Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Power Engineering Magazine Names CWLP’s Dallman 4 Project of the Year

City Water, Light and Power’s new Dallman 4 Power Station has been named Power Engineering magazine’s 2009 Project of the Year. The award was announced at the POWER-GEN International conference attended by power industry leaders in Las Vegas. Each year the magazine’s editors recognize some of the world’s best projects in four major categories: gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and renewable.

Power Engineering named Dallman 4 the 2009 Project of the Year based on the utility's successes among a number of factors including the Sierra Club agreement, air quality and efficiency improvements and overcoming air permit challenges.

Mayor Tim Davlin said he is proud of Dallman 4’s success. “Getting through all of the obstacles and challenges that faced this project and to still come out ahead with these top industry honors is a testament to the hard work of the teams that made this happen.”

CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow said a lot was learned from Dallman 4’s success. “Having the various project teams among the partners work closely together to meet both the utility’s and contractor’s goals, allowed concerns and issues to be addressed immediately,” he said. “This open communication was key to limiting issues that would have impacted the project cost or schedule.”

The magazine also noted challenges that were overcome without causing costly construction delays. “Tighter emission standards meant design changes had to be made, even though project engineering and procurement were more than 50 percent complete…The final result was a project completed seven months ahead of schedule and within budget.”

Power Engineering also praised the payoff from the efficiency of the Dallman 4 Unit, saying a 34% unit efficiency improvement is expected to yield $12 million in annual operational savings.

Dallman 4, which had a contact completion date of April 2010, was completed on November 19, 2009. Projected to utilize up to 700,000 tons of Illinois coal annually, Unit 4 will be equipped with the most advanced pollution controls. More than 700 workers, representing nearly a dozen local labor unions, have been employed throughout construction of this project. A total of 1.7 million construction hours were logged in on Unit 4 to reach substantial completion.

Monday, December 21, 2009

17 DRUG ARRESTS MADE BY SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Seventeen people have been arrested as the result of a several months-long invetigation into the sale of drugs in the City of Springfield. Springfield Police Department’s Pro-Active Crime Unit and the Streets Crime Unit along with the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office today culminated that investigation.

Arrested as a result of this investigation were:

Levente Ingram, 22, 2100 block of E. Jackson, charged with unlawful delivery of a look-alike substance.
Trayvon Little, 23, 2700 block of S. MacArthur, charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Aaron King, 37, 1400 block of E. Reynolds, charged with possession of control substance, possession of cannabis, and driving while license revoked.
Otis Edwards, 55, 1200 block of N. 8th, charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
Anthony W. Burrows, 48, 1200 block S. 15th St. charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
Todd Buchanan, 32, 1100 S. Pasfield, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis.
Korey Craig, 26, of Springfield, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis.
Titus Williams, 23, 3100 block of Butler, charged with possession of controlled substance.
Niccos Scott, 26, 100 block N. Park, charged with delivery of look alike substance.
Paul Hullum, 33, 800 block S. 13th, charged with manufacture/delivery of control substance.
Cory Norman, 27, 3200 block Red Oak Lane, charged with manufacture/delivery of cannabis and possession of cannabis.
Alana Jackson, 26, 2100 block S. Renfro, charged with prostitution.
James Lacy, 34, 900 block of S.15th , charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Ladrecaus Eddings, 38, 900 block of S. 15th, charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance.
Shane Reiterman, 35, 2100 block of S. 13th, charged with manufacture/deliver of cannabis and possession of cannabis.
Anthony Bridgeford, 48, 500 block of N. 13th , charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Dominic Wilson, 34, 2800 block of Stanton, charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Also assisting in execution the arrest warrants were members of the U. S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SPD REMINDS MOTORISTS OF TWO NEW DRIVING LAWS

Springfield Police Department Acting Chief Robert Williams today reminded Springfield motorists that two new laws aimed at cutting down on distracted drivers go into effect on January 1st.

The two new laws will:

1. Prohibit drivers from composing text messages or reading text messages while driving.
2. Make it illegal to talk on a cell phone will driving through a school zone or highway construction project.

“These two laws are aimed at curbing drivers who become distracted while using electric communication tools,” Williams said. “SPD Officers want to make our streets safe and these two new laws will be helpful.”

“Motorists are also encouraged to slow down and pay attention to posted traffic signs,” Williams said, “since these signs are aimed at giving motorists information.”

Monday, December 14, 2009

Part of Illinois Street to close.

Southbound Illinois Street will be closed between Lawrence and Fayette Avenues starting Wednesday, December 16 to repair a water service. The repair should take two days, weather permitting.

Motorists should avoid this area during heavy traffic times and be alert for workers on the pavement when driving through.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

POLICE INVESTIGATING AN APPARENT HOMICIDE

The Springfield Police Department is investigating the death of a 24 year-old Springfield man as an apparent homicide.

Police responded to a report at 12:45 a.m. today that a man appeared to have been shot and was sitting in an automobile in the 1200 block of West Mossman. When police arrived they found the man sitting in the car and the wound appeared to be from a gunshot.

One block of Monroe to close

Monroe Street, between Seventh ( 7th ) and Eighth ( 8th )Streets will be closed to traffic starting Saturday, December 12th, for crane operations. The lanes should be closed for one day, but may be delayed by weather.

Motorists should seek alternate routes to avoid the area.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CWLP COMMUNITY ENERGY FORUM THURSDAY

City Water, Light & Power is hosting its last Community Energy Forum of 2009 on Thursday, December 10 at noon at the INB Conference Center at Fourth & Jackson Streets. Items on the agenda at this brown bag luncheon meeting include an update on Dallman 4, details on new customer rebate programs as well as a report on progress for CWLP’s Energy Services Office’s strategic planning.

CWLP recently announced three new customer rebate programs for energy savings and efficiency improvements, which include a commercial retro-commissioning program, a high efficiency air conditioner rebate program and a commercial lighting retrofit program, CityLights. In September the City of Springfield was awarded $1.2 million in federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block grant funds to make these programs possible.

The CWLP Community Energy Meetings are designed to provide updates to the public on progress made regarding environmental and energy saving activities and to solicit suggestions and ideas from the community regarding energy programs and related issues. CWLP is using the input received from these meetings to enhance existing programs and develop new energy efficiency and conservation programs.
CWLP customers wanting more information on this forum, energy efficiency advice or rebate information may call the Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or visit the CWLP website at www.cwlp.com.

ARREST MADE IN DAVIS CLEANERS ROBBERY

Anthony Allison, 27, of Springfield has been arrested in connection with last Wednesday’s robbery of the Davis Cleaners, 1131 W. Jefferson St. Allison turned himself in to SPD Detectives on Monday.

Allison walked into the business late last Wednesday, demanded money and fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. At the time of the robbery, Allison told employees he had a gun under his sleeve. Allison was on parole on drug and weapons offenses.

Monday, December 7, 2009

TWO SPRINGFIELD JUVENILES HELD IN CONNECTION WITH CAB HOLDUP

Two Springfield juveniles have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a cab driver Saturday night in the 1900 block of East Lawrence.

