Friday, May 26, 2017

Sanitary sewer smoke testing set for Robberson, Woodland Heights neighborhoods

(From the City of Springfield)

The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing in the Robberson and Woodland Heights neighborhoods starting Tuesday, May 30.

The sewers being tested are along Glenstone Avenue between Division Street and Chestnut Expressway. Testing will last one week, weather permitting.

Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers. The smoke testing program is part of the City’s $200 million overflow control plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging sewer system over the next 10 years.

Business 60 railroad bridge project scheduled to start

(From MODOT)

Business 60 RR Bridge Project Scheduled to Start;
Public Invited to June 6 Meeting to Announce Project Schedule


Lawrence County – People who live and work in the Monett area and use Business 60 east of Monett are encouraged to attend a public meeting Tuesday, June 6, to learn more about plans to close the road to replace an aging railroad bridge, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The come-and-go style meeting is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 200 E. Broadway Street. NO formal presentation is planned.

Those unable to attend the in-person meeting can visit an online public meeting at www.modot.gov/southwest. The same exhibits displayed at the in-person meeting will be available online.

MoDOT representatives will be on hand at the in-person meeting to visit with area residents about the plan to rebuild the bridge with a higher and wider structure. The project is scheduled to begin the week of June 19 and that’s when Business 60 will close for the duration of the project.

Contractor crews have until Dec. 29, 2017 to complete the bridge and open the road to traffic. However, barring any construction delays or weather delays, crews expect to complete the work and reopen Business 60 by the fall.

While Business 60 is closed, a detour will be set up using U.S. Route 60. Drivers can also use Lawrence County Route W to get around the project.

The existing Business 60 bridge was built in 1935 and carries 3,480 vehicles a day. Over the past several years, the bridge has been in need of frequent repairs.

The new bridge will be 30 feet wide and will no longer have a height restriction because the overhead truss system will be removed.

Hartman & Company, Inc. of Springfield is the prime contractor on the project.

The total estimated project cost is $3.7 million.

Strong to severe storms possible for Springfield area

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Springfield MO
523 PM CDT Fri May 26 2017

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>098-101>106-272230-
Bourbon-Crawford-Cherokee-Benton-Morgan-Miller-Maries-Vernon-
St. Clair-Hickory-Camden-Pulaski-Phelps-Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-
Laclede-Texas-Dent-Jasper-Dade-Greene-Webster-Wright-Newton-
Lawrence-Christian-Douglas-Howell-Shannon-McDonald-Barry-Stone-
Taney-Ozark-Oregon-
523 PM CDT Fri May 26 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of the Missouri
Ozarks and extreme southeast Kansas.

.DAY ONE...Tonight.

Weather hazards expected...

  Limited Hail risk.
  Limited Lightning risk.
  Limited Damaging Wind risk.

DISCUSSION...

  A weak boundary across southern Missouri will be the focus area
  for scattered thunderstorms to possibly develop late evening
  into the overnight. There is uncertainty on this development
  due to an elevated cap in the atmosphere. Coverage should be
  isolated to widely scattered in nature with the primary threat
  being large hail up to the size of half dollars possible. There
  may be an isolated damaging wind gust up to 60 mph possible
 overnight as well.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday.

  Overall...the best chance for strong to severe storms will
  occur from Saturday afternoon into Saturday night as the cap
  weakens and very strong instability develops ahead of a cold
  front which will move through Saturday night.

  The main risks will be large hail up to the size of baseballs
  and damaging wind in excess of 70 mph. The possibility exists
  for a tornado or two as well.

  With the risk of severe thunderstorms...frequent lightning and
  heavy rainfall will be possible. Localized flooding of low
  water crossings may be possible where the heavier rainfall
  occurs.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

  Spotter activation may be needed late this evening and
  overnight across southern Missouri.

Willard man injured in accident near South Greenfield

A Willard man was injured in a one-vehicle accident 6:30 p.m. Thursday on South Dade 138, four miles east of South Greenfield.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2009 Ford F250 driven by Landon D. Vonnostrand, 20, Springfield, traveled off the road and struck a tree.

A passenger, Curtis D. Love, 18, Willard, was treated for moderate injuries at Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Highway Patrol DWI Arrests May 25-26

The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested the following people for driving while intoxicated:

Jeremy C. Phillips, 21, Neosho
Savannah M. Banfield, 31, Branson
Steven R. Love-Archibeque, 30, Springfield

Highway Patrol to hold moving violations checkpoints in Greene, Christian counties

(From Highway Patrol Troop D)

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer, Troop D, Springfield, announces that sometime during the month of June 2017, Troop D will conduct DWI saturations in McDonald, Stone, and Taney counties. The areas selected for enforcement are based on a high number of drinking-related crashes, high number of contacts with drivers who have been drinking, and officers’ input as to probable contact with DWI violators. The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to more than 23 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes (preliminary 2016 statistics). That’s why the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired driving throughout the month of June.

