Friday, November 19, 2010

FAMILY ESCAPES FIRE UNHARMED THANKS TO CITY INSTALLED SMOKE DETECTORS

Early on Tuesday morning, November 16th, fire struck a home in the 2000 block of north 20th street. Had it not been for operating smoke detectors that had been properly installed by the Springfield Fire Department, the outcome of the fire could have been tragic.

Nicole Evans, her boyfriend, Gregory, and her daughter, Lydia, all escaped unharmed after smoke detectors alerted them to the presence of smoke coming from their registers. When flames were seen coming from the top of the furnace, Nicole dialed 911, grabbed her daughter and all three escaped unharmed.

This is the first known incident in which smoke detectors installed by the Springfield Fire Department have saved lives.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE RAID SAME HOUSE TWICE

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Springfield Police narcotics unit assisted by the Street Crimes Unit and members from the Patrol Division obtained a search warrant for 1926 Brown, looking for illegal drug activity. The visit resulted in the arrest of seven individuals, all from Chicago, and the confiscation of 86 grams of cannabis and over $2,500 in cash.

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, suspecting the operation was still going on, Springfield Police returned to the same house with another search warrant. This time, they arrested one individual, and confiscated more than 94 grams of cannabis and over $1,100 in cash.

Arrested on November 8th for manufacture and delivery of 30-500 grams of cannabis were:

Rashawn Carter m/b 35 from Chicago,
Shannon Robertson m/b 29 from Chicago,
Antwan Grant m/b 29 from Chicago,
Brashawn Newton m/b 20 from Chicago,
Jeffery Dangerfield m/b 24 from Chicago,
Demetrius Robertson m/b 18 from Chicago,
Rodney Harris m/b 29 from Chicago.

Arrested on November 9th during the second search on the same charge:

Osman Q. Sandford m/b 24 from Chicago.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Regulators Work with Springfield Officials to Protect Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD –Investigators from the City of Springfield, the Springfield Police Department and the Building and Zoning Department teamed up with Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to make sure that roofing firms seeking to do business in Springfield are appropriately licensed. Of the five roofers checked for licenses so far, four unlicensed roofers were found to be actively seeking roofing work in the City. As a result of the compliance detail, investigators arrested four people and charged them with Licensure Requirement 225 ILCS 335/9(1) Class A Misdemeanor.

Charged were Stephen L. Richardson (DOB 3/10/75), 800 block N. 3rd, Riverton; Eric Anderson (DOB 3/5/79), 1500 block 900th St., Mount Pulaski; Brandon L. Rathbone (DOB 3/23/83), 400 block North St., Springfield; and David L. Edwards (DOB 4/15/65) 1200 block of 500 St., Mount Pulaski. Since this is an ongoing investigation, additional arrests are possible.

All too often – especially during the construction season or after a major storm – property owners are solicited by unscrupulous roofing contractors and pressured to accept work with high prices and low quality. In response to consumer complaints and concerns raised by homeowners, city officials and IDFPR investigators conducted compliance checks in Springfield on roofing contractors. Investigators met with contractors and determined if they were properly licensed in the State of Illinois.

“When you hire a roofing contractor, you should be assured that they are reputable. That’s the reason they must be licensed by the State of Illinois,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “If you hire an unlicensed contractor, it is likely he will not be bonded and not have insurance. Should someone get hurt, the homeowner would be left in a lurch and could get unnecessarily sued

Thursday, October 21, 2010

REHABILITATION OF SPRINGFIELD AMTRAK STATION SET TO MOVE FORWARD


The rehabilitation and upgrading of Springfield’s Amtrak station will soon begin, now that a contract has been awarded for the work. Evans Construction has been selected by Amtrak to lead completion of this project.

“We have been working toward this for a long time,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “We have sought to upgrade the facility and add areas of green space so that travelers will have a positive experience when they pass through the station. Now that this bid has been awarded, we will see a time line established that will more clearly identify when each of these improvements to be made.”

The Chicago to St. Louis rail corridor is one of the fastest growing routes in the country. Ridership has more than doubled over the past five years, and is up more than 13 percent this year alone topping 572,000 riders. More and more people are deciding to take the train and leave their automobiles home. Springfield is the 49th most used station stop on the entire nationwide Amtrak system. More than 190,000 people boarded or detrained in the Capital city during the fiscal year ending September 30th.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE ARREST A DOZEN INDIVIDUALS IN ONGOING HEROIN INVESTIGATION

Twelve individuals have been arrested by Springfield Police on charges of possessing and/or selling heroin in Springfield. Those arrests have resulted in the seizure of more than 263 grams of heroin with a street value of $52,640, and the seizure of more than $2,400 in cash.

Over the past several months, the Springfield Police Department Narcotics Unit has been investigating the illegal use and distribution of heroin in our city. Dubbed, Operation “H” Jam, officers spent countless hours tracking the heroin trade in Springfield. The Narcotics unit was joined by members of the Patrol Division and the Street Crimes Unit to initiate arrests during Operation “H” Jam.

