Stories by Madeleine
Projections topped by more than $250,000; stunned city staff asks why
Jefferson City sales taxes surged ahead of projections and the city now is forecasting a surplus of more than $500,000 for the end of the fiscal year.
Renovations to the Capital Mall are one step closer after the Jefferson City Council approved agreements for both a tax increment financing district and community improvement district.
Some retailers think so
As Jefferson City’s downtown grows and attracts more events, as well as more people, growing pains are starting to have an effect on High Street businesses.
Shelbyfest will be heading to Jefferson City in 2015, featuring multiple blocks of Mustangs and Shelby Mustangs.
August is expected to bring up to 1,000 motorcycles to Jefferson City for one night with the Hot Bike Power Tour making it the second stop on a five-day tour.
A new event will be coming to Jefferson City in August — a rolling motorcycle rally.
Denise Crider has spent 22 years teaching and spends most of her spare time finding other ways to assist students and teach others.
‘Putting heads in beds’
With Jefferson City’s conference center plans in limbo, one idea of how to use the project’s funds has resurfaced — merging them with funds for a proposed multipurpose building to allow for a larger facility.
Now that the conference center concept in Jefferson City has been shelved, at least for now, where does that leave downtown parking?
A near steady stream of Lincoln University students came through a parked transit bus Friday sharing their views and experiences on transit with members of the Jefferson City Council.
New council takes its seat
“Passion.” “Tenacious.” “Dedicated.” “Enthusiastic.” “Friend.” Those are the words members of the Jefferson City Council used to describe outgoing 4th Ward Councilwoman Carrie Tergin at her last council meeting Monday.
‘Time to move forward on public transit’
It’s been a year since Citizens for JeffTran requested a transit panel to make suggestions to the Jefferson City Council, and the group's preparing to revise the idea.
Some programs at the Washington Park Ice Arena, as well as two other recreation programs, soon will see fee increases as approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Several council members ask if there’s better use for lodging tax fund
After last week’s vote by the Jefferson City Council to reject two proposals for a proposed conference center, some council members are questioning whether there isn’t a better use for the lodging tax funds.
Whether it was to hunt for eggs or visit the Easter bunny, families gathered at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday for the annual Easter celebration on the grounds.
Jefferson City sales taxes have fallen behind projections again, but the city still expects to end the fiscal year with a surplus thanks to the harsh winter temperatures.
A planned expansion and renovations to the Capital 8 Theaters have been approved by the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission.
Jefferson City no longer will hold primaries for municipal offices after voters approved a change to the City Charter on Tuesday.
Jefferson City’s 4th Ward has a new representative.
City Council's 9-1 vote kills both Ehrhardt, Farmer proposals
The Jefferson City Council voted to reject both conference center proposals Monday night, effectively putting an end to a nearly two-year process.
The Jefferson City Council votes to reject both conference center proposals.
A new Jefferson City ordinance is being proposed concerning keeping exotic animals as pets.
Teams of local children showed off their robotics skills Saturday at the RoboFest competition at Lincoln University.
After months of negotiations and tweaking to two proposals for a conference center, the Jefferson City Council may be ready to toss both out, largely because of the number of special incentives being requested and the potential for a general fund obligation.
For at least one of the developers hoping to build a proposed conference center in Jefferson City, a potential decision to throw out current proposals would be disappointing.
If the Jefferson City Council opts to move one conference center proposal forward to the next phase on April 7, many details still will need to be worked out including aspects of both proposals that deal with outside entities.
The focus of the most recent discussion on a potential conference center in Jefferson City focused on support for, and questions about, a proposed downtown location.
Steve Crowell was always fascinated by cities and how they function, but it wasn’t until well after college that he realized he wanted to be in city management.
City says selection committee more ‘advisory group’
Jefferson City spent $8,500 on the search for a new city administrator. New City Administrator Steve Crowell began his duties earlier this month.
This year's resurfacing projects expected to cost $1.8 million
Jefferson City street crews are gearing up for summer road work and finalizing the list of city streets that will receive an overlay this year.
City to monitor, evaluate road after heavy truck traffic blamed for ‘damage’
Residents near South Country Club Drive say truck traffic is causing structural concerns for their homes and are looking for Jefferson City officials to help find a solution.
Though work is ongoing, tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary will resume April 21. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday morning that “modified tours” are expected to begin April 21. The modified history tours will allow access to Housing Units 1 and 4, some of Housing Unit 3, and the gas chamber, while the state continues mold remediation and repair work.
Jefferson City released final details Tuesday on two proposed conference center plans, and the City Council is expected to vote on the issue April 7.
Specifics on final plans for a proposed Jefferson City conference center released today detail the amount of public investment required by two competing developers.
Public hearing to be held Monday, council to vote April 7
After months of closed session meetings, the Jefferson City Council is ready to move forward with plans for a proposed conference center.
Choice to be made in open session
City Attorney Drew Hilpert said the council is nearing a final decision, as most, if not all, of the requested information has now been received from the developers.
Charter change on April ballot
Jefferson City voters will be asked April 8 if the city should eliminate primary elections, now that they can't be scheduled in February.
Tergin, Costales discuss conference center, downtown, transparency
The April general election will feature one race for Jefferson City Council, pitting 4th Ward incumbent Carrie Tergin against challenger Glen Costales.
The West YMCA has been approved for a two-story building addition to add more locker rooms and a fitness room.
But still expected to end year with surplus
Though Jefferson City sales taxes have missed projections for the month, the city is anticipating ending the fiscal year with a surplus.
A small area of West McCarty Street may change to a no-parking zone based on the recommendation of the Jefferson City Transportation and Traffic Commission.
Members of the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission are looking into available options hoping to find an additional $3 million for a multipurpose building.
Downtown Jefferson City event planners say long-range plans need to address growing electrical demand
Jefferson City’s downtown area is host to many large events, such as Thursday Night Live and Salute to America. But as these events grow, event planners say the demand for electricity is growing, too.
A fire and flooding of the gymnasium at St. Elizabeth School canceled classes Wednesday, but teachers and students will be back in the classroom today.
The Salute to America Committee wants the Cole County Commission to double its contribution to the annual event.
Annual report cites return on city, county investment
According to the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, both Jefferson City and Cole County saw an “anticipated economic return” of more than $486,000 in 2013.
Official: Report should be lead to more accurate budgeting, transparency
An effort to ensure more accurate budgeting at City Hall also has led to what one official hopes will be increased transparency and understanding of Jefferson City’s budget.
Ret. Maj. John Sullivan never expected to receive France’s highest honor. But 70 years after flying 35 missions in the then-Nazi-occupied nation, that’s just what he received.
In its first annual report to the city, the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee detailed several changes taking place at the shelter.
All work has now been bid for renovations and remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, and officials still are planning on resuming public tours this spring.