City of Springfield

Coverage of Springfield, MO government.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise speaks with Claudia Crighton, Coordinator of the Citizen’s Resource Center (CRC) for the City of Springfield.

The CRC is located in the Busch Municipal Building, and works to connect citizens and neighborhoods with available services that address area needs and concerns.    

Randy Scritchfield
Scott Harvey / KSMU

It’s an unseasonably warm 70 degrees in late November and I’m riding shotgun in a 1968 Plymouth GTX driven by Randy Scritchfield. We’re traveling eastbound on Kearney Street in Springfield, simulating a tradition that started in the 1950s and re-launched this spring after years of prohibition.

“Cruisers traditionally drive slow,” he tells me. “That way another cruiser might catch up to you.”

For the 64-year-old Scritchfield, cruising back in the early 1970s – when he started – meant driving from the Kearney Street McDonalds to Glenstone. 

Springfield Art Museum
Sarah Teague / KSMU

A new Springfield program connects retirees and senior citizens to local non-profit organizations for purposeful volunteerism.

City Manager Greg Burris said he hopes Give 5 will encourage nonprofits to “rethink volunteerism.” Burris, who is stepping down next year, is likely to take over as Give 5’s director, according to the city.

Michele Skalicky

A city-wide sidewalk assessment and inventory is underway in Springfield.  It’s being conducted by Tempe, Arizona-based IMS Infrastructure Management Services LLC.  They’re using a specialized sidewalk surface tester, which looks similar to an all-terrain vehicle—to collect a detailed inventory and condition rating of all sidewalks in Springfield.

According to the city, an IMS field technician will travel at low speeds along sidewalks, occasionally stopping to take photographs or record additional data, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Pit Bull ban
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield’s ordinance that establishes a future ban on pit bull dogs within the city limits could be overturned or sent to a public vote after the certification of a referendum petition.

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