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Salute to Veterans airshow to soar into Jefferson City

Salute to Veterans airshow to soar into Jefferson City

September 18th, 2018 by Nicole Roberts in News

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The Salute to Veterans airshow is coming to Jefferson City in 2019.

The Jefferson City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday directing Mayor Carrie Tergin to sign an agreement between the city and Memorial Day Weekend-Salute to Veterans Corporation, a nonprofit that hosts the Salute to Veterans airshow.

The 31st annual airshow will be open to the public May 25-26 at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport and feature multiple military aircrafts. The corporation may also host a Memorial Day parade May 27.

The event attracts 10,000-35,000 people every year, Jefferson City Operation Division Director Britt Smith previously said.

The airshow normally takes place in Columbia but due to anticipated construction at the Columbia Regional Airport, the corporation asked Jefferson City to host the event next year.

"I owe you from the bottom of my heart a 'thank you,'" corporation chairman Mary McCleary Posner said. "You have saved the 31st annual Salute to Veterans celebration by allowing us to have it here."

The Jefferson City Public Works and Planning Committee approved the agreement last week.

In past years, Jefferson City allowed people to park at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport and take a shuttle bus to Columbia to watch the airshow.

"Any opportunity we have to celebrate our veterans is really a wonderful opportunity for our community and the surrounding communities," Tergin said.

Also on Monday, the City Council approved postponing a substitute bill to a proposed amendment to the trash service ordinance to help clarify language and ease rental property owners' concerns. Some council members said they would like to speak to residents about the substitute bill before voting on it.

The substitute bill was postponed to the Oct. 1 City Council meeting.

The substitute bill states the responsible party must obtain and maintain trash service while the residential unit is occupied, adding the amendment would not prevent the property owner from requiring an occupant to obtain and maintain the trash service.

The original bill was placed on the informal calendar earlier this month after rental property owners were confused by the language. The original bill suggested changing the definition of the "responsible party" to "the owner of the property is responsible to obtain and maintain solid waste or trash service."

Some property management owners believed the original bill language meant they could not make tenants establish and pay for their own trash service, placing the responsibility on the landlords to provide the service.

However, City Counselor Ryan Moehlman said landlords could still either place the trash service in their names or state in private contracts with tenants that the tenants are responsible for providing and paying for the city-mandated trash service. The proposed amendment would clarify who the responsible party is if trash service is not set up.

Under the city code, if a trash service is not set up and the nuisance is not corrected within 10 days of the city sending a violation letter, the city can summons the responsible person to Municipal Court to discuss fines. If a landlord transfers trash service responsibilities to the tenant and city staff cannot contact the proper person, city staff does not know who to summons to court.

Roger Schrimpf, owner of Schrimpf Management in Jefferson City, and Brian Bernskoetter, with the Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors, were two individuals who spoke in opposition of the original bill. They told the News Tribune last week if the city only wants to address a loophole in city code enforcement — not burden rental property owners — they were not opposed to the amendment.

City staff said they hope the amendment will decrease the number of trash nuisance violations and encourage landlords to ensure tenants have trash service.

Between Nov. 1, 2017, and Aug. 15, there were 96 violations for properties without trash service, Jefferson City Neighborhood Services Manager Jayme Abbott said earlier this month.

There were 372 accumulation of trash violations within the same time period, she added.

The majority of the violations came from one- and two-unit rental properties, she added.