Springfield City Council LIVE January 13, 2020

Welcome to the first Springfield City Council meeting of 2020, live from the Springfield City Council chamber on the 4th floor of the Historic City Hall.

Mayor McClure calls the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m..

Councilman McGull is not in attendance this evening.

1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. December 16, 2019 City Council Meeting And December 17, 2019 And January 7, 2020 Special City Council Meetings.
Documents:

  1. 12-16-19.PDF
  2. 12-17-19 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.PDF
  3. 01-07-20 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING.PDF

Approved 8-0.

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.

Passes 8-0.

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

6. SECOND READING AND FINAL PASSAGE. Citizens Have Spoken. May Be Voted On. Council Bill 2019-252 And Council Bill 2019-261 Were Tabled At The December 16, 2019 City Council Meeting.


7. Council Bill 2019-252. (Ollis, Lear, And McGull) Tabled At The December 16, 2019 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

Councilman Hosmer moves to again table the bill until the February 10, 2020 meeting.

Motion passes 8-0.

8. Council Bill 2019-261. Substitute No. 1. (McClure)
A special ordinance authorizing the City of Springfield, Missouri, to join the commercial component of the Show Me PACE Clean Energy District created pursuant to Missouri Revised Statutes Sections 67.2800 to 67.2835, known as the “Property Assessment Clean Energy Act;” stating the City’s intent to participate in the commercial component of the “Property Assessed Clean Energy” Program as a member of such District; requesting appointment to the District’s Advisory Board; disclaiming any need for appropriation; and directing the City Clerk to send a certified copy of this Ordinance to the Board of Directors of the District.
Documents:

2019-261S1.PDF

Passes 8-0.

9. Council Bill 2019-261 automatically fails because of the passage of the substitute bill.

10. Council Bill 2019-274. (Schilling)
A special ordinance granting Conditional Use Permit No. 440 for the purpose of allowing a nursing and retirement home within the R-MD, Medium-density Multi-Family Residential district located at 4349 South Kansas Avenue. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval).
Documents:

2019-274.PDF

Passes 8-0.

11. Council Bill 2019-276. (Fisk)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 120, ‘Wastewater Regulations,’ Article VI, ‘Wastewater Charges and Rates,’ Section 120-245, ‘Rates’ and Section 120-247, ‘Extra charges,’ of the Springfield City Code by repealing the existing rate schedule and establishing new rate schedules that provide for phased-in rate increases annually for three years, beginning July 1, 2020, which shall provide necessary funding for the additional debt service cost of complying with the Clean Water Act and Missouri Department of Natural Resources mandates. (Environmental Services recommends approval.)
Documents:

2019-276.PDF

Passes 8-0.

12. Council Bill 2019-277. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance amending the budget of the City of Springfield for Fiscal Year 2019‒2020 in the amount of $150,000 for the purpose of approving expenditures from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing Special Allocation Fund for certain public improvement projects within the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing District. (Staff and the City Loan Committee recommend approval.)
Documents:

2019-277.PDF

13. Council Bill 2019-278. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance amending the Blaine Street Façade Loan Program Rules and Regulations for the purpose of expanding the boundaries of the loan program and renaming the program to reflect the amendments.
Documents:

2019-278.PDF

Passes 8-0.

14. Council Bill 2019-280. (McGull)
A special ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for the Department of Environmental Services in the amount of $1,400,000.00 to appropriate retained earnings of the Solid Waste Fund for the design, permitting, construction and construction oversight of the Cell II Phase II solid waste disposal unit; accepting the bid of Twehous Excavating Co., Inc., for the construction of the Cell II Phase II solid waste disposal unit at the City of Springfield Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract for said improvement.
Documents:

2019-280.PDF

Passes 8-0.

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


16. Council Bill 2020-001. (Simpson)
A resolution granting a Short-Term Rental Type 2 Permit for the property located at 1758 South Fremont Avenue, for the purpose of allowing the establishment of a Short-Term Rental Type 2 pursuant to Section 36-473 of the Zoning Ordinance.
Documents:

2020-001.PDF

Short term rentals Type 2 are less than 30 days and in a residential or townhouse zoning district.

The reason for the appeal to council is that because four residences have to be on the block to fit under the established law and in this case only 3 locations are residential; the fourth is an office for the Greene County Democratic Party.

Public hearing closed.

Councilman Hosmer says he’s voting no because he just wants the law enforced as is.

Councilman Lear said the “blockface issue is there so an applicant doesn’t overrun a neighborhood…in this case, the residents involved has signed more than required. I don’t view this as we’re changing the character of the neighborhood.” He’s supporting it.

