Columbia’s Daily Dish (May 8, 2009)

A smattering of links about Columbia’s growth and development.

Columbia explores offering free transit (CM) — In September, the City of Columbia doubled bus fares. Now, City Council is exploring ideas to create free public transit. Free transit would mean a $350,000 loss in transportation revenue, only ten percent of transportation’s budget of $3.5 million, according to a city staff report.

Repairs begin on flooded MKT Trail, Boone County roads (CM) — Boone County Public Works and Facilities Maintenance began making repairs Thursday on the MKT Trail and county roads that were damaged in last week’s flooding.

• Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission urges limits to downtown balconies (CM) — On Thursday night, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve proposed revisions to the Columbia City Code pertaining to balconies that encroach into public right-of-ways. These revisions would only apply to the downtown zoning district and will now go to the City Council for approval.
City clears up balcony rules (CDT) — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of cleaned-up ordinances that would allow a similar project [like Quinton’s balconies] to go forward smoothly.

Debate over stimulus funds rages in Missouri Senate (CM) — A discussion over the use of federal stimulus funds erupted Thursday on the Senate floor.

Cancer center back on track (CDT) — Close bipartisan cooperation among members of the Boone County legislative delegation delivered $31.2 million for a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center for Columbia last night.

Hydrant tests might affect roads, water (CDT) — Columbia firefighters and Water & Light employees next week will begin annual maintenance of about 5,000 fire hydrants in the city, the Columbia Fire Department said.

Gay center schedules grand opening lunch (CDT) — Members of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their supporters will gather from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow to celebrate the grand opening of The Center Project, a community center in downtown Columbia that will serve the Mid-Missouri region.

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