Summary of Most Recent Meeting

Jan. 26, 2015

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. January 12, 2015

Documents: 01-12-2015.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.

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

Swear in Paden Chambers to the Landmarks Board.
Swear in Andrew Cline to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

5.Council Bill 2015-016. (Stephens)

A resolution recognizing Ralph Rognstad Jr. for twenty-seven years of dedicated service to the City of Springfield upon the occasion of his retirement.

Documents: 2015-016.PDF

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

• Chief of Police Paul Williams provided an update on the police officer shooting that occurred earlier Monday morning.

He expressed appreciation to the many who have reached out to the Springfield Police Department, expressing concerns and offering prayers. Additional messages can be shared with the SPD on Twitter (@sgfpolice) or Facebook (SGF Police – Springfield, MO) using the hashtag “#PrayersforSPD” or by email at SPDmail@springfieldmo.gov.

Questions from the previous City Council Meeting:

• Councilman Burlison inquired about the City’s current ordinance related to cruising.

On the question regarding whether or not the police consider cruising a problem now:

The Police “don't have any issue if council wishes to resume the responsibility and authority for establishing "anti cruising locations"

The Police would ask that we retain Battlefield and downtown (around the Square) as prevented cruising locations--as both are potential problem area. 

Historical research on Springfield’s issues with cruising was provided to you by the Law department in a handout at your place.

• On the question regarding what, if anything, we are working on that will eliminate the breed specific language (BSL), Springfield-Greene County Health Department provided the following:

One of the recommendations from the Animal Issues Task Force was to develop a new approach for dangerous dogs. This approach would put problem dogs into one of three categories based on behavior. There was interest from some members of the task force to eliminate our pit bull ordinance in favor of this approach. The Health Department is currently working on the approach, but is designing it so that it can work with or without the current pit bull ordinance on the books.

At this point in time, the Health Department does not support elimination of the pit bull ordinance. They believe that it is working as intended and that the data supports the effectiveness of our current approach.

Health has also prepared a two-page handout.  The draft of the handout is at your place.

• End-of-the-Crime Stats

The Springfield Police Department's 2014 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been completed. You have a copy of this at your place.

Year-end data shows an overall drop in reported crime in Springfield of 12 percent, which is welcome news after reporting a rise in the crime rate at this time last year.

Now that year-end statistics are slowly being reported to the FBI by those agencies across the country, which chose to participate in the program, cities’ rankings may begin to surface on the Internet.

Chief Williams reminds citizens of the FBI’s policy against ranking law enforcement agencies based on UCR data alone. Analyses done in this manner would be incomplete, creating misleading perceptions, which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents, according to the FBI.

Unfortunately there are a lot of third party websites that supply ‘crime information’ and use a proprietary process to compare or rank cities -- none of which is verifiable or accurate. The SPD does not provide data to any of them, and the data used is most often a year or two old. The only true, accurate and fair comparison to be done is against ourselves using historical data.

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

8. Council Bill 2015-001. (Seifried) (PASSED 7-2 WITH RUSHEFSKY AND HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)

A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan for Greenway Studios Redevelopment Area for an area located near the south side of the intersection of East Webster Street and North Texas Avenue and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare.  (Planning and Zoning Commission, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA), and Staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-001.PDF

9. Council Bill 2015-002. (Compton) (PASSED 7-2 WITH RUSHEFSKY AND HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)

A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan for the So-El District Lofts Redevelopment Area located along the south side of East Elm Street between South Jefferson Avenue and South Kimbrough Avenue and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare.  (Planning and Zoning Commission, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and Staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-002.PDF

10. Council Bill 2015-003. (Compton) (PASSED 7-2 WITH RUSHEFSKY AND HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)

A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan for the One House Redevelopment Area for an area located at the northeast corner of the intersection of East Madison Street and South Jefferson Avenue and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare.  (Planning and Zoning Commission, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and Staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-003.PDF

11. Council Bill 2015-004. (Compton) (PASSED 8-1 WITH HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)

A special ordinance authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit No. 414 to reduce the front-yard setback from twenty-five (25) feet to ten (10) feet along on Jefferson Avenue at 405 and 415 East Madison Street within an R-HD, High-Density Multi-family Residential District on certain conditions.  (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-004.PDF

12. Council Bill 2015-005. (Stephens)

A special ordinance amending the General Fund budget of the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, by appropriating the surplus fund balance and increasing expenses in the amount of $4,100,000.

Documents: 2015-005.PDF

13. Council Bill 2015-006. (Seifried & Hosmer) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 42, Courts, Section 42-41, Court costs, Subsection (a), Fee scheduled, by adding a new cost item for costs incurred as a result of supervised probation, and repealing Section 42-42, Civil penalty for persons pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated or driving with unlawful blood alcohol content.

Documents: 2015-006.PDF

14. Council Bill 2015-007. (Seifried & Hosmer) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A special ordinance authorizing the addition of one full-time Probation Officer (PAT 7) position to the number of authorized job positions for the Municipal Court and amending the budget of the City of Springfield Municipal Court for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 in the amount of $54,608.

