LIVE: Springfield City Council Meeting January 28, 2019

City Council Meeting: City Council meets every other Monday at 6:30 pm in Historic City Hall, Springfield MO.

Posted by City of Springfield, MO – Connect with SGF on Monday, January 28, 2019

Welcome to OI’s live blog of the Springfield City Council’s meeting for January 28, 2019.

A fairly decent sized crowd is in the chamber tonight with the majority of people telling OI that they are in attendance because of the bills related to short-term rentals like those done through AirBnB.

Meeting called to order by Mayor McClure at 6:34 p.m..

1. ROLL CALL.

Councilman Ollis is not in attendance tonight.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. January 14, 2018 City Council Meeting, And January 15, 2019 Special City Council Meeting.
Documents:

  1. 01-14-2019.PDF
  2. 01-15-19 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.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.

Passes 8-0.

4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

Maurice Jones is brought to the lectern to be sworn in as Deputy City Manager.

He was welcomed by the Mayor.

“I’m very excited to have Maurice here in town with us,” City Manager Jason Gage said.

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

City Manager Gage informed council of the city’s moving forward on place for new fire stations. He said that sales tax revenue is up for January over budget. On a rolling yearly average, revenues are up over 2.7 percent.

Gage spoke about SGF Yields, a program to make drivers aware of pedestrians and avoiding collisions between vehicles and those on foot.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.

7. Council Bill 2018-267. Substitute No. 1. (Fisk, Lear, McClure, Ollis, Schilling, Simpson, And Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 36, ‘Land Development Code,’ Article III, ‘Zoning Regulations,’ Division 2, ‘Rules of Interpretation and Definitions,’ Section 36-321, ‘Definitions,’ by adding a definition for ‘Short-Term Stay Rentals’; amending Division 4, ‘District Regulations,’ by adding as a permitted use Short-Term Stay Rentals to each district contained therein; amending Division 5, ‘Supplemental District Regulations,’ Section 36-451, ‘Home Occupations’; and adding new section 36-472, ‘Short-Term Rentals,’ establishing rules and regulations for operation and location of Short-Term Stay Rentals; and designating an effective date for said amendments.
Documents:

  1. 2018-267S1.PDF

If this bill passes, item #8 on the agenda is moot.

The Mayor said this bill has “taken a long time.” He thanked the council members, city staff and members of the public who have worked a long time to get this bill to where it is tonight.

Bill passes 7 to 1 with Councilman Hosmer voting no.

Item 8 is moot due to the passage of item 7.

9. Council Bill 2019-003. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 26.03 acres of property generally located at 3315 and 3303 South Campbell Avenue from Planned Development District No. 14, 4th Amendment to Planned Development District No. 367; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval). (By: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 8721; 3315 & 3303 South Campbell Avenue; Planned Development 367.)
Documents:

2019-003.PDF

Passes 8-0.

10. Council Bill 2019-004. (Prater)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 33.33 acres of property generally located at the 2200 block of North Belcrest Avenue from HC, Highway Commercial District and HM, Heavy Manufacturing District, to HM, Heavy Manufacturing District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 163. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: ICT II, LLC; 2200 blk. N. Belcrest Avenue; Z-31-2018 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 163.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-004.PDF

Passes 8-0.

11. Council Bill 2019-005. (Prater)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.89 acres of property, generally located at 2963 East Division Street, from a GM, General Manufacturing District to IC, Industrial Commercial District. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Kum & Go, LC; 2963 East Division Street; Z-32-2018.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-005.PDF

Passes 8-0.

12. Council Bill 2019-006. (Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.45 acres of property generally located at the 2100 block of South Eastgate Avenue from Planned Development District No. 268 to Planned Development District No. 368; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval). (By: Castle Real Estate Holdings No. 9 LLC; 2100 block S. Eastgate Avenue; Planned Development No. 368.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-006.PDF

Passes 8-0.

13. Council Bill 2019-007. (Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 3.58 acres of property, generally located at 2521 South Holland Avenue, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to R-LD, Low-Density Multi-Family District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 164. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Jefferey Ballard; 2521 South Holland Avenue; Z-33-2018 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 164.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-007.PDF

Councilman Lear said that he was concerned with the wastewater issue but he doesn’t feel the development will cause significant issues, is consistent with use of the area and the area will not remain green space even if the Council wanted to do it.

Councilman Prater said he tried to reach out to people who might buy the land and keep it as green space but that he wasn’t able to do it. He said that he will support the measure because there’s no other option.

