Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Springfield snowplow
Hard Working Trucks

Springfield Public Works says salt supplies are full, vehicles have been inspected and its Street Operations division is ready for the impending winter season. Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey says crews have been preparing for the snow removal season since September, and have over 9,000 tons of salt on-hand. “The guys who run these plow trucks all winter are ready to handle whatever comes their way,” said Bailey. “We have a great bunch of guys who are willing to help our citizens and...

Zone 2 map
City of Springfield

Springfield’s newest councilman is hosting a community meeting for Zone 2 constituents Wednesday night. Dr. Tom Prater was selected in September to fill the vacancy left by Justin Burnett. He’ll meet with Zone 2 neighbors to discuss what’s happening the area, Wednesday evening from 6-7:30 at Alice Pittman Elementary. The school is located at 2934 E. Bennett. Zone 2's boundaries are the Springfield city limits to the north, Sunshine Street to the south, National Avenue to the west and the city...

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After hearing from citizens about looking into improvements in the city of Springfield’s trash and recycling collection services, a consulting firm has been hired to study the issue. Erick Roberts, superintendent of solid waste for the city, said those they heard from over the last couple of years wondered if there could be improvements and maybe expanded services. "Better access to curbside recycling, more efficient service, so less collection vehicles in their service areas. Neighborhood...

South Creek Restoration Project
Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The South Creek Restoration Project is complete. And the City of Springfield held a ribbon cutting at Sunset and Grant today to celebrate. The project’s purpose is to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life, according to a news release from the city. It involved removing the concrete channel and restoring the creek to a more natural condition in the one-mile section of South Creek along Sunset between Campbell and Kansas Expressway. Natural stream features such as logs and rocks...

Officials with Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield have signed a letter of intent to merge the two, making CMH a part of Cox. The announcement came in a joint press release Friday morning. It describes a due diligence period during which both entities will explore the details of one another’s business practices before reaching a final agreement. That could come as soon as mid-2017. “After a great deal of consideration, we feel that forming a partnership with...

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