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5:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Columbia Council outlaws possession of fireworks

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It’s now against the law to possess fireworks within the city of Columbia. City Council members voted Monday night to amend the city code, making it easier for police to enforce fireworks restrictions. Owner of Bob’s Fireworks, Bob Gereau says the change could hurt his business since many of his customers live in Columbia.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Opponents of new Break Time to re-collect petition signatures

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.
File KBIA

It’s back to the drawing board for Columbia residents fighting a rezoning that would put a new Break Time in their neighborhood near Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road.

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Columbia increases building permit fee

The Columbia City Council approved an increase in building permit fees.
KBIA

Columbia has increased building permit fees for the first time since 1996. Last Monday, the Columbia City Council approved the fee along with several others.

Columbia has maintained the same fee for all building permits the last 16 years, but with an overworked inspection staff and need for additional revenue, the city decided to raise its permit fee.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Fireworks could soon be banned in Columbia

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The Columbia City Council is considering a ban on possessing fireworks within the city limits.

The proposed law would make possession of fireworks a misdemeanor. The existing law prohibits the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks inside the city.

Columbia Police Sergeant Jill Schlude says existing laws restrict officers’ ability to respond to complaints. Shooting usually stops before they arrive.

“It just became a real issue – that enforcement was close to impossible based on the current language,” Schlude says.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees

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The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton.

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia City Council passes 2013 budget

City Manager Mike Matthes
Janet Saidi KBIA

The Columbia City Council passed its budget for the 2013 fiscal year Monday night. Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes says one of the main focuses this year was to try to relieve the general fund by closing the gap between revenues and expenses by a million dollars.

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia tenants could see rent increase

Columbia tenants may see a slight increase in rent in the coming years. City council members approved an amendment to the city code that raises the rates for rental inspections that landlords are required to schedule.  Stanley Diaz owns properties throughout the city and says he might have to raise rates because of the increased inspection costs.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Columbia council approves consultant for zoning issues

KBIA file photo

Columbia City Council voted Monday night to hire an outside consulting service to help with the revision of the city’s zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Council members hope hiring an outside consultant to focus on city-specific zoning issues will help spur urban growth. Community Development Director Tim Teddy says the project would be a multiyear effort.

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Business
9:26 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia city council OKs Walnut Street rezoning

The Columbia City Council has agreed to rezone two lots on Walnut Street to make way for a new apartment building.  The decision came in a vote at Monday's city council meeting, where councilmembers voted 6-1 to rezone two lots on Walnut Street near College Avenue from residential to commercial, despite protests from neighbors. 

After an earlier rezoning request was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Jon and Nathan Odle, owners of the property, added two amendments to the request, including contributions to a new city bus system known as FastCAT Express. 

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Columbia residents rally against EEZ plans

Columbia residents rallied before the Columbia city council meeting, Monday, June 18th. The rally was organized by Keep Columbia Free, a group opposed to enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia.
J. Evan Arnold KBIA

In what continues to be one of the most divisive issues in Columbia, a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone was the topic of more public discussion and a rally at last night’s Columbia City Council meeting. 

Columbia residents rallied last night to express frustrations over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone and what they believe to be a nonresponsive municipal government.

Columbia residents have publicly voiced their opposition to the measure that is designed to bring jobs to Columbia through a series of tax credits for businesses that set up within the zone’s boundaries.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Newscast for June 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri fan on team plane in federal drug probe
  • Three accused of setting NE Mo. fires
  • Columbia City Council sets priorities for the future
Politics
9:04 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Columbia stormwater changes sent back to the drawing board

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Proposed changes to a stormwater ordinance in Columbia are not happening, after years of discussion.  

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Inside the EEZ
6:30 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 3: A closer look at the program

One of the neighborhoods included in the original Columbia EEZ proposal
Sarah Redohl KBIA

In February, Regional Economic Development, Inc. proposed an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia. Facing a public backlash, city council has thrown out the original proposal, and will possibly start the process over, this time with more community input.  In part three of her three part series, KBIA’s Sarah Redohl tells us some of the EEZ statute is tough to explain.

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Inside the eez
5:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 2: Where is blight? And where isn't it?

Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, proposed an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia in February. The state program offers tax incentives to businesses investing in economically depressed areas. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal, and possibly start the process over. It’s not yet clear whether the same area would be proposed for an EEZ, but KBIA’s Sarah Redohl analyzed the old data to see how it measured up to the blight designation. She explains the original proposal didn’t include some of Columbia’s poorest neighborhoods.

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Politics
8:55 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree

The Columbia City Council originally passed a measure in February declaring some parts of the city "blighted."
File KBIA

The City Council passed Resolution 20-12A to declare some parts of Columbia as “blighted” in February. While the blight decree caused a large amount of backlash from Columbia residents, it was the legality of the resolution that caught the council’s attention. 

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Columbians head to the polls

The President of the United States may not be on the ballot, but there is still an important election in Columbia Tuesday. Voters in Columbia’s second and sixth wards will be electing new City Council members, while the rest of the city will vote on two new school board members and new tax levies. Columbia resident David Harrison said he'll stick to voting on the issues.

“The school bond issues, my ward is not even in the elections this time. I am mostly just voting for the school bonds and the levies,” Harrison said.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Meet the candidates for Columbia's Second Ward City Council seat

Mike Atkinson
Matt Veto KBIA

This is KBIA’s special coverage of the race for Columbia’s second ward city council seat, which is up for grabs in the election on April 3rd. KBIA reporters caught up with all three of the candidates, and here are their stories:

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council

Concerns about a “blight” designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new “blighted” areas are among concerns being raised. 

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Business
8:53 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Opponents of blight designation voice concerns

Residents met at city hall Tuesday to voice concerns about the EEZ program.
KBIA

In Columbia, civic leaders and residents continue to voice concerns about plans to classify nearly half of the city as an "enhanced enterprise zone," designed to attract business.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

City Council considers repeal of eviction relief

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A provision that offers three months of free rent to evicted mobile park residents in Columbia is now facing a challenge.

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