Summary of Most Recent Meeting
There are a few items on Consent Agenda tonight that I would like to bring to your attention:
Surplus property sales:
Several bills on the consent agenda pertain to the sale of unused or surplus City property. The City continues to look for and evaluate any unused property to both lower our maintenance costs and provide revenue to the Police-Fire Pension Fund. The total net proceeds expected from the sales referenced in the consent agenda bills, are roughly $6,500. Directing the net proceeds from the sale of surplus properties is one of the promises made to voters in the lead up to the Police-Fire Pension Sales Tax renewal.
Tonight’s agenda also includes a resolution to initiate an amendment to the City’s land development code.
• At Councilmen Burlison and Fishel’s request, the City’s Building Development Services Department will bring forward a Resolution initiating a change. The amendment is regarding window fall protection. Approval of tonight’s resolution will NOT amend the code, but only begins the process of review and recommendation by staff.
Community Leadership Visit to Omaha:
• I had the opportunity to visit Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, this past Thursday and Friday with 61 other community leaders.
• Mayor Stephens and Councilwoman Jan Fisk also attended and may have things to add. The visit, coordinated by the Springfield-Area Chamber of Commerce gave us the opportunity to learn about some similar challenges and opportunities another city is facing.
• Among the many things discussed were the challenges of an unfunded pension and the estimated multi-million dollar mandates coming forth from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources to bring cities into compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.
• Hearing about their challenge to fund the their pension remind us again of how thankful we are that the citizens of Springfield understood the importance of the issue and for the support of the sales tax renewal. We strongly believe having a plan to fully fund our pension in the upcoming years will put our City on stronger financial ground and possibly give us a competitive advantage.
• We learned that Omaha officials think that impending federal and state environmental mandates to be the single most challenging issue facing their community.
• In Springfield, we think we are uniquely positioned to address our compliance through an integrated plan for the environment that is designed to consider all environmental mandates holistically. This goal of our integrated approach is to make improvements that are both affordable for Springfield citizens and yet still good for the environment.