Springfield has named its next director of planning and development. Mary Lily Smith will take over the job January 26th.
Smith, who is currently Springfield’s economic director, has worked for the city for 32 years. She was principal planner in the Neighborhood Conservation Office and was responsible for the city’s Capital Improvements Program.
Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance.
The issue now goes back to City Council, likely at the Nov. 24 meeting, where City Council has three options: repeal the ordinance, send it to voters, or take no action. If no action is taken within 30 days of the petition being certified, City Charter dictates it automatically goes to the voters. If it goes to the voters, the amendment would be put on hold until the next general municipal election in April 2015.
Springfield City Council approved an ordinance allowing deer hunting with bows and arrows under limited circumstances at its meeting Monday night. The ordinance restricts hunting within the city limits to two-acre tracts. Hunting has to be done from an elevated position of ten feet, and hunters have to get permission from the property owner. They also are required to take an approved training course.