Summary of Most Recent Meeting
July 25, 2016
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. July 11, 2016
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 MEETINGS.
Welcome new City Attorney Frank Romines
You may notice a new face here with me this evening. We would like to welcome Frank Romines, our City Attorney, here for his first City Council meeting. We are happy to have Frank on our team. He most recently served as a senior corporate counsel for Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
His community involvement includes serving as chairman of the City’s Land Clearance and Redevelopment Authority and has a reputation as a quick study and a hard worker, with a passion for public service. Please join me in welcoming, Frank Romines.
It’s another busy summer season for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and I would like to take a minute to point out some highlights.
The Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Team kicks off its 21st season in Springfield Sunday, July 31, at in Mediacom Tennis Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex. City and County employees and retirees, plus up to three friends, may attend opening night free.
This year’s roster features the return of John Isner, the No. 1 American male tennis player since 2012. Isner, 31, gained world fame at Wimbledon in 2010, after winning the longest match in tennis history: 11 hours and 5 minutes.
This year’s Lasers season includes six home matches and details about those matches are included in the update document you have at your place.
Blanche Jones Retires after 43 years at Dickerson Park Zoo
Longtime zoo employee Blanche Jones retired Friday, July 22, following a 43-year career at Dickerson Park Zoo. At her time of retirement, Jones, 88, was the longest-serving employee working at the zoo, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the City of Springfield. She held the same position, administrative assistant, throughout her zoo entire career, which began in 1972.
Sheila Maerz announces retirement
Another long-term City employee, Human Resources Director Sheila Maerz, announced her retirement, effective in October.
Sheila joined the City of Springfield as the Human Resources director in October 1998 and is responsible for employment, classification, salary administration, payroll, benefits administration, employee relations, training and development, labor relations, safety and workers compensation. Prior to 2013, the Human Resources department was also responsible for the City’s risk management program.
Sheila’s expertise has been vital to the growth and change within the City of Springfield. Her leadership in moving us toward becoming an employer of choice will leave a lasting legacy in our community as we continue to recruit the best and the brightest.
I want to personally thank her for her fine work negotiating the City’s first collective bargaining agreement with International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Springfield Police Officers’ Association/FOP (SPOA).
The environment in which HR has to navigate has changed completely over the past several years, both with the change to the collective bargaining arena and because of compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Sheila has done a great job leading us through those changes. We wish her the best and thank her for her service to the City.
Public Works continues work to improve traffic safety
Through the voter-approved 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, funding has been designated to make safety and capacity improvements to several Springfield intersections, with the goal of increasing right-turn lane safety.
Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design with a pilot study at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue beginning tomorrow, July 26.
Crash history shows that motorists traveling in the right turn lane are much more likely to be involved in a rear-end crash than when traveling in any other lane.
A new intersection design recommended by the Federal Highway Administration reflecting a tighter angle will be tested out at Battlefield and Campbell. Temporary rumble strips simulating a new curb line will be installed on the right-turn lane approaches on the northeast and southwest corners – turns with a traditionally high frequency of crashes.
We are fortunate to have an excellent team in our Public Works Department. They continue to provide our community with better, safer and faster routes through our city. You may recall that previous roadway improvements, such as the creation of the diverging diamond interchanges where warranted, have resulted in decreased numbers of crashes at those intersections.
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On
7. Council Bill 2016-163. (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance amending the operating budget in the General Fund for the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, by increasing revenue and expenses in the amount of $658,335.89.
8. Council Bill 2016-164. (Fulnecky) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance amending the operating budget for various Special Revenue Funds for the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, by increasing revenue and expenses in the amount of $801,278.79.
9. Council Bill 2016-165. (Fulnecky) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance amending the Park Board's Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Operating Budget by increasing revenue and expenses in the amount of $600,000; and allocating appropriations between the Parks 2001 and 2006 Sales Tax Funds, respectively.
10. Council Bill 2016-166. (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept an additional $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of providing supplemental funds for the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund and to enter into contracts to carry out the grant objectives; and amending the Department of Planning and Development budget for Fiscal Year 2017 in the amount of $500,000.
11. Council Bill 2016-167. (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 106 – Traffic and Vehicles, Article II – Administration and Enforcement, Division 2 – Violations and Procedure Upon Arrest, to add Section 106-102 – City Agency Towing Authority.
12. Council Bill 2016-168. (Fishel) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 106, Traffic and Vehicles, Article IV, In General Section 106-157, Flashing signals by adding a new subsection (3) pertaining to flashing yellow arrow signals.
