Summary of Most Recent Meeting


Feb. 6, 2017

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. January 9, 2017 And January 23, 2017 (APPROVED AS AMENDED)

Documents:

01-09-2017.PDF

01-23-2017.PDF

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. (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

5. CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.

Thank you to Springfield Police Department
We always appreciate the fine work of the Springfield Police Department,  but I think we can all agree that their work last week, responding to several tragedies, warrants special mention. Ultimately, there’s not a lot Police can do to prevent the types of tragic homicides that occurred, but they put forth incredible effort in solving the homicides quickly and hold those responsible accountable. Of Springfield’s five homicides in 2017, criminal charges have been filed already in four. Thus, I want to publicly thank Police Chief Paul Williams and the incredible Springfield Police force.

Springfield Fire Department work leads to arson arrest

The Springfield Fire Department on Friday presented a case to the Greene County Prosecutor’s office with details associated with multiple arson fires in the area of 620 W. Scott Street, near Franciscan Villa, an affordable housing community.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, a series of fires in this area resulted in the Springfield Fire Marshals launching an investigation into fires that were determined to be suspicious in origin.

The collaboration in the investigative process was instrumental to the successful resolution of this case and I would like to recognize the Fire Marshalls, the Springfield Police Department, Greene County Arson Tasks Force, and the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC).

The suspect has been charged with six counts of knowingly burning, a Class E Felony, and is currently being held in the Greene County Jail.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Update
About 80 citizens attended a Council Workshop Jan. 31 about the fate of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. Thank you Mayor Pro Tem McClure, Councilmen Fishel, Hosmer, Schilling and Prater and Councilwomen Fisk and Ferguson for attending.  As you know, the next step is to fund a design phase, which could take several months. As you know, and as discussed during the public workshop, the anticipated $200,000 design cost will be funded from the 1/8-cent transportation tax’s line item for bridges. Unexpected events like this present a set of difficult challenges, considering there are no funds currently available or expected to be available for the $2.8 million needed to rehabilitated the bridge. I understand that there is a motivated group of preservationists, however, who are starting to mobilize to try to find funding for a portion of the project.

Sidewalks in Zone 1
We continue to be amazed by the ongoing support in the community for improvements in Zone 1. As we had hoped, the Zone Blitz has taken on a life of its own and every week we hear from current and new partners launching new projects. Tonight, we bring forward an important bill that seeks to accept the bid for a sidewalk project -  2.6 miles of new school sidewalks in Zone 1. These areas near Westport, Bissett and Watkins Elementary Schools were pointed out to us in our Community Listen series. I’d like to thank those citizens who highlighted these sidewalk needs on behalf of Zone 1 children. Thank you for your continued support.

Sales tax down compared to budget; up compared to this month last year
The City of Springfield's February 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in December 2016.

The sales tax check was $3,096,088, compared to the budgeted amount of $3,219,325

When comparing to the same month last year, February receipts are up $159,232, or 5%, over receipts from February 2016. On a year-to-date basis, receipts are down 3%, or $933,728.  

The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax.

Finally, we have several members of Leadership Springfield’s Signature Class 32 here tonight. Thanks for being here and for your interest in your local government.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.

7. Council Bill 2017-018. (Hosmer) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A special ordinance approving a mutual aid agreement between the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and the Springfield Fire Department.

Documents:

2017-018.PDF

8. Council Bill 2017-019. (McClure) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into contracts with LexisNexis for the purpose of providing law enforcement software and database services.

Documents:

2017-019.PDF

9. Council Bill 2017-021. (Fisk) (APPROVED 6-1 WITH FULNECKY IN OPPOSITION AND STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as ‘Salary Ordinances,’ relating to the salary rate and pay grade for one job title within the Law Department, as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) salary schedules, by adding one new job title, Senior Paralegal (PAT 7).

