on Wednesday.

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 When the city council passed the Tobacco 21 ordinance by a 6-1 vote on December 15th, one of the big topics of discussion was whether it would actually have an impact on keeping cigarettes out of the hands of people under 21.  

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Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve two of four proposed options to link Rollins St. and Shepard Blvd. The new trail will run from Bluff Dale Dr. along the Hinkson Creek Valley down to the northwest corner of Stadium Blvd.

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The Columbia City Council voted to issue about 20 million dollars in bonds to fund multiple sewer projects.

10 percent of the funds raised from the bonds will be used to create a sewage extension to the Midway area. The project would create a means to annex the area.

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Columbia is looking to become the first city in Missouri to institute a plastic bag ban. However, when the issue comes before the city council on March 2, city staff will ask the council to delay a vote on the proposed ban for another year. But many cities and even one state have passed plastic bag bans or fees. KBIA’s Steven Anthony has the story. 


Columbia Volunteers Find Homes for Computers

Feb 23, 2015

Columbia volunteers gave away used computers to citizens at the Downtown Optimist Club on Saturday.

The Voluntary Action Center (VAC) and the Downtown Optimist Club partnered to help Columbia citizens enrolled in VAC programs obtain a free desktop for their household.         

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  The Columbia City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft.

An Uber representative says the new rules show the city does not welcome the services, despite support from residents.

The regulations approved Monday require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must pass background checks and their vehicles will undergo condition checks conducted by the city.

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Columbia City Council passed a set or ordinances Monday night requiring Transportation Network Companies like Uber to allow the city to perform secondary background checks and inspections on all drivers and vehicles, and require drivers to have a chauffeur’s license.

Grass Roots Organizing Asks Council to Look at Coal Contract

Feb 13, 2015
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Grass Roots Organizing is asking the Columbia City Council to get out of what they believe is a bad contract with a coal plant in southern Illinois that provides part of the city’s electricity.

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The Columbia City Council is considering hiring a consultant to help combat the continuing decline in city bus ridership.

The Public Works Department added new bus routes in August to serve more people in the Columbia area, but now city council members are reevaluating how transportation funding should be allocated.

The city currently has a half-cent transportation sales tax that provides funding for the transit system as well the Columbia Regional Airport and road repair.

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The Columbia Water and Light 2014 report said it has exceeded its goal of 5% renewable energy source use to 7.22%. Columbia Water and Light is now looking into the proposal it requested last year to find more renewable energy sources. 

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  The construction of the Avenue of the Columns streetscape along Eighth Street will move forward with an estimated $750,000 of city funding.

Columbia City Council voted to approve the project during their meeting on Tuesday, January 20. The project will mainly make improvements in the area of Eighth Street and Walnut, including removing the traffic light at that intersection and replacing sidewalks.

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An effort is underway to recall a Columbia councilmember who voted against a proposal to lessen penalties for marijuana cultivation. 

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As of this afternoon, people under 21 years of age will not be able to purchase tobacco products or electronic cigarettes within Columbia city limits. 

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A new ordinance to "Ban the Box" was passed with a unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council last week. The ordinance is designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. KBIA's Ashley Reese sat in on the council meeting and has more on how the council came to their decision and what this new ordinance means for Columbia. 

Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

Columbia Water and Light Requests Bond Issue

Dec 4, 2014
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The Columbia Water and Light Department wants voters to approve a $69 million bond issue to pay for electric utility projects.

On Wednesday the city’s Water and Light Advisory Board recommended the bond issue to the Columbia City Council.

City Council postpones Uber ordinance vote

Dec 2, 2014
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The Columbia City Council decided to hold off on voting on an ordinance that would affect the ride-share service Uber, which began operation in Columbia on October 9th.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is looking into a partial ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a commission that advises the city council on environmental issues was asked last month to review a proposal.

In a relatively short meeting last night, three of  seven non-consent agenda  items considered by the Columbia City Council pertained to sidewalks, bringing to light the sometimes conflicting views that could lead the city to reevaluate its sidewalk regulations.


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