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CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will againdonate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.
Last year's donation netted nearly $1,200 for SPD's crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs, and SFD's fire education and prevention efforts.
Restaurant co-owner Kiki Hu says her husband Johnny Tang came up with the idea because hewanted to give back to the community.
"We are so blessed and he felt that since he came here 14 years ago, he had nothing. Now he hasa restaurant and a family," she explained. "It's now time to contribute back to society."
Tang also owns Max Orient in the Battlefield Mall Food Court.
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A proposal to enhance the city’s indecent exposure ordinance is scheduled for a first reading at the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24.
Councilman Justin Burnett asked the City’s law department to draft language similar to the ordinance in place in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Springfield’s current indecent exposure ordinance does not permit nudity and requires women to cover their nipples and areolas when in public. Burnett’s request for stricter language would require women to cover their breasts from the top of the areola down.
Burnett requested the changes after a protest rally in Park Central Square Friday, Aug. 7. Local media reported that about 60 participants legally gathered in the square without shirts on, covering their nipples and areolas with tape to “protest gender inequality.” The rally was a local version of a national movement called “Free the Nipple.”
“The essence of the complaints received by Council and City staff are that the opponents of our current ordinance were offended by the protesters appearing "semi-nude,” explains Dan Wichmer, City Attorney.
Wichmer emphasizes that even with an enhancement to the ordinance, however, it would not change the protesters' ability to gather and protest exactly as they did on Aug. 7.
“The act of appearing as the protesters did was ‘free speech,’ and it occurred in a traditional public forum as part of an organized demonstration/rally,” Wichmer explained. “While some citizens may think that the City has the ability to prohibit the way in which the protesters are attired for events such as this, the First Amendment would protect such activity in a traditional public forum.”
Chicago had an indecent exposure law identical Springfield’s proposed enhanced ordinance, and it was recently held unconstitutional as applied to the "Free the Nipple" rally there. The basis for the court's decision, Wichmer said, was that the City of Chicago could show no evidence of harm to the community that justified the upholding of application of its indecent exposure ordinance in that specific case.
There are hundreds of cases that define what types of conduct and expression are protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The cases all start by defining where the speech or expression takes place. If the location of the activity is a "traditional public forum,” then the government must have a "compelling governmental interest in regulating the speech, the regulation must be narrowly tailored to serve that purpose and the regulation must also leave open ample alternative opportunities to convey the message."
Traditional public forums are "places which by long tradition or by government order are devoted to assembly and debate.”
Springfield City Council in 2000 formally recognized that the Square has served as "the hub of civic activities and other events since the City was founded in the 1830's." Thus, by definition, the Square is our traditional public forum, Wichmer concluded.
For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement at 417-380-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Wichmer, City Attorney, at 417-864-1558 or email@example.comRead on...
The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to com...Read on...
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Route 66 Festival attendees are invited to come out to the corner of College Street and Broadway Avenue at 7 p.m. tonight to see what the new Route 66 streetscape will look like when it's built.
The City of Springfield's Public Works and Planning departments, along with neighborhood residents, are working together to create a physical mock-up of what the entire plaza might look like, including the clock tower.
Approximately 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR/CW and Aaron Sachs & Associates.
City of Springfield Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott said the parade brought in about 5000 spectators to watch roughly 425 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, floats and performing groups. Roughly 600 spectators watched from a City grandstand area at the Springfield Expo Center lot and thousands more lined Route 66 (St. Louis) from Glenstone to the Square.
“It was really rewarding to see all of those happy faces cheering on the folks in the parade, many of whom where from out of town, out of state, or even in a few instances, from out of the country,” Scott said.
An Australian tourism company, Travelling Made Easy, guides Route 66 tours each year. They specifically booked their trip down the historic highway into Springfield to coincide with the 2015 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.
“They were looking for a different angle and provide their Route 66 fans with something new and different to learn more about, and we were it,” Scott said.
An additional 15,000 people visited the festival Saturday and additional 3,000 came Sunday. The 6.6-mile run down 66 drew 180 participants.
Business owners, including hotels and retail outlets reported boosts, thanks to the festival. Businesses such as Steak and Shake, Hurts Donuts, St. Michael’s and Maria’s, saw people line out the doors for many hours during the festival.
Plans have already been announced for the 2016 Festival, which will take place Aug. 12-14. Promoters at the historic Gillioz Theatre announced next year’s concert acts for both Aug. 12 and 13 and provided special ticket offers to this year’s festival-goers. Officials there say they have already sold about 100 tickets to both concerts.
Festival partners also included the City of Springfield, West Central Neighborhood Alliance and the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Event assistance was also provided by Fisk Limousine, Inc., Great Southern.
Attention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...Read on...
A gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 will be at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16.
These folks will have displays with ...Read on...
The second week of August 2015 is already proving to be a banner week for the economic revitalization of downtown Springfield.
With the grand opening celebration for the Heer’s building, another grand opening celebration on Thursday for two more historic downtown buildings, a plaque dedication Friday at the Woodruff Building (now Sky Eleven) to commemorate Nov. 11, 1926 as the day Route 66 was “born” in Springfield and the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 14-16, downtown Springfield is buzzing with excitement and energy.
“This is an important chapter in downtown Springfield’s history,” says Downtown Springfield Association President Rusty Worley. “Springfield has really come together to try to make our downtown great again. Embracing our Route 66 history is an important part of spotlighting authentic places and experiences in Springfield.”
Worley referenced the City’s redevelopment plans for the 12 miles of Route 66 that run through Springfield; the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival now in its fifth year; and businesses with a Route 66 theme, like Mother Road Antiques and Uniques next to the Route 66 Roadside Park and a restaurant called Civil Kitchen and Tap Room opening in September in the former Trolley’s space.
“A lot of folks have worked tirelessly for years to get downtown to this point, and it’s something to celebrate,” Worley added.
Sitting right on Route 66, the crown jewel of Park Central Square, the Heer’s Department Store building, officially reopened as Heer’s Luxury Living with a ribbon-cutting celebration on Tuesday.After sitting vacant for nearly 20 years and changing hands several times, Dalmark Development Group LLC, took ownership of the building in 2013 and announced plans for 80 units of luxury rental housing and 18,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. The apartments range from 620 square feet to 1,605 square feet, with leases starting at $690 per month.
A clubhouse located off the fourth floor, which flows on to the third-floor deck, includes a lounge and rooftop entertainment area.
The ribbon-cutting celebration included comments from numerous local and state officials on the importance of downtown revitalization and an additional announcement of a ground floor tenant: IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions.
IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions, part of AmerisourceBergen – ranked No. 16 on the Fortune 500 list – will be the first commercial tenant of the newly reopened Heer’s. IntrinsiQ will occupy the commercial space on the first floor of the building, expanding its local footprint by investing in new space and creating new jobs. With wages above county average, these high-tech jobs are the newest addition to a growing IT sector in the downtown area.
“Today, we celebrate what many thought was impossible - the rehabilitation and rebirth of the iconic Heer's building,” explained Mary Lilly Smith, City of Springfield director of Planning & Development. “Heer’s is an iconic building for Springfield, and it’s certainly a milestone to have the building restored to its former glory.”
The total development costs for the project was approximately $15.8 million. The financing for the building’s rehabilitation was achieved with private equity, a small-business development loan from the City of Springfield and construction loans. The project also qualified for state and federal historic preservation tax incentives, as Heer’s was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
The Vecino Group, owner of four historic downtown properties, will host a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration for Sky Eleven (formerly the Woodruff Building) and The Sterling 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13 at Sky Eleven’s location at 331 Park Central East.
Sky Eleven is a 90-unit, 153-bed premium student housing and urban living high-rise, which students rent by the bed. The facility offers a heated pool and cabana area, a game room and more.
The Sterling, a $3 million project for The Vecino Group, offers 30 micro-unit apartments with a “less is more” mantra aimed at young professionals and retirees. The Sterling offers designated areas on each floor for community-shared items, such as appliances and tools, books and periodicals. And the sharing doesn’t end with small items – there are community bikes and a community SmartCar.
The Vecino Group is also the developer of The U@Springfield (formerly the McDaniel Building) and The Frisco (formerly the Landmark Building). Both properties opened in 2014. Together, The U, Sky Eleven and The Sterling buildings are called Park East, the downtown community in which residents of any of the three buildings can share the amenities of the others.
In addition to the Heer’s and The Vecino Group’s projects, Springfield natives John and Billy McQueary last month reopened the 108-year-old former Vandivort Center at 305 E. Walnut in July as Hotel Vandivort, a 50-unit upscale boutique hotel. The hotel includes The Order, a 70-seat restaurant featuring local suppliers.
Over the last year, downtown Springfield saw more private commercial and multi-family residential activity than any other section of the city, according to Planning & Development Director Mary Lilly Smith.
“What this shows is a healthy reinvestment in the urban core of Springfield,” Smith said. “Every healthy community has a healthy downtown.”
The day after the grand opening for Sky Eleven and The Sterling, the City of Springfield will host a plaque dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 at Sky Eleven to commemorate Nov. 11, 1926 as the day that “66” was confirmed as the name for the new Chicago to Los Angeles highway via telegram to John T. Woodruff’s office in what was then the Woodruff Building.
History Museum on the Square’s John Sellars and Route 66 Association of Missouri President Tommy Pike will be on-hand to speak about the historical significance of the building. Springfield history buff Kenny Knauer will attend the dedication in the likeness of John T. Woodruff.
The ribbon cuttings and plaque dedication for these three properties along Springfield’s stretch of Route 66 will kick off the three-day Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, now in its fifth year. Visit route66festivalsgf.com for a full lineup of the festival’s events.
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Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC (138 Park Central Square announced its grand opening of 80 units of luxury rental housing and 18,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Springfield.
After sitting vacant for nearly 20 years and changing hands several times, Dalmark Development Group, LLC took ownership of the former Heer’s Department Store building in April 2013. Dalmark Development Group, LLC then announced their plans to convert the southwest Missouri landmark into luxury rental housing and commercial space.
The financing for the building’s rehabilitation was achieved with private equity, a small business development loan from the City of Springfield, and construction loans. The project also qualified for state and federal historic preservation tax incentives, as Heer’s was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC provides one and two-bedroom apartment units ranging from 620 square feet to 1,605 square feet, with leases starting at $690 per month. Residents will enjoy an onsite fitness center, theater entertainment room, clubhouse lounge with rooftop deck, and the convenience of downtown Springfield dining and entertainment.
“Today, we celebrate what many thought was impossible - the rehabilitation and rebirth of the iconic Heer's building,” explained Mary Lilly Smith, City of Springfield Director of Planning & Development. “Heer’s is an iconic building for Springfield, and it’s certainly a milestone to have the building restored to its former glory.”
For more information regarding Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC, please contact Dalmark Development Group’s Zachary Nichols at (816) 285-4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read on...
The City of Springfield's August 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in July from transactions made primarily in June.
The sales tax check was $2,513,058, compared to the budgeted amount of $2,274,134.
When comparing to the same month last year, August receipts were up $112,353, or 5% over August of last year. On a year-to-date basis, revenues are up 9% over budget, or $603,000.
The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax.
For more information, please call Mary Mannix Decker, Finance Director, at 417-864-1339 or Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352Read on...
Ever since the first police departments in the U.S. were formed in the mid-19th century, policing has been viewed by most as a traditionally male career path.
In 1970, only about 2 percent of all police officers in the United States were women, as compared to 13-14 percent today.
In 1974, 27-year-old Sandy Goss, along with two other female recruits, graduated from the Springfield Police Department’s police academy. Before 1974, women were not accepted into SPD's academy.
“I spent two years trying to get into the academy … finally, the city manager at the time told the police department that they had to accept women,” Goss said.
Upon graduation from the academy, Goss worked for the Springfield-Branson National Airport as an airport police officer for 16 years.
While serving at the airport, Goss, at the time a single mother of two, began to feel drawn to working to put those who victimize children behind bars.
“I felt that investigating child abuse cases was where I could be most useful in law enforcement,” Goss said. “I knew that it would be involve going back to school and a lot of training to learn interviewing and interrogation techniques, but I had to do it.”
While continuing to work full time, she took night classes at Drury University to pursue a criminal justice degree.
Goss joined SPD in 1991, after graduating from the police academy – again – at the age of 44, which was required because she hadn’t worked as a street officer.
“The physical agility requirements were definitely more intense in 1991 than they were in 1974, but I was able to make it through and graduate,” Goss said.
Goss served in SPD’s patrol division and was specially assigned to SPD’s mounted patrol in 1992 and 1993.
In 1995, she achieved the rank of corporal and became a detective, investigating special victims cases (cases involving child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse) for nearly 12 years.
“Oh yes, it wore on me,” she said, about the job. “As a bailiff now at Municipal Court, I sometimes come across victims from my years investigating and see how the abuse still affects their lives as adults. But there are times when I run into a victim or a relative of a victim who tells me they’re doing well, and that’s very rewarding,” she said.
“I describe the years I spent as an investigator as heartbreaking, but rewarding,” Goss added. “Heartbreaking, because of what those kids went through, but rewarding, because even when we were not able to put an abuser behind bars, we were often able to get the child out of the home they were being abused in.”
In 1997, Goss became president of the Missouri Police Juvenile Officers Association, for which she continues to serve as a board member.
Goss retired from SPD in 2006 and joined the Municipal Court as a bailiff, where she has continued to serve and protect.
“Sandy actually told my mother one day that she would take a bullet for me,” said Judge Becky Borthwick. “Although this has been a ‘retirement’ job for her, she takes it very seriously and is very competent. She has had to defuse many situations in the courtroom in her time as a bailiff,” Borthwick said.
After 41 years serving the City of Springfield, Goss will retire on Friday and plans to spend time on her farm near Mount Vernon tending to her horses and playing with her three grandchildren.
She will be available for interviews at Municipal Court after 12:30 p.m. Friday.
For more information, please contact Court Administrator Deanna Farley at 417-864-1360.
Cutline: Goss, pictured front right on the paint horse, served in SPD’s patrol division and was specially assigned to SPD’s mounted patrol in 1992 and 1993.
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Please note that the City Council lunch meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. today at the Transportation Management Center, 1107 W. Chestnut Expressway.
City Council at its Monday night meeting will hear a second reading and vote on a bill that City staff think is the next step in addressing chronic nuisance properties in Springfield.
At a series of nine listening meetings in ...Read on...
Beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, July 21) the City of Springfield with will begin a transition to a new phone system. The move is expected to be completed by 9 a.m. During this time, there may be some brief phone outages whe...Read on...
The City of Springfield confirms filing a petition today in Greene County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment on Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott’s contractual requirement to accept municipal prisoners. Other counts inclu...Read on...
According to Missouri Supreme Court Justice Patricia Breckenridge, Springfield Municipal Court Judge Becky Borthwick was appointed on July 8 to the 13-member Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Judge Education Committee for a term ...Read on...
Another look at the justice system is on tap tomorrow, noon, as members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The study session will take place at noon, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor conference room. The Task Force met 27 times over a year-and-a-half time period before issuing a report last December. The report indicated three areas of urgent concern: unfunded storm water mandates; law enforcement and the justice system and the County's budget stability. Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter and City Manager Greg Burris will update the elected officials on current status of these issues.
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Members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force will present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14) in the Busch Municipal Building fourth-floor conference room. The Task Force met 27 times over a year-and-a-half time period before issuing a report last December.
The report indicated three areas of urgent concern: unfunded storm water mandates; law enforcement and the justice system and the County's budget stability. Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter and City Manager Greg Burris will update the elected officials on current status of these issues.
Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 14-16 at the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. This year's festival promises to be the best yet!
Events will include a Route 66 parade, a two-day car and motorcycle show, a motorcycle poker run, two nights of concerts at the Gillioz Theatre, a drive-in movie, a vendor village, a 6.6 mile run and a confab of Route 66 authors, artists, collectors and associations at The Old Glass Place (501 E. St. Louis St.) where Route 66 aficionados from all over the country will have displays and products for sale.
Susan Croce Kelly, a participant in the confab, is the author of "Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery" and "Route 66: The Highway and Its People." Catch Susan 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Library Station for "The Road That Runs Through Everyone's Life: An Evening with Route 66 Author Susan Croce Kelly."
Vehicles participating in the car and motorcycle show are $20 if pre-registered by Aug. 1, and $30 anytime thereafter. Cars, trucks and motorcycles must be ready for judging by 11 a.m. Aug. 15. The first 300 participants will receive a T-shirt and dash plaques. Vendors, food and live music will be available on and around Park Central Square Aug. 15-16. Vendors interested in participating in the festival are asked to contact Tom Mast at KY3 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re excited about adding another full day of festivities to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” says Cora Scott, director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield. “With the variety of activities and events, there will be something for everyone.”
Tickets for the Friday, Aug. 14 concert featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Pure Prairie League have sold out, but the City of Springfield plans a special surprise at Park Central Square.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Gillioz will offer a second musical event featuring Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu. The evening will mark the release of Cindy and Mark’s debut CD, “Wolf Hunter.” The $20-$25 tickets will go on sale Friday, July 17 at gillioz.org.
“After the Friday night concert featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Pure Prairie League sold out so quickly, we realized that the appetite for live entertainment indicated that we needed to grow,” said Geoff Steele, executive director of the Gillioz. “It became clear to us very quickly that we should celebrate the regional musical offerings for this second night of Route 66. Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu are Ozark treasures, and the historic Gillioz Theatre is proud to debut their new project on this festive occasion.”
The festival’s 2015 presenting sponsors are KY3 and Aaron Sachs & Associates. Various groups have partnered with the City of Springfield to make this festival possible, including Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, West Central Neighborhood Association and Downtown Springfield Association. Some proceeds of the festival’s various activities will benefit the City of Springfield’s Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park Fund.
For more information about the 2015 festival and to register for the car and motorcycle show, the 6.6 mile run, please visit the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site or contact Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352 or email@example.com. If you are a band leader and are interested in participating in the first-ever Birthplace of Route 66 Parade, please contact Cora as soon as possible.Read on...
The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event noon-4 p.m. tomorrow at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Forty-five employers are currently committed ...Read on...
Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens, along with other Greene County municipal officials, will hold a news conference at Friday, July 10, 2015, in the Busch Municipal Building lobby to discuss the situation with the City-County consolid...Read on...
Mayor Bob Stephens will share his views about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center (e-Plex) tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Those who can't be there in person can view the live-streamed version at new.livestream.com/SGFCityView/stateofthecity.
The City of Springfield's July 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 9% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in June from transactions made primarily in May.
The sales tax check was $4,482,829, compared to the budgeted amount of $4,118,659.
When comparing to the same month last year, July receipts were down $28,803, or 1% under July 2014.
City staff are recommending to the Planning & Zoning Commission to table the group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at Thursday’s meeting. If the commission grants the request, the amendments will be tabled to an unspecified date.
According to Principal Planner Bob Hosmer, staff plan to bring forward a more comprehensive package that also outlines implementation plans.
City Council at its July 13 meeting will consider a resolution to extend the administrative delay regarding the group home ordinance an additional 180 days.
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More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds an...Read on...
The path out of homelessness is a complicated one, often met with many obstacles.
A program created by Springfield Municipal Court, the Springfield Police Department, the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Services of Southwest Missouri and community homeless services agencies such as Burrell Behavioral Health, The Kitchen Inc., and Clarity Recovery, aims to remove one such obstacle on the path out of homelessness: unresolved legal issues.
Modeled after the first homeless court program in the nation, created in San Diego in 1989, Springfield’s Homeless Court convenes at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in a conference room at The Kitchen, 1630 N. Jefferson. The court's first success stories will "graduate" from the program tomorrow evening.
“Homeless Court is a special court session for homeless defendants to resolve outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor offenses, fines and warrants within the City of Springfield’s Municipal Court,” says Annie Busch, former co-chair of Springfield’s Homeless Task Force.
Busch and others on the task force began planning a court to serve Springfield’s homeless population in 2010.
Busch says the mission of Homeless Court is to establish a system of justice that facilitates understanding and remediation of the underlying causes of homelessness.
“The court strives to help the homeless it serves to gain improved understanding of and then better address the many legal, social, behavioral and medical barriers known to impede progress out of homelessness and prevent homeless persons from reaching their full potential. The overarching goal is to help each person served become a contributing member of the Springfield/Greene County community,” she added.
The Kitchen is a good venue for the court, according to Springfield Municipal Court Judge Becky Borthwick, who serves as Homeless Court’s chief judge.
“Homeless Court is a treatment court, so it resembles a counseling session more than a court session. The courthouse atmosphere can be a barrier to some defendants, so having our sessions away from the courthouse can improve participation,” she says.
Referrals to Homeless Court originate from Municipal Court judges, probation officers, prosecuting attorneys, police officers and homeless service agencies.
“Defendants accepted into the Homeless Court program work with a treatment team comprised of the judge, city prosecutor, probation officers, Legal Services attorneys, several service agencies and community members who are volunteering their time to help. The team works together to assist the participants in securing housing, obtaining benefits and finding employment,” Judge Borthwick says. “I am amazed at the number of people who are willing to volunteer their time to make this work. We wanted to create a program where the city would not incur any additional cost,” she added.
The team provides transportation, hygiene supplies, bus passes and other necessities to defendants, even if they are not selected for the program.
Representatives from The Kitchen and Burrell attend each session and are an integral part of the court, she added.