“It is important that we work to stop the flow of unlawful drugs in our community,” said Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin. “To do this, we combined several units within our Police Department to increase their effectiveness. This combined operation has resulted in the arrests a number of individuals that were contributing to the heroin trade in Springfield.”

“But, our work is not done. Frequently when people are arrested, others move in to take their place. That is why we are continuing to investigate heroin trade in Springfield, and will continue to bring individuals to justice who are possessing and selling unlawful drugs.”

Because Operation “H” Jam is ongoing, we can only release the names of 10 individuals that were arrested at this time. They are: Timothy D. Akins, Keith L. Powell, Douglass E. Cortelyou, Micah S. Spates, Kevin Godfrey, Elray Prophet, Charles Smith, Jessica Traylor, Willie J. Buckins and Audra Lurks.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CITY TO CONTINUE FALL LEAF PICKUP PROGRAM UNCHANGED


The City of Springfield's 2010 fall leaf pickup program will begin on Monday, November 1, and end on Friday, November 12.

“Even though the economy has kept city revenue depressed, we have decided not to cut back the Fall leaf pickup program this year,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “We will be providing the same program that we provided last year. While it is difficult to predict when leaves will fall, this city-sponsored leaf pickup program will help residents to get rid of the bulk of their leaves by eliminating the need to purchase stickers for each bag.”

In order for residents to take advantage of the program, they should place leaves in paper yard waste bags or cans marked "YARDWASTE" at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of each week. If they are not left by Monday of the second week, they may not get picked up. Do not remove the bagged leaves or cans from the curb once you place them there.

Plastic bags will not be accepted. Leaves left on boulevards will not be picked up. They should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways. Leaves should be placed in paper yardwaste bags--not grocery sacks or boxes. Do not put any sort of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.

Waste cans are acceptable, but they cannot weigh more than 60 pounds and must be marked "yardwaste" in letters large enough to be seen from the street by the drivers. Bags containing grass are not part of the program and will require a sticker for pick up. They will not be picked up until after the City’s Fall leaf pick up program is completed.

Friday, September 3, 2010

SPRINGFIELD MUNICIPAL BAND TO PRESENT SPECIAL PERFORMANCE ON SEPTEMBER 11th


A special patriotic concert by the Springfield Municipal Band will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010. The event will also serve as a fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project which is sponsored by an organization that works with military personnel who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The concert will be held on Saturday, September 11th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Douglas Park band shell. Conductor Gene Haas has carefully selected a collection of patriotic music for the event.

This special concert is a tribute not only to those who lost their lives on 9/11, but also the many individuals whose lives have been affected by it, either directly or through military involvement because of it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

9th International Route 66 Mother Road Festival & Car Show Returns to Downtown Springfield, Illinois.

A shiny car with lots of power hitting the open road is part of the American fabric. The spirit of freedom that idea conveys requires little explanation to most Americans; and it is the object of envy of many around the world. Throw in some of the worlds most prized and powerful shiny cars and the world’s ultimate open road—Route 66; and the spirit grows to legend. That spirit will be celebrated in grand style again on September 24, 25, and 26, 2010 in Downtown Springfield Illinois along Route 66 as the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show returns for its 9th annual run.

Friday, July 30, 2010

NEIGHBORS’ WATCHFULNESS LEADS TO BURGLARY ARRESTS

On Thursday, 29 July 2010 at 12:43 p.m., a citizen in the 2200 block of South 10th St. observed two teenaged boys acting suspiciously near his neighbor’s house. The boys were observed knocking on the front door and when they received no response, they went to the back door. At that point the neighbor telephoned police and reported the possible burglary in progress. Multiple police units responded to the call, and the first unit to arrive observed the two suspects running away from the residence. It was later determined that the rear door to the house had been forced open.

A foot chase then ensued with the suspects. Both suspects were eventually apprehended. The first suspect, a 15 year old boy, was apprehended in the 2100 block of Yale Blvd. The second suspect, Tramonde Woods 17, was apprehended in the 2200 block of South 14th St.

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that these suspects are responsible for nine (9) other burglaries in the area during the month of July. Detectives are continuing there investigation into these crimes.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

WITNESSES HELP APPREHEND MURDER SUSPECT

Quick work by nearby workers helped capture a suspect wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 48-year-old woman at the rear of 930 S. Eleventh Street. The incident occurred about 8:35 this morning.

The preliminary investigation reveals that an argument ended with the male suspect stabbing the female victim numerous times. Some nearby workers observed this incident and tried to break up the argument. The suspect then fled upon the approach of the witnesses which led to a foot chase. The witnesses were able to detain the suspect at the intersection of 11th & Cook where he was taken into custody by responding Springfield Police Department Units.

The victim was taken to Memorial Medial Center where she died shortly after arrival. The identity of the victim will be released by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office upon notification of next of kin.

The suspect in this case is Richard M. Garrett (50) of Springfield. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail facing charges of First Degree Murder.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ACCESS 4 PROGRAMMING RETURNS


Expands availability to more people

Following a period of final testing, regular programming has returned on Access 4, providing more than 250 hours of Public Access television programming every week. Independent producers have developed a variety of shows which can now be seen at the same times they had been aired in previous years. Management of Access 4 was transferred to the City earlier this year and new equipment has been installed and programmed, making it possible to again provide these programs to the public.

