Summary of Most Recent Meeting
November 23, 2015
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. November 9, 2015 And November 17, 2015
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.
October crime report
You have received the October crime report produced by the Springfield Police Department. The report compares part 1 offenses that occurred in October 2015 with those that occurred in October 2014. Total crimes against property have decreased 3%, in part due to auto thefts being down. Total crimes against persons are up 7%.
Why is City Hall sporting a mustache?
You may have noticed this evening when you came into Historic City Hall that it is sporting some stylish facial hair. In an effort to promote Movember, a national effort to get men talking more about their own health, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Fire Department (whose administrative offices are located on the first floor) partnered with Public Works to install a 3-foot by 6-foot mustache on the face of Springfield’s most famous building.
City launches recruitment campaign on social media
Human Resources, Information Systems and the Department of Public Information recently began a jobs recruitment initiative on social media. An Open Jobs tab is now located on the City's Facebook page and HR is increasing job postings on Twitter and LinkedIn. We are encouraging employees to share/retweet these posts on their own social media pages.
Cooper Tennis Complex hosted the USTA Missouri District Championship over the weekend. The tournament brought 64 tennis players from across the state, ages 12-18, plus their coaches and parents, to Springfield Friday through Sunday. Another tennis tournament, the Mark Cooper Junior Open, is set for Dec. 18-20, bringing another 100-plus players to Springfield.
Major renovations at historic Timmons Temple began Oct. 30 with roof replacement by Dale’s Roofing, funded by Great Southern Bank. Work continues this week with excavation of a trench for water and sanitary sewer service. Fundraising efforts continue for the building’s infill. The Building and Construction Trade Council of Springfield and Vicinity and local contractors have pledged to donate labor and some materials. Timmons Temple served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years before it was sold and slated for demolition. Nonprofit community volunteer group Friends of Timmons Temple raised private donations to save the church and move it about 600 feet, into Silver Springs Park. When complete, it will serve as an event center.
• Fun activities for Thanksgiving Weekend & the Holidays
There is still time to register for the 21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, returning to downtown Springfield Thanksgiving morning, 8 a.m. Early Bird registration closed Friday afternoon, but on-site registration opens on Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center. You may also register the morning of the race 6:15-7:15 a.m.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights Kick Off
The annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will also take place Thanksgiving weekend - at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Jordan Valley Park. This year’s ceremony will feature a bigger-than-ever holiday light and music show and the red carpet arrivals of favorite children’s characters, including Santa Claus.
The Park Board’s holiday activities begin Thanksgiving weekend, but continue in December, including:
- Free Ice Skating at Mediacom Ice Park Thanksgiving Day and Saturday after the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. More free skating continues throughout the month of December.
- Candy Cane Lane, drive-through light display at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, open Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 4-19.
- Christmas at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, an old-fashioned celebration with carols and sweets, Sat., Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m.
- Breakfast with Santa and Friends, Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
• Hope Connection
Community Partnership of the Ozarks hosts Hope Connection, a one-day, one-stop service site for the Ozark’s homeless population to gain access to vital services each November. This year, they had record numbers in both attendance and volunteer support. Michelle Garand, Deputy Director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention at Community Partnership of the Ozarks, addressed City Council to share details.
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. Council Bill 2015-294. (Hosmer) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article II, Fire Prevention Code, Section 54-32, by amending Chapter 31 of the International Fire Code (IFC), to amend Section 3103.4 and to add Sections 3103.2.1, 3103.2.2, 3103.9, and 3103.13; including a savings clause and a severability clause; and establishing an effective date.
8. Council Bill 2015-295. (Ferguson) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with Black and Veatch Corporation, for professional engineering consulting services, for implementation of Stage 4 of the City’s Sanitary Sewer Long Term Overflow Control Program (OCP) and the completion of the Early Action Plan (EAP); and amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 for the Department of Environmental Services in the amount of $4,442,957 by appropriating reserves of the Clean Water Fund for certain sanitary sewer EAP and OCP capital improvement project expenditures.
9. Council Bill 2015-296. (Burnett) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Supplemental Agreement for Highway/Rail Crossing Improvements with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of the BNSF crossing project at Meteor Avenue north of Church Street, United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Crossing No. 664 198U, designated as MHTC Job No. RRP-000S(464).
10. Council Bill 2015-297. (Ferguson) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Supplemental Agreement for Highway/Rail Crossing Improvements with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of the BNSF crossing project at Junction Street (also known as West Wye) west of Farm Road 123, United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Crossing No. 929 153Y, designated as MHTC Job No. RRP-000S(466).
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 2015-304. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance vacating a portion of Prairie Lane, generally located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Prairie Lane and 1983 East Seminole Street, as described on Exhibit “B.” (Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval and staff recommends approval.)
18. Council Bill 2015-305. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS. ONE SPEAKER OPPOSED.)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 5 acres of property, generally located in the 6000 block of South Southwood Avenue from a Greene County R-1, Suburban Residence District to a City R-SF, Single Family Residential District. (By: City of Springfield for Mercy Hospital; 6000 Block of South Southwood Avenue; Z-29-2015.)
