City Council Summary
July 21, 2014

City Council meetings are held every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 830 Boonville. The public is invited to attend. For information about addressing Council on an issue, please contact the City Clerk at 417.864.1650 or by (attention: City Clerk).

The following is a summary of the meeting of July 21, 2014. For official minutes of this meeting, please contact the City Clerk's office.

Note: Sponsorship does not denote Council member approval or support.

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. – July 7, 2014
  3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST DO SO AT THIS TIME.
  4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
  5. CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE JULY 7, 2014 MEETING.
    Weller Neighborhood Recognition
    • Occasionally, we have a person who is a real spark plug in one of our neighborhoods - someone who really takes pride in the neighborhood and wants to make a difference in the lives of people living there.
    • I’ve invited Dr. Mike Stout, coordinator for the Neighbor 4 Neighbor program, to introduce us to one of those spark plugs and give us an update on some really cool things going on in the Weller Neighborhood.
    • Video about Weller Block Party
    • Kristy Inman
    Springfield Police Department 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

    SPD recently completed Uniform Crime Stats for the second quarter 2014, reflecting crimes in April – June. There was a 20% total decrease in crimes against persons from this period in 2013.That equates to a 14% overall decrease in crime in 2nd quarter (compared to 2nd Qtr. 2013).

    City Finance Department receives award for 37th year
    • Congratulations to Director of Finance Mary Mannix Decker and her entire department for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
    • This is the 37th year the City has received this recognition by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.
    • This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
    Government Plaza parking lot reconstruction
    • Two parking lots at the City Government Plaza will be under construction beginning in mid-August as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reach our streams.
    • The project will include both the public parking lot and the adjacent employee parking lot east of the Busch Municipal Building.
    • We will provide a full update on this topic at tomorrow’s Council Lunch Workshop.
    Update on the Bennett and Jefferson intersection

    Public Works has met with consultants on the project at Bennett and Jefferson. We are currently weighing a couple of options that will address the sight-line concerns at the intersection. More details and drawings will be available shortly.

  6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. CITIZENS HAVE SPOKEN EXCEPT ITEM NO. 8. MAY SPEAK TO AMENDMENT ONLY. MAY BE VOTED ON.
  7. COUNCIL BILL 2014-148. (Carroll) (APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY)
    A special ordinance authorizing and directing the issuance, sale and delivery of $[Aggregate Principal Amount] principal amount of General Obligation Sewer Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2014B, of the City of Springfield, Missouri; prescribing the form and details of the bonds; providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on the bonds as they become due; authorizing certain other documents and actions in connection therewith; and declaring an emergency.

  8. COUNCIL BILL 2014-115. AMENDED SUBSTITUTE NO. 2. (Compton) MAY SPEAK TO AMENDMENT ONLY. MAY BE VOTED ON. (PASSES 8-1 WITH COMPTON IN OPPOSITION)
    A general ordinance amendingthe Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, Subsection 1-1331, Agricultural Uses, to allow beekeeping as an accessory use in any district under certain conditions. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

  9. COUNCIL BILL 2014-116. SUBSTITUTE NO. 2. (Burlison) (PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
    A general ordinance amendingthe Springfield City Code, Chapter 18, Animals, Article I, In General, and Chapter 74, Nuisance and Housing Code, Article VII, Nuisances, providing for standards for the keeping of bee colonies and hives, and providing for them to be declared a nuisance under certain circumstances.

  10. RESOLUTIONS.
  11. EMERGENCY BILLS.
  12. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
  13. GRANTS.
  14. AMENDED BILLS.
  15. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. NOT ANTICIPATED TO BE VOTED ON.
  16. COUNCIL BILL 2014-154. (Burlison) (COUNCILMAN JEFF SEIFRIED MADE A MOTION TO TABLE. MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Article I, Zoning Ordinance, to add a new Subsection 6-1217, Maximum Bufferyard Area, to allow bufferyard reductions for small lots. (Both Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.)

  17. COUNCIL BILL 2014-155. (Compton) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 5.63 acres of property, generally located at 2150 West Republic Road, from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to a GR, General Retail District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 75. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval). (By: John Calvin Presbyterian Church; 2150 West Republic Road; Z-12-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 75.)

