Summary of Most Recent Meeting

Dec. 15, 2014

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. November 24, 2014.
Documents: 11-24-2014.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. Council Bill 2014-288. (Rushefsky)
A resolution recognizing Glenda Freise for thirty years of dedicated service as an employee of the City of Springfield.
Documents: 2014-288.PDF

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

• Questions from the Last Meeting:
Councilman Doug Burlison requested information on the effectiveness of police body cameras. I have sent that information.

Councilman Burlison also asked for an update on the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights’ felons report. That has also been sent.

Also per the Mayor’s request, we will plan to bring a report back to Council in six months on an concerns regarding the scrap metal ordinance.

• HUD Grant:
One of the agenda items tonight is a $26,000 grant that the Planning Department oversees pass-through funds to our local Continuum of Care. The Continuum is a group required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of overseeing funds provided to homeless service providers. In Springfield, the members of the Continuum of Care represent those main providers. This is a planning grant that we apply for. While this is the third planning grant we have received, it is not a given that we will continue to receive these funds.

• Joint City-County Planning Task Force Report
Last Tuesday, the Joint City-County Planning Task Force Report issued a report outlining the major challenges facing both the City of Springfield and Greene County in the near-term, mid-term and long-term. The group studied the issues for 18 months and has identified three categories of most concern: Law Enforcement & the Criminal Justice System; Unfunded state and federal mandates and City and County financial stability issues.

It was somewhat of a sobering report, where three key issues were identified that need immediate attention: jail capacity; the County’s financial situation and the lack of stormwater funding needed to address mandates.

Workgroups consisting of City and County staff will continue to meet to take a deeper dive into these categories and issues, with the goal of reporting again to City Council and the Greene County Commission in six months, per the Mayor’s request.

I encourage elected officials and citizens alike to take a look at the report, the topic summaries and the infographics created to help explain the challenges and opportunities. All of the information is posted online at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/jointcitycountytaskforce. You can also find it at http://www.greenecountymo.org.

• Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade
Thanks in large part to beautiful weather, the annual Springfield Downtown Christmas Parade saw record crowds (about 20,000).  Bands from all Springfield High Schools participated, as did the Mayor, (courtesy of Public Works) and a total of 72 entries. We hope that participation in downtown events continues to grow as we continue to try to engage more citizens in local activities.

• First Night
We hope you will all join us New Year’s Ave for the 25
th Anniversary of First Night. Festivities run from 6-10 p.m. with the signature fireworks at Jordan Valley Park at midnight.

• Monthly Crime Report
Police Chief Paul Williams provided the monthly crime report. You should have a copy of that at the dais. He points out that Uniform Crime Report (UCR) crime numbers continue to trend down, with significant decreases in all categories, except for one in Nov 2014 compared to Nov 2013. Unfortunately, the one category that increased is homicide- the most prominent and violent of crimes.

• Bomb Squad Response
Despite a flurry of media stories and a couple of high-profile threats over the past few weeks, the Springfield Bomb Squad call response numbers are actual down for 2014. Fire Marshall Phil Noah estimates as much as 25%. An average year, sees about 90 requests. We want to take a minute, however, to thank our highly-trained technical team covers calls for services for multiple counties around Southwest Missouri all the way to the Kansas line, Arkansas line. The next closest bomb squad is in Jefferson City. We thank them for their service. 

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

8. Council Bill 2014-280. (Rushefsky) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
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.)   
Documents: 2014-280.PDF

9. Council Bill 2014-281. (Stephens) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
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.
Documents: 2014-281.PDF

10. RESOLUTIONS. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. MAY BE VOTED ON. .

11. Council Bill 2014-289. (Seifried) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
A resolution accepting the Moon City Creative District Strategic Plan and initiating two rezoning applications for: (1) properties located generally along Chase Street and Washington Avenue and at the intersection of Lyon Avenue and Atlantic Street from a R-SF, Single-Family Residential District; LB, Limited Business, District; CS, Commercial Services District; LI, Light Industrial District; and HM, Heavy Manufacturing District to a PD, Planned Development District; and (2) properties zoned R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, generally located north of Chase Street, west of Washington Avenue, east of Broadway Avenue and South of Atlantic Street and including Reed Academy properties north of Atlantic to apply a LWO, Live/Work Overlay District. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)
Documents: 2014-289.PDF