Additionally, the Patrol will be conducting hazardous moving violation saturations in Christian, Greene, and Jasper counties. The primary goal of these projects is to positively impact traffic problems by reducing crashes. The objectives are to heighten the awareness of the risks associated with impaired driving and increase compliance of the speed limit and seat belt laws.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol is committed to removing unsafe drivers from our highways,” said Captain Villanueva. “Saturations are part of the Patrol’s strategy to make Missouri’s roadways safer.”

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Springfield Fire Chief to be sworn in Friday


(From the Springfield Fire Department)

Springfield’s new Fire Chief David Pennington will take his oath of office at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 26 at Fire Station #1, 720 E. Grand.

A fire chief search committee comprised of City staff, Liberty Fire Chief Mike Snider and local emergency service agencies highly recommended Pennington to City Manager Greg Burris, after a nationwide search.

Pennington has served as the interim fire chief since Jan. 27, when former chief David Hall retired from the Fire Department in February to join Missouri State University as its first emergency preparedness manager.

“While we received a high-quality applicant pool, when comparing the breadth and depth of experience of the top candidates, it became evident that the City’s internal candidate, Assistant Chief David Pennington, stood out with regard to the needs of the Springfield Fire Department,” said City Manager Greg Burris. “His educational and professional accomplishments, departmental knowledge, experience and expertise, as well as enthusiasm for leading our Fire Department in the coming years propelled him to the top of a capable and well-qualified group.”

Pennington began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District in 1994, and joined the Springfield Fire Department in 1998. He promoted to the ranks of rescue specialist, truck company captain, fire captain and battalion chief. As battalion chief, he served in the operations division, as the chief of special operations, and as the acting assistant fire chief of the training division. He became the assistant fire chief of operations in 2010.

“I am thankful to the selection committee and City Manager Greg Burris for the confidence they have in me to lead the Fire Department. The City of Springfield is a special place, and I am honored to work with the officers and firefighters of the SFD, and our partner agencies, in service to our community,” Pennington said.

Pennington has been awarded designation as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and was selected as the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year by the Springfield Fire Department. He has been a faculty member of Missouri State University’s Department of Communication since 2005.

Pennington obtained a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication and a master of science in administrative studies from MSU. He also holds a graduate certificate in public management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Pennington is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Queen City Fire Chiefs Association, Region-D Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee and the Fire Science Advisory Board for Ozarks Technical Community College, and serves as the fire service representative to the advisory board for the Missouri Information Analysis Center.

Pennington serves on the boards of directors for the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Springfield and the Community Investment Panel for the United Way of the Ozarks. He is married and has two sons.

Budget workshop set for Springfield City Council lunch meeting

Springfield City Council Lunch 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:00 p.m. 
Busch Municipal Building – 4th Floor Conference Room 840 N. Boonville Avenue 

TENTATIVE AGENDA

1. Budget Workshop – Greg Burris and David Holtmann

2. Any and all matters to come before the City Council cc: Megan Cunningham, City Clerk's

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Agenda posted for Tuesday Springfield City Council meeting

Upcoming Springfield City Council Meeting Agenda
May 30, 2017 6:30 p.m.
1.

ROLL CALL.

2.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES. May 15, 2017

Documents:
  1. 5-15-2017.PDF
3.

FINALIZATION OF CONSENT AGENDA – FIRST READING. Citizens Wishing To Speak To Or Remove Items From Consent First Reading Must Do So At This Time.

4.

CEREMONIAL MATTERS.

5.

CITY MANAGER REPORT AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

6.

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

7.

Council Bill 2017-124. (Hosmer)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Solid Waste Management District “O,” for use of the City’s Household Chemical Collection Center to provide expanded household collection service to additional counties in the District, and adjusting the budget of the Environmental Services Department for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, in the amount of $18,000 to appropriate grant funds from the District. (Environmental Services staff recommends approval).
Documents:
  1. 2017-124.PDF
8.

Council Bill 2017-125. (Fishel)

A special ordinance authorizing the amendment of the Department of Environmental Services budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, in the amount of $1,885,000, to appropriate retained earnings of the Solid Waste Fund; accepting the low bid of Twehous Excavating Co., Inc., for construction of the South Ravine Phase II solid waste disposal unit at the City of Springfield Sanitary Landfill; and authorizing the City Manager, or his designee to enter into a contract for said improvement.
Documents:
  1. 2017-125.PDF
9.

