Summary of Most Recent Meeting

July 26, 2021

1.
ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. JULY 12, 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

Documents:  (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

07-12-21.PDF

3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST NOTIFY THE CITY CLERK BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021. (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

 

Galloway Village fire tragedy

Around 6:30 a.m., July 23, the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of South Lone Pine Avenue with reports of multiple residents still inside the home. Firefighters arrived to find the home with heavy smoke and fire conditions. They located a 40-year-old female and three children – a 13-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl – during search-and-rescue operations. All four were provided care by firefighters and EMS on scene and were taken to Cox and Mercy hospitals. The adult and 6-year-old succumbed to their injuries Friday. The other two children passed away Saturday evening. Our hearts go out to this family and to the Galloway Village community. The fire remains under investigation by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available, which we hope will be Tuesday. We ask the media for their patience as we work through this investigation.

 

Update to City masking policy

To mitigate the impacts of the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, City employees are required to mask during work hours and under the same guidance that was previously applied. Employees who can demonstrate to their supervisor they are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering, though they can do so if they wish. We will once again offer the City’s vaccination incentive of a $20 gift card and paid day off for any employee that becomes vaccinated by the end of September. You will continue to see an ongoing effort to encourage vaccination within our organization. I certainly understand the variety of reasons some are hesitant to get vaccinated. However, medical science tells us the odds of the COVID-19 vaccines either having a harmful effect or not providing a high level of protection is miniscule compared to the odds of avoiding serious illness, hospitalization and possibly death if not vaccinated. I am very proud of the ongoing dedication of Springfield-Greene County Health Department employees and the effort all of us have made to continue to provide quality services to our citizens.

 

Katie Towns selected as health director

I’m pleased to announce that as of July 18, Katie Towns is our new public health director for Springfield-Greene County. She has served as acting director the past five months, following the departure of Clay Goddard. She has served as operational lead in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic locally, and has provided regional consultation and coordination.  
Over the years, Katie has been a highly skilled leader for the health department. She has also done a terrific job in the acting director role and carries with her the highest level of confidence from our community health care providers. Please help me welcome Katie to her new role. City Clerk Anita Cotter will now administer the Oath of Office to Katie and then we will turn the floor over to her for a COVID-19 update.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.

7. Council Bill 2021-174 (Hardinger) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance amending the Park Board's Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating budget by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $1,753,260.02 to allocate $1,300,000.00 of revenue and associated offsetting expense items from Parks 2001 and 2006 Sales Tax Funds and $453,260.02 of revenue and associated expense items within the Golf Fund, respectively.  

Documents:

2021-174.PDF

8. Council Bill 2021-175 (Lear) (APPROVED 8-1 WITH ROMAINE IN OPPOSITION)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $40,276,290 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, from the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and amending the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget in the amount of $40,276,290 for the purpose of appropriating these funds.

Documents:

2021-175.PDF

9. Council Bill 2021-176 (Lear) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Program, Group 6 Public Sewer Rehabilitation – Open Cut Repairs project; accepting the bid of Rosetta Construction, LLC, in the amount of $5,485,050 for the project; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract for said project; and approving a budget adjustment in the amount of the bid, plus a contingency, to amend the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget of the Department of Environmental Services Clean Water Enterprise Fund by appropriating reserves of said fund in the amount of $6,582,060

Documents:

2021-176.PDF-

10. Council Bill 2021-177 (Hardinger) (APPROVED 8-1 HOSMER IN OPPOSITION)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 96, ‘Storm Water,’ Article III, ‘Land Disturbance Activity,’ by removing the security requirement, including additional requirements regarding permit duration and termination, providing additional enforcement mechanisms, and making other changes necessary for consistency with program policies and state land disturbance regulations.  

Documents:

2021-177.PDF

11. Council Bill 2021-178 (Simpson) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with Ozark Greenways, Inc., granting a perpetual conservation easement on City-owned property bordering portions of Galloway Creek.

Documents:

2021-178.PDF

12. Council Bill 2021-179 (McGull) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the National Avenue and Commercial Street Signal Replacement project; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, in the amount of $159,359.08 for said project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.  

Documents:

2021-179.PDF

13. Council Bill 2021-180 (Romine) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement with the Ozarks Transportation Organization, for the purpose of funding a study of the North 13 Corridor Study; and amending the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget of the Department of Public Works in the amount of $80,000 to appropriate Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for this project.

Documents:

2021-180.PDF

14. Council Bill 2021-181 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating budget of the City of Springfield in the General Fund by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $93,580, for the purpose of adjusting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses as well as adjusting the salary budget for retirement payouts.  

Documents:

2021-181.PDF

15. Council Bill 2021-182 (Ollis) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating budget of the City of Springfield by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $313,228, in various Special Revenue and Capital Project Funds, for the purpose of accounting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses.  

Documents:

2021-182.PDF

16. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

17. Council Bill 2021-184 (Schilling) (APPROVED 9-0)

A resolution declaring the intent of the City of Springfield to annex approximately 107 acres of private property and right-of-way generally located at 3482 and 3839 South State Highway FF and 4003 West Farm Road 168 into the City of Springfield, and the intent to change the street name of Farm Road 168 to Roundtree Road. (Staff recommends approval.)  

