Frank Edwards http://wuis.org en City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance http://wuis.org/post/city-approves-more-video-gaming-despite-upcoming-ordinance <p>Despite concerns over gambling parlors cutting into the bottom line of local bars and restaurants, the Springfield City Council last night approved zoning changes to allow more of the establishments to open shop. &nbsp;Aldermen Cory Jobe voted in favor, even though he's pushing an ordinance to require video gambling only at places that earn 60 percent or more of revenue from food and beverage sales.&nbsp;</p><p>Jobe says the city is skirting the spirit of the law. &nbsp;But he says there’s no conflict in his vote.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:22:21 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23093 at http://wuis.org City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance Napa Contract Left In Committee Again, Concerns Over Non-Union Employees http://wuis.org/post/napa-contract-left-committee-again-concerns-over-non-union-employees <p>Several Springfield Aldermen raised concerns about laying off three non-union employees if an agreement with NAPA Auto Parts goes through.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:12:29 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22598 at http://wuis.org Napa Contract Left In Committee Again, Concerns Over Non-Union Employees Springfield Aldermen Not Ready To Commit To Hunter Lake http://wuis.org/post/springfield-aldermen-not-ready-commit-hunter-lake <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A majority of Springfield aldermen last night expressed doubt about an ordinance that would commit to building the second water source known as Hunter Lake. Council members voted down the plan. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><br>The city has long been concerned about finding a way to supplement Lake Springfield. &nbsp; Recent droughts have added to the urgency. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>CWLP Director Eric Hobbie says regardless of the council’s vote, the city has to pursue a water supply alternative.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:38:21 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20190 at http://wuis.org Springfield Aldermen Not Ready To Commit To Hunter Lake Aldermen Call For Movement On Hunter Lake http://wuis.org/post/aldermen-call-movement-hunter-lake <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Several Springfield aldermen want to ramp up efforts for building Hunter Lake. &nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">The proposed second water source for the city has been on the drawing board for decades, but the state EPA and Army Corps of Engineers must sign off on the project. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:43:40 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18799 at http://wuis.org Aldermen Call For Movement On Hunter Lake Interview: Alderman Cory Jobe On Push To Release Council Tapes http://wuis.org/post/interview-alderman-cory-jobe-push-release-council-tapes <p>Springfield residents may soon know more about events this spring that led to the abrupt resignation of city attorney Mark Cullen and retirement of Police Chief Robert Williams.</p><p>On Tuesday, July 30th, the City Council will decide whether to release the audio recording and transcript of a closed-door meeting about the shredding of police internal affairs files.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:16:11 +0000 Peter Gray 6319 at http://wuis.org Interview: Alderman Cory Jobe On Push To Release Council Tapes Aldermen Want More Oversight Following File-Shredding Incident http://wuis.org/post/aldermen-want-more-oversight-following-file-shredding-incident <p>Members of the Springfield City Council are looking for a way to prevent further incidents like the one in April in which police records were apparently shredded or deleted after they were requested by a local reporter through the Freedom of Information Act.</p><p>Tuesday night aldermen passed out of committee an ordinance that would require all changes to union contracts be approved by the Council and signed by the Mayor. &nbsp;Such contractual changes are known as memorandums of understanding, or MOUs.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:26:04 +0000 Peter Gray 2569 at http://wuis.org Aldermen Want More Oversight Following File-Shredding Incident