Springfield City Council

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Twelve people spoke before Springfield City Council Monday night about proposed changes to the tobacco ordinance, and all were in favor of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the city to 21.

One of those was Steve Edwards, president of CoxHealth, and, while he could have shared statistics to convince council members to vote yes on what’s being called the “Tobacco 21 Act,” he told a personal story.

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A debate between two candidates for a contested Springfield City Council seat will take place Tuesday night, March 19, at 7:00 at Drury University’s Findlay Student Center in Springfield.

According to organizers, sitting Zone 3 Councilman Mike Schilling will debate challenger Noah Snelson Tuesday evening.

The debate is hosted by Drury and Ozarks Independent.

Audience members will have a chance to ask questions.   This is the first of two City Council candidate debates to take place at Drury ahead of the April 2 election.

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield City Council began discussion of proposed changes of the city’s zoning ordinance Tuesday to address medical marijuana.  Missouri voters last November approved Amendment 2, which allows regulated use, including the cultivation, testing, manufacturing and sale.

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield City Council has voted to waive the incident report fees for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  The bill members decided Monday night amends the fee schedules for certain unicipal services in Springfield city code.

Before the vote, councilman, Matthew Simpson, explained why he planned to vote for the bill.

Former Springfield City Councilman to be Honored

Dec 18, 2018

The City of Springfield is honoring a former councilman for his public service and commitment to equality.  According to a release from the city, Mayor Ken McClure will host a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, December 21, to honor Denny Whayne, the first African-American elected to Springfield City Council since its current form of government was adopted in 1953.  Whayne served as the Zone 1 representative for two four-year terms.