19. Council Bill 2015-306. (Ferguson) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.22 acres of property, generally located at 2340 North Fort Avenue, from an R-SF, Single Family Residential District to an HC, Highway Commercial District with Conditions. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Barrett Fisk Investments, LLC; 2340 N. Fort Avenue; Z-36-2015.)
20. Council Bill 2015-307. (Burnett) (COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO TABLE THE BILL)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 3.65 acres of property generally located at 1764 and 1770 South National Avenue and 1251, 1309, 1315 and 1319 East Sunshine Street from an R-SF, Single Family Residential District and GR, General Retail District with Conditional Overlay District No. 6 to a GR, General Retail District with Conditional Overlay District No. 99. (By: Sunshine and National Real Estate LLC; 1764 and 1770 South National Avenue and 1251, 1309, 1315 and 1319 East Sunshine Street; Z-33-2015 & Conditional Overlay District No. 99.)
21. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
22. Council Bill 2015-308. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance calling an election on April 5, 2016, in the City of Springfield, Missouri, to submit to the qualified voters a question as to whether or not to continue a one-eighth of one percent transportation sales tax on retail sales within the City of Springfield, Missouri, for high-priority transportation improvements; providing for a sunset on the tax at the end of four years; and declaring an emergency.
23. Council Bill 2015-309. (Fulnecky) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance calling an election on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the City of Springfield, Missouri, to submit to the qualified voters a question as to whether or not to continue the one-fourth of one percent Capital Improvements Sales Tax; providing for a sunset on the tax at the end of three years; and declaring an emergency.
24. Council Bill 2015-310. (Hosmer) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 18, Animals, Article I, In General, Section 18-1, Definitions, to add new definitions; and amending Chapter 18, Animals, Article II, Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets, by adding a new section 18-60 related to the limited tethering of dogs.
25. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
Mr. Brady Gorman wishes to address City Council.
Mr. Robert A. Mondy wishes to address City Council.
26. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following reappointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children: Gerry Lee; Dr. Elizabeth Andrews; Brigitte Marrs; and Linda RameyGriewe with terms to expire November 29, 2018.
The Mayor recommends the following reappointments to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.: Phillip Burgess; Brad Danzak; and John Acosta with terms to expire January 1, 2019.
27. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
29. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.
30. Council Bill 2015-311. (Fisk)
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 various job titles within the Park Ranger Division of the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department (Parks Department), as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) salary schedules, by adding one new job title, Park Ranger Shift Supervisor (PAT 8); and reclassifying the job title of Park Ranger Supervisor (PAT 8), which will result in the addition of one new job title, Park Ranger Administrator (PAT 10), and the deletion of one job title, Park Ranger Supervisor (PAT 8).
31. Council Bill 2015-312. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the School Sidewalk Project 15B, Plan No. 2015PW0028T; accepting the bid of Hunter Chase & Associates for that project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
32. Council Bill 2015-313. (Burnett)
A special ordinance authorizing the disposal of approximately 7.351 acres of land, located north of the 5400-5500 block of East Farm Road 112, to accommodate the development of a regional detention basin, and authorizing the Mayor to convey said property on behalf of the City of Springfield d/b/a the Board of Public Utilities. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.
33. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
34. Council Bill 2015-314. (Schilling)
A resolution declaring the intent of the City of Springfield to annex approximately 1.88 acres of private property and approximately 0.27 acres of Greene County right-of-way, which annexation has been petitioned by the property owners, generally located at 2716 and 2736 West Republic Street and 4229 South Scenic Avenue, and more fully described in this resolution, generally referenced as Annexation A-8-15.
35. Council Bill 2015-315. (McClure)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $50,000 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Transitional Activities funds for staff training, planning, and development of a regional plan from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 in the amount of $50,000 to appropriate the grant funds.
36. Council Bill 2015-316. (Schilling)
A resolution approving the appointment, by the Mayor of the City of Springfield, of Sarah Kerner and the reappointment of Martin Gugel and Robert Henley, to the Board of Directors of the Convention and Entertainment Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff recommends approval.)
37. Council Bill 2015-317. (Fishel)
A resolution approving the appointment by the Mayor of the City of Springfield, of Mary Collette, to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Street Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff recommends approval.)
38. Council Bill 2015-318. (Ferguson)
A resolution approving the appointment by the Mayor of the City of Springfield, of Sarah Kerner and the reappointments of Craig Wagoner, Martin Gugel and Scott Tillman, to the Board of Directors of the College Station Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff recommends approval.)
39. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS.
40. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.
Confirm the following appointment to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations: Dominiece Hoelyfield with term to expire October 1, 2018.
Confirm the following appointment to the Public Housing Authority: LaBetha McGinnis with term to expire April 11, 2017.
Confirm the following appointments to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee: Matthew Suarez with term to expire December 1, 2016, and Teri Leigh Baird with term to expire December 1, 2017.
Confirm the following reappointment to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee: Zach Miller with term to expire December 1, 2018.
41. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.