Local Government

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

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.

Barbara Lucks
City of Springfield

The head of the City of Springfield’s Sustainability Division has resigned.  Barbara Lucks, who has been with the city for 22 years and was its first sustainability officer, is leaving to work full time as a private consultant.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

You’ll have another chance to tell City of Springfield staff how revenue from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan should be spent.

Springfield’s Economic Development office will host a second public input meeting tomorrow night (9/8) from 5:30 to 7:30.  During the meeting, staff will discuss results of the Reverse-Angle Parking Pilot study and give an update on the status of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge structural evaluation.

The meeting will take place at White River Brewing Co., 505 W. Commercial Street.