City Council Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2014

Approved Minutes Archive

Note: Official minutes of the most recent meeting may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's office.


The City Council met in regular session April 28, 2014 in the Council Chambers at Historic City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Robert Stephens. A prayer was given by Doug Burlison.

Roll Call

Present: Doug Burlison, Jeff Seifried, Mike Carroll, Craig Fishel, Jerry Compton, Jan Fisk, Cindy Rushefsky, Craig Hosmer, and Robert Stephens. Absent: None.

Minutes

The minutes of April 14, 2014 were approved as presented.

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agendas were finalized and approved as presented.

CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

Mayor Stephens recognized Boy Scout Troop #1 from First and Calvary Church. He noted they were in attendance this evening working on their communications badge.

Brenda Cirtin, City Clerk, swore in Scott Bailes to serve as a member of the Springfield/Greene County Park Board.

CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE APRIL 14, 2014 MEETING:

Greg Burris, City Manager, responded that all questions had been answered. He added City Utilities has responded to Councilman Burlison’s request for information from the last Council meeting. Mr. Burris noted to help with a funding shortfall at local Salvation Army chapter the City of Springfield is helping them launch a one week fundraising campaign, May 10-16, called Springfield Spring Ring. He added signature Salvation Army red kettles will be placed at local Price Cutter stores, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, and the Battlefield Mall. Mr. Burris noted as a special treat during the campaign many area musicians have been recruited to do performances across the community at the aforementioned venues. Mr. Burris congratulated Jim Anderson, President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, for receiving the 2014 Excellence in Business Award from Ozarks Technical Community College. Mr. Burris expressed his appreciation to Mayor Stephens for reading a proclamation recognizing Dr. Robert Spence, President of Evangel University. He also expressed his appreciation to Dr. Spence for his 40 years of service to Evangel and the community and wished him well in his retirement. Mr. Burris noted Police Chief Paul Williams has provided Council the March Crime Report and next week the Quarterly Public Safety Report will be distributed to the public.

Councilman Burlison asked for a report on the status of the red light camera issue. Mr. Burris responded staff would work on that report for Council.

The following bills appeared on the agenda under Second Reading Bills:

Galloway Redevelopment Area

Sponsor: Fishel. Council Bill 2014-078. A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan and Blight Study for the Galloway Redevelopment Area for an area generally located along the 3400 to 4100 blocks of South Lone Pine Avenue, which starts north of East Lacuna Street, runs south to East Republic Road, and is comprised of approximately 74.26 acres. (The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Planning and Zoning Commission, and staff recommend approval.)

Councilman Hosmer moved to table the proposed until Council has had a chance to discuss blighting and tax abatements. Councilwoman Rushefsky seconded the motion.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried moved to suspend the rules and discuss Councilman Hosmer’s motion prior to voting on it. Councilman Carroll seconded the motion and it was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Compton, Fisk, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: Rushefsky and Fishel. Abstain: None. Absent: None.

Councilman Hosmer expressed concern that the proposed property is not located in the urban core as required by the current Economic Development policy for tax abatements.

Councilman Fishel reiterated Councilman Hosmer’s concerns.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried noted the proposed project will not cause a loss in current tax revenue and will follow the policy set forth by Council. He urged all Councilmember’s to attend meetings held to discuss City policy. Mayor Pro Tem Seifried noted the developer for the proposed has followed all of the rules and should not be penalized. He recommended reviewing this issue at the Committee level, with all of Council invited to the discussion, to discuss potential future policy changes.

Councilwoman Rushefsky asked if the policy does state the property would need to be located in the urban core to be eligible for incentives. Ms. Smith responded affirmatively, adding staff doesn’t feel that the proposed conflicts with current policy.

Councilwoman Rushefsky expressed her belief that when talking about urban core now, the urban core would be today’s not the urban core from 150 years ago.

Councilman Burlison noted he could support Councilman Hosmer’s motion if it had a two week timeframe, but couldn’t support it in it’s current form.

Councilman Compton agreed with Councilman Burlison that there should be a timeframe for tabling the proposed. He added he would support the tabling with a timeframe, but not an indefinite date.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried expressed his belief that this debate is about tax abatement in general and not the proposed project.

Councilman Hosmer expressed his belief that “rules are rules” and they shouldn’t be interpreted to fit the person. He added he would support the two week timeframe for tabling.

