Summary of Most Recent Meeting


Feb. 23, 2015

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. February 9, 2015 And February 17, 2015

Documents: 02-09-2015.PDF02-17-2015SPECIAL.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.

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

History Museum permit update

Councilwoman Fisk requested information about a building permit needed for the History Museum. Director of Building Development Services Chris Straw provided a detailed response that outlined the process. Any project that deals with historical buildings on multiple lots and assembly-type uses can be a challenge to develop and still comply with the requirements of the building codes.

  • The first building permit was issued in 2012.  This permit was extended numerous times at the request of the owner. 
  • In April 2014, Director Straw met with the project architect and stressed the importance of obtaining an inspection, even if it the intent was to simply keep the permit active.  At this time he extended the permit and they requested a routine inspection.  This inspection failed and the permit has since expired.
  • Plans were submitted in June of 2014 for review.  The plan review could not be performed due to multiple properties under different ownership, common wall penetrations, which are not allowed by code, and other egress issues.  These issues were discussed with the architect and engineer.
  • The plans that are currently under review were received on November 20, 2014.
  • Due to the complex issues regarding this project, the Structural Engineer for Building Development Services assumed the role of plan reviewer.  Due to the number of issues discovered on the plans, the engineer suspended the review and met with the architect regarding these issues.
  • The review was completed on December 30, 2014. 
  • Revised plans were submitted for review Fe. 2, 2015.
  • This review was completed on Feb. 10, 2015.
  • The architect submitted additional comments on Feb. 10, 2015. These comments should answer the few remaining concerns to be resolved and the permits issued.  
  • The applicant was notified on Feb. 13 that the permits were ready to issue. 

Linwood Drive Potential Closure

Per your request, Director of Public Works Dan Smith provided a memo explaining the reason for staff’s support of closing Linwood Drive, from a point 180 feet west of Clay Avenue to Holland Avenue. You received that memo via email and have it available at your place this evening.

Aaron Pearson update

  • I would like to take a few minutes to thank the people in this room, and in the entire community, for their continued support of Aaron Pearson, his family and the Springfield Police Department. Just this past weekend, Mexican Villa hosted an all-day fundraiser that raised about $23,000. Thank you Phyllis Ferguson and the entire Mexican Villa, for your hospitality and generosity.
  • Thank you Mayor Stephens, for being a part of that event that featured public officials being auctioned off as dinner guests. Fire Chief David Hall, Police Chief Paul Williams, City Utilities General Manager Scott Miller and Greene County Major Kevin Spaulding also joined in the cause.
  • While Aaron’s medical expenses and salary are currently covered by the City’s worker’s compensation plan, funds generated by the many fundraisers will help he and his family with their long-term expenses.
  • Aaron has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta and according to his family, he is making great progress every day.
  • Finally, I would like to make a plug for one of the largest fundraisers, which will take place at 7 p.m., Friday night at the Gillioz Theatre. Several great local bands have come together to produce an amazing show, with ALL proceeds – including concessions – going to the family. We hope to sell out, so visit Gillioz.org to purchase tickets for $20. A candlelight rally at Park Central Square will take place immediately prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to bring a candle and join members of Aaron’s family and the Springfield Police Department. 

Applications for Zone 1 Council Seat

  • Citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply online at springfieldmo.gov or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville. Details about qualifications needed to apply are also online.
  • The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., March 27.
  • City Council will review applications and select finalists the week of April 13-17.
  • City Council will conduct in-person interviews with finalists and make selection, the week of April 20-24.  The person selected will be sworn in immediately.

Public Works

  • We would like to share special thanks to our team at Public Works for working very hard over the past few weeks to take care of our roadways during this most recent blast of winter.
  • Thank you Ron Bailey, Dan Jessen and the entire team for keeping the City operational in hazardous conditions.

Mike Fonner GIS award

  • At the 2015 Missouri Geographic Information Systems Conference, the Missouri GIS Advisory Council Chair presented the “Outstanding Contribution to GIS” award to Mike Fonner, GIS Manager.
  • Mike has been a champion and driving force for GIS for Southwest Missouri, and specifically the Springfield-Greene County area since the early 1990s.