The locally produced Public Access programming can be seen not only on Comcast channel 4, but it is also available on AT&T’s U-verse television system. On U-verse, Public Access 4 and Municipal Access 18 can be found under the channel 99 group on the programming guide.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

FREE WORKPLACE RECYCLING & SUSTAINABILITY PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULED

The newly formed Springfield Green Business Network (SGBN) is hosting a seminar with the Illinois Recycling Association (IRA), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Illinois National Bank to introduce businesses to a new statewide Online Workplace Recycling Toolkit. The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Illinois National Bank’s Downtown Conference Center at Fourth and Jackson Streets. Besides the introduction to the recycling toolkit, the seminar will cover sustainable practices and a variety of ways for businesses to reduce waste and recycle materials from the workplace.

The Toolkit is an online site, www.illinoisrecycles.org, through the IRA that will soon be available to provide specific guidelines and suggestions for waste reduction and how to increase recycling at work. The SGBN, which will also be introduced at this meeting, was formed to provide Springfield businesses the opportunity to share resources and opportunities to make Springfield businesses more sustainable and more competitive in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation. SGBN will also solicit ideas from attendees on the types of information or assistance they feel will be most useful to them in reaching their sustainability goals.

A light lunch will be provided to attend the free seminar, however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email the City of Springfield’s Division of Waste & Recycling at wynne.coplea@cwlp.com or call 789-2327. Registrants should include the name(s) of those attending and business or organization name. The registration deadline for this event is Friday, July 23rd.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD WINS $10,000 GRANT FOR FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

The City of Springfield has been named a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to help pay for its Fourth of July fireworks presentation. Back in May, Liberty Mutual launched Bring Back the 4th™, a contest encouraging people across America to rally together and earn $10,000 grants to help continue their cities’ and towns’ official Fourth of July celebrations.

Liberty Mutual reported that tens of thousands of Americans took their Responsible Moments in U.S. History quiz to earn credits for their local Independence Day traditions. Each completed quiz counted as one credit towards a website visitor's town, and the 10 municipalities with the most completed quizzes were awarded grants. Bring Back the 4th grants are awarded to cities and towns in three size-based categories: small, medium, and large.

“We are ecstatic that so many Springfield residents participated in this quiz to help us earn this Fourth of July fireworks grant,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “When we entered the contest, I was confident that we would do well, and hopeful that we would prevail. Thanks to the input of many of our residents, the City of Springfield will put on quite a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July.”

The City of Springfield had already secured a generous $7,000 grant from ICG Illinois which operates the Viper Mine, when they learned earlier this week that the City was short of fireworks funds. Combined with the Liberty Mutual grant, the City will be providing a $17,000 fireworks spectacular utilizing no government funds.

Friday, June 11, 2010

MAYOR DAVLIN TO HOLD SERIES OF NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS

In an effort to increase the public’s participation in City decision-making, Mayor Tim Davlin is organizing a series of neighborhood meetings to be held over the next few months. These sessions will provide a forum for discussion outside of the restrictions of the City Council chambers on City programs and services prior to planning for next year’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

“As residents become more familiar with the functions and services that City government provides, they are better able to utilize those services,” said Mayor Davlin. “It’s also important for some of our City directors to be able to meet with the residents to become more familiar with neighborhood concerns and be better able to provide services to meet those needs.”

These meetings will allow for direct citizen dialogue with the Mayor, the Director of Public Works, the Chief of Police and the General Manager of City Water, Light and Power. Residents will be better able to identify specific concerns and help establish a priority for services in the neighborhoods. The meetings will also provide information directly to residents on how City departments respond to issues so that problems can be addressed.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

SPRINGFIELD RATED ONE OF THE TOP 50 BEST SMALL CITIES FOR JOB GROWTH

NewGeography.com has ranked the city of Springfield 42nd in a field of 234 small cities for best in job growth. In its latest survey, Springfield came out ahead of such communities as Rochester, Minnesota, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. NewGeography.com is a website devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where people live and work.

“We have always felt that Springfield offers attractive employment opportunities, especially in the medical and hospitality industries,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “The medical sector of the economy will only increase in opportunity as the Medical District continues to expand. Likewise, tourism has been fueling an increase in activities within the hospitality industry.”

“Being ranked 42 out of 234 comparable cities for best cities for job growth is certainly a feather in our cap,” Davlin added.

In identifying the methodology they used for the 2010 rankings New Geography said it emphasized the robustness of a region's growth both recently and over time. The rankings include all of the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports monthly employment data.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Help us improve our 4th of July Fireworks

We are trying to capture a $10,000 grant to help pay for fireworks for our 4th of July celebration. Liberty Mutual has a contest going that gives you an opportunity to help us in their “Bring Back the 4th grants.”

