public safety

Mike Matthes
KBIA

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes introduced his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations on Friday.

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Missouri public-safety officials are cracking down on DUI and other violations this Independence Day holiday.  There will be more officers than usual patrolling Columbia throughout fourth of July weekend.  In addition to at least one scheduled DWI checkpoint, officers will also patrol major highways and busy streets for unsafe and aggressive drivers. 

Some efforts have already begun.  This past weekend one DWI arrest was made in Cole County and 406 vehicles were stopped during a checkpoint at U.S. 54 on Hammond Drive.  \

Columbia City Hall
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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.