Summary of Most Recent Meeting

June 13, 2016



1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. May 31, 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.

City recognized by EPA again for being a “model” community
The City of Springfield was officially recognized today by EPA Region 7 for its successful 17-year history of redevelopment of formerly polluted properties. Since 1999, using a little more than $7 million in EPA Brownfields grants and technical assistance, the city has leveraged more than $460 million in public and private investments toward the revitalization of former brownfields, with more projects underway.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague praised Springfield’s elected leaders and city staff for their work with EPA, other federal and state government agencies, community businesses, developers, universities, non-profit groups and volunteers, compiling an impressive track record of turning brownfield properties back to productive use for the community.

“Springfield is a stellar example of how a community can make smart and effective use of EPA Brownfields assistance to literally transform its landscape,” Hague said. “The city has shown how small, targeted investments can provide momentum for environmental improvement and economic growth.”

This recognition comes on the heels of last month’s announcement of a $200,000 dollar EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant to the city’s Missouri Job Center. Funds will be used to recruit, train and place local workers into the kinds of higher-paying, green environmental jobs that brownfields projects typically require.

We believe the City’s partnership with the EPA’s Brownfields Program will contribute to the long-term success of the partnership that the City of Springfield, Greene County and City Utilities have forged to develop the Integrated Plan for the Environment.

Budget Home Stretch
I just wanted to take a minute to thank City staff and City Council for another on-time budget process. It’s not always easy to navigate through three months of deliberation, four, highly-informative budget workshops and be able to stay on time and on target.

Sales Tax Report
We have provided you with the monthly sales tax report, which brings good news.  The City of Springfield’s June 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11%, or $444,782, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transactions made primarily in April.

When comparing to the same month last year, May receipts were up 13% over May of 2015.

On a year-to-date basis, revenues are up 5% over budget.

Parks Update
It’s another busy summer season for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and I would like to take a minute to point out some new programs being launched in partnership with Zone Neighborhood Associations, as part of the Zone Blitz.

Tennis under the Lights, a free, night-time tennis event featuring glowing racquets, necklaces and bracelets in partnership with United States Tennis Association.

Run for Fun Club, free kid-friendly exercise relays and games for kids going into 2nd-6th grades, in partnership with Steve Pokin, Springfield News-Leader “Answer Man Reporter”.  

Find Your Wings Art Classes, free art classes in neighborhood parks for kids entering Kindergarten-4th grade. In partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. 

Also –

Parks helped celebrate Ozarks Greenways 25th anniversary and the opening of Tal’s Trailhead June 4 in southwest Springfield. Tal’s Trailhead, named for the late Tal Wooten, connects two sections of the Wilson’s Creek Greenway near the terminus of the South Creek Greenway, providing more than 12 miles of uninterrupted trail and on-street bike route connections. Thank you to Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure and Councilmembers Mike Schilling, Craig Fishel, Justin Burnett for attending this event.

Condolences for the City of Orlando
In times on great sadness, we must stand together. And tonight, we pause for a moment to send a message of love and support to the city of Orlando, Florida, where at least 49 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all of those affected by this horrific tragedy. 

It certainly was a sad day for the Orlando Police Department and first responders, who faced unspeakable danger and chaos. We commend Orlando Police Chief John Mina and all first responders who unfortunately had to put their years of training for this type of situation to use. We are proud of you. We stand behind you and are grieving along with you in the days and weeks ahead.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On. Except Item Nos. 7 And 9, Which Were Both Amended At The May 31, 2016 City Council Meeting. For Item Nos. 7 And 9, Citizens May Speak To Amendments Only. May Be Voted On. 

7. Amended Council Bill 2016-034. (Schilling) Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On. (Fishel makes a motion to amend and Burnett seconds the amendment. Amendment passes 7-0 with Fisk and Stephens absent. Will hold until the June 27 meeting)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.4077 acres of property, generally located at 608 and 614 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 and 614 West Mount Vernon Street; Z-39-2015 & Conditional Overlay District No. 103.)

Documents: AMENDED2016-034(6-13).PDF

8. Council Bill 2016-114. (McClure) (PASSES 7-0 WITH FISK AND STEPHENS ABSENT)
A special ordinance setting a preliminary tax levy on real and personal property for current expenses and debt retirement of the City of Springfield, Missouri, and its boards and agencies for Fiscal Year 2016-2017; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2016-114.PDF

9. Amended Council Bill 2016-115. (Stephens) Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On. (Hosmer made a motion to amend the budget, moving $75,000 from the contingency budget to initially fund moving recruits from the authorized strength numbers while they are still in training. Seconded by Fulnecky. Amendment failed 4-3 with Fishel, McClure and Burnett opposed. Fisk and Stephens absent) (A previous amendment to the budget had two speakers in support and the budget was approved 6-1 with Fulnecky in opposition)
A special ordinance adopting a budget for the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, providing that certain amounts shown in the budget document are appropriated for the various departments specified in said budget, and declaring an emergency.

