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Welcome to Rountree!

Rountree is a thriving neighborhood of historic charm and diversity, conveniently located in the heart of our revitalizing center-city. We are home to college students from nearby Missouri State University and a variety of families young and old. In Rountree, you're a quick bike ride away from professional baseball, performing arts, and a host of unique restaurants and other offerings unmatched in the city. The Rountree neighborhood consists of more than 1,000 households bordered by Glenstone Avenue (east), Catalpa Street (south), National Avenue (west) and Cherry Street (north). At the heart of our neighborhood is Rountree Elementary School, which opened in 1917, and is today the site of a unique International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The Rountree Neighborhood Association (RNA) was founded to preserve and promote quality of life for all its residents. We are among only three neighborhoods in Springfield with an Urban Conservation District (UCD). Rountree's UCD was approved by Springfield City Council in 1985 to allow the neighborhood to identify and solve problems associated with trash, noise, safety and residential overcrowding. There's something for everyone in Rountree.
Rountree Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Minutes Date: January 20, 2015

Board Members
Matt Stevens, President
Katie Claxton, Vice President
Diana Day, Secretary
Connie Schneider, Treasurer
John Melton, Neighborhood Watch Captain
Jeff Barber
Nancy Evans

Meeting Activity
Call to Order
Treasurer’s Report – No Change. Current Balance is: $1,661.41

Ongoing Business

Cherry Flats Update: While the developer had told the media that he was not going forward, the RNA continued to monitor this development. We have found out there there is a contractor, they have pulled the demolition permits and the drawings are under review for permitting. It appears that this project is going to move forward. The RNA will continue to reach out to the City and City Council to work with them on planning this street for future developments.

Update on the National Avenue Corridor Meeting: We are going to continue to review this and work towards getting developers on board with this portion of the neighborhood to soften the edge between Rountree and MSU appropriately with some mixed use design, more appropriate buffering and careful planning

Neighborhood Clean-Up: The clean-up will be on May 2, from 8:30 to Noon. We would like to have some volunteers for this day. Volunteers are needed for the registration tables, dumpster and trash hauling and sweeping. We will also need some trucks for some larger items that will be hauled.

New Business

Election of Board and Officers for 2015: No changes were made to leadership roles. Board will remain the same for 2015.

NAC Pac: The neighborhood advisory council has asked for the neighborhoods’ input on top concerns for 2015 in our neighborhood. The NAC has identified 19 different areas of concerns for Springfield’s neighborhoods. The RNA will identify the items that our neighborhood is specifically concerned with and provide the information to the NAC Pac.

House on Pickwick: The City has determined that there is no one living in the accessory structure. The owners are now residing in the actual house. We welcome them back and encourage the continuation of the restoring of their lovely home. We hope that with kind words, our welcoming attitudes, our general attention and caring for one another’s homes and our great neighborhood watch program that they will soon see that the No Trespassing signs are unnecessary in our wonderful neighborhood.
Fire Station No.1 Visit: A few of the firefighters from Fire Station No. 1 came to the meeting and told us about their free smoke alarm program. They will come out and do an audit of the home and review if the smoke alarms are working and if they are placed properly. They will even replace batteries and give smoke detectors if a home is in need. If you are in need of this type of service, just call 417-864-1515.

Police Officer Mark Priebe: Office Mark Priebe came by to introduce himself as the Neighborhood Officer. He discussed some of the resources that we can utilize, such as the Citizens Resource Center ( or 417-864-1010). He said that the officers work to respond to complaints as quickly as possible. Should you ever have a concern or a complaint in which you need an officer, then he urges you to still call 9-1-1.

Lighting In Rountree: Officer Priebe discussed that lighting is a big crime deterrent, and if bulbs are out on utility lights we can call City Utilities to have them replaced.

Our Next Rountree Neighborhood Board Meeting will be on February 17th at 7:00 at Rountree Elementary School. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

General Board Meeting

Just a reminder that we are having a General Membership Meeting January 20th, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Rountree Library at 7:00pm. We will also be holding elections for board members so come one come all.

RNA General Board Meeting October 21, 2014

Just a reminder that there will be a General Membership Meeting of the RNA Board at the Rountree Library. The meeting will be at 7 pm October 21st so come one come all.