Springfield City Council LIVE February 24, 2020

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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 24, 2020

Mayor McClure calls the meeting to order at precisely 6:30 p.m..

Everyone’s in attendance tonight.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES. February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting, And February 18, 2020 And February 20, 2020 Special City Council Meetings.
Documents:

  1. 2-10-20.PDF
  2. 02-18-20 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.PDF
  3. 2-20-20 SPECIAL CC 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.

Consent agenda passes 9-0.


4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

Cub Scout Pack 208 is in attendance, working on the “Citizenship Scouting Adventure.” Mayor McClure is recognizing them and welcoming them to the chamber.

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

City budget discussions begin tomorrow.

Councilman Hosmer asks the city manager to monitor a bill in Jefferson City that would bar the city from doing checkpoints and roadblocks via Constitutional Amendment.

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On. 2nd Amended Council Bill 2019-252. Substitute No. 1 Was Amended At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting. Public Hearing Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On. Council Bill 2019-252 Was Tabled At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting To The February 24, 2020 City Council Meeting. Amended Council Bill 2020-007 Was Amended At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting. Public Hearing Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.
7. 2nd Amended Council Bill 2019-252. Substitute No. 1. (Hosmer) Amended At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting. Public Hearing Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Land Development Code,’ by repealing Article VII, ‘International Property Maintenance Code,’ in its entirety, and enacting a new Article VII, ‘International Property Maintenance Code.’
Documents:

2NDAMEND2019-252S1.PDF

Christina Dicken addresses Council. She is complaining about nuisance properties and says that this measure is a good step in combating them. She said she’s selling her home and moving into the county, but waiting until the trees have leaves so potential buyers can’t see the properties around here with abandoned vehicles and other debris.

A woman named Phyllis addresses Council. (Couldn’t make out what the City Clerk said her last name was…my apologies. – ed) She said that she is tired of more rules and having to be only in favor or against something. She is against passage of the measures, but wants action against nuisance properties.

Peter Radecki addresses Council. He wants to see clarifications on basement usage.

Becky Volz addresses Council.

Public hearing is closed.

Councilwoman Ferguson said she and others have waited and waited for people to do the right thing regarding nuisance properties.

“We’re in a far worse place than ever before,” Ferguson said. “I’ve been on this council for five years trying to reduce nuisance properties in this community…we have neighborhoods that reach out. We have neighbors that reach out. As we heard Christina say, people are leaving because of them.”

“We can’t have responsible people leave and have irresponsible people come in and turn them into slum properties,” Ferguson continued. “You worry about your kids and their safety. You worry about our own health. There are bedbugs and roaches and rodents that come on your property when you’re next to these properties.”

Mayor McClure wants the measure passed, but asked staff to look at items raised by speakers. City Manager Gage says they are looking quickly at it and believe everything is addressed by they will examine it.

A motion to refer to section 402 as section 403 passes 9-0.

The Mayor thanked Mayor Pro Tem Ferguson for her hard work on the issue.

Measure passes 9-0.

8. Council Bill 2019-252. (Ollis, Lear, And McGull) Tabled At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting To The February 24, 2020 City Council Meeting.
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Land Development Code,’ by repealing Article VII, ‘International Property Maintenance Code,’ in its entirety, and enacting a new Article VII, ‘International Property Maintenance Code.’ (Recommended by Plans and Policies Committee.)
Documents:

2019-252.PDF

This measure fails because of the passage of the substitute measure.

9. Amended Council Bill 2020-007. (Hosmer) Amended At The February 10, 2020 City Council Meeting. Public Hearing Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 26, ‘Buildings and Building Regulations,’ Article III, ‘Dangerous, Blighted and Nuisance Building Code,’ Subsection 26-62(5), to better define “open;” and Subsection 26-62(12), to add the property maintenance code to other listed codes.
Documents:

AMENDED2020-007.PDF

Passes 9-0.

10. Council Bill 2019-279. (Ferguson)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 40 of the City Code, Article II, ‘Workable Program,’ Section 40-15; for the purpose of modifying the Workable Program’s requirements regarding Payments in Lieu of Taxes.
Documents:

2019-279.PDF

Councilman Hosmer asked for the staff’s recommendation again. Staff said they recommended to continue the process where money is given to taxing jurisdictions like the library, OTC, etc. If the bill sunsets, 100% abatement means all savings goes to the developer. Staff said this bill covers percentage of abatement.

Councilman Ollis, who was a supporter of the measure at first and a co-sponsor, is now voting against it. He doesn’t believe it’s working for the city and he would like to see this sunset and come at this same issue through the city’s comprehensive planning process.