Documents: AMENDED2016-115.PDF

10. Council Bill 2016-116. (Fishel) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A special ordinance repealing Special Ordinance No. 26678 and enacting in lieu thereof a special ordinance approving the Petition to Amend and Restate the Petition to Establish the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District and directing the City Clerk to notify the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Greene County Clerk of the amendments. (Staff and the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District Board of Directors recommend approval.) 

Documents: 2016-116.PDF

11. Council Bill 2016-117. (Schilling) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, City Limits, by annexing approximately 22.84 acres of City-owned property into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located on the west side of the 3100 block of South Kauffman Road, generally referenced as Annexation A-1-16; and amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 46, Section 46-1, Boundaries of wards, precincts and council zones, by adding this property to the ward and precinct assigned them by the County Clerk.

Documents: 2016-117.PDF

12. Council Bill 2016-118. (Schilling) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 22.84 acres of property, generally located on the west side of the 3100 block of South Kauffman Road, from a County R-1, Suburban Residence District to a GM, General Manufacturing District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 108; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: City of Springfield; 3100 block S. Kauffman Road; Z-4-2016.) 

Documents:  2016-118.PDF

13. Council Bill 2016-119. (Fisk) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 20 acres of property, generally located at 1800 West Republic Street, from a GR, General Retail District with Conditional Overlay District No. 66 to a GR, General Retail District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 107; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Judith Groover Trust and Warner Family Trust; 1800 West Republic Street; Z-7-2016 Conditional Overlay District No. 107.)

Documents: 2016-119.PDF

14. Council Bill 2016-120. (Fishel) (APPLICANT REQUESTS TO TABLE THE BILL. FISHEL MADE A MOTION AND FERGUSON SECONDED. MOTION TO TABLE APPROVED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit No. 422 to allow a bed and breakfast within an R-SF, Residential Single-family District, generally located at 1755 South National Avenue. (The Planning and Zoning Commission recommend denial, Staff recommends approval.) 

Documents: 2016-120.PDF

15. Council Bill 2016-121. (Schilling) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 36, Land Development Code, Division 3.-Administration Enforcement and Review; Subdivision III. - Review, Appeals and Amendments; Section 36-363 - Conditional use permits; subsection (3)(g) Contents of application; and subsection (5) Conditions and restrictions. (Staff Recommends approval.) 

Documents:  2016-121.PDF

16. Council Bill 2016-122. (McClure) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 36, Land Development Code, Division 5 - Supplemental District Regulations, Section 36-453 - Supplemental open space and yard regulations; Subsection (5)(a)5, Permitted projections and structures in required yards.  (Staff Recommends approval.)

Documents: 2016-122.PDF

17. Council Bill 2016-123. (Hosmer) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A special ordinance approving a budget adjustment to amend the Fiscal Year budget 2015-2016 for the Department of Environmental Services of the City of Springfield, Missouri, in the amount of $2,500,000, by appropriating reserves of the Clean Water Fund for continuing the implementation of the Private Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Abatement Program.

Documents: 2016-123.PDF

18. Council Bill 2016-124. (Stephens) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2 of the Springfield City Code, Administration, Article II, City Council, Section 2-32, Special Meetings.

Documents: 2016-124.PDF

19. RESOLUTIONS.

20. EMERGENCY BILLS.

21. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

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

23. Council Bill 2016-134. (Hosmer) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT))
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept grant funds from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $213,750.00 for voluntary mitigation of flooding in the Busch Building basement and to enter into necessary contracts to carry out the grant; and to amend the budget of the Department of Finance for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 in the amount of $285,000.00 to appropriate the grant funds and to account for a transfer from the City’s Self-Insurance Fund; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2016-134.PDF

24. Council Bill 2016-135. (McClure) (PASSED 7-0 WITH STEPHENS AND FISK ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept grant funds from the Disaster Grants – Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters) program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $212,662.50 for clean-up and construction required due to flooding in the Busch Building basement and to enter into necessary contracts to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Department of Finance for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 in the amount of $398,550.00 to account for expenses reimbursed by the City’s insurance and a transfer from the City’s Self-Insurance Fund and to appropriate the grant funds and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2016-135.PDF

25. AMENDED BILLS.

26. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.

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

28. Council Bill 2016-136. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance approving the First Amendment to Sections 3.05 and 3.08 of The Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The City of Springfield, Missouri and Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters Local 152 (a/k/a, The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 152) (the “First Amendment”), in conjunction with amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finances, Division 4, Policemen’s and Firemen’s Pension Plan, for the fire participants, pursuant to the ordinance adopted by Council Bill 2016-137 the Bargaining Unit; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2016-136.PDF

29. Council Bill 2016-137. (Fisk) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finances, Division 4, Policemen’s and Firemen’s Pension Plan, by amending the title of Division 4 from “Policemen’s and Firemen’s Pension Plan” to “Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System,” and by amending Section 2-455, Amount of employee contributions; deductions from salary, of the Springfield City Code, by revising provisions regarding Fire Participants’ Additional Funding Contribution (AFC) and Additional Three-Tenths Percent Multiplier in The Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement Fund; and declaring an emergency.

