Welcome to tonight’s live coverage of Springfield City Council.
Mayor McClure calls the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m..
Councilman Lear is not in attendance.
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. MAY 18, 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING And MAY 26, 2020 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
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 29, 2020.
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS.
5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.
Springfield-Greene County Health Department director Clay Goddard addresses Council.
155 cases. 8 cases added between Friday and Monday.
18 cases Thursday was the biggest jump in reporting of cases since early March.
He said CVS Pharmacy is providing COVID-19 testing at the drive thrus at Elm Street, Republic Road, and Battlefield with no out of pocket cost to customers. Those uninsured will be covered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
There is a 2-4 day turn around and 50 per site per day.
He reminded the community the National Guard is testing at the Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday for anyone who wants the testing but they must reserve a space online.
“We are seeing more positive tests,” Goddard said.
Goddard updated on the Great Clips situation. He said that other than the second stylist at the store, no one else connected to the Great Clips situation has tested positive from the 45 that took the department up on testing.
Councilman Lear joined the meeting at 6:44 p.m..
6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On.
7. 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.
Councilman Schilling asked for a recap of the cost benefit analysis for the project.
Sarah Kerner said the property tax capture is minimal, but the city will capture more sales than property tax. It will generate about $3.3 million of property and sales taxes over 23 years, and payback is $6.3 million to Missouri State and the city for costs.
She noted many of the properties are owned by tax-exempt entities.
“This is a perfect fit for our financial development plan,” Mayor McClure said.
8. 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.
The measure passes 9-0.
9. 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.
10. 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.
Councilman Schilling said he had concerns from neighbors about the removal of a bridge on Kings Avenue. He said the traffic count was done in 2008, which undercounts the traffic.
11. 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.
12. 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.)
13. 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.’
14. RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
15. Council Bill 2020-133 (City Council)
A resolution affirming City Council’s commitment to our community that violent and disrespectful treatment that degrades dignity or disregards human life will not be tolerated.
City Manager Jason Gage says he wishes he didn’t have to read the resolution, but that the problem of racism has been plaguing communities for hundreds of years.
Councilman Simpson says the resolution is expressing the values of Springfield for inclusion, and that people need to be showing that in their actions on top of their words.
Councilwoman Fisk thanked the protesters and police for peaceful protests this weekend. She noted some businesses closed fearing looting from protesters as they had seen in other cities. She notes that police chief Williams trains officers on de-escalation of situations.
Councilman Lear said he’s supportive of the resolution but notes it’s the second resolution the Council has passed within a year.
“The time is past for resolutions,” Lear said. “This the time to act.”
Councilman McGull said he agrees with the resolution, but that it’s time for results.
“The African American community…wants the same level of justice that is given to all other communities,” McGull said. “This is the first step, not the last step.”
Councilman McGull is calling for a task force to work to prevent things like are happening in other cities.
Councilman Ferguson said that she supports doing more than just passing a resolution.
Councilman Ollis says as a white male he doesn’t fully understand “what people of color have had to endure for centuries.” He pledged to education himself and his business, and wants the community to do so as well.
Mayor McClure said the comments of his colleagues represent the Council, City Manager, and City Staff as well.
“It’s labeled the first step, and I think it’s exactly that,” McClure said.
16. EMERGENCY BILLS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
17. Council Bill 2020-130 (Hosmer)
Suspending enforcement of the parking ratios for restaurants set forth in Section 36-455(2)(b)18 of the Zoning Ordinance in order to allow the use of restaurant parking lots as outdoor dining spaces to provide additional dining and service opportunities during the Mayor’s declaration of civil emergency; and declaring an emergency pursuant to City Charter Section 2.12.
Mary Lilly Smith says the measure would be in effect until November or whenever the Mayor cancels the declaration of civil emergency.
Councilman McGull said this is an “unprecedented opportunity” for businesses in a trying time and this is an “outside the box” approach.
Councilman Ferguson asked if allowing seating on grass areas was considered as well. Smith said no, because they were looking at more ADA compliant surfaces.
Councilwoman Ferguson wanted to amend the measure to add seating in places like grass areas, and the Mayor suggested passing this measure and then bringing another one to address Ferguson’s concerns. She agreed but wants the measure for the next meeting.
18. Council Bill 2020-131 (Lear)
Amending Chapter 98 of the Springfield City Code, Article VII, ‘Encroachments on City Property,’ Section 98-323, ‘Certain encroachments authorized by the director of public works—Procedures related thereto,’ to waive application fees for encroachment permits for sidewalk cafés; and Section 98-325, ‘Terms and conditions of an encroachment license agreement,’ to modify the insurance requirement for sidewalk cafés during the Mayor’s declaration of civil emergency; and declaring an emergency pursuant to City Charter Section 2.12.
