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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Columbia City Council renews CAT-TV funding

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Columbia Access Television is set to receive funding once again under the city's newly proposed budget.

CAT-TV, was not originally included in the fiscal year 2014 budget proposed by the Columbia City Council. But now, because of a $200,000 surplus from last year, the city council has amended the budget to provide that money to CAT-TV. Council members made the change during Tuesday's city council meeting.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Columbia's electrical lines spark discussion at the city council

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The Columbia City Council has approved a route for new electrical transmission lines in south Columbia.  

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Business
4:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

REDI working to help startups

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Entrepreneurs in Columbia might get a boost from a program being designed to help business startups.

The Columbia City Council last week allocated $150,000 to Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, with an original goal of providing loans for new small businesses.

But REDI is instead working with the University of Missouri and the Small Business and Technology Development Center to devise a program that would do more than simply provide loans.

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Politics
9:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Columbia electrical-line project expected to impact utility rates

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Columbia’s southern region is in need of new electrical transmission lines because of the region’s population increase – and Columbia’s Water and Light Department and City Council are discussing options for the region.

Representatives from the Department and council met yesterday (Thursday) afternoon to discuss one project that would create new transmission lines. Water and Light staff have proposed three line options to the council.

Officials say regardless of the option chosen residents should expect to see a utility-rate increase for the project.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Columbia city council discusses infrastructure at annual planning retreat

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Columbia residents identified improvements to public safety, roads and storm water infrastructure as key priorities in a survey conducted by the city council. The council met Friday and Saturday in its annual planning retreat to discuss future payment options.

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Arts and Culture
9:26 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia

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The Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia this Sunday, honoring a local and national legend.  The festival features concerts and seminars from world-class ragtime performers both Monday and Tuesday.  It is named for John William “Blind” Boone, a ragtime musician who lived in Columbia around the turn of the twentieth century and helped pioneer the genre.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Columbia ban on lighted window signs to continue

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
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Following Monday night’s Columbia City Council meeting, businesses will face continued restrictions on how they can advertise in their windows.

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Politics
9:03 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Columbia plans to expand its parks and trails

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The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing its 10-year development plan.

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Politics
8:54 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Columbia council backtracks on Providence Road plans

Columbia City Council members have agreed to backtrack on previous development plans for Providence Road.  Council members voted 5-2 last night to reconsider options after listening to over a dozen concerned citizens. 

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Columbia city council to vote on Providence Road improvement plan

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On April 15th the Columbia City Council will vote to pass the Providence Road improvement plan.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Columbia city council approves funds for Armored Personnel Carrier

Columbia's  city council members have approved funds to purchase an Armored Personnel Carrier for the Columbia Police Department.

The Department plans to replace its current vehicle with the Lenco BearCat, at a cost of about $200,000. Council members approved the appropriation at Monday night's city council meeting.

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said it is essential to have such a vehicle in case of gun violence.

Politics
8:28 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Columbia's Fourth Ward council race features familiar faces

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The three candidates vying for Columbia’s fourth ward seat have different priority issues and disagreements on governing and budget spending, but what incumbent Daryl Dudley and challengers Ian Thomas and Bill Weitkemper have in common is the desire to make Columbia better and serve its residents.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kespohl, Skala face off again in Columbia's Third Ward

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Karl Skala and Gary Kespohl are very familiar with each other.

Both are squaring off for the Third Ward Council seat of Columbia.

However, this will be the third time in the last three elections they have gone against each other.

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

City of Columbia finds $1.9 million budget surplus

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The new "incentive budgeting" technique has resulted in a $1.9 million surplus in the City of Columbia's budget. City council members discussed Monday ways the money could be spent, including street and sidewalk repairs, the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home renovation and adding more wheelchair accessible entrances.

The council did not vote on any measure, but said it agrees on rewarding the city for saving money.

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Business
8:11 am
Tue March 5, 2013

CoMo officials consider airport changes, improvements

Columbia city officials are considering upcoming improvements and funding for the Columbia Regional Airport.  The airport was a focal point for discussion at last night's (Monday) city council meeting in Columbia. Council members heard from Mayor Bob McDavid on proposed improvements to the airport and what those changes might mean for the city.  A possible new terminal and funding for the air traffic control tower are under consideration. 

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Education
10:09 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussion continues on Columbia Public Schools start time

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Changes to the Columbia Public School transportation schedules remain under debate. The Columbia Board of Education convened Monday to discuss, among other things, the new three-tier schedule designed to reduce the number of busses and improve the quality of service.

