Phyllis Ferguson

Courtesy of Phyllis Ferguson/North Side Advocate and former City Councilwoman

This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Phyllis Ferguson, North Side Advocate and former Zone One City Councilwoman.

“I like to call them ‘problem’ properties rather than nuisance.  A nuisance is something we learn to live with, a problem is something with a solution,” explains Ferguson.

Today’s discussion explores measures the City is taking to address these properties, and what neighborhood residents can do to be a part of the solution.

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Springfield’s 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches its way through downtown on March 16th.

The celebration will kick off at 12:30, beginning with the Irish Pet Contest.

The parade will begin at 2:00 pm starting on the corners of Benton Ave and Commercial Street, and will come to an end at the Patton Alley Pub on South and Elm.  

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Grants announced this week will provide jobs in the environmental field and clean up contaminated areas in Springfield. 

 

 

At a news conference Wednesday, Olivia Hough, Springfield’s Brownfields coordinator, announced the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a three-year grant to the city to assess brownfields.

 

 

According to Hough, brownfields are potentially contaminated properties that must be assessed and remediated before they can be developed.

 

 

 

Randy Scritchfield
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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’s Zone 1 candidates shared their vision for the city’s north side Thursday while offering opinions ranging from repercussions for the police chief to the future of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. 

Incumbent Phyllis Ferguson and challenger Thomas Quinn took questions for an hour Thursday before some 50 attendees at the Library Station. The forum was arranged by the Springfield News-Leader, which began the event with a series of questions before lending way to citizen queries.

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City of Springfield Zone 1 Council Person Phyllis Ferguson has a long history of community involvement. Even before her appointment to City Council in April 2015, Ferguson had a reputation as a tireless advocate for the 40,000 residents of Springfield’s northwest quadrant.

“I think people have to understand, there are very deep roots in northwest Springfield.  We have really wonderful homes there, we have great parks and strong neighborhoods.  We don’t have a lot of traffic, and I think those are assets people forget,” she said.

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No longer will use of public transportation for hours be the best way some Springfield citizens access job placement services.

City officials on Monday formally unveiled its new job center location inside Cox North. The 1,900 square foot space solves an issue of access, according to Springfield Workforce Development Director Mary Ann Rojas.

“Individuals that required public transportation to get to our facility on Sunshine Avenue had to take up to two hours to get there using public transportation,” she said.

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  Community members from each of Springfield’s Zone 1 neighborhoods had the opportunity to hear about various project ideas to improve the northwest quadrant at the Zone 1 Connect event on Saturday morning. However, it was also an opportunity to ask questions, share more ideas, consult maps, make priorities and scribble down notes.

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Phyllis Ferguson has been chosen to serve on the Zone 1 seat for Springfield City Council. The decision came following a special council meeting Tuesday in which Ferguson, along with four other applicants, were interviewed.

Ferguson, a Springfield resident for 38 years, is the CEO and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. She had previously worked for Mercy and Heer’s department store.