13. Council Bill 2016-169. (Hosmer) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 106, Traffic and Vehicles, Article VI Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 3, Method of Parking, by amending Sections 106-295 and 106-298 to add language allowing reverse angle parking.
14. Council Bill 2016-170. (Burnett) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 120, Wastewater Regulations, Article VI, Wastewater Charges and Rates, Section 120-247, Extra charges, of the Springfield City Code, by repealing Section 120-247(6) to maintain the existing surcharge for biochemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids.
15. Council Bill 2016-171. (Fisk) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for Sanitary Sewers for District 38 of Section 1 - Aerial Sanitary Sewer Replacement, accepting the bid of Hamilton & Dad, Inc., for that project and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract for said improvement.
16. Council Bill 2016-172. (Hosmer) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A special ordinance authorizing the City of Springfield, Missouri, to enter into Schedule of Equipment No. 5, which will become a part of its existing Master Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement, the proceeds of which will be used to pay the costs of acquiring equipment for the Parks Department, to do all things necessary to carry out the lease-purchase transaction, including the execution of certain documents in connection therewith; and amending the budget of the Parks Department for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 in the amount of not to exceed $490,000.
17. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On
18. Council Bill 2016-184. (Fishel, Burnett, And Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 with Fishel absent)
A resolution appointing Mary Cullers to the Board of Equalization, to fill the remaining term of Bill Drummond, said term to expire on April 1, 2018. (Public Involvement Committee recommends approval.)
19. EMERGENCY BILLS.
20. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
22. AMENDED BILLS.
23. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
24. Council Bill 2016-177. (Burnett) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.41 acres of property, generally located at 2263 East Cherry Street, from R-MD, Medium density Multi-Family District, to HM, Heavy Manufacturing District with Conditional Overlay District No. 109; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: O'Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc.; 2263 East Cherry Street; Z-10-2016 Conditional Overlay District No. 109.)
25. Council Bill 2016-178. (Hosmer) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.62 acres of property, generally located at 2420 East Sunshine Street, from Planned Development 136, to GR, General Retail District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)(By: D.L. Rogers Corp; 2420 East Sunshine Street; Z-9-2016.)
26. Council Bill 2016-179. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending authorizing the issuance of a “Use Permit,” generally referenced as Use Permit No. 423, to allow an automobile service garage within the GR, General Retail District, generally located at 2420 East Sunshine Street. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) ( By: D.L. Rogers Corp; 2420 East Sunshine Street; Conditional Use Permit 423.)
27. Council Bill 2016-180. (McClure) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 10.8 acres of property, generally located at 4018 and 4022 South Lone Pine Avenue, from R-SF, Residential Single Family District, GR, General Retail District and GM, General Manufacturing District to Planned Development District No. 351; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Kaonashi LLC and Lone Projects, LLC; 4018 and 4022 South Lone Pine Avenue; Planned Development 351.)
28. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
29. Council Bill 2016-181. (Hosmer) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance approving the plans and bid specifications, and accepting the bid of Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. for the Biosolids Treatment Improvements Project (Plan No. 2016PW0027s) at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, in the amount of $32,389,415.00; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder; and approving a budget adjustment to amend the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget of the Environmental Services Department for the Clean Water Fund in the amount of 10 percent of the construction of this project ($3,200,000.00) to cover contingencies and construction management services for this project.
30. Council Bill 2016-182. (Hosmer, Fishel, Fisk) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
A special ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Administration, Article VI, Finances, Division 2, Purchasing, Section 2-401, known as the Purchasing Manual, by amending Subsection 13-3.104.1.(D) to clarify the local preference provision and by deleting Subsections 13-3.105.2 and 13-3.105.3 to remove a conflicting local preference provision. (Plans and Policies Committee recommends approval.)
31. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
Mr. Ken Duncan wishes to address City Council.
Mr. Sean Nowack wishes to address City Council.
32. NEW BUSINESS.
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.
33. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
35. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.
36. Council Bill 2016-183. (Fulnecky)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Board of Governors of Missouri State University for the purpose of continuing to provide enhanced law enforcement services within and around the Missouri State University campus.
37. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
38. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
39. Council Bill 2016-174. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Eighth Amendment to the 800 MHz Trunked Radio System Participation Agreement, Contract No. 2000-0182-07, to expand the license pool from 300 licenses to 600 licenses.
40. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.