Summary of Most Recent Meeting

April 13, 2015

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. March 23, 2015 - Regular, March 27, 2015 - Special and March 31, 2015 – Special.

3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS FOR ONE READING AND SECOND READING. Citizens Wishing To Speak To Consent One Reading Or Remove Items From The Consent One Reading Or Consent Second Reading Must Do So At This Time.

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

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

Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System:

• Tomorrow, members of City Council and the Greene County Commission will hear the second of three reports from the Joint City-County Planning Task Force about urgent issues affecting both the City and the County.

• The meeting will be at noon at the Public Safety Center Training Room, 330 W. Scott, and is open to the public.

• Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter will join me, along with Police Chief Paul Williams, Sheriff Jim Arnott and Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, in a presentation looking at all of the pressure points in the current system.

• Municipal Court Judges Todd Thornhill and Becky Borthwick will also be available to provide insights and answer any questions.

Update on Jail Closure / JCCPTF Update:

• One of the symptoms of the challenges we have with our criminal justice system is the recent closure of the Greene County jail to municipal prisoners.

• As many of you have now heard, we received a letter on April 1 from Sheriff Arnott stating his intention to no longer accept municipal prisoners, effective April 3 due to overcrowding at the jail.

• The fact that the jail is overcrowded does not come as a surprise to anyone. We were not totally surprised by Sheriff Arnott’s decision, either, however, the closure has caused disruption and concern. The impact of the closure affects our police force, our municipal court and the entire community.

• We are confident that we can work with the County to find workable solutions to our systemic challenges, however, and look forward to tomorrow’s in-depth discussion.

Senate Bill 450:  2 + 2 + 2 + Indexing Fuel Tax

• You have approved on the consent agenda, a resolution in support of Missouri Senate Bill 540, which offers a six-cent increase in the state fuel tax over the next three years.

Thank you.

• We believe that helping alleviate MoDOT’s transportation funding crisis could have a positive impact on the Springfield community.

• If this or some similar solution fails to pass, MoDOT will implement the "Missouri 325 Plan," which provides for maintaining only 8,000 miles of its 26,000 miles of roads.

• Springfieldians could see a significant difference in the condition of MoDOT roads through the city if MoDOT must implement the 325 plan. Local roads maintained by MoDOT, such as Glenstone, Sunshine, Kearney, Chestnut, Kansas and West Bypass, are considered supplementary and will receive only limited routine maintenance work. These roads could become a patchwork of repairs over the coming years.

Thanking Council members Burlison, Carroll, Compton and Rushefsky

• On behalf of the entire City of Springfield staff, I would like to thank Council members Doug Burlison, Mike Carroll, Jerry Compton and Cindy Rushefsky.

• They literally gave up a large part of their lives to help improve the lives of our others in our community. I remind those watching that this is a volunteer position, and I’m sure that many times they may have felt it was a thankless one at that.

• On behalf of the City staff, we thank you. We appreciate everything you have done for us and for the community.

Protest Petition:

• Item #9 on the agenda – it needs to be noted that a protest petition did come in, but it was not sufficient.

Pete Radecki

• Please join me in welcoming Pete Radecki, from the Bissett Neighborhood, to come say a few words about the Neighborhood Advisory Council. Pete and Phyliss Ferguson co-chair this group of  residents who represent the many neighborhood associations in our City.

Welcome, Pete Radecki.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On. Except Item No. 7. Public Hearing Continued. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

7. Council Bill 2015-064. (Stephens) Public Hearing Continued. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On. (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A resolution adopting a new Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-2019 in order to continue receiving entitlement funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  (Staff recommends approval.)

Documents: 2015-064.PDF

8. Council Bill 2015-065. (Fisk) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to make application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under the Consolidated Plan; to exercise any and all powers necessary to obtain such funding and implement selected projects; and to select projects for funding for the City of Springfield Fiscal Year 2015-2016. (Staff and Citizen Advisory Committee for Community Development recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-065.PDF

9. Council Bill 2015-067. (Stephens) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 24 acres of property, generally located north of Chase Street, west of Washington Street, south of Atlantic Street and east of Broadway Avenue, from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District and R-TH, Residential Townhouse District to R-SF, Single-Family Residential District and R-TH, Residential Townhouse District with a Live/Work Overlay District No. 1. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)  (By:  City of Springfield; Woodland Heights Neighborhood; Z-13-2015, Live/Work Overlay District No. 1.

Documents: 2015-067.PDF

10. Council Bill 2015-068. (Burlison) (PASSES 7-2 WITH HOSMER AND RUSHEFSKY IN OPPOSITION)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Section 1-1323, Travel Trailer, Camper, Recreational Vehicle, and Other Trailer Parking, and Section 4-1500, R-MHC, Manufactured Home Community District, of the Zoning Ordinance to allow recreational vehicle (RV) parks in the R-MHC District. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-068.PDF

11. Council Bill 2015-069. (Rushefsky) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.46 acres of property, generally located at 1858 and 1866 East Cairo Street, from an R-TH, Residential Townhouse District, to an HC, Highway Commercial District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 89; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)  (By:  Great Southern Bank; 1858 and 1866 East Cairo Street; Z-11-2015 & Conditional Overlay District No. 89.)

