Springfield City Council

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Richard Ollis
Ollis/Akers/Arney website

The Springfield City Council Tuesday chose Richard Ollis, an insurance company CEO, to fill the General Seat D post.

The seat became vacant after the April election of councilmen Ken McClure as mayor.

Ollis, 56, is the CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, where he serves a risk and insurance advisor. The company, according to its website, is Springfield’s largest independent insurance agency.

Ollis was chosen among five other candidates that council had interviewed for the post. 

Scott Harvey

Springfield City Council has taken steps towards deciding what to do about the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.  During a workshop Tuesday night they looked at five options, presented by Spencer Jones, an engineer with Great River Engineering:

A.) Do Nothing.  Demolition of the bridge is estimated to cost $410,000

B.) Minimal Rehab with Future Replacement.  The option includes a minimal rehab today with a replacement structure in 2029.  Initial cost would be $2.3 million with a cumulative cost of $10.9 million

Jason Bacon

A measure that would have stricken the part of Springfield City Code Chapter 18 prohibiting pit bulls will get further study.

The bill was scheduled to be voted on at last night’s Springfield City Council meeting.  But Zone One council member, Phyllis Ferguson, made a motion to refer it to the Plans and Policies Committee.  She said residents in her part of the city didn’t have adequate opportunity to comment on it.

"Which causes me some heartburn to vote tonight," she said.

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Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter has certified 13 applicants for the City Council election on April 4. 

Five City Council Seats and the office of Mayor are up for grabs. Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater, who was appointed last September after Justin Burnett resigned, must run for his seat.  He faces one opponent:  Helen Gunther.

Current council members Ken McClure and Kristi Fulnecky are running for mayor.

There are three candidate for General Seat A:  incumbent Jan Fisk will face Jesse Coulter and Allan Kemper.

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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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