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Madeleine Leroux

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City owns an aging vehicle fleet

Jefferson City officials seeking long-range plan for vehicle, equipment replacement

Jefferson City officials likely will have to consider how to address an aging fleet of vehicles, and some officials may be looking for a more global approach in addressing the issue.

Life, Liberty and Property Summit encourages people to act

Getting involved in politics

Get involved. It’s a message heard often by those hoping to affect change, and it was heard again at the Life, Liberty and Property Summit held Saturday at the DoubleTree hotel in Jefferson City.

Public hearing on city budget set for Monday

The Jefferson City Council is inviting public comment on the draft 2015 budget at its regular council meeting Monday.

JC Council to consider new financial policies

How much should be kept in reserves?

New financial policies will soon be introduced to the Jefferson City Council for consideration, but most discussion is likely to center around the question of how much should be kept in reserve funds.

New sculpture celebrates family in Jefferson City

If you regularly drive through the roundabout at Stadium Boulevard and Hyde Park Road, you soon may notice a new feature — a life-sized sculpture.

Betts appointed director of finance, IT

The Jefferson City Council approved the appointment of Bill Betts as the director of finance and information technology Monday, effectively merging the two departments he oversees.

Council nearing end of budget discussions

After nearly one month of meetings, the Jefferson City Council is starting to wind down its budget discussions.

Many skirt Jefferson City's mandatory trash service

City attorney: ‘It’s not a foolproof system’

It’s been nearly five years since Jefferson City enacted an ordinance making trash service mandatory for all residents, but not all residents have embraced the requirement.

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Contract talks expected to resurrect some trash service sentiments

Jefferson City is in the process of preparing a scope of services for the city’s next solid waste services, or trash, contract, but whether anything will change after the six-year contract with Allied Waste Services ends likely will depend on whether any other company submits a bid.

City seeks to merge finance, IT departments

Move would save $100,000 in 2015 fiscal year

The Jefferson City Council is expected to decide Monday whether to merge two departments and fill the last high-level vacancy at City Hall.

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Jefferson City Council to consider new finance director

The Jefferson City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to consider a recommendation for filling the city’s vacant finance director position.

JC Council continues budget discussions

The Jefferson City Council reviewed 10 department budgets in less than three hours Thursday night, making several proposed changes to the mayor’s draft 2015 budget.

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Angiepalooza aims to celebrate life

Angiepalooza’s second annual street party is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Jefferson City.

Fare increase considered for Jefferson City transit

Jefferson City transit riders may face a potential fare increase in the next fiscal year.

Jefferson City seeks options to better enforce code

Officials consider daily tickets and heftier fines

Jefferson City is looking at how to best enforce city code, and officials are hoping to give staff all the tools they need.

Jefferson City fire, police talk staffing levels

Council considers funding additional public safety positions in 2015 budget

Jefferson City Council members will look for ways to fund two additional public safety positions, based on the recommendations of the department chiefs.

Prices, compost discussed at solid waste open house

Several residents voiced concerns about trash prices and compost possibilities at Jefferson City’s second open house on solid waste services.

Council throws support behind LU collaboration

The Jefferson City Council is ready to throw its full support behind the possibility of a collaboration between Lincoln University and the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department on a proposed multipurpose building.

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Finding a passion in planning

It’s been 20 years since Janice McMillan began working at Jefferson City Hall and her love for the job has yet to dwindle.

Draft city budget cuts most vacant jobs

Jefferson City Council to face discussion on what staffing is needed

Jefferson City’s annual budget process is officially underway, and the City Council likely will face some discussion on what positions are needed at City Hall.

City projects $1 million surplus for 2014

Though city sales tax receipts have fallen behind projections this month, Jefferson City is now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of just under $1 million.

Commissioners deny request to lower speed limit

A group of residents near South Country Club Drive tried to lower the speed limit on a section of the road, but the request was denied at a commission meeting Wednesday morning.

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Local couple visits National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum

Remembering 9/11

Barb Kalberloh and her husband were on an international cruise 13 years ago when disaster struck.

Commission authorizes staff to pursue LU collaboration

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission officially authorized department staff to pursue a potential collaboration with Lincoln University on a proposed multipurpose building.

Mayor unveils 2015 budget with pay hike, holiday

The draft budget for Jefferson City’s 2015 fiscal year was unveiled Monday and includes both a pay increase for city employees and an additional city holiday.

