Local Government

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

The city of Springfield has declined a Greene County Commission proposal to pay $1 million a year for a temporary jail facility.   

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Springfield City Council has denied a request for a conditional use permit for a house on the northwest corner of National and Sunshine.  Zoning would have remained unchanged.

Kathy Penrod of Illinois was behind an effort to turn the property into Grandpa’s Hospitality House—a place to stay for people with loved ones at nearby Mercy Hospital.

Council members voted unanimously to deny the permit, citing safety concerns.

Councilman Ken McClure said traffic is too heavy there for a bed and breakfast facility. 

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The three-day Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is set for August 12-14 in Springfield.  Events Friday include a Motorcycle Village, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Parade and performances by Tripwire, Sequel Dose, Anthony Gomes, the Baldknobbers and Machine Gun Symphony.  An ice cream social will be hosted by actor, Barry Williams. A concert at the Gillioz will feature Asleep at the Wheel with Rhonda Vincent &the Rage, and a drive-in movie will feature The Little Rascals. 

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Springfield has hired Frank Romines as its new city attorney. Romines currently serves as senior corporate counsel for Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. He’ll begin his role with the city on July 13.

According to a news release from the city, Romines began his career as an associate attorney in Husch & Eppenberger, LLC’s Springfield office. He has also worked for Shughart, Thomson and Kilroy, P.C. as an associate attorney and Leggett & Platt, Inc., where he served as assistant general counsel.

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The Greene County Commission has answered the City of Springfield’s questions regarding the proposed temporary jail.  The city is being asked to contribute $1 million for three years toward the facility.

The commission said in a letter the jail issue can’t be worked out until city officials drop their lawsuit against the county.

One question the city asked was “What assurances will the Greene County Commission offer to the Springfield City Council that any written agreement signed by the County Commission can and will be honored by the Greene County Sheriff?”

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