Saturday, October 20, 2018

Springfield, Fair Grove residents injured as ATV goes airborne

A Springfield man and a Fair Grove man were injured in a one-vehicle accident 4 p.m. today on private property approximately one mile north of Bolivar and one mile east of MO 13.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2017 Polaris RZR driven by Blake J. Sawyer, 23, Springfield, went airborne and overturned.

Sawyer and a passenger, Darren E. Pool, 23, Fair Grove, were treated for moderate injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Friday, October 19, 2018

U. S. Bankruptcy Court Petitions- Springfield

Christian County

Kenneth Lee Price and Tiffani Mae Price
Robert Tyler Morton and Dana Bethany Morton
Ashley Jean Applehans

Greene County

Deborah Kay Davis
Esther Lee Smith
Robert Samuel Pilkington and Vi Pilkington
Jeffrey Brian Kenkel
Robin Angelique Jaques
Donald Lee Epley


Laclede County

Aubrianna E Wanner

Lawrence County

Nathaniel Seth Forester and Armindy Lee Forester

Taney County

Gloria Suzanne Sanders
James R. Green II
Cynthia S. Heath
Damian Eugene Daniels and Kendra Elizabeth Daniels


Slow motion video of Highway 76 Bridge demolition

(From Branson News and Weather)

In the accompanying video shows the demolition of the old Highway 76 bridge in Forsyth earlier this week. A new bridge has already been opened.




Greene County deputies recover hundreds of marijuana plants in area near Ash Grove

(From the Greene County Sheriff's Office)

The Greene County Sheriff's Office has recovered between five to eight hundred marijuana plants from a location in northern Greene County between Monday and Wednesday.

The investigation started when a citizen reported suspicious activity in the 9000 block of North State Highway V, North of Ash Grove. When deputies began investigating the activity, it lead them to a nearby property where they recovered the large amount of plants in a grow operation.

At this time, two subjects have been taken into custody and two more are wanted for questioning. Charges have not been filed at this time against the two in custody.



The value at this time is an estimated minimum of $500,000.00. The Drug Enforcement Administration is now working alongside with the Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more will be released as it becomes available.

Reed Academy teacher receives Golden Apple

(From Springfield Public Schools)

Reed Academy teacher Beth Marlow was awarded the Golden Apple from FOX 5 for her efforts as an outstanding science teacher.

"It's a little overwhelming," she said. "I love what I do, so I feel good about the recognition. I appreciate the recognition very much. I just feel like since I like what I do, I don't need an award."

Marlow has taught science at Reed Academy for 20 years and was surprised on Tuesday, Oct. 16 During the award presentation, she was surrounded by the sixth-grade teaching staff at Reed Academy, who applauded her outstanding contributions and work at Reed Academy.



Marlow received $250 furnished by BluCurrent Credit Union and will be profiled on Fox 5. She was presented the award by members of the FOX 5 news team and a representative from BluCurrent.

Fall carnival, haunted house planned at Kickapoo High School

(From Springfield Public Schools)

Kickapoo High School invites the community to the 17th annual Fall Carnival.

In addition to a haunted house, there will be activities and games for all ages. The entrance fee is a minimum of two nonperishable food items per person. The food items collected will be donated to the Ozarks Food Harvest. Last year, more than 3,000 canned goods were donated.



The carnival is held in the high school’s gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact KHS sponsor Jared Wooderson at 417-523-8735.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Crowder College in Cassville holding postcard art show

(From Crowder College)

Cassville– The Art Appreciation classes at Crowder College in Cassville are hosting a postcard art show with the reveal Thursday, November 8, 1-3pm.

“The idea is to have as many people send a postcard with their creative response to the theme: VISIONS,” stated Leigh Wallace, Art Appreciation Instructor.

Mail entries to: Crowder College, Art Department, 4020 N. Main Street, Cassville, MO 65625. Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

For complete details go to: https://www.crowder.edu/2018/10/18/cassville-art-appreciation-class-to-hold-mail-art-show/


Springfield second grade students, families to learn about city government

(From the City of Springfield)

Second-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza this evening while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 29th annual "Treasures of the City" event, hosted by the City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools.

The event will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.18 at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave.

Designed to complement the students' social studies curriculum, Treasures of the City brings concepts discussed in the classroom to life as students interact with elected officials and government employees.