All you need to do is complete an eight-question quiz on “Responsible Moments in U.S. History.” Click HERE to participate in the quiz. Your entry counts as one point toward our goal of having the most participants. The 10 top towns will then be eligible to win $10,000 grants. Use 62701 as the zip code on your entry.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

SECOND ARREST MADE IN WEEKEND HOMICIDE

This morning at approximately 5:15 a.m. the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Mr. Elijah B. Muldrow, M/B 7-6-89 of the 1500 block of S. 7th Street. He has been charged with First Degree Murder. Bond had been set at $2,000,000. Mr. Muldrow telephoned the U.S. Marshal’s and made arrangements to peacefully turn himself in.

Mr. Muldrow was wanted on a Sangamon County arrest warrant for the murder of Mr. Jarrad Norris which occurred on Saturday, 29 May 2010, in the 1500 block of South 7th St.

The Springfield Police Department is continuing its investigation into this crime. No further arrests are anticipated.

No photos of the arrestee can be released at this time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

DOWNTOWN STREET CLOSURES FOR WEEKEND HOT ROD POWER TOUR

Many downtown City streets will be closed to traffic on Sunday to accommodate the Hot Rod Power Tour event. Up to 3,500 specialty cars are expected to be put on display in the downtown area.

Generally, streets will be closed in an area bounded by Jefferson on the North, Cook on the South, Ninth on the East and Second on the West. Access to the downtown hotels will be from Adams off Ninth Street. Access to the Abraham Lincoln Home site is on Capitol from Ninth Street. Jefferson, Cook, Ninth and Second will remain open to traffic.

Additionally, Sixth Street at South Grand will be closed to through traffic from South Grand to Cook. Seventh Street will remain open until 11:00 a.m.

Parking meters including meters for people with disabilities will be bagged on Saturday night. Parking will be allowed at bagged meters until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Cars still parked on downtown public streets within the show area after 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning will be subject to tow. All streets within the downtown area will be closed to traffic at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and remain closed until late Sunday evening.

MAYOR DAVLIN ANNOUNCES CLEANUP PLAN FOR FLOOD DAMAGED PROPERTY

Mayor Tim Davlin today outlined the city’s cleanup plan following last week’s storm that dumped more than 5 inches of rain on the city in less than 90 minutes. The heavy rains caused basements to flood, damaging or destroying property in the process.

Residents have three options for having their materials removed.

1. Springfield residents who have large bulky items like sofas or refrigerators should call Allied Waste and request a large item pickup. There is no cost to residents. As many as three items can be picked up under this year-round program. Call Allied Waste at 522-7797 to arrange for pickup.

2. Residents who want to haul the trash to the dump themselves can obtain a coupon that will allow for free dumping at the landfill on Sandhill Road. The landfill is open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Coupons can be obtained by contacting Wynne Coplea at 789-2070 or stopping at the Energy Services office, 231 South 6th Street. The landfill on Sandhill Road will not take appliances, tires, batteries or landscape material. (For residents who do not live in Springfield, the coupons are available by contacting your Township Road Commissioner.)

3. Residents, who have no way of hauling the materials themselves, will have their trash removed by City Public Works crews between today and Friday. Trash must be at the curb by Friday morning for pickup. Branch pickup is being temporarily suspended until this special storm pickup is completed on Friday.

Monday, May 17, 2010

PHASE TWO OF THE CAPITOL AVENUE PROJECT TO BEGIN

Phase two of the Capitol Avenue project will begin this week with the closure of Capitol between 5th and 6th streets on Thursday, May 20th. This will allow for utility relocation and the reconstruction of the pavement. Also, 6th Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic to facilitate the reconstruction of the intersection at Capitol. This part of phase two involving the closure of 5th to 6th Streets will last approximately two months, but the timetable is extremely weather dependent. The portion of Capitol from 7th to 6th will be closed later in the construction season.

Motorists should follow the marked detour route or use alternate routes to avoid the closure. Pedestrians are asked to use caution in the area as some sidewalks could be closed.

The Capitol Avenue project’s first phase, from 11th to 7th Street was completed last year. It involved removing the street, rebuilding and moving utilities, and rebuilding the roadway with decorative brick. New sidewalks and landscaping are also being installed, in an effort to beautify the promenade leading to the state Capital.

The design was created to achieve a balance between Capitol Avenue’s roles as a traffic artery and a ceremonial corridor was critical to the project’s success. Capitol Avenue currently carries approximately 6,000 vehicles per day. The design also enhanced the visual experience of the Capitol Building.

The Capitol Avenue project was a recommendation made by the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team back in 2002 as part of a larger design to make downtown more livable and inviting. It was described as “arguably the most important streetscape environment in the city of Springfield” by the R/UDAT team.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Springfield Police arrest 8 in drug sweep

Eight (8) people have been arrested by the Springfield Police Department and charged with a variety of drug related offenses, the result of actions taken over a three (3) day period by the Springfield Police Department’s Pro-Active Crime Unit and Street Crime Unit with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team.

Officers also confiscated a variety of illegal drugs, various drug equipment including scales, over $1,800 cash and several weapons. Search warrants were issued for seven locations where suspected drug activity was occurring and were executed between 05-12-10 and 05-14-10. One arrest is still pending under one of the search warrants where items were recovered.

