Summary of Most Recent Meeting


March 20, 2017



1. ROLL CALL.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. March 6, 2017 (APPROVED AS PRESENTED)

Documents:

03-06-2017.PDF

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 PRESENTED)

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

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

• Springfield Police Department Detective Steve Miller and K-9 Rocky were recognized with a quarterly award from the National Police Canine Association for their efforts in a December narcotics and cash seizure, resulting in several indictments.

• Captain Greg Higdon has been appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Patrol and Tactical Committee.

Parks update
An update from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is at your place.

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
Festival partners announced the entertainment lineup at a press conference at the Gilioz Theatre March 9. We’re very excited to be bringing country superstars Big & Rich to the outdoor Aaron Sachs Stage on Friday, Aug. 11, and Three Dog Night to the Gillioz stage Saturday night. These major acts are in addition to the free live music at Park Central Square and Jordan Valley Park. Registration for the car and motorcycle show is now open at route66festivalsgf.com. It should be an exciting and fun weekend for all.

Second edition of SGF Neighborhood News will come out the first week of April
The Public Information Department is putting the final touches on the next edition of SGF Neighborhood News. We expect it to come out the first week in April. Thanks to Mike Schilling for his contribution this edition. The publication has had a great reception by the Neighborhood Advisory Council and the neighborhoods and gets better with each edition. Visit sgfneighborhoodnews.com for a free subscription.

March sales tax revenues down 8% compared to budget
The March 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 8% compared to the amount budgeted. This is typically one of our largest revenue checks of the year.

The check reflects sales processed by the state in February from transactions made primarily in January. The sales tax check was $4,231,970, compared to the budgeted amount of $4,587,641. Year to date, revenues are down about 4% compared to budget.

City Finance Director David Holtmann believes that some portion of the shortfall in the March check is due to some processing delays.

The City periodically reviews remittances from the City’s top 50 vendors remitting the highest amounts of sales tax revenues. This review helps to predict a somewhat unpredictable and highly variable revenue source. That variability makes budgeting a challenge.

Public Works update
As the weather improves, residents can expect to see more Public Works crews working throughout the city to repair road surfaces and improve other public infrastructure. Major construction projects are underway at Talmage Street between Kansas Expressway and Fort; the intersection of College Street and Broadway (where a Birthplace of Route 66 plaza is being constructed). Sewer works is being done in various locations, but notably at Republic Road, west of Golden to FF highway as the County is preparing to widen a third phase of Republic Road.

An  informational open house for the Republic Road Widening Phase 3 project will take place 5-6:30 p.m. next Monday, March 27 at Wesley United Methodist Church (922 W. Republic Road). Residents are invited to come and go anytime during the open house to learn about the project and discuss construction impacts with project engineers.

The project will widen Republic Road to five lanes from just west of Parkcrest Avenue to Fairview Avenue. The project will include the addition of bike lanes, sidewalks, stormwater infrastructure, gas and water utility renewals, and a new traffic signal at Broadway Avenue and Republic Road.

Construction for phase 3 is expected to begin by late April and be completed by the end of 2017. The estimated cost for construction is $2.2 million. The project is being funded through the 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

A new project landing page has been created at www.springfieldmo.gov/pwprojects. There you can find details about all public projects, including notification of upcoming road closure and other traffic notifications.

News alerts and posts on social media are sent to notify the community about these projects and those interested can subscribe to receive the alerts via text message or email. Visit www.springfieldmo.gov and click on the “Notify Me” button to select the information category you are interested in. 

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

7. Amended Council Bill 2017-036. (Ferguson). Public Hearing Held Over From March 6, 2017 Council Meeting. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.  (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code Chapter 36, ‘Land Development Code,’ Article I, ‘Administration and Enforcement of Codes,’ to provide for administration and enforcement of the International Property Maintenance Code and to clarify certain provisions.

Documents:

2017-036AMENDED.PDF

8. Council Bill 2017-060. (Prater) (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.82 acres of property, generally located at 1720, 1722, 1724, 1726, 1728, 1730, 1732 and 1734 South Plaza Avenue from a R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to a GR, General Retail District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 120; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (By:  E and E Financial Inc.; 1712 through 1734 South Plaza Avenue (eastside); Z-8-2017 Conditional Overlay District No. 120.)

Documents:

2017-060.PDF

9. Council Bill 2017-061. (Prater) (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.26 acres of property, generally located at 1712, 1714, 1716 and 1718 South Plaza Avenue from a R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to a R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family Residential District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 120; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (By:  E and E Financial Inc.; 1712 through 1734 South Plaza Avenue (eastside); Z-8-2017 Conditional Overlay District No. 120.)

Documents:

2017-061.PDF

10. Council Bill 2017-062. (Fishel) (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 2 acres of property, generally located at 3810 East Sunshine Street from an O-1, Office District with Conditional Overlay No. 8 to an O-2, Office District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 121; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (ByCentral Bank of the Ozarks; 3810 East Sunshine Street; Z-9-2017 & Conditional Overlay District No. 121.)

Documents:

2017-062.PDF

11. Council Bill 2017-063. (McClure). It Is Anticipated This Bill Will Be Tabled; However, Tabling Will Require Council Action.  (tABLED 8-0 with stephens absent)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 2.27 acres of property, generally located at 3411 South Kansas Avenue from R-SF, Single- Family Residential district to R-MD, Medium-Density Multifamily Residential District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 118; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).  (By:  R&S Associates LLC; 3411 South Kansas Avenue; Z-6-2017 & Conditional Overlay District No. 118.)

Documents:

2017-063.PDF

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

13. Council Bill 2017-068. (Fulnecky)  (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for funding through the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Strengthening the Field initiative: Behavioral Health Systems grant.