“A Burrell worker took one defendant to voluntary detox after the February session, though he was not accepted into the program,” Judge Borthwick says. “We help as many people who come to us as we can.”
The court operates similarly to a drug court or mental health court, but in Homeless Court, defendants have the chance to work off their fines with accomplishments such as maintaining housing, obtaining life-skills training, attending chemical dependency or AA/NA meetings, attending computer and literacy classes, training or searching for employment, and/or obtaining medical care and/or mental health treatment.
“The defendants waive a lot of their privacy rights when they agree to be part of this program. We are checking on them to make sure they are going to their doctor’s appointments, taking their medication, going to their meetings and staying in compliance with the program,” Judge Borthwick says. “If we can help one or two people, that is one or two we have kept out of the Greene County Jail and off the street,” she added.
In addition to Burrell and The Kitchen, representatives from the Missouri Career Center are also on-site at each court session to assist defendants with reemployment.
“The Career Center has several programs to help defendants reenter the workforce,” Judge Borthwick says.
During its first two sessions in January and February, the court accepted five defendants into the program and anticipates accepting three more. As the defendants progress through the program, additional defendants will be accepted, Judge Borthwick says.
For more information, please call Judge Becky Borthwick at 417-864-1890 or Annie Busch at 417-425-8137Read on...
American Airlines begins new, non-stop service between Springfield and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport beginning Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale July 5.
This new service gives the Springfield airport 11 non-stop destinations...Read on...
The Missouri Career Center and Workforce Development division welcomes several new employees, along with other staff changes this week.
The Career Center's Business Services division welcomes Dennis Wiggins as the new business services team lead. Dennis is a strong addition to the team and will be building external regional partnerships and community advocacy.
Administration welcomes Susan J. Smith as the new executive secretary to the Workforce Investment Board, and Megan Short as the Career Center's new communications coordinator.
Susan’s experience with non-profit organizations along with experience working with boards will benefit her as well as the organization in her new position. Megan brings marketing and communication experience to lead the Career Center's communication and outreach efforts.
Accounting Supervisor Sally Payne has been promoted to assistant director of Workforce Development.
The skills team at the Missouri Career Center welcomes Isaac Weber as a senior case manager. Isaac was previously with the Missouri Work Assistance program.
For more information, please contact Communications Coordinator Megan Short at 417-887-4343Read on...
The first day of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race along historic Route 66 will kick off in Kirkwood tomorrow and will wind up in Springfield Saturday afternoon. The Great Race will feature more than 100 classic cars competing on their way...Read on...
Ten local citizens were honored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and City of Springfield as the Volunteers of the Year at the annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon today at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center.
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The City of Springfield and Council of Churches of the Ozarks will host the annual Gift of Time Awards luncheon noon-1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ramada Inn Oasis Convention Center, 2456 N. Glenstone.
The Gift of Time Awards has the distinction of being the original volunteer recognition event in the Ozarks. It began in 1991, and has recognized hundreds of volunteers since its inception.
All Gift of Time nominees will be recognized for their volunteer efforts at the luncheon. Ten nominees have been selected by the judges to be given the title "Volunteer of the Year." One lucky honoree will be selected to receive a $500 award for the charity of their choice.
Award recipients will have their portrait displayed on the Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Wall of Fame in the Busch Municipal Building throughout the coming year. Bradshaw, the Wall of Fame's namesake, was an active volunteer in the Ozarks for many years and helped to create the Gift of Time program.
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Downtown Springfield is the place to be on Saturday, June 20, with a wide variety of community events for all ages.
Greater Ozarks Pridefest• Walk: 11 a.m.-noon, Boonville Avenue from Chestnut Expressway to the Square).•...Read on...
A previous version of this release included information about touring a Habitat for Humanity home in Legacy Pines. While Habitat for Humanity will still be part of this event, the tour of the home has been canceled.
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Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze is an avid runner and fitness aficionado. But running with an Olympic torch through eight of the United States next week will be a first for her.
Schwartze is one of seven active or retired law enforcement officers chosen to escort the “Flame of Hope” for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America’s central White Route.
"It is humbling to have been chosen for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to escort the Flame of Hope for our athletes,” Schwartze says. "I'm excited to meet many people along the way that will be running and biking with me to show their support for Special Olympics worldwide. I run to honor our Special Olympics athletes.”
Schwartze will join the route in St. Louis on June 10 and escort the torch through eight states to Boulder, Colorado, where she will hand off the torch to another law enforcement officer for its last leg to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in L.A. The torch will stop in Springfield overnight June 18.
Several teams, including Schwartze’s co-workers at the City of Springfield and Springfield Police Department, have signed up to run with the torch as it makes its way into Springfield.
Schwartze encourages citizens to come out and watch the Flame of Hope come into Springfield, join the tailgate party scheduled for 5-7 p.m.June 18 at Jordan Valley Park, and watch the flame continue southbound toward Arkansas on June 19.
The Unified Relay Across America is a nationwide event, sponsored by Bank of America, promoting the 2015 Special Olympics World Games that take place in Los Angeles in July. More than 20,000 runners, walkers and cyclists are expected to take part in three simultaneous routes touching all 50 states over 46 days. There will be nightly torch arrival ceremonies as well as Unified Sports and concerts along the route through Missouri June 9-12 and 17-19.
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The City of Springfield's June 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 3% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in May from transactions made primarily in April.
The sales tax check was $4,080,429 compared to the budgeted amount of $3,965,760.
On a year-to-date basis, sales tax revenue is $42,494,343. This is 5%, or $2,012,253 above the budgeted amount of $40,482,090.
When comparing to the same month last year, June receipts were up $643,623, or 19% over June 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the sales tax revenue is 8%, or $3,241,657 more than last year.The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax
If Dad is a car buff, he can catch a glimpse of some amazing autos as the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, makes its first overnight pit stop in Springfield, the Birthplace of Route 66, on June 20.
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The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, June 9 at the Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.
Thirty-six employers, including Loren ...Read on...
Everyone should have an opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but most Americans, especially those living outside of the Washington, D.C., area may never get the opportunity.
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City staff are recommending that the Planning & Zoning Commission table group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at tonight's meeting. If the Commission decides to table, it will likely be brought back July 9. According to Planning & Development Director Mary Lilly Smith, staff plan to bring forward a more comprehensive package forward that also outlines implementation plans.
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The International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognized City Clerk Emeritus Brenda Cirtin with its Honorary Membership award on May 18 at its annual conference in Hartford, Connecticut.
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The Supreme Court of Missouri May 14 announced the formation of the Supreme Court Municipal Division Work Group, which it has charged with reviewing all matters relevant to practice in the municipal divisions throughout the state,...Read on...
City Council will have a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the Fire Department 1st floor conference room in Historic City Hall. The meeting is open to the public, however, this meeting is not a public hearing.
Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to ...Read on...
The City of Springfield’s Building Development Services department has prepared a series of proposed amendments to the building codes that were adopted by the City in 2012. The draft language of these proposed changes can be found...Read on...
Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Midtown, Grant Beach and Heart of the Westside neighborhoods this week. Results from the six previous meetings are available at springfieldmo.gov/communitylisten.
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Acting City Clerk Anita Cotter has been appointed by Springfield City Council as the new City Clerk. She has served as Assistant City Clerk since 1996 and replaces Brenda Cirtin, who transitioned to City Clerk Emeritus in March. C...Read on...
The McDaniel Street road closure between Patton Avenue and Campbell Avenue will continue until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14. It is closed for the repair of a utility cut. Also, Campbell Ave at McDaniel St will be reduced to one lane d...Read on...
The City of Springfield has launched its first mobile app, GoSpringfieldMO. The app is available for free download via iTunes (for Apple devices) and the Google Play store (for Android devices) by searching “GoSpringfieldMO.”
City Council began budget discussions Tuesday at a lunch workshop facilitated by Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker. The workshop follows City Manager Greg Burris submitting the fiscal year 2016 City of Springfield Budget to City Council Tuesday, April 28. Council must approve a final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1 each year.
By City Charter, the City Manager is required to submit a balanced budget to City Council by May 1 each year. The budget is prepared with extensive input from city staff. A series of budget workshops allow City Council time to discuss and consider the budget in detail and put forth any suggested changes. The workshops will take place at noon on Tuesdays, May 5, 12 and 19 in the Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Conference Room.
The budget is a plan – a financial proposal that annually directs the provision of public services and facilities. Once finalized and adopted, this plan represents the City Manager's and City Council's commitment to provide for the most important citizen needs within the boundaries of available revenue (funds).
The money collected by the city from taxes, grants, fees, and many other sources to pay for this plan is called revenue. The money spent on salaries, materials, and equipment to provide these planned services and facilities is called appropriations (planned expenditures). By city law, revenues and expenditures must be equal in the Annual Budget. This is what is meant by a balanced budget.
Burris said that the highlights of the 2016 budget include addressing public safety; preparing for anticipated costs for environmental compliance and employee pay.
Public SafetyFunding for public safety continues to be a high priority. Including wage increases, 54% of all new revenue in the FY 16 budget is proposed to be appropriated to public safety departments.
The FY 16 budget also includes funds to purchase police vehicles and a required grant match to fully fund an additional 10 new police officer positions, initially covered by a Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grant. These 10 officers will start their police academy training this summer and complete field training in the last quarter of the upcoming fiscal year. We will need to continue to absorb one-third of this cost over each of the next two fiscal years as the three-year grant expires. The FY 2016 budget also proposes funding for two additional police service representatives (PSRs) to support these 10 new officers.
Environmental ComplianceThe long-term Overflow Control Plan submitted to regulatory authorities will require significant investment in the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure over the coming years. Eleven new positions in the Clean Water Services division of the City’s Environmental Services Department are funded in the proposed FY 2016 budget, as recommended in the Council-approved Early Action Plan – all required to meet unfunded environmental mandates.
The FY 16 budget also includes funding for needs anticipated to maintain compliance with the existing stormwater permit. The new stormwater permit could have additional requirements that are not funded in the FY 16 budget. Due to the sunset of the Parks/Stormwater Sales Tax, there is no ongoing funding source for these anticipated additional stormwater requirements.
Employee Compensation“Competitive pay continues to be an issue that challenges us as we recruit for specific positions,” Burris said. Responding to Council’s request to develop a plan to address this, Burris outlined plans for limiting the number of new positions added, in favor of increasing the competitiveness of pay for current employees. The FY 2016 budget has very few new positions in the general fund.
The City recently signed three-year collective bargaining agreements with the Internal Association of Fire Fighters Local 152 (IAFF) and the Springfield Police Officers Association (SPOA) containing the equivalent of a 3.5% wage package each year.
Burris proposes that City employees not represented by a bargaining unit also receive the equivalent of a 3.5% wage increase (including merit steps and an across-the-board component).
In addition to this wage increase, the proposed budget includes funds set aside to address several positions in the City that are paid significantly below market. Burris says there are positions in the City that are paid 20% or more below market, which “causes us difficulty in recruiting for these positions. This impacts our ability to provide quality services for our community.”
For more information, please contact City Manager Greg Burris at 417-864-1006 or Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker at 417-864-1399.
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The City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development is committed to providing career counseling, training options, job search assistance and employment opportunities to the more than 200 Mammoth, Inc. employees as they p...Read on...
Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Tom Watkins, West Central and Woodland Heights neighborhoods this week.
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The City of Springfield's May 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to what was budgeted, however, receipts are still strong on a year-to-date basis, according to City Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker. The check reflects sales processed by the state in April from transactions made primarily in March.
The sales tax check was $2,601,272 compared to the budgeted amount of $2,702,854.
On a year-to-date basis, sales tax revenue is $38,413,914. This is 5%, or $1,897,584 above the budgeted amount of $36,516,330.
When comparing to the same month last year, May receipts were down $878,023, or 25% lower than May 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the sales tax revenue is 7%, or $2,598,034higher, than last year.
The jail capacity issue at the consolidated county-municipal justice center has now reached a critical point for the City of Springfield, according to City officials. Sheriff Jim Arnott announced he would stop accepting municipal ...Read on...
Staff at the City of Springfield's Department of Workforce Development are available to help the more than 200 employees affected by the impending closure of the Mammoth manufacturing plant at 3300 E. Pythian.
The City's Department of Workforce Development offers a variety of services for dislocated workers through the Missouri Career Center – a one-stop shop for job hunters and employers looking for workers.
“A significant difference between Mammoth’s and previous plant closures in our area, is that the job market is better right now,” Rojas said. “Employers have already begun to contact us. They have jobs to fill, which is very promising. We will be hosting hiring events in the future, and employers will be invited to participate.”
In the event of a company closure, the department, through the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region, offers a variety of rapid response services.
Types of services include re-training, assistance with filing for unemployment benefits and workshops to assist with money management due to job loss, job preparation, resume development, counseling and online application assistance.
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Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc. and Ozarks Technical Community College at 3 p.m. Friday, May 8 for a two-part dedication and ribbon cutting for the The Link crossings at Sunset Street (which includes the ...Read on...
The City of Springfield plans to issue approximately $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements, which have been rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investor’s Service. Moody’s also affirmed the Aa1rating on the City’s outstanding general obligation debt. The rating reflects the solid financial position of the City.
“We anticipate the city’s financial operations and reserve position will remain stable in the near-term given continued improvement in financial metrics including liquidity and General Fund balance,” Moody’s said in a news release issued about the bonds.
The bond proceeds will be used to complete sewer improvement projects outlined in both the Early Action Plan and the Overflow Control Plan, the latest of which was approved by City Council in December 2014.
The bond sale will finance an expansion of the anaerobic digester at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant to replace aging equipment and accommodate community growth, as well as rehabilitation of approximately 100,000 linear feet of clay pipe to reduce excessive inflow and infiltration within selected sub-basins.
The bonds will be repaid with sewer revenues. The bonds are expected to be offered to the public the week of May 11. The City is offering local individual investors who are interested in purchasing these bonds priority access. An order period will be established on the day of the sale specifically for retail investors. Interested persons may contact their broker or the local office of Oppenheimer at 417-886-8005.
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Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in the region’s first-ever 24-hour online giving day during the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Give Ozarks event May 5.
The City of Springfield, with its Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park along College Street, is one of the agencies participating in Give Ozarks.
About the Roadside Park ProjectSpringfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of what became known as the iconic "Mother Road." It was on April 30, 1926 at Park Central Square where officials first proposed U.S. 66 as the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.
Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield. The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.
Plans for the park include incorporating memories of local Route 66 landmarks, sculptures, a filling station replica, a motor court sign replica and a history plaza. The first phase of the park includes the replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign; park driveway and parallel parking; and landscaping and sidewalk improvements along College Street.
The estimated cost for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park is about $1 million. While the City will provide funding to implement certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.
"We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.
About Give OzarksThe Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.
These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 5 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.
Nonprofits also will be eligible for $92,950 in prize money raised from generous sponsors; prizes are based on both their success raising funds and also the number of supporters who make online donations on May 5. Through a competitive application process, 24 nonprofits were selected to receive matching grants from the CFO for up to $5,000 each to raise money for endowment funds that help build long-term financial stability. Collectively, nonprofits will be eligible for about $220,000 in these bonus funds and non-cash prizes.
The CFO will host a free, community event from 4-7 p.m., May 5, at Jordan Valley Park. Kids’ activities, Cinco de Mayo dances, food and other entertainment will take place as nonprofit agencies share their projects and goals for Give Ozarks. The Springfield Cardinals, a Give Ozarks sponsor, will give away Cardinals/Give Ozarks T-shirts to the first 3,500 fans attending the 6:30 p.m. game that evening against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 5, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
“Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”
May 5 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country, including the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for their local nonprofits, encourage new donors and raise awareness of philanthropy in general. Online giving days, a growing movement in the field of philanthropy, have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations over the past six years. The Give Ozarks site was created by Mostly Serious, a Springfield-based web development firm.
Along with the CFO and BKD Wealth Advisors, the platinum sponsors include The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney along with a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors detailed at giveozarks.org. Media partners include KY3, 105.9 KGBX, the News-Leader, and Ozarks Public Broadcasting.
The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation, founded in 1973, which includes 46 affiliate foundations and nearly 600 nonprofit partners and schools.
For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or email@example.com. For more information about the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.orgRead on...
Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting tonight at 6 p.m. at Bissett Elementary School, 3014 W. Calhoun. Food and childcare will be provided for those who wish to attend.
About 1,000 participants are expected for the Missouri State University ROTC third annual Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge 12K beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 3 in downtown Springfield.
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Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting Monday.
“We have studied multi-year trends in our community, and in your neighborhood, and while there have been tremendou...Read on...
The City of Springfield and partners Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Drury Enactus, The Kitchen Inc., Burrell Behavioral Health, I Pour Life, Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation wil...Read on...
Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormw...Read on...
The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee, a committee appointed by City Council to manage the grant award process for the returned tax proceeds from Wonders of Wildlife (WOW), will host a mandatory question and answer session at...Read on...
Phyllis Ferguson was selected as the new Zone 1 Councilperson at a special Council meeting April 21. Phyllis is chief operating officer and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. and has previously worked for Mercy and He...Read on...
City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building.
The interview schedule is:
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A certified accounting firm selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, has completed its first audit: a look at the City’s purchasing card (P-card) program.
RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Business Consultants, was selected last fall to perform 3-4 departmental and other process-related audits this fiscal year. Members of the firm identified risks based on input from management and the Finance and Administration committee.
Auditors reviewed the purchasing card program and associated internal controls, identifying and evaluating existing P-card policies and practices and examined transaction between Jan. 1, 2013 and Oct. 17, 2014.
“During the course of this review, we did not note any fraudulent activity. However, as stated in the cover letter at the beginning of this report, tests completed did not include a detailed audit of transactions that would be required to discover all fraud, defalcations and other irregularities,” auditors wrote in an executive summary.
They noted a series of best practices already in place and made observations and recommendations on how to improve processes.
Recommendations broadly characterized included:
• Establishing approval limits or approval hierarchy based on the dollar value of the P-card charges.• Developing a formal process by which to notify the P-card administrator upon termination of an employee.• Additional training for P-card expense approvers
City management issued responses detailing that recommended process improvements will be in place by June 30, 2015.
In addition, auditors recommended a series of suggested process improvement opportunities, based on best practices, including:
• Requiring P-card expenses and supporting documentation to be submitted, approved and retained electronically and eliminating the manual approval process for some departments. The City will continue to explore this option, however, there are many issues to resolve before moving to a full electronic process. The current manual process, while cumbersome, does provide a secondary review of the approver’s authorization.
• Require periodic refresher training for cardholders and P-card transaction approvers. The City does require cardholders to take refresher training for purchasing violations and/or concerns.
Rubin-Brown will continue to complete a series of internal audits, based on a three-year plan submitted to the Finance & Administration Committee. Those audits include:
• Cash Collections and Application• System Access Review• Payroll• Cash Disbursements
As has been done in this case and in the past, audit results will be announced publicly, with reports posted on springfieldmo.gov.
Previously, the City employed a full-time internal auditor. Rubin-Brown is being paid for with the funds saved by not refilling the full-time position.
“Internal audits provide important information to the City’s leadership team, as well as accountability to the taxpayers,” said Jerry Compton, Chair of the City Council Finance & Administration Committee.
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The 2015 Springfield City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at noon, April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building.
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April 12-18 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 911 dispatchers.
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City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter updated City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting today at the Public Saf...Read on...
City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter will update City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting Tuesday, April 14 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott. The update follows a sobering Dec. 9, 2014 meeting, where the two leaders walked the elected officials through a Joint City-County Planning Task Force Report that detailed challenges facing both governmental entities.
The report grouped issues into the following “big three” categories: law enforcement and the criminal justice system; unfunded state and federal mandates, and the City and County’s financial stability. Three “urgent issues” emerged from those categories that members suggest need immediate attention.
Those include: insufficient jail space and criminal justice capacity; lack of stormwater funding for mandated programs and improvements (which was discussed in February) and the County’s unsustainable financial situation. The County's unsustainable financial situation will be discussed in an upcoming meeting.
A special reception honoring the service of five outgoing City Council members will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 (today) in the Busch Municipal Building. The public is invited to attend.
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Please join the City of Springfield 4:30-6:15 p.m., Monday April 13 in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for a reception honoring the public service of City Council members Doug Burlison, Mike Carroll, Jerry Compton, Cindy...Read on...
The Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region will host an informal networking event for college students to meet with local employers 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.
The Missouri State University Office of Multicultural Programs, with support from the City of Springfield, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region invite college students to attend this very special event to facilitate networking among key employers and Springfield's diverse emerging workforce. Participating employers this year include Bass Pro Shops, T-Mobile, JMARK and John Deere Reman, among others.
"This event and others like it are important as we strive to be inclusive of the individual talents and skill sets of our population and to embrace the cultures, talents and skills sets of our emerging workforce," says Mary Ann Rojas, City of Springfield Workforce Development/Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region director.
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The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th and final tree-pla...Read on...
The City of Springfield's April 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transactions made primarily in January and February.
The sales tax check was $3,371,183, compared to the budgeted amount of $3,622,374.
On a year-to-date basis, sales tax revenue is $35,812,643. This is 6%, or $1,999,167 above the budgeted amount of $33,813,476.
