By Maggie Stanwood | June 4, 2014
City Council approved a development with Opus for a student complex downtown, 5-1.
By Maggie Stanwood | April 30, 2014
The new agreement will go to City Council.
By Claire Boston | April 22, 2014
The new regulations for mobile food service designate new areas of operation.
By Maggie Stanwood | March 24, 2014
The developers will fund infrastructure improvements near their sites.
By Jessica Karins | March 19, 2014
As Columbia considers decriminalizing marijuana cultivation, advocates see it as a step toward eliminating what they see as a social injustice. An amendment to city code, which was introduced at Monday night’s City Council meeting, would allow Columbia residents to possess up to six marijuana plants without the penalty ...
By Claire Boston | March 18, 2014
Some residents worried the council was rushing toward a decision.
By Maggie Stanwood | March 12, 2014
Student housing proposals could be on track for August 2015 development.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Feb. 19, 2014
The city will replace the current orbital pulse busing system with expanded routes set to be completed by summer 2014.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Feb. 5, 2014
Housing developers Park 7 had planned to build a new off-campus housing facility for students.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Jan. 22, 2014
The road improvements along Clark Lane are set to be completed in 2014.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Nov. 6, 2013
Residents spoke out at the last City Council meeting to ask members to consider relaxing city ordinances on the drug.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Nov. 5, 2013
The city will persist in adding controlled amounts of fluoride to the water supply for dental health benefits.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Oct. 22, 2013
The proposed plan was tabled following citizen opposition.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Oct. 8, 2013
A walking shoulder along Clark Lane to provide non-motorized access would be built in the next construction season.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Sept. 17, 2013
The council only approved the proposal after amending the percentage of impervious surface land allowed.
By Kayla Goldfarb | Sept. 4, 2013
The council approved the contract in a 4-3 vote.
By Alyssa Nielsen | Sept. 2, 2013
The rezoning request has been tabled to be presented until the Sept. 5 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
By Joe Clougher | Aug. 21, 2013
From January to June, uniform crime reporting statistics show 274 reported violent incidents.
By Mark Kim | July 30, 2013
Updates include new trick bike area and BMX track.
By Joe Clougher | July 9, 2013
The apartments are slated to open August 2015.
By Jennifer Beatty | July 7, 2013
Analytics show the highest concentration of incidents involving the police occurred between Fifth and Hitt streets from Ash to Locust streets.
By Katherine Fallon | July 7, 2013
The proposal would have developers pay for the amount of traffic their site generates during peak hours.
By Jennifer Beatty | June 27, 2013
Police chief suggested a curfew, but only the mayor also supported it.
By Beatriz Costa-Lima | Jan. 25, 2013
The moratorium would have given the council a chance to investigate C-2 zoning regulations.
By Alyssa Nielsen | Jan. 25, 2013
Fluoridation and fluorosis are concerns among Columbia citizens.
City, State and Nation : Area businessman reaches out to jumpstart Tiger Town
Posted to City, State and Nation by Matthew Flores on Sept. 3, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Andrew Ouart, a Columbia resident and his company, Game Day Entertainment, LLC, has formally offered to finance the currently shelved Tiger Town project, according to City documents. Tiger Town is a downtown festival that was planned to be held before MU's home football games on Sept. 8 against Georgia ...
By Katie Pohlman | Aug. 24, 2012
The council will wait to decide to switch to a rolling cart system of trash collection.
By Scott Delhommer | Aug. 21, 2012
Columbia’s emissions increased by 4.6 percent from 2000 to 2010.
By Sam Rourke | Jan. 17, 2012
If approved, the current tax would increase from 4 to 7 percent.
By Katie Yaeger | Dec. 2, 2011
The luxury housing development will replace the Regency mobile home park.
By Sam Rourke | Nov. 8, 2011
The council also discussed pension funding for firefighters and police officers.
By Daniel Shapiro | Oct. 7, 2011
New parking garage meant to help stimulate economic and cultural growth.
By Sam Rourke | Oct. 4, 2011
The garage will cost approximately $9 million.
By Kelsey Maffett | Aug. 26, 2011
Several residents spoke in favor of making police policy more accessible.
By Caroline Bauman | Aug. 23, 2011
Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes’ proposed budget will be voted on prior to Oct. 1 and includes cuts to Columbia Transit.
By Amanda Capua | May 6, 2011
Paid parking meter hours might be extended four hours.
By Nichole Ballard | April 19, 2011
City Council members approved a pilot program restricting taxi pickups downtown.
Last night marked the first time the new Columbia City Council members met, and saying they aren't off to a good start is being generous. Several measures were discussed, including a proposal to increase parking rates and a new "no-taxi pickup" pilot program. Both of which, we find outrageous ...
City, State and Nation : Schmidt, Anthony win, Prop 1 and 2 both pass
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on April 5, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
The count is in: Fred Schmidt won the First Ward race with 60.06 percent of the vote. Mitch Richards finished with 23.52 percent, Darrell Foster had 4.9 percent and Pam Forbes carried 11.51 percent of the final vote. Helen Anthony won the Fifth Ward race with ...
