Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

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.

City of Springfield

Springfield has a new city manager.  Jason Gage will take the reins August 1, replacing outgoing City Manager Greg Burris, who resigned.

Springfield City Council made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Gage was offered a one-year contract with a base salary of $220,000, according to city officials.

Gage has been the City Manager of Salina, Kansas for 13 years. Before that, he held the same position in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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A proposed Careless and Distracted Ordinance for Springfield has been referred to the city’s Plans and Policies Committee for further review.  City Councilman Matthew Simpson made the motion to do so.  He said, while he believes distracted driving is an issue for the city, he believes it’s “not prudent” to move forward with it.  He made that decision, he said, based on discussion by council members, feedback they’ve received and legal guidance.

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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The state of Missouri is hoping to create new jobs and revitalize communities by identifying new, so-called “Opportunity Zones.”

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development says a total of 161 “opportunity zones” will give incentives for private investors to bring their infrastructure, businesses, and housing projects to those zones. According to a press release from the City of Springfield, the goal of the program is to attract investors to areas that might not otherwise be considered.

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