Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

Greene County employees are playing a game and saving money in the process.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky tells us about a business model the county has adopted.

Each Tuesday, Greene County employees gather for what they call a huddle session.  There’s a presentation and usually information about finances during the 30 minute meeting.  This particular week, Becky Borthwick, associate circuit judge, talked about a typical day in her courtroom.

David Pennington
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

David Pennington has be tapped as Springfield’s interim fire chief. He temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department last month to take a position with Missouri State University.

Scott Harvey

Springfield City Council has taken steps towards deciding what to do about the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.  During a workshop Tuesday night they looked at five options, presented by Spencer Jones, an engineer with Great River Engineering:

A.) Do Nothing.  Demolition of the bridge is estimated to cost $410,000

B.) Minimal Rehab with Future Replacement.  The option includes a minimal rehab today with a replacement structure in 2029.  Initial cost would be $2.3 million with a cumulative cost of $10.9 million

Jason Bacon

A measure that would have stricken the part of Springfield City Code Chapter 18 prohibiting pit bulls will get further study.

The bill was scheduled to be voted on at last night’s Springfield City Council meeting.  But Zone One council member, Phyllis Ferguson, made a motion to refer it to the Plans and Policies Committee.  She said residents in her part of the city didn’t have adequate opportunity to comment on it.

"Which causes me some heartburn to vote tonight," she said.

Cindy Funk / Flickr

Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter has certified 13 applicants for the City Council election on April 4. 

Five City Council Seats and the office of Mayor are up for grabs. Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater, who was appointed last September after Justin Burnett resigned, must run for his seat.  He faces one opponent:  Helen Gunther.

Current council members Ken McClure and Kristi Fulnecky are running for mayor.

There are three candidate for General Seat A:  incumbent Jan Fisk will face Jesse Coulter and Allan Kemper.

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