Rob Herr addresses Council and asks for the measure to pass. He said the measure keeps the public safe, while giving the businesses the chance to generate revenue.
Rusty Worley of the Downtown Springfield Association addresses Council and praised downtown business owners and supports the measure.
22. COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On, Except For Items #22, #23, #24 And #25 Which May Be Voted On.
23. Council Bill 2020-109 (Hosmer)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept additional Community Development Block Grant funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act emergency funding and to enter into any necessary agreements and exercise all powers necessary to select and implement any projects for funding; amending the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program; amending the budget of the City’s Department of Planning and Development for Fiscal Year 2019 in the amount of $916,138.00; and declaring that this Ordinance qualifies as a one-reading bill pursuant to City Charter Section 2.16(25). (Staff recommend approval.)
24. Council Bill 2020-110 (Fisk)
A Special Ordinance amending the Citizen Participation Plan as part of the Consolidated Plan for the administration of City programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to accommodate certain emergency situations; and declaring an emergency. (Staff recommends approval.
This is allocation of additional HUD money from the CARES Act.
Councilman Hosmer asked why only $45,000 is being spent on affordable housing when it was rated the number one issue, and staff said they were allocating that with the money already allotted for housing.
“We’ve got 25 percent of people in the city of Springfield living in poverty,” Hosmer said. “When we have the opportunity to do something with affordable housing we should look at doing something more equitable…than $45,580.”
He said that’s more in line with what was recommended by the citizen’s panel.
Councilman Lear asked if the loans could be forgiven or given as grants. Staff said yes, but that the city has always done a loan program. City Council could change this at their choice.
Councilman Schilling said that he’s been contacted by the owner of an entertainment business about how the restrictions don’t make it possible for them to be open with spacing restrictions. He wanted to know if they can be helped by this funding. Staff said yes in areas like payroll, utilities, and rent.
After the public hearing, Councilman Hosmer makes a motion to amend Council Bill 2020-109 to make the funding between businesses and housing to be the same amount. Councilman Schilling seconds the motion.
Councilman Lear said that Councilman Hosmer’s question was a good one, and wants to know what the affordable housing “bucket” contains.
Staff said the funds go toward housing. Child care could come from an additional fund.
They also said public services funding would likely be distributed by a non-profit.
Councilman McGull said there’s a disproportionate amount of funding being left out of affordable housing.
Hosmer’s proposal failed on a 4-5 vote, Simpson, Ferguson, Fisk, Ollis, and McClure voting no.
Councilman Hosmer said he’s tired of bills being presented where decisions were made and if Council wants to change them they’re put into a position where they create some negative outcome because they want a change.
Hosmer moves to table the bill until June 15. Councilwoman Ferguson seconds the measure.
Bill is tabled 6-3, with Simpson, Ollis, and Lear voting no.
Council Bill 2020-110 is now being considered after the tabling of 2020-109.
The mayor puts the Council in recess for 15 minutes at 9:00 p.m..
Council was called back to order at 9:19 p.m..
City Manager Gage said the Council’s lunch next week is available for discussion on the block grant funding, so they could have a new bill brought back in the next meeting. This would avoid an amendment delay.
25. Council Bill 2020-111 (Ollis)
A Resolution adopting the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
26. Council Bill 2020-112 (Ollis)
A Resolution adopting a new Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024 for the purpose of continuing to receive entitlement funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Staff recommends approval.)
27. Council Bill 2020-113 (McGull)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 68 acres of property generally located at 2607 North Mulroy Road from Planned Development 225 and HM, Heavy Manufacturing District with Conditional Overlay District No. 94 to IC, Industrial Commercial District and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 185; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.)
Vote in two weeks.
28. Council Bill 2020-114 (McGull)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 2.16 acres of property generally located at 2001 East Commercial Street from GM, General Manufacturing District to HM, Heavy Manufacturing District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.)
Vote in two weeks.
29. Council Bill 2020-115 (Simpson)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.28 acres generally located at 6320 South Creeksedge Drive from Planned Development No. 318 to Planned Development No. 373; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.)
Vote in two weeks.
30. Council Bill 2020-116 (Ferguson)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately one acre of property generally located at 303 North Scenic Avenue and 2711 West Olive Street from HC, Highway Commercial District and R-SF, Single-Family Residential District to R-TH, Residential Townhouse District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.)
31. Council Bill 2020-117 (Schilling)
A Special Ordinance granting Conditional Use Permit No. 443 for the purpose of authorizing an automotive service garage to operate within the GR, General Retail, district located at 2851 West Republic Road as a conditional use. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval.)
