Local Government

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

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Springfield’s director of Building Development Services will ask City Council to approve “long overdue” changes to the city’s Nuisance and Housing Code. 

Chris Straw explained to Council members Tuesday his department is proposing the city adopt the International Code Council’s 2012 International Property Maintenance Code for sections of Chapter 74, including the Housing and Apartment Safety articles, and amend it to fit local needs.

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Stand in front of an old, white, multi-story house on W. Hamilton in Springfield's Grant Beach Neighborhood and you can see why it's been a source of frustration for neighbors for a long time. The front and back doors are wide open--so are several windows.  There's a couch in the front yard, tires in a side yard and a large pile of junk just behind the house.  The inside is in a state of disrepair, and a steady stream of water flows from a broken pipe under the kitchen sink, flooding the floor."

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The next stage in Springfield’s trash and recycling collection study asks citizens to complete an online public input survey.

Officials are aiming to gather information on current services offered as well as residents’ preferences and concerns. Overall findings and recommendations from this study will be presented to City Council in early 2017.

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Results of a recent DWI sobriety checkpoint in Greene County have been released.  According to Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, the checkpoint last Friday at Grand and West Bypass was selected based on the high number of drinking and impairment-related crashes, in addition to other traffic violations that contribute to unsafe driving behavior.   It was a cooperative effort of the patrol, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Springfield Police Department, MODOT and MADD.

During the operation, officers stopped 1,010 vehicles.

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Rulings issued this week by a Missouri Judicial Court judge mean the City of Springfield’s lawsuit against Greene County moves forward.

The rulings by Judge John Beger Tuesday, which denied the city’s request for a partial summary judgment, also mean the city won’t have access to the county jail anytime soon.  The city, in the lawsuit, requested immediate access to the jail.

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