Documents:

2017-021.PDF

10. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

11. Council Bill 2017-022. (McClure) (APPROVED 6-1 WITH FULNECKY IN OPPOSITION AND STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A resolution adopting the 2017 Capital Improvements Program for 2017 through 2022. (Planning and Zoning Commission and City staff recommend approval).

Documents:

2017-022.PDF

12. Council Bill 2017-023. (Hosmer) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A resolution authorizing the City Manager to verify with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the City will maintain the Fire Department’s staffing levels and not incur layoffs during the period of performance if awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant for seven (7) FTE’s; and that City Council recognizes the long-term commitments if such a grant is accepted.

Documents:

2017-023.PDF

13. EMERGENCY BILLS.

14. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

15. GRANTS.

16. AMENDED BILLS.

17. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.

18. Council Bill 2017-024. (Schilling)
A special ordinance authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit No. 427 to allow an Automobile Service Garage within a GR, General Retail District generally located at 2811 South Campbell Avenue.

Documents:

2017-024.PDF

19. Council Bill 2017-025. (Prater)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official Zoning Map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 5.36 acres of property, generally located at 1320 East McClernon Street from Amended Planned Development 228 to Planned Development 355; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (By:  Whiskers Investment LLC; 1320 East McClernon Street:  Planned Development 355.)

Documents:

2017-025.PDF

20. Council Bill 2017-026. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 1.84 acres of property, generally located at 3416 South National Avenue and 1220 East Walnut Lawn Street from Planned Development No. 12, Amendment 7 District, to a GR, General Retail District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: Kum and Go gas station and Community Financial Credit Union; 3411 South National Avenue and 1220 East Walnut Lawn; Z-4-2017.)

Documents:

2017-026.PDF

21. Council Bill 2017-027. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately .08 acres of property, generally located at 1513 East Washita Street, from a R-SF, Residential Single-Family district to a GR, General Retail District, subject to certain conditions; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: GWG Properties III LLC; 1513 East Washita Street; Z-5-2017.)

Documents:

2017-027.PDF

22. Council Bill 2017-028. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.4 acres of property, generally located at 1826 South Fremont Avenue and 1823 South Pickwick Avenue from R-SF, Single-family Residential District and O-1, Office District to GR, General Retail District subject to certain conditions; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: One Hundred Two Glenstone, Inc. and Stephanie Twibell; 1826 & 1912 S. Fremont Ave. and 1823 S. Pickwick Avenue; Z-2-2017.)

Documents:

2017-028.PDF

23. Council Bill 2017-029. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.21 acres of property, generally located at 1912 South Fremont Avenue from R-SF, Single-family Residential District to O-1, Office District subject to certain conditions; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (By: One Hundred Two Glenstone, Inc. and Stephanie Twibell; 1826 & 1912 S. Fremont Ave. and 1823 S. Pickwick Avenue; Z-2-2017.)

Documents:

2017-029.PDF

24. Council Bill 2017-030. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 1.03 acres of property, generally located at 3027 South Lakeside Avenue from an O-1, Office District, to a LB, Limited Business District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: In-Out LLC; 3027 South Lakeside Avenue; Z-22-2016.)

Documents:

2017-030.PDF

25. Council Bill 2017-031. (Fishel)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 5.79 acres of property, generally located at the 3500 block East Seminole Street from R-SF, Single-family residential district to R-LD, Low-Density multi-family residential district and establish Conditional Overlay District No. 117; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: Calvary Chapel of Springfield; 3500 block East Seminole Street; Z-3-2017 Conditional Overlay District No. 117.)

Documents:

2017-031.PDF

26. Council Bill 2017-032. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 9 acres of property, generally located at 1655 West Republic Street from GR, General Retail District to HC, Highway Commercial District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 122; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: Ridgecrest Baptist Church; 1655 W. Republic St.; Z-1-2017.)

