Springfield City Council LIVE May 18, 2020

Good evening and welcome to our live blog of tonight’s Springfield City Council meeting!

The Council meeting began at 6:42 p.m..

1. ROLL CALL.

All in attendance.


2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. MAY 4, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
Documents:

05-04-2020.PDF

Passes 9-0

3. FINALIZATION AND APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDAS. CITIZENS WISHING TO SPEAK TO OR REMOVE ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDAS MUST NOTIFY THE CITY CLERK BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020.

Passes 9-0.

5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.

City Manager Jason Gage said that there will be a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. regarding the city’s restrictions due to COVID-19.

He is saluting the Public Works staff during national Public Works Week.

Assistant Springfield-Greene County Health Director Katie Towns addresses Council.

Six new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. They are currently investigating each one and will be announcing more details tomorrow after investigations are complete.

Preliminary information is that some of the cases are travel related.

Towns informed the public there are FDA approved sites to obtain COVID-19 testing, and for people to seek those out if they want the most accurate results.

“We have plenty of testing capacity,” Towns said. “Cost is not a barrier.”

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


7. Council Bill 2020-088 (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing a budget adjustment amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 to appropriate fund balance reserves from the 1/4-Cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax to support construction of the Fassnight Creek stormwater improvement project at the Springfield Art Museum.
Documents:

2020-088.PDF

Councilwoman Ferguson said she is “very much in favor of the master plan.” She asked if the $2 million is only from the reserve fund, or if grants are involved, and what is the total cost?

Dan Smith, director of public works, said the 2 million is from the 1/4 reserves of the capital improvement sales tax. $600,000 in grants also goes toward the projects, including one later on the agenda.

The goal is to remove the art museum from FEMA’s new flood plain.

Ferguson asked when the Museum has flooded and Smith said it hasn’t happened, but it’s in the flood plain created by FEMA, and that puts restrictions on the museum for obtaining exhibits, etc.

Councilwoman Fisk asked how many other projects were on the “hit list” of projects for the city. Smith said the list is “longer than I can list tonight” but he is not anticipating bringing anything forward looking at the impact of COVID-19.

Councilman Schilling said he was inclined to put this funds aside for “other budgetary matters” unless it impacts grant funding.

“To avoid further trouble down the road,” Schilling said.

Smith said there is a time factor on the grants for the project in response to Councilman Schilling’s comments.

Passes 9-0.

8. Council Bill 2020-089 (McGull)
A special ordinance approving the plans and specifications for Stormwater Improvements in the Beechwood Heights neighborhood; accepting the bid of Hamilton & Dad, Inc., in the amount of $1,483,768.65 for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Documents:

2020-089.PDF

Councilman McGull said he talked to residents of the area and the flooding in Beechwood Heights and they are very happy to have these improvements.

Passes 9-0.

9. Council Bill 2020-090 (Lear)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Surface Transportation Program-Urban Program Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, in the amount of $332,000.00, for the purpose of partially reimbursing the base salaries of up to six City employees who operate and manage the Transportation Management Center.
Documents:

2020-090.PDF

Passes 9-0

10. Council Bill 2020-091 (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Encroachment License Agreement with Ozarks Technical Community College, to allow for the construction, installation and maintenance of pedestrian lighting and associated conduit along the 900 – 1000 block of East Pythian Street.
Documents:

2020-091.PDF

Councilman Simpson recuses himself from the bill’s consideration due to his employment at OTC.

Passes 8-0 with Simpson’s recusal.

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


12. Council Bill 2020-095 (Ollis)
A Resolution adopting a Resolution approving changes in the Articles of Incorporation of the Ozarks Transportation Organization regarding the distribution of assets upon dissolution.
Documents:

2020-095.PDF

Dan Smith said that with the growth that occurred in the region, the local planning group only had Springfield as region, and now Christian and Greene County, and a number of cities involved in it. The change would reflect the other members, and that assets would be divided according to the amount each group pays into the organization in dues.

OTO is not dissolving, and is not planning to dissolve, but this cleans up old bylaws.

Councilman Lear said he is on the OTO board as was at the meeting, and there is little fiscal impact as most items are just office equipment.

Public hearing closed.

Passes 9-0.

15. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

16. Council Bill 2020-096 (Hosmer)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for and accept a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to the City, by and through the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board in an amount of $9,259,051.00, for the purpose of providing funds for the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency; amending the budget of the Airport Board for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $9,259,051.00; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
Documents:

2020-096.PDF

Public hearing closed.

