Daily Dish: Aug. 13, 2012

Here’s a rundown of stories about city and county government that made the news over the weekend.

Proposed historic district rules cause property rights worries

Jacob Barker of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports on the fledgling debate surrounding city-initiated historic property designations.

Stream team volunteers clean up trash in East Campus

Jennah Sontag of the Columbia Missourian details a city-sponsored effort to keep garbage out of streams.

Construction on new Greenbriar Trail to begin soon

KOMU-TV8 reports on the latest trail project in Columbia.

Missouri School of Journalism news outlets collaborate on new election-related website

Project Open Vault, a cooperative effort of KBIA 91.3, the Missourian, KOMU-TV8, Newsy.com and the Reynolds Journalism Institute will aggregate election news and track spending on televised political ads in central Missouri leading up to the November election.





The Daily Dish-Feb.28

Columbia Missourian story by Bobby Watson explained how the Columbia police procedural change in 2009  that lets officers walk away from non-injury accidents without writing a report could cause trouble for drivers in need of insurance coverage. The procedural change resulted in a 48 percent decrease in the number of tickets written. One Columbia resident complained that following a traffic accident he was involved in, a police officer did not write a report, which caused him trouble in filing insurance claim.

Columbia Missourian story by  Alicia Stice reported that  The Central Missouri Humane Society might have to find another director again, after the newly appointed Kimberly Sherlaw told the organization’s board of directors she rescinded her earlier acceptance of the job for personal reasons.

The Daily Dish–Feb.24

BY Jacob Kirn, Columbia Missourian: Columbia city officials organized a trip to Ames, Iowa last Friday to study the public transit system there. In Ames, the bus system known as CyRide covers campus and the majority of the city. Buses come more frequently and average wait time are shorter than Columbia Transit.The price for students to enjoy such transit system: Each semester, students at Iowa State University pay a $62.61 fee which goes to CyRide and gives students a bus pass without further costs.

By Andrew Denney, Columbia Tribune: Columbia citizens reacted to the City Council decision to announce part of the city as “blighted”. A not-for-profit organization was formed during a meeting at Parkade Center Wednesday night.Some citizens expressed their concerns, including the possible use of eminent domain in the blighted zone.

Daily Dish 3/11:Regency garage, parking meter plan gains favor

Regency garage, parking meter plan gains favor:–Columbia Missourian

“A committee of the Downtown Community Improvement District lent its official support yesterday to the city’s plan to purchase land next to the Regency Hotel for an $8.25 million, 300-space parking garage on Short Street.”

Local Red Cross office offers tips on how to help:–Newstribune.com

“By the time many in the Central Missouri area awoke Friday, tragedy had struck Japan in the form of a massive, two-minute long earthquake that triggered a tsunami that swept away cars, homes and ships.”

Mayor to announce final four candidates Watkin’s job:–Columbiamissourian

“Mayor Bob McDavid was scheduled to announce the final four candidates for the city manager position at 11 a.m. today at City Hall.”

Daily Dish 3/10:Bill on English-only driver tests heads to Senate

Bill on English-only driver tests heads to Senate — Columbia Tribune

“The Missouri House on Thursday approved a bill mandating that driver’s license tests be given only in English, sending the measure to the Senate on a 102-56 vote.”

UPDATE: Missouri Senate votes to repeal some Proposition B provisions — Columbia Missourian

“The Missouri Senate voted Thursday to repeal many of the mandates included in a dog-breeding law approved by voters four months ago.”

Budget picture appears brighter for Columbia Public Schools — Columbia Tribune

“Columbia Public Schools might be seeing a slightly brighter outlook for its 2011-12 budget, according to recent projections from district Chief Financial Officer Linda Quinley.”

Daily Dish 3/9: Columbia Council Candidates Outline Priorities

Columbia Council candidates outline priorities:——Columbia Tribune

“The city budget and how the council makes decisions were the focus of a Columbia City Council candidate forum last night.”

Students accused of assaulting journalism professor:——Columbia Tribune

“A junior journalism student at the University of Missouri was arrested yesterday after he allegedly pushed an assistant professor and attempted to choke a fellow student.”

Missouri 179 to close during construction in July:––Newstribune.com

“Timelines and details about the construction of a new Missouri 179 interchange near the site of a new St. Mary’s Health Center were revealed at a public meeting Tuesday night.”

Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe changes her office hours to Sunday

Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe invites Columbia residents to discuss ideas and concerns this coming Sunday in a walk around Stephens Lake Park. The Councilwoman will meet Sixth Ward residents and others in Uprise Bakery at Ragtag Cinema on Hitt Street at 12 p.m. To arrange  to join her for a walk, send an email to ward6@GoColumbiaMo.com