Springfield City Council Meeting LIVE July 29 2019

Well, we’re here again for another fun filled Springfield City Council meeting from the Historic City Hall.

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 29, 2019

1. ROLL CALL.

Everyone’s here tonight.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. July 1, 2019 And July 15, 2019 City Council Meetings And July 16, 2019, July 18, 2019 And July 23, 2019 Special City Council Meetings.

Passes 9-0.

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.

Hosmer wants this removed from the consent agenda:

Council Bill 2019-178. (Fisk)
A special ordinance to establish and define the boundaries and adopt the plat, plans, specifications, and sealed estimate of construction costs, and authorize acquisition of necessary right(s)-of-way, by purchase or condemnation thereof, for Sanitary Sewer District No. 217 of Section No. 15 of the main sewers of the City, located in the general vicinity of Bagnell Street and Biloxi Avenue; further providing that all labor shall be paid any applicable prevailing wage; and directing the City Manager, or his designee, to advertise for bids for the construction of said sewers.
Documents: 2019-178.PDF

Passes 9-0.

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

71st police academy graduation takes place August 10th.

Councilman Schilling asked staff about a noise complaint regarding downtown. City Manager Gage said police responded to the event and told those involved they could not used amplified equipment.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. 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

Councilman Ollis said he is in favor of cleaning up the bill. He asked if there’s anything else that can be done to enforce the ban on inoperable vehicles in yards.

City Manager Gage said they are looking at it.

City attorney Louzader said that property owners can have vehicles towed if they’re illegally parked on their land or if it’s blocking access.

Councilwoman Ferguson said the issue she sees more is not the inoperable vehicles but illegal front yard parking. She said more warning notices need to be placed on cars and warning letters sent to residences.

Passes 9-0.

8. 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: 2019-162.PDF

Passes 9-0.

9. 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: 2019-163.PDF

Passes 9-0

10. 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

Councilman Schilling said one of the transfers was partial payback to the golf fund for repairing bridges at Rivercut.

Staff confirmed it.

Passes 9-0.

11. 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:

  1. 2019-165.PDF

Passes 9-0.

12. 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

Passes 9-0.

13. 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: 2019-167.PDF

Passes 9-0

14. 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

Passes 9-0.

15. 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: 2019-169.PDF

16. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
17. Council Bill 2019-171. (Ferguson)
A resolution authorizing the City Manager to recommend changes to the City of Springfield’s Census Tract and Census Block Group boundaries for the purpose of better aligning said boundaries with the Neighborhood Service Areas and to implement any changes to the Census Tract and Census Block Group boundaries which may occur as a result of the City’s recommendations.
Documents: 2019-171.PDF

The last time the city has made changes to the boundaries before the 1970 census.

Staff said some boundaries don’t recognize major roadways or other geographic features.

“It’s very difficult to obtain specific data for various neighborhoods that we recognize for other activities in the city.”

Staff has already talked to the U.S. Census Bureau about the changes, as they have final say, but they were fine with the currently proposed changes.

Councilman Hosmer said it was an “excellent idea to get information in the Census that we can really use”.

Public hearing closed.

Councilman considering the measure.

Councilman Simpson says he supports it and thanked the staff for their efforts.

Passes 9-0.

18. Council Bill 2019-172. (McClure)
A resolution adopting the City of Springfield’s City Council Priorities.
Documents: 2019-172.PDF

These priorities were worked up during the Council retreat.

The new priorities include “Quality of Place” which is a new term defined by Council.

Mayor McClure commented on the retreat being a good session where many new ideas were presented.

Councilman Ollis agreed it was a good session.

City Manager Gage said “you’re getting pieces of what’s called a strategic plan. We’ll look at these pieces as the [comprehensive plan] evolves and make sure you’re comfortable with those benchmarks.”

Councilman Lear praised staff for setting benchmarks to measure success and accountability going forward.

Councilwoman Ferguson said it would be good for the public information office to take out to events what the Council’s priorities are to get feedback.

Public hearing closed.

Councilman Simpson is very happy “Quality of Place” was added because it recognizes walkability, the area’s arts scene, etc.

Resolution passes 9-0.

36. Council Bill 2019-178. (Fisk)
A special ordinance to establish and define the boundaries and adopt the plat, plans, specifications, and sealed estimate of construction costs, and authorize acquisition of necessary right(s)-of-way, by purchase or condemnation thereof, for Sanitary Sewer District No. 217 of Section No. 15 of the main sewers of the City, located in the general vicinity of Bagnell Street and Biloxi Avenue; further providing that all labor shall be paid any applicable prevailing wage; and directing the City Manager, or his designee, to advertise for bids for the construction of said sewers.
Documents: 2019-178.PDF

Councilman Hosmer said his concern was that because the bill allows the city to condemn property it should not be on the consent agenda.

Public hearing closed.

Passes 9-0.

24. Council Bill 2019-173. (Simpson)
A special ordinance approving a Petition to Establish the Galloway Community Improvement District; authorizing the City Manager to execute a Cooperative Agreement between the City and the Galloway Community Improvement District; and authorizing City officials to take certain actions to comply with the intent of this Ordinance.
Documents: 2019-173.PDF

Sarah Kerner with the city addresses council.

A 1 cent tax would be put into the district for the projects listed on the proposal.

Councilman Ollis asked if it’s similar to Commercial Street and Kerner said yes.

Jessica Pearson addresses Council. She is in favor, a property owner representative and board nominee.

Councilman Simpson thanked Pearson for her work on this CID. He asked for her vision where funds would be spent initially by the CID.

Russell Roter spoke to Council and pointed out some city owned land. He said that 15 years ago someone told him the city received federal funding for flood relief on that land. He wants to know why it’s going to be taxed if nothing’s going to be built on it.

He said it won’t be his money because he “doesn’t shop down there.”

Public hearing is closed.

Julie Bloodworth addresses Council.

She said their property lost 1/3 of its appraised value over the last ten years because of run down properties in West Central. She said the home next to her has no electricity and feral cats.

She says it’s been posted as a “dangerous building” several times and the owner will do just enough to get out of that condition.

“We want to feel proud of our neighborhood and we do not right now.”

Councilman McGull apologized she was facing this issue and was shocked the home has been vacant for 10 years.

Councilman Hosmer asked the city’s response.

Bloodworth said that city inspectors have done a great job. She said that the inspectors are restricted by access to parts of the property and the absentee property owner makes minimal repairs to get back to non-dangerous status.

“It’s not right, fair, or appropriate for our citizens to live next to buildings like this,” Councilman Ollis said.

“We need to figure out what other remedies [than legal] are available to us.”

27. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following appointments to the Ozarks Transportation Organization: Councilman Mike Schilling to fill a City Council position; Councilman Andrew Lear to fill a City Council position; Councilman Matthew Simpson to fill in as an alternate position; and Mayor Ken McClure to fill in as an alternate position.

The City Manager recommends the following reappointment to the Springfield-Greene County Parks Board: Sid Needem with term to expire June 1, 2022.

The City Manager recommends the following appointments to the Art Museum Board: Tara Benson, Calie Holden, and Linda Passeri with terms to expire June 1, 2022.

Refer to the Community Involvement Committee consideration of the Springfield City Flag.

Council adjourns 8-1, with Hosmer as always voting no.

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