Councilman Burlison moved to amend Councilman Hosmer’s motion to add a two week timeframe. Councilwoman Rushefsky seconded the motion.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried noted he was having trouble understanding what would be accomplished by tabling the proposed for two weeks. Councilman Hosmer responded the policy could be reviewed and possibly changed, adding the proposed does not meet current City policy.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried noted he would vote in favor of the proposed as is.

Mayor Stephens noted Council approved this policy in 2011 and he would have no problem voting at this time.

A vote was taken on the motion to table the proposed for two weeks for additional review. The motion was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Fishel, Compton, Rushefsky, and Hosmer. Nays: Fisk, Seifried, Carroll, and Stephens. Abstain: None. Absent: None.

Brenda Cirtin, City Clerk, clarified that if it is not possible to schedule a Plans and Policies Committee meeting in this timeframe, this item will still be on the agenda for the next regular Council meeting on May 12, 2014.

RESOLUTIONS

EMERGENCY BILLS

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS

GRANTS

AMENDED BILLS

The following bills appeared on the agenda under Public Hearing Bills:

Rezoning: 1306 North Eldon Avenue

Sponsor: Seifried. Council Bill 2014-086. A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.96 acres of property, generally located at 1306 North Eldon Avenue, from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to an HM, Heavy Manufacturing District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 67. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Aaron Noble and Eric Hambey; 1306 North Eldon Avenue; Z-05-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 67.)

Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning and Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He pointed out the property on the overhead map. He added the overlay excludes a number of uses, only allowing uses with non-occupied structures until public sewer becomes available on the property. Mr. Rognstad noted additional right-of-way would have to be dedicated to equal a total of 30-feet from the center line. He added there is also a requirement for a 20-foot wide buffer along the northern property line. Mr. Rognstad noted staff does not believe the 10-foot proposed narrow buffer line would be adequate. He added the applicant does not agree with that, adding the Planning and Zoning Commission amended the overlay district to require a 20-foot buffer yard. Mr. Rognstad noted the applicant would prefer the 10-foot buffer line. He added staff is requesting approval with the 20-foot buffer yard.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Aaron Noble spoke in support of the proposed. He noted he owns the proposed property. He added when the proposed went before the Planning and Zoning Commission they were under the understanding that approving the proposed would allow him, as the applicant, the ability to address this with Council; however, he was told that Council typically doesn’t like to change something that is in the report from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Noble noted he has been informed that he can bring his concerns to the zoning appeals board but there is an additional fee of approximately $1,300. He added he does not want the proposed to fail, but he believes that the 10-foot buffer yard meets City requirements. Mr. Noble noted prior to purchasing the proposed property he discussed this with the Planning Department and they were in favor. He expressed his belief that after he started the process and purchased the property things changed and items that were originally discussed were not happening. Mr. Noble noted he would like the City to consider doing an irrevocable consent to dedicate right-of-way so he can make use of that property.

Mayor Stephens asked Mr. Rognstad if these items were discussed at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting or with the property owner. Mr. Rognstad responded he is not sure if the irrevocable consent was discussed. He added there is no way to waive the normal buffer yard requirement. Mr. Rognstad noted Mr. Noble would have to appear before the Board of Adjustment and show why there is a hardship for the buffer yard.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried asked if Council could make the aforementioned buffer yard changes. Mr. Rognstad responded the only change Council could make is to reduce the northern buffer yard to 10-feet instead of 20-feet.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried asked what the potential use for the property would be. Mr. Rognstad responded outdoor storage.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

Use Permit 411

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-087. A special ordinance authorizing the issuance of "Use Permit 411" to permit an automotive service garage at 3033 and 3043 East Sunshine Street on certain conditions. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)

Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning and Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He noted the proposed is a redevelopment of a site on East Sunshine. He added the applicant is proposing new construction of an automotive service garage. Mr. Rognstad noted that is not a use that is permitted by the General Retail designation and requires a use permit. He added staff recommends approval. Mr. Rognstad noted one of the conditions for the proposed is that additional right-of-way be dedicated on Plaza, which is the street on the east side. He added the Planning and Zoning Commission also recommends approval.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Kelly Short, representative for the owner, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted when the neighborhood meeting was held concern was raised about traffic along Plaza. He added the applicant plans on eliminating one of the drives that goes out to Plaza, the one closest to the signal. Mr. Short expressed his hope that this would help with the traffic concerns. He added noise will be reduced from that of a regular concrete automotive bay and the tires will be stored in a trailer on site.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

Rezoning: 1028 East St. Louis Street

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-088. A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 4.41 acres of property, generally located at 1028 East St. Louis Street, from a CS, Commercial Services District to a CC, Center City District, and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 68. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: John Q. Hammons Trustee; 1028 East St. Louis Street; Z-06-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 68.)

Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning and Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He noted the proposed is a redevelopment of the site that previously was a bakery. He added the building is still there and has not been in use for years. Mr. Rognstad noted staff is proposing to extend the Center City zoning, which already adjoins this property, to include the proposed. He added the commercial services allows a more intense use that staff doesn’t believe is appropriate in the Center City zoning area. Mr. Rognstad noted the proposed development would be for an apartment complex with approximately 166 multi-family units with a parking deck. He added the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Jared Rasmussen, representative for the applicant, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted the proposed would be a multi-family project with a goal to provide one parking space for each actual bed in the unit.

Mayor Stephens asked if the proposed parking was the same as their other developments. Mr. Rasmussen responded the owner’s goal is to provide additional parking that may not be offered at other facilities.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

Breckenridge Group Missouri Redevelopment Corporation

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-089. A special ordinance approving a redevelopment plan submitted by Breckenridge Group Missouri Redevelopment Corporation (Corporation) for the redevelopment of an area known as the Aspen Redevelopment Area, generally located at 1028 East Saint Louis Street; declaring the area to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing certain tax abatement within the plan area; and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Corporation relating to the implementation of the redevelopment plan.

Mary Lilly Smith, Director of Economic Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. She noted the Urban Redevelopment Corporation’s law encourages development of blighted areas by providing partial real property tax abatement. She added a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) is required so there’s no loss in revenue to the taxing jurisdictions for the first 10 years, and then in years 11 through 25 there is a 50% abatement on the assessed value of the land and the property taxes. Ms. Smith noted the proposed includes three buildings that date between 1928 and 1980 and the property has been vacant for eleven years. She added the developer has provided a blight report that demonstrates the area is blighted and in need of redevelopment. She gave a definition of blight. Ms. Smith noted the proposed has ceiling heights of approximately 16 feet and most manufacturers want a ceiling height of anywhere from 20-30 feet, which makes this building non-functional in terms of manufacturing. She added the proposed redevelopment plan would remove the blight by demolishing the existing structures, clearing the site, and developing it into a $38 million multi-family residential development marketed primarily to college students. Ms. Smith noted the proposed development will consist of four 5-story buildings with 166 unites, 564 bedrooms, a four-story parking deck in addition to a surface deck, and amenities including an outdoor pool, fitness room, and study space. She displayed the proposed plan and pointed out the drawings of the proposed buildings. Ms. Smith noted looking at the economic development incentive it shall pass the “but for” test and wouldn’t be financially stable or the public benefit would not occur but for receiving the tax abatement. She added the Field Guide 2030 adopted by City Council states that staff will aggressively use economic development incentives to encourage investment in the community and to encourage job creation and retention. Ms. Smith noted the proposed investment is one of the largest private investments brought forward in quite some time. She added the taxes will stay steady for the next 10 years and then increase. However, if there is no redevelopment and the property continues to deteriorate taxes will most likely go down. Ms. Smith noted the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority recommends declaration of blight and approval of the proposed plan. She added the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval also.

Councilman Hosmer asked for the value of the potential tax abatement. Ms. Smith responded approximately $3 million. Councilman Hosmer asked for the total amount of potential tax abatement. Ms. Smith responded Shawn Whitney, representative for the developer could answer that for Council.

Councilman Hosmer asked who currently owns the property. Ms. Smith responded the John Q. Hammons Revocable Trust owns the property. Councilman Hosmer expressed concern that it was not a developer trying to develop low income housing to help low income citizens with the potential tax abatement. Ms. Smith responded the proposed project would not be taking advantage of low income housing tax credits.

Mr. Burris noted when he worked at Missouri State University he tried three separate times to purchase this property for redevelopment, but with the significant costs for cleanup and demo it was not feasible.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Mike Schilling spoke in opposition of the proposed. He expressed his belief that the proposed looks like a good project, but noted he was opposed to the potential tax abatement. He also expressed his belief that this could be defined as “skewing the tax system” and the residential ratepayers would have to fill in where the big businesses get an advantage.