Councilman Simpson agrees with Ollis that the Forward SGF process is the proper way to approach this. He says he will vote no with the hope they create a new program to meet the same goals.

Councilman Simpson moves to send the bill to a committee with instructions to work a new program that can “encourage investment” as well as meet the goals of the city.

The bill fails 6-3, with Schilling, Hosmer, and Lear voting yes.

11. Council Bill 2020-024. (Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 0.69 acres of property, generally located at 3750 South Campbell Avenue, from HC, Highway Commercial district to GR, General Retail district; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: TRB Kickapoo, LLC; 3750 South Campbell Avenue; Z-1-2020.)
Documents:

2020-024.PDF

Councilman Simpson moves to table the measure at the request of the developer.

Tabled 9-0 until March 9th vote.

12. Council Bill 2020-025. (Schilling)
A special ordinance granting Conditional Use Permit No. 441 for the purpose of authorizing an automotive service garage to operate within the GR, General Retail, district located at 216 West Weaver Road as a conditional use. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.) (By: McKeen Trust, LLC; 216 West Weaver Road; Conditional Use Permit 441.)
Documents:

2020-025.PDF

A protest petition was received but it did not have enough signatures.

Measure passes 9-0.

13. Council Bill 2020-026. (Fisk)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the City Code, Article III, ‘Zoning Regulations,’ Section 36-451 for the purpose of allowing the provision of cosmetology services as a permitted home occupation. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)
Documents:

2020-026.PDF

Councilman McGull is speaking against the measure, saying people could line up parking in single family neighborhoods, and this measure infringes on neighborhoods.

“This infringes on our neighborhood concept,” he said.

He asked what this will do to established businesses in this industry.

Staff points out to council that hairdressing has a long history of working out of their homes, and that the state regulations take this into account in their requirements.

McGull asks staff who will go out and check the one customer, one chair rule in the law. Staff responded it would be on a complaint basis. Initially, there is an inspection, but after that it’s complaint basis. There are also inspections by the state board that oversees cosmotology.

Measure passes 7-2 with McGull and Hosmer voting no.

14. Council Bill 2020-027. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance vacating a portion of public right-of-way located in the 200 block of East Phelps Street upon the occurrence of certain conditions. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Board of Governors of Missouri State University; 200 blk East Phelps Street; Vacation 814.)
Documents:

2020-027.PDF

Passes 9-0.

15. Council Bill 2020-028. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, doing business as “SpringNet” and the City of Springfield, Missouri, to allow alternate methods for permitting and cost recovery for work on City rights-of-way associated with a large, specialized project known as the SpringNet Fiber Optic Expansion Project.
Documents:

2020-028.PDF

Passes 9-0.

16. Council Bill 2020-029. (Fisk
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an addendum to the annual agreement with the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., executed on July 30, 2019; and amending the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $250,000, for the purpose of reflecting current and projected operational changes.
Documents:

2020-029.PDF

Passes 9-0.

17. Council Bill 2020-030. (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Cost Share Agreement between the City of Springfield, Missouri, The Board of Governors of Missouri State University and the Vecino Group for the purpose of apportionment of costs for stormwater improvements through the “IDEA Commons” development area. (Staff Recommends Approval.)
Documents:

2020-030.PDF

Passes 9-0.

18. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
19. Council Bill 2020-033. (Ollis)
A resolution adopting the 2020 Capital Improvements Program for the purpose of providing a schedule of public improvements for 2020 through 2025. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)
Documents:

2020-033.PDF

Public hearing closed.

Passes 9-0

20. Council Bill 2020-034. (Schilling)
A resolution declaring the intent of the City of Springfield to annex 1.86 acres of private property located at 3245 West Sunshine Street. (Staff recommends approval.)
Documents:

2020-034.PDF

Public hearing closed.

Passes 9-0.

21. Council Bill 2020-035. (Simpson)
A resolution granting a Short-Term Rental Type 2 Permit for the property located at 1270 East Edgewood Street for the purpose of allowing the establishment of a Short-Term Rental Type 2 pursuant to Section 36-473 of the Zoning Ordinance.

2020-035.PDF

Councilman Ollis asked why they’re coming to Council if they have been operation and if it shouldn’t have happened earlier?

Mary Lilly Smith said that Building Development Services are going through AirBnB listings that haven’t gone through all of the processes. This is one that had not finalized their processes.

Councilman McGull asked if those who object have to give a reason for objection. Smith said you have to obtain signatures of 55% of neighboring homeowners, that you don’t have to get reasons for objections. He asked if it would benefit the city to know why.

