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