Documents:

2017-032.PDF

27. Council Bill 2017-033. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 2.72 acres of property, generally located at 1432 West Livingston Street and 1435 West Talmage Street from a R-SF, Single Family Residential District to a R-MD, Medium-density Multi-family Residential District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 115; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By: 1432 West Livingston and 1435 West Talmage Street; Z-19-2016 & Conditional Overlay District No. 115.)

Documents:

2017-033.PDF

28. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.

29. Council Bill 2017-034. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code Chapter 74, ‘Nuisance and Housing Code,’ to clarify definitions, enforcement language, and nuisance language; delete unnecessary language and definitions; repeal certain minimum standard requirements; and delete certain apartment-specific standards.

Documents:

2017-034.PDF

30. Council Bill 2017-035. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Land Development Code’ and enacting a new Article VII, ‘International Property Maintenance Code’.

Documents:

2017-035.PDF

31. Council Bill 2017-036. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code Chapter 36, ‘Land Development Code,’ Article I, ‘Administration and Enforcement of Codes,’ to provide for administration and enforcement of the International Property Maintenance Code and to clarify certain provisions.

Documents:

2017-036.PDF

32. Council Bill 2017-037. (Fulnecky)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code by repealing certain language contained in Chapter 22, ‘Aviation,’ and adding new regulations for ground transportation operators at the Airport, including Transportation Network Companies.

Documents:

2017-037.PDF

33. Council Bill 2017-038. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City of Springfield, Missouri, to enter into Schedule of Equipment No. 6, which will become a part of its existing Master Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement, the proceeds of which will be used to pay the costs of acquiring equipment for the Springfield-Branson National Airport and to do all things necessary to carry out the lease-purchase transaction, including the execution of certain documents in connection therewith; and amending the budget of the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 in the amount of $2,904,904.37.

Documents:

2017-038.PDF

34. Council Bill 2017-039. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to approve the plans and specifications of the Z1 School Sidewalk Project; and to accept the bid of $391,921.70 and enter into a contract with Liming Concrete, LLC for completion of the project.

Documents:

2017-039.PDF

35. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

36. NEW BUSINESS.

The Committee of the Whole recommends the following reappointment to the Board of Public Utilities: Jeff Childs with term to expire December 1, 2019. (RECOMMENDED)

37. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

38. MISCELLANEOUS.

39. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.

40. Council Bill 2017-040. (McClure)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow participation of the Springfield Fire Department in a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force; to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow the Bureau to reimburse the Springfield Fire Department for the cost of employee overtime stemming from Springfield Fire Department employees’ participation in the task force.

Documents:

2017-040.PDF

41. Council Bill 2017-041. (Fisk)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to formalize the processes and procedures regarding use of an explosives disposal site and the provision of mutual assistance.

Documents:

2017-041.PDF

42. Council Bill 2017-042. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance approving the transfer of real property at 916 East Garfield to Blackard Development, LLC and authorizing the issuance of a deed for same.

Documents:

2017-042.PDF

43. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3

44. Council Bill 2017-043. (Stephens) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)

A resolution confirming the appointments of Michelle Billionis and Bart Tacke, and the reappointments of Chris Ball, Ken Chumbley, Bruce Adib-Yazdi, and Dick Scott to serve on the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District Board of Directors.

Documents:

2017-043.PDF

45. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.

46. Council Bill 2017-020. (Schilling) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISHEL ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a cost share agreement with SoMac Lofts, LLC, for the purpose of constructing a public sewer main in the vicinity of South Avenue and East McDaniel Street. The submitted bid for the sewer relocation under plan number 2015PW0092 is $63,035, of which 50 percent or $31,517.50 have been budgeted from funds in the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget of the Clean Water Services Fund.  (Environmental Services staff recommends approval).

Documents:

2017-020.PDF

47. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm the following appointment to the Board of Public Utilities: Cynthia Hyde with term to expire December 1, 2019. (CONFIRMED)

48. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

49. ADJOURN.