Summary of Most Recent Meeting

Sept. 21, 2020



1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.  (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

Documents:

09-08-2020.PDF

09-14-20 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 NOTIFY THE CITY CLERK BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020. (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.

Grant Avenue Parkway and Corridor Planning  Engagement Continues
Grant Avenue Parkway virtual community visioning sessions continue this week with a  focus on the portion of the parkway that goes through the Fassnight neighborhood. The online program begins at 6 p.m. and runs on the City’s cable channels,
grantavenueparkway.com and on Facebook.com/cityofsgf. Please encourage your friends and family to participate in the citywide survey, located on the parkway’s website. We have about 300 completed as of Friday.

Community Collaborative to Launch Tough Talks
On October 1, the Community Tough Talk Collaborative will launch a series of community conversations geared toward positive action. The City is a member of the collaborative. The first program will be virtual, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on prosperspringfield.org and
Facebook.com/cityofsgf. The topic is ERacism: Action Toward Positive Change. For more information, contact Cora Scott in the Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement.

Soil Collection Ceremony

A few of you were present, and others probably tuning in, to a program the City hosted Saturday with the Community Remembrance Coalition.  A representative from Black Archives of Midwest – Kansas City participated in the soil collection ceremony which memorialized three men who were lynched in Springfield in 1906. Jars with the victims’ names were filled with soil from the site and transported to Kansas City for a statewide exhibit. We participate in these types of efforts to ensure we never forget.

EPA Administrator Visit

On Friday, City staff and a few others had the opportunity to host a visit by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and District 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford.  They visited building and land sites involving contamination.  These include the History Museum, former manufactured gas plant, Jordan Valley West Meadows trail site, an affordable housing project on Sherman and The Fairbanks.

Please know Administrator Wheeler spoke highly of Springfield’s efforts and was very appreciative of the tour. The Mayor and staff took this opportunity to highlight our EPA program accomplishments and inform Administrator Wheeler of the need to continue to help fund environmentally challenging needs. Administrator Wheeler did indicate an interest in consolidating grant programs for flexibility and simplicity, and also emphasizing the preservation of existing older buildings. The visit was very successful, due in large part to Olivia Hough!

Good News Video

I leave with you some good news to end my report. The Health Department and Public Information Department created a toolkit for businesses and workplaces, which is online at health.springfieldmo.gov/business. The kit provides a wealth of resources for business owners and employees. To end my report, I would like to share a video created to help promote the toolkit. Staff asked Springfield workers to share with us why they are motivated to combat COVID-19 in our community. Let’s take a look at what they said.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. Except Item No. 7. Citizens May Speak To Item No. 7. May Be Voted On.

7. Council Bill 2020-187 Amended (Simpson) Amended At September 8, 2020 City Council Meeting. Public Hearing Continued To September 21, 2020 City Council Meeting.  (APPROVED 7-1 WITH HOSMER IN OPPOSITION AND SCHILLING ABSENT)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 4.2 acres of property, generally located at 3503, 3521, 3527, and 3535 South Lone Pine Avenue from R-SF, Single-family Residential, GR, General Retail, and LB, Limited Business District to Planned Development No. 374; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.) (By: Elevation Enterprises, LLC; 3503, 3521, 3527, and 3535 South Lone Pine Avenue; Planned Development 374.)

Documents:

2020-187 AMENDED.PDF

8. Council Bill 2020-207 (Lear)  (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance amending Special Ordinance 27371, which declared the necessity of condemning right-of-way for the purpose of constructing and maintaining sanitary sewers in the Hunt Branch Trunk Sewer Project, to correct the legal description of a sanitary sewer easement.

Documents:

2020-207.PDF

9. Council Bill 2020-208 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance approving the City Utilities’ Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Operating Budget for its Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2021.

Documents:

2020-208.PDF

10. Council Bill 2020-209 (Ollis) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Springfield and the School District of Springfield R-12 to share the costs of a third-party vendor to operate a school crossing guard program inside the city limits of Springfield.

Documents:

2020-209.PDF

11. Council Bill 2020-210 (Lear) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into Schedule of Equipment No. 2, which will become a part of its existing Master Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement, the proceeds of which will be used to pay the costs of acquiring equipment for the City’s Information Technology Department, including upgrades to the server room, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment and improvements necessary for proper installation and operation of such equipment, to do all things necessary to carry out the lease-purchase transaction, including the execution of certain documents in connection therewith; and amending the budget of the City for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $373,817.

Documents:

2020-210.PDF

12. Council Bill 2020-211 (McClure) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Salary Ordinance,’ for the purpose of adding one new job title of ‘Director of Diversity & Inclusion’ to the Department Head Series (“DHS”) salary schedule and one full-time equivalent position to the City Manager’s Office; and by amending the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget of the City to adjust the authorized employee positions in the City Manager’s Office and to fund the position.

Documents:

2020-211.PDF

13. Council Bill 2020-212 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 74, ‘Nuisance and Housing Code,’ Article VII, ‘Nuisances,’ Division 2, ‘Weeds and other rank vegetation,’ Section 74-404, ‘Permitting growth of weeds over seven inches in height,’ by adding a minimum fine for repeated violations.

Documents:

2020-212.PDF

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

15. Council Bill 2020-214 (McGull) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A resolution adopting a Resolution approving the use of funds from the Minor Neighborhood Improvement Program in the amount of $100,000 for stormwater improvements along Delaware Avenue between Talmage Street and North Street (Zone 2).