Documents:  2016-137.PDF

30. Council Bill 2016-138. (Schilling) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the Salary Ordinance relating to salary grades for various job titles within the City service as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) Schedule, the Crafts, Trade and Labor (CTL) Schedule, the Fire Protection Schedule (FPS), and the Law Enforcement Schedule (LES) by making provision for seven (7) new job titles and deleting four (4) existing job titles; by providing pay adjustments for employees on the PAT, CTL, FPS, and LES pay schedules; by freezing the annual base pay rates for Salary Grades One (1) and Two (2) in the CTL pay schedule; by increasing the annual base rate for the top steps in the CTL pay schedule by $150.00; by deleting the eligibility for educational allowance for Salary Grades Eleven (11) through Thirteen (13) contained in the LES pay schedule; by approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the City Manager; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2016-138.PDF

31. Council Bill 2016-139. (Schilling) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an On-System Bridge Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the purpose of funding the Mt. Vernon Street Bridge over Jordan Creek project; and amending the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget of the Department of Public Works in the amount of $982,905.

Documents: 2016-139.PDF

32. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

33. NEW BUSINESS.
The City Manager recommends the following reappointments to the Airport Board: Alison George and Colin Brady with terms to expire June 1, 2019. 

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.

34. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

35. MISCELLANEOUS. 

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

37. Council Bill 2016-140. (Burnett)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., that includes the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget and marketing plan to promote travel and tourism in the City.

Documents: 2016-140.PDF

38. Council Bill 2016-141. (Fulnecky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission, Inc. (Sports Commission), whereby the City will provide the Sports Commission with a share of the City’s collection fees from the hotel/motel gross receipts tax to fund the Sports Commission’s efforts to promote the hosting of national and regional sporting events to the City.

Documents: 2016-141.PDF

39. Council Bill 2016-142. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending various sections of Springfield City Code, Chapter 26, Article III, Dangerous Blighted and Nuisance Building Code, in order to improve enforceability, expand abatement-order authority, and improve the city's cost recovery by clarifying the language of special tax bills and special assessments. 

Documents: 2016-142.PDF

40. Council Bill 2016-143. (Schilling)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Bryant Street and Market Avenue project, Plan No. 2015PW0080SWTE; accepting the bid of Hunter Chase & Associates, Inc., for that project, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder. 

Documents: 2016-143.PDF

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

42. Council Bill 2016-144. (Ferguson)
A resolution granting a new liquor license for retail sales in the original package that includes sales on Sunday to Silver Spring Fuel, LLC, dba T-Mart, located at 310 South Scenic Avenue, Springfield, Missouri.

Documents: 2016-144.PDF

43. Council Bill 2016-145. (Stephens)
A resolution adopting the Springfield-Greene County All-Hazards Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Documents: 2016-145.PDF

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

45. Council Bill 2016-125. (Burnett)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Annual Maintenance Contract for Traffic Control Signals; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, for the on-call services contract, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents: 2016-125.PDF

46. Council Bill 2016-126. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Commercial Street Phase 5 Streetscape Project, Plan No. 2015PW0016; accepting the bid of Hunter Chase & Associates, Inc., for the project, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder. 

Documents: 2016-126.PDF

47. Council Bill 2016-127. (Fulnecky)
A special ordinance approving the plans and bid specifications and accepting the bid of Davis Structure & Development Corporation for the Biosolids Treatment Improvements Project Plan No. 2016PW0018s at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in the amount of $2,404,127.00; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents:  2016-127.PDF

48. Council Bill 2016-128. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Jefferson Avenue Streetscape Phase I Project, Plan No. 2015PW0018WTE; accepting the bid of Hunter Chase & Associates, Inc., for that project, and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents: 2016-128.PDF

49. Council Bill 2016-129. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a grant supplement from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, federally funded by reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Services Initiative, and amending the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 in the amount of $118,695.96 to appropriate the grant supplement.

Documents: 2016-129.PDF

50. Council Bill 2016-130. (Ferguson)
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, Missouri, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Highland Gardens Lot 13, Block 8, generally located at 3248 West State Street, 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. (Staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements.)

Documents:  2016-130.PDF

51. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm the following appointments to the Traffic Advisory Board: Rusty MacLachlan and Bruno Schmidt with terms to expire April 1, 2018. 

Confirm the following appointments to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations: Larry Dinges and Angela Myers to expire October 1, 2016; and Carlye Wannenmacher and Damon Duran with terms to expire October 1, 2018.  

Confirm the following appointments to the Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee: Nick Baker with term to expire December 1, 2016; and Amanda Stadler and Kelly Guenther with terms to expire December 1, 2018. 

Confirm the following appointment to the Public Housing Authority:  Michael Langford with term to expire April 11, 2018. 

Confirm the following appointments to the Airport Board:  Robert Fulp with term to expire June 1, 2018; and Michael Hoppman, and Jaimie Trussell with terms to expire June 1, 2019.

52. END OF CONSENT AGENDA. 

53. ADJOURN.