Council Bill 2017-126. (Fulnecky)

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into an agreement with the Center for Public Safety Excellence/Commission on Fire Accreditation International for facilitation of the Community Driven Strategic Planning process and related documents at a cost of $15,120.
Documents:
  1. 2017-126.PDF
10.

RESOLUTIONS. Citizens May Speak. May Be Voted On.

11.

Council Bill 2017-130. (Ferguson)

A resolution extending the declaration of an economic and housing access calamity until the condition is no longer met, Springfield, Missouri’s “individuals below poverty level” is less than the state’s level, or March 31, 2019, whichever occurs first. (Staff recommends approval.)
Documents:
  1. 2017-130.PDF
12.

EMERGENCY BILLS.

13.

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.

14.

GRANTS.

15.

AMENDED BILLS.

16.

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

17.

Council Bill 2017-131. Schilling.

A general ordinance Amending Section 1-9 of the Springfield City Code, ‘City Limits,’ by annexing approximately 0.02 acres of property into the City of Springfield, Missouri, generally located at 3610 West Sunshine Street, generally referenced as Annexation A-3-17; 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 them by the County Clerk.
Documents:
  1. 2017-131.PDF
18.

Council Bill 2017-132. 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 3610 West Sunshine Street from County PAD 1281, Plot Assignment District No. 1281, to HC, Highway Commercial District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By Atomic Distributors Midwest, Inc; 3610 West Sunshine Street; Z-17-2017)
Documents:
  1. 2017-132.PDF
19.

Council Bill 2017-133. Prater

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 4825 East Kearney Street, generally referenced as Annexation A-2-17; 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 them by the County Clerk.
Documents:
  1. 2017-133.PDF
20.

Council Bill 2017-134. Prater

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 4825 East Kearney Street from County M-1, Light Manufacturing District, to HM, Heavy Manufacturing District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By M & L Real Estate Holdings, LLC; 4825 East Kearney Street; Z-16-2017)
Documents:
  1. 2017-134.PDF
21.

Council Bill 2017-135. Prater

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.68 acres of property, generally located at 1748 and 1756 South Madaline Terrace, from R-SF, Residential Single Family district to a O-1, Office District, subject to certain conditions; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By Stephen & Kristina Stewart; 1748 & 1756 South Madeline Terrace; Z-18-2017)
Documents:
  1. 2017-135.PDF
22.

Council Bill 2017-136. Fishel

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 9.8 acres of property, generally located at 4406 South Reed Avenue and 4219 South Nature Center Way from R-SF, Residential Single-Family District and R-MHC, Manufactured Home Community District, to R-TH, Residential Townhouse District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By Luxury Rental Home, Inc. and Timbercreek RV Park, LLC; 4406 South Reed Avenue and 4219 South Nature Center Way; Z-13-2017)
Documents:
  1. 2017-136.PDF
23.

Council Bill 2017-137. Schilling

A general ordinance amending the Springfield Land Development Code, Section 36-306, ‘Official zoning map and rules for interpretation,’ by rezoning approximately 0.46 acres of property, generally located at 1630 and 1638 West Elfindale Street from Planned Development No. 46, to a GR, General Retail District; and adopting an updated Official Zoning Map. (Staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommend approval). (By Plaster Properties, LLC; 1630 West Elfindale Street; Z-19-2017)
Documents:
  1. 2017-137.PDF
24.

Council Bill 2017-138. Hosmer

A general ordinance amending Resolution No.10206 and Special Ordinance No. 26867 and suspending a provision of the City’s Rules and Regulations for the Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program to comply with a change in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s interpretation of certain regulations regarding the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant funds.
Documents:
  1. 2017-138.PDF
25.

Council Bill 2017-139. Ferguson

A special ordinance repealing Special Ordinance No. 26592 and adopting in lieu thereof a Redevelopment Plan for the Robberson Avenue Multi-Family Redevelopment Area, generally located along the east side of South Robberson Avenue between East Madison Street and East Grand Street; and declaring its redevelopment necessary for the preservation of the public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare. (The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Staff recommend approval.)
Documents:
  1. 2017-139.PDF
26.

Council Bill 2017-140. Schilling

A special ordinance adopting the Redevelopment Plan and Blight Report for the Lantz Enterprises Redevelopment Area, generally located along the south side of East Elm Street between South John Q. Hammons Parkway and South Florence Avenue; and declaring said Area to be a blighted area, and that its redevelopment is necessary for the preservation of public peace, prosperity, health, safety, morals, and welfare. (The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Staff recommend approval.)
Documents:
  1. 2017-140.PDF
27.

