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Madeleine Leroux

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Panel considers a stiffer seat belt ordinance

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.

Committee approves 2016 Jefferson City budget

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.

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Are further funds needed if riverfront project moves forward?

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.

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Buescher properties won't be sold

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.

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LU wants Chestnut Street vacated

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.

No decision on utility tax hike

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.

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Bridging the gap between community and university

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.

Fall 2016 opening of multipurpose building may be at risk

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.

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Utility tax increase could cost businesses thousands

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.

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YMCA chief executive officer works with, and for, the community

Executive Q&A

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.

Jefferson City council continues budget discussions

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.

Council to move forward on police HVAC

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.

Commission moving forward on Ellis-Porter Pool renovations

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward with plans for a large scale renovation at Ellis-Porter Pool.

Council discusses annexations in Meadows by the Club

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.

Council broaches utility tax hike

The Jefferson City Council will discuss a potential utility tax increase Monday to a rate that has not changed in more than 30 years.

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Benefactor’s interest in riverfront access pushes idea back to forefront

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.

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Firefighters: Outdated stations face limited budget

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.

Jefferson City Council talks police vehicles

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.

Council extends trash contract

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.

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Mayor’s budget includes leasing police vehicles instead of outright purchase

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.

Pink sheets detail unfunded budget requests from city staff

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.

Mayor’s proposal features some significant funding changes

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.

Draft budget forecasts changes for enterprise funds

Outside of the general fund budget, Jefferson City also has several enterprise funds, which are self-sustaining funds kept separate from the general fund.

Jefferson City Fire Department looks at immediate, long-range needs

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.

Jefferson City budget work continues

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.

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Cole County Sheriff’s Dept. securing the fair

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.

Mayor offers draft 2016 budget

$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.

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Chamber taking lead on southern riverfront access

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.

Council thanks DeLong for riverfront donation

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.

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Habitat blesses 93rd build in Jefferson City

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.

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Residents reminded to diminish mosquito threat

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.

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Planning board approves Jefferson City sign plan

After more than a year of work, Jefferson City is ready to start moving forward on new signage throughout the area.

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LU seeks partnership for new tennis courts

Lincoln University is seeking community partners willing to contribute financially to new tennis courts at the corner of Lafayette and Dunklin streets.

Multipurpose building scaled back

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.

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4 Buescher properties may sell in August

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.

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Riverwalk project to start soon in North Jefferson City

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.

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Council honors pool staffers for lifesaving efforts

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.

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Salute to America draws thousands downtown

The annual Salute to America Festival drew thousands to downtown Jefferson City on Saturday, enjoying the break in rain for Independence Day celebrations.

Does JeffTran have an image problem?

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.

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JeffTran supporters look at ways to increase ridership, expand service

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.

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Parks commission purchases Green Berry Acres for $95,000

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission officially has purchased Green Berry Acres for $95,000.

Committee approves city compensation review

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.

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Photos lost in ‘93 flood found, given back to owner

‘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.

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City seeks input on CDBG funds

Jefferson City officials are inviting public comment on how to spend the 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds.

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Enjoying the work

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.

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Jefferson City examining abandoned building fees

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.

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River's rise continues in Mid-Missouri

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.

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CAMPO seeks input on bike/pedestrian plan

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public input on a new bike and pedestrian plan for the area.

Transit fare increase rejected

After hearing from several residents, the Jefferson City Council voted against a proposed transit fare increase.

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Public hearing tonight on transit fare increase

A public hearing on a proposed fare increase for Jefferson City transit will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

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