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Posted on: October 28, 2020

City Council to meet Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Sign up by 5 p.m. Friday to attend or speak at the meeting

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City Council will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Citizens wishing to sign up to speak at the meeting, attend with someone who is speaki...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Tonight’s City Council Listening Session canceled

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Tonight’s City Council Listening Session, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Parkview High School, is canceled due to low response. The two citizens who signed up to speak tonight have been rescheduled to either the Nov. 9 or Nov. 23 listening...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Council wants to hear from citizens on crime, community race relations, race relations and policing

UPDATE: The Oct. 26 session has been canceled  due to low response. The two citizens who signed up to speak have been rescheduled to either the Nov. 9 or Nov. 23 listening sessions.  

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Springfield City Council will eng...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Mayor renews civil emergency order through Nov. 12

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As a housekeeping item in order to ensure the city has needed flexibility in the coming weeks, Mayor Ken McClure issued the third renewal of the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency, effective Oct. 14 – Nov. 12.

“There continues to re...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

City Manager proposes changes in response to NAACP demands

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City Manager Jason Gage presented recommendations to City Council Tuesday night, following demands issued by the local NAACP. The three demands included: banning vascular neck restraints/choke holds or any form of neck restr...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

City, Greene County Clerk partner to educate public on voting options with PSA

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Following a Sept. 22 press conference at the Greene County Elections Center with Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft, the City of Springfield and Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller have partnered to produce a public service ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights & Community Relations announces results of inclusiveness survey

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Results from a survey conducted by the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights earlier this year asking respondents to share their views on inclusiveness in the Springfield area are now available. 

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Masking requirement extended through Jan. 9

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After hearing from hundreds of speakers and reading tens of thousands of written and transcribed comments since first passing an ordinance in July requiring face coverings in public spaces, Springfield City Council at its Oct. 5 meeti...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Council to vote on Road to Recovery Phase 3B ordinance Monday night

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The City of Springfield and Springfield-Greene County Health Department have provided avenues for citizens to voice their opinions and get their questions answered on the proposed Road to Recovery Phase 3B ordinance that would extend ...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Apply to run for Mayor, 4 City Council seats starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1

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Those wishing to serve on Springfield’s City Council can download informational packets on the City’s website beginning at 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Petitions must be obtained through the City Clerk's office by submitt...

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

EPA visit highlights Springfield's Brownfields Program

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford were in Springfield Thursday to acknowledge the work done by the City of Springfield and its many partners in conjunction with t...

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

City to hire director of diversity and inclusion

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At the Sept. 8 City Council meeting, City Manager Jason Gage requested that City Council approve a measure allowing him to recruit and hire a Director of Diversity and Inclusion. The position will be a senior-level managemen...

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Mayor renews civil emergency order through Oct. 13

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As a housekeeping item in order to ensure the city has needed flexibility in the coming weeks, Mayor Ken McClure issued the second renewal of the Sixth Proclamation of Civil Emergency, effective Sept. 13-Oct. 13.

“There conti...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Forward SGF Speaker Series continues with Brad Segal on “Global Trends”

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The challenges of 2020 are enormous and impact all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice protests following the senseless killing of George Floyd, and a stressful political environment in a presidential election year each has s...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Council expected to amend Galloway rezoning bill; public hearing to continue

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At its Sept. 8 meeting, City Council is expected to amend Council Bill 2020-187, which would rezone approximately 4.2 acres at 3503, 3521, 3527, and 3535 S. Lone Pine Avenue from R-SF, Single-family Residential, GR, General Retail, an...

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Volunteers needed to serve on local boards and commissions

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The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions. Current openings include:

Art Museum Board

Has charge of and operates the City Art Museum for the promotion of aesthetic or artistic educa...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

City to rebroadcast 2014 Ozark Mountain Daredevils concert on web and cable

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Remember the good old days when people could attend concerts?

One concert in particular stands out to City of Springfield Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement staff – the Ozark Mountain Daredevils concert a...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Council approves administrative delay on Grant Avenue

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City Council approved a resolution Monday night that delays acceptance and processing of demolition, new construction, re-platting, (including lot combinations) and rezoning applications for properties that abut the  Grant Av...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Local musician earns most points in Mayor’s video contest

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A video with a catchy jingle has received the most votes in a video creation contest sponsored by Springfield Mayor Ken McClure. “If You Don’t Wear a Mask, It Will Put You in a Casket” by Nick Sibley, was...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Health Department suspends low-risk public exposure notices

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be suspending the public notification of low-risk potential exposure locations, effective today.

This decision has come as a result of several factors.

