Summary of Most Recent Meeting

1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. August 12, 2019 And August 26, 2019 City Council Meetings And August 20, 2019 And August 27, 2019 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 AMENDED)

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

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

Forward SGF
More than 500 individuals have participated thus far in the Forward SGF initiative -  to help us create a comprehensive plan to map out Springfield’s future for the next 20 years.

Three Forward SGF community engagement workshops were held in September to collect citizens’ input about what they’d like to see for Springfield’s future. This is truly a collaborative effort and we appreciate the community engagement.

DIY workshops kits are available to interested civic groups. Contact Senior Planner Randall Whitman if you know of a group that would be interested in a kit.

Citizens are encouraged to visit the ForwardSGF.com website and use the map.social interactive tool to highlight issues affecting Springfield.

Additional Forward SGF community outreach and engagement activities over the next year will include business workshops, pop-up events, focus groups, surveys and a speaker series, which will kick off with an Oct. 23 event at the Springfield Art Museum. Mick Cornett, four-time Oklahoma City mayor and author of “The Next American City,” will speak starting at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and networking in the lobby before Cornett takes the stage.

City Council Alumni Reunion

Mayor McClure will host the second annual Springfield City Council Alumni Reunion (for current and former City Council members) on Monday, Sept. 23. The reception will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Councilman Denny Whayne Conference Room in the Busch Municipal Building. This will precede the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Education for Upcoming Ballot Initiatives

As you know, in November, we will bring forward two ballot initiatives that propose renewals.

The first is the renewal of the Police-Fire Pension Sales Tax and the second is a renewal of the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax. The Police-Fire Pension is currently 86% funded, so we are not quite there yet, in terms of meeting our obligation to Police officers and Firefighters who are a part of a legacy Police-Fire Pension and thus not eligible to receive Social Security.

Voters have renewed the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales tax  five times with overwhelming support. It funds high-priority transportation projects. The Citizen Satisfaction Survey this year again revealed that the maintenance of City streets and infrastructure and the flow of traffic in the City are the two top priorities.

Presentations on both ballot issues are being coordinated by the Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement. Contact Cora Scott.

Sales Tax Up

The City of Springfield’s September sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue came in nearly 13% higher, compared to those of September 2018. Revenues were expected to be higher in September, given that several of our large vendor remittances were behind in prior months. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, however, revenues are also up  - nearly 3%, and are continuing to trend upward by about 2% for our 12-month rolling average. Compared to budget, revenues are up just over 5% on a monthly basis and just over 3% on a year-to-date basis.


Diversity & Inclusion
The City is a member of the Public Entities Diversity Task Force and I’m proud to share that work continues as our institutions strive to have an inclusive excellence model framework.

In the coming months we will collectively launch a multi-media outreach and education campaign – You Belong in SGF - for the purpose of attracting and reaching diverse talent while also highlighting the things we do in our community to make people feel welcome.

A website and two social media sites will highlight the many opportunities available for people from all backgrounds to participate fully in building and improving our community. Simply put: we are committed to empowering a culture where everyone is treated equally and can contribute to their full potential.

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

7. Council Bill 2019-198. (Ferguson)  (APPROVED 9-0)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Division Street and Commercial Street Intersection Improvement Project; accepting the bid of A.T. Urban Development, Inc., in the amount of $212,891.00, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.

Documents:

2019-198.PDF

8. Council Bill 2019-199. (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A general ordinance amending the Fee Schedule for certain municipal services as provided in the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2 ‘Administration,’ Article VI ‘Finances,’ Division 3 ‘Charges for Various Municipal Services,’ Section 2-425, ‘Fees for city services; license and inspection fees’ by amending the fee schedule for the Department of Building Development Services, in order to eliminate the double fee charged for building or wrecking permits required by dangerous building proceedings.

Documents:

2019-199.PDF

8.25. Council Bill 2019-200. (Lear) (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA SECOND READING BILLS - APPROVED 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with Missouri Network Alliance, LLC, d/b/a Bluebird Network for the purpose of sharing existing and future underground conduits at various locations in City rights-of-way to expand the City’s traffic management fiber-optic communications network.

Documents:

2019-200.PDF

8.5 Council Bill 2019-201. (Ollis) (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA SECOND READING BILLS - APPROVED 9-0)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a supplemental agreement in the amount of $40,097.53, with Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and TransCore, LP, for additional development, implementation and maintenance of the Advanced Traffic Management System software and hardware to be operated by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Springfield at the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks, for traffic management and traveler information services throughout the regional roadway network.

Documents:

2019-201.PDF

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

10. Council Bill 2019-205. (Schilling) (FAILED WITH MCCLURE, MCGULL, SIMPSON, FISK, HOSMER, AND OLLIS IN OPPOSITION)
A resolution granting a Short-Term Rental Type 2 Permit for the property located at 2038 West Swallow Street, for the purpose of allowing the establishment of a Short-Term Rental Type 2 pursuant to General Ordinance 6497.

Documents:

2019-205.PDF

11. Council Bill 2019-217. (McClure)  (APPROVED 9-0) 
A resolution extending the term of the Sexual Assault Task Force until October 31, 2019.