When comparing to the same month last year, April receipts were up $442,499, or 15% higher than April 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the sales tax revenue is 11%, or $3,476,057 higher, than last year.
The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax
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The zoning case and 39-acre preliminary plat for a Menards home improvement store at the corner of Zimmer Avenue and West Sunshine Street will come before the Planning & Zoning Commission at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9 in Council Chambers at Historic City Hall.
The proposed store is one of two that the retailer wants to build in Springfield. The other is planned for the northeast corner of Chestnut Expressway at U.S. 65. Menards’ representatives say the project will bring 200 new jobs and $30 million in sales during its first year of operation.
At is March 9 meeting, City Council approved annexing 39 acres of private property and six acres of Missouri Department of Transportation and Greene County right-of-way located where the company would like to build at 3705 W. Sunshine into the city of Springfield. The store would be located across from the 96-acre Springfield Plaza development at West Bypass and West Sunshine Street and northwest of a Walmart.
Staff recommends approval of the rezoning request as it is in compliance with the growth management and land use component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan identifies this as an appropriate area for medium-intensity retail, office or housing uses. This area is also within the potential Activity Center of West Bypass and Sunshine Street as described in the plan. The requested HC (Highway Commercial) zoning is consistent with the recommendation.
City staff compiled an in-depth report that included an analysis of the development’s traffic and stormwater impact.
Traffic studiesA traffic study was required for this property as part of the rezoning request. The traffic study considered the area in which development-generated traffic is found to have a significant impact on the surrounding street network.
Existing traffic counts were performed by the developer to create a baseline for the area. These counts were reviewed and approved by Public Works staff after comparison with the City’s most recent traffic count data for the same roadways.
Future trips generated by the site were estimated using Trip Generation manuals published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The additional trips generated by the development were distributed on the street network using industry standard practices. The trip distribution used in the traffic study was independently confirmed by Public Works staff. New trips generated by this property at the full development proposed were distributed as follows:
• 30% to and from the west on Sunshine Street• 55% to and from the east on Sunshine Street• 3% to and from Farm Road 148• 2% to and from Farm Road 129• 10% to and from the commercial development to the south of Sunshine Street.
The traffic study showed the need for improvements at the intersection of Sunshine Street and Farm Road 129/Zimmer Avenue, the extension of McCurry Street north of Sunshine Street, and additional turn lanes at the intersection of Farm Road 148 and Farm Road 129 created by the relocation of Farm Road 148.
Per the City's request, Menards has agreed to build a new road on the proposed west side site. The new road will re-route Farm Road 148 to Farm Road 129. There are also plans to widen Farm Road 129 and install turn lanes where it intersects with Sunshine.
“The additional traffic north of this development on Farm Road 129 is not expected to be significant and will not result in a decreased level of service for the roadway,” said Martin Gugel, Assistant Director of Public Works and traffic engineer. “Therefore, Public Works staff believes that with these improvements, the roadway system will continue to operate at an acceptable level, similar to the level experienced on the street network today.”
Stormwater studiesCity regulations require stormwater runoff from the site be discharged into a public right-of-way, certified waterway or drainage easement at a rate not exceeding the pre-development peak rate.
Runoff drains from the Menards site at two locations. About half the site drains to the west, through an existing mobile home park and about half from the northeast corner of the site to right-of-way for Greene County Farm Road 129 /Zimmer Avenue.
“Existing development will make it very difficult to obtain a drainage easement through the mobile home park to the west. Menards thus proposed to direct all the runoff from the site to drain from the northeast corner into the right-of-way of Farm Road 129,” explained stormwater engineer Todd Wagner.
According to Wagner, existing ditches along Farm Road 129 are not adequate to convey this amount of runoff; therefore, the developer is required to provide downstream drainage improvements north of the site.
A drainage easement must be obtained by Menards from the adjoining property to the north to construct these improvements. The exact location of the improvements and easement is not yet known and is being negotiated between Menards and the property owner. Regardless of the exact location, the improvements will extend to an existing drainage easement in Stonehinge subdivision to the north.
Final design and approval by the City will depend on the outcome of these discussions. These issues must be resolved prior to issuance of any development permits.
Community input processA neighborhood meeting to discuss the rezoning with Menards was held Dec. 1, 2014. Approximately 24 people attended.
“The neighborhood meeting is the first step in the process for adjacent property owners to see what is being proposed,” says Principal City Planner Bob Hosmer.
Anyone wishing to speak at the April 9 meeting should fill out a speaker’s card and submit it to City staff at the meeting.
For more information, please contact Cora Scott, City of Springfield director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Gillioz Theatre and Dwight Glenn Productions are proud to present the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guests Pure Prairie League on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Gillioz Theatre.
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Alternative Opportunities, Inc. and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region are proud to introduce the Missouri Summer Jobs Program, an initiative providing Missouri’s youth with opportunities to gain valuable work experience to prepare for tomorrow’s careers.
Utilizing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funds in the amount of $465,000, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development has partnered with the Missouri Department of Social Services' Family Support Division to implement a summer employment program for low-income youth.
Youth participants will be provided information on a variety of career pathways and will receive job coaching from Alternative Opportunities staff regarding career goals, career readiness, soft skills, and life skills.
Once equipped with the tools necessary for success, staff will connect youth participants with local businesses and industries related to their individual needs and career interest.
Youth participants must be between the ages of 16 and 24, must meet income guidelines in order to participate, and will work up to 240 total hours in the program at a pay rate of $8 per hour. Enrollment is now open for participants and worksite placements are scheduled to begin on May 1. The program will continue through October.
Businesses who participate in the program can connect with qualified candidates that have completed workforce development skills training for no cost and no workers’ compensation responsibilities. The Missouri Summer Jobs Program is currently creating partnerships with area employers.
Potential employers or participants interested in the Missouri Summer Jobs Program may reach out to Kris Hollenbeck with Alternative Opportunities, Inc. at the Missouri Career Center at 417-887-4343 or email@example.com.
Alternative Opportunities, Inc. has several locations throughout the state that help connect job seekers and employers to create life changing opportunities for individuals with disabilities, youth transitioning from school to work, and adults looking to change careers. Alternative Opportunities, Inc. currently provides services to low-income youth in the Ozarks through its office at the Missouri Career Center, in conjunction with the Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development.
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City of Springfield and Greene County staff will discuss Sheriff Jim Arnott's recent decision to stop taking prisoners booked on municipal-only charges, at tomorrow's regularly scheduled City-County Staff Meeting. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 7 in the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor conference room, 840 N. Boonville.
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Cowden Elementary fifth-grader Marion Deweerd will be honored with a tree-dedication ceremony for her city-wide and state of Missouri award-winning Arbor Day poster at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Cowden Elementary School, 2927 S. Kimbroug...Read on...
Martin Gugel, P.E., has been selected as the new Public Works Assistant Director, effective April 5. He replaces Jonathan Gano, who moved to Des Moines last year.
Gugel will oversee traffic, transportation management, internal ...Read on...
Springfield City Council voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, Marc...Read on...
Springfield City Council will vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, March 31, 2015 at ...Read on...
Five citizens have applied for the Zone 1 City Council position vacated by Jeff Seifried earlier this year. The deadline to apply was March 27.City Council will review applications the week of April 13 and select finalists to do...Read on...
Representatives from a 31-member citizen task force will present the group’s findings to City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon, Tuesday, March 31 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street.
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The City of Springfield is one step away from arriving at a mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22, after a meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015.
What: Media Tour of Heer’s Luxury Living
When: 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 (please arrive 20 minutes prior to sign a liability waiver)
Where: 138 Park Central Square West
For more information, contact Zachary Nichols at the Dalmark Developme...Read on...
Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.
If we can’t see the Tumbler’s shadow after its spring rotation next week, does that mean we won’t have six more weeks of winter?
Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey isn’t sure, but he encourages interested citizens to come dow...Read on...
Studies have shown that 911 telecommunicators have one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. From long hours and increasing call volumes to fielding calls from distraught citizens, most agree that while the job is rewarding, it c...Read on...
Springfield-based Convoy of Hope delivered much-needed water this morning to a mobile home park in northeast Springfield where more than 30 families have been without access to running water since Monday.
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At the request of Councilman Craig Fishel, Mayor Robert Stephens has agreed to postpone the first reading of Council Bill No. 2015-056. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Doug Burlison, would repeal the ordinance outlining regulati...Read on...
Commercial and residential building inspections will not be available from the City’s Building Development Services Friday, March 27 because the department’s inspectors will be participating in training led by the Missouri State E...Read on...
Springfield Public Works road crews are at work Wednesday night clearing a light dusting of snow from area roadways. Main arterial routes are currently slick, with center turn lanes and intersection turn lanes covered.
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The zoning case and preliminary plat for the Menards West project (3705 W. Sunshine Street) will be tabled at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Thursday, March 5. The applicant has requested the tabling. The public hearing is rescheduled for April 9. It is anticipated to come before City Council for public hearing April 27.
Due to inclement weather, the Landmarks Board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall is canceled. All agenda items will be forwarded to the next meeting in two weeks on Wednesday, March 18.
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Becky Baltz, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) southwest district engineer, will speak to Springfield City Council at noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville.
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Please join the City of Springfield for a rally in support of Officer Aaron Pearson at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square.
The event will include a welcome by Mayor Bob Stephens; prayer and short service by Wesley United Methodist Church's Pastor Scott Bailey-Kirk; song by contemporary Christian band Kutless; and a few words from Officer Pearson's father-in-law Tom Dempsey.
The rally is the kick-off event to the Playin' and Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert at the Gillioz Theatre Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at $20 apiece. All proceeds will go to the Pearsons. Call 417-863-9491 or visit the Gillioz's Web site at the link below to buy tickets.
Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat recently vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonvi...Read on...
The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Busch Municipal Building has been cancelled.
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City Council adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the deadlines for steps to refill the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried. Seifried resigned to accept a job in Branson.
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The City of Springfield's February one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5.7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in November and December.
The sales tax check was $2,904,303, compared to the budget amount of $3,071,692.
On a year-to-date basis, sales tax revenue is $28,114,772. This is 5.8%, or $1,533,701 above budget.
When comparing to the same month last year, February 2015 receipts were $168,313, or 5.48% lower than February 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the sales tax revenue is 9.05%, or $2,333,389 higher than last year.
The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax.
For more information, please contact Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker at 417-864-1625.Read on...
The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) will host a "reverse vendor fair" and two workshops in conjunction with its annual state conference Thursday, May 14 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.
Vendors will have the opportunity to meet with City of Springfield Division of Purchases, Greene County, City Utilities of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, MoDOT, Missouri Department of Corrections and other state, county and municipal agencies.
“We are calling this a 'reverse vendor fair' because this time, it’s the public agencies that will have display booths, allowing vendors to introduce themselves and their products or services,” says City of Springfield Buyer and Surplus Coordinator Kara Daniel. “This is a great opportunity for vendors throughout the state to have access to multiple public entities in one location.”
The following agencies have signed up to be at the fair:
Daniel said MAPP hopes 50 to 100 agencies will have a presence at the fair.
Registration is $110 per vendor and $25 for each additional attendee until March 20 and includes a boxed lunch and two vendor workshops: “Selling to Government,” presented by Allen Waldo with Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and “How to Become M/WBE Certified,” by Celeste Metcalf of the Missouri Office of Equal Opportunity.
After March 20, rates are $125 per vendor and $30 for each additional attendee.
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Mayor Pro Tem and Zone 1 Councilman Jeff Seifried resigned during Monday night’s City Council meeting, citing a job opportunity outside of Springfield. He praised his fellow colleagues of City Council, City staff, including City C...Read on...
The Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region will host five hiring events over the next week and a half at its location at 2900 E. Sunshine.
Join us in downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. This year's festival promises to be the best yet with an expanded two-day car show and new events such as a parade, a motorcycle show and a cruise-in party. The concert at the Gillioz Theatre, drive-in movie, vendor village and 6.6k run will also return this year.
“We’re excited about adding another full day of festivities to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” says Cora Scott, director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield. “With the variety of activities and events, there will be something for everyone.”
The festival’s 2015 presenting sponsors are KY3 and Aaron Sachs & Associates. Various groups have partnered with the City of Springfield to make this festival possible, including Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, West Central Neighborhood Association and Urban Districts Alliance. Some proceeds of the festival’s various activities will benefit the City of Springfield’s Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park Fund.
For more information about the 2015 festival and to register for the car and motorcycle show or the 6.6k run, please visit the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site at the link below.
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In accordance with ADA guidelines, if you need special accommodations when attending any City meeting, please notify the City Clerk’s Office at 864-1443 at least three days prior to the scheduled meeting.
Calendar information is supplied by the City Clerk's Office and reflects meeting notices which were received by the Clerk's Office at the time the calendar was prepared.
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Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 27 Prayin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert at the Gillioz Theatre to benefit Officer Aaron Pearson and his family with their long-term expenses. Officer Pearson was shot in the line of duty Jan. 27. While his medical expenses and salary are currently covered by the City’s worker’s compensation plan, Officer Pearson suffered career-ending injuries and has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. and the lineup includes Dallas Jones and Molly Healey; Steve Smith and the Sneakers; and The Hurricanes, featuring Jody Bilyeu, Barak Hill, Brandon Moore and Dallas Jones.
John Dillon, Steve Cash and other members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils will be sitting in for a few songs throughout the evening to show their support for the Pearson family.
All seats are reserved at $20 each. Visit the Gillioz Theatre at the link below to purchase tickets online, or call 417-863-9491. All profits from this event will benefit Officer Pearson and his family.
Many fundraisers for Officer Pearson are in the works; please visit prayersforpearsoncom for a complete list.
For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352.
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City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The update follows a sober...Read on...
In 2014, the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications department averaged more than 20,500 9-1-1 calls per month with nearly 80% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze.
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In light of the news regarding the shooting of a Springfield police officer, the news conference scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Gillioz Theatre will be postponed. We regret any inconvenience and will send out a new date once it is e...Read on...
WHO: The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partnersWHAT: Announcement of the featured attractions of the 2015 festival.WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9.WHERE: Historic Gillioz Theatre.WHY: The annual Birthplace of ...Read on...
Nearly 300 local workforce professionals attended the first MOmentum 2015: State of the Workforce Luncheon, hosted Jan. 22 by the local Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region. In addition to discuss...Read on...
WHO: The local Workforce Investment Board and Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region.WHAT: MOmentum 2015 State of the Workforce Luncheon.WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22.WHERE: White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine.WHY: Join top Ozarks employers, including a panel of area industry and education executives, to discuss the findings of the first State of the Workforce Survey. An executive summary of the survey's findings will be released immediately following the event.
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Filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday for those interested in running for a City Council seat or for Springfield mayor.
Five of nine council seats are on the ballot. The following seats are up for election:
Brett A. Foster, P.E., will join the City of Springfield Jan. 26 as principal engineer for construction inspection. Foster’s responsibilities will include working with consultants, property owners, developers and contractors to provide plan review and construction inspection.
This position also serves as the City’s construction contract administrator for projects funded through public work and environmental services.
Foster currently serves as a resident engineer resident engineer for MoDOT's Southwest District, where his is responsible for $20 million to $50 million annually of construction contracts, including major highway expansions, interchange construction, bridge construction and pavement maintenance and overlays.
Projects that Foster worked on at MoDOT include the 2014 Route 13/82 Osceola interchange project, the 2011 Route 65 Benton County expansion project, the 2010-11 Lake Taneycomo Bridge rehab and roundabout, and the 2007-08 James River Freeway and Republic Road cost share project.
Before serving as a resident engineer in MoDOT's Southwest District, Foster served a senior construction inspector for MoDOT's Springfield District.
Foster has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he graduated magna a cum laude in 2001. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.
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The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions.
Current openings include:
The City has more than 25 standing boards and commissions, and a many partnerships providing hundreds of opportunities for citizens to get involved in the community. Requirements for the City’s standing boards and commissions vary. Please visit springfieldmo.gov/boards to learn more, or to apply online. Packets are also available in the City Clerk’s office, located on the 4th floor of the Busch Municipal Building.
View brochure about volunteering for City boards and commissions.
Springfield Public Works is updating the content of the Design Standards, General Conditions and Technical Specifications and Standard Drawing Details for Public Improvements documents, and asks consultants, contractors and other...Read on...
Springfield City Clerk Brenda Cirtin formally announces she will retire in August 2015. She and City Council have agreed upon a transition plan that includes appointing current assistant city clerk Anita Cotter as acting City Cler...Read on...
The Dec. 30 City Council Lunch has been cancelled. The next Council Lunch is scheduled for noon, Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor conference room.
The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit today from the City’s independent auditing firm, BKD.
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Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded Friday evening to a downed small aircraft in northeast Springfield. The aircraft was found in a vacant lot, between two houses, on the south side of Pythian.
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A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County staff worked for the past 18 months to identify challenges facing both governmental entities and reported them to City Council and the Greene County Commission, Dec....Read on...
Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried will present a key to the city at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Park Central Square, to a Springfieldian who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to spread good will in the community.
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Councilman Doug Burlison will host an informal Q&A session for those interested in running for City Council 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Midtown Branch Library’s upstairs meeting room. Councilman Burlison, who is not seeking reelection, will be available to answer questions about serving on City Council.
Filing opened Dec. 2 for those interested in running for City Council. Five of nine council seats are on the ballot.
The following seats are up for election:
Those interested in running for an open City Council seat or for Springfield mayor may officially file an application with the City Clerk’s office. The deadline for application and petition submissions is 5 p.m., Jan. 20, 2015. Regular office hours of the Springfield City Clerk are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Those wishing to file petitions must meet the following criteria:
To be valid, the petitions must meet the following criteria:
The General Municipal Election is Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
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Media are invited to a kick-off event for the new “Chasing Platinum Project,” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Chase Operations Center, 303 E. Republic Road.
Alternative Opportunities, Inc., in collaboration with the City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development, was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from Chase to provide career readiness testing via ACT’s National Career Readiness program (NCRC) to students in underserved rural communities.
The program will launch first in Stone and Taney counties, enabling those communities to get closer to Certified Work Ready Community status. The Missouri Career Center will also employ its Mobile Career Center to reach the students and also to provide instruction on work readiness and career exploration.
“Helping people develop the skills they need to compete for today's jobs can transform lives and strengthen economies,” said Tony Polodna, Operations Leader for Chase’s Springfield Operations Center. “At Chase, we’re making investments to strengthen and scale the most effective workforce training programs in our communities.”
The grant, awarded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, will also allow the Missouri Career Center to upgrade the Mobile Career Center, implement marketing and outreach efforts as well as provide the scholarships for all graduating seniors in the counties to take the NCRC which will give them a credential to be able to enter the workforce.
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Those interested in running for an open City Council seat or for Springfield Mayor may officially file an application with the City Clerk’s office, beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2. The deadline for application and petition submissions is 5 p.m., Jan....Read on...
Springfield shoppers have another opportunity to score holiday shopping bargains and support the local economy at the same time. Mayor Bob Stephens is encouraging residents to participate in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, No...Read on...
A long-term sewer overflow control plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be presented to City Council Monday night. The plan, which has been years in the making...Read on...
Mayor Bob Stephens issued a proclamation at the Nov. 18 City Council Lunch recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program and the 30th anniversary of the Community Development Loan Program in Spr...Read on...
Who: Mayor Bob Stephens and a few thousand of his closest friends.
What: Springfield’s Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights Kickoff
When: Saturday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. - Pre-show sing-along with the ...Read on...
Springfield’s Economic Development Director Mary Lilly Smith has been promoted to the position of Director of Planning and Development, effective Jan. 26, 2015.
Smith follows Ralph Rognstad, who is retiring in January. She has ...Read on...
Springfield’s Director of Planning and Development Ralph Rognstad announces he will retire Jan. 23, 2015. Rognstad has worked for the City 27 years.
As director, he is responsible for managing the City of Springfield's development review activities.
Rognstad became the department director in September 2003 after serving as assistant director since 1996 and principal planner three years prior.
Before coming to Springfield, Rognstad worked for the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina, as senior planner. He has also worked as a planner in Virginia and North Dakota.
“Ralph’s fingerprints can be found all over this city, as he has worked tirelessly on a wide range of projects that have had a significant impact on the lives of our citizens,” said City Manager Greg Burris.
Throughout his distinguished career, Rognstad has been played an integral part in efforts such as redevelopment planning of the College Street corridor and development of the Route 66 Roadside Park, establishment of The Link, and creation of the City’s first Capital Improvements Program.
Most recently he has worked with residents of the Woodland Heights Neighborhood to create the Moon City Creative District.
“I appreciate all of the great opportunities and experiences I have had working for City the past 27 years. I have been able to work with some great people in the Planning and Development Department, as well as the rest of the City departments and the community. Together, I believe we have been able to make Springfield a better place,” Rognstad said.
Rognstad will be recognized Jan. 26 at the regular City Council meeting.
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Springfield’s annual Festival of Lights will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at Jordan Valley Park with the Mayor's Treelighting Ceremony, followed by a Cardinals Christmas with fireworks at at Hammons Field.
Mayor Bob Stephens, with help from first- and second-grade students, will signal the start of the holiday season by lighting a 33-foot Norway spruce, located in the park, east of the Mediacom Ice Park. The musical tree and surrounding park will be lit up with thousands of lights.
