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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.

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.

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.

Committee approves funds for police training

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

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Special Olympics Missouri ‘willing to listen’ to JC proposal

Push to move new athletic training campus to Jefferson City fraught with complications

Though it may be a longshot, Jefferson City chamber officials are leading a push to merge a planned multipurpose building with a new athletic training campus planned by Special Olympics Missouri.

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Pros and cons of Cole County zoning

After years of drafting an outline for zoning in Cole County, the issue of whether to adopt zoning in the county will be put to voters on the Aug. 5 ballot.

ParksRec eyes partnership with Special Olympics

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission may consider a partnership for the planned multipurpose building.

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Waiting’s almost over at Capital Mall

Owners: $36 million renovation plan to begin this summer

Shoppers at the Capital Mall will start seeing some changes by the end of September in what will be an ongoing process of multi-million dollar renovations.

Jefferson City delays budget process

Budget discussions to start in late August or early September

Jefferson City will see a late start to the annual budget process as city officials try to estimate the impact of state issues on the August ballot and in the September veto session.

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Nixon vetoes two bills with local ties

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed the bills allowing alcohol sales at the Capitol and letting local governments transfer some closed pension plans to LAGERS, the state’s Local Government Employees Retirement System.

Jefferson City sales taxes come in above projections

Jefferson City sales taxes have surged ahead with the city now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of more than $800,000.

Laura Ward wins Ward 2 Council seat

Capital Mall TIF activated

The Jefferson City Council has voted to name Laura Ward as the new 2nd Ward council representative.

Committee sets timeline to make recommendation for fire chief

The Fire Chief Recommendation Committee has set a tight timeline to make its recommendation to the city administrator of Jefferson City.

Council to choose new Ward 2 representative tonight

The Jefferson City Council will choose between two candidates tonight for the open 2nd Ward seat.

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City officials: More discussion needed on transit’s goals

The Jefferson City Council is moving forward with potential plans to hire a consultant for the city’s transit system and form some type of transit advisory group, but city officials say more discussion is needed on transit to figure out what is really wanted.

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City set to hire consultant for transit strategic plan

The Jefferson City Council is moving forward with a request for proposals process to hire a consultant, who would help draft a strategic plan for the city’s transit system.

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Who will represent Jefferson City's Ward 2?

Two council candidates discuss city issues, their qualifications

The Jefferson City Council will decide next week who will take the vacant 2nd Ward seat — either Carolyn McDowell or Laura Ward.

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State unsure of where job cuts will be

Officials hopeful pay hike will be restored

The state is expected to cut 263 full-time positions statewide and another 23 new positions in the new fiscal year, as part of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s announced cuts to the 2015 budget.

Full tour offerings begin at MSP

Full tour offerings are resuming at the old Missouri State Penitentiary after months of limited access.

Councilman sponsors 4th Ward Citizen of the Month program

Fourth Ward Councilman Glen Costales is looking to reward those residents who keep others in mind and perform good deeds.