Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield City Council will consider extending the current Road to Recovery phase on October 5.  The three-month extension would include the face covering ordinance.  Phase 3A is set to expire on October 11.

Council members heard from health leaders in Springfield at a meeting on Tuesday.

CoxHealth president and CEO, Steve Edwards, said there were 82 COVID-19 patients in the COVID unit at Cox South as of Tuesday.

Ozark Greenways

The City of Springfield is planning to redo a stretch of the Galloway Creek Greenway, and you have until Monday, September 14, to comment on the plans.

The section that will be reconstructed is along Lone Pine, between Barton St. and Republic Rd.

Joe Hamp is the project manager for the city.

"The trail in that area is in the top three of the highest used trail here in the city," he said.  "The asphalt on that trail was placed about 15 years ago, so it's in need of some repairs."

City of Springfield

A community-wide virtual kickoff and visioning workshop for the $26-million-dollar Grant Avenue Parkway Project in Springfield will be held Thursday night, September 3, from 6 to 7. 

The street improvement project "includes placemaking components such as roundabouts, elevated intersections, pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, enhanced landscaping and a wider trail that connects Wonders of Wildlife to downtown," said Tim Rosenbury, director of Quality of Place Initiatives for the City of Springfield.

Michele Skalicky

The City of Springfield is planning intersection and traffic calming improvements in the Cherry and Pickwick area.  And it’s asking for public feedback.

The planned improvements will be along Cherry Street from Fremont on the west to the railroad crossing on the east.  The project design includes what are called “bulb-outs”—extensions of the curbline into the roadway.  They are intended to narrow the street, which will force traffic to slow down, according to the city.  But they’ll also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and provide more greenspace.

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, told Springfield City Council at their meeting Monday night that he met with a city attorney that day to look at best practices in masking ordinances.  Public health staff are also compiling data, according to Goddard.  And they’re looking at ordinances that require masking in other cities.  Goddard said he also plans to meet this week with local infectious disease physicians to get their opinion on what is needed.

Greene County Public Officials Celebrate Flag Day

Jun 15, 2020
Todd Dearing / KSMU

Greene County public officials and members of the Sons of the American Revolution held a Flag Day ceremony on the lawn of the historic Greene County courthouse Monday morning. Commissioner Harold Bengsch was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his public service, which includes serving as Commissioner of the 1st District in Greene County and work with the Ozark Mountain chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  This year was the 104th National Flag Day, originally conceived by former President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, meant to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the orig

Michele Skalicky

A second public meeting Tuesday night, June 9, from 6 to 7 will focus on the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project near the Springfield Art Museum.

The City of Springfield says it will be a combined in-person and virtual event with limited capacity at the Springfield Art Museum auditorium.

You can view the session and submit questions via Facebook live on the city’s page or at springfieldmo.gov/SAMstormwater.  That's also where you can view details about the project.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation is considering a membership warehouse retail store in east Springfield, according to Springfield mayor, Ken McClure. 

A statement from the City of Springfield said Costco expects to hire at least 125 people for its Springfield store. 

Michele Skalicky

Tuesday night, May 19, the public will get the chance to view detailed plans for the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project near the Springfield Art Museum.

A virtual information session will be held Tuesday night from 5:30 to 6:30 via Facebook Live or via livestream on the City of Springfield’s website.  Those who join in will be able to learn more about the project and ask questions. 

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield City Council is expected to vote soon on a document that outlines what the next few weeks will look like as restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place and start to ease up.

Claire Kidwell

It could get easier to develop future tiny home communities, such as Eden Village, in Springfield.  City Council’s Plans and Policies Committee is working on developing standards that address the placement of tiny homes.

And, according to a news release, Eden Village and the City of Springfield have resolved the claims filed by the nonprofit organization last year related to development of property on W. Division.

Megan Burke / KSMU

The Greene County Clerk, Shane Schoeller, is reminding residents that although the date for the general municipal elections changed to June 2, the deadline for voters to register for the August Statewide Primary election remains the same.

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is July 8.  Registering and updating your information can be done on the Greene County Clerk’s website. You can also print the form off and mail it in to the clerk’s office.

Chloe O'Neill

In a building that’s 126 years old, modern technology will allow Springfield City Council to continue holding public meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.

From here on out, meetings will be held electronically to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The only person in Council Chambers at Historic City Hall during the April 6 meeting will be Mayor Ken McClure and an occasional staff member.  All other council members will be joining in via Zoom from the safety of their homes.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Scott Harvey / KSMU

To fight the spread of COVID-19, Greene County is implementing visitor restrictions to hospitals and health care facilities.

Children 12 and under, as well as anyone who is sick, will not be allowed in Greene County hospitals and health care facilities unless they are seeking care. That policy is now in effect, according to county officials.

Clay Goddard, Director of the Greene County Health Department, compares these restrictions to those taken during a tough flu season.

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