Local Government

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

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Less than four days remain to offer your feedback on the proposed list of new roadway projects in Springfield.

The survey, which will determine the next cycles of the ¼-cent and 1-8-cent sales tax programs, closes Aug. 31. Voters would still need to approve the renewal options on the April ballot for the projects to take place.

Cora Scott / City of Springfield

A retired Springfield police officer who was seriously injured on the job was greeted with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations Monday.

Aaron Pearson was honored for three-years of service and commended for his recovery following the events of late January, where he sustained career ending injuries while investigating suspicious activity.

Council member Justin Burnett described Officer Pearson’s recovery as miraculous and an example of “divine intervention” and “skilled medical care”. 


Several Springfield citizens told City Council last night why they support or oppose proposed changes to the city’s indecent exposure ordinance.

The changes, proposed by councilman Justin Burnett would expand the area of the breast that women can’t show in public. The current ordinance requires women to cover their nipples and areolas in public.  Burnett is requesting stricter language that requires women to cover their breasts from the top of the areola down.

City of Springfield

A bill, sponsored by Springfield City Councilman Justin Burnett, would change the city’s indecent exposure ordinance. It will go before council for a first reading tonight, and citizens will have the chance to comment on it. In response to the “Free the Nipple” rallies recently on Park Central Square, Burnett proposes expanding the area of the breast that women can’t show in public.

Jefferson Ave
City of Springfield

Construction has begun on phase II of the Jefferson Avenue streetscape project in downtown Springfield.  The project continues the streetscape improvements already completed downtown, including the construction of ADA-compliant sidewalks, lighting enhancements and signal reconstruction on Jefferson from Park Central East to Water Street and on Olive from Robberson to Jefferson, according to Springfield city officials.