The victim told police officers the two juveniles called for a ride and when they got into the cab they displayed what he called a handgun and demanded money. While investigating the robbery police officers located the two suspects at Wheeler and Kansas Streets and made the arrest and took them into custody.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CWLP RESIDENTIAL A/C REBATES ARE BACK


Mayor Tim Davlin and City Water, Light & Power General Manager Todd Renfrow announced today that the utility is bringing back its High-Efficiency Air Conditioner Rebate program as another way to help residential customers reduce energy costs while reducing summer peak demand.

“We’re pleased to be bringing this rebate opportunity back to assist in reducing the cost of high efficiency air conditioning units,” said Mayor Davlin. “These are high value rebates because not only do they provide assistance with the up-front costs, but the customers also reap the benefits of lower summer bills on the electric side for the life of the unit, year after year.”

Renfrow said the utility benefits from reducing summer demand through such efficiency programs. “When summer demand is high, across the nation, surplus power is a profitable asset,” he said. “Through this rebate program, we project an annual energy savings of 1.4 megawatts that can be available for better market returns, which can equate to lower fuel adjustment charges on customer bills.”

Effective December 1, 2009, central air conditioning units installed by CWLP residential electric customers may be eligible for this new rebate on a first-come, first-served basis. The program, which can be paired with a current Federal Tax incentive program, will run over two years, has a total funding allocation of $200,000 and projects an average rebate of $270 per unit.

For more information visit www.cwlp.com.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sixth Street to close from Allen to Lawrence

Sixth Street from Allen to Lawrence will be closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 2, 2009, to allow for the rededication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Traffic will be detoured at Allen Street. However, local traffic headed to Springfield Clinic will be allowed through.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CWLP GIFT CARDS, GREEN ENERGY GIFTS AVAILABLE

City Water, Light and Power is offering two gift options this holiday season that don’t require fighting the crowds at retailers. Gift cards for bill credits or green energy credits are available for purchase in any amount for city residents with CWLP service.

Those interested in purchasing a gift card for bill credits may do so at CWLP’s Customer Service Office at Municipal Center West at Seventh and Monroe Streets or by credit card over the phone, 789-2030. The cards may be purchased year-round in any amount with cash, cashier’s check, personal check or credit card and will be applied as a credit on a customer’s CWLP bill.

The name and address of the intended recipient will be requested and the gift card will be provided to the purchaser to present to the recipient. For more information on gift cards call 789-2030.

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) provide a way to purchase ‘green energy’ attributes and neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage. CWLP will provide certificates showing the quantity and a proof of purchase for RECs and enrolled customers will also be given a window decal for their home or plaque for their business to display their participation in the program.

RECs can be purchased in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable resources for $ each through their monthly CWLP bill or one-time purchases in any amount can be made. The typical residential CWLP customer uses 800 to 1,000 kWh per month and can, on average, have an account representing 100% renewable investment for an additional $8 per billing cycle.

Signing up to enroll in the program can be done in person or over the phone by contacting the CWLP Energy Services Office (ESO) at 789-2070. One-time purchase opportunities and Renewable Choice Gift Certificates for those that want to buy RECs for someone else can be made at the customer service counter in Municipal Center West at Seventh and Monroe Streets.

Monday, November 23, 2009

CWLP’S PROJECT RELIEF PROGRAM HELPS FAMILIES IN NEED


As another heating season is here, City Water, Light and Power customers who need help paying water and electric bills could qualify for assistance from the utility’s Project RELIEF program.

Project RELIEF is entirely supported through donations, primarily from CWLP customers who add $1 or more to their monthly bill to help those less fortunate. Since the program’s inception over 3,000 families have been helped. Last year over $28,000 was raised and 141 families were assisted.

All funds that are received for Project RELIEF go directly to those in need, without any amount being used to cover administrative costs. Individuals can sign up to support the CWLP program through their utility bill year-round.

Customers can begin applying for assistance from Project RELIEF on December 1.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

CWLP RESTORES POWER TO 2,700


At 9:16 a.m. City Water, Light and Power crews restored power to the remaining 1,350 customers affected in two southwest neighborhoods in Springfield this morning. At the height of the outage 2,700 customers were affected in the Westchester subdivision and the apartment complexes east of that subdivision and Chatham Road. Traffic lights in the area were also affected.

At 7:21 a.m. this morning 167 customers lost power, followed by another 2,500 who lost power at 7:45 a.m. A substation power transformer failure is the cause of both outages. CWLP troubleshooters will further investigate the specific cause of that failure when rain conditions improve.

Customers who remain with electric service problems should call the Electric Trouble Line at 789-2121.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Springfield man held in connection with fatal stabbing.

A 38-year-old man is being held in the Sangamon County Jail in connection with the fatal stabbing of his 53-year-old mother.

Michael W. Seal of the 3500 block of North Dirksen Parkway was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Springfield Police received the call at about 8:30 p.m. and the caller said Seal had called family members stating he had stabbed his mother. While securing the residence Seal was asked to step outside and he complied and was arrested without incident.

Charges against Seal are pending as SPD Officers continue their investigation. This is the tenth homicide this year.

BEVERLY PETERS: A STUDS TERKEL HUMANITIES HERO!

The Illinois Humanities Council along with Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin are proud to announce that Beverly Peters is the recipient of the 2009 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. This local “humanities hero” has been recognized by Mayor Davlin and the city of Springfield for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in our community. She is one of more than 40 individuals being honored across the State of Illinois.

“As the chair of my 1908 Race Riot Commemoration Commission, Beverly did an extraordinary job,” Mayor Davlin said. “She recruited community leaders who, together, would devise a way to reintroduce the City to its past while promoting reconciliation throughout a year of various activities. This is truly an honor that she so richly deserves.”

The Commission worked to refashion the historical markers into prominent wayside displays that readily depict the entire story of the Springfield Race Riot. And it commissioned a special bronze sculpture by Preston Jackson to be permanently located in Union Station Park. Today, this cast-bronze sculpture stands directly across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library as an image of the aftermath of the actual.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Part of Capitol between 4th & 5th to be closed

The westbound lane of Capitol Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, November 16th and lasting through Friday, November 20th for crane operations on a building expansion. Westbound traffic will be routed around the closure with a detour going southbound on 5th Street, westbound on Jackson Street, northbound on 4th Street, and then westbound on Capitol.

Motorists are reminded to follow the marked detour or avoid the area and that drivers that disregard the Road Closed and Do Not Enter signs are subject to a $250 fine.

Lanes reduced at Lawrence & Spring on Saturday

The eastbound lanes of Lawrence Avenue starting west of Pasfield Street will be reduce to one lane of traffic starting Saturday, November 14th, to allow for the demolition of a building at Lawrence Avenue and Spring Street. The demolition will start at 7:00 a.m. and should be completed by 12:00 p.m.

