Columbia’s Daily Dish [Feb. 24, 2009]

A smattering of links about growth and development in Columbia.

Federal stimulus could expand rural broadband in Missouri (Columbia Missourian) — A speedier Internet hookup might be on its way to some of Missouri’s rural residents, courtesy of federal stimulus funds. The stimulus package includes $7.2 billion in competitive grants and loans for broadband expansion. Most of that money is aimed at rural areas.
Fire sprinkler installations in Greek houses up for debate (The Maneater) — The Columbia Fire Sprinkler Task Force discussed the enforcement of sprinklers in Greek houses Monday, which followed a small fire in Greektown on Sunday night.
Compromise in the works on sprinklers (Columbia Daily Tribune) — A city task force recommended last night that the city keep a law requiring University of Missouri fraternity and sorority houses to install fire sprinkler systems but give them more time to comply and better define what groups are affected.
City budget forecast is gloomy in years ahead (Columbia Daily Tribune) — Columbia is facing an $838,000 shortfall in its 2009 general revenue budget, and city leaders are looking at making cuts to prepare for even leaner budgets in the future.
Hallsville gets warning on excessive spending (Columbia Daily Tribune) — A projected deficit of more than $75,000 in the city budget will require the Hallsville Board of Aldermen to approve budget amendments sometime before April.

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