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The City of Springfield is looking for candidates for the Board of Public Utilities.  The board has two immediate vacancies and will have three more vacancies in December.

The 11-member board is made up of citizens and is appointed by the Springfield City Council to serve three-year terms.  According to the city, the board establishes policies on how best to serve customers and sets the long-term direction for the utility.

Applicants must meet a two-year residency requirement.  The board meets at 3 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Bob Stephens
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Two complaints alleging former Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens improperly used public funds and violated conflict of interest laws have been dismissed.

The Missouri Ethics Commission published separate notices on its website Monday saying it found “no reasonable grounds exist” to support the violations in question.

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Sales tax revenue for June is ten percent lower than the amount budgeted by the City of Springfield.  The June one percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue was $437,409 less than what had been anticipated. 

That check reflects sales processed by the state in May from transactions made primarily in April.  Year to date, revenues are down four percent or $2,008,317 compared to the budget.

Michele Skalicky

Update June 7:  Homeless individuals in Springfield continue seeking services at the Multi-Agency Resource Center set up this week at Kearney and Glenstone.  The MARC is being operated there in ahead of the removal of a homeless camp in the 2000 block of E. Kearney.

Tuesday—the second day the MARC was open--54 more people were served by 4 p.m. with 26 of those from the Kearney St. camp.  That brings the total number of people served to 110.

City of Springfield

Springfield’s new mayor, Ken McClure, was mostly positive as he gave his first State of the City address Thursday morning at Parkview High School. 

He acknowledged Springfield police officers as he said “they have our backs, and we have theirs as well.”  And he praised the work of the Springfield Fire Department.

According to McClure, public Safety will be City Council’s top priority over the next few months and years.

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