Best wishes to Brian. Not to be disparaging of his achievement and ambitions, but why are his plans noteworthy? Did he overcome a significant obstacle? He's not the first Jeff City kid to go to the 'Big City.'
Also, when did the News Tribune stop requiring its 'journalists' to use complete sentences? Or are complete sentences too 'Big City.'?
.... decided it's not worth responding to someone who confuses pedestrians with bicyclists.
Note that in this article the city administrator said that $10MM is about half of the required funding. From that I conclude the city wants a $20MM convention center. A year ago (see article link above) the city was saying total funding needed was about $15MM!! That's a $5 million or 33% increase in the desired budget in just one year... JUST HOW MUCH IS THIS CONVENTION CENTER GOING TO COST?
Call me cynical but I do believe that if they would have got the Transformation Tax that would not have been enough.... The Chamber, CVB and fine city council would have just wanted more. NOTICE how the design phase has not even commenced!! They wanted $10 million MORE before even selecting the site and starting the design phase.
Funny you mentioned people having to walk in driving lanes on MO BLVD.... I almost hit a couple of pedestrians on Thursday... they were trying to get to the bus stop ---- a bus stop with an embankment behind it and no sidewalks leading to it!! After I avoided taking out one of the poor souls I couldn't help but recall my comment on the transformation article that JC needs to help people get off the roads --- both drivers and pedestrians!
And here I sit wanting to get out and enjoy the nice sunny Sunday weather. I've already driven over to the KATY trail this morning for a 5 mile walk. I would love to be able to just go out my door and enjoy another nice walk this afternoon --- but I'm not walking in the middle of the road so I'm forced to drive at least 3 miles to the nearest park, greenway parking lot or downtown. How's that for creating a "community, neighborhood feel"?
This is EXACTLY why the transformation sales tax went down in flames. This town has been talking about where to put a convention center for 20 years. Just 12 months ago in February 2011 the citizens approved an increase in the lodging tax from 3% to 7% that was suppose to bring in $600,000 yearly to build and support the convention center... but yet our fine leaders still do not know where they want to build the convention center or what they want the convention center to be (as evidenced by the additional funding proposed by the transformation plan).
In case you forgot about last year's lodging tax increase: connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?list=~newslistsrecent&id=579016#.T0EzsPkw-jc
Yeah, I guess the Council and Chamber are so out of touch and lazy they wouldn't bother reading comments here -- the only newspaper in town. I used to opine to them in the 90s when I was a "young professional" but it was wasted energy. And in the couple years since I've returned, I see nothing changed.
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Want to hear my plan on growing Jefferson City:
1) Transportation. Spend money on roads. Realize that round-abouts need to be a certain diameter before they are effective. The 2 roundabouts by Menards are so small you have to stop to determine whether the car coming the other direction is going by you or going to come around and t-bone you. Stop building roundabouts that are ridiculously too small and I would support a tax increase to provide funding for the street department.
2) Transportation. Sidewalks. Want more of a community feel? Make it possible for families and individuals to get out enjoy the community, meet other citizens, and get exercise. The greenway is nice but sometimes I'd like to go for a walk w/o driving several miles to a park. Walking in my neighbor would allow me to get and know my neighbors. Walking in the park just gets me a lot of "hellos." Make it easier for those without vehicles or those of us with our cars in the shop to get around. Many of us are not afraid to walk several miles... let us get off the roads - both while driving AND walking.
3) Transportation. Buses. I don't use the buses but know many that would if the service was properly structured. I see many empty buses. I refer you to the 2010 Citizen Survey peppered with comments about the bus service (and sidewalks and roads). With the large concentration of gov't workers downtown, JC is missing a golden opportunity to do something positive for its citizens. Trust me a lot of gov't workers making 25K would love to use the bus rather than drive each day but not when it would take an hour plus to get there (that's if you're lucky enough to have the bus come by your neighborhood).
4) Realize we are never going to be a major tourist destination. Promote & improve what we have: MSP, decent (but small) parks, and quiet, peaceful lifestyle. Yeah I know the Transformation would fund the MSP project but the plan was wasteful and the CVB is not credible.
5) Deliver past-due promises to areas that were annexed nearly a decade ago.
6) Stop annexing. 10 years ago citizens were promised that if annexation approved the city population would be 50K+ and Fortune 500 companies would flock here. The city limit signs today says 43K. City leaders couldn't even properly count people living in annexed areas and we are suppose to trust them with $40MM more in taxes?
7) Become more small business friendly.
8) Make it EASIER to visit downtown. The meter-free parking on High Street is great but is defeated when parking meters are all around. I was downtown yesterday to pick something up. All High Street parking was gone. Since I had to park at a meter on Monroe I did not stop by the other 2 stores I had considered shopping at.
I have more but it all comes down to common sense. Focus on your strengths before you waste money on your weaknesses; you will only lose your strengths and be left with weaknesses.
I completely agree with Viktor. There is too much indecisiveness with JC "leaders." Always has been. Likely always will be. When there is a plan for "growth" it's solely for the benefit of the those that.... well you should be able to figure it out.
Also, I've explored establishing a business in this town. Just not attractive. Not because there isn't a pretty Capitol Avenue but because of the city government.
The "average" citizen did participate in a 2010 survey. You might read through it: jeffcitymo.org/documents/CityofJeffersonCitizenSurveyReport.pdf
Sales tax does NOT pay state government wages.
From posting your thought process and inability to analyze, I can see how you would think this 'transformation' was a good idea. Maybe you might be better off by forgetting FB & Twitter and educate yourself.
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