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Jefferson City officials are contemplating whether to place two charter amendments on the ballot dealing with February elections. But questions remain as to whether the county and state will allow it.
Jefferson City officials are moving forward with reviews of conference center proposals, but details remain unavailable to the public.
Some Jefferson City Council members have questioned if a new bill to combine the positions of IT director and finance director will violate the city charter.
Diane Gillespie may be new to the job, but not to the industry or to Jefferson City.
Jefferson City officials have said attracting, and keeping, IT personnel is one of the most difficult employment tasks they have.
Designs for the new Fire Station No. 3 on Cherry Creek are finished, and city staff say the project is ready to bid out. But the Jefferson City Council has yet to approve the plan for the current installment of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, which will provide funding for the project.
The Jefferson City Council will hear a presentation Monday on the standing of JCTV, which could lead to a final decision on whether the station continues to receive city funds in future years.
The Jefferson City Council may place two charter amendments on the August ballot, both aimed at providing solutions to the city’s primary election dates.
Council to discuss next steps Monday
Jefferson City has received three responses to a request for proposals for a conference center, but no details are being released on who made the proposals.
Jefferson City Memorial Airport saw a substantial increase in traffic last year, with more than 4,000 additional takeoffs and landings than in 2011.
Contract not to exceed $571,000
An architect -- St. Louis-based Hastings & Chivetta -- has been chosen for a proposed $6-million multipurpose building in Jefferson City.
Media attorney: Policy should have been discussed in public
Jefferson City officials see no violation of the Sunshine law in a somewhat controversial closed session meeting that resulted in the City Council’s approval of an employee’s promotion to a position that has not yet been created.
In the past few years, Jefferson City and Cole County governments have combined forces and funds to complete major infrastructure projects throughout the area, but that willingness to share has not always existed.
The full Jefferson City Council soon will be presented with an ordinance to establish a downtown residential parking program, more than one year after discussions began.
A Jefferson City employee is being promoted to a new position, though that position has yet to be created. Bill Betts, current information technology services director, has been promoted to assistant city administrator, a position that will substitute for hiring a finance director.
The Jefferson City Council will need to make a decision in the next few weeks about whether to continue holding primary elections in the future.
The Jefferson City Council approved a bill Tuesday to add $40,000 to the city clerk’s elections account.
A proposed multipurpose building could help attract more groups to the capital city, according to one official in the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department.
Former Jefferson City finance director Steve Schlueter died of a heart attack early this week, just a few months after retiring from his post.
The Jefferson City Council is expected to take action Tuesday on a bill to authorize a supplemental appropriation of $40,000 to the city clerk’s elections account.
Unlike the most recent annexation attempts, Jefferson City is pursuing more undeveloped lands to bring into city limits.
Many people stood in line Monday afternoon, waiting for their turn to enter the Governor’s Mansion and shake hands with Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Jefferson City Council is getting started with new annexation efforts, just three months after the failure of the city’s last annexation attempt.
The inaugural message of Gov. Jay Nixon was one of cooperation and bipartisanship, something that seemed to resonate with the crowd.
Jefferson City priorities for 2013 range from accomplishing long-discussed projects, such as the conference center, to continuing to maintain existing infrastructure.
JCTV is starting to lock in plans for February fundraisers to help make up for the gap in the station’s 2013 budget.
An announcement is expected next week on the selection of an architect for a proposed multipurpose building in Jefferson City.
The Jefferson City Council approved the renewal of a contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber for economic development services.
The Jefferson City Council will start the new year off by looking at new areas for possible annexation. City staff will present proposals Jan. 14.
Former transit driver files lawsuit, alleging discrimination, retaliation
A former transit employee is suing Jefferson City for discrimination, alleging she was terminated for being pregnant. The suit was filed Dec. 21.
City has not received any proposals
The deadline for proposals for a new Jefferson City conference center is drawing near, and no proposals have been submitted yet. The concept calls for a hotelier-owned facility with no city-provided operations subsidy.
Jefferson City officials are hoping to have a new finance director in place sometime next month, which would be about five months after the previous director retired.
Jefferson City voters will see several contested races for City Council on the April ballot, but only voters in Ward 1 will have a March 5 primary.
Would be happy with either 3rd Ward candidate as council representative
Councilman Bryan Pope is ready to let someone new represent his ward, eight years after he first ran for Jefferson City Council. Pope withdrew from the ballot after two other candidates filed for the same seat, saving the city the cost of a 3rd Ward primary.
Tour attendance, revenue grows with each year
In the fourth year of tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, revenues from tour attendance have finally started to outpace expenses.
About 100 people spent the Christmas holiday giving to others by volunteering with the Salvation Army for the organization’s annual Christmas dinner.
Municipal salary plan has had minor changes since its creation
Keeping salaries of city employees competitive to attract good candidates requires regular attention and adjustment, Jefferson City officials say. City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said there are a number of factors that come into play when trying to maintain pay ranges and to stay competitive in salaries.
When compared to similarly-sized cities in Missouri
A News Tribune look at how Jefferson City officials are paid compared with several other Missouri cities shows many are paid above average. When averaging the salaries of each position in each comparably-sized city, only city clerk, city administrator and public works director in Jefferson City were paid less, on average, than their counterparts.
Voters in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th wards will see a race for Jefferson City Council next spring, and a primary will be held in March for residents of the 1st Ward. Filing for municipal elections closed Tuesday, and 12 candidates filed for office.
After more than one month on the informal calendar, a proposal to vacate Chestnut Street to Lincoln University has died.
Purchase of land by school district changed road’s design
Jefferson City is getting ready to approve its capital improvements plan which includes $1.5 million for a project on Frog Hollow Road. The city is changing its design, as it's no longer necessary to have two roads going through the school district's newly acquired property.
Street crews monitor resulting issues from construction
After more than one year of construction, Jefferson City's East McCarty Street has reopened and everyone seems relieved. But residents of the nearby side streets also have complained about damage from construction crews and increased traffic while McCarty was closed.
A third candidate has entered the race in Jefferson City's 3rd Ward, ensuring a primary will be held in March, and another race has formed in the 1st Ward. Ken Hussey filed for the 3rd Ward seat Friday afternoon and Kolbie Ward has filed in the 1st Ward.
The Jefferson City Council is expected to take up a proposal to vacate Chestnut Street to Lincoln University on Monday, but there is no indication yet as to whether the council will approve the plan.
A new City Council race has formed, with Len Stella looking to challenge incumbent Bryan Pope in Jefferson City's 3rd Ward. Stella filed for the seat Thursday morning, making it the second race so far in municipal elections.
Jefferson City officials are laying out a plan for use of funds from the capital improvements sales tax F, but originally projected revenues are now expected to fall short.
The old Missouri State Penitentiary has attracted more visitors than predicted in 2012 with more than 19,000 people exploring the site in the past season.
Drew Hilpert sees working as the Jefferson City attorney as his career calling, saying there’s almost nothing he doesn’t like about the job. Hilpert became the city attorney in April, after spending several months serving as interim city attorney.
Jefferson City is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on several boards and commissions. A spokesperson says there is one vacancy on each of the following: Board of Adjustment, Cultural Arts Commission, Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Housing Authority Board.
JCTV is gearing up for two possible fundraisers after the new year, hoping to show Jefferson City officials that the community supports the station.