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Madeleine Leroux

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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.

Council: Increasing parks fee issue of accountability

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.

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Sandra Walther — Managing Missouri’s historical projects

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.

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New project seeks to develop riverwalk in North Jefferson City

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.

Sales tax revenues beat projections

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.

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Girl Scouts accept Parks offer for Green Berry Acres

It looks as if Green Berry Acres is set to be purchased by the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission.

Commission denies fee increase for RACS

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.

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City, parks grapple over appropriateness of rent, fee increases

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.

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Motorcycle rider visits Jefferson City to encourage safety, awareness

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.

Council backs Parks purchase of Green Berry Acres

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.

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A drive to serve the public

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.

SOMO aims to hit fundraising goal by April 15

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.

Parks commission pursues Green Berry Acres purchase

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.

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Jefferson City Council to eye staffing in ‘16 budget

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.

Parks commission weighs purchase of Green Berry Acres

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.

Council OKs final draft of trash RFP

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.

Is City Hall staffed appropriately?

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.

Sales tax dips below May projections

All categories still above projections for year

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Transit panel recommends 50-cent bus fare increase

Several say increase would be ‘burden’ for many

Jefferson City’s Public Transit Advisory Committee has made its first recommendation — to increase transit fares.

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Parks to consider purchasing Green Berry Acres

Property put up for sale

Tergin tops candidate spending

New Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin topped all municipal candidates in terms of sheer dollars, raising nearly $25,000 for her mayoral campaign.

Council discusses draft RFP for new trash contract

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.

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2013 cuts continue to affect JC Fire Department

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.

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Mayor, school board members failed to timely file ethics report

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.

New dance music festival to begin in August

Sensationblü to celebrate vibrancy of Jefferson City

A new high-energy event is coming to Jefferson City this summer, and the organizer hopes it will be a celebration of the city’s vibrancy.

Council hears suggestions for capital improvement sales tax funds

The Jefferson City Council was approached Monday night by two residents with suggestions for how to use funds from the next capital improvement sales tax installment.

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Officials: Budget cuts continue to affect public works department

While Jefferson City has seen its borders grow in the last 65 years, the Public Works Department staff has shrunk, leaving limited resources to handle the increased workload.

Council sets up discussions for 2016 budget, sales tax G

Jefferson City officials are laying the ground work for the 2016 budget, preparing the City Council for the tough decisions ahead.

City looks to revamp website

Update to site focuses on being user-friendly