City Council Summary
April 14, 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 e-mail (attention: City Clerk).
The following is a summary of the meeting of April 14, 2014. For official minutes of this meeting, please contact the City Clerk's office.
Note: Sponsorship does not denote Council member approval or support.
- ROLL CALL.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES. – March 24, 2014
- FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST DO SO AT THIS TIME.
- CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
- Swear in Earl Niewald to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee; Carey Coonis to the Personnel Board; and Matt Collier to the Traffic Advisory Board.
CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE MARCH 24, 2014 MEETING.
First of all, I want to say thanks to all of the Springfield citizens who voted yesterday, no matter how you voted. Thanks for participating in the process and accepting your civic responsibility.
Special thanks to those who voted "No" and renewed the Police-Fire Pension Sales Tax. We will continue to be good stewards of the funds you generously entrust with us.
In a few years, I predict Springfield will have a significant economic competitive advantage over many other cities that refuse to face up to their growing obligation. Time will tell, and you can tell me in 5-10 years if my prediction is wrong.
Thanks to all who helped make this right.
Impacting Poverty Commission
The Impacting Poverty Commission met for a second time earlier this month – this time for a poverty simulation. OACAC’s poverty simulation takes participants through the rigors of living on limited resources, imposing some of the challenges faced in meeting basic needs of food and shelter and shines a light on the difficulties of living in poverty. We are working with OACAC to consider hosting 50 of these poverty simulations for various community groups. It was an eye-opening and realistic experience for those of us who went through it and we think others can benefit from the lessons it teaches those of us who are more fortunate.
Student Advisory Council
Thank you Councilwoman Jan Fisk and Councilman Doug Burlison for attending the Student Advisory Council meeting April 1. We have a small, but engaged, group of student leaders interested in getting more involved with their local government. They have agreed to assist with the rollout of the new City website in July and are interested in attending more City Council meetings.
WiFi installed in the EXPO Center
The City’s Department of Information Systems recently completed the installation of new network switches and wireless network access points throughout the EXPO Center. A total of 13 access points now provide wireless network coverage for the entire facility. SpringNet provides the Internet connection to the EXPO.
The University Plaza staff will administer access to the WiFi network. It is our understanding that UP plans to allow everyone WiFi access for the events they host in the facility.
Springfield Police ask for community feedback
Springfield Police Department is participating in a national survey aimed at rating the public’s satisfaction level with police interaction. Individuals who have encounters with Springfield police officers are being provided the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction Survey, administered through the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of the
Chief Williams says the survey is allowing us to collect information that could help improve police procedures and approaches in Springfield, the state and nationwide.
Participating in the survey will be simple. As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent to community members asking them to take a survey. The survey is available in Spanish and English and can be taken either online or by telephone. The online survey can be accessed through a computer or by scanning a QR code with a smart phone or tablet device. The letters will include a special code needed to participate in the survey to ensure that only one survey is completed for each encounter.
Finally, you may notice people wearing orange ribbons. That is in honor and memory of Phil Broyles. The color has become a symbol of Public Works, the department Phil led. A few weeks ago, we had the devastating news he had passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Phil possessed a “can do” spirit, but with the easy-going style of a long-time friend that made people want to work with him. Whether it was accomplishing the APWA accreditation or achieving the recognition of Top 10 Public Works professional of North America, Phil stood for honesty, transparency, and excellence.
He was a champion of transportation, neighborhoods, and doing things right. Phil is missed within our City family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
- SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. CITIZENS HAVE SPOKEN. MAY BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-068. (Seifried) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)A general ordinance approving revisions to the General Terms and Conditions Governing Electric Service.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-069. (Fisk) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY - COMPTON ABSTAINED DUE TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST.)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to make application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under the Consolidated Plan; to exercise any and all powers necessary to obtain such funding and implement selected projects; to select projects for funding for the City of Springfield Fiscal Year 2014-2015; to adopt the Fiscal Resource Allocation Priorities for the Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program, and declaring an emergency. (Staff and Citizen Advisory Committee for Community Development recommend approval.)
- RESOLUTIONS. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. MAY BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-085. (Council) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)A resolution declaring the results of the Special Municipal Election held on the 8th day of April, 2014 under the Home Rule Charter of the City of Springfield, Missouri on the question to repeal a three-quarter of one percent (3/4-cent) sales tax on retail sales for the purpose of providing revenues for the Springfield Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension System, with said tax to sunset at the end of five years from the date of commencement of the renewed tax or the Pension Fund reaching a fully funded status.
- EMERGENCY BILLS. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. MAY BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-077. (Carroll) (PASSED UNANIMOUSLY)A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept two grants for a combined total of $150,000.00 for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program from the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) for the purpose of sub-granting to eligible homeless service providers; to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Social Services; to enter into subcontracts to carry out the grant objectives; to exercise any and all powers necessary to implement the grant; and to declare an emergency. (Staff recommends approval.)
- PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
- AMENDED BILLS.
- COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. NOT ANTICIPATED TO BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-078. (Fishel) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS) (FIVE SPEAKERS - ALL IN FAVOR)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.)
- FIRST READING BILLS. CITIZENS MAY SPEAK. NOT ANTICIPATED TO BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-079. (Fisk) (WILL VOTE IN TWO WEEKS)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.
- UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
- PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
- NEW BUSINESS.
- The Mayor recommends 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.
- The City Manager recommends the following appointment as an alternate to the Board of Adjustment: King Coltrin with term to expire January 1, 2017.
- The City Manager recommends the following reappointments to the Art Museum Board: Jennifer Kennally and Sally Scheid with terms to expire June 1, 2017.
- 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.
- CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. SEE ITEM # 3.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-080. (Rushefsky)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 2014-081. (Seifried)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.
- CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. SEE ITEM # 3.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-082. (Burlison)A resolution approving the appointments of Cody Knight and Ron Smouse to new terms, and the appointments of Curtis Jared and Cara Walker to fill unexpired terms for the Board of Directors of the Airport Plaza Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff and the Airport Plaza CID Board of Directors recommend approval.)
COUNCIL BILL 2014-083. (Compton)A resolution approving the appointment of Brenda Slivinski to a new term, and the reappointment of Rob Eslick to the Board of Directors of the Kansas Battlefield Community Improvement District (CID). (Staff and the Kansas Battlefield CID Board of Directors recommend approval.)
COUNCIL BILL 2014-084. (Hosmer)A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2‑92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the Salary Ordinance, relating to the salary rate and pay grade for various job titles within the City of Springfield (City) for the Springfield Police Department (SPD), as contained in the Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) salary schedules, by adding one (1) new Full Time Equivalent (FTE) position to the SPD, and by deleting one-half (0.5) FTE position from the SPD; and declaring an emergency.
- CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. CITIZENS HAVE SPOKEN. MAY BE VOTED ON.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-070. (Carroll)A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into License Agreements and Releases with the School District of Springfield R-12 (SPS), Drury University (Drury), Missouri State University (MSU), and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) for the purpose of constructing stormwater best management practices on SPS, Drury, and MSU property to improve local water quality as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project (Big Urbie) Grant.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-071. (Fishel)A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) for the Springfield Police Department’s use of the Global Navigation Satellite Real Time Network.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-072. (Rushefsky)A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Services Agreement with Texas A&M University to teach a course for the Springfield Police Department.
COUNCIL BILL 2014-073. (Compton)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 Walnut Creek Phase III, generally located at the 5100 to 5200 blocks of South Main 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.)
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