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.