The Salvation Army will join the festivities this year, with children from its after-school program singing with the Eskimo Girls during event's the pre-show. Bell ringers and the Army's giant red kettle will also be on-site to accept donations.
"With the help of the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, we will also be delivering toys to the children's hospitals at CoxHealth and Mercy Saturday morning," says Mandy Long, development director for The Salvation Army Springfield.
Hundreds of school-aged children are expected to attend the tree-lighting ceremony, which will include live music, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a parade with Santa through Jordan Valley Park to Hammons Field, where the Springfield Cardinals will host a Cardinals Christmas. Children will be able to visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. The Cardinals event will end with a big bang: a fireworks show set to holiday music.
Santa’s mailbox (a decked-out mailbox provided by the U.S. Postal Service) returns, on-site Saturday night only, for children to send their letters to Santa.
Free parking is available at Mediacom Ice Park and Hammons Field. Convenient parking is also available for a fee at the Jordan Valley Car Park on Trafficway.
The ice park, located at 635 E. Trafficway, will again offer free ice skating, 6-8 p.m. that evening. Skate rental is $2.50.
If you’d like to take that special someone to dinner and watch the tree-lighting activities and fireworks from above, the “Illumination Celebration” at The Tower Club returns this year. The exclusive club is open to the public for a special holiday buffet. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 417-866-4466 for reservations.
Downtown Springfield and the Downtown Community Improvement District will host a second tree-lighting ceremony on Park Central Square that evening for the “older kids.”
The History Museum on the Square will unveil its holiday display and “Windows at the Fox” at 7 p.m. The fun continues with a special performance by Tuba Christmas on the gazebo as Park Central Square lights up at 7:30 p.m. The downtown Community Improvement District will provide hot chocolate on the square during the festivities. Coffee Ethic will host an after-party with specialty brews from Mother’s Brewery.
Festival of Lights is a six-week celebration containing a flurry of holiday activities in Springfield’s Center City Nov. 22 through New Year’s Day.
Major events, in addition to the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, include:
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As the nation awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Springfield officials encourage citizens to stay the course with regard to civil discussions and dialogue about sensitive topics such as politics and diversity, along with c...Read on...
The City of Hollywood, Florida is looking to Springfield to “save the day.”
Hollywood is spending thousands of dollars a day to truck liquid oxygen to its treatment plant to treat its wastewater while officials there have work...Read on...
Representatives from nine registered Springfield neighborhood associations who cheered on participants in the Nov. 2 Bass Pro Marathon learned which groups had the most “Springfield spirit” at last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Co...Read on...
The City of Springfield and Affordable Housing Action Board invites the community to tour a newly completed affordable-housing property 4-5:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 17 at 1107 N. Forest. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom new-constructio...Read on...
SENT ON BEHALF OF NAACP AND MINORITIES IN BUSINESS:Anger and unrest continue to grab headlines as communities across the country wrestle with the issues of all types of violence. In Springfield, the National Association for the ...Read on...
Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance.
The issue now goes back to City Council, likely at the Nov. 24 meeting, where City Council has three options: repeal the ordinance, send it to voters, or take no action. If no action is taken within 30 days of the petition being certified, City Charter dictates it automatically goes to the voters. If it goes to the voters, the amendment would be put on hold until the next general municipal election in April 2015.
Citizens have the right through the referendum process to approve or reject at the polls any ordinance passed by the Council. In this case, petitioners are seeking to repeal the Oct. 13 amendment to the nondiscrimination ordinance, which provides protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The number of required signatures for a successful referendum petition is 10% of the total number of votes cast in the most recent municipal election. In this case, that was 11,444 in April 2013.
Copies of the certified petitions are available in the City Clerk's office.
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E.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program today announced the top-ranked cities in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey. Springfield, Mo. ranked sixth among cities with populations of 125,000 to 249,000, rising four spots from a ranking of 10th in 2013.
“This year’s Digital Cities’ winners brought about impressive change across all aspects of government by leveraging information technology investments to expand open government, citizen participation and shared services,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Winning cities spanned the nation, indicating a trend that more and more cities are making it a priority that digital government be easier to access, navigate and interact with.”
Top-ranked cities improved transparency with open government initiatives and access to city services via mobile apps. They eliminated waste and enhanced service levels using agile project management, and reduced costs and improved services through advanced analytics and performance measures, according to e.Republic.
"Over the last year, the City of Springfield has made significant improvements to the digital services we offer citizens," said Jeff Coiner, Information Systems director for the City. "From our e-Plans electronic plan review initiative to providing a shared records management system for law enforcement agencies to our interactive maps and aerial photography partnerships with other local government agencies, what sets us apart from other communities is our willingness to work together and partner on initiatives that cross agency boundaries and political issues."
Coiner added that City leadership's culture of cooperation lends itself to building great things in the community.
"The digital city designation is just an extension of what we are doing collectively to meet our challenges and prepare for the future … we are truly creating a foundation for explosive growth in the region on many fronts," he said.
The City launched a redesigned Web site at springfieldmo.gov in August. A mobile app will follow in 2015.
New features include Community Voice, a tool to allow citizens to share their ideas for new City initiatives; the Citizen Service Request Tracker, which connects Springfieldians with the Citizen Resource Center to share their concerns or get their questions answered, and then allow them to track the status of their request online; a Notify Me tool that keeps the community informed with e-mail and text updates; and an expanded city calendar.
An easy-to-use back-end system allows City staff to update content more frequently and from any location with Internet access.
The Springfield Police Department, Springfield Fire Department, Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the city’s Workforce Development department also offer redesigned Web sites and new functionalities as part of the transition.
The new site was designed and is hosted by Manhattan, Kan.-based CivicPlus, a government Web site developer that helps cities modernize the look and functions of their Web sites.
“With more and more citizens visiting springifeldmo.gov from mobile platforms, we needed to create a Web site that offers them the information they need, when and where they need it. We hope the new site and its features will allow our citizens to engage with their city in ways they haven’t been able to before,” said Public Information Officer Cora Scott.
In its 14th year, the annual Digital Cities survey is a part of the Digital Communities Program and is open to all U.S. cities. This year’s survey questions targeted which initiative cities were most proud of in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations and technology and data. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on the state and local government market and education.
For more information, please contact Jeff Coiner, Director of Information Systems, at 417-864-1626 or email@example.com.
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Springfield’s annual Festival of Lights will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at Jordan Valley Park with the Mayor's Treelighting Ceremony, followed by a Cardinals Christmas with fireworks at at Hammons Field.
Springfield City Clerk received a referendum petition with approximately 2,346 signatures opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance. The City Clerk’s office will begin the process of certifying ...Read on...
Springfield Fire officials evacuated the American Inn near I-44 and Hwy 65 Monday after determining the building to be unsafe for occupancy due to an inoperable sprinkler and fire alarm system. The fire code requires buildings equ...Read on...
Representatives from 11 registered Springfield neighborhood organizations will be up bright and early for the Bass Pro Marathon Sunday, Nov. 2. But they won’t be running. They’ll be cheering.
As a way to show off its hometown’...Read on...
While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...
City Council considered an agreement reached between the City of Springfield and the Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters Local 152, (The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 152 - the Bargaining Unit of the Sp...Read on...
Dan Smith has been selected as Springfield’s Public Works Director, effective Dec. 1. He currently serves as Greene County Highway Administrator and is responsible for all operations of the Greene County Highway Department. The De...Read on...
Wednesday’s holiday hiring event at the Battlefield Mall, sponsored by the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region, resulted in 20 on-the-spot hires and 30 scheduled interviews, according to Mary Ann Rojas, director of Workforce Development for the City of Springfield.
Participating employers included Old Navy, JC Penney, Claire's, Icing, Julie's, Zales, Build-a-Bear and Bath & Body Works.
“We opened up at 9 a.m., and by 9:10, the mobile career center had every station occupied. Twenty-five employers interviewed more than 300 job seekers, and over 70 visited the mobile unit. We look forward to this being an annual event,” Rojas says.
The career center’s next hiring event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28 at its facility at 2900 E. Sunshine. HyVee is looking to hire quality employees for the following part-time positions: barista, catering, cashier, Chinese food clerk, dairy clerk, deli clerk, frozen foods clerk, Italian food clerk, kitchen clerk, meat clerk, night stock, produce clerk, seafood clerk and salad bar clerk.
Those who wish to run for mayor or City Council in the April 2015 election may begin the process starting tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Applications and petitions for filing may be obtained from the City Clerk’s office beginning at 8 a.m...Read on...
RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Business Consultants, presented a three-year audit plan to City Council’s Finance & Administration Oct. 20. Members of the firm identified risks based on financial data, input from management and City Council’s Finance & Administration Committee.
The firm has been selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions and will perform 3-4 departmental and other process-related audits beginning immediately. The plan, approved by the Finance & Administration Committee, included audits for the following risk areas:
• Procurement Cards• Cash Collections and Application• System Access Review• Payroll• Cash Disbursements• Public Works Departmental Operational Review• Information Technology General Controls• Parks Departmental Operational Review• Purchasing• Cashier Lobby (Busch Municipal Building)• Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information • Municipal Court• Month End Close and Account Reconciliations
As has been done in the past, audit results will be announced publicly, with reports posted on springfieldmo.gov.
Previously, the City employed a full-time internal auditor, Kristy Bork. Bork now serves as the assistant director of finance and aviation for the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The firm is being paid for with the funds saved by not refilling the full-time position.
“Internal audits provide important information to the City’s leadership team, as well as accountability to the taxpayers,” said Greg Burris, City Manager. “RubinBrown has an impressive list of both public and private sector clients and a deep bench of staff members with a broad range of expertise. We are pleased to be working with them.”
The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions. Current openings include the Personnel Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development, Building Crafts and Trades, Landmarks, Board of Public Utilities, Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights, Public Housing Authority and Traffic Advisory.
The Personnel Board is an advisory board that advises the City Council, City Manager and Director of Personnel concerning personnel administration and makes any investigation which it considers desirable concerning the administration of personnel in the municipal service; approves merit system rules and hears appeals from disciplinary action. Members are appointed by City Council and serve three-year terms. Applicants must have been a resident in the Springfield city limits for two years. The board meets at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville, on an as-needed basis.
Planning & Zoning Commission recommends proposed amendments to Springfield’s Comprehensive Plan, zoning ordinance and official zoning map; applications for conditional use permits; exercise control over platting of subdividing land and other various land development applications within the City. Members are appointed by City Council and serve two-year terms. The commission meets bi-monthly at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, in Historic City Hall, 830 N. Boonville.
Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development makes recommendations to City Council on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Members are appointed by City Council and represent various groups likely to benefit from CDBG funds. Meetings take place the quarterly at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville.
The Building Trades Examination & Certification Board is a quasi-judicial board appointed by the City Manager that administers the licensing of the members of various building crafts or trades. Applicants serve three-year terms and must have resided in the Springfield city limits for two years. Meetings take place in the first floor conference room of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave.
The Landmarks Board is an advisory board appointed by City Council that advises City Council, City Planning and Zoning Commission, the Park Board and the City Manager relating to the identification, protection, retention and preservation of historic sites in the City of Springfield. Members serve three-year terms and must have resided in the Springfield city limits for two years. Meetings are held at 5:30p.m., every other Wednesday at Historic City Council Chambers, 830 Boonville Ave.
The Board of Public Utilities is an 11-member administrative board: nine who are customers residing inside the Springfield city limits and two who are customers residing outside the city. The Board makes policy decisions for CU and appoints the General Manager, who is the Chief Executive Officer. Board members are appointed by the Springfield City Council to serve three-year terms. The board meets at 3 p.m., the last Thursday of each month in the City Utilities Board Room, 301 E. Central.
Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights is an advisory board appointed by the Mayor to foster mutual understanding and respect among all racial, religious and ethnic groups of the City and to investigate discrimination complaints. Members serve three-year terms and must have resided in Springfield for two years. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the first floor conference room, Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.
Public Housing Authority is a special-purpose board appointed by the Mayor to provide housing for people of low income. Members serve four-year terms and must have resided in Springfield City limits for one year. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month at Madison Tower, 421 W. Madison.
Traffic Advisory Board members are appointed by the Mayor and advises the Traffic Engineer, Chief of Police, City Manager and City Council of ways and means for improving traffic conditions and/or enforcement of traffic regulations. Members serve three-year terms and must have resided in Springfield city limits for two years. The group meets at 03:30 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Transportation management Center of the Ozarks, 1107 W. Chestnut.
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Visitors to City Government Plaza or the Commercial Street Historic District might notice a pinkish hue emitting from the bell tower of Historic City Hall and the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. The hue, achieved via multicolored LED...Read on...
It was brought to our attention that the version of Council Bill 2014-189 that was posted online was not complete. It did not contain the amendment adopted by City Council prior to the public hearing on Sept. 8.
The amendment ...Read on...
The City of Springfield has named Becky Baltz, Jonathan Gano and Dan Smith as the finalists for the Director of Public Works position.
The public is invited to meet the finalists 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the fourth...Read on...
Signs, signs. Everywhere are signs.
Whether they're advertising a yard sale on the outer edge of a public sidewalk or an in-home daycare on a utility pole, signs in public rights-of-way are prohibited by Springfield City CodeSection 98-7 to ensure visibility for drivers and to reduce litter.
Public right-of-way is usually defined as the area from the street curb to the outer edge of apublic sidewalk. Signs and advertisements on utility poles are also prohibited.
For the fifth year, the City of Springfield will train volunteers on sign removal in public rightsof-way. The next session will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 in room L45 of the BuschMunicipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave.
Bob and Donna, a retired Springfield couple that prefer not to use their last name, are two ofnearly 50 citizens the City has trained in illegal sign removal. The couple has picked up more than 2,000 signs since 2010.
"From the time we moved here in 2005 until the City offered training in 2010, they just seemedto be at every intersection and on every utility pole," Bob says. "We always lamented that itlooked like heck and we wished we were allowed to tear them down. When we saw an article inthe paper that the City was asking for volunteers to tear them down, we went to the training."
On average, Bob says he and Donna go on sign-removing expeditions about every 10 days, eventhrough the winter. They drive all over town removing illegal signs that advertise fencing, lawncare, "I buy homes," "I buy junk," carpet cleaning, windows, fitness training, walk-in tubs andmore.
"We try to go early in the morning on a Saturday or a Sunday because there isn't a lot of traffic atthat time," Bob says. "We actually enjoy it because we get offended that these knuckleheadsthink they can put their junk anywhere they want. It's just so unsightly and distracting, plus theutility poles get damaged from the nails and screws used to attach the signs."
The couple dispose of the signs in their trash bins at home because they discovered the owners ofthe signs were retrieving them from the Dumpster at the Public Works Operations Center andputting them back up in public rights-of-way.
"I would use a utility knife and cut these signs into several pieces before throwing them in theDumpster. A few days later we'd be out and I'd see the exact same signs back up … it just galledme to no end," Donna says.
Once trained, volunteers conduct sign removal on their own time. As they keep an eye on illegalsigns and other beautification issues, volunteers may also report other concerns such as brokencurbs, potholes, graffiti, dead animals, trash and tall weeds. Volunteers assisting the City must beat least 18 years of age and are required to sign a release form.
Download right-of-way beautification training flier.# # #
For more information, contact: Collin Quigley, Assistant City Manager, (417) 864-1116Read on...
The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board Youth Council will provide an opportunity for high school counselors and administrators, resource agencies, and businesses to share ideas about preparing youth for the job market at its ...Read on...
The City of Springfield's October one-percent general sales tax revenue from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 23.6% compared to the month of October 2013. October 2014 revenue was $3,780,574, an increase of $721,095 over last year’s amount. On a year-to-date basis, the City is up 11% when compared with the same timeframe last year. Actual year-to-date revenue is $14,589,131.
These figures represent sales processed by the state in September from transactions made primarily in July and August.
Compared to Budget:On a year-to-date basis, the City is 5.2% above budget. Actual year-to-date revenue is $14,589,131 compared to the year-to-date budget of $13,865,065.
For more information, contact: Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker, (417) 864-1625Read on...
The City of Springfield has concluded a personnel investigation within the Department of Environmental Services. All personnel matters are private and confidential. Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has requested a separate inv...Read on...
Members of Springfield City Council are expected to propose amendments to two controversial bills slated for the Oct. 13 meeting.
South Campbell Avenue Rezoning (Council Bill 2014-207)City Council held a public hearing Sept....Read on...
Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at Tuesday's 25th annual "Treasures of theCity" Partners in Education event, hosted by the City of Springfield and Springfield PublicSchools.
The event will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave. Designed to complement the students' social studies curriculum, "Treasures of the City" brings concepts discussed in the classroom to life as students interact with elected officials and government employees.
Springfield Public Schools' Partners in Education program is designed to link business andcommunity organizations to the district while enriching the educational experiences of studentsand complementing the educational process of teachers.
"Treasures of the City" is organized by the City of Springfield's Department of Public Information.
The City of Springfield reached a resolution of a pre-suit settlement demand made by attorney Joshua Roberts on behalf of Eric David Butts. Butts was shot by former Springfield police officer Jason Shuck after he responded to a Ma...Read on...
Come watch the high-speed hilarity starting at 12:30 p.m. today at 216 W. Central as City, Greene County and CU staff pedal their way to the finish line on tricycles to raise money for the United Way!
Starting at 12:30, teams ...Read on...
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has prompted a friendly competition between Springfield’s police and fire departments. This Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Red Robin is encouraging the Springfield community to participate in ...Read on...
On the eve of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announces that two of the 10 additional police positions to be added to the force will be domestic violence investigators. Like most communiti...Read on...
The City of Springfield was notified Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice that the City will receive funds to assist with the hiring of 10 additional officer positions under the 2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The estimated to...Read on...
After last year’s “packed house” downtown, organizers are providing two new offers for jazz lovers at this year’s 5th annual Springfield Jazz Festival.
The festival is free to the public and combines a variety of grooves that ...Read on...
Springfield City Council and the Springfield School Board met Wednesday evening to review a proposal regarding school crossing guard services. A committee comprised of both City and school district staff had put together a recomm...Read on...
City of Springfield stormwater engineer Todd Wagner addressed City Council Tuesday at the weekly lunch workshop. He presented information at the request of Council members, who had questions about the City’s stormwater management practices, particularly when it comes to approving new developments. Flood control measures are required on all new developments that increase runoff and water quality protection measures are required on all new developments with specific criteria on developments of more than an acre.
Good stormwater management benefits citizens and the community by both reducing potential flood hazards and protecting area waterways. The City's stormwater management program also includes construction of stormwater improvement projects to address flooding and enhance water quality, as well as public education, investigation of pollution, and other activities which the city is required to implement under its federally mandated stormwater permit.
To maintain compliance with state and federal requirements for storm water management on urban development, Wagner said City staff will bring a package of modifications to the City’s storm water requirements to City Council in the coming months. That package is expected to include ordinances addressing flood and water quality protection, and the adoption of a storm water design manual that is currently being used in draft form.
“We have very good stormwater management policies and practices regulating runoff from development in place already,” he explains. “There are always additional issues to consider as we continually strive for a balance between a healthy climate for economic development and regulatory compliance to protect our water resources.” Wagner noted that Springfield was one of the first communities to have stormwater detention requirements for new development back in 1983 and began requiring water quality protection measures in 1999.
He said that mistakes made decades ago still have an impact today. For example, many homes and businesses were built in flood prone areas years ago with little planning for future development. Over the past 20 years, the City has invested $13 million in removing houses and buildings from flood prone areas and acquiring priority tracts of land for the protection of streams and use as recreational trails. Between 1995 and 2010, the City invested over $60 million in projects to reduce flood damages, completing over 100 construction projects. It also acquired 200 flood prone properties.
And then there’s the challenge of a growing community coupled with aging storm water infrastructure. Wagner estimates more than $200 million is needed for “priority” projects to address the public’s requests for help with flooding. In addition, it is estimated that at least $160 million will be needed in the coming 10-15 years to replace stormwater structures that are currently 50 to 100-plus years old.
Since the sunset of the Springfield/Greene County Parks/Stormwater Sales tax in 2012, the City has no dedicated funding stream for stormwater improvements, maintenance or regulatory compliance for water quality protection. In 2013, the Springfield/Greene County Citizens Stormwater Tax force recommended a combination of a permanent 1/10 cent sales and a 7-year 1/8 cent sales tax as the best approach to funding the current and impending storm water system needs.
Side note about the City’s Stormwater System:The City's stormwater drainage system is separate from the sanitary sewer system (indoor sinks, toilets, etc). The sanitary sewer system drains to the city's two wastewater treatment plants, while the stormwater system drains directly to area streams, rivers, and lakes.
What is Stormwater? Stormwater is the runoff from rainfall and snow melt. In undeveloped areas such as grasslands and forests, much of the rainfall and snow melt soaks into the ground. Vegetation helps to slow runoff.
In urban areas, buildings and other impervious surfaces such as parking lots do not allow water to soak into the ground resulting in both increased amounts of runoff and faster flow. Along the way, runoff can pick up pollutants such as fertilizers and pesticides from yards, motor oil from leaking cars, pet waste, and dirt from construction sites. This can cause downstream waterways to become polluted.
What are some best practices? Wagner said some of the better practices for stormwater management are: preserving natural waterways; minimizing impervious areas; disconnecting impervious areas with pervious areas; preserving existing natural vegetation and soil structure as much as possible and providing on-site measures to reduce runoff volume through infiltration, evaporation through plants or reuse for irrigation or grey water.
