Summary of Most Recent Meeting
Oct. 17, 2016
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. October 3, 2016 (APPROVED AS PRESENTED.)
3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST DO SO AT THIS TIME. (Finalized and approved as presented)
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
5. Council Bill 2016-229. (Council) (APPROVED 6-0 with Stephens, Ferguson, and Fisk Absent)
A resolution recognizing Sheila Maerz for her dedicated years of service to the City of Springfield upon the occasion of her retirement.
6. CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
Sheila Maerz departure
I would like to add a few comments, following the well-deserved resolution recognizes Director of Human Resources, Sheila Maerz. Sheila’s expertise has been vital to the growth and change within the City of Springfield. Her leadership in moving us toward becoming an employer of choice will leave a lasting legacy in our community. We wish her the best and thank her for her service to the city.
Treasures of the City
Thank you to all who attended the 27th annual Treasures of the City event earlier this month. We had record attendance, with more than 850 people touring the Busch Municipal Building and Historic City Hall. We continue to get positive feedback from parents, teachers and the kids all over the community. Thank you to all of the departments who participated, and to the Department of Public Information for coordinating the event.
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
The public is invited to attend a Council workshop next Wednesday evening to learn more about the condition of the Historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. We will be hearing from bridge engineer Spencer Jones and our Public Works team as they the lay out some options for the 114-year-old structure. As you know, the bridge was closed March 1 for extensive evaluation, after routine inspections revealed corrosion and other indicators that warranted immediate closure to the public.
The workshop will begin at 6 p.m., Oct. 26 at the Savoy Ballroom on Commercial Street.
Fire Department community work
During the month of October, which is designated as Fire Prevention Month, the Springfield Fire Department has been distributing residential fire extinguishers to Parents as Teachers participants. Families are also eligible for free smoke alarms. The extinguishers and alarms are funded by grants from FEMA and the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation. To qualify, families must currently participate or register to participate in Parents as Teachers and live in the city of Springfield.
Police Chief Paul Williams has provided you with the monthly crime statistics at your place. He is here tonight, in case you have any questions.
7. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
8. Council Bill 2016-226. (Ferguson) (APPROVED 6-0 with Stephens, Ferguson, and Fisk Absent)
A special ordinance establishing a budget for the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing District Special Allocation Fund for Fiscal Year 2016-17 in the amount of $570,035.53; approving expenditures from said Special Allocation Fund for property acquisition costs and certain public improvement projects within the Commercial Street Increment Financing District in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00; and also using certain rail credits obtained in the sale of the West Wye to BNSF in the amount of $707,849.57 to partially fund the acquisition of a portion of Frisco Lane in connection with the aforementioned public improvement projects.
9. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On. (APPROVED 6-0 with Stephens, Ferguson, and Fisk Absent)
10. Council Bill 2016-230. (Stephens)
A resolution approving the Mayor’s appointment of six members to the Tax Abatement and Tax Increment Financing Advisory Commission.
11. EMERGENCY BILLS.
12. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
14. AMENDED BILLS.
15. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.
16. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
17. Council Bill 2016-231. (Fisk) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE IN 2 WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2-5, Bonds on public works projects, by increasing the minimum dollar amount of construction contracts that require performance, labor and materials bonds to $50,000.00.
18. Council Bill 2016-232. (Hosmer) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE IN 2 WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finances, Division 2, Purchasing, Section 2-401, known as the Purchasing Manual, by amending Subsection 13-3.104, Paragraph 8, Contract Performance and Payment Bonds, by increasing the minimum dollar amount of construction contracts that require performance, labor and materials bonds to $50,000.00 in the City’s Purchasing Manual.
19. Council Bill 2016-233. (Fulnecky) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE IN 2 WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 98, Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places, Article VI, Improvements, Division 1, generally, by repealing Sections 98-224, ‘Authority to suspend or debar bidders’; 98-225, ‘Procedure for suspension or debarment of bidders’; and 98-226, ‘Grounds for suspension or debarment of bidders’; in their entirety, and reserving these sections for future use.
20. Council Bill 2016-234. (McClure) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE IN 2 WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finances, Division 2, Purchasing, Section 2-401, known as the Purchasing Manual, by amending Subsections 13-3.401 and 13-3.402, relating to procedures to suspend and/or debar bidders.
21. Council Bill 2016-235. (Ferguson) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT A SPECIAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 25, 2016)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Program Third Supplemental Agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and Greene County, for the purpose of allocating costs and establishing a contingency fund for additional costs for the City with respect to the Chestnut Expressway Overpass Bridge Improvement, Project No. 8P2196 and 8P2196B over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, Thayer Line, approximately 0.22 miles west of Route 65; and amending the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget for the Department of Public Works in the amount of $1,286,899 to appropriate funds for this project.
22. Council Bill 2016-236. (Schilling) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE IN 2 WEEKS)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement for a road improvement project with Greene County, Missouri, for the purpose of constructing roadway improvements on Republic Road between Golden Avenue and Route FF in the amount of $1,248,000.
23. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
24. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following reappointments to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations: Larry Dinges and Angela Myers with terms to expire October 1, 2019. (RECOMMENDED)
As per RSMo. 109.230 (4), City records that are on file in the City Clerk’s office and have met the retention schedule will be destroyed in compliance with the guidelines established by the Secretary of State’s office.(PRESENTED)
25. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
27. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS.
28. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
29. Council Bill 2016-237. (Schilling) (APPROVED 6-0 with Stephens, Ferguson, and Fisk Absent)
A special ordinance to levy and assess a special tax against the lots, blocks, and parcels of ground hereinafter described to pay for the cost of the construction of sanitary sewers in the City of Springfield, Missouri, in Sanitary Sewer District No. 183 of Section No. 16, in the general vicinity of Grand Street and West Bypass as shown in “Exhibit A,” providing for inclusion of said district in the City Sewer Financial Assistance Program, and authorizing the City Clerk to issue special tax bills and deliver the same to the Director of Finance to be registered in his office in accordance with this Ordinance; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
30. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
31. Council Bill 2016-227. (Fisk) (APPROVED 6-0 with Stephens, Ferguson, and Fisk Absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code Chapter 36 Land Development Code, Article 1 – Administration and Enforcement of Codes, Division 4 Permits and Fees, Section 36-128, ‘When permit is required’; and 36-146 ‘Fees,’ to correct inaccurate cross-references.
32. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm the following appointments to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee: Zach Clapper with term to expire December 1, 2016 and Mindy Spitz with term to expire December 1, 2017. (Confirmed)
Confirm the following appointment, who has been serving as an alternate, to the Board of Adjustment: Derek Lee with term to expire January 1, 2017. (Confirmed)
Confirm the following reappointments to the Park Board: Sarah McCallister with term to expire June 1, 2018, and Sidney Needem with term to expire June 1, 2019. (CONFIRMED)
33. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.