Local Government

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

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Springfield City Council could vote in just under two weeks on a prescription drug monitoring program for the city.  A public hearing last night brought those for and against a PDMP before council.

Katie Towns, assistant director of health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said implementing a program locally would help in the fight against opioid addiction.

Brigitte Marrs
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Brigitte Marrs has been named executive director for the Mayor’s Commission for Children. The Springfield organization, formerly Every Kid Counts, aims to act as a catalyst to mobilize and education the community on the health and well-being of local youth. It also provides reporting on this topic.

Marrs has served on the commission since 2013. She replaces Denise Bredfeldt, who plans to retire.

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The City of Springfield is looking for candidates for the Board of Public Utilities.  The board has two immediate vacancies and will have three more vacancies in December.

The 11-member board is made up of citizens and is appointed by the Springfield City Council to serve three-year terms.  According to the city, the board establishes policies on how best to serve customers and sets the long-term direction for the utility.

Applicants must meet a two-year residency requirement.  The board meets at 3 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Bob Stephens
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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.

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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.

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