Summary of Most Recent Meeting
Feb. 8, 2016
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. January 25, 2016 And February 2, 2016
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.
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
5. CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
The Springfield Police Department's 2015 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report has been completed. You received complete details Jan. 29.
• Year-end data shows an overall increase in crime in Springfield of 4.5 percent, compared to 2014, when the City experienced a decrease in crime of 12 percent.
• But - Overall, a 5-year comparison shows total 2015 crime was down compared to the average of the previous five years.
• After a significant decline in 2014, the total number of property crimes inched upward by 3 percent in 2015.
• 5-year comparison shows that crimes against property (burglary, larceny and stolen vehicles) have declined overall in 2015
• 5-year comparison shows a consistent upward trend in crimes against persons from 2010 to 2014.
• According to the FBI, uniform crime reporting is only useful for comparing a city to itself, because there are many factors that cause the nature and type of crime to vary from place to place.
Zone 1 Connect
• About 150 people joined us Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Fusion Center for the Zone 1 Connect event, an interactive exercise to decide which projects were feasible and desirable for Springfield’s Zone 1 in northwest Springfield.
• We now have more than 170 partner organizations engaged in this effort, which looks at nine different areas to improve. More to come.
• Visit springfieldmo.gov/communitylisten for more information.
February sales tax check
The City of Springfield's February 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7% compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in December 2015.
On a year-to-date basis, revenues are up 3% over budget.
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
Homeless camp situation
Many of you are aware that the City was asked to address the issue of three separate homeless campsites located on both public and private property. Springfield Police and Building Development Services departments have been working alongside One Door, which is Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ central service for addressing homelessness in the community. One Door further reaches out to a network of homeless advocates who are immediately available to assist homeless individuals both moving their belongings and finding help they need, in times such as this.
One Door coordinators have been successful in finding temporary shelter for four of the nine individuals they made contact during the notification process last week. They are working to find permanent housing at this time. The additional five individuals chose not to receive assistance. SPD provides at least 24 hours notice in instances where individuals are asked to move from no trespassing zones.
We believe we are as sensitive to the issue as we can be, while recognizing the rights of private property owners.
50 Missourians You Need to Know
• I would like to recognize City Manager Greg Burris for being named one of the 50 Missourians you need to know by Kansas City Business Publication, Ingram’s.
• Also – congratulations to other community leaders: John Jungmann, Dave Murray, Jeff Schrag and John Wanamaker for also receiving this recognition.
Norman Jackson Band
• Congratulations to Springfield’s The Norman Jackson Band, which on Saturday at the Wine, Beer Cheese and Chocolate Festival at the E-Plex was recognized with a proclamation from the mayor for being named the Third Ranked Unsigned Blues Band in the World at the 32ndAnnual International Blues Challenge on Memphis, Tennessee’s famous Beale Street on January 29. February 6, 2016 is now known as The Norman Jackson Band Day to celebrate the band’s musical accomplishment and encourage all citizens to celebrate the blues and “Get Your Happy On!”
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. Council Bill 2016-032. (Schilling) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 1.88 acres of property, generally located at 2716-2736 West Republic Street and 4229 South Scenic Avenue, from Greene County R-1, Suburban Residence District, to a City GR, General Retail District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff, and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Thomas & Lee Ann Conway, Tom’s Lawn Maintenance, LLC and St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church; 2716-2736 W. Republic St. and 4229 S. Scenic Ave.; Z-37-2015.)
8. Council Bill 2016-033. (Hosmer) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 6.83 acres of property generally located at 1514 West Lark Street and 4346 South Kansas Avenue, from Planned Development No. 88, 2nd Amendment and an R-SF, Single Family Residential District, to an O-1, Office District with a Conditional Overlay District No. 105. (By: R.H. Montgomery Properties, INC.; 1514 West Lark Street and 4346 South Kansas Ave.; Z-1-2016 & Conditional Overlay District No. 105.)
9. Council Bill 2016-034. (Schilling) (TABLED)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.81 acres of property, generally located at 608, 614, and 618 West Mount Vernon Street, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family Residential District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 103; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff, and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Mount Vernon 608, LLC; 608, 614 and 618 West Mount Vernon Street; Z-39-2015 & Conditional Overlay District No. 103.)
10. Council Bill 2016-035. (Ferguson) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A special ordinance authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit No. 418 to allow an automobile service garage within a GR, General Retail District, generally located at 1100 & 1110 North Grant Avenue. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)
11. Council Bill 2016-036. (McClure) (PASSED 7-2 with SCHILLING AND HOSMER OPPOSED)
A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan for the Cherry Townhouse Redevelopment Area (CTRA) generally located along the south east side of East Cherry Street between South Thomas Avenue and South Kimbrough Avenue, and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare. (The Planning and Zoning Commission, The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, and City staff recommend approval.)
13. EMERGENCY BILLS.
14. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
16. AMENDED BILLS.
17. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.
18. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On..
19. Council Bill 2016-040. (McClure) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 78 – Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article I – In General by repealing Section 78-2 – Aggressive solicitation in its entirety.
20. Council Bill 2016-041. (Ferguson) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance authorizing the addition of one full-time residential construction and zoning inspector to the Building Development Services Department (BDS).
21. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
22. NEW BUSINESS.
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.
23. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
25. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS.
26. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
27. Council Bill 2016-042. (Fisk)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept and appropriate a Waste District “O” grant in the amount of $28,859 for the purpose of purchasing a variety of recycling containers for use at City-operated facilities; and amending the Environmental Services Department, Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget in the amount of $28,859.
28. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
29. Council Bill 2016-037. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Surface Transportation Program (STP) - Urban Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to partially reimburse the base salaries of up to six City employees who work at the Transportation Management Center (TMC) and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, in the amount of $300,000.
30. Board Confirmations.
Confirm the following appointment to the Building Trades Examination and Certification Board: James “Randy” Scott with term to expire October 1, 2017.
Confirm the appointment of Ken McClure to serve as Council’s non-voting liaison to the Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Retirement System Board of Trustees.
31. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.