Local Government

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

Temporary jail facility
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday it finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

Springfield Fire Department
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

A new grant could allow the Springfield Fire Department to expand service to the city by adding more personnel. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) grant worth $654,505 means another seven firefighters.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to bring members on board and to enhance the delivery of services to the city we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Fire Chief Chad Pennington said.

The grant funding is incumbent upon approval by the Springfield City Council, which will consider the measure at its September 5 meeting.

Michele Skalicky

A monument, installed nearly 100 years ago and marking explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s journey in the 19th Century to the area that’s now Springfield, is now accessible to the public.  

When explorer, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, arrived at what is now Springfield in early January, 1818, the land was yet unspoiled.  He described prairie grass so tall that a man could ride a horse through it without being seen.

City of Springfield

A heads up to motorists:  getting through downtown Springfield could be tricky for a few days.  The City of Springfield says drivers in the area should expect road closures and traffic delays starting Thursday due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

According to city officials, barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday afternoon.

A parade, which starts Friday at 4:30, will impact traffic from Kansas Expressway and College to downtown.

Screenshot / Greene County Facebook Live

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office will once again accept municipal prisoners after the county and city of Springfield reached a jail agreement, ending a more than two-year impasse.

Presiding Commission Bob Cirtin made the announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon.

“The Greene County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office has reached an agreement with the city of Springfield to once again accept Springfield municipal prisoners and to help us manage the jail,” said Cirtin.

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