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 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.

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

a href="">Money Smart Week Illinois will take place April 18–25, 2009 in the Capitol Area in and around Springfield.

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.