Motorists should drive with caution through this area during this demolition.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

LINDSAY BRIDGE CLOSURE NEXT WEEK

Vachel Lindsay Bridge at Lake Springfield on Long Bay Drive will be closed to all traffic beginning Tuesday, November 17th at 7 a.m. through Wednesday, November 18 at 4 p.m. to accommodate repairs to the pedestrian tunnel. Traffic will reopen to one lane on Wednesday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

Motorists will need to plan an alternate route during the bridge closure.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Tickets Still Available


Tickets to Mayor Tim Davlin's Fourteenth Annual Prayer Breakfast are still available. Call 789-2270 to reserve a seat for $20 or a table for $200.

Monday, November 9, 2009

SPRINGFIELD TO HOST AMERICA RECYCLES DAY RECYCLING EVENT


Mayor Tim Davlin announced today the City will host an America Recycles Day recycling extravaganza event on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“By participating in America Recycles Day Springfield will provide a collection for three different materials,” Mayor Davlin said. “We will again collect all colors of glass bottles and jars that food or drink came in. We will also be accepting private documents to be shredded and recycled. And, for the first time, the city will accept old holiday light strands for recycling. This recycling service is not just for city residents, but for all area residents.”

All colors of glass containers are acceptable: clear, brown, green and blue. Only glass bottles, jars or jugs that held food or drink will be accepted. Other acceptable materials are private documents to be shredded and recycled, up to four large bags/boxes per person, and old Christmas or holiday light strands. Old holiday lights are generally very energy inefficient and are sometimes a fire hazard. New holiday lights are usually LED lights, which are much more energy efficient.

Participants should enter the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and 8th Street. The event is cosponsored by the City of Springfield, University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois National Bank, F&W Resources, Affordable Shred, SPARC and Illinois Department of Agriculture. For further details, call the city’s Division of Waste & Recycling at 789-2327.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Street Lane Reductions Next Week

The westbound curb lane of Iles Avenue will be closed to traffic west of Veterans Parkway beginning Monday, November 9th, for street repairs. On Tuesday, November 10th, the southern eastbound lane and the westbound left turn lane will be closed to traffic to complete the street repair. Each repair should take one day, weather permitting. Motorists should avoid the area during heavy traffic times or drive with caution and be alert for workers in the street.

And, the southbound curb lane of Peoria Road, between Garfield and Wood Avenues will be closed to traffic Tuesday, November 10th, for storm sewer and street repair. The repairs should be completed in a week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists should drive with caution in the area of this work and avoid the area during heavy traffic time if possible.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sewer repair to close traffic lanes

The northbound curb lane of Chatham Road and the eastbound curb lane of Cherry Road will be closed to traffic starting Wednesday, November 4, 2009, for sanitary sewer repairs. One lane of traffic for northbound traffic will be provided at all times. One lane of traffic for both east and westbound traffic will be provided east of the intersection of Chatham Road and Cherry Road. The sanitary sewer repair should be completed in a week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists should drive with caution through this area and avoid the area during heavy traffic time if possible.

Circle Drive between Sheffield and West Lake Drive will be closed to traffic beginning Wednesday, November 4, 2009, for sanitary sewer repairs. The work should be completed in three days, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Monday, November 2, 2009

CITY TO RESURFACE TWO HEAVILY-TRAVELED STREETS

The City of Springfield is poised to resurface two of its worst streets, Eleventh Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Thanks to a state grant of $635,000, the City will soon overlay and repair the two major streets.

“Hopefully we can still get these projects done this fall,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “But, if the weather prevents completion, we will work on them as soon as we can this Spring. These two aging thoroughfares are clearly in need of resurfacing so that they can better handle current and future traffic loads.”

“I want to thank State Representative Raymond Poe for including these projects into the state appropriation,” Davlin added. “Without his help and assistance, we would still be looking for funding to resurface these busy streets.”

The projects cover Eleventh Street from Ash to Stanford, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive from South Grand to Ash. The emergency repair funds cover milling, overlaying, and curb and gutter replacement. The Springfield City Council is prepared to approve the two projects at its next meeting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MAYOR DAVLIN ISSUES REMINDER FOR FIFTH ANNUAL RECEPTION FOR VETERANS


Mayor Tim Davlin today reminded veterans that his fifth annual Reception for Veterans will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. the Northenders VFW Post 10201, 2349 Stockyard Road.

“Just as in years past, we pause from our busy schedules and invite veterans to join us for an informal reception,” Mayor Davlin said. “The eve of Veterans Day Week is a perfect time for us to gather and show our veterans that we greatly appreciate everything that they have done for us.”

The annual Reception for Veterans was created and developed by members of the Mayor’s Veterans’ Advisory Council, whose members plan and organize the reception. It is traditionally held in early November, in connection with Veterans Day each year.

This year’s speaker will be Daniel W. Grant, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Grant is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a serving member of the Illinois National Guard. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The reception is free and open to any Springfield Veteran, no matter what branch of the military or what time period they served.

Monday, October 26, 2009

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES HALLOWEEN SAFETY

Mayor Tim Davlin and Police Chief Ralph A. Caldwell Jr. today reminded Springfield residents to be aware of children walking in the neighborhoods as they trick or treat on Halloween.

“The safety of our children is very important and this can help them in having a fun filled Halloween,” said Mayor Davlin. “We also want to remind adults they should accompany the trick or treaters as they go about their neighborhoods.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

MAYOR DAVLIN NAMES ROBERT L. WILLIAMS AS NEW POLICE CHIEF

Mayor Tim Davlin today announced that he is appointing Assistant Chief Robert L. Williams to be the new Chief of Police, to replace Chief Ralph Caldwell who is retiring. Williams appointment requires the approval of the City Council. He will serve as acting chief in the interim. “I couldn’t be more pleased in appointing Robert Williams to be Police Chief,” Mayor Davlin said. “He brings to the table an extensive list of accomplishments, having served in a number of key positions within the police department. I know he will do a great job as chief and I have every confidence in him.” Williams is a 22-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department having started as a Patrol officer in April of 1987. He has served as Deputy Chief of Professional Standards which includes the day-to-day oversight of Internal Affairs for the entire Police Department. He also has served as Detective/Sergeant in charge of the Juvenile Section. Williams holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and an Associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College. A Springfield native, Williams is married and has two daughters.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Washington Street, between Chatham Road and Oxford Road, which is closed for bridge construction, will remain closed to traffic tonight following the partial collapse of a bridge under construction. The roadway is expected to be reopened sometime tomorrow.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Street Closure, Sewer Repair

Washington Street, between Chatham Road and Oxford Road, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, October 21, due to construction, weather permitting. The necessary construction should be completed within one (1) day. A marked detour route will be in effect to route motorists around the closure. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

And, the eastbound curb lane of South Grand Avenue between Whittier Avenue and Pasfield Street will be closed to traffic starting Tuesday, October 20th, for sewer repair. The sewer repair should be completed in one week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists should drive with caution through this area and avoid the area during heavy traffic time if possible.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SPRINGFIELD GREEN SOCIETY RECEPTION AT THE MANSION


Mayor Timothy J. Davlin and R.W. Troxell & Company will host the 5th annual Springfield Green Society Reception to benefit city gateway beautification projects on Thursday, October 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in a new location this year, the Illinois Executive Mansion located at 410 E. Jackson Street.