Councilman Simpson said he agrees with Lear.

Vote passes 6-2 with Hosmer and Ollis voting no.

22. Council Bill 2020-002. (McGull)
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 6.3 acres of private property and 1.5 acres of Missouri Department of Transportation right-of-way into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 3615 and 3697 North State Highway H/Glenstone Avenue and being generally referenced as Annexation A-2-19. (By: James Peacock; 3615 & 3697 N. State Hwy H/Glenstone; Annexation A-2-19.)
Documents:
2020-002.PDF

Read together:


23. Council Bill 2020-003. (McGull)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 6.30 acres of property generally located at 3615 and 3697 North State Highway H/Glenstone Avenue from County R-1, Suburban Residence District and C-2, General Commercial District to GR, General Retail District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 182; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: James Peacock; 3615 & 3697 North State Highway H/Glenstone Avenue; Z-22-2019 w/COD No. 182.)
Documents:

2020-003.PDF

This zoning was initiated at the property owner’s request.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

24. Council Bill 2020-004. (McGull)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 17 acres of property generally located at 3525 East Battlefield Road from Planned Development No. 226 to GR, General Retail District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 180; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: McLean Enterprises; 3525 E. Battlefield Road; Z-23-2019 with Conditional Overlay No. 180.)
Documents:

2020-004.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

25. Council Bill 2020-005. (Schilling)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 2.27 acres of property generally located at 3411 South Kansas Avenue from R-LD, Low Density Multi-Family Residential District, with Conditional Overlay District No. 162, to R-MD, Medium Density Multi-Family Residential District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 179; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Project Collective, LLC; 3411 South Kansas Avenue; Z-21-2019 w/Conditional Overlay No. 179.)
Documents:

2020-005.PDF

Councilman Schilling asked about the changes and Mary Lilly Smith of the city said it’s a different landowner and designer.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

26. Council Bill 2020-006. (Simpson)
A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning 3.6 acres of property generally located at 2521 South Holland Avenue from R-SF, Single-family Residential to R-LD, Low-Density Multi-family District; establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 181; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Jefferey Ballard; 2521 South Holland Avenue; Z-24-2019 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 181.)
Documents:

2020-006.PDF

The map, which is static and not GIS, doesn’t clearly define the use of the land. A new map coming with the comprehensive plan will allow for better zoning knowledge.

Councilman Simpson asked Mary Lilly Smith about groundwater issues. He said the net difference for the area is supposed to be zero. City staff responded there’s no change based on the design of the site. Simpson asked about downstream issues and staff said because there is a “no rise” part of the plan, there’s no impact on downstream groundwater.

Councilman Lear pointed out the plot is already zoned single family, so without Council action, a single family home can be built on the land. The only way to keep it greenspace is for the landowner to donate it.

Councilman Schilling said that traffic would likely increase on Holland, that it’s already narrow, and a connector for bike routes. He’s concerned about traffic “not being able to get out to an arterial street.”

Mary Lilly Smith said that most traffic will actually take Downing Street which is one block to Jefferson rather than using Holland Street.

Councilman Hosmer is asking about the floodplain and how the water from this tract will impact the floodplain. Staff said the water runoff into the floodplain comes from the south and this land is to the north.

Theresa Davidson speaks to Council. She told council that the rezoning would actually lower the potential number of residents in the space despite a higher number of dwellings because more people can live in a single family home versus the duplexes.

Brenda Claxton addresses Council. She is not the landowner. She claims the land is in a FEMA floodplain and that no construction should take place there. She claims she’s observed the land flooding for “52 years.” She claims the road is impassable during school drop-off and pick-up.

Sherry Campbell. She is not the landowner. She brings up that the school is the only school for deaf children in the district.

City staff said there is currently one single family home on the lot. He noted the increase of traffic at the peak hours, with 12 in the morning and 15 in the evening. He said that “the majority” of traffic would use Downing, not Holland, and at the “worst case” there would be six additional vehicles on Holland in the morning peak and eight in the evening.

“[Traffic impact to Holland] is relatively minor.”

Staff said allowing a fee in lieu of a detention basin would keep water from backing up and causing more flooding issues for the neighbors. Staff said they do have to help with water quality and it is an overall benefit to the area.

Staff said buyout funds go to stormwater improvements in the zone where the buyout takes place.

Stephen Campbell. He is not the landowner. He has issues with water drainage.