Documents: 2015-069.PDF

12. Council Bill 2015-070. (Rushefsky) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.33 acres of property, generally located at 1859 and 1863 East Walnut Street, from an R-TH, Residential Townhouse District, to an HC, Highway Commercial District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 90; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)  (By:  Great Southern Bank; 1859 and 1863 East Walnut Street; Z-12-2015 & Conditional Overlay District No. 90.)

Documents: 2015-070.PDF

13. Council Bill 2015-071. (Hosmer) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending the Fee Schedule for certain municipal services as provided in the Springfield City Code by adopting new fees for Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo) Chapter 353 and Chapter 99 applications, in order to recover all of the cost thereof.

Documents: 2015-071.PDF

14. Council Bill 2015-072. (Compton) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A special ordinance declaring that the University Plaza Exhibition Hall and Trade Center Redevelopment Area is free of blight and that the Redevelopment Plan for said Area be terminated. (The Planning and Zoning Commission, Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, and City staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-072.PDF

15. Council Bill 2015-073. (Compton) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A special ordinance declaring a portion of the former Southwest Missouri State College Urban Renewal Area generally bounded by East Cherry Street to the north, East Grand Street to the south, South National Avenue to the east, and South Holland Avenue to the west, has been revitalized and is no longer a blighted area.  (The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and City Staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-073.PDF

16. Council Bill 2015-074. (Rushefsky) (TABLED)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article II, Fire Prevention Code, Section 54-32, by amending Chapter 31 of the International Fire Code to add Sections 3103.2.1, 3103.2.2, 3103.9, and 3103.13 and establishing an effective date.

Documents: 2015-074.PDF

17. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

18. Council Bill 2015-089. (Carroll) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Airport Aid Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC), by and through the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board (Airport Board), accepting grant funds in the amount of $375,000 for air service marketing and promotion of the Springfield-Branson National Airport and amending the budget of the Airport Board in the amount of $416,667.

Documents: 2015-089.PDF

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

20. Council Bill 2015-090. (Stephens)

A resolution stating the support of the Council of the City of Springfield for Senate Bill 540 (SB540) due to its projected positive impact on the Springfield community, and requesting that the members of Missouri General Assembly who represent the citizens of Springfield vote in favor of SB540.

Documents: 2015-090.PDF

21. Council Bill 2015-091. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a State Homeland Security Grant, valued at $9,350, for tactical vests and helmets to sustain current capabilities of response to explosive-device incidents for the Bomb Squad; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2015-091.PDF

22. Council Bill 2015-092. (Fisk)

A resolution approving the appointment of Martin Gugel to serve on the Convention and Entertainment Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Directors. (Staff recommends approval.)

Documents: 2015-092.PDF

23. Council Bill 2015-093. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a State Homeland Security Grant for travel expenses to provide for sustainment of current capabilities of response related to hazardous materials in the amount of $5,150.00; amending the budget of the Springfield Fire Department, for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $3,000; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2015-093.PDF

24. Council Bill 2015-094. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a State Homeland Security Grant for warranty and computer support to provide for sustainment of current capabilities related to hazardous materials response and amending the budget provided for the Springfield Fire Department for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $3,800.

Documents: 2015-094.PDF

25. Council Bill 2015-095. (Stephens)

A resolution granting a Special Events Permit to Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) for May 7, 2015, for the 2015 SMBA Law Day 5K race.

Documents: 2015-095.PDF

26. Council Bill 2015-096. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance to establish and define the boundaries and adopt the plat, plans, specifications, and sealed estimate of construction costs, and authorize acquisition of necessary right(s)-of-way, by purchase or condemnation thereof, for Sanitary Sewer District No. 17 of Section No. 26 of the main sewers of the City, located in the general vicinity of Kearney Street and Lurvey Road; further providing that all labor shall be paid the prevailing wages; and directing the City Manager, or his designee, to advertise for bids for the construction of said sewers.

Documents: 2015-096.PDF

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

28. Council Bill 2015-075. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept the donation of a casket from Associated Memorials, Inc. for use in training the Springfield Fire Department Honor Guard.

Documents: 2015-075.PDF

29. Council Bill 2015-076. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance accepting the bid of University Plaza Hotel in the amount of $27,428 for conference meeting space and lodging room rates to host the 2016 Annual Conference of the Missouri Valley Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement for said space and rates; and establishing an effective date.

