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2015 City News Releases

Posted on: November 2, 2015

Five City Councilmembers issue statement

PUBLIC STATEMENT TO THE CITIZENS OF SPRINGFIELD ISSUED ON BEHALF OF: Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure; Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson; Councilman Craig Fishel; Councilwoman Jan Fisk; Councilman Mike Schilling As elected officials representing the city, the role of Springfield City Council is to address the pressing needs of our community and be a problem-solving body. In an effort to elaborate on the events of the past few days, it is our desire to offer the following comments. We are the five City Council members who authored and signed a letter requesting the appointment of an independent hearing examiner to investigate Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky’s eligibility to serve on City Council. As noted in our Oct. 29 letter, our questions relate to the failure of Councilwoman Fulnecky to obtain a business license and pay the required tax. Our actions occurred as soon as we became aware of the matter. We were concerned by the fact that this problem has been ongoing for approximately seven years. Appointment of a hearing examiner is the process authorized through the Springfield City Code (Section 2-60) which states “this section proposes to relieve councilmembers of the impossible task of judging themselves. Instead, this section places judgment in the hands of an impartial hearing examiner…” In spite of allegations to the contrary, our actions on this matter are totally separate from the indecent exposure ordinance and are only taken after careful consideration. We are acting independently of questions raised regarding the ordinance and subsequent filing of a lawsuit. In fact, our voting record shows that three of us voted in favor and two voted in opposition. Council members may not always agree on every issue, but it is the expectation to regard each other with respect and conduct ourselves professionally. We wish we were not put in this position. It is our desire to be able to focus on the important business of the city. # # # To schedule media availability with these City Councilmembers, contact Anita Cotter in the City Clerk's office at 417-864-1651.

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Feb. 23 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: February 23, 2015

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Posted on: March 3, 2015

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

March 23 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: March 23, 2015

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Posted on: March 24, 2015

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

April 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 13, 2015

April 13 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Gift of Time nominations now open

Posted on: April 20, 2015

April 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 13, 2015

April 13 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Gift of Time nominations now open

Posted on: April 20, 2015

April 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: April 27, 2015

June 22 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: June 22, 2015

July 13 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: July 13, 2015

July 27 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Aug. 10 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: August 10, 2015

City responds to Sheriff's Counterclaim

Posted on: August 14, 2015

Aug. 24 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Sept. 14 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Sept. 28 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: September 28, 2015

Oct. 12 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Oct. 26 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: October 26, 2015

Nov. 9 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: November 9, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

Posted on: November 18, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Nov. 23 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Awards & Achievers

Posted on: November 25, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Dec. 14 City Council meeting summary

Posted on: December 14, 2015

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