Cleaning up waste – and our neighborhood plan

Hello neighbors! The RNA board would like to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who came and dropped off trash or yardwaste at Saturday’s big cleanup event. Huge thanks as well to Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Habitat for Humanity, Missouri Council for the Blind and the City for setting it up. We filled about nine of those large, industrial-sized dumpsters – that’s a lot of waste moving out of the neighborhood! And we had about a dozen households sign up as RNA members, which we are also happy to see. The board has been working hard over the past two-plus years with respect to the Cherry corridor and maintaining pressure on the City to review and update the Urban Conservation District.

And guess what? It’s finally happening! You have probably received a postcard from the City in the past few days inviting you to a kick-off meeting for the new neighborhood plan (6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at Rountree school). We hope you can make this first meeting of what will be a detailed visioning process led by the City.

City planning staff invited RNA board members to a meeting recently to discuss the upcoming planning process. We learned that the City has hired a planning staffer specifically to update all of Springfield’s neighborhood plans. This is a position that was cut during the Great Recession and not replaced until now. Since Rountree has been pushing for an update for over two years, we’re first in line. The process will take time, and it will be up to all of us to remain engaged. The board committed to the City that we would help with communication as the process unfolds. Stay tuned for more info – and see you on May 16!

About Mike Brothers

Mike is a Pickwick Person; husband to Maureen and dad to Vivian and Dorothy. He has lived in the neighborhood since 2011 and has lived in Springfield for over 20 years. He the PR director for Drury University. He was previously a communications specialist with the City of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Dept, and before that a features writer and music columnist with the News-Leader.
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