It's been a busy week in Jefferson City. While the city was considering how to overcome a $1.68 million budget deficit, the Public Works Director and Communications Director both decided to resign on the same day this week.
The Jefferson City Public Works Director and Communications Director both announced their resignations today. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the city is facing a $1.68 million budget shortfall. Public Works Director Roger Schwartze cited that reason for his resignation.
An administrator at a college in North Carolina will become the new president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Lincoln University curators announced Friday that Kevin D. Rome will be the school's 19th president, beginning June 1.
The Missouri Senate’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration held its final meeting Thursday.
Among the issues discussed was legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given in English only. Sister Peggy Bonnot runs El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City. She told the panel that requiring English-only driver’s license tests would create a hardship for legal immigrants trying to build a life here.
Taking advantage of its close proximity to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Westminster College is launching a program for students to get an opportunity to work full time in the state government. The program will begin in the spring semester of 2013.
Westminster College’s new Capital Internship Program would have students work 20 to 40 hours per week in Jefferson City. So, other than just shadowing another government officer, students will get chances to work like real state officials.
Cole County and Jefferson City residents voted against extending Jefferson City’s boundaries last week. Proposition One would have extended city limits to include an area called Meadows by the Lake along with two hotels and a store within the area.
City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said there was a high voter turnout, and 65 percent of voters agreed with it. But, the support needed to pass the proposition was still a little short of 66.6 percent. Nickolaus said the reason for the proposition failure could be tied to voters not being informed about it.
On Tuesday, Cole County residents will be re-voting on proposition one. If approved, measure would extend the boundaries of the Jefferson City area by approximately 160 acres.
Although they are not technically in the city, some Meadow by the Club residents are crossing city limits even as they exit their neighborhoods. If approved, proposition one would characterize these residents, two hotels and one furniture store as living in city limits.
Jefferson City’s mobile app contest announced its first place winner, Michael Roling last week. City Administrator Nathan Nikolaus proposed the event in April in hopes of encouraging local developers and residents to start thinking about interactive features for the city. The apps list information about nightlife, local businesses, social media and news information.
Michael Roling, developer of the JCMO app said he wanted to do something for his hometown.
Repairs have been completed after a broken water main caused disruptions in Jefferson City.
Missouri American Water says a 6-inch main broke Tuesday morning and that repairs wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. A boil advisory remains in effect. Missouri American has about 10,000 customers in Jefferson City.