Crime Report

  • Police Chief Paul Williams provided the monthly crime statistics for January. These are based on Uniform Crime Reporting as outlined by the FBI.
  • Those detailed charts are at your place.
  • Compared with January 2014, crimes against persons were up 2% and crimes against property were up 6%.

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

7. Council Bill 2015-028. (Stephens) (PASSED 7-1 WITH BURLISON OPPOSED)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 34, Civil Emergencies; Chapter 78, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions; and Chapter 106, Traffic and Vehicles, for the purpose of updating and clarifying the powers of the Mayor, the City Manager, and the Director of Emergency Management and the purpose of providing consistency between the National Incident Management System, the emergency operations procedures of the State of Missouri, Springfield-Greene County Emergency Operations Plan, and the City Code. (Staff recommends adoption.)

Documents: 2015-028.PDF

8. Council Bill 2015-029. (Fishel) (PASSED 6-2 WITH RUSHEFSKY AND HOSMER OPPOSED)

A special ordinance authorizing the City to close Linwood Drive, from a point 180 feet west of Clay Avenue to Holland Avenu

Documents: 2015-029.PDF

9. RESOLUTIONS.

10. EMERGENCY BILLS.

11. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

12. GRANTS.

13. AMENDED BILLS.

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

15. Council Bill 2015-034. (Compton) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code, Chapter 1, Section 1‑9, City Limits, by annexing approximately 39.13 acres of private property and 6.01 acres of MODOT and Greene County right-of-way into the City of Springfield, generally located at 3705 West Sunshine Street, more fully described in this ordinance, generally referenced as Annexation A-1-15; and amending 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 by the County Clerk.

Documents: 2015-034.PDF

16. Council Bill 2015-035. (Stephens) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Division IV, Subdivision 1, Residential Districts, Subsections 4-1002, 4-1102, 4-1202, 4-1302, 4-1402, and 4-1502; Subdivision 3, Commercial Districts, Subsections 4-3502 and 4-3503; Subdivision 4, Industrial Districts, Subsections 4-4002, 4-4102, 4-4202, and 4-4402, relating to churches and church accessory uses. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-035.PDF

17. Council Bill 2015-036. (Hosmer) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance adopting the Official Zoning Map as provided for in Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, in a digital format and providing for the approved archival form. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.

Documents: 2015-036.PDF

18. Council Bill 2015-037. (Rushefsky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A special ordinance approving the Termination of the Hickory Hills Marketplace Community Improvement District.

Documents: 2015-037.PDF

19. Council Bill 2015-038. (Compton) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A special ordinance relinquishing a stormwater easement and a sanitary sewer easement both located generally on Lot 1 of Pioneer School Addition, at 211 North Main Avenue, in Springfield, Missouri. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval

Documents: 2015-038.PDF

20. Council Bill 2015-039. (Rushefsky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 34.51 acres of property, generally located at 3429 East Chestnut Expressway, from a Planned Development District No. 336 to an HC, Highway Commercial District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 86 (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval).  (By:  The School District of Springfield R-12 and High Street Fundamentalist Baptist Church; 3429 East Chestnut Expressway; Z-05-2015 and Conditional Overlay District NO. 86.)

Documents: 2015-039.PDF

21. Council Bill 2015-040. (Stephens) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 1.38 acres of property, generally located at 610 North Jefferson Avenue, from an HM, Heavy Manufacturing District, to a CC, Center City District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 88. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)  (By:  Jordan Valley Community Health Clinic; 610 North Jefferson Avenue; Z-06-2015 and Conditional Overlay District NO. 88.)

Documents: 2015-040.PDF

22. Council Bill 2015-041. (Stephens) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 5.72 acres of property, generally located at 2927, 2930, and 2962 North Fort Street from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to a GI, Government and Institutional Use District. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)  (By:  Friends of the Zoo (FOZ); 2927, 2930, and 2962 North Fort Street; Z-07-2015.)

Documents: 2015-041.PDF

23. Council Bill 2015-042. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately two acres of property, generally located at 2704 South Campbell Avenue, from Planned Development 331 and LB, Limited Business District with Conditional Overlay District No. 26, to a GR, General Retail District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 87. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)  (By:  Empire Mortgage Co. Inc.; 2704 S. Campbell Ave.; Z-08-2015 and Conditional Overlay District NO. 87.)