Shawn Whitney, representative for the developer, spoke in support of the proposed. He expressed his belief that the benefits of this project outweigh the tax abatement concerns. He added this development will not happen without the proposed tax abatements. Mr. Whitney noted the proposed would be the largest multi-family housing project in downtown Springfield and would be developed by a professional developer that has done projects all over the region and has chosen this community for his next project. He expressed his belief that the proposed will benefit the residential citizens because it will help to keep rents low. Mr. Whitney noted the local colleges continue to grow and the better the housing options the more students which is great for our community and economy.

Councilman Hosmer asked for the total amount of the potential abatement. Mr. Whitney responded the total would be approximately $11 million. Councilman Hosmer asked Mr. Whitney if that is the amount he would value the abatement at. Mr. Whitney responded in the negative, adding with the tax that’s being paid right now in the form of PILOT’s for the first 10 years and after that 50% abatement the developer would be paying approximately $4 million.

Councilman Hosmer asked for clarification regarding the proposed being part of the “urban core”. Mr. Whitney responded he believes the “urban core” is anywhere where there is high density and low property values.

Councilman Hosmer expressed concern regarding where the tenants for the proposed units would come from. He also expressed concern that it might be unfair to other apartment complexes that pay their property taxes to lose tenants to these new units.

Councilman Hosmer asked if there would be a developer who wanted to develop in the City without requesting tax abatement. Mr. Whitney responded that happens every day.

Councilman Fishel asked if the proposed property was just a vacant lot would this discussion be happening. Mr. Whitney responded he would have to ask his client that question.

Tony Curp, Executive Vice President of Development for Aspen Heights, the applicant, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted his company focuses on purpose built student housing around the Country. He added his company has completed 21 projects with similar scope to the proposed. Mr. Curp noted his company did extensive market research on the competition, demand, and what can be absorbed before choosing this market. He added they were fortunate enough to find a site close to campus and they are very excited about the proposed project.

Craig Edwards, Bryan Properties and Development Company, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted his company is a competitor of the developer of the proposed. He added his company has taken advantage of tax abatements in the past and as a development company they realize it is impossible to do these large developments without tax abatement. Mr. Edwards read a letter from his company in support of the proposed project.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

Rezoning: 3800 Block of South Glenstone Avenue

Sponsor: Fishel. Council Bill 2014-090. A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 83.27 acres of property, generally located on the west side of the 3800 block of South Glenstone Avenue, from Planned Development District No. 199, Planned Development District No. 199 Amended and Planned Development District No. 199, 2nd Amendment, to a Planned Development District No. 199, 3rd Amendment. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Glenstone Corp; West side of the 3800 block of South Glenstone Avenue; Planned Development 199, 3rd Amendment.)

Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning and Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He noted the proposed would amend the sign provisions to allow 10 directional signs, 9 that can be 15 square foot signs, and an existing multi-tenant sign. He added the signs would be internal to the development, but would be near Independence. Mr. Rognstad noted the signs would help direct citizens to uses that are further back in the development. He added the proposed would bring the existing multi-tenant sign into compliance. Mr. Rognstad noted the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Stephanie Ireland, representative for the owner, spoke in support of the proposed. She noted the proposed will bring a current sign into compliance and allow for directional signage for the businesses that are away from the road and harder to see because of the businesses located between them and the road.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

Rezoning: 3508 East Division Street

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-091. A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 15.6 acres of property, generally located at 3508 East Division Street, from Planned Development District 19, 2nd Amendment, to a GR, General Retail District, and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 69. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Noble Estates c/o Robert Noble; 3508 East Division Street; Z-07-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 69.)

Councilman Fishel noted he would be recusing himself from the discussion and vote on the proposed. He left Council Chambers while the proposed was being discussed.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried moved to amend Council Bill 2014-091 by replacing the current Exhibit C, Conditional Overlay District Provisions with a new Exhibit C, Conditional Overlay District Provisions. Councilman Hosmer seconded the motion and it was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Seifried, Carroll, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Abstain: None. Absent: Burlison and Fishel. (Councilman Burlison stepped out of Council Chambers and did not vote on the amendment.).

Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning and Development, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He noted the property is currently zoned a Planned Development that allowed limited commercial uses. He added the original intention was to place a culinary center on this property. Mr. Rognstad noted the proposed would change this to a general retail district with conditions. He added the conditions would include: excluding crematoriums from the permitted uses and all structures would have to remain below a 30-degree bulk plane from the east and south districts along Cooper Estates. Mr. Rognstad pointed out the proposed development on the overhead map. He noted the amendment that was made to the proposed addressed the concerns of the Cooper Estates Homeowners Association and they agreed to the amendment. Mr. Rognstad noted the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried expressed his appreciation to the developers and the homeowners for working together to create a solution that worked for all parties.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Kelly Short, representative of the owner, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted during the public meeting a lot of the concerns from the neighborhood were resolved. He added most of the concerns were involving the roadway realignment. Mr. Short noted the buffer area next to the residential area has been increased.

