Stories by Madeleine
Outdated fire stations require thousands in fixes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celebrated the opening of a brand new station last year, department officials say they are struggling with other outdated stations and would need about $160,000 to address the most immediate needs.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.
After hearing from several residents, the Jefferson City Council voted against a proposed 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.
To many members of the Jefferson City Council, a potential increase in administration fees to the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is a simple issue of accountability and fairness.
As senior project manager with Facilities Management, Design and Construction in Missouri’s Office of Administration, Sandra Walther gets to spend her days exploring and preserving the state’s historical buildings.
In an effort to further explore Jefferson City’s river access, a new riverwalk will begin to be developed this summer with the help of local community members.
City planning August election for capital improvement sales tax
After a brief dip in revenue, Jefferson City sales tax receipts are surging ahead of projections once again.
It looks as if Green Berry Acres is set to be purchased by the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission.
RACS searching for stable funding source
The Cole County Commission has denied a fee increase on criminal court cases that would have provided funding for the Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service.
A seesaw relationship in Jefferson City
Deep divisions that once existed between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and the Jefferson City Council may be returning as the two entities grapple with issues of charges, rent and office space.
Spreading awareness, one capital at a time
Nate Hudson is hoping to spread awareness of motorcycle safety, as he rides through each state this summer.
After hearing from several residents, the Jefferson City Council approved an impromptu resolution Monday supporting the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Commission in pursuing the purchase of Green Berry Acres.
Cindy Layton hopes to continue public service with parks
Cindy Layton has always oriented toward public service, and she has not stopped serving Jefferson City since her time on the City Council.
Meeting goal would earn $1 million in grant funds
Special Olympics Missouri has set a date in April 2016 as the deadline for fundraising for the Training for Life campus.
Initial bid rejected by Girl Scouts executive committee
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is pursuing the purchase of Green Berry Acres, but the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland may not be interested in the commission’s offer.
Needs, priorities will be tied to expected level of service
The Jefferson City Council will face tough decisions in the 2016 budget, as staffing and equipment needs outpace revenue projections.
Vote taken in closed session; two other offers cited
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission may be pursuing the purchase of Green Berry Acres, but another group also is interested.
Fire, Police employees honored
After months of discussions with officials, contractors, businesses and residents, the Jefferson City Council approved the final draft seeking proposals on the city’s solid waste contract.
City administrator looks at compensation study, new funding source for positions
In the last two years, nearly 20 positions have been eliminated at Jefferson City Hall, and the City Council likely will have to decide in the next budget cycle what the appropriate level of staffing is for the services provided.
All categories still above projections for year
Several say increase would be ‘burden’ for many
Jefferson City’s Public Transit Advisory Committee has made its first recommendation — to increase transit fares.
Property put up for sale
New Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin topped all municipal candidates in terms of sheer dollars, raising nearly $25,000 for her mayoral campaign.
Jefferson City officials are preparing for new proposals on the city’s solid waste contract and city staff hopes to issue a request for proposals in the next few weeks.
Budget cuts from two years ago continue to affect the Jefferson City Fire Department, and the department is looking at all available options to help the situation.
Final campaign disclosure forms should have been filed before being sworn in
New Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin, along with two newly installed members of the Jefferson City Board of Education, may have violated state law by being sworn into office before filing a required document with the Missouri State Ethics Commission.