Documents: 2015-042.PDF

24. Council Bill 2015-043. (Rushefsky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 37.38 acres of property, generally located at 3800 East Farm Road 132, from a Planned Development District No. 305 to an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, and a GR, General Retail District. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)  (By:  Hickory Land Co LLC; 3800 East Farm Road 132; Z-09-2015.)

Documents: 2015-043.PDF

25. Council Bill 2015-044. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 4.59 acres of property, generally located at 3850 South Campbell Avenue, from a Planned Development 339 to a GR, General Retail District. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)  (By:  C&M Realty, Inc.; 3850 S. Campbell Avenue; Z-10-2015.

Documents: 2015-044.PDF

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

27. Council Bill 2015-045. (Fisk)

Removed from the agenda by staff with Mayor approval.

28. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

29. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

30. NEW BUSINESS.

The Mayor recommends the following appointment to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee:  Kimberly Mooney with term to expire December 1, 2017.

The Mayor recommends the following reappointments to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee:  Jane Earnhart and Vivian Wasson with terms to expire December 1, 2017.  

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointments to the Landmarks Board:  Kent Brown and Justin Stanek with terms to expire November 1, 2017.

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission:  Cameron Rose with term to expire January 1, 2018.  

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Springfield-Greene County Environmental Advisory Board:  Deborah Good with term to expire October 1, 2015.

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following reappointments to the Board of Equalization:  Bill Drummond, Phyllis Netzer, and Isabelle Walker with terms to expire April 1, 2018. 

31. MISCELLANEOUS.

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

33. Council Bill 2015-046. (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 Hickory Hills Subdivision Phase II, generally located at 3800 East Farm Road 132, 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: 2015-046.PDF

34. Council Bill 2015-047. (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 Menards East, generally located at 3429 East Chestnut Expressway, 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: 2015-047.PDF

35. Council Bill 2015-048. (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 Sunset Plaza Phase II, generally located at 2704 South Campbell 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: 2015-048.PDF

36. Council Bill 2015-049. (Carroll)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into agreements with the Discovery Center of Springfield, Lake Country Soccer, and Springfield Art Museum to receive reallocated Hotel-Motel tax proceeds.

Documents: 2015-049.PDF

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

38. Council Bill 2015-050. (Compton)

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. 171 of Section No. 11 of the main sewers of the City, located in the general vicinity of Washita Street and Oxford Avenue; further provide that all labor shall be paid the prevailing wages; and direct the City Manager, or his designee, to advertise for bids for the construction of said sewers.

Documents: 2015-050.PDF

39. Council Bill 2015-051. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance accepting the bid of Reed’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., in the amount of $45,055.00 for the construction of sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 31 of Section No. 13, located in the vicinity of Thoman Street and Link Avenue; declaring the work to be necessary; stating the intention to pay for all or part of the improvements from the proceeds of bonds; specifying those costs and expenses to be assessed against the properties in the district and the method by which the costs will be apportioned; setting forth the manner of payment, the lien of the assessments, and the duration of the lien; setting forth the interest rate to be charged on the tax bills; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract and to approve the bond for said improvement; and authorizing progress payments to be made to the contractor.

Documents: 2015-051.PDF

40. Council Bill 2015-052. (Stephens)

A resolution approving the appointment of Dale Moore to serve on the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District Board of Directors. (Staff and the Downtown Community Improvement District Board of Directors recommend approval.)

Documents: 2015-052.PDF

41. Council Bill 2015-053. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the purpose of authorizing the transfer of radiation detection equipment to the Springfield Fire Department; and declaring an emergency.

Documents: 2015-053.PDF

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

43. Council Bill 2015-030. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Radio Frequency Sharing Agreement with the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety, for the purpose of authorizing emergency responder use of State licensed radio frequencies by the Springfield Fire Department.

Documents: 2015-030.PDF

44. Council Bill 2015-031. (Rushefsky)

A special ordinance approving the sale of real property at the northwest corner of South Holland Avenue and East Grand Street to Bryan Property I, LLC for $8,200; authorizing the issuance of a deed for same; and amending the budget of the City for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $8,200, to appropriate net proceeds to the Police and Fire Pension fund.

Documents: 2015-031.PDF

45. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

46. END OF CONSENT AGENDAS.

47. ADJOURN.