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December 18, 2014, 8:20 am
970 WMAY News

City Could Settle Discrimination Case, and Other Ordinances on First Reading

The City of Springfield could soon settle a racial discrimination case for just over $150,000 with three former Springfield police officers.

An ordinance on first reading for Tuesday’s meeting says the settlement also does not hold any party accountable and that it’s in the city’s best interest to pay the the three men and their lawyers over a three year period.   


City of Springfield Ordinance 2012-350


Read the ordinance on the city's website here

Aldermen could possibly discuss the issue during Tuesday's city council meeting but won't decide whether to pass the measure for a few more weeks.  


Ordinances on first reading are introduced to the city council for the first time during full city council meetings.  Aldermen then meet for the Committee of the Whole where they determine if the ordinance will be on the debate or on the consent agenda.  


Other ordinances on first reading


Budget Director Bill McCarty says he’s been working since April on an ordinance that would equip multiple city vehicles with propane biofuel conversion systems. McCarty says that the project will equip 26 city vehicles with new systems and that he projects could save $70,000 a year.  He says he has been working with the city's fuel supplier to get a federal grand to help train the city mechanics to install and work on the new systems.


The Water Division at City Water Light and Power is requesting a $113,000 contract extension for fluorosilicic acid, also known as fluoride, for the city’s drinking. There is also an ordinance for nearly $90,000 worth of Chlorine for the water purification system. 


Some new heavy-duty equipment could be coming to a Public Works project near you with several ordinances purchasing nearly $720,000 of new vehicles. The five vehicles include a two hook lift trucks, a tractor mower, a backhoe, and a barricade truck.


The city is also looking to get $318,000 worth of rock salt.


Another ordinance that would address several changes to the Land Use Plan for property around Lake Springfield would prohibit sinks and toilets and boathouses, prohibit fences except for around pools and also raise the lease transfer fee from $25 to $100. 


And there’s an ordinance on first reading for a nearly $30,000 workers compensation settlement for a Springfield firefighter who got a torn rotator disc in his shoulder while battling a fire. 


Review the ordinances online at the City Clerk’s website and stay tuned for extensive coverage of city business with The Council Roundup, Wednesday's at 9 am, only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield.

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