  18. COUNCIL BILL 2014-156. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 1.01 acres of property, generally located at 1333 East Briar Street, from an R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to a R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family Residential District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 76 (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval). (By: Reed Properties LLC; 1333 East Briar Street; Z-13-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 76.)

  19. COUNCIL BILL 2014-157. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 3.7 acres of property, generally located at 2118 South Eastgate Avenue, from a Planned Development District No. 233 to an R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family Residential District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 74. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield c/o Eugene F. Aug; 2118 S. Eastgate Ave.; Z-14-2014 & Conditional Overlay District No. 74.)

  20. COUNCIL BILL 2014-158. (Seifried) (STAFF HAS REQUESTED REMOVAL FROM AGENDA)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 1-1600, Zoning Maps, by rezoning approximately 0.36 acres of property, generally located at 900 West Commercial Street, from HC, Highway Commercial District, to a CS, Commercial Service District, upon completion of certain conditions. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval.) (By: Lloyd and Norma Crosby; 900 West Commercial Street; Z-15-2014.)

  21. FIRST READING BILLS.
    21.5 Council Bill 2014-160 - Pulled off consent agenda. A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget for the Springfield Art Museum Board (“Museum”) in the amount of $1,200.00, to appropriate a grant awarded to the Museum by the Missouri Arts Council for the purpose of an exhibition project.

  22. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
  23. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
  24. NEW BUSINESS.
    24.5 Appointment of Jeff Childs to the Board of Public Utilities. (WILL CONFIRM IN TWO WEEKS)

  25. As per RSMo. 109.230 (4), City records that are on file in the City Clerk’s office and have met the retention schedule will be destroyed in compliance with the guidelines established by the Secretary of State’s office.

  26. MISCELLANEOUS.
  27. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. SEE ITEM # 3.
  28. COUNCIL BILL 2014-159. (Seifried)
    A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Tarkio Street Place, generally located at 500 South Miller Avenue, upon the applicant filing and recording a final plat that substantially conforms to the preliminary plat; and authorizing the City Clerk to sign the final plat upon compliance with the terms of this ordinance. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend that City Council accept the public streets and easements.)

  29. COUNCIL BILL 2014-160. (Carroll)
    A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget for the Springfield Art Museum Board (“Museum”) in the amount of $1,200.00, to appropriate a grant awarded to the Museum by the Missouri Arts Council for the purpose of an exhibition project.

  30. COUNCIL BILL 2014-161. (Stephens)
    A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 42, Courts, Section 42-41, Court costs, Subsection (a), Fee schedule, by adding a new cost item for Court House capital improvements and providing for operation and maintenance of Court facilities.

  31. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. SEE ITEM # 3.
  32. COUNCIL BILL 2014-162. (Seifried)
    A resolution declaring it necessary to construct sanitary sewers in Sanitary Sewer District No. 89 of Section No. 18 in the City, located in the general vicinity of Linro Lane at Kearney Street; providing for payment therefore; and providing for publications and notices.

  33. COUNCIL BILL 2014-163. (Compton)
    A resolution approving the plans and specifications for the Campbell Avenue and Grand Street Intersection Improvements project, Plan No. 2014PW0015T, and accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, for that project.

  34. COUNCIL BILL 2014-164. (Seifried)
    A resolution approving the plans and specifications for the Mount Vernon Street and Orchard Crest Avenue Intersection Improvements project, Plan No. 2013PW0039T, and accepting the bid of Hartman and Company, Inc., for that project.

  35. COUNCIL BILL 2014-165. (Fishel)
    A resolution approving the appointment of Matt O’Reilly and the reappointment of Pat O’Reilly to the Board of Directors of the Shoppes at James River Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff recommends approval.)

  36. COUNCIL BILL 2014-166. (Seifried)
    A resolution appointing Kailey York to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Street Community Improvement District to fill an unexpired term. (Staff recommends approval.)

  37. COUNCIL BILL 2014-167. (Seifried, Compton, Rushefsky, and Fishel)
    A resolution amending Resolution 9931, adopted by City Council on February 13, 2012, by replacing five of the members of the Animal Issues Task Force. (The Public Involvement Committee recommends approval.)

  38. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS.
    ***END OF CONSENT AGENDAS***
  39. ADJOURN

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