“This action culminates many, many hours of hard work by officers who have monitored illicit activity and developed information that resulted in arrests,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “It is comforting to know that we have taken a number of drug dealers off the street. Hopefully this will send a signal to others that we will be watching closely and taking action when appropriate.”

Charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis were:

Denetrious Horton M/B 04/22/81 - 1011 S. 12th
James McGrone M/B 01/27/78 - 1011 S. 12th
Anthony McGrone M/B 10/12/85 – 1011 S. 12th
John V. Daughtery M/W 01/28/82 – 1037 W. Elliott
Anthony Gregory M/B 08/22/79 – 1331 E. Edwards
Pam Williams F/W 09/12/73 – 804 S. 13th
Timothy D. Akins M/B 01/01/75 – 2006 E. Pine

Charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance was:
David E. Readus M/B 08/03/83 – 1815 E. Pine

Additionally, Gregory was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon, and Akins was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Confiscated were digital scales, some with cocaine residue, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, four handguns, ammunition and more than $1,800 in cash.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT BESTOWS AWARDS TO CIVILIANS AND OFFICERS FOR 2009

Awards and certificates were handed out today to a number of individuals who displayed extraordinary efforts to help solve crimes and maintain the peace in the City of Springfield.

“I want to thank the Springfield Police Department for being one of the first to step up to the plate and agree to concessions that are allowing us to get through these difficult financial times,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “Everyone has had to tighten their belts as we moved into the new fiscal year. The Police Department early on agreed to partner with us and help us get through this period without laying off any officers.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Springfield tops Peoria in mailed in census count


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis congratulates Mayor Tim Davlin as Springfield overtakes Peoria in the percentage of census forms mailed in. According to Census Bureau figures, Springfield had a 77% rate of return while Peoria had a 75% rate of return. A friendly wager between the two mayors involved dinner and a proclamation stating the winning city bested the non-winner.

Friday, April 23, 2010

MEMBERS NAMED TO COOL CITIES ADVISORY COUNCIL

Mayor Tim Davlin has named nine individuals to serve on Springfield’s Cool Cities Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to provide guidance and direction on a variety of issues as they relate to the Cool Cities initiative and the use of renewable energy.

“This Council will be essential in helping us move forward with our initiative to doing our part to reduce the threat of global warming,” Mayor Davlin said. “When we signed onto the U. S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, we committed to do our part to expand green initiatives and curb emissions. This Council will be critical in facilitating this initiative.”

Those appointed to the Cool Cities Advisory Council are:

Robert Kobylarz, Chairman, Vice President for Sustainability at Bunn-o-Matic
Robert Cusick, P. E., S. E., Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Hanson Professional Services
Kevin Greene, Manager of the Office of Pollution Prevention at the Illinois EPA
Robert Ruff, Senior Public Service Administrator retired, IDNR
Bryan Johnsrud, Senior Civil Engineer with Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Melody LaMar, former Owner/Broker, Exceptional Realty Services
Jay Neposchlan, Special Services Manager of the Illinois Department of Revenue
Will Reynolds, Vice Chair of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Director of the Community Volunteer Center
David Saladino, Environmental Protection Specialist, Illinois EPA

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MacArthur Extension to open April 30, 2010.

The MacArthur Extension will be opened to traffic following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 30, 2010. Mayor Davlin is expected to be joined at the event by Senator Dick Durbin, Gary Hannig, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, other city and state officials, representatives of the firms that have worked on and designed the extension, neighborhood groups and others.

Construction on the two-mile extension of MacArthur Boulevard was started in 2007. Costing $40 million, the new roadway connects MacArthur Boulevard from Wabash to a new interchange at I-72.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Several streets near the Capital will be closed or have reduced lanes tomorrow and Wednesday

Several streets near the Capital will be closed or have reduced lanes tomorrow and Wednesday to allow for large crowds who plan to rally and lobby the legislature.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010:

Capitol Street between Second and Third will be closed at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010:

On Monroe between Second and Pasfield, the south parking lane and next two driving lanes will be closed at 8:30 a.m. for bus drop off. North parking lane and driving lane will remain open for traffic use.

Second street between Monroe and Jackson will be closed at 9:00 a.m.

Second to Edwards, Edwards to College, College to Monroe and Monroe to Second street will be closed at 12:00 noon to allow for a march around Capitol complex of about 15,000 – 20,000 people.

All streets will be open to traffic by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.

MAYOR DAVLIN ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON THE RAILROAD CORRIDOR STUDY

Mayor Tim Davlin is inviting Springfield area residents to attend an open house public meeting to learn more about the Railroad Corridor Study and to offer their comments on the issues that affect their neighborhoods.

“This special meeting will provide a forum where anyone can offer comment on the future of railroad traffic through Springfield,” Davlin said. “We want as many people as possible to turn out for this meeting so that everybody’s voices can be heard.”

“Railroad traffic through Springfield is likely to double in the near future. Studying which route is best to handle this increase in train traffic is the only way we can begin to manage the congestion that is sure to follow. This rail study will examine the impacts of various alternatives and, hopefully, provide a plan to keep our residents safe, allow for relatively smooth vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and not hamper the commerce of rail traffic.”