Vote in two weeks.
32. Council Bill 2020-118 (Schilling)
A General Ordinance amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, ‘City Limits;’ and amending Section 46-1 of the Springfield City Code, ‘Boundaries of wards, precincts and council zones;’ for the purpose of annexing approximately 10 acres of private property into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 851 West Farm Road 182 and referenced as Annexation A-3-2020. (Staff recommends approval.)
33. Council Bill 2020-119 (Schilling)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 9.84 acres of property generally located at 851 West Farm Road 182 from County R-1, Suburban Residence District to R-LD Low Density Multi-Family Residential District and establish Conditional Overlay District No. 183; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff recommends approval and Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial.)
Councilman Simpson said because his family owns adjoining property, he is recusing himself to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Staff recommended approval, but planning and zoning recommended rejection on a 3-4 vote.
The developer went to the county first for rezoning and it was denied. He applied for 20 dwelling units per acre to the county, only 11 per acre for this request.
Councilman Schilling said there is dangerous access off Plainview Road, a blind hill to the west of the driveway.
The developer addressed the concerns raised by neighbors and pointed out how their proposal fits within the city’s code.
Neighbors spoke out against the development, noting issues with water runoff and traffic.
Councilman Schilling challenged the developer on the traffic issue, nothing that they would have to shave down the hill to provide better safety for traffic.
Vote in two weeks.
34. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
35. Council Bill 2020-120 (McClure)
A Special Ordinance setting a preliminary tax levy on real and personal property for current expenses and debt retirement of the City of Springfield, Missouri, and its boards and agencies for Fiscal Year 2020-2021; and declaring an emergency.
36. Council Bill 2020-121 (McClure)
A Special Ordinance adopting a budget for the City of Springfield, Missouri, for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021; providing that certain amounts shown in the budget document are appropriated for the various departments specified in said budget; and declaring an emergency.
Councilman McGull brought up the possibility of putting police body cameras in the budget.
Vote in two weeks.
37. Council Bill 2020-122 (Ollis)
A General Ordinance amending Springfield City Code, Chapter 70, ‘Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations,’ Article XIII, ‘Special Business District,’ and Chapter 106, ‘Traffic and Vehicles,’ Article II, ‘Administration and Enforcement,’ Division 2, ‘Violations and Procedure Upon Arrest,’ Section 106-96, ‘Authority of persons appointed as conservators of the peace,’ to delete all references to the now-terminated Downtown Springfield Special Business District.
Vote in two weeks.
38. Council Bill 2020-123 (Fisk)
A Special Ordinance adopting an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program Rules and Regulations by adding Chapter 12, ‘Program Rules During a Declared Emergency,’ which authorizes the City Manager to modify loan terms in response to certain federal, state and/or local emergency declarations. (Planning staff recommends approval.)
39. Council Bill 2020-124 (Lear)
A Special Ordinance adopting an addition to the City’s Commercial Loan Program Rules and Regulations by adding Chapter 10, ‘Program Rules During a Declared Emergency.’ (Planning staff recommends approval.)
Vote in two weeks.
40. Council Bill 2020-125 (Hosmer)
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.
Vote in two weeks.
41. Council Bill 2020-126 (Lear)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Willard R-II School District regarding law enforcement services on Willard R-II School District properties located within the City of Springfield.
42. Council Bill 2020-132 (Ollis)
Authorizing the City Manager, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to enter into an Infrastructure Reimbursement Agreement with Costco Wholesale Corporation, for improvements to South Eastgate Avenue and East Olive Street to facilitate the development of the property for the Costco development.
Mary Lilly Smith said she’s been working with Costco for five years to find a suitable site.
The Mayor congratulated Smith and her staff.
Vote in two weeks.
Kevin Van Story addresses Council. He doesn’t live in Springfield, and he doesn’t live in Greene County, but he says he’s representing people who do on the issue of reopening the county. He is a candidate for Congress.
He “demands” they open the city up.
44. NEW BUSINESS.
The Mayor recommends the following reappointment the Springfield-Greene County Public Library Board: Cindy Waites and Emily Denniston with terms to expire July 1, 2023.
The City Manager recommends the following appointment the Airport Board: Felicia Morgan and Jamie Holstein with terms to expire June 1, 2023; the reappointment of: Jaimie Trussell and Michael Hoppman with terms to expire June 1, 2022; and, the reappointment of: Joe Carmichael and Catherine Moore with terms to expire June 1, 2023.
Vote to adjourn 8-1 with Hosmer as always voting no.
Thanks for joining us tonight! Try to get a good night’s sleep!