Summary of Most Recent Meeting

June 27, 2022



1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. JUNE 13, 2022, CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND JUNE 14, 2022, SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

Documents:

06-13-22.PDF

06-14-22 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.PDF

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. (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, POLICE CHIEF REPORT, AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.

Springfield Fire Department
The Springfield Fire Department placed into service the new Ladder 8 on Friday. This new apparatus replaced one which served our community for nearly 20 years. Members of the public joined the Fire Department Friday for a formal washdown ceremony to welcome Ladder 8 to Fire Station 8, located at 1405 S. Scenic Avenue. 

 

This 78-foot rear mount aerial ladder seats up to five firefighters to respond to a variety of emergencies. Aerial ladders are responsible for rescuing people from tall buildings and ventilating structure fires from the roof to allow for smoke to exit the structure, and also carry specialized rescue tools for auto accidents.   

 

The funding for this apparatus was provided by the continuation of the Level Property Tax supported and passed by the Springfield community in 2017. The total cost for the new ladder is $902,000, and required 490 days to be built.

 

Day of Caring
Several departments participated in the United Way of the Ozarks’ Day of Caring last Thursday, providing hours of service to various nonprofit organizations across the community. This was the 30th annual day of service in Springfield, with more than 1000 people participating.

 

Planned fee increases begin July 1
Beginning July 1, customers to the City’s Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill and Yardwaste Recycling Center facilities will notice an increase in fees for various products and services. Fee increases were approved by City Council in an annual fee study in December of 2021. The increase will continue to support the operation of Springfield’s sanitary landfill, three recycling drop-off sites, Yardwaste Recycling Center, regional Household Chemical Collection Center and community-wide outreach & education programming. 

 

Customers on City sewer service will also see a planned rate increase beginning July 1, in order to continue improving the City’s aging system and to remain in compliance with federal Clean Water Act regulations. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for sanitary sewer services billing, so customers will notice this change on their August CU bills.

 

An average residential customer uses 6 CCF and currently receives a bill for $37.63 per month. Following the July 1, 2022 effective date, a residential user with 6 CCF use will receive a bill for $39.60.

 

Forward SGF
Forward SGF Revealed – a public event to kick off the unveiling of the comprehensive plan to the community, will take place from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, July 21 at Hammons Field. Participants will be able to experience a walk-through exhibit of each of the key focus areas of the plan and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ballparks air conditioned suites. Parking close to Gate 1 is free and people are encouraged to drop in anytime during that window. More information will be available on the forwardsgf.com website.

 

Health

On June 21, the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services approved the distribution of both the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months old. This approval was the final step in the regulation process following approval from the Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Springfield-Greene County Health is encouraging parents to call their children’s pediatrician for more information on where to receive a vaccine. If they do not have a pediatrician or to sign up to be notified about community-wide opportunities via text message, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211. The Health Department is not offering vaccination opportunities for children under 5 at this time.

 

6. A REPORT FROM THE CHAIR OF THE CITIZENS TAX OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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

8. Council Bill 2022-147 (Ollis)  (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission, Inc., for the purpose of promoting the attraction of sporting events to the community.

Documents:

2022-147.PDF

9. Council Bill 2022-148 (Lear) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., for the purpose of promoting travel and tourism within the City of Springfield.

Documents:

2022-148.PDF

10. Council Bill 2022-149 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, Article III, Division 1, Section 2-91, known as the Merit System Rules and Regulation (“Merit Rules”), by amending portions of the Merit Rules for multiple purposes, including but not limited to the following: amendments to further the City’s diversity and inclusivity goals, to clarify certain provisions within the Merit Rules and assure internal consistency as well as consistency with the City’s Code and Charter, to update the City’s policy regarding hiring of relatives of employees, to correct a previous scrivener’s error, and to amend the Merit Rules on vacation and sick leave.

Documents:

2022-149.PDF

11. Council Bill 2022-150 (Ollis) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance approving the Fourth Amendment to the July 1, 2021, Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City and the Springfield Police Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 22 (“SPOA”), the Exclusive Representative of a certain Bargaining Unit within the Springfield Police Department, representing changes requested by the SPOA regarding payroll deductions; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, on behalf of the City, to execute and deliver the Fourth Amendment to the Collective Bargaining Agreement to the Exclusive Representative.

Documents:

2022-150.PDF

12. Council Bill 2022-151 (Lear) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance approving the Annual Maintenance Contract for Traffic Signals for Fiscal Year 2022-2023; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, in the amount of $209,988.50; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with such bidder for the purpose of maintaining the City’s traffic signal infrastructure.

