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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:58 PM

2019 FALL BRANCH PICKUP One pick-up set in each neighborhood

The City of Springfield's residential fall branch pickup begins Monday, October 7. The fall pickup schedule is pre-set, and crews will work in specified areas of the city each week.

Following is the entire fall branch pickup schedule lasting four weeks:

Northwest area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of October 7
Walnut Street to Elle Court and Pulliam Road to South Grand Avenue

Southwest area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of October 14
Walnut Street to Old Bachelor Trail and Old Jacksonville Road to Mansion Road (Piper Glen Subdivision)

Southeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of October 21
Hilltop Road (Timberlane East Subdivision) to Walnut Street and South Grand Avenue to East Lake Shore Drive (Hunting Meadows Subdivision)
Properties around Lake Springfield

Northeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of October 28
Walnut Street to J. David Jones Parkway and Kamm Road to South Grand Avenue

Branch Pickup Schedule
A map indicating where branch pickup will occur is posted on the city website. Residents are encouraged to check the website to determine which week their branches will be collected.

Resident Instructions
The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents:
No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted;
Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up;
Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk;
Small branches may be broken up and put into yard waste bags; and
Branches are not allowed on boulevards.

Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches to Evans Recycling with proof of residency until the end of March 2020. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

Branch Piles Are NOT Considered Yard Waste
As a reminder, the city's branch pickup is a DIFFERENT program from the city’s yard waste pickup program that is now until December 31. The branch pickup program only occurs twice a year.

For questions about the City of Springfield branch pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Sunday, September 8, 2019 6:22 PM

Ward 9 Yard Wast Pickup this Week

Ward 9 Yard Waste Pickup Reminder.

Yard Waste pickup is this week. Please have your bags out by this evening for pickup this week.

Click here for more info...


Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:14 PM

Ward 9 Yard Waste Pickup Reminder

Yard Waste Pickup is this week.   Please have your bags out by Sunday evening to ensure they are picked up this week.

https://www.springfield.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/leafPickup.aspx


Friday, June 14, 2019 10:55 PM

Vacation Check

Going out of town? Plan on being away from home? Call the Springfield Police Department today and request a “Vacation Check” or “Extra Patrol” around your home. There is no cost for this service and it is designed for officers to patrol around your residence while you are away.


Call 217.788.8325. You will need to provide the following information:

Date leaving and returning; full name; address; reason for the premise check; emergency contact; contact phone number; Does the residence have lights on a timer?; Will there be vehicles parked in the driveway?


Monday, April 15, 2019 8:17 PM

Construction Update

Weather permitting, the following work will begin, or continue, the week of April 15.

ASPHALT PATCHING
5th & Allen (east side of 5th); Bennington Drive (Iles - south); Birdle Path Lane, Bissell Road (west of Granger); Carlisle Bend; Christine Court; Churchill Road (Independence Ridge - bridge south of Jefferson); Equestrian Lane; Hunt Road (South end - Equestrian); Killarney Road; North Grand Avenue (Hedge-Amos); Northampton Lane; Newcastle Court; Preston Drive (Newcastle - Mansion); Stirrup Lane; Treyburn Court; Westport Drive

CONCRETE WORK
Armor Road; Capitol Avenue (2nd - 5th Street); Bridle Path Lane; Christine Court; College; Crusaders Road; Cruikshank; Equestrian Lane; Finger Tree Way; Hosta Drive; Hunt Road (South end - Equestrian); Lily Lane; Merryman Road; Newcastle Court; Northampton Lane; Preston Drive (Newcastle - Mansion); Spring; Stirrup Lane; Tilbury Court; Treyburn Court; Trillium Drive; Windshire; Worster Court; Yeoman Drive (Roundtable - Drawbridge)

CONCRETE PATCHING
Baer Blvd; Bellerive Road (Charlack - Greenbriar); Cascade Drive; Golf Road (Iles - Wydown); Lindburgh Boulevard (Freedom - Glencoe); West Washington Street (Meadowbrook - Natchez Trace); Wydown Avenue


Friday, April 5, 2019 6:17 PM

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon News

TRAFFIC DELAY WARNING ON 4/6/2019! Hey Springfield, IL, residents! Saturday morning, about 1,500 runners will be touring Lincoln sites by foot and will cause traffic delays in the areas around town! Not to mention the thousands of folks coming to support them! Please give yourself extra time or avoid the route altogether! Unless you want to cheer us on while stuck in traffic, then carry on! Please share! 🎩 #RunAbe2019


Monday, April 1, 2019 7:18 PM

Vote Tuesday April 2nd

Tuesday, April 2nd is Election Day!   Please remember to vote. Local elections directly impact our community.   Thank you for doing your part.

To see where you vote, click here.


