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Sidewalks all over Columbia will soon be under the City Council’s microscope.

City Council members and administrators will be meeting with the Columbia Board of Realtors next week to discuss ideas on how to fix the numerous sidewalks that need repair.

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Columbia city staff plans to ask council members to delay voting on a partial ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the council is set to discuss the ordinance at its March 2nd meeting. But Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine says the city's staff plans to ask council members to instead table the ordinance for at least a year or withdraw it altogether.

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The government of Columbia is continuing to try and clear up questions about the future of the city.

Columbia City Council will not support TIF proposal

Feb 18, 2014

  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.