Local Government

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

City of Springfield

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. 

Courtesy of Family Justice Center

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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Springfield Environmental Services is asking area residents to help them meet a recycling challenge.  The department wants to see 100 tons of paper recycled at the city’s drop off sites between November 15 and December 17.  And, so far, 51.5 tons of paper has been recycled.

More than 85 tons is collected per month, on average, at the city’s recycling centers.

Wrapping paper can be recycled as long as it doesn’t contain foil or glitter.  You can also recycle things like tissue paper, paper towel and toilet paper tubes and food boxes.

Courtesy of City of Springfield

This week, host Lisa Langley speaks with Tim Rosenbury, director of the Quality of Place Initiative with the City of Springfield.

Today’s discussion talks about the concept of “place making” with a focus on the proposed Grant Avenue Parkway project.

City of Springfield

The 2020 real estate tax statements are now available online for Greene County residents.  And the Greene County collector, Leah Betts, says paper statements will be mailed this month.

You can find the 2020 real estate tax statements at countycollector.com.  Payments are due by December 31.  You can make payment online, by mail or in person at the Greene County Courthouse, 940 N. Boonville.

KSMU

The City of Springfield wants to know what its residents think about the future of Commercial Street and the Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan.

Chloe O'Neill

Update:   Last night’s Listening Session that was to be hosted by the City of Springfield was canceled due to low response.  There were only two people signed up to speak.

Two more sessions are planned for November 9th and 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. at Drury’s Wilhoit Theatre.  Those sessions will be livestreamed on Facebook and on the City of Springfield’s website.

According to city officials, the listening sessions are being held so citizens have a chance to address City Council on the topics of crime, race relations and race relations and policing.

Downtown Springfield Association

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, which kicks off Springfield’s Festival of Lights every year will still be held during the pandemic, but it will look a lot different.

At a press conference Wednesday, city spokeswoman, Cora Scott, said the city will team up with the newly formed Ozarks Performing Arts League this year to put on the event November 21 at 7 p.m.  Instead of inviting the public downtown to see the lighting ceremony, the city will broadcast the event on KY-3.

Michele Skalicky

Springfield’s face covering requirement is now in place through January 9th.  Springfield City Council voted to extend the mandate for anyone over age 11 at its meeting Monday night.  There are some exemptions to the rule.  City Council initially approved a mask ordinance in July.

KSMU

If you would like to run for seats on Springfield City Council, you’ll be able to download informational packets starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, October 1.

Seats up for re-election next April include Mayor, Zone1, Zone 4, General Seat A and General Seat B.

Petitions are also available as of 8 Thursday morning, and you’ll be able to attend a virtual information session with the Springfield city clerk.  Petitions must be turned into the city clerk’s office between December 7 and January 19.

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.

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