Summary of Most Recent Meeting
July 27, 2020
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. JULY 13, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND JULY 13, 2020 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. (APPROVED 9-0)
3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST NOTIFY THE CITY CLERK BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, July 24, 2020. (APPROVED 9-0)
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.
World-champion Springfield Lasers 2020 tennis season continues
You can continue to tune in to watch the world-champion Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Team defend their title at the 2020 World TeamTennis tournament. This year, all matches take place at The Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. Matches air live locally on Mediacom MC22 or watch on ESPN+, ESPN2, The Tennis Channel or CBS Sports. Check the schedule (springfieldlasers.com) for dates and where to watch.
Springfield Police Department
Over the last two weeks city management and the police department have continued conversations with local NAACP chapter representatives. The basis of these discussions was to address the three demands the NAACP issued to City Council on July 13, 2020. These demands included:
1. Ban the use of vascular neck restraint, chokeholds or any form of neck restraint
2. Reduce the traffic stop racial disparity index from 2.71 to 1
3. Reform the Police Civilian Review Board (PCRB)
Please know that we agree these are very serious concerns and will make every effort to find a resolution. It is certainly not part of the Springfield Police Department’s values, training or desire to in any way discriminate as part of our role to protect the public. However, we do recognize that systemic approaches and other factors can still result in discriminatory outcomes. As a result, we are committed to do what it takes to identify and eliminate any unintentional discriminatory outcomes in our effort to protect the public.
Finally, each organization has agreed to be publicly transparent regarding these discussions and progress that is made. As part of this communication, you have a copy of the news release and a list of 22 questions (and answers) that were also submitted to SPD by the NAACP and responded to by Chief Williams. The questions and answers have and will continue to be discussed in detail, with follow-up engagement planned.
Bears, Badges & Kids
This past Saturday, local youth had the opportunity to continue to safely interact with Missouri State basketball players and local law enforcement officials in monthly basketball games throughout the Springfield community. Bears head coach Dana Ford has organized the events with collaboration from the Springfield Police Department, the City of Springfield, the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, and the Springfield Dream Center to create this unique opportunity. In creating these events, Coronavirus safety for all participants has been a top priority.
The events are free for children in grades K-6 and take place from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on the fourth Saturday of every month. The remaining dates include August 22 at Grant Beach Park & Pool and Sept. 26 at Reed Academy. To register, visit missouristatebears.com.
Just a reminder to our community that there is an upcoming election next Tuesday, August 4th. I would like to draw your attention to a couple of items of interest to Springfieldians. One of those items is Amendment 2 – Medicaid Expansion. The other item is Question 1 – which would give the City of Springfield the authority to impose a fee for a payday loan establishment permit. I highly encourage everyone to take part in the democratic process by voting!
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. Council Bill 2020-161 (McGull) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance approving a Petition to Establish the Glenstone and Kearney Community Improvement District; declaring the 4.54 acres in said District to be a blighted area and its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare; authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement between the City, the Glenstone and Kearney Community Improvement District, and Missouri Commercial Development, LLC; and directing the City Clerk to notify the Missouri Department of Economic Development of the creation of the District. (Staff recommends approval.)
8. Council Bill 2020-162 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance approving a Petition to Establish the Kay Pointe Place Community Improvement District; authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement between the City and the Kay Pointe Place Community Improvement District, and Carleton Resources, LLC; and directing the City Clerk to notify the Missouri Department of Economic Development of the creation of the District. (Staff recommends approval.)
9. Council Bill 2020-163 (Schilling) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance approving a Petition to Establish the Ridge at Ward Farm Community Improvement District; authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement between the City, the Ridge at Ward Farm Community Improvement District, and RW Developments, LLC; and directing the City Clerk to notify the Missouri Department of Economic Development of the creation of the District. (Staff recommends approval.)
10. Council Bill 2020-164 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Commercial Street Parking Lot and Pedestrian Alleyway Improvement Project; accepting the bid of Hunter Chase & Associates, Inc., in the amount of $522,660.40, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
11. Council Bill 2020-165 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a donation of mosaic artwork valued at $15,000.00 from the Commercial Club of Springfield, Missouri, for inclusion in sidewalk construction and enhancement in the Commercial Street area.
12. Council Bill 2020-166 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance authorizing expenditures from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing Special Allocation Fund for public improvement projects within the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing District in the amount of $66,000, which had previously been allocated for the Commercial Street TIF Facade Loan Program. (Staff recommends approval.)