City, State and Nation : Schmidt will win, Anthony pulls ahead
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on April 5, 2011 at 8:56 p.m.
With 6 of 7 precincts counted, Fred Schmidt looks like a guarantee to win the First Ward seat with 54.05 percent of the vote. Mitch Richards carries the second largest with 23.75 percent of the vote. Helen Anthony has pulled farther ahead of Glen Ehrhardt in the Fifth ...
City, State and Nation : Schmidt, Anthony still lead, more precincts counted
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on April 5, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.
With three of seven precincts now counted, Fred Schmidt leads the First Ward race with 55.81 percent of the vote. Mitch Richards has closed the gap somewhat with 25.84 percent of the vote. Helen Anthony still narrowly leads Glen Ehrhardt by approximately 5 percent of the vote with ...
City, State and Nation : Schmidt ahead in early polls
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on April 5, 2011 at 8:27 p.m.
With 0 precincts reporting, Fred Schmidt has an early lead in the First Ward with 61.29 percent of the votes counted thus far. Mitch Richards has 16.13 percent, Darrell Foster has 12.90 percent and Pam Forbes has 9.68 percent. Helen Anthony is narrowly leading Glen Ehrhardt ...
By Steven Dickherber | April 5, 2011
The polls will close at 7 p.m. tonight.
By Nichole Ballard | April 5, 2011
$27,000 in forfeited funds will be allocated to Columbia SWAT for tactical equipment.
Tuesday’s elections in Columbia offer registered voters in Boone County a variety of issues to consider for our city. The two propositions and two ward elections provide an opportunity to support a better future for Columbia. Here are our endorsements on the items on Tuesday’s ballot. Prop 1 ...
By Nichole Ballard | March 22, 2011
Mike Matthes replaces retiring city manager Bill Watkins.
City, State and Nation : Mike Matthes announced new Columbia city manager
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on March 21, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
Mayor Bob McDavid announced Mike Matthes as the new city manager for Columbia today. Matthes was the assistant city manager and chief information officer in Des Moines, Iowa prior to coming to Columbia. The reasoning behind choosing Matthes will be given during the City Council's regular meeting tonight at ...
By Nichole Ballard | March 18, 2011
The three-day interview process begins Friday.
By Kate Grumke | March 4, 2011
Helen Anthony is one of the two candidates running to represent the Fifth Ward in the Columbia City Council. The Maneater sat down with Anthony to talk about her goals to improve the city. The Maneater: What's your background and have you ever held any elected positions before? Helen ...
By Nichole Ballard | Feb. 22, 2011
The Grove is a student-living apartment complex offering two-to-four-bedroom apartments.
By Nichole Ballard | Feb. 8, 2011
Minimum parking meter fines will increase in Columbia from $5 to $10.
By Lauren Bale | Jan. 28, 2011
As part of the continuing series covering potential First Ward Council members.
By Kate Grumke | Jan. 25, 2011
A part of a continuing series on Columbia’s First Ward election
By Nichole Ballard | Jan. 25, 2011
"We have a broken system," CPD Chief Ken Burton said of Columbia's record system.
By Kate Grumke | Jan. 21, 2011
The First Ward contains parts of MU and downtown Columbia.
By Nichole Ballard | Jan. 19, 2011
City code states no more than three unrelated tenants may live in a single family property.
City, State and Nation : Streetlights to be installed on Forum Boulevard
Posted to City, State and Nation by Steven Dickherber on Jan. 3, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
The Columbia City Council approved installation of streetlights on Forum Boulevard at the request of area residents. The new streetlights are designed to provide greater visibility to intersections at night. The lights will be installed at the intersections of Forum Boulevard and Crossings Drive, Canterbury Drive, Doral Drive, Woodrail Avenue ...
By Steven Dickherber | Dec. 10, 2010
Schmidt sat down to speak with The Maneater about his goals as he runs for First Ward Councilman, a position that represents a part of MU's campus on the City Council.
By Jade Earle | Dec. 7, 2010
The new busses will be painted black and gold with a tiger tail on the back.
By Steven Dickherber | Nov. 16, 2010
The council voted to contract Affion Public to search for its next City Manager.
By Steven Dickherber | Nov. 9, 2010
City Manager Bill Watkins will retire in March.
By Steven Dickherber | Nov. 2, 2010
Discussion included restricting large trucks on a local scenic route.
By Steven Dickherber | Oct. 19, 2010
U.S. Sen. Kit Bond is retiring after 26 years as a senator.
By Steven Dickherber | Oct. 5, 2010
Columbia Police will have to approve changes with the council and city manager.
By Abigail Geiger | Oct. 1, 2010
The project will be partially paid for by the state.
By Steven Dickherber | Sept. 21, 2010
Members also heard a report on downtown safety cameras.
Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010): Council passes closed campus, police review board changes
Posted to Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010) by Steven Dickherber on Sept. 20, 2010 at 9:10 p.m.
The City Council just voted unanimously to pass all consent agenda items. This included the proposed ordinance which will restrict traffic on Rollins Street between Hitt Street and Maryland Avenue by making it part of the “Closed Campus” zone while MU classes are in session. Also in the consent agenda ...
Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010): Council passes city budget unanimously
Posted to Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010) by Steven Dickherber on Sept. 20, 2010 at 7:56 p.m.
The council has just voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011. Immediately afterwards, the council voted unanimously to approve rate increases for sewage, water, electric and solid waste retrieval. The budget gives direction to $384,000,000 of the public’s money. Mayor Bob McDavid addressed ...
Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010): Council pre-meeting: Burton reports on cameras
Posted to Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010) by Steven Dickherber on Sept. 20, 2010 at 7:24 p.m.
Tonight's meeting includes the final decision on the budget for Fiscal Year 2011 as well as a report over the feasibility of security cameras that may be installed downtown. Changes by the Citizens Review Police Board over complaints of police misconduct will also be finalized. Before the actual meeting ...
Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010): Columbia City Council Meeting: Sept. 20
Posted to Live blog: Columbia City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2010) by Wes Duplantier on Sept. 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
The Columbia City Council meeting has just begun. On the agenda tonight is passage of the final city budget, changes to the police complaint process and approval of funding for medians on College Avenue. Follow all of it live here on The Maneater.
By Kelsey Maffett | Sept. 17, 2010
The proposed changes to the process offer CPD more options when receiving complaints.
By Steve Cassidy | Sept. 14, 2010
The two companies provide most of the service in town.
By Casey Purcella | Sept. 10, 2010
The Alumni Association wanted a name with a stronger meaning for MU.
By Steve Cassidy | Sept. 10, 2010
Funding for the Citizens Police Review Board was also discussed.
By Steven Dickherber | Aug. 31, 2010
Proposals include cutting General Fund in half, reinstating firefighters.
By Gregory Zajac | Aug. 27, 2010
A new ordinance limits who can file a complaint with the Citizens Police Review Board.
By Steven Dickherber | Aug. 24, 2010
The council also voted to restrict police complaints to county residents and family.
By Steven Dickherber | Aug. 17, 2010 | Updated Nov. 13, 2010 at 6:31 p.m.
The council also voted to restrict police review board complaints to Columbia residents and family.
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Council restricts review board complaints to Columbians, family
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 10:22 p.m.
The council has unanimously passed an ordinance limiting who can file a complaint with the Citizens Police Review Board. With the ordinance's passage, only the victim of police misconduct and their friends, family or attorneys who reside in Boone County can file complaints. After a controversial SWAT raid in ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Public speaks out on Taser ordinance
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 9:57 p.m.
Several people spoke out about an ordinance would ban Taser use by both private citizens as well as law enforcement. The ordinance was unanimously voted down moments ago by the Council and will be decided by voters during the Nov. 2 elections. People for a Taser-Free Columbia spokesman Ken Green ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Council to vote on budget at September meeting
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.
The Council has decided to wait to vote on the budget for Fiscal Year 2011 until mid-September. They voted unanimously to approve of the uses of a proposed sales tax and also voted to put it on the November ballot. The 1/8-cent tax has been in effect since 2005 ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Budget talks result in emotional requests for funding of social services
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 8:04 p.m.
The Council is currently hearing various groups within the community voice their opinions and recommendations for the budget in fiscal year 2011. Katherine Harris, chairwoman of the Commission on Cultural Affairs, said to the council that money given toward the arts, while some may question it, is nonetheless beneficial as ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: City manager projects grim future for Columbia budget
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.
Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins has started his presentation on the city’s budget for fiscal year 2011. In his opening remarks Watkins said the budget for the next year is "truly a zero sum gain." Watkins recommended that the city use $3 million out of its $160 million reserve ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Budget, Tasers on City Council agenda
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Steven Dickherber on Aug. 16, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
The Columbia City Council meeting has just been called into session. Issues that will be covered tonight include the council’s decision on a ban of all tasers, stun guns, and other conducted electrical devices. If passed, the ordinance will make it a Class A misdemeanor for private citizens and ...
Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting: Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting
Posted to Live Blog: Columbia City Council meeting by Wes Duplantier on Aug. 16, 2010 at 4:41 p.m.
Follow our constant coverage of the Columbia City Council meeting Monday as the board votes on a proposed ban on Taser use, the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the renewal of a 1/8-cent sales tax for park repairs.
By Wes Duplantier | May 17, 2010
The council also voted to change laws regarding MIPs.
By Matthew Patane | May 4, 2010
The equipment automatically reads and stores license plates.
By Wes Duplantier | April 20, 2010
The council will reconsider the noise ordinance May 3.
By Wes Duplantier | April 13, 2010
The Chamber of Commerce backed all three members in their races.
By Tarah Benner | April 9, 2010
Points of focus include safety, cutting spending and creating jobs.
By Matthew Patane | March 16, 2010
Council hopes to push Columbia as technology capitol of the Midwest.
By Matthew Patane | Feb. 16, 2010
The amendment would create new standards for downtown.
By Pierce Courchaine | Jan. 29, 2010
Skala and Kespohl faced each other before in the 2007 election.
By Will Guldin | July 6, 2009
A ticketed area was proposed to help pay for this year's event.
By Ryan Schmitz | Feb. 3, 2009
The council said the tax would not benefit the city's economy.