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5:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Columbia City Council will not support TIF proposal

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  Monday night, Columbia City Council voted 5-2 against a plan for a tax increment financing district that City Manager Mike Matthes had been promoting. The TIF would’ve paid for infrastructure projects in the downtown area.

Council member, Ian Thomas, had been hearing a lot of concern about the TIF the week prior to the meeting. He says people did not fully understand it and that they felt it was not constant with community plans. He says this concern was echoed in the meeting.

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4:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

TIFs and downtown development in Columbia

At a meeting tonight, members of Columbia’s City Council are expected to vote on a resolution offering preliminary support for a downtown TIF district. The idea, which would fund downtown infrastructure improvements, would freeze sales and property taxes for up to 23 years – money from any additional future revenue increases would then be diverted to a special fund for those improvements.

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9:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Columbia Airport adds second daily flight to Chicago

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

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10:22 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns

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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.

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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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5:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Columbia city manager discusses proposed 2014 budget

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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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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8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

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Arts and Culture
4:39 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

I-70 construction to start at Stadium Blvd.

Construction on I-70 at Stadium Blvd. will start Monday and last into next fall.

Construction of a new interchange on Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard will start next week.

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Arts and Culture
8:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Niedermeyer fate sparks conversation about CoMo's C-2 zoning

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Although the historic Niedermeyer house likely will remain standing, the ordeal sparked a city-wide conversation about historic preservation, zoning and development.  North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association gathered Monday night to discuss changes they would like to see for the city’s zoning ordinances.  Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes asked the group to prepare their thoughts about C-2, commercial zoning in the central business distr

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6:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Delta service ends, American begins at Columbia Regional Airport

Delta Airlines has discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport.
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Delta Airlines discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport today, while American Airlines will launch its daily non-stop flights to Chicago and Dallas tomorrow.

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11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists

From left: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

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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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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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5:45 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New Downtown Incubator attracts entrepreneurs and English teachers

City Manager Mike Matthes speaks with the founders of Rockupied at the official opening of the Columbia Downtown Incubator
Scott Pham KBIA

If you’ve got a sharp eye you might have noticed a new building in downtown Columbia.  Last week the City of Columbia and local entrepreneurial group The League of Innovators officially opened the Brent and Erica Beshore Downtown Incubator. 

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