Local Government

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

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield will celebrate completed improvements to its Yardwaste Recycling Center today.  The facility west of the city is Springfield’s primary drop-off site for residential and commercial yard waste and brush.

Trash Collection
Trash and Recycling Collection Study / Burns & McDonnell

An analysis of Springfield’s trash and recycling collection services finds that residents could pay less per month with a fully optimized collection system, and the study’s author has recommended three options for doing so.

More than 10 licensed haulers are providing residential refuse collection services within the city. Springfield has a free market system for curbside trash and recycling pickup.

City of Springfiefld

Ken McClure is officially Springfield mayor, having been sworn in shortly after noon Tuesday. It came a week after defeating fellow councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky.

The two shared a hug after McClure took the oath of office, and before he took his seat at the dais. Then, making his first statement as mayor, McClure said council is poised to move the city in the right direction and in the right way.

Ken McClure
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Ken McClure says he’s looking forward to working with his fellow council members and their collective constituents after winning the race for Springfield mayor Tuesday.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday, McClure held a 35 point lead over his opponent, Kristi Fulnecky. The two general seat incumbents both came to City Council in 2015. McClure says the first thing he’ll be focusing on as mayor is filling the vacancy created by his victory.

KSMU archives

Springfield citizens are invited to an informational open house tonight concerning the widening of Republic Road.

This is the third phase of the project, which extends the road to five lanes from just west of Parkcrest Avenue to Fairview Avenue. It will include the addition of bike lanes, sidewalks, stormwater infrastructure, gas and water utility renewals, and a new traffic signal at Broadway Avenue and Republic Road.

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