July 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police-Fire Task Force Town Hall Meeting July 21

The first of two Town Hall meetings to take public input for the Police-Fire Pension Fund Citizens’ Task Force begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, in Council Chambers in Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville Ave.

Task Force Chairman Jerry Fenstermaker said he will open the meeting with a presentation about the Task Force’s work thus far and then take public comment and questions. Citizens interested in speaking will be asked to submit comment cards so the Task Force leaders can call their names, similar to the structure used at City Council meetings.

The 16-member Task Force has been meeting once or twice a week since late April. Part of its work has been done in smaller groups formed to study the overall issues from the perspectives of the Pension Fund and its beneficiaries, the taxpayers, and the City itself.

The Task Force has made some preliminary recommendations that Mr. Fenstermaker will review during his opening presentation Tuesday. The public input will assist the Task Force in developing its final report, which may go to the City Council in August.

Tuesday’s meeting will be televised live on CityView on Mediacom channel 23, digital channel 80. It also will be shown live on the City Web site at: www.springfieldmo.gov/cityview.

The Task Force will hold a second Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30, at the Springfield Art Museum auditorium, 1111 Brookside Drive. The airtimes for this meeting will be announced.

Summaries of the Task Force’s Committee of the Whole meetings are available at: www.springfieldmo.gov/cityconnect. The documents and presentations from the meetings are posted at: www.springfieldmo.gov/pensiontaskforce.

Citizens who are unable to attend either of the meetings can send questions or comments via e-mail to: city@springfieldmo.gov.

For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, (417) 864-1009.

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