Documents:

2022-151.PDF

13. Council Bill 2022-152 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance adopting the HOME-American Rescue Plan Allocation Plan to utilize the HOME-American Rescue Plan grant of $3,805,703; amending the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Action Plan to incorporate the HOME-American Rescue Plan Allocation Plan; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into any necessary agreements and exercise any necessary power to select and implement projects for funding pursuant to the HOME-American Rescue Plan Allocation Plan after the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development approves the plan.

Documents:

2022-152.PDF

14. Council Bill 2022-153 (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Inc., for the purpose of promoting the visual and performing arts in Springfield, Missouri.

Documents:

2022-153.PDF

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

16. Council Bill 2022-157 (Simpson) (APPROVED 6-2 WITH MCGULL AND HOSMER IN OPPOSITION AND WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A resolution granting a Short-Term Rental Type 2 Permit for the property located at 2209 East Swallow Street for the purpose of allowing the establishment of a Short-Term Rental Type 2 pursuant to Section 36-473 of the Land Development Code.  

Documents:

2022-157.PDF

17. Council Bill 2022-158 (Simpson) (TABLED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A resolution granting a Short-Term Rental Type 2 Permit for the property located at 1951 South Roanoke Street for the purpose of allowing the establishment of a Short-Term Rental Type 2 pursuant to Section 36-473 of the Land Development Code.

Documents:

2022-158.PDF

18. Council Bill 2022-159 (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for a grant from the United States Department of Labor for the Growth Opportunities program grant in the amount of up to $4,000,000 to be utilized to perform approved grant activities.

Documents:

2022-159.PDF

19. Council Bill 2022-160 (Ollis) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Brownfields Job Training grant in the amount of up to $500,000 to be utilized to perform approved grant activities.

Documents:

2022-160.PDF

20. EMERGENCY BILLS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

21. Council Bill 2022-161 (City Council) (APPROVED 7-0 WITH HORTON ABSTAINING AND WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

A special ordinance amending Special Ordinance 27441 to revise the date of the election called in Special Ordinance 27441 to November 8, 2022; and declaring an emergency.

Documents:

2022-161.PDF

22. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

23. GRANTS.

24. AMENDED BILLS.

25. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.

26. Council Bill 2022-162 (McGull) (CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE JULY 11, 2022 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)

 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds under the Consolidated Plan, to accept Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, to enter into any necessary agreements to carry out the grants, and to exercise any and all powers necessary to implement selected projects; selecting projects for funding for the City of Springfield Fiscal Year 2022-2023; reaffirming the City Council Objectives and Community Development Priorities; and declaring that this Ordinance qualifies as a one-reading bill pursuant to City Charter Section 2.16(25). (City Council is not expected to vote on this Ordinance after the first reading on June 27, 2022.)

Documents:

2022-162.PDF

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

28. Council Bill 2022-163 (Hosmer) (CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE JULY 11, 2022 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)

 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept grant funds from the United Way of the Ozarks, through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ United Way Let’s Get to Work Fund, in the amount of $30,000 to be utilized to perform approved grant activities and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 in the amount of $30,000 to appropriate the grant funds. 

Documents:

2022-163.PDF

29. Council Bill 2022-164 (Schilling) (CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE JULY 11, 2022 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)

 

A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the Republic Road and Campbell Avenue Intersection Improvements project; accepting the bid of Capital Paving & Construction, LLC, in the amount of $5,364,467.30 for said project; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder; and amending the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget for the Department of Public Works in the amount of $470,000.00 to appropriate additional Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for said project.  

Documents:

2022-164.PDF

30. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES AND COMMUNICATIONS.


Danielle Godsey wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

Dr. Robert Olson wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Stephen Shareum wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Colleen Buelow wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

Chris Albert wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Catherine Crosby wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Phillip Herzog wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

31. NEW BUSINESS.

 

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following reappointment to the Board of Equalization: Janet Blair with term to expire April 1, 2025. RECOMMENDED

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointments to the Landmarks Board: Jamille Jones with term to expire November 1, 2023; Erik Kiser, with term to expire November 1, 2022.  RECOMMENDED

The Public Involvement Committee recommends the following appointment to the Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System Board of Trustees: John Davis with term to expire April 30, 2025. RECOMMENDED

32. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

33. MISCELLANEOUS.

34. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS.

35. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS.

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

37. Council Bill 2022-154 (Ollis) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HARDINGER ABSENT)

 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a James River Basin Partnership 319 Grant in the amount of $35,000, from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, to support construction of the Art Museum North Parking Improvements Project at the Springfield Art Museum; and amending the budget of the Springfield Art Museum for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 in the amount of $35,000.

Documents:

2022-154.PDF

38. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

39. ADJOURN.