City’s draft budget shows $29.5M in 2015 revenue

The 2015 draft budget includes a small increase in revenues from the last fiscal year, but the Jefferson City mayor says it’s still a tight budget.

Jefferson City, Lincoln University look at improving relationship

‘We have to be inseparable’

As Jefferson City and Lincoln University officials look into a potential collaboration for a multipurpose building, leaders of both organizations say the discussions are a sign of a continually improving relationship between the university and the community.

New fire chief eligible for any 2015 raises

Jefferson City’s new fire chief will be eligible for any raises authorized for the 2015 fiscal year and may receive a city vehicle if, and when, he moves inside city limits.

Proposal combines multipurpose, conference center, Special Olympics campus

Alternate couples multipurpose with LU recreation facility

Jefferson City officials are exploring two alternate proposals for collaboration on a multipurpose building and other options may still be examined.

Council approves Schofield as fire chief

The Jefferson City Council has approved the promotion of Capt. Matt Schofield to Jefferson City fire chief.

Council to hear presentations on multipurpose building tonight

The Jefferson City Council will hear two presentations on the Parks and Recreation Commission’s multipurpose building project tonight.

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Thursday Night Live returns for fall series

Thursday Night Live kicks off its fall series this week, starting with Soup Stock and launching an “artslive” weekend of events in downtown Jefferson City.

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Central Missouri Community Action to purchase JC cafe

‘A social enterprise’

Cafe Via Roma will operate under new ownership later this fall, bringing a new work environment and model to the Jefferson City business.

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MSP demolition nears completion

More than 20 structures deemed blighted have been demolished on the site of the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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City, county discuss Stadium Drive project

Jefferson City and Cole County officials are planning the next big project for the area, designed to address traffic congestion at U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard.

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State completes repair work at MSP

After months of work, repairs at the old Missouri State Penitentiary are complete, state and city officials announced Tuesday.

Jefferson City Council sets property tax rate

The Jefferson City Council set the property tax rate for the next year, leaving it unchanged.

Jefferson City sales taxes come in above projections

Second consecutive month boosts hopes for surplus

With another month of city sales taxes exceeding expectations, Jefferson City is now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of just under $1 million.

Parks, Rec discusses multipurpose collaborations

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is considering ways to ease the financial burden of constructing a multipurpose building, looking at both collaborations and sponsorships.

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Dunklin-Lafayette intersection to reopen this week

After more than two months, the Dunklin and Lafayette intersection is expected to reopen by the end of this week.

Why did transportation sales tax fail?

Where and why did the Missouri transportation sales tax, or Amendment 7, fail?

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Rejection of transportation sales tax effects cities, counties

Amendment 7: What's next?

With the failure of Constitutional Amendment 7, known as the transportation sales tax, comes the loss of $40 million worth of projects that would have come to Cole County and funds that would have gone to both county and city governments.

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Transit advisory committee moves forward

A proposed transit advisory group for Jefferson City is moving forward after a City Council committee put its stamp of approval on the proposal.

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Voters reject Cole County zoning

Cole County voters have rejected a proposal to adopt countywide zoning in what turned out to be a tight race.

Costales tries to push hiring new fire chief

One Jefferson City councilman tried to fill the city’s fire chief position Monday night, but was unable to begin any discussion.

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Piccadilly event seeks to raise $15,000 for downtown beautification

Roughly 300 people gathered in the 100 block of East High Street in downtown Jefferson City on Saturday evening, with nearly all dressed in white.

City administrator considers two candidates for fire chief

Recommendation to council expected in about one month

A new Jefferson City fire chief may be recommended to the City Council in about one month, after the city administrator evaluates two candidates for the position.

Interim fire chief says he’s ready for full-time job

A family tradition of fighting fire

For Jason Turner, firefighting is all he ever wanted to do. He is one of two candidates being considered by City Administrator Steve Crowell for the fire chief position.

Fire captain drawn to service, work of firefighting

A love for the service

For Capt. Matt Schofield, firefighting and its daily challenges help keep him on his toes. Schofield is one of two candidates being considered by City Administrator Steve Crowell for the Jefferson City fire chief position.

Committee approves funds for police training

The Public Safety Committee has approved a request for additional training funds for Jefferson City police officers.