Council Bill 2017-141. Hosmer

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 2017-2018; and declaring an emergency.
Documents:
  1. 2017-141.PDF
28.

Council Bill 2017-142. McClure

A special ordinance adopting a budget for the City of Springfield, Missouri, for Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, providing that certain amounts shown in the budget document are appropriated for the various departments specified in said budget, and declaring an emergency.
Documents:
  1. 2017-142.PDF
29.

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

30.

Council Bill 2017-143. Fisk

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to accept Strengthening the Field initiative grant funds in the amount of $300,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health to subsidize a community mental health assessment and action plan and to enter into necessary agreements to carry out the grant; and amending the budget of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 in the amount of $300,000.
Documents:
  1. 2017-143.PDF
31.

PETITIONS, REMONSTRANCES, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

Mr. Bob Mondy wishes to address City Council.

Mr. Javier Benson wishes to address City Council.
32.

NEW BUSINESS.

The City Manager recommends the following reappointments to the Airport Board: Jerry Harmison and Sterling Huff with terms to expire June 1, 2020.

The City Manager recommends the following appointments to the Airport Board:  Catherine Moore and Lloyd “Joe” Carmichael with terms to expire June 1, 2020.

Refer to the Finance and Administration Committee the issue of sustainable funding.

Refer to the Finance and Administration Committee the issue of level property tax.

Refer to the Finance and Administration Committee the issue of economic vitality.

Refer to the Plans and Policies Committee the issue of public safety initiatives.

Refer to the Community Involvement Committee the issue of legislative emphasis.

Refer to the Finance and Administration Committee the issue of the Building Development Services fee schedule.

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.
33.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

34.

MISCELLANEOUS.

35.

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

36.

Council Bill 2017-144. Ferguson

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, Missouri, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Wehr’s Chestnut Plaza Subdivision, generally located at 501 West Chestnut Expressway, 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 the terms of this Ordinance. (Staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements).
Documents:
  1. 2017-144.PDF
37.

Council Bill 2017-145. Fishel

A special ordinance authorizing the Mayor, on behalf of the City of Springfield, to execute a deed to convey approximately 4,282 square feet of property generally located at the 6500 block of South Crenshaw Road. (Planning and Zoning Commission and staff recommend approval).
Documents:
  1. 2017-145.PDF
38.

Council Bill 2017-146. Fulnecky

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a Pipeline Crossing Agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, for the purpose of installing and maintaining a new concrete box culvert beneath the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in the vicinity of the 4100 Block of Lone Pine.
Documents:
  1. 2017-146.PDF
39.

Council Bill 2017-147. Fulnecky

A special ordinance authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to enter into a cost share agreement with Green Circle Projects, LLC, for the purpose of cost coordinating participation by the City in the cost of the Lone Pine Streetscape 4100 South Block project.
Documents:
  1. 2017-147.PDF
40.

Council Bill 2017-148. Fishel

A special ordinance authorizing the Director of Planning and Development to accept the dedication of the public streets and easements to the City of Springfield, Missouri, as shown on the Preliminary Plat of Vinings of Olde Ivy Subdivision, generally located at 4406 South Reed Avenue & 4219 South Nature Center Way, 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 the terms of this Ordinance; and concurring with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s grant of a subdivision variance. (Staff recommends that City Council accept the public streets and easements).
Documents:
  1. 2017-148.PDF
41.

CONSENT AGENDA – ONE READING BILLS.

42.

Council Bill 2017-149. Schilling

A special ordinance to levy and assess a special tax against the lots, blocks, and parcels of ground hereinafter described to pay for the cost of the construction of sanitary sewers in the City of Springfield, Missouri, in Sanitary Sewer District No. 91 of Section No. 1, in the general vicinity of College Street and Broadway Avenue; providing for inclusion of said district in the City Sewer Financial Assistance Program; authorizing the City Clerk to issue special tax bills and deliver the same to the Director of Finance to be registered in his office in accordance with this Ordinance; and declaring that this bill qualifies for approval in one reading.
Documents:
  1. 2017-149.PDF
43.

CONSENT AGENDA – SECOND READING BILLS.

44.

END OF CONSENT AGENDA.

45.

ADJOURN.

Seven-year-old Springfield girl seriously injured in Johnson County accident

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident 1:30 p.m. today on MO 13, three-tenths of a mile north of MO 2 in Johnson County.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2007 Nissan driven by Charles E. McIntire, 75, Lowry City, crossed the center line for a second time and traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking brush and trees, then rotated counter-clockwise and overturned. 

Two passengers, Liubov G. McIntire, 67, Lowry City, and Veronika Walsh, 7, Springfield, were treated for moderate and serious injuries, respectively, at Western Missouri Medical Center.