Summary of Most Recent Meeting
April 6, 2020
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. March 9, 2020 City Council Meeting, And March 10, 2020, March 16, 2020, March 23, 2020, March 24, 2020, And March 31, 2020 Special City Council Meetings. (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)
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, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.
• Since early March, our very capable Springfield-Greene County Health Department has worked long hours, along with our Fire and Police Departments, a variety of other departments and partner organizations (including regular communication with our local hospitals and emergency medical responders) to facilitate a coordinated management for the COVID-19 crisis. Together, we are following national health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to a very fluid situation none of us have experienced before. Each week the situation continues to evolve and our community response will evolve with it.
• After the issuance of the City “Stay-At-Home” Order, traffic within the City limits declined an estimated 40% within the first 48 hours.
An expanded Call Center (expanding from providing answers to virus questions to providing answers about the Stay-At-Home Order) allowed us to field more than 2,000 inquiries about the Order in a real-time environment.
The primary message we now continue to repeat is 1) Missouri cities are authorized to have Stay at Home Orders that are more restrictive than the State Order; 2) like many other cities in Missouri, Springfield’s Order is more restrictive; 3) our Order does now include the State’s approach to limiting persons in essential retail businesses; and 4) we will continue to strictly enforce our local Stay at Home Order.
• Continual coordinated communications have allowed us to keep our citizens informed and connected. In addition to the Call Center, daily virtual news conferences, Facebook Live Q & A events, expanded websites and social media sites have all provided reassurance and answers to our citizens’ questions and concerns. The communication team has produced information in multiple languages and heavily used graphics and video to help communicate simply and effectively.
• We re-opened our business hotline Call Center today to be ready for what was anticipated to be a high volume of call-in questions regarding enforcement differences and similarities between the State’s Stay at Home Order and Springfield’s Order.
• We continue to employ internal and external strategies to address the current COVID-19 crisis. While our first priority is to continue to provide essential services to the citizens of Springfield, we are following CDC guidance to keep our employees safe. This includes use of remote work whenever possible, use of social/physical distancing, the disinfection of work areas and an emphasis on personal hygiene. With a quick change in CDC guidance regarding the wearing of masks, we will review the application of that guidance for our organization this week.
• We have been working on our community’s homeless challenges when dealing with COVID-19. These are related to slowing the spread of COVID-19 among homeless persons, attempting to protect those homeless persons with high risk medical factors and quarantining/isolating those homeless persons exposed or contracting the virus. Currently, efforts to address those homeless that have already contracted the virus are being coordinated through our Emergency Management processes. In addition, we are also in close contact with the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness as they attempt to reduce the likelihood of contraction by homeless persons with high risk medical symptoms.
Please consider this message to be a formal encouragement for our local hotels and motels to work with the Ozarks Alliance to find rooms at a reasonable rate in order to protect the high-risk homeless population. Please contact Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) for detailed information on how to help.
• We have partnered with three of Springfield’s largest nonprofits – Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks – to be our conduit between the nonprofit organizations that serve our must vulnerable citizens, connecting them with citizens and organizations wishing to help. These organizations are also helping to unite and coordinate efforts of the community’s faith community, working with churches to help inform their congregations about the latest in the COVID-19 crisis. CFO announced a $1 million COVID-19 fund and has already awarded nearly $100,000 to nine regional nonprofit agencies in initial grants
Grant Street Parkway Project
Public Works is working with MoDOT to complete the RFQ letter and document to select a consultant to serve as owner’s representative. We are also working with the Federal Highway Administration to get approval for advanced construction in order to start preliminary engineering. COVID-19 has prevented our stakeholder meetings, but we will reschedule those once we are permitted to do so.
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. Council Bill 2020-049. (McGull) (Approved 9-0)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 0.16 acres of property generally located at 2001 North Ramsey Avenue, from GM, General Manufacturing District to R-TH, Residential Townhouse District. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: R.A.L. Property Management, LLC; 2001 North Ramsey Ave.; Z-2-2020.)
8. Council Bill 2020-051. (Simpson) (Approved 9-0)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Land Development Code,’ Article III, ‘Zoning Regulations,’ Division 3, ‘Administration, Enforcement and Review,’ Subdivision II, ‘Commissions and Boards,’ Section 36-353 ‘Landmarks Board’ and Division 4, ‘District Regulations,’ Subdivision II, ‘Office, Institutional and Special Districts,’ Section 36-404 ‘Landmarks,’ to address procedures regarding designation of Historic Status. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)
9. Council Bill 2020-052. (Fisk) (Approved 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Surface Transportation Program-Urban Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, in the amount of $2,392,000.00, for the purpose of appropriating federal funds to be used in street overlay improvements.
10. Council Bill 2020-053. (Lear) (Approved 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Surface Transportation Program-Urban Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, in the amount of $1,288,000.00, for the purpose of appropriating federal funds to be used in ADA Improvements.
