Springfield City Council

Covering policy decisions, issues from Springfield City Council.

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It’s now illegal to tether a dog in the City of Springfield for long periods of time.  City Council members unanimously passed an amendment last night to Springfield city code on the recommendation of the Animal Issues Task Force.

The task force says fixed-point tethering of dogs can lead to animal aggression and can threaten the health and safety of the animals.

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The five Springfield City Council members who sent a letter to Mayor Bob Stephens Friday asking for an independent hearing into whether or not councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky is eligible to serve have released a statement.

Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure, councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson, councilman Craig Fishel, councilwoman Jan Fisk and councilman Mike Schilling say they took action “as soon as we became aware of the matter.  We were concerned by the fact that this problem has been ongoing for approximately seven years.”

A Primer on Springfield's Hotel-Motel Tax Allocations

Oct 14, 2015
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Springfield’s City Council last month approved $142,500 in total allocations to both the Springfield History Museum on the Square and Discovery Center. It is the third year that funds have been distributed using hotel- motel tax collections originally designated for another program.

Leslie Forrester is the executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. She chairs the Hotel-Motel Tax Reallocation Committee.

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Springfield will see more officers on the city’s streets.  Springfield City Council has given its approval to a bill accepting a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.  The COPS Hiring Program Grant will provide 75 percent of the funding and benefits for 11 full-time officers for three years, according to Springfield police chief, Paul Williams.  The city must match 25 percent.

He said the grant will eventually bring the total of officers in the city up to 352.

Changes to Springfield’s vicious dog ordinance have been approved by Springfield City Council.  Members voted unanimously Monday night for the changes.

Dogs deemed a nuisance must now be micro-chipped, have up-to-date rabies vaccinations, be spayed or neutered and be registered with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department at a cost of $50 per year.