Dan Wichmer, City Attorney, asked Mr. Short to clarify the inconsistency between the letters from Mr. Short and Randy Reichard that deals with notifying the property owners about water detention. Mr. Short responded City Code addresses stormwater detention with the developer and there is a “gray area” in regards to notifying neighbors. He added that was the reason it wasn’t addressed in the conditional overlay.

Mr. Wichmer noted since the amendment made was substantive the public hearing will need to be held over until the next Council meeting.

Randy Reichard, representative of the Copper Estates Property Owners Association, spoke in support of the proposed. He noted their objections to the proposed have been withdrawn based upon the amendment that was made tonight.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was held over for two weeks.

Councilman Fishel returned to the dias.

Sign Ordinance

Sponsor: Burlison, Fisk, Hosmer, and Seifried. Council Bill 2014-092. A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Division II, Rule of Interpretation and Definitions, Section 2-1100, Definitions, and Division V, Supplemental District Regulations, Section 5-1400, Signs, to provide for a consolidated Sign Code. (The Plans and Policies Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and staff recommend approval.)

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried moved to amend Council Bill 2014-092 by modifying section 5-1403 (u) by deleting the last two sentences to read as follows: a detached sign requiring a State permit shall only be permitted within the 660 feet along interstate and primary highways where the City is mandated by State law to allow off-premise signs as defined in RsMO Chapter 226.500 to 226.000. Councilman Burlison seconded the motion and it was discussed.

Councilman Hosmer asked if the amendment would limit or expand signage. Chris Straw, Director of Building Development Services, responded the proposed amendment would maintain what currently exists.

The amendment was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Abstain: None. Absent: None.

Chris Straw, Director of Building Development Services, gave a brief overview of the proposed. He noted Attachment 1 provides a comparison between the current language and the proposed language. He added the biggest change was in regards to content allowed on signs. Mr. Straw noted staff went back and that is no longer an issue. He added Council received a letter from a citizen expressing concerns regarding the proposed and also a copy of his response to those concerns.

Councilman Hosmer asked if the proposed would take care of the problem that Rountree Elementary School had regarding signage. Mr. Straw responded affirmatively, adding they would now be able to have a second detached sign.

Councilman Burlison expressed his appreciation to Mr. Straw and his staff for their work on the proposed.

An opportunity was given for citizens to express their views.

Brian McIntosh and Steve Raper spoke in opposition of the proposed. They both expressed their belief that changes need to be made to the proposed before it is approved by Council. They expressed concerns that the proposed could be detrimental to sign companies.

Greg Watkins spoke in support of the proposed. He expressed his appreciation to staff for their work on the proposed. He noted with the current sign ordinance there are possibilities for a lot of signs to be built, which is not what was originally intended.

With no additional speakers, the public hearing was closed.

FIRST READING BILLS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS

NEW BUSINESS.

The Public Involvement Committee recommended the following appointment to the Police Officers and Fire Fighters Retirement System Board of Trustees: Gus Krafve with term to expire April 30, 2015.

The Public Involvement Committee recommended the following reappointments to the Police Officers and Fire Fighters Retirement System Board of Trustees: Charles Cowherd and Joshua Hartman with terms to expire April 30, 2017.

The Public Involvement Committee recommended the following reappointments to the Citizens Sales Tax Oversight Committee: Mary Erickson, Dr. Richard Thompson, and Jack Thurman with terms to expire May 1, 2017.

The Public Involvement Committee recommended the following reappointment to the Police Civilian Review Board: Dwayne Black with term to expire May 1, 2017.

The Public Involvement Committee recommended the following appointment to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development: Delia Croessmann with term to expire May 1, 2017.

The City Manager recommended the following appointments to the Airport Board: Dr. James B. Kaatz and Sterling Huff Jr. with terms to expire June 1, 2017.

Mayor Pro Tem Seifried noted he would like to sponsor a bill to waive the fee for Aaron Noble, who spoke earlier in the evening regarding Council Bill 2014-086.

MISCELLANEOUS.