Documents: 2015-076.PDF

30. Council Bill 2015-077. (Fishel)

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements as shown on the Revised Preliminary Plat of The Hill, generally located at 2915 South Lone Pine Avenue, upon the applicant filing and recording a final plat that substantially conforms to the preliminary plat; and authorizing the City Clerk to sign the final plat upon compliance with the terms of this ordinance. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend that City Council accept the public streets and easements.)

Documents: 2015-077.PDF

31. Council Bill 2015-078. (Fisk)

A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2‑92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the Salary Ordinance (Salary Ordinance), relating to the salary rate and pay grade for various job titles within the City of Springfield (City) Police Department (Police), as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) salary schedules, by adding one new job title, Records Management System Coordinator (PAT-6); and by amending the Salary Ordinance relating to the salary rate and pay grade for one job title within the City’s Information Systems Department (IS), as contained in the PAT salary schedules, by reclassifying the job title of Helpdesk Manager (PAT 9), which will result in the addition of one new job title, Helpdesk Manager (PAT 11), and the deletion of one job title, Helpdesk Manager (PAT 9).

Documents: 2015-078.PDF

32. Council Bill 2015-079. (Stephens) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the salary ordinance relating to salary rates and pay grades for Department Head (DHS) pay schedules, by making provision for one new job title; creating the Department of Risk Management; and establishing an effective date for said amendments.

Documents: 2015-079.PDF

33. Council Bill 2015-085. (Compton)

A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the South Creek Restoration project, Plan No. 2014PW0053W, accepting the bid of Towe Construction Co., Inc., for that project, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents: 2015-085.PDF

34. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

Confirm the following reappointment to the Public Housing Authority:  Lisa McIntire with term to expire April 11, 2018.  

Confirm the following reappointment to the Industrial Development Authority:  Sheila S. Collins with term to expire October 31, 2020.

35. END OF CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING AND SECOND READING BILLS.

36. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS CURRENTLY ON THE TABLE.

37. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PENDING ON COUNCIL COMMITTEE CALENDARS.

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

39. Council Bill 2015-097. (Stephens) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A resolution approving terms of an agreement under which pit bull dogs may be rescued from the City Animal Shelter and put up for adoption.

Documents: 2015-097.PDF

40. Council Bill 2015-098. (Council) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A resolution declaring the results of a General Municipal Election and Special Election held on the 7th day of April, 2015 under the Home Rule Charter of the City of Springfield, Missouri.

41. COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS.

42. ADJOURN SINE DIE.

43. ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS.

44. ROLL CALL.

45. FINALIZATION OF CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING. Citizens Wishing To Speak To Or Remove Items From Consent First Reading Must Do So At This Time.

46. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS CURRENTLY ON THE TABLE.

47. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.

48. FIRST READING BILLS.

49. EMERGENCY BILLS.

50. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

51. AMENDED BILLS.

52. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

53. MISCELLANEOUS.

54.  NEW BUSINESS.

The City Manager recommends the following reappointment to the Art Museum Board:  Kirk Elmquist with term to expire June 1, 2018. 

The City Manager recommends the following appointments to the Airport Board:  James B. Anderson and Dr. David P. Manuel with terms to expire June 1, 2018. 

The City Manager recommends the following reappointment to the Airport Board:  Thomas M. Babik with term to expire June 1, 2018. 

The City Manager recommends the following reappointments to the Police Civilian Review Board:  James K. Williams and Paul Kalapathy with terms to expire May 1, 2018. 

Mayor Stephens recommends the appointment of Cindy Rushefsky to serve as Council’s non-voting liaison to the  Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Refer the issue of “Ban the Box” to the Community Involvement Committee.

55. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

56. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item # 45.

57. Council Bill 2015-099. (Hosmer)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2-3, Persons authorized to enter agreements on behalf of city, to clarify the signature authority of the assistant city manager, and to increase the authority of the City Manager to enter into certain contracts on behalf of the City.

Documents: 2015-099.PDF

58. Council Bill 2015-100. (Fisk)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, In General, Section 2-3, Persons authorized to enter agreements on behalf of city, to authorize the Director of Public Works and the Director of Environmental Services to enter into emergency field directives for their respective departments.

Documents: 2015-100.PDF

59. Council Bill 2015-101. (Fishel)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an amendment to Jefferson-Olive Parking Garage Project Redevelopment and Lease Agreement with Downtown Springfield Properties, LLC (DSP) concerning the provision of free public parking.

Documents: 2015-101.PDF

60. Council Bill 2015-102. (Hosmer)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a License Agreement for Monitoring Well with Environmental Works, Inc. (EW), for the purpose of allowing EW to install and maintain (at no cost to the City) a monitoring well on the public right-of-way on Fort Avenue south of Sunshine Street to monitor groundwater conditions.

Documents: 2015-102.PDF

61. Council Bill 2015-103. (Fisk)

A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Republic Road Widening Phase 2 project, accepting the bid of Hartman and Company, Inc., for that project, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents: 2015-103.PDF

62. END OF CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING.

63. ADJOURN.