Greg Burris

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The January homeless count found that more than one-third of individuals surveyed locally were unsheltered the previous night. Even with shelter, the number of Springfield families living in poverty is climbing. In the first of a three-part series, KSMU’s Julie Greene examines how officials are trying to make sense of the issue, and the challenge to get them help, even when some are resistant to it.  

City of Springfield

Officials from Springfield and Greene County examined various sales tax and fee options Tuesday as a potential solution to address stormwater funding shortages. 

The topic of the council’s weekly lunch meeting came on the heels of a December report by the Joint City-County Planning Task Force that said stormwater is one of three major issues facing both entities that require immediate action.

The Challenge

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has called for a criminal probe to determine if any misconduct occurred at its Southwest Treatment Plant.

The request comes after review of the facts from a just concluded personnel investigation within the Environmental Services Department.

City Hall
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For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and this segment of our Sense of Community Series looks at the boom of Baby Boomer retirements and its effect on the City of Springfield. 

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield has named Tim Smith as its new deputy city manager. He’ll report to City Manager Greg Burris.

Smith has served as Greene County administrator since 2008, and has been with the county since 1992. In a news release, the city says Smith scaled back to part-time hours and half pay last year in an effort to help the county deal with a budget shortfall.

Smith replaces Gen. Fred Marty, who died last November after a short battle with cancer. Marty had resigned from the position shortly before his death.