The City of Springfield will host a public reception to meet finalists for the Director of Public Works position, 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the fourth floor conference room of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonvill...Read on...
The Sept. 22 City Council meeting is expected to draw a large crowd that could possibly exceed building capacity. Overflow rooms with be set up, as well as loud speakers set up outside the building. To ensure safety and provide fa...Read on...
Springfield City Council will vote on a proposed amendment to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance at its Oct. 13 meeting. Previously, it was mentioned that the vote would take place Oct. 27. That was in error. We regret any i...Read on...
The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the Missouri Career Center and local chambers of commerce, are conducting a regional workforce survey titled “MOmentum 2015,” to identify the issues, challenges and...Read on...
RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Business Consultants, has been selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, beginning immediately. Representatives from the firm’s St. Louis office will perform 3-4 departmental audits over the course of the year.
RubinBrown will identify risks based on input from management and City Council’s Finance & Administration Committee. From this analysis, the firm will develop a 3-5 year internal audit plan to present for the committee’s approval. As has been done in the past, audit results will be announced publicly, with reports posted on springfieldmo.gov. They expected to begin the first audit in October.
“Internal audits provide important information to the City’s leadership team, as well as accountability to the taxpayers,” said Greg Burris, City Manager. “RubinBrown has an impressive list of both public and private sector clients and a deep bench of staff members with a broad range of expertise. We look forward to working with them.”
An overflow crowd came out for Springfield City Council’s meeting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. At issue was a proposed addition to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, deeming sexual orientation and gender identity to be protected...Read on...
An overflow crowd came out for Springfield City Council’s meeting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. One issue was a proposed addition to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, deeming sexual orientation and gender identity to be protected categories of persons f...Read on...
More than four years after the City of Springfield discontinued its red-light camera program as a result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling, and at Councilman Doug Burlison’s suggestion, vendor American Traffic Solutions, via Ewin...Read on...
CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will bedonating half of their gross sales Tuesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.
Proceeds will benefit SPD's crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs,and SFD's fire education and prevention efforts.
Restaurant co-owner Kiki Hu says her husband Johnny Tang came up with the idea because hewanted to give back to the community.
"We are so blessed and he felt that since he came here 13 years ago, he had nothing. Now he hasa restaurant and a family," she explained. "It's now time to contribute back to society."
An overflow crowd is expected tonight at City Council meeting, as more than 30 people have signed up to address a single issue – the consideration of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes i...Read on...
The City of Springfield’s weekly calendar September 8- September 12 is now available online. Highlights include:
The first reading of a City Council bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, will take place Monday, Sept. 8. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at...Read on...
Motorists will see additional information from the City as they make their way throughout Springfield’s roadway construction zones. The Public Works and Public Information departments started a new signage program this week that g...Read on...
The City Council Community Involvement Committee Meeting, scheduled to meet at 1 p.m., tomorrow at the Expo Center; 635 East St. Louis Street, has been cancelled.
The City of Springfield's August one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 14% compared to the month of August 2013.The sales tax check for August 2014 was $2,400,705, compared to the August 2013 check of $2,104,074 – an increase of $296,631. These figures represent sales processed by the state in July from transactions made primarily in May and June.The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 60% of revenue in the General Fund comes from sales tax and use tax.
Compared to budget:August 2014 sales tax revenue: $$2,400,705August 2014 budget: $2,135,941August 2014 over budget: $264,764 (12%)
The August check represents the last month of the City’s fiscal year for financial reporting purposes, given the 60-day processing period by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
On a cash basis, June was the end of the fiscal year, however for the financial statements, July and August revenues accrue and are reporting in FY14. For FY 2014, sales tax revenue was $40,495,861. This exceeded the budget amount of $39,686,500.
For more information, contact: Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker, (417) 864-1625.Read on...
The results of the 2014 Citizen Survey are in, and they show that Springfieldians are pleased with the overall direction their city is taking and they feel they are receiving a good value for their taxes they pay. Overall citizen ...Read on...
Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried proposed an amendment to Council Bill 2014-169 at the Aug. 18 City Council meeting. The amendment was tabled, but can be viewed at the link below.
Due to an error by the City’s Law Department, the wrong version of a bill aimed at expanding the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance was brought before City Council’s Community Involvement Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Mayor Bob Stephens and Councilman Craig Fishel, should have reflected language mirroring the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force’s (SOGI) top recommendation. The Task Force met for nine months before submitting a final report last June. (link to full report is below)
Task Force member Dr. Robert Saylor brought it to the City's attention following Tuesday’s meeting.
The language should have read:
“Amended Council Bill 2012-226 but remove all provisions pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity, except in the area of housing, with a request that City staff gather other data pertaining to discrimination and public accommodation, as proposed by Robert Saylor.”
This recommendation received 12 yes votes and 3 no votes by the SOGI Task Force.
"After appointment by City Council, Judge Sweeney and the members of the SOGI Task Force did everything asked of them by the Council. They surveyed different populations, they researched past activities, and they developed potential options,” Mayor Stephens said.
“Of all the motions made by members of the task force, only two received positive votes. I feel it is necessary to support the Task Force's first recommendation as it had the most votes from the membership. That is why I asked the Law Department to draw up a companion bill so that City Council could consider both the Task Force's primary recommendation and also the primary recommendation of the Community Involvement Committee. I continue to thank Judge Sweeney and all the task force members for their voluntary service to our community."City Attorney Dan Wichmer regrets the error, which ultimately led to a discussion on an item that was in draft form and did not fully incorporate the Task Force’s top choice. Further, the bill had not received a final review by either the Mayor or Councilman Fishel before the City Attorney’s Office sent the draft to the City Clerk.
A second bill adopted by the Community Involvement Committee Tuesday, will move forward to the full City Council next month. It is a substitute bill making it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment or public accommodations. It would also expand an exemption for religious organizations included in an original council bill tabled in August 2012.
For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming — it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.
It’s a topic Mayor Bob Stephens is...Read on...
Springfield Fire Department is breathing a little easier after being notified of a $640,000 grant to replace its self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The grant is thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assist...Read on...
Hello!With the conversion of the City of Springfield's Web site (springfieldmo.gov) to a new content management system, news releases will now be coming to you in this format.. You will be receiving similar emails from the Springfield Police Department, Springfield Fire Department and Springfield-Greene County Parks Department.
For more information, contact: Melissa Haase, Assistant Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1003 (office) | 417-536-7648 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.orgRead on...
The City of Springfield is soliciting sealed bids for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at the following locations:
6 p.m.-Sundown, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014Meador Park, 2500 S. Fremont Ave.
For the 37th year, the City of Springfield's Finance Department, headed by Director Mary Mannix Decker, has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its comprehensive annual financial report.
The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.
Reports submitted to the CAFR program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and the GFOA Special Review Committee (SRC), which comprises individuals with expertise in public-sector financial reporting and includes financial statement preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance professionals.
"It is an truly an honor for the Finance Department to receive this award for the 37th consecutive year. This award demonstrates the City of Springfield’s commitment to financial transparency," Decker said.
For more information, contact City Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker at 417-864-1399Read on...
The City of Springfield’s bond rating of Aa1 was recently affirmed by Moody’s Investors Service. The City asked for a rating in conjunction with upcoming general obligation bond issuance. Moody’s is a bond rating agency that ranks...Read on...
More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Mediacom Ice Park at 635 E....Read on...
The City of Springfield's July one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 26.55% compared to the month of July 2013. Revenues are also ahead of budget for July by $682,250 or 17.82%.
The sales tax check for July 2014 was $4,511,632 compared to the July 2013 check of $3,565,089. These figures represent sales processed by the state in June from transactions made primarily in April and May.
According to City Finance Director, Mary Mannix Decker, the $4.5 million figure is a new record high revenue amount for the month of July. The July revenue was welcome news following the 14% decline in June sales tax revenue. The June check was down compared to budget and when compared with June 2013, creating a $588,692 shortfall for that month.
The July check is the 11th month of the City’s fiscal year for financial reporting purposes given the 60-day processing period by the Missouri Department of Revenue. Mannix Decker said she is cautiously optimistic that the City will end the fiscal year reporting period on budget.
Fiscal year-to-date revenues are 4.3% higher compared with this time last year and are 1.2% higher compared to budget. Year-to-date revenues are currently $ 38,095,156 compared to $36,507,845 this time last year.
For more information, contact: Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker, (417)Read on...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin sanitary sewer smoke testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin (the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue) the week of July 20.
Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.
The smoke testing program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years.
For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352Read on...
The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from the Canadian Yukon that is anticipated to enter the Springfield airshed this afternoon. This is an alert for high levels of fine particulates in this smoke plume for the rest of this afternoon and evening in the Springfield area and surrounding communities.
Unhealthy levels of air quality may affect a larger population who may encounter breathing difficulties while outdoors for extended periods of time. Persons with respiratory health conditions may wish to stay indoors to avoid the poor air quality outside.
Rain showers have the effect of cleaning the air of the smoke particles and improving air quality during the rain event. Should the forecasted rain showers begin later tonight, air quality conditions should improve by Wednesday morning.
For more information:• showmecleanair.com• airnow.gov See “Ozone Facts” and current air quality readings.• springfieldmo.gov/airquality, Springfield’s local air quality Web site.• rideshare.org for carpooling information.
To sign up to receive air quality advisories, please visit: airnow.gov and click on EnviroFlash e-Mails.
For more information, please contact Barbara J. Lucks, City of Springfield Sustainability Officer, at 417-864-2005 or email@example.comRead on...
The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue and North Old Orchard Avenue. Testing will last one to two weeks.
The City will continue smoke testing in other basins throughout the summer. Testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue, will begin the week of July 20.
Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for wastewater services billing, so customers will notice this change on their August CU bills.
Sewer rates are based on water consumption. This is because the majority of water residents use goes down drains and toilets and ends up in the wastewater system. Springfield Cleanwater Services charges a minimum sewer bill and a specific rate for each additional ccf. One ccf equals 748 gallons.
An average residential user with a use of 6 ccf receives a bill for $27.29 per month. Following the July 1, 2015 effective date, a residential user with a 6 ccf use will go to $28.11, or a 3% increase.
Rate increases were approved by Springfield City Council in spring 2011, following the recommendations of a community stakeholder group appointed to consider change to Springfield’s wastewater system, including rates.
The Wastewater Improvements Task Force sought advice from a consultant, who proposed raising the average residential customer bill from $25.27 a month to $26.27 in July 2013. A second rate increase to $27.29 a month went into effect last year. Additional planned increases will raise the rate to $29 per 6 ccf in 2017.
A task force report also included specific suggestions – doubling the system's reserve fund to between $15 million and $20 million, for example – as well as "guiding principles," such as linking ratepayer fees directly to the cost of providing service.
Property owners and residents of the Galloway 01 sewer basin are invited to an open house 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Holy Trinity Church, 2818 E. Bennett St., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair Program. The Galloway 01 basin is located between Sunshine Street and Seminole Street, east of Glenstone to Lone Pine.
The Private Sewer Repair Program is a voluntary program that helps prevent rainwater from entering the sanitary sewer system, causing backups into homes and untreated water to overflow into streams and lakes. The program offers property owners the opportunity to have improper connections to the sanitary sewer repaired at no charge.
Property owners within a targeted basin will be contacted to schedule a plumbing evaluation to identify improper connections to the sewer system. Repairs will then be made where improper connections are found. Property owners will be asked to allow qualified local plumbers, paid by the City, to correct them.
In the last two years, the Private Sewer Repair Program has evaluated and made repairs in 10 basins. This represents an investment of $2 million per year and will affect approximately 1,750 properties.
“We have found that for every $2 million we invest into this program, we will avoid spending $22 million on capacity improvements,” said Environmental Services Director Steve Meyer. “Much of that investment goes back into our local economy through our contracts with local plumbing companies.”
Galloway 01 is the first of three basins scheduled to take part in the program this year. Ward Branch 05, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone, will begin evaluations in August. Jordan Creek 11, located off Division Street north of Killian Softball Complex, will begin in October. To learn if your property is part of the targeted basins, visit http://www.kcmapping.com/PrivateSewerRepairProgramPhase3/.
The Private Sewer Repair Program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years. The City’s plan was recently approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. ###
The City of Springfield has received approval for its Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan (OCP) by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Approved by City Council last December, the OCP is the City’s response to a 2012 Amended Consent Judgment with the State of Missouri and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to reduce sanitary sewer overflows caused by excessive infiltration of rain water into the sewer system.
As enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 continues to escalate, most large and medium-sized communities across the United States are under similar legal orders to reduce sewer overflows.
Springfield’s plan is unique, however, in that it uses an integrated planning approach to ensure that investments made in the sewer system represent the “biggest bang for the buck” for the community.
The Springfield plan relies on a phased approach which will invest $200 million into the aging sewer system over the next 10 years, during which time City staff will work to optimize the capacity of the existing system and submit a new plan in 2025.
“Using key concepts from the Springfield-Greene County Integrated Plan, our OCP takes a unique approach to reducing sanitary sewer overflows and represents a significant savings to our ratepayers over more traditional plans,” says Steve Meyer, director of the City's Environmental Services department.
“We believe that if it weren’t for our integrated planning approach, our plan would be considerably higher than Springfield’s $200 million,” said City Manager Greg Burris.
Springfield is not alone in spending large sums of money on reducing overflows. Cities across the nation are facing similar state or federal consent judgments to address sewer overflows during wet weather.
"Though work remains to be done, we are proud of our progress,” Burris said.
The City’s Public Works and Environmental Services departments will begin construction June 15 on the South Creek Restoration Project, which will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more natural condition in the one-mile section along Sunset Street between Campbell Avenue and Kansas Expressway.
“The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life,” says Water Quality Coordinator Carrie Lamb. “The project aligns with two major goals in the City’s Field Guide 2030 Strategic Plan to utilize native plants in publicly funded projects and to restore streams and riparian corridors.”
Construction will be complete by winter. No closures of the South Creek greenway trail adjacent to the project are anticipated during construction.
The project is funded in part by a $765,000 water quality grant awarded to the City by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The grant is federal funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through MDNR, under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The required 40% match will be provided from the ¼ cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 2006 Springfield-Greene County Parks/Waterways Sales Tax, along with contributions of time from City staff and grant partner Ozark Greenways.
The total project cost is approximately $1.1 million for construction and $140,000 for design. The design consultant is Olsson Associates and the construction contractor is Towe Construction. James River Basin Partnership and the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute are providing technical assistance and water quality monitoring for the project.
For more information, contact: Chris Dunnaway, Public Works Professional Engineer, 417- 864-1876; or Carrie Lamb, Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996Read on...
Please join the City of Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 to cut the ribbon for the reconstructed parking lots at City Government Plaza. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Busch Municipal Building Lobby.
The reconstruction of the lots was a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams. The lots now include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground.
Construction began in September 2014 and occurred in two phases.
The project was a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).
The parking lots project was one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The required 40% match was provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.
For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127Read on...
What began as a one-day celebration of the natural environment more than 40 years ago has expanded to include all of April. The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental programs – all designed to protect the natural environment where we live, work and play – soon followed.
Springfield's observance of the 45th Earth Day is a month-long offering of activities and educational opportunities.
Planned activities include a native plant workshop and sale at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a tree-planting relay on Arbor Day April 10, a shoreline clean-up at Lake Springfield, Party for the Planet at the Dickerson Park Zoo on April 18 and many other opportunities for fun and learning.
A complete schedule of events is available at OzarksEnvironment.com.
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Dan Hoy and Fred Palmerton, co-chairs of the Springfield-Greene County Citizens Environmental Task Force, walked City and County officials through recommendations today.
The 31-member advisory group met nine times over the past...Read on...
The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force presented its recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission Jan. 27.
Included in the recommendations is encouraging and incentivizing voluntary green bu...Read on...
WHO: The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force.WHAT: Presentation of recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission.WHEN: Noon.WHERE: Greene County Archives & Election Center, 1126 N. Boonville.WHY: A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County-appointed members worked for a year investigating and evaluating the latest "green" building policies, procedures, and ordinances, and to recommend their application to regional development. Members of the task force represent building and development industry organizations, environmental and green building organizations and are supported by technical staff from the City, Greene County and City Utilities of Springfield.
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Firefighters are known for saving homes. Now, they’re doing their part to help save the environment by recycling their food scraps. Ten of Springfield’s Fire Stations are now “vermicomposting” sites where food scraps are recycled ...
The public parking lot directly in front of the Busch Municipal Building will reopen to the public at 7 a.m., Wednesday. The new parking lot will allow traffic to enter at the new north entrance on Robberson Avenue and circulate to exit at the new south exit on Robberson. Handicap parking has been and will continue to be available at City Government Plaza throughout all phases of construction.
Demolition of the City employee parking lot for Phase 2 of the project also begins Wednesday.
The parking lot reconstruction project is a Big Urbie grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches streams. Once complete, the project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees.
The pavement work is expected to be complete in mid-January, while the plantings will take place around the first of April, weather permitting.
The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie), a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The required 40 percent match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.
Springfield residents are reminded that Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills. Several options are available for recycling this year’s trees, however.
Bass ProBass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at ...Read on...
Most Springfieldians only have to venture as far as their own backyards to enjoy the fall foliage. But what to do with those beautiful leaves once they’ve fallen? City ordinances prohibit the dumping of leaves and other yardwaste...Read on...
Springfield is one of five communities that will receive $67,000 each in technical assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management, a...Read on...
The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services has identified the source of the substance that recently impacted Jordan Creek.
After receiving word from the public the morning of Sept. 24 about a milky substanc...Read on...
While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm drains.
"When dit...Read on...
The Long-Term Overflow Control Plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be submitted in December. It will recommend investments in the local sewer system totaling...Read on...
The current stretch of high temperatures brings more than just discomfort from the heat . Combined with the sunny days and emissions produced from automobiles and other gas-powered equipment, it also causes the interaction that produces higher levels of ground-level ozone – the “bad” ozone, according to the City's Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks.
"If humidity and windless conditions become a factor, the “recipe” for an “ozone stew” is complete," she says.
Ground level ozone is problematic for our community for several reasons including posing a health threat for our youngest, elderly, and, those with ongoing compromised health conditions. Athletes who are outdoors as well as workers whose jobs require them to be outside are also at risk from high levels of ground-level ozone.
What can you do to reduce the quantities of the ingredients that form ground level ozone?
For more information:Ozarks Clean Air AllianceAirNow.gov see “Ozone Facts” and current air quality readingsCity of Springfield’s air quality Web siteCarpooling information
To sign up to receive air quality advisories, visit Airnow.gov and click on EnviroFlash e-Mails.
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Work on the Ward Branch Stormwater and Greenway Trail Improvements Project is complete. This was a multi-purpose project that included stream bank stabilization to protect road embankments and improve water quality as well as a c...Read on...
Demolition of the parking lot at the City Government Plaza will begin Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams.
The project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees. Construction will occur in two phases.
Phase 1 will include construction of the existing public parking lot and Phase 2 will include construction of the existing employee parking lot. During Phase 1, public parking will be located in the existing employee parking lot, just south of the public lot. Signage will be provided to direct the public to available parking.
Upon completion of Phase 1, public parking will return to the existing public lot and construction of Phase 2 will begin. Handicap parking will be available throughout all phases of construction. Completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the year. The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).
This is one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The required 40% match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.
The City is seeking feedback from citizens in the form of a survey on the proposed list of new roadway construction projects to be included in the next cycles of the 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales tax programs. The survey is now in i...Read on...
Public Works has authorized Hunter Chase & Associates to begin construction on phase II of the Jefferson Avenue streetscape project. This project will continue the streetscape improvements previously constructed downtown, including the construction of ADA-compliant sidewalks, lighting enhancements and signal reconstruction on Jefferson Avenue from Park Central East to Water Street and on Olive Street from Robberson Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.
The estimated construction cost for the project is $1.16 million, with $253,836 being reimbursed by City Utilities, bringing the City's portion to $905,101. The funding source for the project is the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax.
The project will involve lane shifts and possible closures at various times. During the construction, the traffic signal at Jefferson Avenue and Olive Street will be removed and a stop sign placed on Olive Street.
Olive Street east of Jefferson Avenue will be designated as a storage and staging area for the construction, so the connection from Jefferson Avenue to St. Louis Street will be closed to traffic. Drivers are asked to use caution when driving through the construction project, and use alternate roadways when possible.
The project is scheduled to be complete by January 2016.
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Public Works will perform diamond grinding Aug. 13-20 on the Springfield streets bulleted below.
Diamond grinding is a pavement preservation technique that corrects a variety of surface imperfections on both concrete and asphal...Read on...
Fremont Avenue between Lark Street and Briar Street will be closed 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 13 for pavement sealing. Traffic will be detoured to National Avenue during the application.
For more information, please contact Da...Read on...
As Springfield Public Schools students head back to school Thursday, Aug. 13 and area universities start their fall sessions the following week, the City of Springfield’s Public Works Traffic Engineering division wants to remind d...Read on...
In April 2016, Springfield voters will be asked to approve the renewal of the 1/8-cent transportation sales tax (with no tax increase) and the 1/4-cent capital improvements sales tax (with no tax increase) to fund high-priority ca...Read on...
