Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

Greene County voters who need to request an absentee ballot for the August 7 election by mail will need to do so by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 1. 

Those eligible to vote absentee are those who will be out of town on election day and those who are homebound.

Requests may be handwritten or printed—a fillable form is available here—and signed by the voter.

Michele Skalicky

An independent, outside audit of Greene County showed positive results from 2017.   Andrew Marmouget, CPA and shareholder with KPM, shared the audit’s results during a public meeting Monday at the Greene County Public Safety Center.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Due to budget constraints, in 2012 Greene County changed the area to which it responded to nuisance animal calls.  But after citizens approved a ½ of one percent sales tax in November 2017, animal control services were restored Sunday to the unincorporated urban service areas of the county.

According to county officials, around $200,000 a year will be used to fund one full-time and one part-time animal control officer and equipment. 

Michele Skalicky

The public will start to see tangible signs of work to expand the Greene County Jail starting Monday morning.  Buildings in the 900 block of N. Boonville (909 to 921) will be demolished to make way for the new jail addition, which will be located across the street from the current one.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch said there’s a lot that goes into planning a jail expansion, and that phase could extend into 2019.

Michele Skalicky

Sequiota Park, off Lone Pine Ave. in southeast Springfield, is a popular place to walk, bike or just hang out.  But in the summer, algae blooms on the lake can make the experience not-so-pleasant.

"The unsightliness of the algae just really detracts from what would otherwise be just a nice scenic view of some nice clear water," said assistant director of Springfield-Greene County Parks, Miles Park.

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