LIVE Springfield City Council February 11, 2019

Welcome to our live blog from the February 11, 2019 Springfield City Council meeting. The agenda is fairly thin tonight so it should be a rather quick meeting.

Here’s your live video…with our live blog below!

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, February 11, 2019

Meeting called to order by Mayor Ken McClure at 6:33 p.m..

Councilman Tom Prater is not in attendance tonight.

1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. January 28, 2019 City Council Meeting.
Documents:
01-28-2019.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.

Removed from consent agenda:

Council Bill 2019-038. (Fisk)
A resolution granting a new liquor license to sell liquor by the drink at retail to Dan & Nik, LLC, d/b/a Bigfoot Subs, for their location at 2204 West College Street, Springfield, Missouri.
Documents:
2019-038.PDF
Council Bill 2019-039. (Lear)
A resolution electing the Honorable John Appelquist as a substitute judge of the Springfield Municipal Court for a term of four years.
Documents:
2019-039.PDF
Council Bill 2019-040. (Fisk)
A resolution electing the Honorable Matt Owen as a substitute judge of the Springfield Municipal Court for a term of four years.
Documents:
2019-040.PDF

*** Live Blog Note: A little murmur of surprise in the room when the items were announced to be removed from the consent agenda.

City Manager Jason Gage reported on the explosion at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A digester exploded while two workers were attempting to remove methane. Two contract employees were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and a third was treated at the scene and refused transport to the hospital.

Gage told council that the fire department has First Alert fire ladders available for a small amount of Springfield residents.

Gage also said that revenue for the month from the state was up 8% over budget and the city is up over 2% over budget for the year.

Councilman Simpson praised the police and fire departments for the fundraising hockey game February 2 that raised thousands for the Greene County 100 Fund, which gives cash to family members of law enforcement or firefighters who die in the line of duty.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. 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. (The Finance and Administration Committee recommends approval.)
Documents:

2019-018.PDF

Mayor McClure called it a “very positive step forward for our community.”

Councilman Simpson said student groups mentioned this issue quite a bit to council members and he was happy to see it move forward.

Passes 8-0.

8. 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:

  1. 2019-019.PDF

Mayor McClure commended the committee that worked through the fee schedule.

Councilman Ollis asked the city manager about the progress in licensing for contractors and building development. City Manager Gage said they are working quickly to eliminate any backlogs and to keep an eye on major projects so that each step of the process is handled properly within a new software system for the city.

Passes 8-0.

9. 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

Councilman Simpson praised the bill.

Passes 8-0.

10. 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

Councilwoman Ferguson praised residents for their feedback and enthusiasm for the project.

Councilman Ollis agreed with Ferguson.

Passes 8-0.

11. RESOLUTIONS.

11.25. Council Bill 2019-038. (Fisk)
A resolution granting a new liquor license to sell liquor by the drink at retail to Dan & Nik, LLC, d/b/a Bigfoot Subs, for their location at 2204 West College Street, Springfield, Missouri.
Documents:

2019-038.PDF

Danny Wright, owner operator of Bigfoot Subs. Wanted to clairfy that it’s a sandwich shop, not a bar, and they only want to sell beer only. They’re open until 7pm but may stay open until 8pm in the summer.

Mayor closed public hearing.

Councilwoman Ferguson said she’s been there and “it’s a nice improvement to College Street.” She appreciates what they’ve done to improve the area. She complimented the way they’ve made a local neighborhood restaurant.

Passes 8-0.

11.5. Council Bill 2019-039. (Lear)
A resolution electing the Honorable John Appelquist as a substitute judge of the Springfield Municipal Court for a term of four years.
Documents:

2019-039.PDF

Passes 8-0.

11.75. Council Bill 2019-040. (Fisk)
A resolution electing the Honorable Matt Owen as a substitute judge of the Springfield Municipal Court for a term of four years.
Documents:

  1. 2019-040.PDF

Passes 8-0.

*** Live blog note: Why were these removed from the consent agenda and time spent on them if there was no dissent on them?