Documents:

2019-217.PDF

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

13. Council Bill 2019-204. (McClure) (FAILED 0-9 WITH MCCLURE, MCGULL, SIMPSON, SCHILLING, FERGUSON, FISK, HOSMER, OLLIS, AND LEAR)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, ‘Administration,’ Article I, ‘In General,’ by repealing Section 2-8, ‘Disclosure of certain transactions,’ pertaining to the disclosure of financial transactions by candidates for City Council, City Council members, and certain City employees, and enacting, in lieu thereof, a new Section 2-8; and declaring an emergency.

Documents:

2019-204.PDF

14. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

15. GRANTS.

16. AMENDED BILLS.

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

18. Council Bill 2019-207. (Lear) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance approving the City Utilities’ Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Operating Budget for its Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2020.

Documents:

2019-207.PDF

19. Council Bill 2019-206. (Hosmer) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance approving revisions to City Utilities’ Service Rules and Regulations and Outdoor Lighting Policy, revisions to its electric, gas and water General Terms and Conditions Governing Service rate schedules, and revisions to its Private Outdoor Lighting Service Rate schedule.

Documents:

2019-206.PDF

20. Council Bill 2019-208. (Simpson) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 0.49 acres of property, generally located at 1700 South Enterprise Avenue, from Planned Development No. 41, 2nd amendment, to Planned Development No. 371; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.) (By: Skinner Real Estate, LLC; 1700 S. Enterprise Avenue; Planned Development No. 371.)

Documents:

2019-208.PDF

21. Council Bill 2019-209. (McGull) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance granting Conditional Use Permit No. 438 for the purpose of allowing outdoor dining and to reduce the front yard setback requirements in the LB, Limited Business District and Rountree Urban Conservation District Number 2, Area F, which is located at 1454 East Cherry Street. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval).

Documents:

2019-209.PDF

22. Council Bill 2019-210. (Schilling) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.8 acres of property, generally located at 1720 West Grand Street, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to GR, General Retail District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 177; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: College of the Ozarks; 1720 W. Grand Street; Z-18-2019 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 177.)

Documents:

2019-210.PDF

23. Council Bill 2019-211. (Ferguson) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.37 acres of property, generally located at 1720 West Grand Street, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family Residential District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 178; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: College of the Ozarks; 1720 W. Grand Street; Z-19-2019 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 178.)

Documents:

2019-211.PDF

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

25. Council Bill 2019-212. (Ollis) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, 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 Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill; and to enter into an Agreement for Easement, Notice and Covenant Running with the Land granting Missouri Department of Natural Resources access to the City’s Sanitary Landfill.

Documents:

2019-212.PDF

26. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

Ms. Amy Champlin wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Mr. Daryl Day wishes to address City Council.  DID NOT APPEAR

Ms. Jaye Owens wishes to address City Council.  APPEARED

Ms. Della Slisz wishes to address City Council.  DID NOT APPEAR

Mr. Jeff Barber wishes to address City Council.   APPEARED

Mr. Dustin Reilich wishes to address City Council.   APPEARED

Mr. Caleb Arthur wishes to address City Council.   APPEARED

Bob Mundy wishes to address City Council. APPEARED

27. NEW BUSINESS.

Andrew Lear will be the employer representative at the upcoming 2019 Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) Annual meeting.

As per RSMo. 109.230 (4), City records that are on file in the City Clerk’s office and have met the retention schedule will be destroyed in compliance with the guidelines established by the Secretary of State’s office.

28. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

29. MISCELLANEOUS.

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

31. Council Bill 2019-213. (Ferguson) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to refund $1,000 in earnest money to Trigg, LLC; and repealing Special Ordinance 27202.

Documents:

2019-213.PDF

32. Council Bill 2019-214. (Ferguson) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Troy Acres Subdivision generally located at 3843 West Mount Vernon 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.)

Documents:

2019-214.PDF

33. Council Bill 2019-215. (Schilling) (WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Kansas at Grand Subdivision generally located at 1720 West Grand 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.)

Documents:

2019-215.PDF

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

35. Council Bill 2019-216. (Fisk)  (APPROVED 9-0)
A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee on behalf of the City, to apply for state grant funds in the amount of $35,000 from the Missouri Department of Conservation, to support native plant establishment and enhancement on the Fassnight Creek Naturalization at Springfield Art Museum Project; and to exercise any and all powers to obtain such funding.

Documents:

2019-216.PDF

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

37. Council Bill 2019-200. (Lear) (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA AND MOVED TO SECOND READING BILLS AND BECAME ITEM #8.25)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with Missouri Network Alliance, LLC, d/b/a Bluebird Network for the purpose of sharing existing and future underground conduits at various locations in City rights-of-way to expand the City’s traffic management fiber-optic communications network.

Documents:

2019-200.PDF

38. Council Bill 2019-201. (Ollis)  (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA AND MOVED TO SECOND READING BILLS AND BECAME ITEM #8.5)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a supplemental agreement in the amount of $40,097.53, with Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and TransCore, LP, for additional development, implementation and maintenance of the Advanced Traffic Management System software and hardware to be operated by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Springfield at the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks, for traffic management and traveler information services throughout the regional roadway network.

Documents:

2019-201.PDF

39. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

40. ADJOURN.