Mayor Davlin will present Springfield Green awards for outstanding support and participation for the 2008-’09 season and a short program on America In Bloom activities will also be announced. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and Jane Hartman Trio will entertain.

Admission to the reception, which is also good for a one-year membership to Springfield Green, is $50 for individuals and $125 for a family. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by e-mail at green@springfield.il.us.

Guests may RSVP at the online invitation at www.socialzr.com/event/green/society. This event is sponsored by R.W. Troxell & Company, Todd and Helen Renfrow, Tom and Lori Cullen, Downtown Springfield, Inc., E & F Distributing and The Barrelhead.

CAT THE CAUSE OF POWER OUTAGE

Approximately 2,700 City Water, Light and Power customers lost power at 9:57 a.m. when a cat got into transmission equipment at the Stevenson Drive substation. Customers in the area roughly bound by 11th Street, South Grand Avenue and Lake Springfield are affected. (The cat survived the encounter.)

Power has been restored all customers. Those who remain with electric service problems should call the Electric Trouble Line at 789-2121.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

TRAFFIC ADVISORY


Clearlake Avenue, between 16th Street and Madison Street, will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning Tuesday, October 13th, to install an overhead sign on the pedestrian walkway. Installation of the sign is expected to be complete on Wednesday, October 14th, weather permitting.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible and be aware that the extent of the installation could reduce the lane closures further after the morning peak period.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Springfield Police confiscate cash, guns and drugs


Members of the Proactive Crime Unit of the Springfield Police Department raided a house at 1809 Greentree Road, confiscating a variety of guns and drugs, and apprehending one individual.

Operating on a search warrant, the Narcotics Unit with the assistance from members of the Patrol Division, seized a 12 gauge shotgun, a 20 gauge shotgun, a .22 cal. rifle, a .30 cal rifle, a 9mm pistol, assorted ammunition, appx. 18 grams of cocaine, an ounce of cannabis and $11,570 in US Currency.

Officers arrested James Patterson (66) and charged him with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis.

SPRINGFIELD POLICE ARREST TWO JUVENILES INVOLVING CAR THEFT

Springfield Police arrested two juveniles Saturday night in connection with an automobile burglary in the 1800 block of South Walnut. Officers are continuing their investigation into their connection of 10 to 20 automobile burglaries in the general area of the near southwest side of the city.

Officers said they were called when two witnesses saw them in a parked car in their driveway. When the juveniles saw the witnesses they fled on bicycles. Both juveniles were located by officers in the general area of the South Walnut Street burglary. Among the items taken in the burglary were an IPod, IPod charger, and telephone.

The juveniles, 16 and 15 years old, were released in the custody of their mothers.

Friday, October 2, 2009

CWLP CELEBRATING PUBLIC POWER AND CUSTOMER SERVICE WEEK

City Water, Light and Power will celebrate Public Power Week and Customer Service Week October 5 to 12 by focusing on the history of public power in Springfield and honoring the men and women responsible for serving the utility’s 65,000+ customers.

“The foresight of the founders who fought for the municipal operation of CWLP ensured our community’s independence for a century of success in public power,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “With this foresight, a representative government and the thousands of professionals who have kept the lights on and the watering running, our community has truly benefited.”

“Public Power Week recognizes CWLP and other utilities for providing an essential service and that is driven by public service, not profit,” said CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow. “We should all be proud of the long history that began with a 750-kilowatt generator and 300 customers to what CWLP is today as the state’s largest municipal utility serving power and high-quality drinking water to a population over 152,000.”

An exhibit on the construction of Dallman Unit 4 is set up outside of the CWLP Customer Service office in the lobby of Municipal Center West at 7th and Monroe Streets. Photos depicting the phases of construction of the utility’s new 200-MW unit are included. In honor of Customer Service Week, a second exhibit will introduce visitors to the men and women who make up the CWLP Customer Service Office and respond to their calls for account information and service.

CWLP is the largest of Illinois’ 42 public utilities by numbers of customers served, revenue, sales and generation. CWLP has nine generating stations, which includes six coal-fired power plants; two oil-fired gas peaking turbines and a dual fuel natural gas and oil-fired combustion turbine, which serve customers in an 80-square-mile service territory.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

SPRINGFIELD POLICE CONDUCT SECURITY CHECK AT LANPHIER HIGH

The Springfield Police Department conducted a security check, which included the wanding of students at Lanphier High School this morning.

No major security problems were discovered, but some school regulations may have been violated which will be handled by the school officials. No arrests were made and a police report was not generated.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Cook Street from 13th Street to 14th Street will be closed Thursday, October 1, 2009, to allow crews to remove a tree. A detour route will be marked. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Drivers that disregard the Road Closed and Do Not Enter signs could be subject to a $250 fine.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SPRINGFIELD POLICE ARREST FOUR IN PIZZA ROBBERY

What started out looking like the usual scene of robbing the pizza delivery guy Monday night ended up in the arrest of two adults and two juveniles.

The victim told police he was delivering pizzas in the 2100 block of East Watch Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival he was approached by a male subject, who made the pizza order and three other males. He was give a small amount of money for $35 worth of pizza.

The victim said he momentarily looked down at the money and when he looked up one of the males produced a long barreled pistol and demanded his money, wallet and the pizzas. They took about $55 from the delivery person. After taking a pack of cigarettes the four fled.

After being called Police Officers established a perimeter and the K-9 tracked the suspects to a residence in the 2100 block of East Keys. Officers located five individuals in a garage and after questioning arrested four. With the use of the K-9, officers observed through a window the 15 year-old youth placing a substance that appeared to be cannabis on a scale.

Arrested were: Adam M. Bartnick, 20, of the 2100 block of East Keys and Justin E. Shepard, 20, of the 1000 block of North 8th St. Both were charged with armed robbery. The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of cannabis while the 16-year-old was charged with armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence. The juveniles were taken to the Sangamon County Juvenile Center and the adults were taken to Sangamon County Jail.

Monday, September 28, 2009

CITY GLASS COLLECTION SATURDAY


Mayor Tim Davlin announced today the City of Springfield will provide a glass recycling drop-off event on Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“This collection will accept all colors of glass bottles and jars that held food or drink,” Mayor Davlin said. “Although the value of glass is low, we want to continue to provide service for this material because keeping glass out of landfills where it takes up space forever is the ultimate goal. We are happy to take the lead and provide this recycling service for all area residents, not just for city residents.”

All colors of glass containers will be acceptable for this collection event: clear, brown, green and blue. Only glass bottles, jars or jugs that held food or drink will be accepted. Please do NOT bring other types of glass such as kitchenware, window panes, eyewear, etc. These items are a different type of glass and cannot be recycled in the same manner as food containers. Other recyclable materials will not be accepted.