Passes 9-0.

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

A request of the Mayor, the next two items are read together.

19. Council Bill 2020-097 (Ferguson)
A Special Ordinance approving the Springfield IDEA Commons Tax Increment Financing Plan, establishing a redevelopment area, designating the redevelopment area as a blighted area, making other required findings for the redevelopment plan and directing staff to implement the redevelopment plan.
Documents:

2020-097.PDF

20. Council Bill 2020-098 (Ferguson)
A Special Ordinance approving a Redevelopment Project for the IDEA Commons Tax Increment Financing Plan and initiating tax increment financing therein.
Documents:

2020-098.PDF

Staff explained to Council the blight process, how TIF blight definition lines up with state law, and how the plan fits within it.

The mayor noted the reason the first building was not removed is because it had been necessary for the entire JVIC structure prior to renovations.

The second building is the former Touche Nightclub building, which burned last Tuesday.

Public hearing closed.

Councilman Simpson moves to table Council Bill 2020-098 until April 30, 2021.

Sarah Kerner explains the measure needs to be activated just before the launch of the project to maximize taxes. Council can remove any item from a table before that April date, so it can be removed before a new Council is seated in 2021.

The tabling of 2020-098 passes 9-0.

2020-097 will be considered in two weeks.

21. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On, Except For Items #26 And #27, Which May Be Voted On.


22. Council Bill 2020-099 (Schilling)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager or his designee to enter into a Municipal and Cost Apportionment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to share costs associated with the improvement to the intersection of Missouri Highway 13 (a/k/a Kansas Expressway) and Sunset Street; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $1,092,743.20.
Documents:

2020-099.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

23. Council Bill 2020-100 (Schilling)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager or his designee to enter into a Municipal and Cost Apportionment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to share costs associated with improvements to the intersection of Missouri Highway 13 (a/k/a Kansas Expressway) and Walnut Lawn Street; and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $1,237,858.00.
Documents:

2020-100.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

24. Council Bill 2020-101 (Schilling)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a partnership with the James River Basin Partnership and to receive federal funds through the James River Basin Partnership for the purpose of a Stormwater Improvement Project to Fassnight Creek at the Springfield Art Museum, and amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $141,500.00.
Documents:

2020-101.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

25. Council Bill 2020-102 (Ollis)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health for the purchase of COVID-19 testing materials in the amount of $364,000.00; entering into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the initial amount of $84,000.00, to appropriate the grant funds.
Documents:

2020-102.PDF

Springfield-Greene County Health Department Assistant Director Katie Towns explains these tests will be used in the tracking of patients and to gain understanding of the spread of the virus.

The initial funding will pay for 13,000 tests.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

Mayor asked the next three to be read together.

26. Council Bill 2020-103 (Fisk)
A Resolution acknowledging a Base Lease between the City of Springfield, Missouri, by and through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County, Missouri, and a Lease Agreement between the Park Board and Greene County; authorizing the execution of documents related to the Base Lease, the Lease Agreement and the issuance of Bonds by Greene County, Missouri, for refunding certain bonds previously issued to fund improvements to Dan Kinney Park; and prescribing certain related matters. (Park Board recommends approval.)
Documents:
2020-103.PDF


27. Council Bill 2020-104 (Simpson)
A Resolution acknowledging a Third Amendment to the Third Addendum to Agreement of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, and City Utilities’ Consent to Security Interest between the Park Board and the City of Springfield for the use and benefit of the Board of Public Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. (Park Board recommends approval.)
Documents:
2020-104.PDF


28. Council Bill 2020-105 (Hosmer)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to enter into a Third Addendum to Interlocal Governmental Agreement City/County Park Initiative dated August 21, 2001; and authorizing certain other documents and actions in connection therewith. (Park Board recommends approval.)
Documents:
2020-105.PDF

Public hearing closed on all three measures.

Vote on 2020-103 passes 9-0.

Vote on 2020-104 passes 9-0.

2020-105 vote in two weeks.

29. Council Bill 2020-106 (Lear)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 70, ‘Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations,’ Article XVIII, ‘Short-Term Loan Establishments,’ Section 70-727, ‘Definitions’ to revise the definition of a ‘Short-Term Loan Establishment.’
Documents:

2020-106.PDF

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