Welcome to tonight’s live coverage of tonight’s City Council meeting!
Mayor Ken McClure called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m..
1. ROLL CALL.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. JUNE 15, 2020 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, JUNE 26, 2020.
Council Bill 2020-153 removed from the consent agenda.
5. CITY MANAGER REPORT, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.
Springfield Greene County Health Director Clay Goddard addresses council.
He’s addressing masking requirements for the city.
“We’re done with the virus psychologically,” Goddard said, ” but I assure you the virus is not done with us.”
“When I hear someone say to me they don’t want to wear a mask, I think it’s really a desire to live the way we did before the virus showed up on our doorstep,” Goddard said.
“I’m of the opinion we should be using every tool to combat the virus,” Goddard said.
“We’ve seen more evidence of community spread,” Goddard said in warning people about gatherings on the 4th of July weekend. He said many cases are coming from people who attend group activities.
Goddard said the testing done in-house has shown 8% positive, meaning they’re “hitting the right” groups.
McClure asked about the 1.0 for the Regional Public Health Capability Score and teh 5.8 Public Health Capability Score on the dashboard.
Goddard said the number of people under quarantine is causing stress on the system for the public health capability score.
“Magnify that times 100 or 200 and that’s what you have going on in McDonald County…” Goddard said. He said they don’t have the capability Greene has to handle the cases.
Hosmer asked if the Health Department is working on a masking ordinance. Goddard said he is talking to city staff about best practices.
Hosmer asked if they had legal authority to require masks and Goddard said yes.
Goddard said the department is working on a white paper about the effectiveness of masking.
Goddard said that masking, distancing, and hygiene procedures are still necessary.
City Manager Jason Gage is talking about the George Floyd situation and the aftermath.
“We have an excellent Springfield Police Department with quality people who see the worst of our community and literally put their lives at risk for the benefit of others on a daily basis,” Gage said.
Gage said he will not support defunding the force.
Gage said they are watching ways the department can improve as discussions happen around the nation.
SPD Chief Williams gave a presentation on the new “Where We Stand” portal on the police department website.
When the SPD was reevaluated to CALEA standards this year, the department had no deficiencies.
The Mayor encouraged members of the community to visit the page and read the information.
He said he was talking with an officer this morning about how difficult it’s been on the department the last few months. He mentioned the loss of Officer Walsh, the injuries to officer Overton and the attack on Officer Priebe. The officer commented they haven’t really had time to process all the tragedy.
“There is a problem with justice being fair in all cases,” Hosmer said. “And Springfield has a history of racism in the past, and it’s something we need to look at effectively because I think it colors what we do.”
He said he wants to see more ways to “bring the community into community policing.”
“This is transparency 101,” Councilman Abe McGull said to the Chief regarding the website.
Councilman Simpson announces he is removing himself from the next two measures because of a personal interest.
7. 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.)
Councilwoman Ferguson asked for an update on occupancy in apartments city wide, staff said the city does not that track that.
Councilman Schilling says the land is not right for annexation. He said fire protection is “a stretch” and could impact the fire department’s ISO rating.
Councilman McGull asked about what the land is right now, and Mary Lilly Smith explained the county’s restrictions.
Hosmer asked if the County had denied rezoning of the land, Smith said yes. They rejected a move from single family to multi-family, but Smith said the density was different.
He asked if the neighborhood was against the annexation, or just the zoning. Smith said the protest petition was against the zoning, not the annexation.
Annexation takes 5 votes, zoning 6 votes.
Bill passes 8-0, with Simpson not voting.
8. 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.)
A protest petition that was found to be sufficient at 57%, so a supermajority of 6 votes is required for passage. Again, Simpson is recused, so they need 6 to 8 votes to get their rezoning.
Smith tells Council property owners within 185 feet of the proposed rezoning can be on a petition against it, and it’s based on property percentage. One property owner has 37% of the property within the 185 distance, so it’s 57% of the area of the buffer zone, not 57% of the total landowners.
Councilwoman Ferguson said the road still belongs to the County, so any road improvements would need to be done by the County.
Councilwoman Fisk said the area is growing, it’s a reputable developer who has tried to work with the neighborhood, and the neighborhood has not worked with the developer.
Councilman McGull said he went to the property and he has concerns about the traffic, specifically regarding if someone can see effectively at the proposed entrance.
The measure fails: 4-4.
Schilling, Ferguson, Hosmer, McGull vote no.
9. Council Bill 2020-136 (Fisk)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission, Inc., in the amount of $43,940.00, for the purpose of promoting the attraction of sporting events to the community.
10. Council Bill 2020-137 (Ollis)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., in the amount of $2,065,730, for the purpose of promoting travel and tourism within the City of Springfield.
11. Council Bill 2020-138 (Lear)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Inc., in the amount of $29,264.00, for the purpose of promoting the visual and performing arts in Springfield, Missouri.
12. Council Bill 2020-139 (Hosmer)
A Special Ordinance authorizing a plan for an industrial development project for Kraft Heinz Foods Company, consisting of the acquisition and installation of new equipment and machinery at the existing plant; and authorizing the City of Springfield, Missouri, to issue its Taxable Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (Kraft Heinz Foods Company Project), in a principal amount not to exceed $48,000,000 and authorizing and approving certain documents and actions in connection therewith.
Councilman Ollis said he was pleased Kraft-Heinz grows their plant and is committed to the community.
