Springfield City Council LIVE July 15, 2019

Welcome to our live coverage of the Springfield City Council meeting. After the last few meetings when we said the local media folks thought we’d have quick meetings and it was the opposite, we’re saying tonight we’ll be here until midnight. (Hey, maybe reverse psychology actually works…)

Thanks for joining us…and here we go…

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, July 15, 2019

Mayor McClure gaveled the session to order at 6:31 p.m..

Councilman Richard Ollis is not in attendance tonight.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. July 1, 2019 City Council Meeting.
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.
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
5. CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

Public Works has won an award for safety on the Grant Street bridge project.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On. Council Bill 2019-142 Was Amended At The July 1, 2019 City Council Meeting And Public Hearing Is Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On. Council Bill 2019-143 Was Tabled At The July 1, 2019 City Council Meeting.

7. Amended Council Bill 2019-142. (Ollis, Hosmer, Lear, And McGull) Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 58, ‘Health and Sanitation,’ by adopting Article XII, ‘Tobacco 21 Act,’ in order to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, and vapor products to anyone under 21 years of age; and amending Chapter 78, ‘Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions,’ by amending Section 78-5, ‘Sale of tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age,’ Section 78-6, ‘Sale of tobacco products through vending machines,’ and Section 78-7, ‘Packaging of tobacco products; distribution of free samples; manner of display and sale,” and moving said sections to Chapter 58 as part of the Tobacco 21 Act. (Recommended by Plans and Policies Committee.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-142AMENDED.PDF

Councilman Hosmer said “this is a particularly important ordinance for the city of Springfield” and he was impressed with the way the medical community has spoken up in favor of this measure.

“If we wait for the state, a lot of this stuff will never get done.”

He called it one of the most important things he’s done in the five years he’s been on Council.

Councilman Simpson said he “echoes” Councilman Hosmer’s comments.

Councilwoman Ferguson spoke about her father, who smoked most of his life, and how he died from lung cancer too young.

Bill passes 8-0.

8. Council Bill 2019-143. (Ollis, Hosmer, Lear, And McGull) Tabled At The July 1, 2019 City Council Meeting.
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 78, ‘Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions’, by repealing Section 78-8, ‘Purchase or possession of tobacco products by persons under 18 years of age.’ (Recommended by Plans and Policies Committee.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-143.PDF

This is the companion bill for the Tobacco 21 Act.

Passes 8-0.

9. Council Bill 2019-155. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 8.4 acres of property, generally located at 3145 South Campbell Avenue, from Planned Development 25, 4th Amendment to HC, Highway Commercial District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 175; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: South Campbell Investments, LLC; 3145 South Campbell Avenue; Z-14-2019 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 175.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-155.PDF

Passes 8-0.

10. Council Bill 2019-156. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 6.18 acres of property, generally located at the 4900 block of South Campbell Avenue, from R-MD, Medium-density Multi-family Residential District, with Conditional Overlay District No. 152, to O-2, Office District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 176; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: A. Daniel Pinheiro; 4900 Block of South Campbell Avenue; Z-15-2019 w/COD No. 176.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-156.PDF

Passes 8-0.

11. Council Bill 2019-157. (Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 4.2 acres of property, generally located at 2915 South National Avenue, from Planned Development 26; Planned Development 26, 1st amendment; Planned Development 51; and R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to Planned Development 370. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.)
Documents:

  1. 2019-157.PDF

A protest petition was received but it was not sufficient.

Passes 8-0.

12. Council Bill 2019-158. (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an addendum to the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and School District of Springfield R-12 for the purpose of sharing the costs of a third-party vendor to operate a school crossing guard program for one additional year.
Documents:

  1. 2019-158.PDF
  2. Passes 8-0.

16. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
17. Council Bill 2019-160. (Simpson)
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 $251,811.00, to implement the Missouri Works Together program, to provide temporary disaster-relief employment and career and training services to workers impacted by the opioid crisis; amending the budget for the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $251,811.00; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
Documents:

  1. 2019-160.PDF

The director of workforce development presents the bill to the Council.

