Springfield City Council

Covering policy decisions, issues from Springfield City Council.

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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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Springfield City Council is being asked to consider two bills that would allow construction of two buildings to house a fraternity and sorority at the southeast corner of Madison and Jefferson.

During its meeting last night, council heard about an ordinance that would rezone the area, part of a larger section of Springfield declared blighted in 1964, to allow for the development.  Another ordinance would adopt the redevelopment plan for the area and allow for tax abatement.

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Springfield City Council has passed the so-called “Uber Bill.”  The substitute bill, approved 8-0 Monday (Jan Fisk recused herself), includes rules for both transportation network companies such as Uber and taxicabs.  It leaves the responsibility for drivers, including background checks, to the companies who hire them.

Councilman Ken McClure called the bill “a landmark piece of legislation.”  And he believes the bill is fair to all.


Information packets are now available for anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council on the April 4, 2017 municipal election ballot.

You can pick up packets and petitions for signatures from the city clerk’s office on the fourth floor of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.  You can download them here, but petitions must be picked up in person.