Division Street at the BNSF Railway railroad crossing, west of U.S. 65 will be closed starting at 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 until Monday, Aug. 10, (weather permitting) to begin the replacement of the railroad crossing and roadway s...Read on...
Night work will begin Monday, July 13 for the Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street intersection improvement project.
The outside southbound lane of Campbell will be closed 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. nightly for approximately two weeks, w...Read on...
Construction will begin this week for an intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street.
The $2.3 million project, funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales tax revenues, will provide roadway a...Read on...
Public Works traffic engineers have recently identified a trend of increasing numbers of crashes at several Springfield intersections during the overnight hours, while traffic signals are flashing red. To address this problem, Pu...Read on...
The City of Springfield is currently accepting applications from July 18, 2015 - September 4, 2015 for Regular and Lateral Police Officer. Testing will be September 11, 2015.
The Springfield Police Department is seeking to hire the most qualified men...Read on...
WHO: The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partnersWHAT: Announcement of the featured attractions of the 2015 festival.WHEN: 2 p.m.., Monday, Feb. 9.WHERE: Historic Gillioz Theatre.WHY: The annual Birthplace of...Read on...
The Birthplace of Route 66 Concert, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at the Gillioz Theater Aug. 9, has sold out. In partnership with the band, the City of Springfield will present a live simulcast of the concert at Park Ce...Read on...
The Springfield Fire Department encourages you to help save a life during the Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive tomorrow. The drive, held in conjunction with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, will be held Thursday, August...For more information about Aaron Goddard
Reaccreditation and the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement are among the historic events outlined in the 2014 Annual Report of the Springfield Fire Department. The Annual Report highlights the continued commitment of the Fire Department, as the yearly calls for service continued to climb in 2014 to an all time high of 15,298.
Placed on a visually appealing backdrop of historic photos and interesting facts, the report includes a summary of notable accomplishments of each of the Department's four divisions.
The complete Report can be found on our website.
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Fires in the city of Springfield during the first half of the year are down 28% over the same time period last year. There were 349 fires between January 1 and July 1 of 2015, compared to 484 fires between January 1 and July 1 of ...Read on...
The national, nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has named Springfield Fire Department a “Built for Life Fire Department” for its efforts to help Springfield citizens understand the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.
The HFSC established this new designation with federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding, as part of a national campaign to increase the number of fire departments that teach about home fire sprinklers.
More than 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths happen in homes, killing more than 3,000 people each year. Fire safety experts agree that increased installation of home fire sprinkler systems could dramatically reduce this national toll. Fire sprinklers detect a fire automatically and control it early on, limiting deadly smoke and heat and saving lives. Each sprinkler is activated by heat and only the sprinkler closest to the fire will operate by spraying water directly on the flames. Smoke cannot set off a fire sprinkler.
“Fire sprinkler systems do more than any other fire protection technology can and they belong in places where people are at greatest risk – the home,” said Springfield Fire Chief David Hall. “In addition to protecting men, women and children who live in the home, fire sprinklers also protect firefighters.”
The Springfield Fire Department encourages anyone looking to build a new home or remodel their current home to talk with their builder about having a fire sprinkler system installed. Free information is available at HFSC’s website: www.HomeFireSpinkler.org.
The Springfield Fire Department would like to remind city residents that it is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.
In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 reported fires, including structure fires, vehicle fires, and outside fires.
In addition to fires, fireworks can also cause injuries including serious burn and eye injuries. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.
With that in mind, the Springfield Fire Department is asking all residents to follow these tips this 4th of July:
• Even sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. In 2010, there were an estimated 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers, according to CPSC.• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.• Supervise children properly. Never allow them to play with or ignite fireworks. Educate them about the dangers of fireworks.• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. • After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
Over the holiday period, the Springfield Fire and Police Departments will enforce the City’s fireworks ordinance. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.
With the increased potential for strong rains and flash flooding this week, the Springfield Fire Department would like to remind you of the danger posed by moving water, and encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related death in the United States, with 80% of all fatalities in flash floods resulting from drivers ignoring obvious warning signs on open roads, or driving around marked flood barricades placed by public safety personnel.
Remember that it is never wise to wade or drive into floodwater. Water over a road, no matter how deep, can hide washed out roads with as little as six inches of moving water being capable of floating and carrying away a vehicle.
The Springfield Fire Department would like to encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown, when faced with water covered roads. Take an alternate route or wait until the water recedes. If you are in need of assistance, dial 911.
Despite a decrease in home fires during the first third of 2015, recent large fires in two Springfield apartment complexes highlights the need to remind tenants to focus on safety.
During the first third of the year, structure fires were down 26% in Springfield and residential fires were down 21% over the same time period last year. But so far in May, two major apartment fires have caused 5 injuries and displaced more than a dozen families.
Fire marshals say Sunday morning's fire at Madison Tower was caused by combustibles being too close to the stovetop. The fire started when the stovetop was turned on unintentionally. Several tenants needed to be rescued by firefighters when they were unable to escape due to the smoke. Three of them were treated for smoke inhalation.
Careless smoking is to blame for a fire Tuesday night at Sunshine Terrace. The tenant improperly disposed of his cigarette butt which then caught his couch on fire. The man suffered burn injuries when he tried to carry the flaming cushions into the bathroom to put out the fire.
In both incidents, smoke alarms sounded, but neither building has a sprinkler system.
The fires highlight the need for tenants of multi-family housing to take fire safety seriously.
During the first third of 2015, careless cooking was the leading cause of all building fires (34.5%), followed by chimney/flue fires (29%), careless smoking (12.5%), intentional (12.5%) and electrical (11%).
For more fire safety resources for apartment residents, visit our website.
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During its annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening, more than 50 Springfield firefighters were honored for exemplary achievements during 2014.
Among the honorees was the crew from Engine 8A, who on August 15, 2014 pulled Carme...Read on...
The Springfield Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of three adults where a house fire occurred this morning at 2246 N. Roosevelt. At 6:34 a.m., the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to the fire which...
Despite the warmer temperatures, Springfield Fire Marshals have investigated a string of house fires caused by home heating recently. In the last week, Springfield Fire crews have responded to 5 fires caused by home heating, inclu...Read on...
During a presentation Wednesday, the Springfield Fire Department received a check from FM Global in the amount of $2,060. The grant will help fund 4,000 fire safety activity books which will be distributed to Springfield elementary school students during Fire Prevention Month in October.
"It is important to the Springfield Fire Department to provide every student with life-saving fire safety education," said Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Restelli Erwin. "These activity books ensure that safety education continues at home."
Each year, the Springfield Fire Department visits Kindergarten through 5th grade classes at more than two dozen schools. In 2013, firefighters provided fire safety lessons for more than 6,000 students. These fire safety activity books will allow children to better retain the lessons learned by not only providing follow up activities at home, but also involving the entire family in their efforts to make their homes fire safe. These books include a number of educational activities including a home fire escape plan, crosswords, home hazard checklist, sorting "hot" and "not hot", coloring pages with fire safety messages and more.
"We are grateful to FM Global for it's contribution," said Fire Chief David Hall. "Our prevention program is far more successful with the help of organizations like FM Global."
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The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of September. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
At 11:32 p.m. on Aug. 15, Springfield officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian near the Campbell Avenue exit on James River Freeway. Gregory Collins, 37, of Brookline, was struck by a vehicle ...
The Springfield Police Department and The Greene County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Campbell Avenue and Bennett Street. A total of 481 motorists were contacted during the four hours the checkpoin...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar, 217 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and the Chief. Anyone interested in asking questions or learning more about the Springfield Police Department is encouraged to attend.
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This morning, the Springfield Police Department partnered with BNSF Railroad officers, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Operation Lifesaver, which is a program aimed toward rail safety ed...
At 9:18 a.m. on June 15, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash at 2906 E. Eastwood. An unoccupied 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which was in neutral, rolled backward (northbound) down a private driveway and str...
Cutline: Goss, pictured front right on the paint horse, served in SPD’s patrol division and was specially assigned to SPD’s mounted patrol in 1992 and 1993Read on...
An officer with the Springfield Police Department received high honors this month from the Missouri Department of American Legion.
Kevin Holle, a 20-year veteran of the SPD, received the American Legion Law & Order Award for 2015. Due to his commitment to a mission trip scheduled in Haiti, Holle’s friend and colleague, Officer James Dougherty, accepted the award on his behalf on July 11 at the statewide 97th Annual Departmental Convention hosted in Springfield.
“I was greatly humbled by my nomination written by American Legion member and one of my local heroes, Allen Hines,” said Holle. “There were so many great officers this past year who performed heroic acts. Many stood the line in Ferguson, and one of our own was shot and then fought back to be an inspiration for every one of us. Being chosen by Legionnaires throughout the state for this award is quite an honor.”
Holle has worked for the SPD since 1995 and is currently assigned to the Training Unit of the department, working in the position of range officer. Prior to his career with the SPD, he was employed by the Monett Police Department for three years. He has performed the functions of a patrol officer, vice/gang investigator, hostage/crisis negotiator and community-policing officer.
Hundreds of students have been able to benefit from Holle’s passion and great willingness to share his knowledge and experience with those interested in a law enforcement career.
Holle has taught Missouri Basic POST academies since 1999, specializing in firearms. As a generalist instructor, he has taught at Drury University’s Law Enforcement Academy since 2007, in common core areas of drug investigation, search and seizure, report writing and criminal investigations. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Ft. Leonard Wood teaching Military Police Advanced Individual Training (AIT) courses. Since 2010, he has been teaching associate and bachelor’s degree level courses at ITT Tech in interview and interrogation, principles of policing, criminal investigation, transportation security, report writing and Homeland Security. Holle earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree in criminology with a certificate in terrorism from Drury University.
In addition to his law enforcement experience, Holle has an extensive military career. In 2007, he retired as a First Sergeant with the 1138th MP Company, Missouri Army National Guard, after a combined 21 years of service with the Army and the Army National Guard.
Holle has been a member of the American Legion for 23 years and is currently with Post #419.
2015 Law & Order Award
The Springfield Police Department and other emergency personnel responded to a fatality crash at 4:14 p.m. on July 28 at the intersection of West Bypass and Battlefield. The crash involved two motor vehicles: a white 1999 Honda CR...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is sending a message to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the fourth anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national p...
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), will arrive on Aug. 10 to examine all aspects of the Springfield Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operati...
On July 23, the Springfield Police Department conducted a DWI saturation patrol. Six drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated during the time of the operation.
The saturation patrol was funded through a grant from th...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Dancing Mule, 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public a...
The second quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 6 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of April through June 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Saf...
One common form of burglary during the summer months is entering open garage doors, and just as in past summers, the Springfield Police Department has been noticing an increase in this type of criminal behavior.
“What we are seeing again is that people are forgetting to close their garage doors overnight or choosing to leave them open while being inside or in their back yard,” said Sgt. David Meyer of the SPD's Property Crimes Unit. “Many assume that their belongings are safe since they are at home, but it only takes a few seconds to steal items from an open garage and take off.”
Just yesterday, Springfield police arrested 24-year-old Tiffany Justice after a homeowner caught her going through her vehicle inside her garage. SPD plans to present charges against Justice to the prosecutor’s office today.
These actions are offering thieves easy access inside garages where valuables, home or car keys or even garage door openers may be attainable. The SPD advises people to keep their garages closed, even if they are only away for a few minutes and believe their neighborhood is safe.
More tips from the SPD for preventing garage burglaries:
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Case number: 15-26537 Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer417-864-1786LCox@springfieldmo.govRelease authorized by: A/Lt. DavidRead on...
A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for two police officers at 4 p.m. today at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.
The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) on June 18. With classes held at Boston University, the...
At 3:46 p.m. on June 30, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Kearney Street and Melville Road.
A 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, driven by Shirley M. Hughes, 80, of Springfield, was traveling sout...
DeAnn Reynolds, fleet and equipment supervisor for the Springfield Police Department, earned accreditation as a Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) from the NAFA Fleet Management Association®.
Reynolds’s focuses of study included fleet information management, maintenance management, professional development and vehicle fuel management. Due to her successful completion of the CAFS program, Reynolds is continuing her studies in the remaining disciplines to earn her Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) designation.
Her career with the City of Springfield began with Human Resources in 2003. In 2010, she transferred to the Service Center at Public Works, and she joined the Springfield Police Department in 2014 as the first civilian and the first female holding her current position as the fleet and equipment supervisor.
NAFA is the world's premier not-for-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe.
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.
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At 1:41 p.m. on June 29, Springfield police officers responded to the intersection of Brentwood and Seminole for a crash involving a vehicle and bicyclist.
The initial investigation determined that Barbara A. Calhoun, 72, of S...
Graduation ceremonies for the officers of the 65th Springfield Police Academy will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Rd.
The 20 graduates have undergone 1,019 hours (24 weeks)...
The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend the upcoming informational seminar. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at the Sp...
On June 18, the Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a saturation patrol, and eight drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.
The saturation patrol was fu...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Hebrews Coffee, 1604 E. Republic. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...
At 1:43 p.m. on May 18, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Calhoun Street and Lafontaine Avenue. A 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Lisa Lee, 51, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Calhoun...
UPDATE: Maximus was safely located in the 3800 block of S. Campbell.
The Springfield Police Department is searching for 9-year-old Maximus Mobley-Benson. He is autistic and was last seen by his mother at 4:15 p.m. today in the ...
The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of June. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
At approximately 1:49 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, Springfield police officers responded to Cartoons Oyster Bar, 1614 S. Glenstone, in regards to an assault on the parking lot at the location. When officers arrived, they found one su...
The Springfield Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating Tyler B. Shepard, 25. A probable cause item has been issued for first-degree assault for his involvement in the shooting of a 29-year-old male just after 11 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the intersection of Lynn and Concord.
Shepard is 6 feet tall, 195 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Do not try to apprehend Shepard as he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
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Update: Randy Marney was safely returned to his home on a church bus just before 1 p.m. today and is unharmed. It was discovered that Marney was with a church group during the morning, but parents were unclear of related details....
Update: 2-month-old Jacob Dake and parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas, were located this morning at a Springfield hotel. The child is safe and is being treated at a hospital. Dake and Stas were arrested for interference with custody, and charges are pending.
Update: The Springfield Police Department is still on the lookout for Stas, Dake and their child, Jacob. The suspect vehicle issued earlier, however, was located late last night in Springfield. Those with information about the family's whereabouts are still urged to contact the SPD at 417-864-1810 or call 911 with those details.
Original: The Springfield Police Department is searching for a missing and endangered child.
2-month-old Jacob Joseph Dake (03-22-15) is in need of immediate medical care and the court has issued an order to take custody of him. Jacob is believed to be with his parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas.
The mother is Dorothy J. Stas, 22. Stas is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches and 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The father is Kyle W. Dake, 26. Dake is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. They are believed to be in the Springfield area, possibly headed to Oklahoma, in a black 1999 Ford Mustang with Missouri license plate MK3D0V.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
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A lieutenant from the Springfield Police Department was honored as part of the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF) Command College Class V. Lieutenant Eric Reece graduated from MPCCF’s Command College during commencement exercises held this morning in the Missouri State Capitol’s first floor rotunda.
The Command College training provides leaders in Missouri law enforcement the opportunity to receive advanced command level training, consisting of over 300 hours of Peace Officer Standards and Training continuing education, over the course of the year.
The MPCCF is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1996 to provide assistance and service to citizens and law enforcement. Their mission is two-fold: to promote the safety of Missouri's youth through educational programs and to advance the quality and professionalism of law enforcement by supporting higher standards and offering advanced officer training. The MPCCF is recognized and licensed by the State of Missouri as an approved provider of law enforcement continuing education.
Photo: Captain Greg Higdon, Lieutenant Eric Reece and Major Kirk Manlove
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At 1:13 p.m. on May 25, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near US Highway 60 and National Avenue.
A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Ernest Cloud, 86, of Mountain Grove, was traveling eastbound ...
Two detectives from the Springfield Police Department have been named Law Enforcement Investigators of the Year by the Missouri State Investigators Association (MSIA). Corporal Rod Noble and Detective David Hatch were recognized by the MSIA for their work on a series of home invasion robberies involving elderly victims occurring in 2013 and 2014. The awards were presented last night at the MSIA Annual Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.
After Noble and Hatch concluded an intensive investigation spanning over several months, Joseph Smiley was found guilty of ten robbery, burglary and armed criminal action charges on Feb. 6, 2015. On April 10, 2015, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Three co-suspects in the cases all pleaded guilty to the multiple charges against them and received sentences of 20 years, 10 years and five years. They were also ordered to make restitution payments to victims.
Photo (L-R): SPD's Sgt. David Meyer, Det. David Hatch, Cpl. Rod Noble, Lt. Kevin Grizzell and Capt. David Millsap at the MSIA banquet.
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Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Eurasia Café, 445 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and th...
The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend the upcoming informational seminar. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the...
The Springfield Police Department appreciates the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office’s thorough and extensive review of the shooting by then Officer Andrew Bath that resulted in the death of Michael Ireland.
On Feb. 17, Springf...
June 22, 2015 Update:The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed testing on Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, confirming the cause of both their deaths to be cerebral malaria, a non-communicabl...
The annual brick-laying ceremony at the Victims Memorial Garden in Springfield's Phelps Grove Park will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.
Established in 1991, the Victims Memorial Garden’s purpose is to serve as a special place to remember victims of crime, their families, and those who serve them.
The Springfield Police Department will lay a brick in honor of its Records Section’s Police Services Representatives.
The records staff is responsible for taking police reports from citizens in non-emergency situations that do not require an officer to respond. They also process Sunshine Law requests, gather Uniform Crime Report statistics and serve as an administrative support unit to sworn personnel. A sub-group of the Records Section is the Property and Evidence Unit which is responsible for processing and securing all SPD evidence. In 2014, the Records Section answered over 150,000 calls, took over 29,000 reports and processed over 33,000 new pieces of evidence.
Nine additional honorees will be recognized this evening by individuals and other local agencies.
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The Springfield Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 14 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up — and to save more lives.
At 8:56 p.m. on April 8, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and Barnes Avenue.
A 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by Justin R. Reynolds, 35, of Springfield, was traveling ea...
At 3:30 p.m. on March 22, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Sunshine and Enterprise. A 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Craig A. Inman, 46, of Springfield, was traveling westbound on...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Classic Rock Coffee, 1900 W. Sunset. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public ...
The Springfield Police Department responded to a “check person” call at Lakeshore Apartments, 3660 S. Cox Ave., at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Officers encountered an armed subject upon arrival and immediately set up...
At 10:13 this morning, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a single vehicle crash. A 2003 Honda van was traveling northbound on Highway 65 when it left the roadway just north of Sunshine, struck an embankment and o...
The Springfield Police Department is currently accepting applications for its cadet program. This program is a volunteer operational unit designed to prepare the cadets for a career in law enforcement while supplementing the resou...
At 8:03 a.m. on March 8, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Battlefield and Kansas Expressway.
A 2014 International Pro Star towing a trailer, driven by Ralph A. James, 60, of Cordova TN,...
The Springfield Police Department has completed an annual report that highlights the department activities over the last 12 months that resulted in the decreased level of crime, as reported in the Uniform Crime Report, as well as ...
On Feb. 21 at 7:38 p.m., officers from the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to Fremont and Sunset for a loud disturbance involving gunfire. An additional caller advised dispatch that a male was shot in the leg and the...
The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session on Thursday, Feb. 26. The session will be held at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. ...
The Springfield Police Department hosted a combined awards and promotions ceremony for citizens and SPD staff at 3 p.m. today at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. Staff and citizens wer...
The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the suspicious nature of three deaths that occurred yesterday at 2246 N. Roosevelt.
Three bodies were recovered from the home, and they have been identified. James E. T...
At 10:07 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a “check person” 911 call in the 1900 block of West Division Street. When officers arrived, one of the suspects fled on foot. Officer Andrew Bath pursue...
The Springfield Police Department responded to the area of Fremont and Erie at 7:51 a.m. on Feb. 15 to check a person.
The person, who has been identified as William A. Spears (03-03-61), was found deceased. An autopsy was comp...
Willie D. Clark, Jr. (10-21-63), is a suspect currently wanted by the Springfield Police Department for questioning regarding the double homicide that occurred earlier today at 752 S. Newton. Clark should be considered armed and d...
The Springfield Police Department is currently investigating a double homicide. At 11:57 a.m. today, officers were dispatched to a 911 call from neighbors of the residence at 752 S. Newton. When officers arrived, they found a male...
At 1:01 a.m. on Feb. 10, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Battlefield and Campbell.
A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Dylan A. Meyer, 20, of Springfield, with a passenger, Seth D. Pe...
At 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 7, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and Haseltine Road.
A 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Bradley N. Price, 31, of Republic, was traveling Ea...
At 9:39 p.m. on Jan. 31, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Atlantic and Boonville.
A moped, driven by Jeffrey D. Anderson, 53, of Springfield, was traveling westbound on Atlantic in fron...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, along with the family of Officer Aaron Pearson, would like to update the community on Aaron’s condition.
After being shot early Monday morning, Aaron suffered serious, career-ending inj...
Our police department has been struck by a tragic incident this morning. The health of our injured officer and the privacy and support of his family are our primary concerns.
Just before 1:30 this morning, our patrol officers ...