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 20, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Monday, April 12, 2010

18TH ANNUAL EARTH AWARENESS FAIR

The 18th Annual Earth Awareness Fair will be held Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol. “Springfield’s annual Earth Awareness Fair is the oldest continuous Earth Day celebration in Illinois and we are proud to host this all-ages event,” said Mayor Davlin.

Information on eco-friendly choices such as recycling, energy efficiency, native plants/ habitat and water conservation will be available. Exhibits, giveaways, games and crafts will be offered, all with an environmental message. Live music will be provided by local musicians Tom Irwin and Thornhill. A bicycle rally will be held with bicyclists gathering at the Old State Capitol at 12:00 for a ride around the downtown area to raise awareness of alternative forms of transportation.
Rain barrels will again be available for sale at the Fair.

Using a rain barrel is an excellent way to lessen the demand on our drinking water systems and reduce energy consumption by not having to purify ground water for residential irrigation purposes. Area homeowners can save money while helping the environment and reducing storm water run-off by capturing water in rain barrels.

Admission to the Earth Awareness Fair is free. It will be held rain, or shine. Join us for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SPECIAL CITY SPRING LEAF AND YARDWASTE PICK UP PROGRAM ALMOST OVER


The last day to set out yardwaste is Monday morning, April 12, to take advantage of the City of Springfield's yardwaste pickup program.

Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags or cans and placed at the curb. The last day to set out yard waste for the special collection is Sunday evening. Do not remove the bagged leaves or cans from your curb once you place them there. No plastic bags will be accepted. Leaves left on boulevards will NOT be picked up.

Leaves should be placed in paper yardwaste bags--not grocery sacks or boxes. Cans of yard waste rather than paper bags are acceptable, but they cannot weigh more than 60 pounds and must be marked “yard waste” in letters large enough to be seen from the street by the drivers.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Parade Day Cab Ride Final Numbers Are In!

The Springfield Police Department is pleased to announce that our St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride program was once again a tremendous success. During the time of the free rides, Springfield Police handled 8 motor vehicle crashes, of which only 2 resulted in minor injury. None of these crashes were alcohol-related. We made 3 DUI arrests during this same time period.

Local cab companies gave 306 free rides home at a cost of $2529.50. It was our goal to eliminate the drunk driver and the resultant crashes from our roadways during this period of celebration. These numbers are very encouraging and make our efforts worthwhile.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Part of Eastbound Cook to close for tree removal.

The eastbound traffic lanes on Cook Street from McCreery to Wheeler Avenues will be closed on Thursday, March 4th, to remove a tree. The closure should last one day, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use caution traveling westbound on Cook Street. Motorists traveling eastbound are asked to use the marked detour or to avoid the area

Eastbound Adams closed between 10th and 11th.

The eastbound traffic lane of Adams Street from 10th to 11th Streets will be closed due to sewer repairs. The sanitary sewer repair should be completed in a week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use caution traveling westbound on Adams Street. Motorists traveling eastbound are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Traffic pattern will shift Friday at Washington Street bridge project.

Washington Street bridge reconstruction west of Chatham Road/Bruns Lane will have a new traffic pattern starting Friday, March 5th, in order to reconstruct the north lanes of the bridge. Traffic will be switched to the south lanes. One lane of traffic will be open to traffic in each direction throughout the reconstruction project. Eastbound left turns from Washington to Bruns Lane will once again be allowed.

The bridge reconstruction will last through June, weather permitting.

First between Ash and Oaks to close

First Street between Ash and Oaks Streets will be closed to traffic starting Thursday, March 4th, for sewer and road repairs. The sewer and road repairs should be completed by Monday, March 8th, but may be delayed by weather.

WATER OUTAGE PLANNED FOR MAIN REPAIRS

On Thursday, March 4, City Water, Light and Power customers located on Carpenter Street between 14th and 17th Streets and also those on 16th Street between Carpenter Street and Moffat Avenue will be temporarily without water while a water main valve is replaced. The service interruption is expected to begin around 8 a.m. with repairs expecting to be complete by noon Thursday.

This outage was previously scheduled for today but longer than expected excavation work has delayed the service interruption to tomorrow.

To accommodate repair crews, the east-bound lanes of Carpenter Street and the north-bound lanes of 16th Street at that intersection are currently closed. A detour route is marked with signage and will remain in place until surface pavement repairs are complete.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mayor Davlin comments on police union vote

I’m pleased that our working relationship with the Police Benevolent and Protective Association has resulted in our ability to avoid layoffs of police officers. I appreciate the PBPA’s commitment to the citizens of Springfield.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Police make arrest in vehicular invasion.

At approximately 2:18 pm Tuesday afternoon, a 26 year old disabled female was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Capital City Shopping Center when an armed gunman forced his way into the vehicle.

The suspect ordered the victim to drive him to a nearby ATM where she was then forced to withdraw cash from the ATM. Not satisfied with the amount of money that was withdrawn, the suspect forced the victim to drive to another ATM further north on Dirksen Parkway.

