Springfield City Council

Covering policy decisions, issues from Springfield City Council.

Springfield will soon have nowhere to house those arrested on municipal charges but who haven’t yet been sentenced.

The city has been housing up to 40 municipal prisoners a day at the Vernon County Jail, but that county’s sheriff decided he wanted to cancel an agreement that went into effect two years ago.

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams told Springfield City Council this week they renegotiated the agreement, and they’ll be able to send up to 10 sentenced prisoners a day to Vernon County as of November 1 at a cost of $45 each per day.

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Springfield City Council has voted to appoint a hearing examiner, Kenneth Thompson, to look into allegations of ethics violations by councilwoman and mayor pro tem, Jan Fisk.

Fisk requested the appointment and said she hopes “it will resolve any remaining issue.”

The complaint by Linda Simkins said Fisk Limousines, owned by Fisk and her husband, was the low bidder for two city contracts after Fisk was elected.  And it states that Fisk Limos is involved with charter bus services for the city.

Springfield City Council will consider the appointment of a hearing examiner after a citizen filed an ethics complaint against councilwoman, Jan Fisk.

The city’s legal department recused itself from the investigation, and City Council hired outside counsel, St. Louis attorney, Kevin O’Keefe.  After studying the matter, O’Keefe said he does not “believe the matters asserted in the July 2 and August 5 complaints rise to the level necessary to support referral to a hearing examiner.”

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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.