Documents: 2015-007.PDF

15. Council Bill 2015-008. (Burlison) (PASSED 5-4 WITH RUSHEFSKY, SEIFRIED, FISHEL AND STEPHENS IN OPPOSITION)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 106, Traffic and Vehicles, Article I, In General Section 106-28, Cruising. (Kearney Street and Kansas Expressway)

Documents: 2015-008.PDF

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

17. Council Bill 2015-017. (Compton) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A resolution acknowledging that the City of Springfield, Missouri, by and through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board (Park Board) and the Board of Public Utilities for the City of Springfield, Missouri (City Utilities), will be entering into an agreement whereby City Utilities will lease land from the Park Board at its Chesterfield Park for the construction and operation of an elevated water tank, to allow for City Utilities to serve the future water supply needs of southwest Springfield, and for promised participation in improvements for said Park.

Documents2015-017.PDF

18. Council Bill 2015-018. (Carroll) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)

A resolution acknowledging that the City of Springfield, Missouri, by and through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board (Park Board) and the Board of Public Utilities for the City of Springfield, Missouri (City Utilities), will be entering into lease extensions to extend the terms of each of the agreements they have for the properties Park Board has leased from City Utilities at Lake Springfield Park, Dan Kinney Park and Valley Water Mill Park.

Documents: 2015-018.PDF

19. Council Bill 2015-019. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A resolution extending the existing administrative delay initiated in Resolution No. 10113 with respect to the construction, placement, location, and relocation of congregate residential arrangements and services for persons on the sexual offender registry, and for community correctional facilities. (Staff recommends approval.)

Documents: 2015-019.PDF

20. EMERGENCY BILLS.

21. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

22. GRANTS.

23. AMENDED BILLS.

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

25. Council Bill 2015-020. (Burlison)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Section 5-3000, Community Gardens, in the Springfield Zoning Ordinance to allow an on-site, two-consecutive-day, fundraising sale twice a calendar year in legally established community gardens. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-020.PDF

26. Council Bill 2015-021. (Rushefsky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.20 acres of property, generally located at 1841 East Walnut Street, from an R-TH, Residential Townhouse District to an HC, Highway Commercial District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 83. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-021.PDF

27. Council Bill 2015-022. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.67 acres of property generally located at 4058 South Lone Pine Avenue from an LB, Limited Business District, to a GR, General Retail District. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-022.PDF

28. Council Bill 2015-023. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately five acres of property, generally located on the west side of the 3700 block South Jefferson Avenue, from an O-1, Office District, to an O-2, Office District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 84. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-023.PDF

29. Council Bill 2015-024. (Compton) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A special ordinance amending the Woodruff Redevelopment Plan for an area at the northeast corner of Park Central East and South Jefferson Avenue; making findings of blighting conditions in the proposed expanded boundary of the Woodruff Redevelopment Area; and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare.  (Planning and Zoning Commission, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) and Staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-024.PDF

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

31. Council Bill 2014-282. Substitute 1. (Burlison, Fisk, Hosmer, Seifried) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 106, Traffic and Vehicles, Article VIII, Bicycles, by changing the title of Article VIII, to Bicycles and Motorized Bicycles, and by adding Section 106-514, License required to operate motorized bicycle; passengers prohibited when; protective headgear required; and proof of financial responsibility.

Documents: 2014-282 SUB 1.PDF

32. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

Mr. Jeannie McCleery wishes to address City Council.

Mr. Richard Morrison wishes to address City Council.

33. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

34. 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.

35. MISCELLANEOUS.

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

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

38. Council Bill 2015-025. (Rushefsky)

A resolution declaring it necessary to construct sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 31 of Section No. 13 in the City, located in the general vicinity of Thoman Street and Link Avenue; providing for payment therefore; and providing for publications and notices.

Documents: 2015-025.PDF

39. Council Bill 2015-026. (Seifried)

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 in Sanitary Sewer District No. 115 of Section No. 5, in the general vicinity of Turner Street at Nettleton Avenue, 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 her office in accordance with the ordinance.

Documents: 2015-026.PDF

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

41. Council Bill 2015-009. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Sportsman’s Park, generally located at 2100 North Barnes 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: 2015-009.PDF

42. Council Bill 2015-010. (Fishel)

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield as shown on the 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: 2015-010.PDF

43. Council Bill 2015-011. (Fisk)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Consulting Agreement with the University of Missouri for the Department of Workforce Development to provide additional National Career Readiness Certification testing for the period ending June 30, 2015; and amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 in the amount of $14,585.60.

Documents: 2015-011.PDF

44. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

Confirm the following appointments to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau:  Dee (Daveea) King and Daniel Reiter with terms to expire December 31, 2017.

Confirm the following reappointment to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau:  Paul Sundy with term to expire December 31, 2017.

45. END OF CONSENT AGENDAS.

46. ADJOURN.