Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

A city-wide sidewalk assessment and inventory is underway in Springfield.  It’s being conducted by Tempe, Arizona-based IMS Infrastructure Management Services LLC.  They’re using a specialized sidewalk surface tester, which looks similar to an all-terrain vehicle—to collect a detailed inventory and condition rating of all sidewalks in Springfield.

According to the city, an IMS field technician will travel at low speeds along sidewalks, occasionally stopping to take photographs or record additional data, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Pit Bull ban
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield’s ordinance that establishes a future ban on pit bull dogs within the city limits could be overturned or sent to a public vote after the certification of a referendum petition.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris is stepping down from the position effective June 30 to take a new role with the city.

Burris said in a statement Tuesday morning that “It feels like the right time to step aside and let someone else take our community to the next level.”

According to a news release, he’s likely to transition to executive director for the new Give 5 Program, which is designed to make Springfield-Greene County a top destination for retirees to engage in meaningful volunteerism.

Megan Burke, / KSMU

Greene County officials can move forward with plans for a jail expansion and/or renovation.  Preliminary results show 60 percent of voters who cast ballots Tuesday said yes to a ½ cent sales tax for general revenue.    Extra tax revenue will support treatment courts and community mental health initiatives in hopes of decreasing the influx of prisoners.