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Local Government
12:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Springfield Names New Planning and Development Director

Mary Lily Smith, City of Springfield
Credit springfieldregion.com

Springfield has named its next director of planning and development.  Mary Lily Smith will take over the job January 26th. 

Smith, who is currently Springfield’s economic director, has worked for the city for 32 years.   She was principal planner in the Neighborhood Conservation Office and was responsible for the city’s Capital Improvements Program.

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Eye on the Community
3:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Mayor Stephens to Citizens: Continue Displaying Examples of Civility

Mayor Bob Stephens speaking at a State of the City address.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is calling for continued civility amid a pending grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Citing recent events like last weekend’s March for Peace as examples, Stephens says encouraged citizens to “stay the course” with regard to civil discussions and dialogue about sensitive topics.

“We have many good examples of healthy public dialogue and peaceful demonstrations that have shone a light on Springfield’s commitment to civility,” Stephens said in a statement.

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City Government
6:11 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Referendum Petition Certified

Historic Springfield City Hall
Credit springfieldmo.gov

The Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the October 13th decision to amend the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Eye on the Community
5:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

City Clerk Certifies Referendum Petition

Credit KSMU Archives

Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

The issue now goes back to City Council, likely at the Nov. 24 meeting, where City Council has three options: repeal the ordinance, send it to voters, or take no action. If no action is taken within 30 days of the petition being certified, City Charter dictates it automatically goes to the voters. If it goes to the voters, the amendment would be put on hold until the next general municipal election in April 2015.

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Eye on the Community
7:14 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Deer Hunting Ordinance for Springfield Approved

White-Tail Deer
Credit Colby Stopa / Flickr

Springfield City Council approved an ordinance allowing deer hunting with bows and arrows under limited circumstances at its meeting Monday night.  The ordinance restricts hunting within the city limits to two-acre tracts. Hunting has to be done from an elevated position of ten feet, and hunters have to get permission from the property owner. They also are required to take an approved training course.

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