The Mayor said that he wrestled with it because he drives past it every day and agrees with Councilman Lear that ideally it should stay green space but it’s not possible.

Councilman Hosmer said “it’s easy for me to vote no.”

“This is a disservice to those who have maintained their property all around this property,” Hosmer said. “It’s a poor change to the zoning and I don’t think it’s in keeping with the neighborhood and surrounding property.”

Councilman Simpson said that he agrees he wishes that it could stay green space but it is private property.

The vote is split 4-4, with Ferguson, Simpson, Schilling and Hosmer voting no. The measure fails.

14. Council Bill 2019-008. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for certain fiber optic interconnection improvements generally located along Battlefield Road and Grant Avenue, generally referred to as Plan No. 2018PW0060T; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, in the amount of $92,478.20, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents

2019-008.PDF

Passes 8-0.

15. Council Bill 2019-009. (Prater)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Smith Park Sanitary Sewer Capacity Improvements Project being generally located at Division Street and Fremont Avenue and generally referred to as Plan No. 2018PW0032se; accepting the bid of Hamilton and Dad, Inc., in the amount of $381,428.95, for said Project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents:

  1. 2019-009.PDF

Councilwoman Ferguson asked city staff about the lower than estimated bids and staff said all bids were similar in nature.

Passes 8-0.

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

17. Council Bill 2019-016. (Ferguson, Lear, Schilling, And McClure)
A resolution establishing a Sexual Assault Task Force; setting the charge and scope of duties for said Task Force; and establishing the membership of said Task Force.
Documents:

  1. 2019-016.PDF

Councilwoman Ferguson stated “this gives the community a chance to see what is happening in the city that is very good. We had an update from our police chief and I was pleased and pleasantly surprised by what I discovered was going on.”

“I want this to be a cutting edge community in serving victims of sexual assault.”

“Those asked to be on the task force are very capable.”

Councilman Prater thanked Councilwoman Ferguson, staff and volunteers for their work on that. He said he just didn’t get his paperwork done in time to have his name on the bill to support it.

Councilman Simpson agreed with Councilman Prater’s praise of the bill.

The Mayor thanked Councilwoman Ferguson for her efforts and he thanked Police Chief Williams for his presentation at a city council lunch.

Council vote 8-0.

18. EMERGENCY BILLS.
19. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
20. GRANTS.
21. AMENDED BILLS.
22. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.

23. Council Bill 2019-018. (Schilling, Ollis, Hosmer, And Simpson)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 98 of the City Code, Article VII, ‘Encroachments on City Property;’ and amending Chapter 36 of the City Code, Article III, ‘Zoning Regulations,’ Division 5, Supplemental District Regulations,’ section 36-454; for the purpose of authorizing the placement of bicycle docks on City right-of-way.
Documents:

  1. 2019-018.PDF

David Hutchinson of Springfield Bike Share spoke in favor of the bill.

Vote in two weeks.

24. Council Bill 2019-019. (Schilling, Ollis, Hosmer, And Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Fee Schedule for certain City services as provided in the Springfield City Code, by making such adjustments as provided in the attached “Evaluation of Charges for Municipal Services”; and adopting new fees for certain City services. (The Finance and Administration Committee recommends approval.)
Documents:
2019-019.PDF

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

26. Council Bill 2019-020. (Schilling, Ollis, Hosmer, And Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Fee Schedule for certain municipal services as provided in the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2 ‘Administration,’ Article VI ‘Finances,’ Division 3 ‘Charges for Various Municipal Services,’ Section 2-424, ‘Police and fire department records’ by amending the fees set for accident/incident reports in order to waive the incident report fee for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. (The Finance and Administration Committee recommends approval.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-020.PDF

Staff spoke about the fee policy. They said the goal was to bring as many fees from the city to 100% of cost to the city.

This was discussed at a city council lunch on January 10, 2019.

The fee on cremains would go into effect immediately, the rest on July 1, 2019.

The staff said the waiving fees for sexual assault reports would also go into effect immediately.

$10.8 million is generated from the fees.

Bill vote on in two weeks.

27. Council Bill 2019-021. (Prater)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Mt. Vernon Street Bridge over Jordan Creek project, referenced as Plan No. 2015PW0007T; accepting the bid of Hartman & Company, Inc., in the amount of $1,456,230.00, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents:

  1. 2019-021.PDF

Vote in two weeks.

28. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
29 NEW BUSINESS.
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.

Motion to adjourn passes 7-1 with Councilman Hosmer voting no.

Thank you for joining us for our live blog coverage of tonight’s Springfield City Council meeting!