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.

Friday, June 19, 2009


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


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.