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Springfield citizens will, on average, pay around five percent more for utilities beginning next summer.

City Council last month approved rate increases for sewer, water and gas.

These increases will ultimately cost around $1.50 more a month, which officials say will help pay for mandated upgrades to the sewer system. According to Steve Meyer, the city’s director of Environmental Services, the increase is lower than what was previously being considered.

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A dedication and ribbon-cutting marked the completion of Springfield’s new Transit Center.  The $4.4 million facility was paid for in part with $3.6 million in federal funds.  It replaces a crowded bus transfer station that was built in 1984.

CU general manager, Scott Miller, said it will add to the improvements being made downtown.

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As the fallout continues from the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, local officials say it is unlikely that a similar situation will occur here.

Joel Alexander is the communications manager at Springfield City Utilities. 

“Lead specifically, we are required by regulations to check for that at least every three years and we’ve had no indicators that show that we have an issue similar to what’s going on in Flint Michigan”.

The utility takes between six to eight thousand samples of water annually, he says.

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City Utilities has entered into a contract to purchase 200 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from Duke Energy Renewables. The Frontier Windpower Project is a 200 MW wind farm that will be

located in Kay County, Oklahoma.

According to CU, through a standard purchased power agreement, similar to the CU Solar Farm, CU will purchase all wind energy produced from the Frontier site. The 22-year agreement is expected to produce enough energy to supply power to around 60,000 homes.

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A major cleanup is underway on a contaminated site in downtown Springfield that served as the source of the city's fuel long ago.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The former home of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, at Water and Main in Springfield has come down.  Large equipment was on site this week to pull the beige brick building, which also used to house a meter center, apart. Soon, a massive tent will be placed over the entire lot so the land can be cleaned up.  The property is owned by City Utilities of Springfield.