Participants should enter the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and Eighth Street. Traffic will be directed from the entry to the collection area and will be directed to exit via Gate 7, exiting onto Taintor Road. Those seeking to drop off glass and entering any other gate will be redirected to enter through Gate 11.

“We also appreciate the Illinois Department of Agriculture for allowing us to use the State Fairgrounds. This provides an ideal site for a drive-through drop-off. We appreciate them partnering to provide this free public service,” Mayor Davlin added.

Information on many types of recyclable materials is available at the city’s website at: www.springfield.il.us/recycle.htm. For further details, call the city’s Division of Waste & Recycling at 789-2327.

Street Closure

The southbound lane of Taylor Avenue and West Lake Drive at Stevenson Drive will be closed starting Tuesday, September 29, 2009, for a gas valve replacement. The eastbound left turn lane and the north curb lane for Stevenson Drive will be closed to accommodate the closure at the intersection.

The closure should be completed in three days, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid congestion in the area.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

SPRINGFIELD POLICE ASK MOTORISTS TO USE CAUTION

Springfield Police Chief Ralph A. Caldwell Jr. today urged motorists to exercise caution this Friday night if traveling in or near the parade route area in connection with the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival.

“SPD officers will be stationed along the parade route to help motorists as well as parade participants,” Caldwell said.

The festival parade will begin at 6 p.m. from the Capital City Shopping Center. The parade will travel south to Stevenson Drive and then west to South Sixth Street then it will go north on South Sixth Street to the festival’s entrance which is near the Cook Street area.

The parade is expected to last about two hours.

Springfield Awarded $1.2 million for Efficiency Projects

Mayor Tim Davlin announced today that the City of Springfield has been awarded an Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant allocation of $1,225,600 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announced this past March.

“These funds will further bolster CWLP’s activities to save energy, reduce greenhouse gasses, and create jobs locally through many important energy efficiency projects.” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “Every dollar that we can invest into smart energy solutions is a win for the city in that Springfield homes and businesses are less expensive to heat and cool and it’s an opportunity for local energy efficiency related firms to expand business in tight times.”

This grant, specifically allocated to Springfield, originated from a Department of Energy program totaling almost $1.8 billion nationally. Energy efficiency projects funded through this grant will provide both significant energy savings and reduce the carbon footprint for City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) electric customers.

“With this funding, we particularly look forward to expanding our efficiency and rebate options we can offer to our residential and business customers,” said CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow. “Every kilowatt saved is money to be earned for being a smart consumer.”

CWLP will utilize these funds to undertake one new energy efficiency program and reinstate two others, which include a commercial retro-commissioning program and bringing back a high efficiency air conditioner rebate program and a commercial lighting retrofit program, CityLights. These programs will be managed by CWLP’s Energy Services Office and will lead to substantial energy and cost savings for many CWLP customers.

The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama in February.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Route 66 Mother Road Festival Street closings

Thursday, September 24, 2009 beginning at 3:00 p.m. NO parking on:

Fifth between Jefferson and Capitol, and Sixth between Jefferson and Monroe

Friday, September 25, 2009 beginning at Noon the following streets will be CLOSED:

Fifth at Jefferson
Sixth at Capitol
Washington, Monroe and Capitol between Fourth and Seventh
Adams between Fourth and Fifth and between Sixth and the alley

Additionally, the above streets will have no parking bags installed for existing cars at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Cars must be moved by 5:00 p.m.

For a map of the event which shows street closures, go to map.

CWLP ENERGY SERVICES OFFICE OFFERING LOW-COST/NO-COST EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP

The CWLP Energy Services Office will host another Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshop on Wednesday, September 23rd. The free 90-minute workshop, which focuses on home energy efficiency improvements that can be made for little or no cost, provides residential electric customers with a crash course in how to become efficiency do-it-yourselfers.

The workshop will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room South at the downtown branch of Lincoln Library, on the corner of Seventh and Monroe Streets. The program is open and free of charge to all CWLP residential electric customers.

Workshop participants will receive instruction and hands-on experience installing a variety of weatherization products, including caulk, weatherstripping and flexible interior storm windows. Participants will also receive a free take-home “starter kit: of several of the products discussed in the workshop. This program can be especially beneficial to customers living on low or fixed incomes who are having difficulty covering their home energy costs and who can’t afford to hire someone to make necessary efficiency improvements to their homes.

Reservations for CWLP’s Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshops call 789-2070 or email nrgxprts@cwlp.com your name, residential address and daytime telephone number.

In addition to these scheduled public workshops, the CWLP Energy Services Office also offers Low-Cost/No-cost Efficiency Workshops to interested churches, neighborhood associations, and other community and civic groups who expect a minimum attendance of at least 15. In most cases, the workshops can be set up at the convenience of the requesting organization.

NINE PEOPLE TO BEGIN SERVING ON SPRINGFIELD’S BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Mayor Tim Davlin today named nine individuals to serve on the Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council. The council will act as an advisory body on bicyclist issues; analyze routing, operation and the safety of bicycles and their riders. Members will also evaluate and make recommendations for signed shared roadways, the use of and installation of bicycle racks and signalization.

Named to the Council are David A. Sykuta, chairman, Dr. Daniel Adair, John Allen, Janet L. Cooper, Michael Cummins, Kevin Greene, Michael F. Higgins, John Pohlman, and Terry Farmer. more

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CITY TO CELEBRATE PARK(ING) DAY


Mayor Tim Davlin announced today that the City of Springfield and Downtown Springfield Inc. are joining hundreds of cities worldwide who will be celebrating Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 18th. Participants in this event create temporary parks in public parking spaces in order to promote the needs for and benefits of green space in urban settings.

“Through Park(ing) Day, the City is able to demonstrate what a nice complement green spaces are to an urban setting,” said Mayor Davlin. “I hope that many of our residents and downtown business owners and employees can join us in this event and learn more about green benefits to our community.”

For Springfield’s celebration, the southwest corner of Fifth and Adams Streets is being transformed by Coppertree Designs into a mini green space with more than 100 groundcover plants and perennials. A dedication of the park is being held at 10:30 a.m. Friday and the space will be available to the public through Sunday, September 20.
More information on global Park(ing) Day activities and maps can be found at http://my.parkingday.org.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CWLP PARTICIPATING IN SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FORUM

In lieu of City Water, Light & Power’s Community Energy Forum scheduled for September 17, the utility’s Energy Services Office staff will instead be participating in the Sustainable Springfield Business Forum occurring that day at 7 p.m. at the Dove Center at Sixth and Mason Streets. CWLP supports the efforts of the Sustainable Springfield Business Forum, particularly in the areas of commercial energy efficiency and resource savings.

CWLP invites interested businesses and nonprofit companies to join members of the community and CWLP staff at this premier event to explore sustainable business practices that make sense for the environment and the bottom line. In addition to reducing carbon output, sustainable business practices can mean both immediate and long-term cash savings for businesses.

