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.”