Bruce Stephenton. He is not the landowner, he is the son in law of Jeff Williams who lives nearby the location. Williams is unable to appear because of medical issues. He is against the proposal. He said Holland was underwater after the rain this past weekend.

Jerilyn Reed. She is not the landowner. She had the same issues as the other people against the measure.

Other speakers repeated the same things as the other speakers.

Jeff Ballard addresses Council. He is the owner of the property. He said in the five years he’s lived there, there has not been flooding from the stream leaving the banks or the land.

He notes houses that were built on slabs have no problem with groundwater.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

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


28. Council Bill 2020-008. (Ferguson)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration and the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office for mitigation of adverse effects from the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Rehabilitation.
Documents:

2020-008.PDF

Staff said the bill will allow the rehabilitation of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge to progress to the next phase.

The staff is outlining the changes made, including changes to the placement of the elevators and the construction of the stairs.

Project could be completed in 2020.

Alternate proposal is $200,000 more than the original bid.

The Landmarks Board has a representative say they approved the project.

Public hearing closes.

Mayor calls for a 15 minute break at 8:31 p.m..

Council back in session at 8:47 p.m..

29. Council Bill 2020-009. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance amending the budget of the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $22,000,000, to appropriate the estimated proceeds of the first four years of the 1/8-Cent Transportation Sales Tax approved by the Springfield voters on November 5, 2019; and authorizing the City Manager to exercise any necessary powers to complete transportation projects funded by the 1/8-Cent Transportation Improvements Sales Tax for the purpose of funding and completing those projects funded herein for 2021-2025.
Documents:

2020-009.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

30. Council Bill 2020-010. (Ollis)
A general ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-92 of the Springfield City Code, known as the ‘Salary Ordinance,’ for the purpose of adding one new job title to the Crafts, Trades and Labor (“CTL”) salary schedule; by adding seven new job titles to the Professional, Administrative and Technical (“PAT”) salary schedule; by adding three additional full-time equivalent positions; and by amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget of the City of Springfield, Missouri to adjust the authorized employee positions of the City.
Documents:

2020-010.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

31. Council Bill 2020-011. (Hosmer)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to amend contracts with Infor Public Sector, Inc., and appropriate Fiscal Year 2018-2019 carryover funds by amending the budget of the Department of Information Systems for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $250,000.00, for the purpose of continuing with Phase 2 of the implementation of the Infor Community Regulation and Development software.
Documents:

2020-011.PDF

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

32. Council Bill 2020-012. (Ollis)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with Motorola Solutions for the purchase of Avigilon Control Center Software and necessary hardware to implement a system to record the feeds from City of Springfield owned traffic cameras at a cost of $90,000.00.
Documents:

2020-012.PDF

Police Chief Paul Williams talks to Council about the project. This will allow recording of traffic camera feeds.

Funds come from the community improvement funds.

Councilman Simpson asked about how long something would be kept. Chief Williams said 30 days for all recording, others longer if needed for investigation. Policies laid out by the Attorney General will be followed.

Councilman Hosmer said the goal is to help investigators solve crimes. Chief Williams said yes, that investigators will collect video evidence after crimes, and it won’t add additional staff. Hosmer says it’s “smart” for the department.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

33. Council Bill 2020-013. (McClure)
A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept donations totaling $14,456.56 from Community Foundation of the Ozarks to cover the City’s expenses to sponsor the “Home for the Holidays” event for certain service men and women stationed at United States Army Fort Leonard Wood; and amending the budget for the Department of Public Information and Civic Engagement for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $14,456.56.
Documents:

2020-013.PDF

Funds raised for the event according to city PIO Cora Scott was $23,456.76, with the city’s expenses being $14,456.76. After all costs for the event were paid, there was almost $3,000 left over that will be used by the base for programs for soldiers.

Councilwoman Ferguson said that no one who attended that day didn’t have “tears” at some point and she thanked everyone involved for helping the soldiers. She mentioned her son who was deployed during the holidays and she wished she had a community reach out to her son like Springfield did the soldiers from Ft. Leonard Wood.

“Our community clearly stepped up on December 23rd,” Mayor McClure said. “The partnerships that make this community function were clearly on display.”

Peyton Andrews with the Chamber of Commerce thanked the Council for their commitment to the event.

Public hearing closed. Vote in two weeks.

34. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.


Lisa Purdy addresses City Council. Purdy objects to the United States flag in the Council chambers.

Julie Bloodworth addresses City Council. She has an issue with nuisance properties.

Angela Mayer addresses City Council. She has an issue with nuisance properties.

Council adjourns 7-1, with Councilman Hosmer voting no as usual.

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