Local Government

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

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.


Information packets are now available for anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council on the April 4, 2017 municipal election ballot.

You can pick up packets and petitions for signatures from the city clerk’s office on the fourth floor of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.  You can download them here, but petitions must be picked up in person.

Dr. Thomas Prater
Drury Board of Governors / Drury University

Springfield City Council has chosen a new Zone 2 City Council representative, replacing Justin Burnett who resigned after moving out of that area.

Dr. Thomas Prater was selected from eight candidates at a special City Council meeting today.  Prater, who was born in Springfield, is an eye surgeon with Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center and has lived in Zone 2 for nine years.

He’ll serve on council until the certification of the April 4, 2017 election. The winner of that election will serve the remainder of the unexpired Zone 2 term through April 2019.

City of Springfield

A resolution passed by Springfield City Council asks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to address “potential deficiencies” in its proposed rule regarding pay day and car title loans.

Members of Southwest Missouri Faith Voices talked to council Monday night about the problems they say high interest loans cause people already living in poverty.

Busch Municipal Building
City of Springfield

Eight people have applied for the Zone 2 City Council seat left vacant after Justin Burnett resigned this month.  The filing deadline was last Friday.