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Posted on: June 30, 2016

25th annual Gift of Time Awards luncheon honors 41, awards 5

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Five 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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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Reverse-angle parking pilot on Commercial Street to begin July 9

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The City of Springfield Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Commercial Street community, will introduce reverse-angle parking to C-Street as an eight-week pilot beginning Saturday, July 9.

Reverse-angle parking...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase beginning July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for sanitary sewer 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 residents’ water goes down drains and toilets and ends up in the wastewater system. Springfield Cleanwater Services charges a minimum customer charge and an additional rate for each 100 cubic feet (CCF) of water used. One CCF equals 748 gallons.

An average residential customer uses 6 CCF and currently receives a bill for $28.11 per month. Following the July 1, 2016 effective date, a residential user with a 6 CCF use will receive a bill for $28.94, 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 changes to Springfield’s wastewater system, including rates.

The 2016 rate increase is the last of the planned increases approved in 2011. A new rate structure will be proposed to City Council later this summer.

For more information about City Wastewater improvements, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/cleanwater or call Sewer Revenue Technician Kristy Haynes at 417-867-1924.

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Media contact: Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Area fire departments warn about dangers of fireworks

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With the 4th of July holiday nearly upon us, area fire departments are joining together to warn citizens about the dangers of fireworks. Despite recent rains, most of Southwest Missouri is still abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. This increases the risk of fires due to the use of fireworks. With that in mind, area fire departments ask citizens to remember the following this upcoming holiday:

•In the city limits of Springfield, fireworks are prohibited. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.
•Fireworks are also prohibited within the city limits of Rogersville.
•In Nixa, the discharge of fireworks is permitted on July 4 only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
•In Battlefield, consumer fireworks may be set off from July 1 to the 6th only and between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. On the 4th of July, fireworks may be used until midnight.
•In Willard, fireworks are permitted beginning at noon on July 4th and must be completed by 12:30 a.m. on July 5.
•In Ozark, fireworks may be discharged on July 2 and 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on July 4 and 5 from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.

Despite varying ordinances, all area fire departments agree fireworks are best left to the professionals. 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.

If you do decide on setting off fireworks, please remember the following tips:

• 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.

Ordinances will be enforced in areas where fireworks are not allowed. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.

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For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.govRead on...

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Movies at Founders Park begin Friday, July 8

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The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s annual Movies at Founders Park series begins at dusk Friday, July 8, bringing recent release and classic movies to a family-friendly outdoor setting in downtown Springfield’s Founders Park, 330 E. Water St., at J...Read more »

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Posted on: June 16, 2016

Frank Romines selected as Springfield City Attorney

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Frank Romines has been selected as the City of Springfield’s City Attorney, effective July 13. He currently serves as senior corporate counsel for Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.

Romines began his career as an associate attorney ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 15, 2016

Heat Advisories prompt Park Board schedule changes, cooling center availability

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To help residents keep cool and stay safe during Heat Advisories, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board adjusts schedules and offers cooling center options.

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Starting today, when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for Spri...Read more »

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Posted on: June 14, 2016

Neighborhood Watch training session to be offered

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The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session from 8:30 a.m.-noon on June 25 in the Frisco Room at the Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield. The training focuses on...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

EPA recognizes Springfield for 17 years of successful redevelopment using brownfields grants

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The City of Springfield was officially recognized today by EPA Region 7 for its successful 17-year history of redevelopment of formerly polluted properties. Since 1999, using a little more than $7 million in EPA Brownfields grants and technical assistance, the city has leveraged more than $460 million in public and private investments toward the revitalization of former brownfields, with more projects underway.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague praised Springfield’s elected leaders and city staff for their work with EPA, other federal and state government agencies, community businesses, developers, universities, non-profit groups and volunteers, compiling an impressive track record of turning brownfield properties back to productive use for the community.

“Springfield is a stellar example of how a community can make smart and effective use of EPA Brownfields assistance to literally transform its landscape,” Hague said. “The city has shown how small, targeted investments can provide momentum for environmental improvement and economic growth.”

Since Springfield began its local Brownfields program in 1999, the city has applied for and received 17 separate EPA Brownfields grants, totaling $6.3 million, along with non-cash technical assistance valued at more than $800,000, for a total of $7.1 million in support from the agency.

