Stories by Madeleine
The timeline for a decision on a potential conference center in Jefferson City has been delayed again, and the City Council has approved an additional expense for a conference center market study.
The closure of RR Donnelley’s manufacturing plant in Jefferson City is leading officials to reevaluate their projections for the next fiscal year.
The Jefferson City Jaycees Fair is in full swing this week and one favorite for many is the food to be found on the fairgrounds. Obviously, there are the standard fair items: corn dogs, funnel cakes, hot dogs and the like. But at $6 a pop, I was less than tempted by the funnel cakes.
Begins discussions on JCTV amid $5 million drop in revenue
The Jefferson City Council began its budget work Monday, making no changes to projected revenues for 2014 and starting a discussion on the possible elimination of JCTV funding.
Jennifer Tergin and Jackie Fischer believe they likely have prevented thousands of feral cats from being born.
Pink sheets detail unfunded needs in city departments
The Jefferson City Council will review the proposed 2014 budget with a fine-toothed comb Monday, but council members will find very few differences between Mayor Eric Struemph’s proposed budget and the one proposed by City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus in May.
In tight fiscal year
The Jefferson City Council will begin its 2014 budget discussions Monday, starting with revenue projections. But in what is expected to be a tight budget year, what will council members see as the biggest funding priorities?
Lush Nightclub faces 20-day license suspension
A Jefferson City night club is facing a 20-day suspension of its liquor license after allegations of the bar allowing tattooing inside the club. Lush Nightclub has 10 days to appeal the board’s decision once they’ve been notified.
Alpla is seeking a city exemption to allow for a cap on the amount it would have to pay to the city in gross utility taxes. A city official said if the exemption were granted to the plastic bottle manufacturer, the city would lose $40,000 annually.
The budget process for the 2014 fiscal year in Jefferson City will see some long-awaited, and long-discussed, changes.
The Jefferson City Council soon will consider a non-binding agreement that would allow a group of property owners just outside the city limits to annex more than 200 acres into the city in exchange for nearly $5 million in infrastructure improvements.
The next fiscal year in Jefferson City could see the elimination of JCTV, as well as the restoration of a full-time finance director.
One local group is pushing a way to help cope with the feral cat population in Jefferson City without the use of euthanasia, including gas chambers.
State has 52 specialists responsible for inspecting 4,000 facilities twice a year
Just days after reaching an agreement with the state, Kids Unlimited is well on the way to reopening. Kids Unlimited was closed June 20 by the state of Missouri, when its child care license was both suspended and revoked after a 23-month-old child was able to leave the facility unsupervised.
Random sampling of JC child care centers examined
Parents, and any other members of the public, should know that no government agency is allowed to withhold public information. Reports and inspections of child care facilities are public records and should be available to you when requested.
The Kids Unlimited Childcare Center will be allowed to reopen under an agreement reached with the state a few weeks after the day care had its license revoked. The Jefferson City day care, which operated on Fairgrounds Road, was closed June 20 by the state of Missouri.
Jefferson City staff will begin working with JCTV to come up with a list of metrics to help measure the success of the station. Metrics have been added to the city’s contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
July receipts come in $74,000 above projections
For the first time since March, Jefferson City’s general sales tax receipts have exceeded projections. 2nd Ward Councilman Shawn Schulte said July receipts for the 1 percent general sales tax came in $74,000 above the city’s projection of $797,780.
Public hearings on two proposals to be held in August
Jefferson City’s efforts to build a conference center are moving forward, but a final decision is not expected until September. City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the staff will meet with each developer Monday to discuss the proposals.
Public safety was the main concern
This year’s Salute to America only had one hitch: rain and lightning began just before dusk Thursday.
Anyone attending the Salute to America event earlier this week likely saw a few Jefferson City police officers or deputies from the Cole County Sheriff’s Department walking around the festivities. Sheriff Greg White said the area public safety and law enforcement departments provide more than just security for Salute to America.