12. Council Bill 2014-290. (Fisk) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
A resolution adopting a Complete Streets Policy for the City’s transportation infrastructure projects.
Documents: 2014-290.PDF

13. EMERGENCY BILLS.

14. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

15. GRANTS.

16. AMENDED BILLS.

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

18. Council Bill 2014-291. (Compton, Carroll, Fisk, Fishel) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Fee Schedule for certain municipal services as provided in the Springfield City Code by making such adjustments as provided in the attached Evaluation of Charges for Municipal Services, by adopting new fees for certain city services, in order to recover all or part of the cost thereof. (The Finance Committee recommends approval.)
Documents: 2014-291.PDF

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

20. Council Bill 2014-292. (Stephens) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finance, Division 4, Policemen’s and Firemen’s Pension Plan, Section 2-444(b), Board of Trustees established; membership; election of members to allow for a designee to be appointed by the Mayor as a liaison between the City Council and the Board.
Documents: 2014-292.PDF

21. Council Bill 2014-293. (Burlison, Fisk, Hosmer) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING. THREE SPEAKERS IN OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED CHARTER CHANGES)
A general ordinance submitting proposed amendments to Sections 14.1 and 14.3 of the Springfield City Charter to the qualified voters of the City at the Special Charter Election held by the City of Springfield on April 7, 2015, in order to update and amend the Initiative and Referendum process by creating a petitioner’s committee and establishing a time limit within which signatures can be gathered for initiative petitions, and declaring an emergency.
Documents: 2014-293.PDF

22. Council Bill 2014-294. (Burlison, Fisk, Hosmer) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance submitting proposed amendments to Sections 14.1, 14.6 and 14.9 of the Springfield City Charter to the qualified voters of the City at the Special Charter Election held by the City of Springfield on April 7, 2015, in order to update and amend the Initiative petition process by requiring the City Attorney and City Finance Director to issue an advisory legal opinion and fiscal impact statement to be attached to the petition, allowing City Council to remove facially illegal provisions and amending the number of votes required to amend or repeal a measure approved by Initiative, and declaring an emergency.
Documents: 2014-294.PDF

23. Council Bill 2014-295. (Fisk, Hosmer, Seifried) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance submitting proposed amendments to Section 14.2 of the Springfield City Charter to the qualified voters of the City at the Special Charter Election held by the City of Springfield on April 7, 2015, in order to update and amend the Referendum process by amending the number of signatures required to initiate a Referendum, and declaring an emergency.
Documents: 2014-295.PDF

24. Council Bill 2014-296. (Burlison, Fisk, Hosmer) (WILL VOTE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance submitting proposed amendments to Section 14.5 of the Springfield City Charter to the qualified voters of the City at the Special Charter Election held by the City of Springfield on April 7, 2015, in order to update and amend the Referendum process, and declaring an emergency.
Documents: 2014-296.PDF

25. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

26. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

27. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following appointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children:  Carole Bell with term to expire November 29, 2015; Hollie Elliott and Paul Satterwhite with terms to expire November 29, 2017.

The Mayor recommends the following reappointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children:  Dr. Jennifer Baker, Dr. Doug McNeal, Dr. Laurie Edmondson, and Mr. Mike Ussery with terms to expire November 29, 2017.  

The Committee of the Whole recommends the following appointments to the Board of Public Utilities:  Teresa Coyan with term to expire December 1, 2015; and Joseph Reynolds with term to expire December 1, 2017.

The Committee of the Whole recommends the following reappointments to the Board of Public Utilities:  Stephen Stewart, William Kirkman, and Carl R. (Skip) Jansen with terms to expire December 1, 2017. 

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development:  Randal Hanes with term to expire May 1, 2015.

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Landmarks Board:  Paden Chambers with term to expire November 1, 2017.  

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following reappointment to the Landmarks Board:  David Brown with term to expire November 1, 2017.

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission:  Dr. Andrew Cline and Randall Doennig with terms to expire January 1, 2018.

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Springfield/Greene County Environmental Advisory Board:  Dr. Janice Green with term to expire October 1, 2018.