Documents:

2021-184.PDF

18. Council Bill 2021-185 (McGull) (APPROVED 9-0)

A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for a grant from the United States Economic Development Administration and the United States Department of Commerce in the amount of $1,500,000, for the purpose of upgrading LeCompte Road, from East Division Street (Route YY) north to the BNSF Railroad Crossing, and the LeCompte Road and Division Street intersection.  

Documents:

2021-185.PDF

19. EMERGENCY BILLS.

20. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

21. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

22. Council Bill 2021-186 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $3,000,545 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in order to perform grant activities as approved for the Pathway Home 2 grant; entering into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 in the amount of $3,000,545 to appropriate the grant funds; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.  

Documents:

2021-186.PDF

23. Council Bill 2021-187 (Lear) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation; amending the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget of the Department of Public Works in the amount of $18,663.26 to appropriate grant funds; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.

Documents:

2021-187.PDF

24. AMENDED BILLS.

25. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.

26. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.

27. Council Bill 2021-188 (Hardinger)  (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)

A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code, Chapter 50, ‘Emergency Services,’ Article III, ‘Automated External Defibrillators,’ by deleting Article III in its entirety.  

Documents:

2021-188.PDF

28. Council Bill 2021-189 (Lear) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, ‘Fire Prevention and Protection,’ Article II, ‘Fire Prevention Code,’ Section 54-32, ‘Amendments and additions,’ by adding specific local amendments to Section 510 ‘Emergency Responder Radio Coverage,’ subsections 510.4.1.1 and 510.4.1.2, of the 2018 International Fire Code, relating to modifying the Delivered Audio Quality of the Trunked 800 MHz radio system.  

Documents:

2021-189.PDF

29. Council Bill 2021-190 (Hosmer) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, ‘Fire Prevention and Protection,’ Article II, ‘Fire Prevention Code,’ Chapter 9, ‘Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems,’ Section 901, by creating a new subsection of 901.6.1.1, ‘Vendor Registration,’ and revising the current numbering of subsection 901.6.1.1 to become 901.6.1.2, ‘Certifications,’ and amending the language

Documents:

2021-190.PDF

30. Council Bill 2021-191 (Ollis) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)
 

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, ‘Fire Prevention and Protection,’ Article II, ‘Fire Prevention Code,’ specifically Appendix D, Section D102, ‘Required Access,’ and amending language contained within subsection D102.1, ‘Access and loading.’  

Documents:

2021-191.PDF

31. Council Bill 2021-192 (Simpson) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)

A special ordinance authorizing the City of Springfield Fire Department to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Labor for the establishment of a Firefighter Apprenticeship program.  

Documents:

2021-192.PDF

32. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES AND COMMUNICATIONS.

 Kevin Berry wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Carol Hutcherson wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Daryl Baker wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

Dolly Vranka wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Isreal Reel wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Diana Hodges wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

33. NEW BUSINESS.

The Mayor recommends the following appointment to the Public Housing Authority: Lynne Mitchell, with term to expire April 11, 2023. RECOMMENDED

The Mayor recommends the following appointment to the Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee: Kevin Harrell, with term to expire December 21, 2023. RECOMMENDED

The Mayor recommends the following appointment to the Springfield-Greene County Public Library Board: David Yancey, with term to expire July 1, 2024. RECOMMENDED

34. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

35. MISCELLANEOUS.

36. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.

37. Council Bill 2021-193 (Romine) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 9, 2021 MEETING)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Cost Share Agreement with Greene County, Missouri, to share the costs associated with resurfacing portions of Farm Roads 114, 107, and 116, with the City’s expected contribution not to exceed $40,000.  

Documents:

2021-193.PDF

38. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.

39. Council Bill 2021-194 (Ollis) (APPROVED 9-0)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept and appropriate a grant through the Ozarks Headwater Recycling and Materials Management District, funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in the amount of $2,500, to provide for the proper disposal of smoke alarms through recycling; amending the budget for the Fire Department of the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 in the amount of $2,500; and declaring this Ordinance qualifies for approval on one reading pursuant to Charter Section 2.16(25).

Documents:

2021-194.PDF

40. Council Bill 2021-195 (Romine) (APPROVED 9-0)

A resolution approving the use of funds from the Minor Neighborhood Improvement Program in the amount of $2,000 for planters on Commercial Street within Zone 1.  

Documents:

2021-195.PDF

41. Council Bill 2021-196 (McGull) (APPROVED 9-0)

A resolution approving the use of funds from the Minor Neighborhood Improvement Program in the amount of $39,000 for improvements in Zone 2 to repair and place a new surface in the alley between Kickapoo Avenue and Pickwick Avenue north of Cherry Street.

Documents:

2021-196.PDF

42. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. See Item #3.

43. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

Confirm the following appointments to the Art Museum Board: Amanda Stadler, and Lindsey Kelsay, with terms to expire June 1, 2024.  CONFIRMED

Confirm the following reappointment to the Building Trades Examination & Certification Board: Rory Krueger, with a term to expire December 1, 2023. CONFIRMED

Confirm the following reappointments to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board: Susan Turner and Randall Blackwood, with terms to expire June 1, 2024. CONFIRMED

Confirm the following appointment to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board: Mark McNay, with a term to expire June 1, 2024. CONFIRMED

44. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

45. ADJOURN.