Jefferson City’s annual Fourth of July celebration brings thousands to the downtown area for food, games and fireworks.
The Jefferson City Council has approved a contract to construct new sidewalks along Missouri Boulevard.
Event organizer Jill Snodgrass said June’s final Thursday Night Live brought close to 10,000 people to downtown Jefferson City for food, music and a one-night only Madison Street beach.
Project to extend sidewalks farther down Missouri Boulevard
The Jefferson City Council is expected to approve a contract Monday to construct new sidewalks along Missouri Boulevard.
The state of Missouri has revoked the child care license for Kids Unlimited Childcare Center, which operated a day care on Fairgrounds Road until Friday.
City officials optimistic gap is narrowing
Jefferson City sales tax receipts have missed projections again, but officials say they are optimistic that receipts are improving.
In Cole County, three rapes were reported in 2012. In Jefferson City, it was 14. At Lincoln University, it was one.
In 2012, there were 14 reported rapes in Jefferson City.
Planned expansion may require traffic changes around campus
Capital Region Medical Center is hoping for cooperation from Jefferson City officials to assist in various traffic changes and variance requests associated with the hospital’s planned expansion.
Council approves beer concession on city lot for Salute
The Jefferson City Council approved a resolution Monday to allow beer concession on a city parking lot in association with Salute to America.
Plans for a multipurpose building in Jefferson City are moving forward, and officials hope to have a site selected for the facility by the end of the summer.
The Jefferson City Council will act on a resolution Monday to decide whether to allow a beer garden in association with Salute to America on a city parking lot.
Includes measures to prepare for Lockwood's retirement
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has approved its 2014 budget, which includes an added expenditure of more than $63,000 to fund the creation of a new deputy director of the department. It now goes to the City Council for consideration.
A conditional use permit for a proposed package liquor store on Jefferson City's West Main Street has been denied after several people in the neighborhood spoke out against the business.
In one of his first public speeches since taking the position of Lincoln University president, Kevin Rome said the black community needs to come together and have a voice in the future of Jefferson City.
A long discussed project in Jefferson City is one step closer to becoming reality, but the plans unveiled late last week for a proposed conference center paint a slightly different picture than what the city was hoping for.
Several council members say no subsidy should be allowed
The Jefferson City Council now has seen the presentations from two developers on plans for a proposed conference center, with both plans detailing smaller facilities and a possibility for the need for an operating subsidy.
Both facilities smaller than RFP; neither group rules out subsidy
The two remaining developers unveiled their concepts for a proposed conference center in Jefferson City, both showing smaller facilities than originally requested by the city.
In an effort to curb trash issues downtown, Jefferson City is looking at a few changes to sidewalk cafe permits.
One hotelier has withdrawn its bid for a conference center, citing, among other reasons, concerns about hotel occupancy and average daily rates of the Jefferson City market.
Less than a week before the plans were to be unveiled, one hotelier withdrew its bid from a Jefferson City’s conference center project.
The Jefferson City Council has approved an increase to a majority of minimum fines within the municipal court.
Last Wednesday night, Jefferson City Hall was packed with people.
Public invited to see three developers’ plans Thursday
A special City Council meeting will be held this week to unveil three proposals for a conference center in Jefferson City. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Officials cite an increase in tax delinquencies
Jefferson City is facing declining revenue for the coming fiscal year, and one area of revenue that is predicted to fall is property taxes. City officials say the declining taxes are not tied to declining values, but more due to a decrease in collections.
Terms of settlement closed
An employment discrimination case filed against Jefferson City has been dismissed, but the terms of the settlement have been sealed. In December, former transit employee Catrina Davis filed suit against Jefferson City and Richard Turner, transit division director, alleging she was terminated for being pregnant.
Only parking fines will stay same
The Jefferson City Council is poised to approve a bill to increase a majority of minimum fines within the municipal court.
Dancers Alley is gearing up for its spring recital, “Can’t Stop the Beat.”
City officials are remaining optimistic about sales tax revenues that have fallen below projected numbers.