CWLP’s final Community Energy Forum of the year will be a brown bag lunch event on Thursday, December 10th at noon at the Illinois National Bank Downtown Conference Center located at Fourth and Jackson Streets. CWLP uses input received from its energy forums to enhance existing programs and develop new energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Call 789-2070 for any questions about CWLP Community Energy Meetings, energy efficiency programs or other programs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Taylor and West Lake construction at Stevenson

The southbound lane of Taylor Avenue and West Lake Drive at Stevenson Avenue will be closed starting Wednesday, September 16, 2009, for a gas valve replacement. The eastbound left turn lane will be closed with this phase of the project. The closure should be completed in a day, but may be delayed by weather.

Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid congestion in the area.

CWLP WORK AT MACARTHUR & MONROE

The intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Monroe Street will go to a four-way stop tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, while City Water, Light and Power Electric Department crews make repairs to a control cabinet. This work will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to be complete by noon.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and be aware of crew personnel, equipment and traffic control devices on the roadway.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Downtown Traffic Advisory

Monroe Street, between Seventh ( 7th ) and Eighth ( 8th )Streets will be narrowed down to one lane of traffic starting Wednesday, September 9th, for pavement repair. The southern parking lanes and one traffic lane will be open. The lanes should be closed for up to one week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid congestion in the area.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

TREE TRIMMING PROJECT TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK

Next week City Water, Light and Power’s tree trimming contractor, Nelson Tree Service, will begin a three-month project to trim trees around power lines in the area bound by Parkview Drive, Cherry Road, Interlacken Drive, and Lincoln Avenue.

Residents and motorists in the area should be alert for crews that may be set up on roadways. In some areas, Nelson crews may need access to power line easements on private property. All tree debris will be removed of and disposed of by the contractor.

This work is a normal phase of CWLP’s tree management program, which is designed to maintain high electric reliability while utilizing conservative strategies for dealing with conflicts between trees and power lines. The trimming methods used by CWLP follow standards set by the National Arborists Association.

For more information on CWLP’s tree trimming program visit the associated link on the CWLP website, www.cwlp.com.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

POWER Magazine Names CWLP’s Dallman 4 Plant of the Year

City Water, Light and Power’s new Dallman 4 Power Station was named Power magazine’s 2009 Plant of the Year. The award, announced in Power’s August 2009 issue, was made as a result of the utility's successes in "negotiating an unprecedented agreement with the Sierra Club that allowed the project to move forward, . . . choosing the latest in coal-fired technology and air quality control systems as the foundation for the city's comprehensive energy policy, and . . . assembling a tightly integrated team that completed the project well before the contractual deadline and under budget," POWER magazine, which has been published for over 125 years, is one of the most recognized and respected information sources for the power generation industry. MORE

Friday, August 21, 2009

CITY EMPLOYEE TO HELP WITH TORNADO CLEANUP

Public Works employee Dan Franck is donating his time this weekend to help with the tornado cleanup in neighboring Loami. Franck will be operating a piece of city owned grapple equipment to help remove debris, branches and trees.

Mayor Tim Davlin applauded Franck for volunteering to help in the cleanup effort. “When tornadoes ripped through Springfield, many of our neighboring communities dropped what they were doing and provide help and assistance to us,” Davlin said. “We are pleased to be able to return the favor and help them get back on their feet.”

“We all know how devastating tornadoes can be. Getting a community such as Loami on the road to recovery by removing downed branches, trees and other debris is a critical first step toward rebuilding homes and returning lives to normal. I appreciate that Dan Franc has volunteered to help our neighbors get back on their feet.”

Friday, August 7, 2009

Road Construction

Outer Park Drive from MacArthur Boulevard to Wiggins Avenue will be under construction for concrete patching starting Monday, August 10,2009. During the project a reduction of lanes may be necessary. The patching should be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

Motorists should proceed with caution and avoid congestion in this area when possible.

Road Construction

Washington Street will be under construction west of Chatham Road/Bruns Lane starting Monday, August 10, 2009 for the reconstruct of a bridge just west of Chatham Road. One lane will be open to traffic in each direction throughout the reconstruction project. The eastbound left turn from Washington Street to Bruns Lane will be closed to traffic during construction. The bridge reconstruction is expected to last through November.

Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid congestion in the area.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

CWLP EMPLOYEE ARRESTED

Springfield City Police have arrested Bradley C. Barber, a 20-year employee, after he allegedly placed a noose on a forklift in a city facility today.

Barber was arrested at his place of work this afternoon. He was transported to the Springfield Police Station where he was being interviewed, and is being booked in the Sangamon County Jail.

Barber was immediately placed on unpaid leave by CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow.

“I have made it clear at every opportunity I had this week that this behavior will not be tolerated in our community,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “We cannot and will not put up with this kind of activity in the workplace, or anyplace. The hanging of a noose anywhere is inappropriate behavior and will be dealt with firmly.”

The employee was still at work, so an arrest was made at the job site.

Both the FBI and the Sangamon County State’s Attorney have been contacted about this incident. All information gathered will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney for his review to determine what charges will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Springfield In Bloom Winners To Be Announced

WHO: Mayor Tim Davlin, Springfield In Bloom participants, judges, and Springfield Green representatives.

WHAT: Presentation of awards in local landscape recognition contest. Winners in the categories of residential gardens, container gardens, business gardens and neighborhood/nonprofit projects will be recognized.

WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Illinois National Bank’s Downtown Conference Center, Fourth & Jackson Streets.

WHY: To recognize new and existing landscape projects that are making the most impact in the Capital City area.

Arrest made in bank robbery

Springfield Police have taken a 21-year-old man into custody in connection with the July 24, 2009, robbery of the Chase Bank, 1 East Old Capitol Plaza.

Booked into Sangamon County Jail on aggravated robbery charges is Theodore F. Beasley. He did not give police an address or his hometown. Bond has been set at $100,000.

Officers said during the course of their investigation of the robbery evidence pointed to Beasley as the suspect. He was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, in Bloomington, IL by members of the U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Officers of the SPD.

The amount of money taken in the robbery has not been disclosed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CWLP RESPONDING TO STORM-RELATED OUTAGES

Total customers affected drops to under 300.

Under 300 CWLP customers are without power in scattered areas around the city primarily due to trees in conflict with individual service lines and transformer issues. Two circuits were restored earlier this afternoon: one in Piper Glen subdivision affecting 150 customers due to a broken pole; another in an area roughly bound by 11th Street, Griffiths and Sangamon Avenues and 19th Street affecting 120 customers. CWLP troubleshooters, line crews, traffic crews and substation crews are in the field investigating causes and making repairs.

Motorists are reminded to treat all nonworking or flashing traffic signals as a four-way stop.

Customers outside of specific reported areas who have not already reported electric service problems or who arrive home to find their power out this evening should call the Electric Trouble Line at 789-2121.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Investigative Report completed on CWLP incident.


CWLP’s internal investigative report has been completed. Meanwhile, we are cooperating with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney and have already forwarded significant information to him for his review regarding the possibility of criminal charges in this matter, and whether or not he feels this should be categorized as a hate crime.

