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Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Kansas City’s mayor has some new ideas for addressing his city’s mental health needs after a visit to Springfield on Friday.

Quinton Lucas toured Burrell Behavioral Crisis Center with Springfield Mayor Ken McClure.

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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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This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Springfield city clerk Anita Cotter, and Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for City of Springfield.

“If you have a passion, we probably have a board or commission for you,” Scott says.  The City currently has more than 25 standing boards and commissions, providing numerous opportunities for residents to get involved.

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Springfield City Council voted unanimously Monday night to amend city ordinance to remove requirements to wear face masks outdoors except for gatherings of more than 500 where people are less than six feet from one another. 

The decision comes after the CDC last week announced new guidelines that said it’s safe to unmask outdoors if you’re vaccinated.  The agency also declared it was safe for unvaccinated people to participate in outdoor, unmasked activities with members of one’s household or other fully vaccinated people. 

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This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Lisa Gateley, loan technician with the City of Springfield.

Today’s discussion explores the Hope Loan program for Springfield residents.  In conjunction with the City Development Block Grant, or CDGB, this program provides funds to qualified residents needing assistance to maintain or repair homes.

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Starting Wednesday (4/7), Brookside Drive, between Kings and Green Avenues in Springfield, will close for about seven months.  The city is working on the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project at that location, and the closure will allow for roadway and sanitary sewer construction.

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A major cleanup effort will get underway soon in Springfield.  Clean Green Springfield will be held during April and May.  The event will include cleanup and beautification opportunities, including neighborhood cleanups, roadside trash pickups, plantings, stream cleanups and more.

In May, the city will offer chances for residents to dispose of things like tires, mattresses, appliances and electronics at no charge.

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Springfield police are conducting a Crosswalk Yield Check at a crosswalk in the northern part of the city this week.

Springfield city officials said in a news release the officers will be monitoring a crosswalk for four hours each day at Atlantic and Campbell near Reed Middle School.

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In one week, more than 1500 people have reached out to area organizations seeking help paying their rent.  Six agencies are working with Greene County to administer Emergency Rental Assistance funds. They include Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Council of Churches of the Ozarks and The Salvation Army.

The City of Springfield is inviting its citizens to take a survey about the future of downtown.  It’s working with the community now to develop the Downtown Plan for the Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan.  According to the city, the Downtown Plan will “serve as an important guide for land use and development, community facilities, open space and transportation decision making within the downtown Springfield area.”

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Sequiota Park is a popular place for playing, relaxing, hiking and picnicking.  The Galloway Creek Greenway, which was designated in 2003 as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails, runs through it.  But the park's boundaries encompass only 12.7 acres.  That could soon change.

First Time Election Judge Shares Experience

Feb 1, 2021
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This week, host Linda Regan speaks Karen Cameron, IRS retiree and a new election judge in the recent General Election.

Today’s discussion explores her experiences with the process, particularly during the pandemic, and what it’s like being an election judge.

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Federal money recently granted to Greene County will be used to help those who are having trouble paying rent and utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county has received $8,765,982.70 as part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, according to a news release. The money is part of the second federal $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved by Congress in December.

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The City of Springfield wants to know what you would like to see included in the Renew Jordan Creek master plan.  An online public visioning survey is available through February 7 at renewjordancreek.com.

Jordan Creek, which flows through downtown Springfield, was channeled through a series of underground culverts beginning in the 1930s, according to city officials. 

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This week, host Erika Brame speaks with Jamie Willis, project coordinator with the Greene County Family Justice Center.

Today’s discussion explores local and national increase in domestic violence this year during the pandemic.  Willis talks about what has changed with COVID this year regarding operations.

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