Development on the east side became a contentious issue briefly at the Springfield City Council meeting Tuesday as a local developer accused the city of blocking several possible projects, an accusation the Mayor says is not true.
Local developer Dan Mulcahy told the city council about businesses that want to develop on the east side, but says the Mayor is blocking them.
Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson berated Mulcahy saying she is the one that works to get the ball rolling on future projects in her ward. Mayor Mike Houston said Mulcahy has not provided any proof of financial backing for the projects.
Meanwhile, City Water Light and Power have proposed their budget for the new fiscal year and it comes in 4.5 percent over last year with 22 fewer positions budgeted.
Chief Engineer Eric Hobbie says the Water Fund is up 14.5 percent and electric fund is up 2 percent for a total amount of $343.7 million dollars in Fiscal Year 2014.
As for staff levels, Hobbie says that CWLP is trending downward to have the lowest staffing levels in 12 years.
Some of the biggest threats to the utility Hobbie presented and were echoed by aldermen include the uncertainty from future EPA regulations and the loss of institutional knowledge of retiring employees.
Aldermen must approve a budgets for CWLP and other city departments by the March 1.