This schedule would push high school start times back back to 9 a.m. Middle schools and some elementary schools start between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m. The rest of elementary schools would begin at 8:20 a.m.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Nauser back to work on Columbia council following special election win

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Councilwoman Laura Nauser is very familiar with the Columbia City Council and the fifth ward seat she just won in a special election Tuesday.

Nauser previously served on the City Council for six years ending in 2011 until she narrowly won a bid for the fifth ward seat Tuesday night.  She says she ran in this special election because there were council votes she disagreed with while she was out of office.  Nauser emphasized her desire to establish a more uniform approach to government decision making.

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Politics
9:16 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Columbia City Council examines traffic congestion

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said the student tradition of driving to and from school campuses has to change; transportation was a key issue at Monday night's Columbia City Council meeting.

Council members discussed transportation options and solutions to increasing transportation problems created by Columbia's growing student population.

McDavid compared Columbia to other college towns in the Midwest like Ames, Iowa and the Champagne-Urbana area of Illinois, saying that those cities succeeded in creating mass transit instead of parking garages nearly 30 years ago.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Mark Jones plans files for vacant fifth ward position

A second person will be filing for the vacant Ward 5 position on the Columbia City Council.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Columbia looks to raise renewable energy standards

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Solar panels could be coming to the city of Columbia’s residential neighborhoods in the next three years.

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Columbia council approves land purchase, but not purpose

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The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of a plot of land, but council members haven’t agreed on what the city will use it for. The city of Columbia is purchasing a two-acre plot of land on Vandiver Drive at US 63. City Manager Mike Matthes says it will cost three hundred thousand dollars.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ian Thompson plans for City Council

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The Executive Director of PedNet plans to run for City Council in April.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to put eminent domain measure on ballot

Columbia City Council added a new measure to the ballot for a special election in April.
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In a unanimous decision Monday night, Columbia City Council voted to put a measure that changes how the city can exercise eminent domain on the April ballot.

With the City Council approval of a charter amendment to put the proposal on the ballot, voters will decide whether or not the city may transfer seized property to entities for private purposes. The amendment’s current wording prompted a discussion by city council pertaining to specifics of what does and does not qualify as a private entity.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Columbia City Council to hear about parking permit program

More meters and parking permits might be seen in Columbia's North Village area soon.
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Columbia residents living around the North Village area have been facing parking issues for some time now, but tonight the City Council will hear out some proposed fixes.

Brookside resident Eleanor Clegg has to pay $80 every three months to park her car in a garage four blocks away from her apartment. She thinks there must be another option.

“I wish there was more free parking in general, like a parking lot that you can just parking for free,” she says. "But I think more meters will help."

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Politics
11:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Columbia City Council approves special election to replace Helen Anthony

Candidates can start filing Tuesday for Columbia City Council’s Fifth Ward seat. Council members approved a special election to replace Helen Anthony, who will resign at the end of the month.

Anthony said the election is important for Fifth Ward residents.

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Politics
10:57 am
Tue November 6, 2012

No more trash talk: Columbia to stick with trash bag system

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.
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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.”

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Politics
5:54 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Sen. McCaskill's mother dies at 84

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According to a press release, Senator Claire McCaskill’s mother died of natural causes in St. Louis this afternoon. In a statement released, McCaskill stated that “people all over the state have asked about her mother, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated.”

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Politics
9:29 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Helen Anthony to resign from Columbia City Council

Councilmember Helen Anthony is sworn into office on Monday April 10th, 2011.
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A member of Columbia’s City Council is resigning with two years left in her term.

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Politics
9:04 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Columbia's City Council outlaws illuminated LED signs in store windows

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The Columbia City Council passed a six month ordinance making illuminated LED signs in store windows illegal.

The ordinance applies to signs installed after Oct. 1. Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp said the signs are distracting to drivers.

“Our human visual field is attracted to movement so I think there’s safety issues," Trapp said.

Curtis Bohl is the Chief Pixel Pusher for the display and scoreboard systems for Mizzou. He said he believes this is a step backwards for Columbia.

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Politics
8:55 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Petition prevails: MFA Oil withdraws request to build Break Time convenience store

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The Columbia City Council was scheduled to vote Monday on a rezoning request that would allow a Break Time convenience store to be built at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway, but MFA Oil withdrew the request.

MFA Oil withdrew its rezoning plan because neighbors in the area signed a petition against it. Phebe Lamar, an attorney for MFA Oil, said it soon became clear the City Council wouldn’t approve the plan.

Lamar said MFA Oil has done a lot to address the concerns of neighboring residents.

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