Local Government

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

Springfield snowplow
Hard Working Trucks

Springfield Public Works says salt supplies are full, vehicles have been inspected and its Street Operations division is ready for the impending winter season. Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey says crews have been preparing for the snow removal season since September, and have over 9,000 tons of salt on-hand. “The guys who run these plow trucks all winter are ready to handle whatever comes their way,” said Bailey. “We have a great bunch of guys who are willing to help our citizens and...

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Springfield City Council is being asked to consider two bills that would allow construction of two buildings to house a fraternity and sorority at the southeast corner of Madison and Jefferson. During its meeting last night, council heard about an ordinance that would rezone the area, part of a larger section of Springfield declared blighted in 1964, to allow for the development. Another ordinance would adopt the redevelopment plan for the area and allow for tax abatement. Because the area is...

Zone 2 map
City of Springfield

Springfield’s newest councilman is hosting a community meeting for Zone 2 constituents Wednesday night. Dr. Tom Prater was selected in September to fill the vacancy left by Justin Burnett. He’ll meet with Zone 2 neighbors to discuss what’s happening the area, Wednesday evening from 6-7:30 at Alice Pittman Elementary. The school is located at 2934 E. Bennett. Zone 2's boundaries are the Springfield city limits to the north, Sunshine Street to the south, National Avenue to the west and the city...

City of Springfield

Springfield City Council has passed the so-called “Uber Bill.” The substitute bill, approved 8-0 Monday (Jan Fisk recused herself), includes rules for both transportation network companies such as Uber and taxicabs. It leaves the responsibility for drivers, including background checks, to the companies who hire them. Councilman Ken McClure called the bill “a landmark piece of legislation.” And he believes the bill is fair to all. "It's fair, I believe, to the transportation network companies...

Hadley Paul Garland / Flickr

After hearing from citizens about looking into improvements in the city of Springfield’s trash and recycling collection services, a consulting firm has been hired to study the issue. Erick Roberts, superintendent of solid waste for the city, said those they heard from over the last couple of years wondered if there could be improvements and maybe expanded services. "Better access to curbside recycling, more efficient service, so less collection vehicles in their service areas. Neighborhood...

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