“Make no mistake about it, hate crimes have not and will not be tolerated,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “We are thoroughly investigating this incident and will take appropriate and necessary action, following the conclusion of our internal review.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Springfield Ranks High as Smart City

Springfield has been ranked fourth overall in an evaluation of medium-sized cities because of high marks for being an efficient, responsible and sustainable city. The evaluation included environmental initiatives, transportation infrastructure, zoning, building codes and waste management programs as well as improving access to open space, green jobs, affordable efficient housing and more. Previously known as the Green Guide, this project was undertaken to create a portrait of the progress that U.S. cities are making to move toward environmental stewardship and sustainability.

To determine which cities exhibit leadership roles as Smarter Cities, information was solicited from 655 cities of different population sizes from all around the country. The responses were combined with existing research from independent sources and then ranked across nine different sustainability criteria. The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a new website http://www.smartercities.nrdc.org/cities/springfield-il, that present the results of that research along with profiles of the top-ranking cities including Springfield, Illinois.

Friday, July 10, 2009

MAYOR DAVLIN ANNOUNCES PLAN TO BALANCE CITY BUDGET

Mayor Tim Davlin today announced that he has reached agreements with the Police and Fire unions which will result in a plan that could bring the municipal budget into balance, in light of unexpected expense increases and revenue decreases.

The city was facing additional costs of some $7 million, which is attributed to a number of issues including an anticipated $3.3 million decrease in state revenue. Because of those challenges, changes to city spending are being made to further trim city expenses.

“Before I even began to ask union representatives to consider changes, I made some $3.2 million cuts of my own," Davlin said. "Those include a de facto hiring freeze by not filling a significant number of positions, and postponing the hiring of critical positions and trimming a number of line items by delaying major purchases of vehicles, computers and other commodities.”

“That leaves the budget out of balance by $3.8 million. To eliminate this deficit I am going to propose that the City Council redirect $1.2 million in hotel motel tax receipts that had been set aside for infrastructure improvements. I will also ask the council to approve redirecting $500,000 in Fund 94 equipment monies. And, I will ask that the council approve a short term loan of $1.5 million.”

“That leaves a difference of $600,000. I am proposing to divide that equally across all city departments, which will result in everyone, union and non-union employees, taking three (3) furlough days, instead of the eight (8) that had already announced.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Street Closures for 2009 Capitol City Celebration

A number of downtown street closures will occur in anticipation of the Capitol City Celebration this weekend.
The following streets will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 3, at 9:00 a.m.:
• Fifth Street from Jefferson to Jackson
• Washington, Adams, Monroe and Capitol from Fourth to Sixth Streets
In addition, the following streets will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 3, by 5:00 p.m.:
• Washington, Adams and Monroe from Fourth to Seventh;
• Sixth from Jefferson to Capitol
• Fourth from Capitol to Monroe
• Adams from Third to Fourth (Farmers Market)
Additionally the above listed streets, the following streets will be closed on Saturday, July 4:
• Capitol and Jackson from Second to Fourth
• Second from Jackson to Monroe

Thursday, June 25, 2009

City promotes safe summer activities for children

Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin, Assistant Police Chief Robert Williams and Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson held a "Have a Safe Summer" rally at Union Baptist Church to promote safety for children now that school is out. Reverend McJunkins kicked off the rally calling on children to do the right thing and not get into trouble when there are so many other safe things they could do. Members of his congregation and others created posters and banners promoting safe summertime activities, to help others understand the importance of staying away from drugs, gangs and other things that could get them into trouble.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

CWLP OFFERING GREEN ENERGY PURCHASE PROGRAM

Average residential customer can be 100% green for $8 month.

Mayor Tim Davlin announced a new program, ‘Renewable Choice,’ a program to provide City Water, Light and Power customers with a way to neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

“This program gives everyone a way to address climate change in a practical and measurable manner,” said CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow. “For a few dollars a month any CWLP customer that chooses to be green can invest in renewable energy sources right through their utility bill.”

Through this program, customers can purchase RECs in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable resources through their monthly CWLP bill.

“CWLP’s current investment in wind energy represents 20% of our community’s native load,” Renfrow said. “Renewable Choice allows our customers who want to be 100% green to exceed the 20% level by purchasing these additional blocks of renewable wind and solar credits.”

A 200 kWh block, the minimum purchase for this program, is priced at $2. The typical residential CWLP customer uses 800 to 1,000 kWh per month and can, on average, have an account representing 100% renewable investment for an additional $8 per billing cycle. Five 200 kWh blocks is equal to one REC. All purchases will be billed and appear on the customer’s monthly CWLP electric bill.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Springfield named 5th best city for next gen workforce

The city of Springfield, Illinois has been ranked number 5 according to Next Generation Consulting's U.S. Next Cities List.

Springfield's affordability (their “Cost of Lifestyle” index) is listed as the most important to the next gen.

This means that our next gen workforce is willing to settle for a just average first (or second or third) job, as long as they can afford to pay their bills in the cities they want to live in.

Springfield ranks number 5 in cities of populations 100,000 to 200,000, beating such cities as Des Moines, Iowa; Peoria, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri who all were in the top 20.

Friday, June 5, 2009

CWLP COMMUNITY ENERGY MEETING

City Water, Light and Power’s next Community Energy Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the INB Conference Center at 4th & Jackson Streets from 6 to 8 p.m. Items on the agenda include an update on the federal stimulus package projects (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) as well as details on new customer programs.

The CWLP Community Energy Meetings are designed to provide updates to the public on progress made regarding environmental and energy saving activities and to solicit suggestions and ideas from the community regarding energy programs and related issues. CWLP is using the input received from these meetings to enhance existing programs and develop new energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Public participation is encouraged to help CWLP develop the most effective and practical programs for its customers. CWLP customers wanting more information on this forum may call 789-2070.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Entries being accepted for Springfield in Bloom

Springfield In Bloom, the city’s landscape beautification contest, is accepting entries for new and existing landscaped areas visible from the street. Categories for participation include Home Gardens, Neighborhood Gardens, Business Gardens, Nonprofit Gardens and Makeover Projects. Farmer’s Market gift certificates and garden markers will be awarded to multiple winners across all categories. Entry forms are attached or can be filled out or downloaded via http://www.springfieldinbloom.org/about.htm . Deadline to enter is July 6.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Police Officer promoted to Sergeant

Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin and Police Chief Ralph A. Caldwell, Jr. today announced the promotion of Officer David Wesselman to the rank of Sergeant.

“His past experience within the SPD will be helpful in this new assignment,” Mayor Davlin said. “I want to congratulate him on the promotion.”

Wesselman, 46, joined the Department in April 1987. Wesselman is a graduate of Petersburg Porta High School and he attended Lincoln Land Community College. He is married and the father of two daughters. Wesselman is a member of the Hostage Negotiating Team and the Crisis Intervention Team. He is being assigned to the Third Shift in the Field Operations Division.

