Regional
4:01 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Mayor Highlights Achievements, Says City 'Must Stay Course'

   Springfield's Mayor has yet to say if he will seek another term in office. During a speech Wednesday, he sounded like a candidate.

Credit City of Springfield

    Mayor Mike Houston touted his accomplishments during the almost 25 minute State of the City speech.  Included was the city's 3-year, 86 million dollar infrastructure improvement program and development of the South MacArthur TIF district, which includes the new Hy-Vee Supermarket.  But unlike his previous State of the City Addresses,  Houston shied away from mentioning any new proposals.

"Well, I think that we have a number of initiatives, particularly in terms of infrastructure, in terms of commercial development that is taking place within the city of Springfield and we want to make sure that those programs are done, and done correctly," Houston said.

    Houston says now is not the time to change direction and that Springfield must stay on course.  Houston says he has not made any decisions on running for re-election.  When he was elected in 2011, he indicated he would only serve one term.    He served two previous terms as Mayor starting in 1979.