Springfield sales tax revenue falls 10 percent short of budgeted amount

(From the City of Springfield)

The City of Springfield’s October sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 10 percent, or $391,150, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,506,108 compared to the budgeted amount of $3,897,258. On a year-to-date basis, revenues are on budget. On a rolling 12-month average, sales tax revenues are on budget.

The check reflects sales processed by the state in September from transactions made primarily in August. Compared to October 2017, revenues are down 3 percent, or $101,085, from October 2017’s revenue check in the amount of $3,607,193.



The City heavily relies on sales tax revenues as its main source of revenue to fund vital services, such as police and fire operations. In Springfield, approximately 56 percent of revenue comes from sales tax and use tax.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Agenda posted for Springfield City Council meeting

Upcoming Springfield City Council Meeting Agenda
October 22, 2018  6:30 p.m.

Speakers must sign up with the City Clerk to speak to an issue on the agenda. Speakers are to limit their remarks to three to five minutes.

Note: Sponsorship does not denote Council member approval or support.
1.

ROLL CALL.

2.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES. September 24, 2018 And October 8, 2018 City Council Meetings And October 2, 2018 And October 16, 2018 Special City Council Meetings.

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.

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. Except Item No. 7. Amended Council Bill 2018-196 Was Tabled At The October 8, 2018 Meeting. Public Hearing Is Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.

7.

Amended Council Bill 2018-196. (Simpson) Was Tabled At The October 8, 2018 Meeting. Public Hearing Is Being Continued On Amendment Only. Citizens May Speak To Amendment Only. May Be Voted On.

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 8 acres of property, generally located at 2700 East Battlefield Road, from R-SF, Single-Family Residential District, to GR, General Retail District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 151. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Briarcliffe Investments, LLC and John Gentry; 2700 East Battlefield Road; Z-15-2018 w/COD #151.)
8.

Council Bill 2018-240. (Schilling)

A general ordinance amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, ‘City Limits,’ by annexing approximately one acre of property into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 4244 South Farm Road 137 (Scenic Avenue), and generally referenced as Annexation A-3-18; and amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 46, Section 46-1, ‘Boundaries of wards, precincts and council zones,’ by adding this property to the ward and precinct assigned by the County Clerk. (By: Kenneth Medley; 4244 S. Farm Road 137 (Scenic Ave.); Annexation A-3-18.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-240.PDF
9.

Council Bill 2018-241. (Schilling)

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 4244 South Farm Road 137 (Scenic Avenue), from County R-1, Single-Family Residential District, to O-1, Office District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 156. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Kenneth Medley; 4244 S. Farm Road 137 (Scenic Ave.); Z-21-2018 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 156.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-241.PDF
10.

Council Bill 2018-242. (Schilling)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately eighteen acres of property, generally located at 4635 South Campbell Avenue, from O-1, Office District, to GR, General Retail District; and establishing Conditional Overlay District No. 157. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission both recommend approval.) (By: Springfield-Greene County Library District; 4653 S. Campbell Avenue; Z-22-2018 w/Conditional Overlay District No. 157.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-242.PDF
11.

Council Bill 2018-243. (Ferguson)

A special ordinance amending the budget of the City of Springfield Planning and Development Department for Fiscal Year 2018‒2019 in the amount of $520,000.00 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 recommends approval.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-243.PDF
12.

Council Bill 2018-244. (Ferguson)

A special ordinance approving the Blaine Street Fa├žade Loan Program Rules and Regulations.
Documents:
  1. 2018-244.PDF
13.

Council Bill 2018-245. (Hosmer, Fisk, Prater, And Schilling)

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 2, ‘Administration,’ Article VII, ‘Special Events,’ Division 1, ‘Generally,’ Section 2-504, ‘Application,’ by adding an exception to insurance requirements for certain special events that do not involve closure of more than one City street or alley, or more than two City blocks; and clarifying that hold harmless agreements and insurance provided for special events shall not be deemed inadequate solely because the applicant is a voluntary association. (Recommended by the Plans and Policies Committee.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-245.PDF
14.

RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

15.