28. MISCELLANEOUS.

29. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item # 3. (APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY)

30. Council Bill 2014-297. (Rushefsky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Program First Supplemental Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) and Greene County for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of the Chestnut Expressway Overpass Bridge Improvement, Project No. J8P2196; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, in the amount of $847,538, to appropriate additional Surface Transportation Program (STP) federal grant funds for this project.
Documents: 2014-297.PDF

31. Council Bill 2014-298. (Rushefsky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Apportionment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations along Business Route 65 (Chestnut Expressway) between Business Loop 44 (Glenstone Avenue) and Belcrest Avenue, designated as MHTC Project No. J8S3026.
Documents: 2014-298.PDF

32. Council Bill 2014-299. (Rushefsky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept the transfer of an emergency response trailer from the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District (LRFPD) to the City of Springfield Fire Department (SFD).
Documents: 2014-299.PDF

33. Council Bill 2014-300. (Rushefsky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into separate intergovernmental agreements with Greene County and Republic for use of BAIR Analytics Inc. software.
Documents: 2014-300.PDF

34. Council Bill 2014-301. (Compton)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Road Relinquishment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to accept a quit-claim deed for right-of-way on Route 66 (College Street) from Kansas Expressway to Grant Avenue.
Documents: 2014-301.PDF

35. Council Bill 2014-302. (Seifried)
A special ordinance the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Road Relinquishment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to accept a quit-claim deed for right-of-way on Route 88 (Commercial Street) from Kansas Expressway to Lyon Avenue.
Documents: 2014-302.PDF

36. Council Bill 2014-303. (Burlison)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 70, Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article V, Hotels, Motels and Tourist Courts, Section 70-263, Payment of tax; issuance of quarterly license, by eliminating the requirement for the Director of Finance to issue a monthly license, and amending Article II, Business and Occupational Licenses in General, Section 70-84, Schedule, by eliminating subsection (76) Hotels, and revising subsection (92) Motels and tourist courts, to include hotels.
Documents: 2014-303.PDF

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

38. Council Bill 2014-304. (Seifried)
A resolution declaring it necessary to construct sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 176 of Section No. 16 in the City, located in the general vicinity of Maple Street and Eldon Avenue; providing for payment therefore; and providing for publications and notices.
Documents: 2014-304.PDF

39. Council Bill 2014-305. (Compton)
A resolution declaring the intent of the City of Springfield to annex approximately 39 acres of private property and approximately 6 acres of Greene County and MODOT right-of-way adjacent to the existing city limits, which annexation has been petitioned by the property owners, generally located at 3705 West Sunshine Street and more fully described in this resolution, generally referenced as Annexation A-1-15, and initiating a rezoning request for said private property from Greene County R-1, Suburban Residence District, to a City HC, Highway Commercial District.
Documents: 2014-305.PDF

40. Council Bill 2014-306. (Rushefsky)
A special ordinance accepting the bid of Gillespie Excavating Company, L.L.C., in the amount of $33,048.65 for the construction of sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 237 of Section No. 6, located in the vicinity of National Avenue and Norton Road; 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: 2014-306.PDF

41. Council Bill 2014-307. (Seifried)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept state cost share grant funds in the amount of $15,000 from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to fund a portion of the materials for the rain gardens and bioswale that are part of the Government Plaza Parking Lot Reconstruction Project; to enter into an agreement with MDC for acceptance and use of those funds; and to exercise any and all powers to obtain such funding and carry out the identified activities; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 in the amount of $15,000 to appropriate the state cost share grant funds.
Documents: 2014-307.PDF

42. Council Bill 2014-308. (Fisk)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept additional grant funding from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), federally funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHS), to support activities of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) in Local Communities Program; and amending the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department (SGCHD) for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 in the amount of $53,546.78 to appropriate the grant funds.
Documents: 2014-308.PDF

43. Council Bill 2014-309. (Fishel)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept a grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Continuum of Care Planning Project in the amount of $26,000 to be sub-granted to the Springfield Continuum of Care, to execute sub-grant agreements, and to exercise any and all powers necessary to implement the grants, and amending the budget of the Department of Planning and Zoning for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 to appropriate the grant funds. (Staff recommends approval.)
Documents: 2014-309.PDF

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

45. 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. 
Documents: 2014-284.PDF

46. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm 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.  

Confirm 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.  

Confirm the following appointment to the Traffic Advisory Board:  Colleen Davis with term to expire April 1, 2017.

47. END OF CONSENT AGENDAS.

48. ADJOURN.