Local Government

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

Bob Stephens
KSMU archives

Two complaints alleging former Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens improperly used public funds and violated conflict of interest laws have been dismissed.

The Missouri Ethics Commission published separate notices on its website Monday saying it found “no reasonable grounds exist” to support the violations in question.

St. Joseph County / Quote_Parking Lot Services

The city of Springfield is voluntarily refraining from using coal tar based sealants (CTBS) at its facilities after studies suggest they can be harmful to streams and aquatic life.

The City Council’s Community Involvement Committee met on Tuesday to discuss an alternative method of the compound. The CTBS contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a group of chemicals that can be found in products made from fossil fuels.

401(K) 2012 / Flickr

Sales tax revenue for June is ten percent lower than the amount budgeted by the City of Springfield.  The June one percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue was $437,409 less than what had been anticipated. 

That check reflects sales processed by the state in May from transactions made primarily in April.  Year to date, revenues are down four percent or $2,008,317 compared to the budget.

healthline.com

An ordinance to implement a prescription drug monitoring program in Springfield will go to the full city council for a vote after a council committee--the Community Involvement Committee—unanimously agreed Tuesday to take that action.

Before the vote, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Springfield’s Healthy Living Alliance recommended moving forward with the ordinance.

Springfield is planning to join a largely state-wide effort to receive a federal grant to implement a PDMP.  The grant would cover the cost of a program for the first two years.

Michele Skalicky

Update June 7:  Homeless individuals in Springfield continue seeking services at the Multi-Agency Resource Center set up this week at Kearney and Glenstone.  The MARC is being operated there in ahead of the removal of a homeless camp in the 2000 block of E. Kearney.

Tuesday—the second day the MARC was open--54 more people were served by 4 p.m. with 26 of those from the Kearney St. camp.  That brings the total number of people served to 110.

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