Documents:

2020-214.PDF

16. EMERGENCY BILLS.

17. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

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

19. Council Bill 2020-215 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to utilize Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding made available by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development in the amount of $458,000.00, to fund job training for adult and dislocated workers; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.

Documents:

2020-215.PDF

20. Council Bill 2020-216 (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Dislocated Worker Individual Training Account Work-based Learning grant funding in the amount of $100,000.00 to be used for training eligible Dislocated Workers and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; amending the budget for the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $100,000.00; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.

Documents:

2020-216.PDF

21. AMENDED BILLS.

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

23. Council Bill 2020-217 (Simpson)  COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A general ordinance amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, ‘City Limits;’ and amending Section 46-1 of the Springfield City Code, ‘Boundaries of wards, precincts and council zones;’ for the purpose of annexing 45 acres of private property into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 6177 South Farm Road 189 and referenced as Annexation A-4-2020. (Staff recommends approval.) (By: Frank and Kimberly Steed; 6177 South Farm Road 189; A-4-2020.)

Documents:

2020-217.PDF

24. Council Bill 2020-218 (Simpson) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 38 acres of property generally located at 6177 South Farm Road 189 from County R-1, Suburban Residence District to R-SF Single-Family Residential District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Frank and Kimberly Steed; 6177 South Farm Road 189; Z-17-2020.)

Documents:

2020-218.PDF

25. Council Bill 2020-219 (Simpson) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 6.68 acres of property generally located at 6177 South Farm Road 189 from County R-1, Suburban Residence District to R-TH, Residential Townhouse District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff recommends approval, Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial.) (By: Frank and Kimberly Steed; 6177 South Farm Road 189; Z-18-2020.)

Documents:

2020-219.PDF

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

27. Council Bill 2020-220 (Lear) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, on behalf of the city, to enter into a Contract of Obligation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, whereby the City agrees to financially secure the future closure and post-closure care of all currently active and previously completed portions of the City’s Sanitary Landfill.

Documents:

2020-220.PDF

28. Council Bill 2020-221 (Fisk) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with Motorola Solutions for the purchase of Watch Guard body worn cameras and all necessary hardware to implement a Body Worn Camera program for the Springfield Police Department and approving the use of the Minor Neighborhood Improvement Program funds from the 1/4-Cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

Documents:

2020-221.PDF

29. Council Bill 2020-226 (Fisk) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT A SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2020. 

A special ordinance authorizing and directing the issuance, sale and delivery by the City of Springfield, Missouri, of Special Obligation Improvement Bonds (Airport Hangar Facility), Series 2020A (AMT), in a principal amount not to exceed $12,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds to pay costs related to improvements to the City’s airport facilities; amending the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget of the City in the amount of $12,899,357.00; authorizing and approving certain documents in connection with the issuance of the Bonds; authorizing certain other documents and actions in connection therewith; and declaring an emergency.

Documents:

2020-226.PDF

30. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES AND COMMUNICATIONS.

Pam Kezerle wishes to address City Council.  DID NOT APPEAR

Nathan Lucas wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Tim Havens wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Bob Estep wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Michael Hasty wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Carl Hawn wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Heather Dietz wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Lisa Meeks wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Seth Brooks wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

Melanie Taylor wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

John Coglan wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Dean Taylor wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Amber Neil wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Cary Wells wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

Swayne Loftis wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

Meike Aton wishes to address City Council. DID NOT APPEAR

31. NEW BUSINESS.

Refer facilitation of community racial equity listening sessions to the Committee of the Whole. (REFFERED)

32. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

33. MISCELLANEOUS.

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

35. Council Bill 2020-222 (McGull)  COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant funding made available by the Missouri College Access Network in the amount of $8,000.00, in exchange for providing information about top job pathways in Springfield through the SGF Neighborhood News.

Documents:

2020-222.PDF

36. Council Bill 2020-223 (Ollis) COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE OCTOBER 5, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to modify the current Intergovernmental Agreement with Greene County, Missouri, relating to the use of a consolidated Police Records Management System.

Documents:

2020-223.PDF

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

38. Council Bill 2020-224 (McClure) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A resolution confirming the appointment of Jennifer Peterson to the Downtown Springfield Community District Board of Directors. (Staff and the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District Board of Directors recommend approval.)

Documents:

2020-224.PDF

39. Council Bill 2020-225 (Schilling) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING ABSENT)

A resolution granting a new liquor license to sell liquor by the drink at retail, including Sunday sales to Ozarks Events LLC, d/b/a Dublin’s Pass, including Sunday Sales, for their location at 317 East Park Central Street, Springfield, Missouri, said license to include an enclosed patio measuring 40 feet by 20 feet.

Documents:

2020-225.PDF

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

41. Council Bill 2020-213 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH SCHILLING 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 Westgate Subdivision, generally located at 4202 West Kearney Street, 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.) (By: Parrish Land & Development, LLC and ARMA Development, LLC; 1202 West Kearney Street; Preliminary Plat of Westgate Subdivision.)

Documents:

2020-213.PDF

42. BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

Confirm the following appointment to the Art Museum Board: Cheryl Hom with term to expire June 1, 2023. (CONFIRMED)

Confirm the following reappointments to the Art Museum Board:   Alia Lee and Tiffany Brunner with terms to expire June 1, 2023. (CONFIRMED)

43. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

44. ADJOURN.