City of Springfield

Coverage of Springfield, MO government.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

All this week, we’re investigating civility and what role it plays in our community.

Today, we’re considering the news media:  what role do – or should – journalists play in encouraging civil discourse?  And what’s the state of civility in terms of how journalists themselves are treated?

Let’s tackle that one first by taking a step back and looking through a nationwide lens.

Kearney Street
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The city of Springfield is one step closer to voting on a plan designed to revitalize Kearney Street on the north side of town.

Tim Smith
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield’s deputy city manager says he’ll retire in December. Tim Smith joined the city in June 2014 after six years as Greene County administrator and over 20 total years with the county.

The city says Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to various departments, including Building Development, Public Works and Human Resources.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

A public meeting in Springfield tonight (8/24) will allow you to chime in on how Kearney Street, between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone, should look.

The City of Springfield will hold the meeting at Doling Park’s Northview Center from 5:30 to 7. 

Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson says they’re “hoping to spur a business renaissance on Kearney Street.”

PGAV Planners completed a Kearney Street Corridor Study in May.

Springfield Fire Department
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

A new grant could allow the Springfield Fire Department to expand service to the city by adding more personnel. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) grant worth $654,505 means another seven firefighters.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to bring members on board and to enhance the delivery of services to the city we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Fire Chief Chad Pennington said.

The grant funding is incumbent upon approval by the Springfield City Council, which will consider the measure at its September 5 meeting.

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