Councilman Schilling said he has trouble believing a multi-million dollar company needs tax breaks to do this project.
“I don’t know why this company can’t turn some of its profits back into equipment to keep it going,” Schilling said.
Staff said Kraft has made over $100 million in investment in Springfield in the last few years.
Passes 8-1, with Schilling voting against it.
13. Council Bill 2020-140 (Fisk)
A Special Ordinance approving the Annual Maintenance Agreement for Traffic Signals for Fiscal Year 2020-2021; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, in the amount of $162,126.00; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with such bidder for the purpose of maintaining the City’s traffic signal infrastructure.
14. Council Bill 2020-141 (Hosmer)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 94, ‘Solid Waste Regulations,’ to add a requirement that residential trash containers shall not be placed at the curb for more than 24 hours and to update several references and other housekeeping items.
Councilman Hosmer mentioned a memo written by staff about the 24 hour limit including Nixa, Ozark, Republic, and Springfield’s “benchmark cities.”
“Springfield has to do things a little bit differently if we want to be presentable…as we should be,” Hosmer said.
Hosmer has been aggressively supporting the measure.
Councilman Ollis asked staff if there was a public outcry for this. Staff said “not necessarily.”
Staff said they crafted the ordinance, and the 24 hour requirement was at Hosmer’s request.
Councilman Ollis said the council and staff need to be more strategic in dealing with this issue, especially in a time of pandemic.
Councilwoman Ferguson asked how BDS will prioritize trash bins compared to other public safety issues.
16. Council Bill 2020-142 (McClure)
A Resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to apply for Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Fish and Wildlife Service grant funding in the amount of $2,000,000.00, to be used to fund educational experiences in natural resource careers for young people and veterans.
19. GRANTS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.
20. Council Bill 2020-143 (Ollis)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $6,615.00 in additional grant funds, from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment project; amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $6,615.00 to appropriate the funds; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
21. Council Bill 2020-144 (Lear)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Dislocated Worker Rapid Response funding in the amount of $100,000.00, to be used for training eligible Dislocated Workers and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; amending the budget for the Department of Workforce Development for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $100,000.00; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval on one reading.
22. Council Bill 2020-145 (Hosmer)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept $11,874.10, in grant funds from the Missouri Department of Corrections for About Persons with Past Legal Issues in Employment services; amending the budget of the Department of Workforce Development for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $11,874.10, to appropriate the funds; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
23. Council Bill 2020-146 (Fisk)
A Special Ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding from the United States Department of Justice and amending the budget for the Police Department for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $517,083.00; and declaring this bill qualifies as a one reading bill pursuant to Charter Section 2.16(25).
Half of the money will go to police and health officials at mobile testing, a large amount will go to cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment for police and fire.
The grant is for two years.
26. FIRST READING BILLS. Citizens May Speak. Not Anticipated To Be Voted On.
27. Council Bill 2020-147 (Ollis)
A Special Ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the construction of Landfill Facility Improvement, Phases 1, 2, and 3, at the Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill; accepting the bid of Carson-Mitchell, Inc., in the amount of $5,016,632.00 for the project; authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into contracts necessary for completion of said Landfill Facility Improvements; and approving a budget adjustment for the amount of the bid, plus a contingency, to amend the budget for the Department of Environmental Services Solid Waste Fund for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 by appropriating reserves of said fund in the amount of $6,250,000.00.
Vote in two weeks.
28. Council Bill 2020-148 (McGull)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, ‘Administration,’ Article VI, ‘Finances,’ Division 2, ‘Purchasing,’ Section 2-401, ‘Purchasing Manual adopted,’ by adding Section 13-3.104(5)(C) for the purpose of allowing the use of the “Construction Manager at Risk ” contracting processes.
Megan Short addresses Council. She is in favor of measure.
Shawn Tuveno addresses Council. He’s in favor of it and he worked to get the measure through the state legislature.
Vote in two weeks.
29. Council Bill 2020-149 (Simpson)
A Special Ordinance approving the plans and specifications for the Battlefield Road and Delaware Avenue Signal Replacement Project; accepting the bid of Ewing Signal Construction, LLC, in the amount of $125,773.33 for the project; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a contract with such bidder.
Vote in two weeks.
30. Council Bill 2020-150 (Hosmer)
A General Ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 54, ‘Fire Prevention and Protection,’ Article II, ‘Fire Prevention Code,’ Section 54-32, ‘Amendments and additions,’ by adding specific local amendments to Section 320 of the 2018 International Fire Code, relating to Landscaping Materials.
Vote in two weeks.
38. Council Bill 2020-153 (McGull)
A Special Ordinance approving the final development plan of Planned Development District No. 298, on 44.70 acres generally located at 3414 East Chestnut Expressway. (Planning and Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval.)
This is part of the Costco development.
A resident asked Councilman McGull about Eastgate, and Smith said the intersection will be relocated.
Tim Havens addresses Council. He’s concerned about “the age of it” since it started in 2006. He wants to start the process over because he claims Costco “doesn’t create new things.”
31. PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES AND COMMUNICATIONS.
Tim Havens addresses Council. He is bringing up the same issue that he brought up two weeks ago about the Gregory Robinson arrest, where Councilman Hosmer pointed out Havens did not tell Council that Robinson attempted to pull a gun on law enforcement during the incident, and had pulled a gun on another person prior to being stopped by police.
Council votes to adjourn 8-1, with Hosmer as usual voting no.