Local Government

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

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz initiative is moving full steam ahead after an event at Nichols Park to kick it off.  Community Listen Zone Blitz is an effort to improve the quality of life in northwest Springfield.

Priority projects were identified during a three-week listening tour in Zone 1 neighborhoods. 

Zone 1 council member, Phyllis Ferguson, said her part of town has problems and they’re problems that have been around for too long.

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An attorney hired by the City of Springfield to investigate City Council member Kristi Fulnecky’s eligibility to run for and hold office has issued his report.

The city of Springfield has declined a Greene County Commission proposal to pay $1 million a year for a temporary jail facility.   

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Springfield City Council has denied a request for a conditional use permit for a house on the northwest corner of National and Sunshine.  Zoning would have remained unchanged.

Kathy Penrod of Illinois was behind an effort to turn the property into Grandpa’s Hospitality House—a place to stay for people with loved ones at nearby Mercy Hospital.

Council members voted unanimously to deny the permit, citing safety concerns.

Councilman Ken McClure said traffic is too heavy there for a bed and breakfast facility. 

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The three-day Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is set for August 12-14 in Springfield.  Events Friday include a Motorcycle Village, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Parade and performances by Tripwire, Sequel Dose, Anthony Gomes, the Baldknobbers and Machine Gun Symphony.  An ice cream social will be hosted by actor, Barry Williams. A concert at the Gillioz will feature Asleep at the Wheel with Rhonda Vincent &the Rage, and a drive-in movie will feature The Little Rascals. 

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