On Thursday, a mandatory masking ordinance went into...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

City Council passes ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces

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After hearing from more than 60 speakers and reading around 12,000 written and transcribed comments, City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the communit...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

City, Greene County celebrate 9-1-1 during rescheduled National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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Traditionally, the second week of April is set aside nationally to honor those that provide the voice to our emergency services across our country. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, this year Springfield-Greene County ...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on public health capabilities leads to masking ordinance consideration

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Springfield City Council is considering an ordinance with a provision requiring the wearing of face coverings in public places as part of a proposed Phase 4 of the Road to Recovery Order. The current phase is in place until ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan to continue through July 15

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Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced today that the City of Springfield will continue with the Phase 3 Road to Recovery guidance that was announced in early June. ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Health Care Community Transitioning COVID-19 Testing Options

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After more than three months of maintaining a collaborative testing site, our local health care community is transitioning COVID-19 testing to more sustainable healthcare-based locations in Springfield beginning Friday, July 3.

CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure launches “Wear a Mask” Video Contest

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To promote the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended measure of wearing a mask in public, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announces a contest that invites community members to submit videos on why it&r...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

City issues RFQ for architecture and engineering services for Jordan Creek daylighting project

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The City of Springfield has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) through 5 p.m. July 15 for engineering and architecture services for the design of the Renew Jordan Creek project from Main Avenue to Boonville Avenue.

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Nearly $1M in CARES Act money to fund affordable housing, homeless services, forgivable biz loans

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At its June 15 meeting, City Council passed a bill allocating $916,138 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19 funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Reli...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Phase 3 of City’s Road to Recovery Plan effective Monday

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Mayor Ken McClure, City Manager Jason Gage and Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard announced a new City order today lessening restrictions of business and community activities. The order is effe...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

How to Support Injured SPD Officer Mark Priebe

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How to Support Injured SPD Officer Mark Priebe 

In response to the incident that happened on June 9, 2020, involving Officer Mark Priebe, the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA) has set up a fund to suppo...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure praises officer for courageous actions

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure started today’s City Council lunch workshop with a moment of silence for 21-year police veteran Mark Priebe. Officer Priebe was seriously injured this morning in the line of duty.

“We s...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Incubation period closes: no clients contract COVID-19 from salon exposure

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraged to report that the incubation period has passed from those potentially exposed from Great Clips. No clients of either stylist nor additional coworkers contracted COVID-19 as a result. ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Mayor Ken McClure offers encouragement, praise in annual State of the City address

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COVID-19 and a power outage early this morning could not keep Mayor Ken McClure from giving his 2020 State of the City address.

The yearly address, which comprised this year’s virtual June Good Morning Springfield! program ho...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Mayor and City Manager encourage safe, lawful protests

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Mayor and City Manager encourage safe, lawful protests

A resolution before City Council tonight condemns the horrific actions by the four ex-Minneapolis police officers that led to the tragic death of George Floyd. 

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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The steering committee for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival has unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 festival, due to COVID-19 concerns. The 2020 festival was planned for Aug. 14-15.

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

City of Springfield takes formal action to condemn actions of Minneapolis Police

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The recent actions by police officers in Minneapolis that caused the death of George Floyd are intolerable and cause us all to think twice about the dignity of all persons, the value of life and our responsibility as a local...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Mayor McClure announces Costco membership warehouse considering locating in Springfield

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is pleased to announce Costco Wholesale Corporation is considering a membership warehouse retail store in east Springfield. Costco operates membership warehouses that carry quality brand name merchandise ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2020

Mayor McClure urges personal responsibility

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure shares a video message to Springfieldians as the community starts its first full week under a Road to Recovery Order, Phase 2. This second phase in the Road to Recovery Plan lightens restrictions, allowin...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Health Department offers COVID-19 testing for essential workers without symptoms

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will offer no-cost COVID-19 testing for essential workers who are not exhibiting symptoms to further study the spread of the disease in our community. 

The Health Department has dedicated 200 test ki...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Springfield-Greene County Health Department Releases New COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has launched a new online dashboard that allows the public to view regional data related to COVID-19. 

This dashboard covers five areas, including: 

  • detailed case information, 
  • hospit...
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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Health Department clarifies policy on exposure notifications

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Following the announcement yesterday of a workplace exposure in Greene County, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has seen confusion and fear regarding the risk to the public.  

Throughout this response—and as part of regula...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Have Faith Initiative Launched to Coordinate Faith Community’s Engagement in COVID-19 Response

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Sent on behalf of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks (Philanthropy Row)

A new initiative being led by “Philanthropy Row” is connecting faith-based o...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Local laboratory expands COVID-19 testing options for regional health care

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Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Dynamic DNA Laboratories will offer an additional option for local provider-referred testing of COVID-19. Testing capacity has been limited locally, statewide and nationally. Although testing will still b...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Leaders from several community organizations sign Help Ozarks Pledge

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Leaders from several public and private-sector organizations have signed the Help Ozarks Pledge encouraging citizens, businesses and institutions to commit to helping each other through the COVID-19 pandemic, “flattening the...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Springfield-Greene County Health Department advises returning travelers self-quarantine

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From the desk of the Director of Health

As residents return from spring break trips and other travel, it is the advice of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that they self-quarantine for 14 days.

During that time, travelers...

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