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City may cut back on its meetings
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Springfield City Council might be cutting back on the number of meetings it has.

At a workshop last week, council members eliminating one of their two monthly meetings — and it’s a move the council members apparently welcome.

“It truly is a cost-costing measure,” said City Manager Brett Bennett. “It will save us about $10,000 a year.”

Each council member and the city attorney are paid for each meeting they attend, and Bennett also is paid by the hour.

“Once I summarized it and showed them the numbers and showed them what it would save, they were for it,” Bennett said of the council members.

Council members will discuss eliminating one of their two meetings per month at their meeting tonight. The city may explore adjusting the fire fees and water-sewer fees.

Council members went over the budget during the workshop, along with prioritizing a list of projects the city wants to accomplish.

“We had a lengthy discussion on the Mars Theatre,” Bennett said.

The city, which has partnered with the Springfield Revitalization Corporation for a long-term lease on the building, may consider a new course of action.

“We hope to have a proposal for an architect for full plans to get it up and going,” Bennett said. “We feel that’s a big part of our effort to revitalize downtown Springfield.”