Bissett Results

Residents in the Bissett neighborhood voiced their concerns and shared positive thoughts about the neighborhood Monday evening, May 4, at the first of nine “Community Listen” events organized by the City of Springfield. 

Six City Council members attended, including Phyllis Ferguson, Jan Fisk, Craig Fishel, Kristi Fulnecky, Justin Burnett and Mike Schilling. Numerous partners from community agencies listened in, including Mercy Hospital’s COO Jay Guffey; Wade Stinson from City Utilities and several representatives from Springfield Public Schools. Community Listen has a long list of partners committed to hearing citizen concerns. 

Most of the City’s departments were on hand to answer questions, including director of building development services Chris Straw, Public Works Director Dan Smith, Police Chief Paul Williams and Fire Chief David Hall.

Zone 1 Councilwoman Ferguson handed out T-shirts boasting “North Side Pride” and encouraged participants to take part in a “renaissance” of the City’s historic neighborhoods.

“To look out at a school cafeteria full of so many people from so many different entities - the neighborhood, City departments, business community, Council, school system and more there to help Zone 1. I'm filled with gratitude and hope they know how much we appreciate them,” Ferguson said in a Zone 1 Facebook post following the gathering.
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City Manager Greg Burris led the group through a series of somewhat sobering “intensity maps” that illustrated some of the challenges in the Bissett neighborhood and the rest of the City’s Zone 1. Zone 1 is the northwest quadrant of the City.

To start off the “listening” portion of the evening, Director of Public & Civic Engagement Cora Scott, shared findings from the City’s most recent Citizen Survey, which outlined the priorities of survey respondents from Zone 1 and satisfaction ratings for various City services.

Participants offered suggestions about what things they would most like to see fixed in the Bissett Neighborhood.

The top five issues will be incorporated into a plan to address issues in Zone 1. Burris said he expects a plan to come forward after partner agencies meet with City officials in late June.

Bissett Top 5 Issues

  • Address nuisance properties
  • Install a safer crossing across Chestnut
  • Improve access issues
    • Fix sidewalks that are in bad shape
    • Cut overgrown brush
  • Address late-night comings and goings
  • Additional police patrols
Full Results

  • Address nuisance properties - (25 points) = 40%
  • Install a safer crossing across Chestnut (9 points) = 14.5%
  • Improve access issues - (9 points) = 14.5
    • Fix sidewalks that are in bad shape
    • Cut overgrown brush
  • Address late-night comings and goings (6 points) = 9.7%
  • Additional patrols - (4 points) = 6.4%
  • Neighborhood pride: efforts to keep good neighbors (2 points) = 3.2%
  • Recruit neighbors to help with neighborhood clean up (2 points) = 3.2%
  • Fix easement at Hillcrest & Webster (1 point) = 1.6%
  • Crosswalk at Hillcrest (1 point) = 1.6%
  • Form Neighborhood Watch (0 points)