A Springfield Police officer was shot when he responded to a "check person" call this morning around 1:30 a.m. He is in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital. The suspect in the shooting, which occurred near Chestnut and Glenstone, The Springf...Read on...
The Springfield Police Department's 2014 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report has been completed.
“Our year-end data shows an overall drop in reported crime in Springfield of 12 percent,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “This is welcome news after reporting a rise in the crime rate at this time last year.”
While crimes against persons increased by 4 percent, due to a 33 percent rise in homicides, (from 12 to 16), and a 7 percent uptick in aggravated assaults, both reported rapes and robberies declined. In 2013, police noted a dramatic increase in residential robberies, or home invasions, but in these types of robberies alone, there was 25 percent decline in 2014. This helped drive the overall rate of robberies to drop by just over 1 percent. Investigators were also able to clear 47 percent of robbery cases, up 13 percent over the past two years.
Reports show rape is down 5 percent in Springfield. “It has now been two years since the FBI made the change to the definition of rape, so we are able to view an accurate yearly comparison again,” said Williams. The FBI broadened the definition to include more sexual assault cases under this classification in January 2013, almost doubling the reports now classified as rape.
Overall, property crimes decreased by 14 percent, largely due to an increased amount of citizens proactively protecting their homes and valuables and the Department’s crime prevention and investigative initiatives that have been developed and expanded over the years. The Community Services Section provided 248 citizens with Neighborhood Watch training in 2014, creating 5 more official Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the City. The “Rollin’ Stolen” list created by investigators brought patrol officers awareness of active criminals and resulting in focused, coordinated efforts to target those subjects who commit multiple property crimes, leading to successful prosecutions, thus removing them from the streets.
Burglaries, both residential and commercial, decreased 21.5 percent from 2013. The combination of increased citizen awareness and thorough, diligent investigators resulted in this significant reduction.
Larceny/theft dropped by 15 percent. This category includes theft from vehicles (decreased 17 percent), shoplifting (increased 12 percent) and other thefts such as gas drive-offs, which dropped by 32 percent. Contributing to this decline were continued SPD efforts to educate the community on limiting the opportunity for crime by not leaving unsecured valuables in vehicles and the SPD’s ability to convince area Kum ‘n Go convenience stores to institute a pre-pay policy for their customers.
Auto thefts continue to be an issue in Springfield, rising 15 percent in 2014. The theft of motorcycles, scooters and vehicles running while unattended are the driving factor in this increase. The SPD has been actively seeking to educate the public on avoiding becoming the next victim of auto theft. An analysis of these crimes indicate that many times, victims have left cars running unattended or have left a key somewhere inside an unlocked vehicle. The clearance rate of auto thefts continues to rise, highlighting the need for, and success of, the Vehicle Theft Unit created in 2013.
Now that year-end statistics are slowly being reported to the FBI by those agencies across the country who chose to participate in the program, cities’ rankings may begin to surface on the internet. Chief Williams reminds citizens of the FBI’s policy against ranking law enforcement agencies based on UCR data alone. Analyses done in this manner would be incomplete, creating misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents, according to the FBI.
“Unfortunately there are a lot of third party websites that supply ‘crime information’ and use a proprietary process to compare or rank cities -- none of which is verifiable or accurate,” he said. “The SPD does not provide data to any of them, and the data used is most often a year or two old. The only true, accurate and fair comparison to be done is against ourselves using historical data.”
SPD 2014 Uniform Crime Report. (pdf).
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The fourth quarter of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crime by 4 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of October through December of 2013, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly P...
At 12:01 this morning, the Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, Gary L. Stephenson (01/03/85), was walking along West Bypass and then walked wes...
The Springfield Police Department is executing two related search warrants today. The warrants are to search for stolen vehicles and stolen property at Washington Pawn (1355 E. Kearney) and American Recovery (1505 E. Kearney). These search warrants were reviewed by the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and authorized by a Greene County judge after a finding of probable cause based upon the affidavits of the investigating detective. The search warrants, applications and affidavits will be available through the Circuit Clerk’s Office when the returns are filed. The returns will be filed after the search and documentation is complete. There is no additional information that can be released at this time because this is an ongoing investigation.
Media Contacts: Springfield Police DepartmentLisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer864-1786
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Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Dancing Mule Coffee Co., 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between t...
At 10:18 a.m. today, Springfield police responded to a crash at US 65 and Division Street.
A minivan driven by Mary Smail, 71, of Rogersville, was northbound on US 65 approaching Division. A witness reported seeing the van swe...
Mayor Bob Stephens today presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with a proclamation designating Jan. 9, 2015 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in the City of Springfield.
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At 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, the Springfield Police Department responded to a crash at 1768 N. Glenstone.
Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling eastbound as it went through the Commercial and Glenstone intersection. It then left the roadway, struck trailers in the U-Haul parking lot and came to a stop after crashing into the U-Haul building.
The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was trapped and was extricated by the Springfield Fire Department. He was then pronounced deceased by medical personnel. He has been identified as Eugene David Burns II (7-5-61) of Springfield. Next of kin has been notified. The Springfield Police Department's investigation of the crash is ongoing.
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At approximately 5 a.m. on Dec. 12, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to 1119 S. Gelven for subjects breaking into vehicles. The two subjects, now identified as Gage C. Scott (3-18-97) and Jeremiah T. White (9-27-95...
A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for four police officers at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at the Springfield Police Department's SRT (Mill) Building, 216 W. Central.
Graduates include:-Michael Carney, formerly of the Alamo Heights, Texas Police Department-Eric Dye, formerly of the Nixa Police Department-Todd Mallow, formerly of the Branson Police Department-Chris Wallen, formerly of the Clinton Police Department
The community is invited to help welcome these four officers to the Springfield Police Department and congratulate them on their lateral academy graduation.
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From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Holiday DWI Campaign” crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Springfield, will run from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1.
The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to substance-impaired driving over the holidays.
The SPD will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving substance-impaired.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation still get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing substance-impaired driving epidemic.
Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators. In 2014, 223 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1.5 days. Holidays such as the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays are particularly dangerous.
There were 41 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between Dec. 13, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014. Four of the fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.
Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, the SPD plans to make roadways safer for everyone throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.
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The Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle crash at 3909 S. Campbell at 9:21 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. It was reported that the vehicle was engulfed in flames and the driver was trapped. Several citi...
At approximately 1:19 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, Springfield police officers responded to 2126 N. Main Avenue after a 911 caller indicated they heard noises outside and found an injured man lying on the ground bleeding. When officers...
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Hebrews Coffee, 1604 E. Republic Rd. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...
The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a crash at 10:49 a.m. today.
Two vehicles, a black Chevrolet HHR and a white Buick Century, were traveling on the northbound off-ramp of Highway 65 at Chestnut Expressway. Th...
The Springfield Police Department is continuing to investigate an assault that occurred on Aug. 22 at 318 South Avenue. The incident took place after those involved left The Outland where a performance by the rap group, Chain Gang...
On Nov. 7, the Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, MoDOT, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, conducted a sobriety checkpoint at t...
The third quarter of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crime by 9 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of July through September of 2013, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Publ...
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to welcome Katie Towns-Jeter back to the SGCHD family.
Towns-Jeter will return as an assistant director for the department, a title she will share with current Assistant Director Clay Goddard. Two of her top priorities will be assisting in the implementation of the department’s Community Health Improvement Plan as well as contributing to the efforts city-wide as part of the Zone 1 Blitz planning.
Towns-Jeter served as the public information officer at the department until spearheading the creation of SGCHD's division of chronic disease prevention. Since 2013, Towns-Jeter has served as the system director of corporate and community Health with SGCHD's valued partner CoxHealth. She will return to SGCHD in September.
"I am thrilled about the opportunity to again be a part of the excellent team at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department!" Towns-Jeter said. "This team is driving community health improvements with careful analysis, strategic initiatives and solid partnerships. With all that is taking place to improve our community and redesign health care, it will be exciting as well as an extreme privilege to join this team and serve alongside them as we help Greene County become the happiest, healthiest place to live. "
Towns-Jeter graduated with a bachelor of science in sports medicine/athletic training and later a master’s of public health from Missouri State University. After beginning her career in public health at the American Cancer Society, she was afforded opportunities to serve patients during their cancer journey as well as work in a preventative realm by serving as the regional director of government relations.
In this role, Towns-Jeter worked with staff and the community to initiate the coalition and strategic plan that would form One Air Alliance and eventually lead to the adoption of the smoke-free ordinance in Springfield. A transfer to the City of Springfield at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department allowed Towns-Jeter to serve as the public information officer and eventually spearhead the initiation of the division of chronic disease prevention.
In March of 2013, Towns-Jeter joined CoxHealth as the system director of corporate and community health and has been delivering strategic wellness initiatives and population health management tactics aimed to improve health outcomes and the overall state of health of the corporations and the community.
"The addition of a person of Katie’s quality gives us added bench strength in an effort to improve the exceptional public health services our citizens have enjoyed for many years,” Director Kevin Gipson said.
For more information contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, 417-874-1205.Read on...
A variety of organizations working across the spectrum of health in our community have come together to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve. And now they need your help.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to remind the public that parking lot or roadside sales of domestic animals by private citizens inside the City of Springfield are no longer permitted.
In November, Sp...Read on...
It’s that time of year when Ozarks residents flock to local streams and rivers in droves.But recreational waterways can also contain harmful bacteria and parasites. To provide swimmers with information on the quality of water in...Read on...
It may not officially be spring yet, but spring allergens have already made a return to the area.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is now posting daily pollen counts for the 2015 season. The counts are...Read on...
As a result of a request from Springfield City Council, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will begin partnering with local animal rescues to avoid euthanizing adoptable pit bull and pit bull mix dogs.
The six-mon...Read on...
With confirmed flu cases continuing to climb at historic rates in Greene County, the Springfield Health Department and the healthcare community have opted to implement visitor restrictions to hospital facilities in our area.
With a large jump in reported flu cases, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding citizens of the importance of the influenza vaccine.
“Prevention is the key to protect yourself and your family from influen...Read on...
The community’s first flu cases are a good reminder that everyone who can ought to get a flu vaccine before spending time with family and friends during the holidays.
In the past two weeks, there have been a total of five conf...Read on...
Flu season is just around the corner, and the best method of protection – not to mention one of the easiest – is the flu vaccine.
For most people, there are many opportunities to get a flu shot: from doctors’ offices to walk-i...Read on...
In light of several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri recently reporting clusters of severe respiratory illness in children, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to stress the simple prevention methods that ...Read on...
It’s been nearly three years since the Springfield-Greene County Health Department had to euthanize an adoptable dog. The department, along with the community partners who made the milestone happen, will host a free event to celeb...Read on...
With temperatures up to 100 degrees, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges residents to take steps to protect against heat-related illnesses. These illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, occur when the...Read on...
It might seem a little early, but now is the time for parents and guardians of school-age children to think about required and recommended vaccinations for the 2014-15 school year.
Parents should begin working vaccinations into their family’s schedule...Read on...
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board hosts Dog Swim XII, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4-7 p.m. at Fassnight Pool, 1300 S. Campbell, Springfield.
The annual canine aquatics event gives man’s best friend a chance to dog paddle in the big pool (dog only, no hum...Read more »
Meador Pool reopens Saturday, Aug. 15, after a major water leak forced the pool to be closed for most of the season.
Meador will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend, including Aug. 15-16, Aug. 22-23, Aug., 29-30 and Sep...Read more »
The Springfield Sister Cities Association, with support from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, hosts the 20th Annual Japanese Fall Festival Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Clos...Read more »
Springfield’s Annual Park Day Reunion will be held this weekend at Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, as well as other locations around the city.
The Park Day Reunion takes place at Silver Springs Park every year on first weekend of August, bringin...Read more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board hosts the Amateur Softball Association’s Girls 18U “A” Fast Pitch Northern National Championship July 29 – August 2 at Killian Sports Complex, 2141 E. Pythian St., Springfield, Missouri.
The tournament's opening ceremony, including a parade of teams, a Girl Scout Troop 71356 color guard presentation, national anthem by Children’s Choir of Southwest Missouri, and remarks by city, county and ASA officials, takes place Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m., at Killian Softball Stadium.
Forty teams of girls ages 18 and under are registered to compete in the championship tournament, bringing hundreds of players, coaches and family members from across the country to Springfield.
Each year, Parks facilities host more than 50 national, regional, state and local tournaments in softball, baseball, soccer, hockey, tennis, volleyball and golf, generating an estimated $13-15 million annually for the local economy.
For more information, visit parkboard.org.
For media inquiries only, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has identified the primary source of a major leak that caused the pool to close May 28, and repairs are now underway.
Soon after Meador Pool opened Memorial Day weekend, it was found to be leaking at a rate of 1...Read more »
All 18 holes reopen for play at Rivercut Golf Course Wednesday, July 1, just 12 days after the course was flooded.
The record-breaking June 19 James River flood covered holes No. 1-12 with water, washing out turf and sand traps and leaving behind mud a...Read more »
* Update June 25: This news release includes some updated ticket prices.
Discount tickets are now available for Missouri theme parks through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association. Di...Read on...
UPDATE July 1: All 18 holes at Rivercut are now reopened. See update HERE
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Rivercut Golf Course is closed due to flood damage left by the record-breaking James River flood on Friday, June 19.
The river, which abuts the course, crested on site between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday, flooding 12 holes, the practice range, the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center, the maintenance building and the lower parking lot. The flood also washed away a portion of a 75-foot golf cart bridge at hole No. 6.
The entire course is closed as staff assesses damage and the property continues to drain.
“Holes 1-12 were all flooded, and there are parts of the course we cannot yet access,” said Bob Belote, Director of Parks. “All our golf and operations staff are out here working hard to clean up. We’d like to get the back nine holes reopened in the next two days, and hopefully, we can have the front nine open within one to two weeks.”
Floodwaters rose to eight inches within the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center, soaking flooring, baseboards and lower walls. Additional damage is still being assessed. The building was built in 2001 and this is the first time it has flooded.
About two feet of water entered the Rivercut Maintenance building, but damage was minimal as golf staff had moved mowers and other equipment to higher ground earlier in the day.
The bridge at hole No. 6 was completely destroyed, with a portion washing away. This bridge, spanning a crevice over a tributary of the river, had also sustained damage in a flood in 2008. The 2008 floodwaters were not as high at Rivercut, but the current was stronger, causing more extensive damage to the course and two other bridges.
The owner of a cow and her calf found on the golf course has been contacted.
Rivercut Golf Course opened in 1997 at 2850 W. Farm Road 190, just southwest of Springfield city limits.
Four golf tournaments were scheduled at Rivercut in the next three days. All have been rescheduled or relocated.
Damage assessment continues at Rivercut, and a cost estimate of flood damage is underway. Rivercut Golf Course is included in the Park Board’s insurance policy.
Friday’s flooding also impacted greenway trails throughout the Parks system, many of which follow creek and stream beds.
“Friday's flooding left water and debris on many greenway trails, especially the Ward Branch Greenway,” said Belote. “People really need to show great caution on all our greenways until we have a chance to get them cleaned up.”
Floodwaters rose to within a foot of the Lake Springfield Boathouse, but the structure did not sustain any damage. Lake Springfield Park is open today, but boat rentals are suspended until Lake Springfield recedes to a safe depth. The park’s boat ramp is also closed.
For more information on events scheduled at Rivercut Golf Course, call 417-891-1645.
For media inquiries only, call Steve King, Rivercut Golf Course coordinator, at 417-827-9719; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510, or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
Dogs and their owners are invited to the 26th Annual Bark in the Park dog festival Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m. to noon on the Great Lawn at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.
The event includes a 9 a.m. guided dog wal...Read more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host a grand opening for the Davis House & Property Saturday, June 6, 9-11 a.m. at 5780 S. Farm Road 141 (Cox Road,) just south of Springfield.
The Davis House & Property is home to the Greater Springfield Community Olympic Development Program (CODP), a youth athletic training program specializing in Archery, Ice Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball. The property is also home to the Park Board’s CODP Archery Range.
The Park Board leases the Davis House & Property from Greene County, with the Park Board providing maintenance, utilities and liability coverage. The Archery Range has operated on the property for a little more than a year now, but renovations needed to make the Davis House publicly accessible have only recently been competed.
Saturday’s event includes a formal program at 10 a.m. as well as an open house and tours of the Park Board’s CODP Archery Range. An archery demonstration will follow the program.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
The Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association’s 3rd annual Dirt Day will be held Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at historic Lafayette Park, 202 E. Atlantic St.
Dirt Day is a free celebration of the pleasures and healthy benefits of gardening, green...Read more »
The 14th Annual Summer SnowFest returns to downtown Springfield’s Jordan Valley Park, 635 E. Trafficway Saturday, June 20, noon to 4 p.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to climb, slide and build snowmen in a mountain of snow made from ice shavings from M...Read more »
*Update June 2, 2015: Registration for this event is now full and closed.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Missouri Department of Conservation host the 34th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day, Saturday, June 6, at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 38...Read more »
Ozark Greenways and Queen City Cycles present the 2nd Annual Iron Horse Gravel Grind Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Frisco Highline Trail and scenic gravel roads in Polk County.
The Iron Horse Gravel Grind offers a 40-mile and 100-mile bike rid...Read more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has named Jim Fisher as the new Assistant Director of Parks, over Administration. Fisher begins Monday, June 1.
Fisher has spent more than 30 years in public parks administration, mostly in the Kansas City area,...Read more »
Springfield’s Meador Pool will close for at least a week starting Thursday, May 28, pending investigation of a major water leak.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board made the decision to close after staff discovered the pool was losing water at the rate of 1,500 gallons an hour. Meador holds 240,000 gallons of water. A leak was suspected soon after Meador was filled for the season, but the full extent was not known until the pool opened for the season Memorial Day weekend.
The cause and location of the leak is not known. The pool must be closed for pool specialists to inspect the water supply and return lines and filtration system. The pool will remain closed while repairs are made. The exact length of the closure is not yet known.
“We’ll be bringing in a camera to scope the lines, to identify the break location,” said Miles Park, Assistant Parks Director. “Then we’ll have a better idea on how long the repairs will take. Obviously we want to implement repairs as soon as possible so that we can reopen the pool.”
Meador remains open regular hours today, 1-6:30 p.m. Park said there is no danger or risk to the public.
“We’ve been adding fresh water, and we’re keeping the water properly chlorinated,” said Park. “But we simply cannot continue operating the pool with that amount of water loss.”
Next week's scheduled rentals and programs for Meador Pool are being moved to other pools. Stingrays Swim Team practices scheduled for Tuesday through Friday will be held at Fassnight Pool 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m.
As repairs are made at Meador, five other outdoor pools remain open: Fassnight, Grant Beach, McGee/McGregor Wading Pool, Silver Springs and Westport. Pools are open 1-6:30 p.m. Outdoor pool admission is $2.50/youth and seniors, $3/adults. Admission drops to $1 or is free with a canned food donation 5:30-6:30 daily at outdoor pools only. Donations benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.
Indoor swimming is also available at outdoor prices at Chesterfield Aquatics Center and Doling Aquatics Center, Mon.- Thurs., 1-6:30 p.m. Otherwise, admission is $6/youth and senior, $8/adult.
The Jordan Valley Park Ozarks Stream and Fountain is also operating daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Detailed information about pool schedules, swimming lessons, pool rules, swim team and more is available at parkboard.org/aquatics. For more information, call the Aquatics Hotline at 417-864-2099.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny Edwards.For safety and security purposes, media is not allowed in the gate of any outdoor pool without clearance through Parks Administration. Please make arrangements at 417-837-5724-5724 or 417-224-5510 before arriving at any public poolRead more »
Sample Springfield’s many free activities promoting physical and mental health this summer with the Passport to Health Living, and be entered into an Aug. 22 drawing for great prizes including a Real Pad digital tablet, provided by AARP of Springfield.
All ages are invited to pick up their own Passport to Healthy Living at a variety of sites throughout Springfield beginning May 26. Use the clues in the passport as your guide for discovering parks, libraries and other resources for healthy living.
Here’s how it works: Follow the clues on each page to answer the questions as you explore all the local, healthy-living resources.
“It's really like a treasure hunt, designed to help people discover new things they may not have known about their community,” said Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, which collaborated on the passport. “Most of the questions in the passport can’t be answered with a Google search, so participants have to get out and do some exploration to find the answers.”
Answer at least half of the 26 questions in your passport, then turn it in to one of the pickup locations by Aug. 8. You’ll receive a small gift from AARP and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Your returned passport is you entry for the drawings. Prize winners will be announced at the Passport to Health Living ice skating party Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway.
The Passport to Health Living is sponsored by AARP in Springfield, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield.
Pick up your passport beginning May 26, and drop it off by Aug. 8, at any of these locations:
For more information, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny Edwards; or Kathleen O’Dell, Springfield-Greene County Library District, 417-616-0564, or 417-844-5872; or Diane Hall, AARP Missouri State Office, toll-free 866-389-5627Read more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s six outdoor pools open for the season Saturday, May 23.
