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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.

City Council approves ordinance for food trucks

Apr 22, 2014
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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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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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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

Apr 15, 2014
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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.

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Apr 9, 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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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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Tensions ran high between Columbia residents, city staff and council members at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. 

Brick street ordinance revised for public opinion

Mar 18, 2014
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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.

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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 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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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. 

Byndom making Baha’i history with City Council run

Feb 11, 2014
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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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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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The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.

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

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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.

Columbia City Council adopts new comprehensive plan

Oct 8, 2013
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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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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.

Downtown Columbia parking rates to increase

Sep 17, 2013
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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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Columbia City Council members amended and approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

The tougher ordinances affect the amount of impervious surfaces the new development is allowed to have.  Impervious surfaces are surfaces such as streets or sidewalks that reduce the amount of water that soaks into the ground. The changes come on the heels of dozens of water concerns community members voiced about the project.

Columbia City Council renews CAT-TV funding

Sep 4, 2013
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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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The Columbia City Council has approved a route for new electrical transmission lines in south Columbia.  

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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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