Significantly, Springfield has successfully competed for funding and assistance in each of the four major grant categories that the EPA Brownfields Program offers: funding for environmental property assessments, money to establish revolving loan funds, grants for cleanup of hazardous wastes and petroleum, and as of just last month, an EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant to the city’s Missouri Job Center to recruit, train and place local workers into the kinds of green environmental jobs that brownfields projects typically require.

To date, Springfield has used EPA Brownfields assistance to conduct more than 260 environmental property assessments, on projects large and small. Fully 70 percent of those assessments indicated a need for further environmental cleanup. Redevelopment has already occurred on more than 100 of those assessed properties, and other projects are underway.

“When you see how $7 million in EPA Brownfields assistance has already helped spur $460 million in additional investments in the city, we can all see the value in targeted EPA assistance leveraging other public and private investments,” Hague said.

Springfield’s portfolio of Brownfields projects includes the Jordan Valley Park; Hammons Field—home of the Springfield Cardinals; the History Museum on the Square; the Aspen Springfield housing project, the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center; the Butler, Rosenbury & Partners architecture firm’s offices; the reclamation of the West Meadows former rail yard; the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab; Jordan Valley Community Health Center; numerous affordable housing developments, and no fewer than 18 businesses or properties along or near a 10-block section of the Commercial Street Historic District, among many others.

One of those businesses, the White River Brewing Company, at 505 W. Commercial Street, hosted a visit today by Hague and other EPA officials. The microbrewery occupies the site of a former feed mill and coal yard, in a structure built in 1924 that saw use as a peanut butter plant, automotive repair shop, filling station, and metal fabrication business. In 2007, John “Buz” Hosfield bought the vacant building, and in 2012, after environmental site assessment, cleanup and renovation, it opened as a microbrewery. As a former brownfield, the project benefitted directly from EPA-funded Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, and from EPA-provided Sustainable Design and Adaptive Reuse technical assistance.

“Resources like these from EPA’s Brownfields Program will contribute to the long-term success of the partnership that the City of Springfield, Greene County and City Utilities have forged to develop the Integrated Plan for the Environment,” Hague said. “This plan’s citizen-focused approach toward assessing and prioritizing environmental resources and requirements is endorsed by EPA, and will build an even better, stronger, and more sustainable community.”

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For more information, contact : Chris Whitley, EPA, at 913-551-7394 or whitley.christopher@epa.gov or Cora Scott, City of Springfield, at 417-864-1009, cscott@springfieldmo.gov.

• Learn about EPA’s brownfields program.
• Learn about Springfield's brownfields program.
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Posted on: June 9, 2016

June sales tax revenues up 11% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield’s June 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11%, or $444,782, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transact...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

Mayor in State of City address: Springfield in especially strong position

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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 his last State of the City address during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Sprin...Read on...

Posted on: June 1, 2016

SGF named 11th Best City for Staycations in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 11th Best City for Staycations in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. ? and the ones worth leaving home for ? WalletHub¹s number crunchers com...Read on...

View the study results.
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Health Department, Watershed Committee stream testing underway

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Hot weather is on the horizon, and with it come Ozarks residents in search of water to cool off in. Though most of the local lakes and streams are not public beaches, many residents still enjoy picnicking near the water, kayaking, casting a line or partak...Learn More. .

Weekly Stream Testing Results Here
Posted on: May 25, 2016

City Finance Director announces retirement

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Mary Mannix Decker, City of Springfield Finance director, announces her retirement effective July 22.

Mannix Decker joined the City of Springfield Finance Department in 1999 as the Budget Administrator, responsible for the deve...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Discount theme park tickets available through the Park Board

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Discount tickets are now available for several Missouri theme parks through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with the Missouri Park and Recreation Association.

These discount ticket prices include no additional fees or tax.
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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Outdoor pools open for the season Saturday, May 28

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(Media advisory: For safety and security, media are not allowed in the gate of any outdoor pool without prior clearance through Parks Administration. Please make arrangements before arriving.)

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s six outdoor poo...Read more »

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

Missouri Job Center to assist with four hiring events this week

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The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting two separate businesses on Wednesday, May 25. The Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center will be at Mediacom, 1533 S Enterprise Ave, ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

EPA awards $200,000 to Springfield for job training program

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A $200,000 grant to The Missouri Job Center will provide job opportunities in the city’s northwest quadrant. The grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to recruit, train and place local unemployed a...Read on...