Council Bill 2018-252. (Prater)

A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to take appropriate actions to establish a Quiet Zone at the BNSF Railway crossing generally located at Cherry Street west of Ingram Mill Avenue and designated as United States Department of Transportation # 664 106E.
Documents:
  1. 2018-252.PDF
16.

Council Bill 2018-254. (McClure)

A resolution declaring the support of the City Council of the City of Springfield, Missouri for the ballot initiative known as Proposition D, said Proposition to improve the safety of highways, local roads, and bridges throughout Missouri and to provide a positive impact on the Springfield community.
17.

Council Bill 2018-255. (McClure)

A resolution appointing Susan Partee to be the City’s Employer Delegate at the 2018 annual meeting of Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (“LAGERS”).
Documents:
  1. 2018-255.PDF
18.

EMERGENCY BILLS.

19.

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

20.

GRANTS.

21.

AMENDED BILLS.

22.

COUNCIL BILLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING.

23.

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

24.

Council Bill 2018-253. (Hosmer)

A special ordinance calling an election on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the City of Springfield, Missouri, to submit to the qualified voters the question of whether to continue the one-fourth of one percent Capital Improvements Sales Tax for a period of twenty years; authorizing the City Clerk to do all things necessary and convenient to submit said question; and declaring an emergency.
Documents:
  1. 2018-253.PDF
25.

Council Bill 2018-256. (Ollis)

A general ordinance amending Chapter 98, ‘Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places,’ Article VI, ‘Improvements,’ Division 4, ‘Sewers,’ Section 98-285, ‘Installation of lift stations and force mains by private developers,’ of the Springfield City Code, so as to authorize the revision of subsection (d), ‘Connection to existing lift stations;’ and replacement of subsection (e), ‘Annual statement of difference in costs,’ with ‘Statement of Lift Station Costs.’
Documents:
  1. 2018-256.PDF
26.

Council Bill 2018-257. (Fisk)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to enter into an agreement with Central Bank of the Ozarks for depository services, merchant card services, and safe keeping services, and to enter into an agreement with US Bank for the City’s purchasing card program.
Documents:
  1. 2018-257.PDF
27.

Council Bill 2018-258. (Fisk)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations for the reimbursement of overtime expenses for Springfield Police Department officers participating in joint operations.
Documents:
  1. 2018-258.PDF
28.

PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

29.

NEW BUSINESS.

As per RSMo. 109.230 (4), City records that are on file in the City Clerk’s office and have met the retention schedule will be destroyed in compliance with the guidelines established by the Secretary of State’s office.
30.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

31.

MISCELLANEOUS.

32.

CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING BILLS.

33.

CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS.

34.

CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS. See Item #3.

35.

Council Bill 2018-246. (Hosmer)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior for the purpose of operating and maintaining four stream gages.
Documents:
  1. 2018-246.PDF
36.

Council Bill 2018-247. (Prater)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to refund $1,000 in earnest money to Reed Enterprises, LLC; approving a budget adjustment to amend the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget of the Department of Environmental Services; and repealing Special Ordinance 27039.
Documents:
  1. 2018-247.PDF
37.

Council Bill 2018-248. (Schilling)

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication to the City of Springfield of public streets and easements shown on the Preliminary Plat of The Library Center subdivision, said subdivision being generally located at 4653 South Campbell Avenue, upon the applicant filing and recording a final plat that substantially conforms to the preliminary plat; and authorizing the City Clerk to sign the final plat upon compliance with all the terms of this Ordinance. (Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval and staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements.)
Documents:
  1. 2018-248.PDF
38.

Council Bill 2018-249. (Ollis)

A general ordinance amending Springfield City Code, Chapter 50, ‘Emergency Services,’ Article III, ‘Automated External Defibrillators,’ by amending Section 50-53, ‘Possession and ownership of external defibrillators (AEDs),’ subsection (1), by removing the requirement to include the names of persons expected to operate an AED and the dates of their required training in annual registration of the AED with the Springfield Fire Department.
Documents:
  1. 2018-249.PDF
39.

BOARD CONFIRMATIONS.

Confirm the following reappointment to the Landmarks Board: Layne Hunton with term to expire November 1, 2021.

Confirm the following appointment to the Springfield/Greene County Park Board: Cynthia Lipscomb with term to expire June 1, 2021.
40.

END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

41.

ADJOURN.