Branson Board of Aldermen and Springfield City Council shared a meal, ideas and laughs during the first joint meeting between the two groups in the past 15 years.
The two governing bodies met at the Branson Convention Center on Thursday night to discuss a loosely followed topic guide constructed by each city’s administrator and manager.
Springfield Councilman and Mayor pro tem Jeff Seifried suggested that the two councils host a joint meeting.
“I’m very glad that, during the introductions, Jeff (Seifried) indicated this was his idea because we’ve already established that if this meeting doesn’t go well, we’re blaming him,” Dean Kruithof, Branson city administrator, joked. “We’ve got our alibi.”
The discussion carried on just as casually, but constructively. Members from both municipalities discussed storm water, legislature, public safety and economic development.
The Branson Board of Alderman shared its current campaign of submitting a Missouri Separate Storm Sewer System, a process the city of Springfield has already completed, and conversely, the Springfield City Council shared their ongoing public safety concern of the methamphetamine problem, an issue the Branson Board of Alderman was quick to share its related processes and successes.
Speaking on economic development, the cities were able to see the different perspectives and approaches in development.
Specifically, Branson aldermen were quick to share advice and experiences on tax increment financing to the Springfield City Council; Branson Alderman Mike Booth was most vocal on the topic.
After dinner and discussion, the Springfield City Council was taken on a tour through the Branson Convention Center.