Learn more about the Brownfields Program.
Posted on: May 16, 2016

Sewer insurance program not sanctioned by the City

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Springfield residents may have received a letter from American Water Resources (AWC) of Missouri, informing them of their sewer service line maintenance responsibility. The letters offers an insurance product called "The Sewer Lin...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

SGF named 8th Best City to Start a Business in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the eighth Best City to Start a Business in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

In order to identify the best cities to start a business, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities acro...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

Last piece in 2016 Sculpture Walk installed in downtown SGF today

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The last of 12 sculptures that comprise the 2016 Sculpture Walk in downtown Springfield was installed today, according to Sculpture Walk coordinator Nicole Brown. Sculpture Walk 2016 will officially open May 6 during Artsfest.
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Posted on: May 3, 2016

City Manager presents Proposed 2017 Budget to City Council

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Public safety, investments in technology and facilities among priorities

The City Manager’s proposed fiscal year 2017 (FY2017) budget was provided to City Council today in the first of four scheduled workshops.

Revenue projectio...
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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces 2016 application process

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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 fo...Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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The first quarter of 2016 saw an overall increase in crime by 10 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of January through March 2015, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2016

Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

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Springfield, Missouri - The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board is releasing a Pre-Apprenticeship program in May to assist individuals with gaining experience while working towards a Registered Apprenticeship in the Construc...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

SGF named 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help Hispanic entrepreneurs find the most fertile ground for their enterprises, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 l...Read on...

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Springfield Fire Department annual report highlights accomplishments and future goals

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The 2015 Annual Report captures the sites, stats and news from the Fire Department. Along with stunning photos from the year, the report highlights the accomplishments of a very busy Water Rescue Team. As the result of two major ...Read on...

2015 Annual Report
Posted on: April 19, 2016

Springfield Lasers announce 2016 season home schedule July 31-Aug. 13

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Springfield, Mo. — The Springfield Lasers Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League team has announced its 2016 season schedule.

The Lasers schedule includes six home matches at the Mediacom Tennis Stadium, in Springfield’s Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E ...Read more »

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Posted on: April 14, 2016

Missouri Job Center recognized for continued reentry assistance in community

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The Ozark Region Missouri Job Center was recognized yesterday at the 8th Annual Criminal Justice Conference for work with citizens with criminal backgrounds that are working towards reentering the workforce and community. The Mis...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

FBI announces $25,000 reward for information leading to recovery of artwork

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation April 11 announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of artwork stolen from the Springfield Art Museum.

It is believed the break in and theft occurred sometime during the early morning hours on April 7, at which time seven of 10 Andy Warhol editioned prints on display at the museum were taken.

The collection, which has been owned by the Springfield Art Museum since 1985, is Set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000.

Each piece in the editioned screen print collection based on paintings created by Warhol in 1962 measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and are framed in white frames. Images of the stolen artwork are included in the FBI’s April 11 press release.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support of the Springfield community and the quick response of the Springfield Police Department and FBI,” said Art Museum Director Nick Nelson. “For those of us who work at the museum and in Springfield’s art community, the theft of these iconic Warhol prints that the museum has had in our permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member. We appreciate any assistance the public can provide to law enforcement to ensure the return of these treasured pieces of art.”

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the stolen artwork. Anyone with information should contact the FBI Springfield, Missouri office directly at 417-882-3303 or the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at 417-869-TIPS. Additionally, individuals may contact their local law enforcement agency.

“The museum is working with the proper authorities and being proactive in our security efforts as we remain open to the public. We are confident that the measures we are taking will protect the museum’s treasures, while still making art accessible to our community,” Nelson said.

For information about the investigation, please contact Lisa Cox, Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer, at 417-864-1786 or Lcox@springfieldmo.govRead on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Gift of Time volunteer appreciation program to host 25th annual banquet June 30

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Volunteers are a vital part of delivering services to our community every day – from hunger to education; homelessness to advocacy; volunteers are there to give the most important gift – the gift of time.

To celebrate the ded...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2016

Yardwaste and Lone Pine Recycling Centers open Sundays during spring yard clean-up season

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In an effort to serve the public during the spring yard clean-up season, the City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center and Lone Pine Recycling Center will be open on Sundays 1-5 p.m. through May 15.

In addition, the City’s three recy...Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2016

2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

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The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners KY3, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. and Ozarks On Two Wheels announced the 2016 festival event lineup at a press conference at the historic Gillioz Theatre March...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 5th Best City to Get Married in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub¹s analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indi...Read on...

View the study results.
Posted on: October 28, 2011

City Jobs

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The City of Springfield offers challenging employment opportunities to people interested in careers in public service at the municipal level. View job openings.

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