12. EMERGENCY BILLS.
13. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
14. GRANTS.
15. Council Bill 2019-033. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development in the amount of $305,975 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds to provide increased services through the SkillUP Program and Summer Jobs League Program; and amending the budget for the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $305,975.
Documents:

  1. 2019-033.PDF

$196,000 goes to the SkillUP program with the rest going to the Summer Jobs League program which has transformed into a year-round job training program.

Councilman Ollis asked staff about the job training program and how it develops the members of the program for open jobs in the area.

Passes 8-0.

16. AMENDED BILLS.
17. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
18. Council Bill 2019-025. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.59 acres of property, generally located at 529 West Division Street, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to a GR, General Retail District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend denial.) (By: Springfield R-12 School District; 529 West Division Street; Z-1-2019.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-025.PDF

Councilwoman Ferguson moved to remand the bill back to Planning and Zoning Commission at the applicant’s request.

Motion passes 8-0.

19. Council Bill 2019-026. (Ollis)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 2.27 acres of property, generally located at 3411 South Kansas Avenue, from R-LD, Low Density Multi-Family District, with Conditional Overlay District No. 145, to R-LD, Low Density Multi-Family District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 162; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Project Collective, LLC; 3411 South Kansas Avenue; Z-30-2018 w/COD #162.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-026.PDF

Brent Stephens represented the developer.

Councilman Schilling asked about traffic and the developer said they worked with the city to move access to the property and will be reducing the initial amount of expected traffic.

Vote in two weeks.

20. Council Bill 2019-027. (Hosmer)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 6.99 acres of property, generally located at 1630 West Republic Street, from a R-SF, Single-family Residential District to GR, General Retail District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 165; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Southland Christian Church; 1630 West Republic Road; Z-3-2019 w/COD #165.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-027.PDF

Rezoning to remove residential buffer yard.

Mayor McClure asked why the church wants rezoned for commercial use.

Mary Lilly Smith said if the church sells the property the city may require traffic studies.

She added the church is being “good neighbors” to the property next to them by obtaining the rezoning.

Councilman Schilling asked what property is taxable and what is not taxable. Mary Lilly Smith said that the property is current not taxable because it’s a church, but if redeveloped then it would be taxable.

Jeffrey Butler addresses council for Butler, Rosenbury.

He said original rezoning was because the church wasn’t going to use excessive property.

The property to the west has been sold. When that is developed, there is a buffer zone required. The original plan from the church was to share parking with the development because the church was not open during most commercial business hours.

“Eventually that property will be developed commercially,” Butler said.

Councilman Simpson asked if zoning had to be changed or if a conditional overlay could be used. Smith said the only way the city has removed the buffer is from a zoning change.

Councilman Hosmer said the change really benefits the property to the west and not really the church.

“This just seems wrong to me,” Hosmer said.

“The requirement for a buffer yard is dependent on what you’re adjacent to,” Smith said. “If the zoning is the same you do not have to put in a buffer yard.”

Councilman Lear noted the property is already asphalt for a parking lot.

Councilwoman Ferguson said the area will maintain a 20% green space even if sold for commercial use.

Vote in two weeks.

21. Council Bill 2019-028. (Prater)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 1.18 acres of property, generally located at 1403, 1405, 1409, 1411, 1415, 1423, 1425, and 1427 East Cherry Street and 527 South Pickwick Avenue, from a R-HD, High Density Multi-Family Residential District and LB, Limited Business District within UCD District No. 2, Areas E and F to Planned Development District No. 366; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: Pickwick and Cherry, LLC; 1403, 1405, 1409, 1411, 1415, 1425, & 1427 East Cherry Street and 527 South Pickwick Avenue; Planned Development 366.)

  1. 2019-028.PDF

Dave Siler representing the owner and engineering firm addressed council about their plans.

He said they repaved the alley because it was important to the area and would allow parking for some retail uses and they focused on controlling wastewater from the development.

Tried to include the neighborhood plan.

Andrew Wells addresses council. Dake-Wells Architecture.

Councilman Ollis praised the design as really fitting to the neighborhood plan.

Councilman Simpson “echoed” the sentiments of Councilman Ollis.

Jeff Barber addressed Council. Rountree Neighborhood President 2005-2007.

He spoke of the history of the property and the previous landowner who allowed the property “to rot” because of conflicts with the neighborhood association. Barber calls it “blight abatement” to develop this area under the proposed plan.