Councilwoman Ferguson asked what kind of people will be hired as peer counselors. Staff said they’re people who have either recovered from addiction or have had family members who have overcome addiction. They will help people who are current at-risk in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health.

Passes 8-0.

21. Council Bill 2019-161. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code Chapter 106 – ‘Traffic and Vehicles,’ Article I. – ‘In General,’ Section 106-35. – ‘Wrecked, discarded or inoperable vehicles,’ to re-define “Inoperable vehicle” in order to simplify enforcement.
Documents:

  1. 2019-161.PDF

BDS director Harlan Hill is scheduled to present but is not in attendance, so city attorney Lewsader spoke to Council about the bill.

She explains the current ordinance removes the requirements on finding a registration and investigating registration within a state, just focusing on license plates. This way inspectors can do their job without actually entering private property.

Councilman McGull asked if there is a time period when a vehicle is considered inoperable before a city can act upon it.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

22. Council Bill 2019-162. (McGull)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Program, Group 4 Public Sewer Rehabilitation – Open Cut Repairs Part 2 project; accepting the bid of Rosetta Construction, LLC, for the project; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract for said project; and approving a budget adjustment to amend the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget of the Department of Environmental Services Clean Water Enterprise Fund in the amount of $4,275,300.
Documents:

  1. 2019-162.PDF

Public hearing closed, vote in two weeks.

23. Council Bill 2019-163. (Schilling)
A special ordinance approving the sale of real property at 4177 South Broadway Avenue to David Styles for $800.00; and authorizing the issuance of a deed for same
Documents:

  1. 2019-163.PDF

Public hearing closed, vote in two weeks.

The next three bills are being read together at the request of the Mayor.

24. Council Bill 2019-164. (Schilling)
A special ordinance amending the Park Board’s Fiscal Year 2018-2019 operating budget by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $450,000 to allocate $300,000 of revenue and associated offsetting expense items from Parks 2001 and 2006 Sales Tax Funds and $150,000 of transfers from other funds, respectively.
Documents:
2019-164.PDF


25. Council Bill 2019-165. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 operating budget by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $132,904 in various Special Revenue and Capital Project Funds, for the purpose of accounting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses.
Documents:
2019-165.PDF


26. Council Bill 2019-166. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 operating budget in the General Fund by increasing both revenue and expenses in the amount of $80,876 for the purpose of adjusting for certain reimbursements and associated offsetting expenses as well as adjusting the salary budget for retirement payouts.
Documents:

  1. 2019-166.PDF

Public hearing closed, vote in two weeks.

27. Council Bill 2019-167. (Fisk)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Board of Governors of Missouri State University, for the purpose of continuing to provide enhanced law enforcement services within and around the Missouri State University campus.
Documents:

  1. 2019-167.PDF

Police Chief Williams said this has been an agreement they’ve had for 25 years, but this year’s different: they want to have 24/7 coverage from their assigned officers. The school is going to pick up the cost of the overtime.

The University also has the option, at their expense, to have 10 officers at their substation. The school pays 80% for the 10 officers there, but they will pay the full cost for the officers, including the cost for the officer to be trained in the academy.

Councilman Lear asked about the 24 hour coverage and overtime. He asked that it would not be cutting into any other patrol time and the Chief said it was the 10 officers already assigned there, so there’s no disruption.

Councilman Simpson asked about crime statistics and if crimes on campus are in the Springfield city report on crimes. The Chief says they are, but that the University files their own reports on crime that takes place only on the campus.

Public hearing closed, vote in two weeks.

28. Council Bill 2019-168. (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City, CU, Greene County and the Missouri Department of Public Safety to integrate the Trunked Radio System (“TRS”) into the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network.
Documents:
2019-168.PDF


29. Council Bill 2019-169. (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a revised agreement between the City of Springfield, City Utilities of Springfield, and Greene County for the purpose of updating the 800 megahertz Trunked Radio System (“TRS”) to provide improved law enforcement and public safety communications among the various agencies and departments.
Documents:

  1. 2019-169.PDF

Staff said the CU, County and City own the system but other groups like the school system and FBI rent space in the system.

Public hearing closed, vote in two weeks.

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