“His 22 years of service in the ranks of the SPD and experience he has gained in various assignments will be very helpful at the Sergeant’s rank,” said Chief Caldwell.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crimes on the decline in Springfield


The index of major crimes in Springfield shows a marked decrease in the number of incidents. The 10% decrease covers the first four months of 2009 as compared to the same period last year.

"While it is nice to see these numbers decrease, we cannot let down our guard when it comes to law enforcement," Mayor Tim Dalvin said. "We must remain ever vigilent and continue to pursue criminals on every front."

"These figures reflect a good job done by officers on the Springfield Police Department. We must continue to support them as they continue to protect and serve."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mayor Davlin applauds Salvation Army


The Salvation Army of Sangamon County today announced plans to purchase the property at 100 N. Ninth Street in Springfield. "At our current location, we are landlocked and cannot expand," said Major Paul Logan, Corps Officer. "With the larger building, we wil lbe able to house more of Springfield's homeless, including adding rooms for families which we haven ot been able to serve currently.

The building is 60,000 square feet iwth a parking lot for 225 vehicles. All the current services being offered at the corps will be moved to the Ninth Street location.

Mayor Tim Davlin joined Major Logan as he made the announcement. "We are pleased that the Salvation Army has found a suitable location to move and expand into a facility that serves more people in our community," Davlin said.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

State signs Wind Power Agreement with City of Springfield

Governor Pat Quinn signed an agreement between the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) and the city of Springfield to purchase wind power to be used by state facilities in the capital city. “This partnership between the state and the city of Springfield will make our capital city a greener place,” said Governor Quinn. “It will not only reduce our carbon footprint by powering state buildings with a clean and renewable energy source, but also reduce our electricity consumption through a collaboration with the city to improve building energy efficiency.” The agreement allows the state to fulfill an obligation made by the previous administration to power all state CMS-managed state buildings in Springfield with 100 percent wind-generated electricity.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

CWLP Energy Services Office offering low-cost/no-cost efficiency workshop

The CWLP Energy Services Office will host another Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshop on Wednesday, April 29th. The free 90-minute workshop, which focuses on home energy efficiency improvements that can be made for little or no cost, provides residential electric customers with a crash course in how to become efficiency do-it-yourselfers.

The workshop will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at the downtown branch of Lincoln Library, on the corner of Seventh and Monroe Streets. The program is open and free of charge to all CWLP residential electric customers. Reservations: call 789-2070 or email nrgxprts@cwlp.com your name, residential address and daytime telephone number.

Southern View students celebrate Arbor Day with CWLP

On Friday, April 24th, students at Southern View Elementary celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting and dedication with representatives of the City of Springfield and City Water, Light and Power. This is CWLP’s 10th year partnering with an area school in an effort to promote the importance of trees to the environment as well as their aesthetic value. CWLP donated two dogwood trees for the school’s grounds and its tree contractor and Nelson Tree Service provided funding for educational materials.

CWLP has been designated as a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its ongoing efforts to protect and enhance Springfield’s urban forest while still safeguarding the reliability of the city’s electricity delivery system.

Mayor Davlin thanks Governor for reopening Dana Thomas House

Mayor Tim Davlin thanked Governor Pat Quinn for recognizing the economic value of tourism to the City of Springfield by reopening the shuttered Dana Thomas House. The Dana Thomas House, perhaps the best preserved example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie period dwellings, was built for feminist socialite and heiress Susan Lawrence Dana. Constructed between 1902 and 1904, the spectacular brick house was the largest designed by Wright to that time. It covers 12,600 square feet, with thirty-five rooms and sixteen major spaces. It contains more than 100 pieces of original Wright furniture and 250 examples of art glass doors and windows.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bartlett to leave CWLP

Assistant General Manager and Chief Engineer Jay Bartlett will be leaving City Water, Light & Power to take a new position outside city government. General Manger Todd Renfrow has named Eric Hobbie to replace Bartlett. Mayor Tim Davlin is expected to forward Hobbie's appointment to the Springfield City Council for their endorsement next month.

Bartlett has been with CWLP for some 24 years. He has seen the construction of the new 200 MG coal fired electric generating plant through to completion. It is expected to begin generating electricity for the first time within about a month.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

City Council to meet at 6:00 p.m.

The Springfield City Council will meet on Tuesday evening, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. Aldermen have given their approval to move meetings to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in order to reduce staff overtime and comp time costs.
The new time will not become effective until the first meeting in May because the time for public consideration of zoning issues had been established as 6:00 p.m. by official legal notification. Therefore the meeting should begin no sooner than 6:00 p.m. to allow for appropriate public comment. Zoning issues are heard at the second City Council meeting of each month, which falls on the third Tuesday.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Springfield Firefighter Honored as Red Cross Hero



Springfield Firefighter Scott Weitekamp was honored today but the Illinois Capitol Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for his heroic actions taken while off duty. The Red Cross stated that "There is not doubt that Scott's actions helped save lives that day and helped to stabilize a serious accident scene. His selfless actions exemplified the dedication to service that is at the very heart of firefighter" The 2009 Heroes Breakfast highlights and reinforces the values of courage, initiative, compassion, personal responsibility and humanity that underlie heroic actions which save lives and/or demonstrate an extraordinary degree of unselfish character.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Money Smart Week® Illinois

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Wearing the Green for MSWIf you don't know where to start on making a budget or how to manage your investments, come to 2009 MSW for the answer. And you can "Go Green" while you save some green. There are nearly 450 sponsored events in the state. You can learn everything from teaching your children how to save to preparing for a financially sound retirement. Most are free, but some do require registration. There are events that are held online. Just click your way to an event that's just right for you!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

2009 Branch pickup program begins Monday

The Springfield Department of Public Works will begin its annual branch pickup program on Monday, April 6, 2009. The program traditionally runs through the end of November. Residents are asked to place branches on the parkway in front of their homes, the space between the sidewalk and curb. Public Works crews will begin picking them up on Monday. It usually takes about 5 weeks for crews to completely go from one end of the city to the other.

To help residents better determine when their branches might be picked up, a new branch pickup map has been placed on the city’s website HERE. The map is color coded to identify areas of the city in which crews have just completed pickup, are working presently, and where they will go next. It will be updated as crews move throughout the city.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New officers sworn in

Seven police patrol officer candidates have gotten their badges today when they were sworn in as Springfield's newest officers. They are Robert L. Johnson, Michael D. Phillips, Benjamin A. McGill, Michael J. Reidy Jr., Joseph E. Womble, Rachel D. Leggitt, and Timothy Jenkins.

“The addition of these officers is a continuation of our program to get more officers patrolling Springfield streets,” Mayor Davlin said. “I want to congratulate and welcome these new officers to the Springfield Police Department force.”

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Springfield seeks Police candidates

Testing will soon begin which will lead to the hiring of new Springfield Police Patrol Officers. Potential candidates may pick up informational application packets anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Office of Human Resources, Room 309 in Municipal Center West, at Seventh and Monroe Streets. Completed applications and required documentation are now being accepted in the Office of Human Resources during normal business hours through May 8, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

To download application form click HERE.