The following bills appeared on the agenda under Consent Agenda First Reading Bills:

Grant from AFDO

Sponsor: Carroll. Council Bill 2014-093. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept a grant from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for training on the Missouri Food Code; and amending the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department (SGCHD) for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 in the amount of $1,740 to appropriate the grant funds.

Cost Share Agreement with MHTC

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-094. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of interchange improvements at Route 65 and Division Street, designated as MHTC Project No. J8P3036; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014, in the amount of $1,823,292, to appropriate Surface Transportation Program (STP)-Urban federal grant funds for this project.

Easement No. 800

Sponsor: Stephens. Council Bill 2014-095. A special ordinance authorizing the Mayor, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to grant Easement No. 800, requested by the Board of Public Utilities, to Ozark Electric Cooperative for relocation of its electric lines across property owned by the City in the name of the Board of Public Utilities. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Municipal Agreement with MHTC

Sponsor: Seifried. Council Bill 2014-096. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Municipal Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) for the purpose of constructing pavement improvements on Route 13 (Kansas Expressway), designated as MHTC Job No. J8P3042.

Planned Development District No. 313

Sponsor: Fishel. Council Bill 2014-097. A special ordinance approving the final development plan of Planned Development District No. 313, generally located at 2305 South Blackman Road. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

Supplemental Agreement for Highway/Rail Crossing Improvements

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-098. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Supplemental Agreement for Highway/Rail Crossing Improvements with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of BNSF’s signal project at Le Compte Road, designated as United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Project No. 664 097H.

YMCA/Healthy Living Alliance

Sponsor: Burlison. Council Bill 2014-099. A special ordinance approving a budget adjustment to the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 in the amount of $1,525.36 to appropriate a gift from the Ozarks Regional YMCA/Healthy Living Alliance for the purchase of signs and decals to assist in designating The LINK route.

The following bills appeared on the agenda under Consent Agenda One Reading Bills:

Intersection Improvements

Sponsor: Fisk. Council Bill 2014-100. A resolution approving the plans and specifications for the Intersection Improvements 2014 project, Plan No. 2013PW0066T, and accepting the bid of Kerans Construction LLC for that project.

Council Bill 2014-100. Resolution 10124 was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

McDaniel Street Streetscape Project

Sponsor: Compton. Council Bill 2014-101. A resolution approving the plans and specifications for the McDaniel Street Streetscape project, Plan No. 2012PW0055T, and accepting the bid of Hamilton & Dad, Inc., for that project.

Council Bill 2014-101. Resolution 10125 was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

The following bills appeared under Consent Agenda Second Reading Bills:

Cost Apportionment Agreement with MHTC

Sponsor: Fisk. Council Bill 2014-079. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Apportionment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) and the Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of the OzarksTraffic Bluetooth Project, designated as MHTC Project No. J8P3030.

Council Bill 2014-079. Special Ordinance 26404 was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

Cost Share Agreement with MHTC

Sponsor: Rushefsky. Council Bill 2014-080. A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) for the purpose of coordinating participation in the cost of intersection improvements at Route 744 (Kearney Street) and Packer Road, designated as MHTC Project No. J8S3019; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014, in the amount of $728,721, to appropriate Surface Transportation Program (STP)-Urban federal grant funds for this project.

Council Bill 2014-080. Special Ordinance 26405 was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

Sale of Real Property: 934 East Webster Street

Sponsor: Seifried. Council Bill 2014-081. A special ordinance approving the sale of real property located at 934 East Webster Street to Greenway Studios, LLC in the amount of $5,150 and authorizing the issuance of a deed for same.

Council Bill 2014-081. Special Ordinance 26406 was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

Council confirmed the following appointments to the Public Housing Authority: Lisa McIntire with term to expire April 11, 2015; and Gretchen Russell with term to expire April 11, 2018.

Council confirmed the following appointment as an alternate to the Board of Adjustment: King Coltrin with term to expire January 1, 2017.

Council confirmed the following reappointments to the Art Museum Board: Jennifer Kennally and Sally Scheid with terms to expire June 1, 2017.

Closed Session

Councilman Burlison moved that City Council hold a closed meeting to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to Section 610.021 (3), RSMo.2011; and this meeting, record, and vote be closed and the City Council shall stand adjourned at the end of the closed session. Mayor Pro Tem Seifried seconded the motion and it was approved by the following vote: Ayes: Burlison, Seifried, Carroll, Fishel, Compton, Fisk, Rushefsky, Hosmer, and Stephens. Nays: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.

4/28/14

Brenda M. Cirtin, MMC/MPCC
City Clerk


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