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 Not satisfied with the amount of money that was withdrawn, the suspect forced the victim to drive to another ATM further north on Dirksen Parkway.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.