Local Government

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

Greene County

Lisa Langley talks with Greene County presiding commissioner, Bob Cirtin, about what the county's responsibilities are and what he learned on his recent listening tour, among other things.

Some concerns that were shared by many in the county are the criminal justice system and crime, according to Cirtin, and the lack of animal control in the county.  Another concern, he says, is property that's not taken care of.

KSMU Archives

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is awaiting a reply from the city of Springfield after filing suit against them last month on its indecent exposure ordinance. Since then, there’s been much talk about the suit, and controversy has emerged within the city council. We wrote about how the ordinance was being interpreted last month. Now, here’s a briefing on the lawsuit itself.

City of Springfield

The five Springfield City Council members who sent a letter to Mayor Bob Stephens Friday asking for an independent hearing into whether or not councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky is eligible to serve have released a statement.

Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure, councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson, councilman Craig Fishel, councilwoman Jan Fisk and councilman Mike Schilling say they took action “as soon as we became aware of the matter.  We were concerned by the fact that this problem has been ongoing for approximately seven years.”

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Springfield’s City Council last month approved $142,500 in total allocations to both the Springfield History Museum on the Square and Discovery Center. It is the third year that funds have been distributed using hotel- motel tax collections originally designated for another program.

Leslie Forrester is the executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. She chairs the Hotel-Motel Tax Reallocation Committee.

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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Springfield a bronze Walk Friendly Community, according to a news release from the city.  The designation was granted, it says, for its walkability initiatives and programs.

Walk Friendly Communities is a national program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.  It’s a project of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Division.