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The Jefferson City Council is considering whether to fill two of the city’s four high level interim positions, but held off on making any final decisions Monday night.
Scott Gehlert never planned on spending on his days connecting children with potential mentors. But as mentoring coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters, that is just what he does.
Further testing needed at old prison; goal is to resume tours in 2014
After weeks of silence from the state on the old Missouri State Penitentiary, one state official says Gov. Jay Nixon is very concerned about the situation and understands the urgency of finding a solution.
Tax financing district would help fund mall improvement project
The Capital Mall is hoping to get a $36 million renovation to become a “regional shopping center” with help from two taxing districts. The Tax Increment Financing Commission will meet Monday to hear a proposed plan which would be used for repairs and renovations to both the exterior and interior of the mall.
The Capital Mall is hoping to get a $36 million makeover, but first property owners have to show Jefferson City officials the area is blighted. Its owners are trying to establish a tax increment financing, or TIF, district to help pay for repairs and renovations, and they're detailing the issues at Capital Mall.
Jefferson City will consider reviving a plan for a new crosswalk in front of the Employment Security Division building on East Dunklin Street after a request from the state.
Jefferson City is continuing to struggle with tight finances and is beginning to brace itself for a difficult 2015 fiscal year. $300,000 will be needed to fully fund the city’s transit system, plus additional salary expenses for a full-time fire chief, city administrator and finance director, as well as expected increases to the city’s insurance costs.
Jefferson City is moving forward with its search for a new city administrator.
Mold remediation at former penitentiary to cost millions
The old Missouri State Penitentiary remains closed to the public as state officials discuss how best to handle mold found at the site last month. Since closure, the News Tribune has made repeated attempts to ask the Office of Administration, which oversees the prison site, about the extent of the mold problem, the location and what the state plans to do.
$100,000 would buy easement, settle tax exemption issue
The Jefferson City Council will consider an agreement with a local company to pay $100,000 in exchange for easements and to provide a resolution for potential litigation.
Jefferson City is searching for a new city administrator, and Mayor Eric Struemph is hoping to have a candidate in the position sometime in January. Struemph said he hopes to have the selection committee begin reviewing applications in early December.
Saying goodbye and hoping for a safe return, 10 Jefferson-City based soldiers deployed Saturday after a ceremony with friends and family. “You’ve got an important mission,” said Maj. Gen. Steve Danner.
Many conservatives gathered in Holts Summit on Saturday to encourage more common sense in government. The 2nd annual Rally for Common Sense featured a variety of conservative speakers and musicians, all urging those in attendance to take their country back.
Jefferson City sales taxes have fallen behind projections again in what one city official calls a “disappointing” turn.
The Jefferson City Council anticipates making a final decision on two conference center proposals next month.
Promises no ongoing subsidy
The Jefferson City Council heard an alternate proposal for a conference center Monday, which urged the council to not settle for proposals previously submitted.
The first Capital City Cross Country Challenge attracted athletes from all over the state, offering a preview of the course that will be set up next month at the state championships.
Chief: JCPD down 16 positions
The Jefferson City Police Department is short on officers and running up the overtime hours. Police Chief Roger Schroeder said the department has been averaging about 500 hours of overtime every two weeks, or 1,000 per month. “I have never, in my career, been that short,” Schroeder said.
Conference center plan unlikely to be considered, officials say
The Jefferson City Council will hear an alternate conference center proposal Monday, but the chances of the proposal actually being considered remain small.
An Oktoberfest celebration Saturday will seek to provide improvements to area hospitals and organizers are hoping the event will become an annual celebration.
The Jefferson City Council may consider expanding the residency requirement for the director of public works, which would potentially allow the position to be filled internally.
Several residents spoke in favor of an expanded transit system in Jefferson City, but that expansion is unlikely to happen in the near future as the city struggles with falling revenues.
Tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary have been canceled for the rest of 2013 season because of mold found in the prison buildings.
Officials say rumors, myths take on life of their own every time they get repeated
Jefferson City officials say they often have to fight the battle of misconceptions in the public, but they are unsure of how to combat the issue.
There are plenty of myths and rumors floating around Jefferson City about city issues and topics.
More than 500 people from throughout Missouri gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the annual assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Bishop Richard E. Pates spoke of rebuilding the church under Pope Francis, calling pontiff’s elections “an awakening time, one which generates hope and spurred by a renewed vision.”
Tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary have been temporarily canceled as the state assesses site issues. Future updates will be provided at www.missouripentours.com/tours.php.
Jefferson City sales tax receipts are improving, narrowing the gap between projections and actual collections.
Conference center opposition group launching petition drive
Jefferson City voters have only one way to repeal an existing tax, according to the city charter. And that is to vote for their elected representatives on the City Council and convince them to place the matter on the ballot.
Existing conference center proposals need to be rejected before alternate considered
A third hotelier has announced a possible proposal for a conference center in Jefferson City, but the City Council says that proposal will not be considered unless the other two are rejected.
Jefferson City is looking at changing the scope of the Frog Hollow Road project, hoping to address concerns from residents and traffic flow issues at the same time.
Public support for a Jefferson City conference center seems split between two proposed sites. Eight people spoke at a public hearing Thursday on the conference center, the second in a series of hearings on the topic.
An organized opposition to the proposed conference center has emerged and filed two notices stating an intent to begin the initiative petition process.
An organized opposition to the proposed conference center in Jefferson City has emerged and filed two notices stating an intent to begin the initiative petition process.
Local hoteliers Ravi and Vivek Puri announced Wednesday their intent to submit a proposal to the Jefferson City Council for an alternate location for a conference center.
Citing a lack of experience and failure to meet laid out goals, Mayor Eric Struemph requested City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus be fired Monday, and the City Council agreed.
City Attorney Drew Hilpert has been named interim city administrator after the council fired Nathan Nickolaus on Monday. It’s a familiar move by the Jefferson City Council.
The firing of City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus creates yet another high level interim position in City Hall.
The Jefferson City Council has voted to fire City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus in a closed session Monday night.
Dissent on issue centers on lack of development plan
After much debate, the Jefferson City Council approved a resolution concerning a non-binding agreement to allow a group of property owners just outside the city limits to annex more than 200 acres into Jefferson City.
Most back downtown location; others say wait
A majority of comments Monday support a proposed conference center be located downtown, instead of an alternate location at Capital Mall.
Dr. Michael Monaco has moved to the sidelines from his high school football career many years ago.
"Ball is in the developers’ court"
The Jefferson City Council is awaiting final proposals on a conference center, but findings in a recent market study have both encouraged and discouraged council members.
Developers may tweak their proposals
Proposals for a conference center in Jefferson City will see further changes this month after a recently released market study detailed specific needs of the area.
Market study may influence proposals
The two developers who submitted proposals for a Jefferson City conference center will be looking closely at the recently released market study as they alter their plans for the facility.
The Jefferson City Council will take public comments on the proposed conference center at the regular council meeting Monday. The City Council is considering two proposals.
A new Sam’s Club in Jefferson City is closer to reality after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special exception permit, revised preliminary plat and final plat for the development.
The half-cent parks sales tax revenue is increasing, and Jefferson City parks officials say the department may end up with revenues exceeding projections.
After a nearly two-month long process, the Jefferson City Council finalized the 2014 budget last week, a budget of roughly $28 million in general fund revenues and expenses.
Jefferson City has “key characteristics” to support a conference center, but city officials should consider a smaller accompanying hotel than it was seeking and expect the conference center to operate in the red at least for a decade.