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.