11. Council Bill 2020-054. (Simpson) (TABLED UNTIL THE APRIL 20, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a sewer improvement developer and construction cost reimbursement agreement with Ridge Investment Group, LLC, for the purpose of constructing sewer infrastructure serving the Millwood East Development and paying the cost difference between the more expensive gravity sewer and the lift station, force main, including associated fees; and utilizing no more than $393,541.37 from the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Clean Water Services Fund.
12. Council Bill 2020-056. (Fisk) (Approved 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the Loan Committee, by vote, to lower the interest rate of the Business Development Loan, within the Commercial Loan Program, if the prime rate decreases throughout the year.
13. Council Bill 2020-057. (McClure, Hosmer, And Ferguson) (Approved 9-0)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 78, ‘Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions,’ Article VII, ‘Offenses Against Property,’ by the addition of a new Section 78-285.5, ‘Trespass onto real property.’
15. EMERGENCY BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Be Voted On.
16. Council Bill 2020-065. (McClure) (Approved 9-0)
A general ordinance suspending enforcement of portions of sections 36-368(9) and 36-473(e) of the Zoning Ordinance; and declaring an emergency pursuant to City Charter section 2.12; for the purpose of limiting public gatherings during the Mayor’s declaration of civil emergency.
17. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
18. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
19. Council Bill 2020-062. (Lear) (Approved 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a subaward from the Missouri Department of Public Safety/Missouri State University on behalf of the Springfield Fire Department, which includes multiple pieces of equipment that will support the sustainment and operation of the Springfield Fire Department Region-D Bomb Squad and the Hazardous Materials Team, valued at up to $221,791.00, through a grant from the State Homeland Security Grant Program.
20. Council Bill 2020-066. (Lear) (Approved 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a Digital/Automotive Apprenticeship Grant in the amount of $57,200.00 from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development; entering into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; amending the budget for the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $57,200.00; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
21. AMENDED BILLS.
22. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
23. Council Bill 2020-063. (McGull) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE APRIL 20, 2020 MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 6 acres of property generally located at the 900 and 1000 block of East Pythian Street from R-SF, Single-family Residential district, R-TH, Residential Townhouse district, and CS, Commercial Services district, to GI, Government and Institutional Use district; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Junior College District of Southwest Missouri (OTC); 900 and 1000 block of East Pythian Street; Z-3-2020.)
24. Council Bill 2020-064. (Simpson) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE APRIL 20, 2020 MEETING)
A general amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 43 acres of property generally located at 2401 East Sunshine Street from HM, Heavy Manufacturing district, to IC, Industrial Commercial district; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 184; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Southwest Missouri Investments, Inc.; 2401 East Sunshine Street; Z-5-2020 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 184.)
25. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On. Except Item No. 26. Citizens May Speak. Anticipated To Be Voted On.
26. Council Bill 2020-068. (Simpson) Citizens May Speak. Anticipated To Be Voted On. (Approved 8-1 WITH SCHILLING IN OPOSITION)
A resolution determining the official intent of the City of Springfield, Missouri, to issue its Industrial Development Revenue Bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $48,000,000 to finance the costs of a project under the provisions of Sections 100.010 to 100.200 RSMo.
27. Council Bill 2020-069. (McGull) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE APRIL 20, 2020 MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or designee, to execute a Preliminary Funding Agreement between the City of Springfield, Missouri, and Kraft Heinz Foods Company; and amending the budget in the amount of $50,000.00, for the purpose of funding the preparation and review of documents and other actions related to the issuance of Chapter 100 bonds.
28. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
29. NEW BUSINESS.
30. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
32. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.
33. Council Bill 2020-067. (Ollis) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE APRIL 20, 2020 MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a license agreement with Sun Belt Environmental Services, Inc., for the purpose of installing and maintaining four monitoring wells on public right-of-way at the site of the former Litton Systems property generally located at 4811 West Kearney Street to monitor groundwater conditions at no cost to the City.
34. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
35. Council Bill 2020-072. (McClure) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HOSMER ABSENT)
A resolution confirming the appointments of Ryan Dock, Connie Rhoades Hinds, Irene Schaefer, and Justin Skinner to the Commercial Street Community Improvement District Board of Directors. (Staff and the Commercial Street Community Improvement District Board of Directors recommend approval.)
36. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. See Item #3.
37. Council Bill 2020-058. (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HOSMER ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, Missouri, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Doling Landing, generally located at 2520 North Bolivar Road, 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 all the terms of this Ordinance. (Staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements.)
38. Council Bill 2020-059. (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH HOSMER ABSENT)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a donation in the amount of $10,000 from Mrs. Merrily Parker to support the Fire and Life Safety education programs.
39. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.