However, a citizen had observed this crime occurring and provided detailed information to police through 911. The suspect was not aware that he had been spotted.

Responding officers recognized the victim’s vehicle as it headed north on Dirksen Parkway, and stopped the it in the J.C. Penney’s parking lot. The suspect was arrested without incident.

A search of the car revealed a realistic looking B.B. pistol hidden in the car. The victim was not injured in this incident.

Arrested was Sophann Ros, 30, of the 1900 block of Gregory Court. He was arrested for Vehicular Invasion, Aggravated Robbery, and Unlawful Restraint.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

WANTED: GOOD HOMES FOR BOOKS FROM SOUTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY

With the closure of the City’s two library branches, some materials from one of them will need to find new homes next week. Lincoln Library will vacate the Southeast Branch facility on South Grand East by March 1, 2010.

In order to facilitate the closure, the entire collection of more than 32,000 items must be moved out. Some of the materials have already been transferred to Lincoln Library’s main facility at Seventh and Capitol, leaving books that are duplicates of those already shelved at the West Branch and downtown.

Therefore, Lincoln Library will open the doors of the Southeast Branch next week to people interested in taking the books for their own personal use or to supplement other libraries. From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, schools will be allowed to select materials for their use. On Wednesday, February 17, the doors will be open to representatives of not-for-profit groups who may come in and select books to add to their collections.

From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, doors will be open to the general public who can come in for books.

Materials selected during these four days will be provided on a first come first served basis. The Southeast Branch library is located at 2500 South Grand East.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

INSTANT APPLIANCE REBATES PLUS CWLP REBATES & TAX INCENTIVES = BIG SAVINGS

Rebates available until state funding is exhausted

The State of Illinois is making $12 million dollars available for point of sale rebates to consumers who purchase various home appliances. The funding is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is administered through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Point of sale rebates are rebates the customer receives at the register versus submitting paperwork after the fact.

A total of three DCEO programs will soon be available to all Illinois consumers on a first come, first served basis until the funds are exhausted. Qualifying hot water heaters will receive a 25% rebate (effective since January 25th); heating and cooling equipment (e.g., gas and propane furnaces, central AC, air-source heat pumps, gas boilers) will receive various fixed price rebates started January 31st; and Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and room air conditioners will be eligible for a 15% rebate from April 16th through April 25th. Details of the rebates can be found at the DCEO website, www.helpgreenillinois.org.

“These rebates are a great opportunity to save money for anyone who is thinking about upgrading a home appliance,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “This type of program should not only help those folks in town who purchase these appliances, but they should also boost sales and therefore sales tax revenues from Springfield’s appliance retailers and HVAC contractors.”

“The DCEO rebates for a qualifying air source heat pump ($1,000) or air conditioner ($500), when combined with currently available CWLP rebates and federal tax credits, can bring the cost of ownership for a new unit down to 50% to 60% of the purchase price,” CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow said. “These upfront savings on a purchase are in addition to the annual savings the CWLP customer will see on their bill. For example, a customer installing a new 16 SEER/12.5 EER air source heat pump will save an average of 30% on their heating cooling bills or approximately $375 annually.”

For more information about CWLP energy efficiency rebates call the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or click the Energy Services tab on the CWLP website www.cwlp.com. For more information on appliance rebates visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development website at www.helpgreenillinois.org.

ROUND UP FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR SPRINGFIELD OVERFLOW SHELTER

More than eight-thousand dollars have been designated for use by the Salvation Army for this year’s operation of the Springfield Overflow Shelter (SOS). The initial decision to commit the funding came from the Springfield City Round Up Advisory Committee, which met to decide how the donations should be utilized. In all, $8,310.91 has been raised through the voluntary program.

“This amount will help Salvation Army to maintain this vital annual service to the homeless community this year,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “Even though the SOS operates with numerous volunteers, there is still a need for financial support to keep the doors open.”

“Winter provides more challenges to the homeless, not the least of which is overnight shelter from the cold. The SOS has provided a vital service to get the homeless off our streets during the coldest months of the year. It and other successful programs can continue to operate if our residents continue to help through the Round Up program.”

“We greatly appreciate this donation which will provide money for supplies for the homeless,” said Archie Ford, SOS Shelter Director.

The Round Up Program was established to allow Springfield residents an easy way to help the homeless by having their monthly bill rounded up to the next dollar with the difference between the bill and the rounded up amount going to programs that assist the homeless. In addition to rounding up their utility bills to the nearest dollar, CWLP customers can add a specified dollar amount to each monthly bill.

Monday, February 1, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE SEEKING WITNESSES TO SUNDAY CAR CRASH

The Springfield Police Department today is seeking witnesses to the fatal car crash Sunday afternoon.

The two vehicles collided at 1:24 p.m. at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Chatham Road. One person died and six persons were injured in the crash.