Laurel Bryant speaks to Council.

“Textbook example of a developer being sensitive to a neighborhood.”

Vote in two weeks.

22. Council Bill 2019-029. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, ‘City Limits,’ by annexing 9.3 acres of private property and 0.3 acres of Greene County right-of-way into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 3851 West Farm Road148/University Street, and generally referenced as Annexation A-1-19; and amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 46, Section 46-1, ‘Boundaries of wards, precincts and council zones,’ by adding this property to the ward and precinct assigned by the County Clerk. (By: A&R Property Developers, LLC; 3851 W. Farm Road 148/University St.; Annexation A-1-19.)
Documents:
2019-029.PDF
23. Council Bill 2019-030. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 9.3 acres of property generally located at 3851 West Farm Road 148/University Street from County C-1, Neighborhood Commercial District, to R-MD, Medium Density Multi-Family Residential District and GR, General Retail District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 166; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: A&R Property Developers, LLC; 3851 W. Farm Road 148/University St.; Z-4-2019 w/COD #166.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-030.PDF

Councilman Schilling talked about a memo sent to the city from Menards’ that was almost a threat that “we’re here.”

Mary Lilly Smith said that the note was inform potential developers and residents that the noise and late night business would already be there.

She thinks this is similar to the people who move near the University and then get upset when the football team fires a cannon after a touchdown; they didn’t bother to look at their big neighbors before moving in. Menards’ is just reminding any potential neighbors of what they will have next door to them.

Mary Jane Devore. She says she lives at the “foot” of the property.

She said she and her husband liked looking at a nice mobile home court “before the druggies moved in.”

She said there are no trees or fence there now but if the put buildings in there she wants a fence because people will come “tromping through my property.”

She said that concrete from buildings are under the land where the trailer park had been and that construction materials were dumped in there are well.

She complained about crime in the area. “It makes you wonder what they have brought in.”

Theresa Davison addressed council. Representing the developer.

Said positive conversations had taken place with neighbors.

Owner had removed and cleaned up old septic tanks along with rubble that had to be removed as well.

Councilman Lear asked if the buffer yard required a fence and Smith responded that it did not. The narrower the buffer yard, the more trees required. He asked if the developer would be open to a fence.

The response was “I don’t think it would be a matter of concern.”

Councilman Hosmer said he thinks the tree buffer is great but that a fence would be a benefit for the development and encouraged the developer to consider it.

Dennis Perry addressed council.

Wants the city to be a good neighbor to county residents who invested in their properties.

Ben Dalton spoke to council. Said what’s there now is better than what has been there.

Wants to keep the “quaint aesthetic” of the neighborhood.

Wants something that “fits the neighborhood well” and “protects our privacy.”

Councilman Simpson asked if there was a fence or more trees when a trailer park.

Response was there was no fence but more trees in the mobile home park.

Michael Hampton addressed council on behalf of the architect.

Councilman Simpson asked about fire suppression system and the response was that they will have sprinkler systems per city code.

Councilman Ollis asked about increased traffic and parking. He asked for the number of parking spaces. Response was between 250 and 300. They are sticking to city code of 1 1/2 parking space per unit.

Councilwoman Ferguson asked about the number of bedrooms in each unit and the response was mostly 1-2 bedroom units.

Councilman Schilling asked about wastewater runoff and where its going.

Vote in two weeks.

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

25. Council Bill 2019-031. (Simpson)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Sharing Agreement with Springfield Public Schools for the purpose of constructing a sewer main extension and driveway modifications; and amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the total amount of $57,452.40.
Documents:
2019-031.PDF

26. Council Bill 2019-032. (Simpson)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Primrose Street – South Avenue to Kimbrough Avenue Project, referenced as Plan No. 2013PW0042WT; accepting the bid of Hartman & Company, Inc., in the amount of $2,381,698.00, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents:

  1. 2019-032.PDF

Vote in two weeks

27. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
28. 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.

Vote 7-1 with Councilman Hosmer voting no as is his custom.

Good night from the Council chambers where several of us were rather surprised by the responses of folks to the rezoning issue near Menards.