13. Council Bill 2020-167 (Ollis) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 operating budget of the City of Springfield by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $368,028.00, in various Special Revenue and Capital Project Funds, for the purpose of accounting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses.
14. Council Bill 2020-168 (Hosmer) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 operating budget of the City of Springfield in the General Fund by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $146,511.00, for the purpose of adjusting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses as well as adjusting the salary budget for retirement payouts.
15. Council Bill 2020-169 (McClure) (APPROVED 8-0 WITH LEAR RECUSSING)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the General Manager of City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri (“City Utilities”), or his designee, on behalf of City Utilities to enter into an agreement with BKD, LLP, to provide professional auditing services to City Utilities for Fiscal Years 2020-2024. If City Utilities is unsuccessful at negotiating the terms and conditions of such a contract with BKD, LLP, then City Utilities will move to do so with RSM US, LLP.
16. Council Bill 2020-171 (Simpson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a donation of 700 railroad ties, valued at $17,780.00, from BSB Tie Company to be used by the Springfield Police Department to improve safety in their training shoot house.
17. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
18. Council Bill 2020-174 (Schilling) (APPROVED 9-0)
A resolution delaying the acceptance and processing of applications for demolition, new construction, re-platting of property, including lot combinations, and rezoning for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of passage of this Resolution for those properties which abut the Grant Avenue Parkway Area, to allow time to seek input from area residents, property owners, design professionals and interested citizens regarding the Grant Avenue Parkway concept design and for staff to present a report to City Council regarding the Parkway concept, development constraints and opportunities in this area.
19. EMERGENCY BILLS.
20. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
22. AMENDED BILLS.
23. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
24. Council Bill 2020-175 (Schilling) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 10, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 5 acres of property generally located at 3146 South Golden Avenue from GM, General Manufacturing to O-1, Office District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 188; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: OIP Golden, LLC; 3146 South Golden Avenue; Z-16-2020 w/COD #188.)
25. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
26. Council Bill 2020-176 (Council) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 10, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code Chapter 74, ‘Nuisance and Housing Code,’ Article I, ‘In General,’ Section 74-1, to redefine ‘Lead-bearing substance’ and ‘Lead hazard’ to cross-reference definitions in state law, and Article IV, ‘Lead Poisoning,’ Section 74-171, to replace “elevated blood lead toxicity” with “lead poisoning,” and Section 74-178, to delete “lead toxicity” as redundant to “lead poisoning.”
27. Council Bill 2020-177 (Lear) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 10, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance declaring the necessity of condemning rights-of-way over, under, and through the properties herein described for the purpose of constructing and maintaining sanitary sewers in the Hunt Branch Trunk Sewer Project, #5PW5716; and authorizing certain officers, or their designees, to do all things necessary to carry out the terms of this Ordinance.
28. Council Bill 2020-178 (Ferguson) (COUNCIL WILL VOTE AT THE AUGUST 10, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the West Meadows Trail and Parking Lot Improvements, Plan No. 2018PW0077; accepting the bid of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., in the amount of $405,508.60, for construction of said project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with such bidder.
29. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES AND COMMUNICATIONS.
Melanie Taylor - APPEARED
Jerusha Azjita – DID NOT APPEAR
Michael Hasty - APPEARED
Eric Harleman – DID NOT APPEAR
Amanda Douglas - APPEARED
Melissa Garrett - APPEARED
Debra Buckner - APPEARED
Dustin Gavisk – DID NOT APPEAR
Marc Falmer - APPEARED
Aviah LaBrie – DID NOT APPEAR
Dixie George – DID NOT APPEAR
Jim Palmisano - APPEARED
Amanda Newsome – DID NOT APPEAR
Trevion Burnett – DID NOT APPEAR
Darius Burnett – DID NOT APPEAR
Kris Palmer - APPEARED
Kimberly Woodman - APPEARED
Thomas “Alex” Haines - APPEARED
Mia Jones - APPEARED
Denzel Ransom - APPEARED
Tim Havens - APPEARED
30. NEW BUSINESS.
31. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
33. CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS. See Item #3.
34. CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS. See Item #3.
35. CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. See Item #3.
36. Council Bill 2020-170 (Ferguson) (APPROVED 9-0)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Agreement with Springfield Public Schools to share the costs associated with sidewalk construction along Smith Street, near Hillcrest High School, with the City’s expected contribution to be $21,335; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $21,335 to appropriate Springfield Public Schools’ contribution to the costs.
37. END OF CONSENT AGENDA.