Documents:

2017-068.PDF

14. Council Bill 2017-069. (Stephens) (APPROVED 7-1 with FULNECKY IN OPPOSITION AND sTEPHENS absent)
A resolution authorizing the Mayor, on behalf of City Council, to sign a letter of support for a grant application by the St. Louis County Health Department to the United States Department of Justice for consortium funding for a prescription drug monitoring program.

Documents:

2017-069.PDF

15. EMERGENCY BILLS.

16. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

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

18. Council Bill 2017-070. (Fisk) (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept supplemental Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 15% grant funds in the amount of $71,716 from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development to assist with the costs of enhancements to Ozark Region facilities and training and planning activities associated with the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 in the amount of $71,716; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval on one reading.

Documents:

2017-070.PDF

19. AMENDED BILLS.

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

21. Council Bill 2017-064. (Ferguson). It Is Anticipated This Bill Will Be Tabled; However, Tabling Will Require Council Action.  (tABLED 8-0 with stephens absent)
A special ordinance approving a redevelopment plan submitted by the Bailey School Redevelopment Corporation for the redevelopment of an area generally located at 501 West Central Street; declaring the Area in such plan to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing certain tax abatement within the plan area; and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Redevelopment Corporation relating to the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan.  (Staff recommends approval).

Documents:

2017-064.PDF

22. Council Bill 2017-064 Substitute 1. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance approving a redevelopment plan submitted by the Bailey School Redevelopment Corporation for the redevelopment of an area generally located at 501 West Central Street; declaring the Area in such plan to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing certain tax abatement within the plan area; and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Redevelopment Corporation relating to the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan.  (Staff recommends approval).

Documents:

2017-064S1.PDF

23. Council Bill 2017-065. (Schilling). It Is Anticipated This Bill Will Be Tabled; However, Tabling Will Require Council Action. (TABLED 8-0 with stephens absent)
A special ordinance approving a redevelopment plan submitted by the Beverly Lofts Redevelopment Corporation for the redevelopment of an area generally located along the north side of east Cherry Street near the intersection of Cherry Street and Kimbrough Avenue; declaring the area in such plan to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing certain tax abatement within the plan area; and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Redevelopment Corporation relating to the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan.  (Staff recommends approval).

Documents:

2017-065.PDF

24. Council Bill 2017-065 Substitute 1. (Schilling)
A special ordinance approving a redevelopment plan submitted by the Beverly Lofts Redevelopment Corporation for the redevelopment of an area generally located along the north side of east Cherry Street near the intersection of Cherry Street and Kimbrough Avenue; declaring the area in such plan to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing certain tax abatement within the plan area; and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Redevelopment Corporation relating to the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan. (Staff recommends approval).

Documents:

2017-065S1.PDF

25. Council Bill 2017-071. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately four acres of property, generally located at 2419 West High Street from a R-TH, Residential Townhouse District, to a R-LD, Low-Density Multifamily Residential District, and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 119; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map.  (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval)

Documents:

2017-071.PDF

26. Council Bill 2017-072. (Fishel)
A general ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to make application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds under the Consolidated Plan, to accept Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds; to enter into any necessary agreements to carry out the grants; to exercise any and all powers necessary to implement selected projects; to select projects for funding for the City of Springfield Fiscal Year 2017-2018; and to reaffirm the Community Development Objectives and Priorities. (Staff and Citizen Advisory Committee for Community Development recommend approval).

Documents:

2017-072.PDF

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

28. Council Bill 2017-073. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Surface Transportation Program - Urban Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to partially reimburse the base salaries of up to six City employees who work at the Transportation Management Center; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, in the amount of $315,000.

Documents:

2017-073.PDF

29. Council Bill 2017-074. (Prater)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Job, Education & Training agreement with Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation to provide employee work skill enhancement and training activities for 47 incumbent workers to fulfill the Ozark Region Workforce Development Boards Incumbent Worker Training program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This is a cost reimbursement contract in the amount of $58,005.

Documents:

2017-074.PDF

30. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

Mr. Justin Myhre wishes to address City Council.

Dr. James Carmichael wishes to address City Council.  (DID NOT APPEAR)

Mr. Bob Mondy wishes to address City Council.   

Mr. Allen Kemper wishes to address City Council. 

31. NEW BUSINESS.
The City manager recommends the following appointment to the Building Trades Examination and Certification Board: Terry Speake with a term to expire October 1, 2019.

The Mayor recommends the following appointments to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations: Pamela Hernandez and Heather Hardinger with terms to expire October 1,2017; and Brittany O’Brien with a term to expire October 1, 2018. 

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.

32. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

33. Council Bill 2017-066. (Fisk). It Is Anticipated This Bill Will Be Tabled; However, Tabling Will Require Council Action.  (TABLED 7-1 with fulnecky in opposition and stephens absent)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or their designee, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Business Development Corporation for the purpose of engaging the Springfield Business Development Corporation for economic development assistance in the amount of $65,000 per year. (Planning and Development Staff recommend approval).

Documents:

2017-066.PDF

34. MISCELLANEOUS.

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

36. Council Bill 2017-075. (McClure)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to provide a training program for the Springfield Police Department at a cost of $29,784 to be paid for by federal forfeited funds.

Documents:

2017-075.PDF

37. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS.

38. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.

39. Council Bill 2017-067. (Fishel) (APPROVED 8-0 with sTEPHENS absent)
A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, Missouri, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Hickman Woods Subdivision, generally located at the 3400 block of East Salem 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 the terms of this Ordinance. (Staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements).

Documents:

2017-067.PDF

40. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

41. ADJOURN.