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Plan to retire comes as multipurpose project gears up
Bill Lockwood, who has served as director of the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, has announced his retirement date, all while the department tries to complete one of its biggest projects.
For the past month, members of the Jefferson City Council have discussed, debated and changed the draft 2016 budget presented by Mayor Carrie Tergin at the end of July.
Jefferson City officials to focus on education in seat belt safety
Jefferson City officials will look at increasing education of seat belt safety starting in elementary schools as a way to promote more compliance within the area.
Balanced budget to be considered by full council Sept. 8
After one month of meetings and discussions, the Budget Committee has approved the draft 2016 Jefferson City budget, which now will be considered by the full City Council for final approval.
As talk of Adrian’s Island returns to Jefferson City, some News Tribune readers have indicated a desire to keep new taxpayer dollars out of any future development.
Taxes paid for four properties at risk of being sold
No Barbara Buescher properties will be for sale in the near future after the property owner paid the necessary taxes to the Cole County collector.
Issue to go to full City Council for discussion
A proposal to vacate Chestnut Street to Lincoln University has resurfaced after the Jefferson City Council took no action on a similar proposal more than two years ago.
Council to continue discussion at Monday budget hearing
The Jefferson City Council heard little feedback Monday on a potential increase to the city’s gross receipts utility tax.
Jefferson City’s first student liaison hopes to be an example to younger students
Jonathan Jackson’s love of people has driven him to set an example he hopes others will follow.
Is it an overly optimistic timeline?
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission continues to work toward a partnership with Lincoln University on a new multipurpose building, but further delays may cause issues with the university’s stated goal of opening by fall 2016.
Chamber: Talk of rate hike could impact sales tax vote
The Jefferson City Council is considering whether to increase the city’s gross receipts utility tax, a move that would affect the largest businesses the most.
Craig Lammers began as an intern with the Jefferson City Area YMCA while in college. Now, as CEO, Lammers focuses on the best ways to provide service to Jefferson City residents and YMCA members.
Parking lot discussions to come
The Jefferson City Council is continuing its work on the 2016 draft budget with the next step to discuss any proposed changes to the mayor’s draft.
Project to cost about $900,000
The Jefferson City Council is expected to authorize a construction contract to replace a 36-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Jefferson City Police Department.
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward with plans for a large scale renovation at Ellis-Porter Pool.
6 property owners petition for voluntary annexation
Jefferson City Council officials are looking at a potential annexation within the Meadows by the Club subdivision, as six property owners have applied for a voluntary annexation.
The Jefferson City Council will discuss a potential utility tax increase Monday to a rate that has not changed in more than 30 years.
Adrian’s Island has been discussed for more than 40 years with dozens of studies done on how to get to, and use, the riverfront property north of the Union Pacific Railroad. And, with help from Jefferson City resident B.J. DeLong, the project has been revived once more.
The Jefferson City Fire Department is hoping for the best out of the 2016 budget process, looking to address at least a few of the needs at several of its oldest stations.
No changes made to draft budget Thursday
The Jefferson City Council is taking a close look at police vehicles as it continues working on the 2016 budget.
Public hearing on 2016 budget set for Aug. 17
The Jefferson City Council has approved a contract extension for Allied Waste that will keep the trash provider operating through May as the city prepares to potentially change providers.
Mayor Carrie Tergin’s draft 2016 budget includes a number of changes from the 2015 budget, but one that may prove to be a point of debate in ongoing budget discussion is the leasing of six police vehicles and one command vehicle for the Fire Department.
The Jefferson City Council is continuing its work on the draft 2016 budget knowing not everything will make it into the final budget, but there are already a large number of requests that didn’t make it into the mayor’s draft budget.
The mayor’s roughly $30 million general fund draft Jefferson City budget includes a number of changes from the current fiscal year, including purchasing or leasing new police vehicles and funding the fire training officer position.
Outside of the general fund budget, Jefferson City also has several enterprise funds, which are self-sustaining funds kept separate from the general fund.
Outdated fire stations require thousands in fixes
Though the Jefferson City Fire Department celebrated the opening of a brand new station last year, department officials say they are struggling with other outdated stations and would need about $160,000 to address the most immediate needs.
Council debates funds for MSP, Cultural Arts
The Jefferson City Council has begun its review of the proposed 2016 expenses, making it through nine departments in one meeting Thursday and making minimal changes so far.
Cpl. Justin Rollins started Tuesday evening at about 5 p.m., meeting with other employees of the Cole County Sheriff’s Department in a trailer at the Jaycees Fairground for a briefing on assignments for the evening.
$30 million projected in general revenue
The Jefferson City Council has begun work on the 2016 budget, projecting roughly $30 million in revenue for the general fund.
Preliminary work to be completed in November
The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead on a project that seeks to access the riverfront from the south side of the Missouri River.
The Jefferson City Council approved a resolution Monday thanking B.J. DeLong for her recent $50,000 donation to explore riverfront access from the south side of the river.
Though some of the walls are already up, River City Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson City blessed the building of a new home on East Ashley Street on Saturday morning.
With the abundance of wet weather in Mid-Missouri in the past few weeks comes the threat of an increased mosquito population, and area residents are encouraged to help by eliminating standing water in and around their homes.
After more than a year of work, Jefferson City is ready to start moving forward on new signage throughout the area.
Lincoln University is seeking community partners willing to contribute financially to new tennis courts at the corner of Lafayette and Dunklin streets.
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has endorsed scaling back the footprint of the planned multipurpose building on the Lincoln University campus to address budget concerns.
County to sell properties if taxes not paid by Aug. 21
Four of Barbara Buescher’s properties in Jefferson City may be for sale next month, if the Cole County collector does not receive a check for a portion of Buescher’s unpaid property taxes by Aug. 21.
Opponent says it will disturb natural surroundings
A new riverwalk project is set to begin later this month in North Jefferson City, though at least one community member has voiced strong objections to the plan.
Jackson names LU student liason
The Jefferson City Council recognized three lifeguards and the Ellis-Porter Pool assistant manager for their roles in saving a man’s life last month.
The annual Salute to America Festival drew thousands to downtown Jefferson City on Saturday, enjoying the break in rain for Independence Day celebrations.
Supporters say awareness, image create large hurdles for funding, expansion
Jefferson City Transit Division Director Mark Mehmert said the transit division has to get better at promoting itself as an alternative means of transportation for people and focus on the economic benefits the system provides.
Supporters of Jefferson City’s transit system would like to see the service grow, but a lack of available funds means searching for creative solutions.
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission officially has purchased Green Berry Acres for $95,000.
Jefferson City officials are looking to review the city’s job descriptions and salaries — something the city has not done in more than 10 years.
‘It’s a miracle’
Patty Green thought she lost everything in the Flood of 1993. However, on Tuesday, she was reunited with memories of her daughter and granddaughter through photos she never thought she’d see again.
Jefferson City officials are inviting public comment on how to spend the 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds.
Officer Meredith Friedman talks about her love for the job
Jefferson City police officer Meredith Friedman knows her job isn’t easy, but being able to resolve problems and have a positive impact on people is part of why she loves it.
Jefferson City officials are taking a closer look at fees associated with abandoned buildings in the city, looking to ensure charges to property owners reflect the city’s costs.
Heavy rain continued in Mid-Missouri on Friday morning, and the National Weather Service in St. Louis forecasts the Missouri River will continue to rise through the weekend.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public input on a new bike and pedestrian plan for the area.