SPD reconstructions have been working on the crash and a final determination as to which driver was at fault has not been made. Since conflicting statements have been given Officers are seeking witnesses to the crash. Persons who might have witnessed the crash should contact Sgt. Dave Dyer at 788-8345, extension 341.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CITY RECIEVES $666K EPA LOAN AND STIMULUS FUNDS

Mayor Tim Davlin and City Water, Light and Power General Manager Todd Renfrow announced Monday the City’s acceptance of $666,000 in stimulus funds and an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) zero interest loan for a water meter replacement and upgrade project. Funding was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the IEPA’s Public Water Supply Revolving Loan Program. Seventy-five percent of the project funding comes in the form of zero interest loans from the IEPA and ARRA funds, while 25 percent of the funding is from ARRA funds in the form of principal forgiveness, in essence a $167,000 grant.

The project will procure the materials and installation for approximately 215 new Automated Read Capable Meters to replace aging three- to eight-inch meters in the system. These new meters will more accurately record water usage and the auto read capabilities should result in the reduced potential for injury to meter readers given their location in large vaults and remote locations.

Earlier this month, the City accepted $4.6 million in ARRA funds and zero-interest EPA loans for CWLP’s chemical storage and chemical feed facilities at the Water Plant.

Part of State Street closed to traffic

State Street between Edwards and Cook Streets will be closed to traffic immediately due to a cave in. The sewer and road repairs should be completed by Friday, January 29th, but may be delayed by weather.

Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area, and drivers that disregard the Road Closed and Do Not Enter signs are subject to a $250.00 fine.

One lane of Edwards to close

The westbound parking lane and drive lane of Edwards Street, between New and Walnut Streets will be closed to traffic starting Wednesday, January 27, 2010, for sanitary sewer repairs. The sanitary sewer repair should be completed in two days, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area, and drivers that disregard the Road Closed and Do Not Enter signs are subject to a $250.00 fine.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LAKE SPRINGFIELD ICE SKATERS & SNOWMOBILERS BEWARE

The City Water, Light and Power Lake Security office is issuing a warning to ice skaters, snowmobilers and any others venturing onto frozen Lake Springfield: Keep off the ice.

This past week CWLP patrols, the Springfield Police Department and Sangamon County Sheriff all received calls regarding recreational users on Lake Springfield.

Because of recent varying temperatures and the fact that Lake Springfield receives hot water discharge from the Dallman 1, 2 and 3 Power Plants, any recreational activity on the ice is extremely risky and prohibited for most.

City Code only allows lake residents and their guests to go on the ice under their own risk and precaution near their property’s shoreline in designated zones. Unless otherwise designated by the CWLP General Manager, no other public skate dates or recreational activities are permitted on the ice near private or public shoreline areas.

Monday, January 11, 2010

MAYOR DAVLIN OFFERS INCENTIVES TO VETERAN CITY WORKERS TO CONSIDER EARLY RETIREMENT

Because of a projected budget deficit for FY2011 of between $8.5 and $12 million, Mayor Tim Davlin today has proposed several incentives which are designed to help long time city employees consider retiring earlier than they had planned. This would reduce the number of layoffs necessary to balance the budget, which begins March 1, 2010.

In letters to workers who have been with the city the longest and are eligible to retire, Mayor Davlin is offering to pay $300 per month toward the cost of their continued participation in the City’s health insurance program as a retiree, for a 30-month period. They must begin receiving pension benefits on or before April 1, 2010in order to qualify.

To workers with 20 or more years of service to the city, Mayor Davlin is making a different proposal. He is offering to give them a lump sum payment of $7,500 if they retire prior to March 1, 2010. These individuals would not qualify to return to employment with the City of Springfield.

Responses to both offers are due by mid January. Mayor Davlin would then present the package to the full Springfield City Council, which must approve the offers.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mayor Davlin names Cecilia Tumulty as the City's FOIA Officer

Mayor Davlin has named City Clerk Cecilia Tumulty to be the City’s Freedom of Information officer. Under the State’s revised Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which became effective on January 1, 2010, each governmental unit is required to designate someone to act as the FOIA officer.

“People who are interested in obtaining information through the FOIA must file their requests with the Clerk’s office,” Mayor Davlin said. “The office has already been the repository of FOIA requests, so this designation is a natural extension of that. Clerk Tumulty will track requests to make sure that the information sought is provided in a timely manner, as prescribed by the new FOIA law.”

Tumulty will work directly with designated FOIA coordinators within each City department to prepare and provide information requested by the public.

MAYOR DAVLIN LAUNCHES DATABASE TO EASE SEARCHES OF CITY RECORDS AND IMPROVE OPEN GOVERNMENT

Mayor Tim Davlin today announced the establishment of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) database that will centralize all requests and responses for public records from the City of Springfield on the city’s website, http://www.springfield.il.us/publicfoia/main.aspx.

“Since FOIA requests are themselves, public documents, the City has increased the transparency and accountability of City government by making these documents easily accessible to anyone with a computer,” Davlin said. “ More than 300 public record requests are processed by the City every year, which is in addition to other general inquiries from the public that take up staff time.”

“This database will also help reduce duplicate records requests and costs because we will post the results on the City’s website as well. This extra step will make it more convenient for the public to view requested information and download it from their own computer without delay and without incurring the fees the City Clerk would charge to print those documents.”