Boone County Policy Makers Breakfast

Folgers got it all wrong. The best park of waking up isn’t coffee. It’s a Policy Makers Breakfast at the Boone County Commission Chambers.

Dan Atwill, Presiding Commissioner of Boone County, opened the meeting by explaining the purpose of this breakfast is to have a dialogue to work smoothly between the different officials in Boone County and Columbia.

The three commissioners of Boone County were in attendance. Including Skip Elkin, Boone County’s District II Commissioner, who is back from serving on active duty with the National Guard.  The breakfast club also included Columbia council members, the mayor, and school board members.

Most of the communication at the meeting involved the construction of infrastructure surrounding Battle High School. The property is in the county but the city is heavily involved. A current issue is the stoplight, now installed but not functioning, at St. Charles Rd. and Battle Ave. The stop light, which is in the county, falls under their control but the county does not have any equipment to maintain a traffic light. No decision was reached how maintenance for the light will be paid for.

Other infrastructure projects include the intersection of Highway Z and St. Charles Rd. where there are plans for the construction of a roundabout with the help of state funds. There was talk of an eventual bridge over I-70 at Olivette. A lot of this presents peculiar problems for Boone County, which never builds roads but just maintains them.

The search for property for a new elementary school in Southwest Columbia continues. Due to storm water regulations the parcel of land would need to be about 30 acres.

City Manager Mike Matthes spoke of how all the parking spaces are now leased in the 5th and Walnut parking garage. He mentioned that since there is a demand it’s possible to raise prices. He also made a comment about the Columbia Regional Airport and how they are very close to some very exciting announcements. The members at the meeting concluded it would be a good idea to come try to make these meetings a quarterly occurrence.

The Daily Dish — Feb. 16

Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission proposes Phase II of Windsor Ash Bike Boulevard by Amy Willsey, Columbia Missourian

Citing the positive reception of Phase I, which placed so-called bike boulevards on Ash and Windsor streets, Bike/Ped sought approval Wednesday to finance a $460,000 expansion with federal funding. Phase II, however, is one of several projects eligible to receive the grant money. City Council will decide which will get the go-ahead at a later time.

Boone County seeks authority to regulate rental property by Antony Lee, Columbia Missourian

Three area representatives took their case for Senate Bill 730, which would grant Boone County the authority to impose regulations on rental property outside city limits, before the state Senate’s Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. Similar legislation has historically failed to fly, but county reps expressed optimism for the new bill’s prospects.

Senate approves bill moving back Missouri primary date by Marshall Griffin, KBIA

Thursday dawned with the first-round approval of a bill calling for the postponement of filing deadlines for Missouri’s state and national officials. The legislation comes in the heat of a legal battle over the state’s new district boundaries and would shift the filing period back about a month. A single vote stands between the bill and a House vote, but legislators anticipate that it will be received by day’s end.

State and local jobs have gone away, but not in Missouri

Three years ago, there were nearly half a million more state and local government employees across the United States than there are today.

This grim reality was brought to you by an annual employment survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

But for Missourians, it’s not all doom and gloom.

While the general trend for the U.S. in recent years was a loss of government jobs, Missouri managed to find itself in a good position.

In 2008, Missouri was home to about 389,700 jobs.

In 2011, that number stands at 389,900.

It’s only an increase of about 200 jobs, or 0.1 percent, but many would probably see this as a huge victory for the Show Me state.

Compare this to our compatriots to the east. Illinois is down 1.2 percent in the past three years, with a net loss of nearly 10,000 jobs.

Or take a look at California. They’ve seen a three year loss of about 150,000 local and state government jobs. That’s a lot of people.

The best places to find government jobs may be in the middle of the country. Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas, Wisconsin and the Dakotas all saw an increase in local and state government jobs.

So fear not middle-Americans! There are government jobs to be had.

The Daily Dish – Oct. 10, 2011

City council considering sidewalk improvements near Hickman High School – Columbia Missourian

“At its next meeting, the Columbia City Council will decide whether to ask contractors to bid on sidewalk improvements along Providence Road, including the intersection with Business Loop 70 East adjacent to Hickman. The estimated cost is $830,000.”

Residents of Columbia’s Fourth Ward seek recall from Daryl Dudley – Columbia Missourian

“Residents of the city’s Fourth Ward have drafted a petition to recall their councilman, Daryl Dudley. The residents want to recall Dudley from office because he is supporting proposed ward reapportionment Trial D. Proponents of the recall will begin gathering signatures Tuesday. 1,520 signatures are required for the recall to appear on the next ballot.”

