Summary of Most Recent Meeting
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. November 10, 2014 And November 18, 2014
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
Emergency Event at Airport
I would like to commend the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad and the airport staff for their emergency response to what could have been a very dangerous situation at the Springfield-Branson National Airport Friday.
It was a relief to find out after a thorough analysis by the bomb squad that suspicious items contained in a piece of luggage flagged by TSA’s screening process, was not an explosive device.
Members of the Bomb Squad used a robot to move the package to a bomb containment truck to take offsite for investigation and by noon gave the clearance to reopen the airport checkpoint.
The items turned out to be an electronic blood pressure cuff and peanut butter. This is one of the cases where we are better safe than sorry.
More on the Fire Department
Springfield Fire Department recently did a group purchase for self-contained breathing apparatus with several area fire departments around us. I would like to echo Chief David Halls thanks to our Purchasing department for handling this. It not only saves these other departments money, it saves us money as well by having a larger volume. It also allows all of the departments to have interoperability.
Springfield’s Long-Term Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan
The Department of Environmental Services has prepared a recommended, long-term plan for Springfield to reduce the overflows and protect water quality. The plan, as you know, is required by EPA and DNR. You will hear more about it later in the meeting from Errin Kemper, Assistant Director of Environmental Services. We are extremely proud of the work that was done to create a program that meets state and federal regulations, while safeguarding public health, in a way that is as affordable as possible for our community.
The proposed, innovative plan is based upon Springfield’s Integrated Plan for the Environment, which is a joint project of the City, Greene County and City Utilities. Springfield is one of the first communities in the country to develop an Integrated Plan looking at how to better manage our area environmental priorities with regulatory requirements for air, water and land resources.
Karl Brooks, EPA Regional Administrator described Springfield as “setting the mark for communities in the Heartland.” He praised the team for pointing the way forward to think holistically about all our environmental resources.
Kicking off the Holidays
We officially kicked off the holiday season Saturday night with two tree lighting ceremonies downtown, along with a lot of singing and dancing and of course, fireworks. Thank you, Mayor Stephens and councilwoman Jan Fisk and councilmen Jerry Compton and Craig Fishel for joining us for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor Pro Tem helped lead efforts at the tree lighting at the square. The rain didn’t keep the entire crowd way. We estimate about 700 people attended.
Congratulations Mary Lilly Smith
Springfield’s Economic Development Director Mary Lilly Smith has been promoted to the position of Director of Planning and Development, effective Jan. 26, 2015.
Smith follows Ralph Rognstad, who is retiring in January. She has worked for the City in a variety of roles, for 32 years, including as Principal Planner in the Neighborhood Conservation Office and was responsible for the City’s Capital Improvements Program.
Mary is an incredible asset to the City and to our entire community. We are excited for her to step into this expanded role and continue efforts to improve Springfield’s reputation as a great place to live and work.
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. Council Bill 2014-268. (Hosmer) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Subsection 4-2902, WC-1, Mixed-Use Sub-area of the West College Street District to allow off-street parking of commercial vehicles. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)
8. Council Bill 2014-269. (Rushefsky) (PASSES 8-1 WITH HOSMER OPPOSED)
A special ordinance adopting the Hampton Townhouses Redevelopment Plan and Blight Report for an area located along the west side of South Hampton Avenue between East McDaniel Street and East Walnut Street, and declaring the Area to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare. (The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Staff recommend approval.)
9. Council Bill 2014-270. (Rushefsky) (PASSES 7-2 WITH FISHEL AND BURLISON OPPOSED)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 90, Secondhand Goods, Article I, In General, Sections 90-3, Daily reports by dealers to Chief of Police, to require reports of all purchase, sale, barter, or exchange of scrap metal regardless of dollar value; and 90-4, Holding period for precious gems and metals received by dealers, to require a 72 hour holding period of vehicles for salvage processors.
10. Council Bill 2014-271. (Compton) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
A special ordinance declaring the necessity of condemning right(s)-of-way over, under, and through the properties located at 3811 South Campbell Avenue and 3821 South Campbell Avenue, as herein described, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a public street, and for the relocation, construction, maintenance, and operation of utilities for the Campbell and Primrose Intersection Improvement project, Plan No. 2013PW0017T.
12. EMERGENCY BILLS.
13. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
15. AMENDED BILLS.
16. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
17. Council Bill 2014-280. (Rushefsky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.26 acres of property, generally located at 1701 South Saint Charles Avenue, from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to a GR, General Retail District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 82. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Pamela Sue Secor; 1701 South Saint Charles Avenue; Z-25-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 82.)
18. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
19. Council Bill 2014-281. (Stephens) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance approving the proposed long-term Overflow Control Plan (OCP) required by the Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ) and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to submit the proposed OCP to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) by December 31, 2014.
20. Council Bill 2014-282. (Compton & Hosmer) (COUNCILMAN JERRY COMPTON MAKES MOTION TO TABLE. MOTION PASSES 8-1 WITH HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)
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; protective headgear required; and proof of financial responsibility.
21. Council Bill 2014-283. (Referendum) (COUNCILWOMAN RUSHEFSKY MAKES MOTION TO TABLE FOR 30 DAYS, WHICH MEANS A CERTAIN PUBLIC VOTE ON THE ISSUE IN APRIL; MOTION PASSES 6-3 WITH STEPHENS, BURLISON AND COMPTON IN OPPOSITION)
A general ordinance repealing General Ordinance 6141.
22. Council Bill 2014-283. Substitute No. 1. (Referendum) (COUNCILWOMAN RUSHEFSKY MAKES MOTION TO TABLE FOR 30 DAYS, WHICH MEANS A CERTAIN PUBLIC VOTE ON THE ISSUE IN APRIL; MOTION PASSES 6-3 WITH STEPHENS, BURLISON AND COMPTON IN OPPOSITION)
A special ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City, at an election to be held on the 7th day of April 2015, in the City of Springfield, Missouri, a question as to whether or not to repeal General Ordinance No. 6141, Code of Ordinances of the City of Springfield.
Documents: 2014-283 SUB 1.PDF
23. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
24. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
25. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following appointments to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations: Joy Qualls and Emily Journagan with terms to expire October 1, 2017.
The Mayor recommends the following appointments to the Public Housing Authority: Frank Bridges with term to expire April 11, 2017; and Kellie D. Foster with term to expire April 11, 2018.
The Mayor recommends the following appointment to the Traffic Advisory Board: Colleen Davis with term to expire April 1, 2017.
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.
27. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item # 3. (APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY)
28. Council Bill 2014-284. (Fishel)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an addendum to the annual agreement with the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., (SCVB) and amending the budget of the City for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 to reflect current and projected operational changes.
29. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item # 3.
30. Council Bill 2014-285. (Seifried)
A resolution declaring it necessary to construct sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 234 of Section No. 6 in the City, located in the general vicinity of Kerr Street, east of Main Avenue; providing for payment therefore; and providing for publications and notices.
31. Council Bill 2014-286. (Burlison)
A resolution initiating an amendment to the Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, to consider allowing an annual two-day fundraising sale for community gardens. (Staff recommends approval.)
32. Council Bill 2014-287. (Fisk)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $50,000 of Dislocated Worker Program Individual Training Account (ITA) funds and $57,040 of On-The-Job-Training (OJT) Staffing funds from the State of Missouri; to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $107,040.
33. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
34. Council Bill 2014-272. (Compton)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply to the Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) for federal funds administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), through the Transportation Enhancements Program, for the purpose of funding the construction of streetscape and pedestrian facilities for the following projects: Main Avenue Streetscape Phase 1 (Exhibit A), Grant Avenue and Route 66 Streetscape (Exhibit B), and College Street Route 66 Phase 2 (Exhibit C), each with a separate application; to accept those funds from MoDOT; entering into necessary agreements with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to utilize the federal funds; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $750,000.
35. Council Bill 2014-273. (Stephens)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the Salary Ordinance, relating to the salary rate and pay grade for one job title within the City of Springfield (City) for the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Department (911), as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) salary schedules, by reclassifying the job title of Telecommunications Supervisor (PAT 8), which will result in the addition of two new job titles, 911 Operations Manager (PAT 9) and 911 Training and Education Manager (PAT 9), and the deletion of one job title, Telecommunications Supervisor (PAT 8).
36. Council Bill 2014-274. (Seifried)
A general ordinance adopting and enacting Chapter 36 of the City Code, to be known as the Land Development Code; renumbering Chapter 36, Community Development, Articles I and II, to Chapter 40, Articles I and II; repealing certain ordinances; including a savings clause; and establishing an effective date.
37. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm the following appointments to the Building Trades Examination and Certification Board: Ron Bogart; Gary Bingaman; David Pitts; and Tim Farr with terms to expire December 1, 2017.
Confirm Michael Smith, who currently serves as a Plumbing and Gasfitting Representative on the Building Trades Examination and Certification Board, to a Plumbing Representative only.
38. END OF CONSENT AGENDAS.