All six outdoor pools, including Fassnight, Grant Beach, McGee/McGregor Wading Pool, Meador, Silver Springs and Westport, will be open Saturday, May 23, ...Read more »
More than 60 second graders from Springfield’s Eugene Field Elementary School will visit Timmons Temple at Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, Friday, May 15, 9:30 a.m., after the students spent much of the school year raising money to save the historic...Read more »
SPRINGFIELD, MO — Springfield Lasers marquee player John Isner has added a second date to the team’s home schedule, now appearing Fri., July 24, and Sat., July 25, in Springfield as part of the Mylan World TeamTennis 40th Season.
Isner, the No. 1 Ameri...Read more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Heart of the Ozarks Junior Golf Foundation will officially open the new Betty’s Clubhouse playground feature Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m., at the Betty Allison Junior Golf Course at Rivercut Golf Course, 2850 ...Read more »
Ozark Greenways’ annual Bike to Work Week returns May 11-15, 2015, challenging residents to leave their car behind at least one day that week to get to work or school, by commuting by bike, taking the bus, carpooling, walking, telecommuting, or any combin...Read more »
Historic Timmons Temple will make its final move onto its permanent home in Silver Springs Park Monday.
Professional movers Tilton & Sons, from Carthage, plan to begin the building’s 100-foot move by noon, using special remote-controlled hydraulic dollies (including 80 wheels) powered by a generator which travels with structure.
This is the third planned move for the 444,000-lb. stone structure, which stood at the corner of Webster Street and Texas Avenue, serving as a church for more than 80 years. After the building was sold and slated for demolition, the non-profit group Save Timmons Temple formed to preserve, relocate and renovate the structure. Movement began March 26 with U-turn, and continued March 31 when the building moved about 2 blocks, into Silver Springs Park. Excavation began nearby on the building’s future foundation, nestled between the park’s basketball court and ball field, and the Jordan Creek Greenway.
Orren Tilton, owner of Tilton & Sons, said new footings are now set and the building is ready to move into its final position.
“Chains will be put back into place to steer the dollies, and it will roll over positioned steel plates to the footing,” said Tilton. “When in position, the wheels will be removed, as well as some of the steel (reinforcements), and cribbing will be put into place as the foundation is built up around the building.”
Infill and renovation will follow in the months to come. Once complete, Timmons Temple will be used as an event center, owned and operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Timmons Temple was built in 1932 and served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years. The building’s exterior walls are 16-inch solid stone and concrete, inlaid with ornate rock sunburst patterns and built, in part, from rocks found in nearby Jordan Creek. By 2014, the Timmons Temple congregation had outgrown the building and sold it to Greenway Studios, LLC. Save Timmons Temple worked closely with Greenway Studios to preserve the building as the developer prepared to build micro-efficiency apartments on the site.
The Timmons Temple relocation and reconstruction is financed entirely by donations and in-kind labor to the non-profit group, Save Timmons Temple, with the fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The move, excavation and new foundation alone cost $105,000. Significant contributions from Greenway Studios, LLC, Tilton & Sons, and the City of Springfield, as well as in-kind and private donations, have helped make the move possible.
Fundraising efforts continue for the building’s infill and renovation, including doors, sidewalk, restroom, ramp, window repair, tuck pointing and more. The Building and Construction Trade Council of Springfield and Vicinity and local contractors have pledged to donate labor and some materials, and Great Southern Bank recently pledged to fund the cost of a new roof. But several thousand dollars more are needed to complete the $250,000 project. To make a donation, visit SaveTimmonsTemple.org
For media inquiries, contact Paula Ringer, co-chair of Save Timmons Temple citizen committee, at 417-818-1339; or contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
The Springfield Sister Cities Association hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.
This family-friendly free event highlig...Read more »
Ozark Greenways and Springfield Public Works extend a fun and unique opportunity for volunteers to help beautify the newest section of Fassnight Creek Greenway.
Volunteers are needed to install trees, bushes and shrubs in four new native species planting beds along Fassnight Creek Greenway, just east of Parkview High School, Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to noon.
Terry Whaley, Executive Director of Ozark Greenways, said more than 100 plants will be planted Saturday along the greenway and Fassnight Creek.
“The native plants will make the greenway corridor look nice, but their roots also help stabilize the stream bank and prevent soil erosion, which protects water quality in Fassnight Creek and downstream in Wilson’s Creek,” said Whaley.
The event will be very informative about the importance of restoring our community's stream corridors with native species plants, shrubs and trees. Bring your native plant questions, as there will be local experts on-site.
The event is free and no RSVP is needed. Meet on Bennett Street, one block east of Campbell Avenue, at the intersection of Bennett and Utah Ave.
Volunteers may participate for part or all of the planting time. Bring your own work gloves, and planting and digging tools like shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, if you have them (equipment not required.)
For media inquiries, contact Terry Whaley, Executive Director of Ozark Greenways, (417) 864-2014, or email Terry Whaley, or Lori Tack, Program Coordinator for Ozark Greenways, at, (417) 864-2015, or email Lori Tack, or Ellen Littrell, Urban Forester with Springfield Public Works, at (417) 874-2154 or Ellen Littrell.Read more »
Springfield, Mo. — The Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League has released its 2015 season schedule, including the Springfield Lasers 20th season.
The Springfield Lasers schedule includes seven home matches, including a July 25 appearance by Lasers m...Read more »
Historic Timmons Temple will travel more than a block Tuesday, as professional movers carefully move the stone structure from private property to nearby Silver Springs Park.
Professional movers Tilton & Sons, from Carthage, plan to begin the big move by 10 or 11 a.m. Tuesday, first moving the structure onto Webster Street, then east on Webster and across the BNSF railroad tracks. At the corner of Webster and Hampton Avenue, the structure will turn north and proceed into Silver Springs Park. Tuesday’s move will conclude with Timmons Temple parked adjacent to its permanent home in Silver Springs Park. The entire move is expected to take 5-6 hours.
Portions of Texas Avenue, Webster Street and Hampton Avenue will be closed Tuesday during the move. The Silver Springs Park north parking lot will also be closed.
Tuesday’s move is the second of three planned for the 444,000-lb. structure. The first move began Thursday and continued through Saturday, as the movers made a tight U-turn on private property, positioning the structure for the second move. Tuesday’s move is expected to proceed more quickly as the structure moves more in a straight line. Tilton & Sons is using a special set of remote-controlled hydraulic dollies, including some 80 wheels, powered by a generator which travels with structure.
Tilton & Sons plan begin excavation Wednesday in Silver Springs Park, to ready the permanent site for Timmons Temple. After footings are set, the structure will make its third and final move to its home in Silver Springs Park, nestled between the park’s basketball court and ball field, and the Jordan Creek Greenway. This final move is expected sometime in April. The foundation will be built up around the structure, with infill and renovation following in the months to come.
Once complete, Timmons Temple will be used as an event center, owned and operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Timmons Temple was built in 1932 and served Springfield’s African-American community for more than 80 years. The building’s exterior walls are 16-inch solid stone and concrete, inlaid with ornate rock sunburst patterns and built, in part, from rocks found in nearby Jordan Creek. By 2014, the Timmons Temple congregation had outgrown the building and sold it to Greenway Studios, LLC. Save Timmons Temple formed in April 2014 to preserve the structure from demolition as Greenway Studios prepared to build micro-efficiency apartments on the site.
Fundraising efforts continue for the building’s infill and renovation, including a new roof, doors, sidewalk, restroom, ramp, window repair, tuck pointing and more. The Building and Construction Trade Council of Springfield and Vicinity and local contractors have pledged to donate labor and some materials, but several thousand dollars more are needed to complete the $250,000 project. To make a donation, visit SaveTimmonsTemple.org
The public is invited to join Ozark Greenways for their 24th annual meeting, Tues., March 31, 6-8 p.m. at Hammons Heart Institute, 1325 E. Cherokee, in Springfield. Attendees will celebrates recent accomplishments and look forward to what’s planned in 2015, as Ozark Greenways continues to develop a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly Springfield.
The evening event includes a social hour and light dinner, 6-7 p.m., and the program to follow, 7-8 p.m. The program will include a special presentation from several Springfield community members sharing their personal stories about how the trails have changed their lives for the better called, “If Trails Could Talk: Lives Saved, Lives Lengthened, Lives Loved.” The event is free, but donations are encouraged, and no RSVP is needed.
Ozark Greenways' goal is to inform the public about Springfield’s growing network of bicycling and pedestrian facilities, how they are developed, and that the organization requires the support of its membership base to continue this work. Many trails users may not be aware that they can become a member of Ozark Greenways.
Ozark Greenways began preserving greenway trails for public use in the Springfield community in 1991. Now on any day, one can go to any of the greenway trails and see all types of people – a variety of all ages, abilities and social classes.
Bicycle commuting has also been gaining in popularity over the last two years in response to Springfield Public Works’ significant expansion of the city’s on-street bike route network, including their newest corridor concept, The Link. Thousands of people use Springfield’s trails and on-street bike routes every week for fun, recreation, health and transportation routes. Ozark Greenways is excited that due to public-private partnership, Springfield has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists until 2019.
For media inquiries, contact Terry Whaley, Executive Director, (417) 864-2014, or email Terry Whaley, or Lori Tack, Program Coordinator, (417) 864-2015, or email LoriRead more »
Contractors began moving Timmons Temple Thursday, March 26.
The move from the original location to the eventual permanent home in Silver Springs Park will be completed in stages. Professional building movers Tilton & Sons, of Carthage, are coordinating the move.
Greenway Studios, LLC, has set a March 31 deadline for the structure to be removed from its current location. The structure is currently blocking development of the site, slated for new micro-efficiency apartments.
Moving the 444,000-lb. structure is a complicated endeavor, requiring special remote-controlled hydraulic moving equipment from Tilton & Sons, and coordination with Springfield Public Works, City Utilities of Springfield, BNSF, the Park Board and others.
The first move include is essentially a U-turn on the Greenway Studios site, with the structure temporarily parking in the northeast corner of the property. This move began Thursday and continued Friday.
The second move will travel the longest distance, with the structure traveling east on Webster Street, then north through Silver Springs Park’s north parking lot, finally parking adjacent to Timmons Temple’s permanent home in Silver Springs Park. This move crosses BNSF rail tracks and necessitates temporary removal of street signs and streetlights. Webster and portions of Silver Springs will also have to be closed during this move. The second move is tentatively expected to take place next week, but it could be earlier or later, depending on a number of factors. At this point, it is difficult to predict how long the second move will take.
Immediately following the second move, contractors begin excavation to construct the new foundation for Timmons Temple on its permanent site. The structure then makes its third and final move to his home in Silver Springs Park, nestled between the park’s basketball court and ball field, and the Jordan Creek Greenway. The final move is expected during the month of April, weather permitting. The structure’s infill and renovation will follow in the months to come.
The church relocation and reconstruction is financed entirely by donations and in-kind labor to the non-profit group Save Timmons Temple. Fundraising efforts continue. For more information about Save Timmons Temple, or to make a donation, visit SaveTimmonsTemple.org
Thinking of a summer job? The Park Board is now accepting applications for summer seasonal employment.
Openings include lifeguards, cashiers, scorekeepers, umpires and referees, and staff for concessions, family centers, golf courses, Cooper Tennis Com...Read more »
More than 140 children and adults with disabilities are planning to play in the spring season at the Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field in Springfield’s Dan Kinney Park.
At least 50 additional volunteer buddies are needed to make the Mi...Read more »
Springfield, Mo. — The Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League completed its 40th Season Roster Draft today in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Springfield Lasers, celebrating their 20th season in 2015, drafted John Isner, America’s No. 1 male tennis player s...Read more »
Springfield hockey fans are invited to enjoy a hard-hitting game while supporting a good cause Friday night.
The Springfield Express is donating 100 percent of ticket proceeds from its Friday, Feb. 20 home game to the family of Springfield Police O...
Registration is now open for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board's spring and summer softball, baseball and flag football leagues. Numerous leagues are available for youth and adults, male, female and co-ed, including:
Spring Recreational Youth Baseball League Recreational leagues with a 5-game guarantee. T-Ball to Player Pitch 14. Register by March 20. League begins April 13.Cooper & Ewing Sports Complexes 837-5817Age: 6-14 yrs.Fee: $170-$200/Team
Spring Competitive Youth Baseball League Competitive leagues with a 10-game guarantee. Register by March 20. League begins April 13.Cooper & Ewing Sports Complexes 837-5817Age: 10-14 yrs.Fee: $407-$478/Team
Spring Youth Softball LeaguesGirls’ Coach Pitch, Modified Pitch and Fast Pitch softball leagues. Register by March 20. League begins April 13.Meador Softball Complex 837-5817Age: 6 yrs.-High SchoolFee: $150-$175/Team
Little Sluggers Leagues Co-Ed Instructional league focusing on the fundamentals of baseball. All Players are placed on teams and coached by volunteer coaches. Score is not kept during games. T-Ball and Coach Pitch divisions are available. Register by March 25. Leagues begin April 11.Cooper & Ewing Sports Complexes 837-5817Age: 4-9 year olds.Fee: $45/participant
Adult Softball Leagues Men’s Slow, Senior Slow, Women’s Slow, and Coed Slow Pitch softball leagues. Register your team by March 20. League begins April 6.Killian Sports Complex 837-5817Age: 14 yrs. and upFee: $340/Team
Adult Flag Football Leagues 7-on-7 non-contact adult flag football league. Register by March 20. League begins March 28.Killian Sports Complex 837-5817Age: 16 yrs. and upFee: $240/Team
Summer Recreational Youth Baseball League Recreational leagues with a 7-game guarantee. Register by May 1. League begins May 26.Cooper Sports Complex 837-5817Age: 6-14 yrs.Fee: $230-$270/Team
Summer Competitive Youth Baseball League Competitive leagues with a 14-game guarantee. Register by May 1. League begins May 26.Cooper Sports Complex 837-5817Age: 10-13 yrs.Fee: $566-$667/Team
Youth Summer Softball Seven-game youth softball league. Classifications are 10U, 12U, 14U, and High School age in Fast Pitch; 10U in Modified Fast Pitch; and 8U, 10U in Coach Pitch. All softball programs filled on a first-come basis. Register by May 8. League begins May 26.Killian Sports Complex 837-5817Age: 8U-14UFee: $200/Team - Coach Pitch $225/Team - 12U Fast & 10U Modified Pitch $250/Team - 14U and High School Fast Pitch
Printable registration forms are available at parkboard.org, or call Killian Sports Complex at 417-837-5817.
For media inquiries only, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has entered into agreement with City Utilities of Springfield to construct an elevated water tank at Chesterfield Park. In a related action, CU has entered into 50-year lease extensions with the Park Board for CU-owned property at Lake Springfield Park, Valley Water Mill Park and Dan Kinney Park, each with additional 50-year renewal options.
Both resolutions were approved by Springfield City Council in a regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 26, following adoption by the Board of Public Utilities on Dec. 4, 2014, and the Park Board on Jan. 9.
“City Utilities has supported the park system for many years, and we are very happy to be able to return the favor in helping CU better address the community’s long-term water supply and distribution needs,” said Bob Belote, Director of Parks. “We take great pride in our partnership with CU. And this is a great example of two public entities working together to give our residents twice the bang for their buck.”
CU held a public forum on possible water tank site locations at Chesterfield Family Center on April 24, 2013. The public has indicated no negative feedback for the Chesterfield Park location.
The new water tank will be built on the far northeast corner of Chesterfield Park, 2511 W. Republic Road. The Park Board is leasing an undeveloped .89 acres to CU for 50 years, with the option to renew another 50 years in 2065. The water tank will be adjacent to James River Freeway. It will not impact Chesterfield Family Center, nor the park’s existing playground and walking trails, nor planned future development of lacrosse fields, restrooms, tennis courts and parking. Construction on the water tank is not planned until 2019.
“We’re happy to again partner with the Parks department on a project that will enhance the quality of life in our community,” said Scott Miller, General Manager of City Utilities of Springfield. “Even though construction of this elevated water tank is several years away, when completed, it will not only provide additional water pressure to southwest Springfield, but it will also help to provide adequate fire suppression in that area.”
CU and the Park Board entered into three long-term parks leases in 2006, allowing construction of the Lake Springfield Boathouse and other improvements at Lake Springfield Park, 5424 S. Kissick Ave; and development of Valley Water Mill Park, 2450 E. Valley Water Mill Road; and Dan Kinney Park, including Dan Kinney Family Center and the Betty and Bobbly Allison Miracle League Ball Field, at 2701 S. Blackman Road. All three properties were previously managed by CU. The new leases amend the original 25-year lease agreements, extending them to 2056. If, at that time, these three properties are still being used as parks, the leases may be extended another 50 years.
The Park Board actively partners with more than 300 local organizations to provide parks programs, events and facilities. CU's partnership with the Park Board was honored in early 2014 when CU received the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association's prestigious Citation Award for agreements allowing Lake Springfield Park, Valley Water Mill Park, Dan Kinney Park and several Ozark Greenways trails on CU property, as well as management of Springfield water sources Fellows Lake and McDaniel Lake as recreational areas.
For more information on CU, contact: Joel Alexander, Manager – Communications for City Utilities of Springfield, at 417-831-8902, or email Joel Alexander.
For more information on the Park Board, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-837-5724 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny EdwardsRead more »
Before you settle in next weekend to watch the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, shake off your winter cabin fever and support a good cause during Dickerson Park Zoo’s fourth annual ZOOPER Bowl ‘15 food...
US Paralympian Matt Stutzman visits Springfield today as a guest of the local Young Presidents’ Organization.
Stutzman, a member of the 2012 US Paralympic Archery Team, won a silver medal in the 2012 Paralympics. Stutzman was born without arms, and sh...Read more »
Eagle Days returns to Lake Springfield Park and the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Saturday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 18, giving spectators the opportunity to learn more about eagles and other migratory birds on and around Lake Springfield during...Read on...
Girls age three years and older are invited to a special night with their daddy, stepdad, grandpa, uncle or special guy at the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance Friday, Feb. 20, 6-9 p.m. at the Northview Center Ballroom, adjacent to Doling Family Center, 301 E....Read more »
Garden enthusiasts are invited to get involved with the Springfield Botanical Gardens at a volunteer orientation Monday, Jan. 19, 12:30 p.m., on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Sceni...Read more »
Look for your free copy at any Park Board Family Center, the Botanical Center, Mediacom Ice Park, sports complexes or the Library Center, or read it online here.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has lots of opportunities for kids and adults to get into the holiday spirit throughout December, including:
PGA Annual Golf Sale — The Park Board’s Rivercut, Horton Smith and Bill & Payne Stewart golf courses team up with area courses for an annual sale. Includes discount golf packages and up to 75-percent off golf merchandise. Thursday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 6; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs. and Fri.; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. at 1440 W. Republic Road, next to Big Whiskey’s. 417-833-9962 or 417-891-1645.
Candy Cane Lane — Enjoy a drive-through light show, bigger than ever, with more than 15,000 lights and Christmas displays at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146. Open Fridays and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., Dec. 5- 20, weather permitting. Admission is $3 per vehicle. 417-837-5949.
Holiday Train Garden Display — The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Dec. 1- 31, open Mondays – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. 417-891-1515.
Topiary Tree Workshop — Create a fresh and fragrant tabletop-size Christmas tree floral arrangement of your own, using foam oasis and natural ornaments from the garden. Fun to do with co-workers, family and friends, ages 10 and up. Registration required. Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – noon. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. 417-891-1515. $25 includes all materials.
Wreath-making Marathon — Drop in anytime to create your own hand-made wreath, to give as a gift or decorate your own home. All materials provided, including fresh greenery, dried seedpods and nuts. The best part is you don’t have to clean up! Ages 12 and up. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Saturday, Dec. 13; Sunday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 17, noon-4 p.m. $25 includes all materials. 417-891-1515
Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade — The annual parade, presented by Penmac Staffing, features more than 60 floats, 10 marching bands, and Santa himself. The parade, themed “The Christmas Express,” winds around Park Central Square and ends at Jordan Valley Park. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., downtown Springfield. Free. Info at itsalldowntown.com or 417-831-6200.
Christmas Open House at Gray-Campbell Farmstead — Celebrate Christmas in the 1860s with the volunteers at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Historic buildings will be open with singing, cookie baking and tours Saturday, Dec. 13 3-5 p.m.?Free admission, donations accepted. 417-891-1515.
Santa and Friends — Far from the malls, enjoy the subtle winter landscape and holiday exhibits at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Visit with Santa, see the holiday train garden display and enjoy other kids activities. Sunday, Dec. 14, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, some activities have a fee. 417-891-1515.
Free Ice Skating at Mediacom Ice Park— In conjunction with the Festival of Lights, Mediacom Ice Park offers several free ice skating opportunities at 635 E. Trafficway. Skate rental is $2.50. Free skating is Saturday, Dec. 13, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Christmas Day, 5-6 p.m. See full schedule at icepark.org or 417-866-7444.
Festival of Lights Ice Skating Show — Enjoy a figure skating show at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, Sat., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. $5, children 3 and under are free. 417-866-7444.
First Night Springfield — Ring in the New Year at First Night Springfield 2015, a family-friendly alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Springfield. Multiple locations, including Mediacom Ice Park, and a midnight fireworks finale in Jordan Valley Park. Presented by the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. – midnight. Tickets $8/each or $30/family 4-pack in advance, $10/each or $35/family 4-pack at the event. Children 3 and under free. Details at firstnightspringfield.org or 417-831-6200.
For more information on these events, call the number listed or visit parkboard.org
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