Boone County Commission Expects Revenue Increase – KOMU

“District 1 Commissioner Karen Miller said the county expects a slight increase in revenues for next year due to higher-than-predicted revenue from sales tax receipts. She said the county can begin to make some capital purchases that have been put off for several years.”

Mobile Home Park Resident Protests Rezoning Request – KOMU

“James Mace collected more than 300 signatures for a petition against Regency of Missouri Inc.’s rezoning request to build student housing where the mobile homes currently sit. The city’s planning and zoning commission unanimously denied the rezoning request last month. However, the council will discuss and vote on the request Oct. 17.”

Ticketing up 16 percent in September – KOMU

“New parking ticket numbers released by the City of Columbia show the city continues a trend of higher ticketing, since the city doubled the fines for parking tickets back in March. The overwhelming majority of the tickets given in September and August were for expired meters.”

Political division over city wards intensifies – Columbia Daily Tribune

“Politics is a motivator behind a controversial redrawing of the city’s wards. An amended version of the Trial D map Dudley proposed would draw neighborhoods from the Third and Fourth wards into the First Ward amounts to gerrymandering that would help council members Gary Kespohl and Daryl Dudley avoid political opposition in re-election bids.”

Commission on Cultural Affairs Discusses Future Art – KOMU

“The Commission on Cultural Affairs met Monday to discuss art work outside of the future Short Street Garage. ‘Percent for Art’ will fund $60 thousand to spend on art after maintenance and administration charges. Aaron Krawitz, the Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, said he expects a sculpture or mural to be placed outside of the garage.”

The Daily Dish – Oct. 7, 2011

Columbia extends apartments, commercial recycling programs – Columbia Missourian

“Two grants totaling $10,000 from the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District will provide new recycling bins for eight city office buildings and three apartment complexes. The City Council authorized the grants at its meeting Monday night. The city will provide an additional $3,334.”

New County Commissioner Pledges to Pick Up Robb Projects – KOMU

“Dan Atwill, a Columbia attorney and a Democrat, was sworn in as Presiding Boone County Commissioner Friday afternoon, two days after Governor Nixon appointed him to the position.”

Regency Park Case May Lead to Policy Changes – Columbia Daily Tribune

“The controversial proposal to tear down the park was brought to light for residents two weeks after a mailed notice was sent to property owners adjacent to Regency. Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, who represents the Regency residents, said she plans to ask staff and the commission at the Oct. 17 council meeting to revise the public notice requirements for rezonings.”

The Daily Dish — Oct. 6, 2011

Dudley to discuss wards at library meeting – Columbia Missourian
“Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley will meet with constituents on ward reapportionment at 4 p.m. Friday in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library. Dudley proposed a new version of trail map D at Monday night’s council meeting.”
Habitat for Humanity seeks city annexations for single-family subdivision
Columbia Missourian
“City Council will consider a proposal from Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity on Monday, which requested the city annex 11.72 acres of land for a proposed development of 32 homes near Old Plank Road and Route K. But it wants the city to annex and zone the land for single-family homes first.”
Commission Member Discusses Own Land
KOMU
“Planning and Zoning Commission member Rayman Puri will vote regarding his own land. Puri, a local doctor, would like a medical office built near the intersection of East Broadway and Broadway Bluffs Drive.”

The Daily Dish- Oct. 5, 2011

Councilman Dudley proposes amendment to ward reapprortionment trial – Columbia Missourian

“At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Dudley introduced an amendment to a boundary proposal known as Trial D. Dudley stated at the meeting that this amendment was made ‘to bring it within the legal constraints of contiguity.’ ”

Democrats lineup for county commission seat – Columbia Daily Tribune

“Scott Christianson, who lost to Robb by less than 1 percent of the vote in November, and Don Stamper, who was presiding commissioner from 1990 to 2002, were the first to submit their names Friday. Phyllis Fugit, chairwoman of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee, said Columbia attorney Dan Atwill, former central committee member Fred Seaman, former chief sheriff’s deputy O.J. Stone and former 19th District state Sen. Ken Jacob also have applied.”

New transit task force explores options for students – Columbia Missourian

“The Transit System Task Force met for the first time Tuesday to search for the correct model to fund public transit and evaluate the city-university model that works in other cities.”

Fired Columbia Police officer seeks to buy police dog – Columbia Missourian

“Police Chief Ken Burton and City Manager Mike Matthes will meet Wednesday morning to talk about Fano, a police dog, and the possibility of selling him to his former handler, Rob Sanders. Sanders was fired from the Columbia Police Department in September after aninternal affairs investigation into his use of force against a man in a holding cell.”