Councilman Simpson agrees that the ordinance needs to be examined for those who do not respond to notifications on the property. There is not enough information on people’s response.

The property owner is speaking to Council about the property. She is a native who went to England for education, and returned to Springfield where she rented the home on AirBnB before pulling it down to care for her grandfather in the home. After he passed, she wants to put it back on AirBnB.

She told Council the reason it was coming today was because she had been out of town on business until now. She says that it’s not a rental to her, it’s her home. She rents it when she is out of town.

Councilman McGull reiterated his concerns about not knowing the reason people declined to sign.

Passes 8-1.

24. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
25. Council Bill 2020-036. (Hosmer)
A resolution declaring the official intent of the City of Springfield to support the Southwest District of the Missouri Department of Transportation in its application for a 2020 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant to widen Interstate 44 to six lanes through the City; and pledging $2,000,000 in matching funds upon award of said grant.
Documents:

2020-036.PDF

(Note: The Greene County Commission has also been approached by MoDOT concerning this grant. They are planning to pledge up to $1 million for the project.)

Passes 9-0.

27. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.


28. Council Bill 2020-037. (Schilling)
A special ordinance granting Conditional Use Permit No. 442 for the purpose of authorizing an automotive service garage to operate within the GR, General Retail, district located at 3510 West Sunshine Street as a conditional use. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)
Documents:

2020-037.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

(NOTE: Mayor asked the next two items to be read together.)

29. Council Bill 2020-038. (Hosmer)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 36 of the Springfield, Missouri, City Code, ‘Land Development Code,’ Article III, ‘Zoning Regulations,’ Division 5, ‘Supplemental District Regulations,’ Section 36-453 ‘Supplemental Open Space and Yard Regulations,’ and Chapter 106 of the Springfield, Missouri, City Code, ‘Traffic and Vehicles,’ Article 1, ‘In General,’ Section 106-32, ‘Trees, Shrubs or other Vegetation obstructing visibility at Intersections,’ both relating to vegetative obstructions in intersection sight triangles. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)
Documents:

2020-038.PDF


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


31. Council Bill 2020-039. (Fisk)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 114 of the Springfield, Missouri, City Code, ‘Vegetation,’ Article II, ‘Trees,’ Division 1, ‘Generally,’ Section 114-31 ‘Trees on private property creating hazard to public ways.’ (Staff recommends approval.)
Documents:

2020-039.PDF

Councilwoman Ferguson is asking who will pay for the removed trees because some of the residents in her neighborhoods can’t afford to pay. Staff responded it would depend on the public safety/danger aspects of the individual item.

Public hearings closed. Vote in two weeks.

32. Council Bill 2020-040. (Simpson)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for Stormwater Improvements at Linden Avenue and Latoka Street; accepting the bid of Hartman & Company, Inc., in the amount of $506,000.00, for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents:

2020-040.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

33. Council Bill 2020-041. (Lear)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 10, ‘Alcoholic Beverages,’ by revising Section 10-62, ‘Exception for general merchandise stores, restaurants, and exempt organizations,’ to remove text related to certain permitted events and by adding a Section 10-66, ‘Exception for Downtown and Commercial Street Events,’ to authorize in City Code certain permitted events previously authorized each year by adoption of an ordinance; amending Chapter 78, ‘Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions,’ Section 78-4, ‘Possession, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public place,’ to reference the new Section 10-66; and amending Chapter 106, ‘Traffic and Vehicles,’ Section 106-50, ‘Use of City right-of-way during Artsfest,’ to reference the new Section 10-66.
Documents:

2020-041.PDF

Public Information Director Cora Scott addresses council. She is asking Council to add a section to permanently authorize events that were previously authorized each year.

The staff permitting processes would remain in place for the events.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

34. Council Bill 2020-046. (City Council)
A general ordinance approving the “First Amendment to Section 3.02 – Wages, Paragraph 3,” of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Between: The City of Springfield, Missouri, and Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters Local 152, the Bargaining Unit of the Springfield Fire Department; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to execute and deliver the First Amendment on behalf of the City of Springfield, Missouri, to the Bargaining Unit.
Documents:

2020-046.PDF

This is the fiscal year 2020 wage package for firefighters and the arbitrator’s recommendations.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

35. Council Bill 2020-047. (City Council) A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article III, Division 1 of the Springfield City Code, Section 2.92, known as the ‘Salary Ordinance,’ relating to specific salary grades within the Law Enforcement Schedule (“LES”).
Documents:

2020-047.PDF

Increases for police officers.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

Meeting adjourned 7-2, with Hosmer and McGull voting no.

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