Friday, March 29, 2019 4:43 PM

Spring Residential Branch Pickup

The spring residential branch pick up will begin in the NORTHWEST quadrant of the city onMonday, April 8. The curbside branch pick up is set for two (2) pickups for each area – one pick up in April and one pick up in May - and willfollow a pre-set schedule over eight (8) weeks.

The city will be divided into four (4) directional quadrants that the collection schedule will follow. These areas are listed below. Crews will be in each quadrant once per month, and to ensure branch pick up and disposal by city crews, branches must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m.the Monday of the assigned pick up week.

Week of April 8 & May 6
Northwest Quadrant: area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of April 15 & May 13
Southwest Quadrant: area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street.

Week of April 22 & May 20
Southeast Quadrant: area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of April 29 & May 27
Northeast Quadrant: area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.


Friday, March 22, 2019 11:33 PM

Remember to Lock your Vehicles


Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:53 PM

Help Reduce Flooding


Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:06 PM

Alderman Donelan on Morning Newswatch with Joey McLaughlin

Listen to Alderman Donelan’s interview with WTAX’s Joey McLauglin.  https://wtax.com/podcasts/springfield-ward-9-alderman-jim-donelan-17/


Monday, February 11, 2019 8:56 PM

President Lincoln’s Birthday Activities

FREE ADMISSION TO PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate Lincoln’s birthday Tuesday, February 12 by offering FREE admission, providing music and children’s activities and revealing the winners in a statewide student art contest. The Lincolns (portrayed by Randy Duncan and Pam Brown) will be at the museum from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Civil War soldier and Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah, will also be on hand to chat with visitors. The Lincoln Presidential Library will also host a roundtable of historians 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. The free event organized by the Abraham Lincoln Association will include experts on Lincoln’s legislative career, his role as a party boss and his legacy in photographs. The authors will sign copies of their books at 4:00 p.m. in the library. They will be joined by Dan Abrams, legal analyst and author of “Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency.”


11th ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE
Tuesday, February 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road
Free. Dr. Christian McWhirter will speak on “Music in the Life of Mr. Lincoln” with music of the era performed by Benjamin Holbrook and Hannah Jellen.


Friday, February 1, 2019 8:56 PM

Harbauer Lane Construction

Beginning Tuesday, February 5, Harbauer Lane will be closed in both directions from Chapel Hill Drive to the north 150 feet . The closure is for storm culvert replacement and will last through Friday, February 8 , weather permitting. Motorists and pedestrians traveling on Harbauer Lane will need to use alternate routes in order to access the north and south of Chapel Hill Drive. North Oxford Road and Eton Drive connect with Harbauer Lane from the north and south and may be used as an alternate route. Access to all residences will remain open on Harbauer Lane during this construction.


Friday, January 11, 2019 4:53 PM

Snow Emergency

The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works announced that with the anticipated snow fall tonight, a Snow Emergency will be in effect on designated snow routes starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 11 and ending at 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 14. The public is asked to remove their parked vehicles from the marked snow emergency routes by 6:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 11. To access the Snow Emergency Route Map along with the city’s Snow & Ice Removal Policy, visit www.springfield.il.us/snow.

Public Works also provides an online Snow Removal Inspection Map. This map allows residents to view the streets and areas of the community where city snow plows have plowed and are doing work. The map is also available at www.springfield.il.us/snow. Several areas will be plowed by contractors and those trucks will NOT be reflected on the map. Areas that will have plowing done by a contractor include: Ash Grove; Buckley Estates; Cider Mill; Constitution Plaza; Deerfield; Fallingbrook West; Forest Green; Grant's Ridge; Harrison Park; International Pkwy; Irisdale; Koke Mill East; Koke Mill West; Kreston Place; Lake Forest; Mill Creek; Monroe Park West; Oak Park; Olde Bradfordton Place; Palisades; Panther Creek; Parkway Pointe; Piper Glen; Plateau Drive; Rising Moon Bunker Hill; Salem Estates; Savannah Point; Spring Crest Pine Creek; The Bluffs; The Reserve; Timberlane; Wabash West Business Park; West Road Park.

Drivers are reminded to watch for snow removal crews and allow them room to do their work. Persons clearing private parking lots and sidewalks are reminded not to plow the snow into the streets. It is a violation of city ordinance and doing so makes unsafe driving conditions. During a severe winter storm, residents can call the Office of Public Works to report any problems or concerns at 217.789.2246.


Monday, January 7, 2019 10:39 PM

City Budget Workshops

The City of Springfield fiscal year is March 1 - February 28. The FY 2020 Budget Workshops will take place on the following dates and are open to the public. All meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers 300 S. Seventh Street, 3rd Floor. The meetings will also be televised on Comcast Cable Channel 18.


Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Departments discussed: Treasurer, City Clerk, City Council, Mayor's Office, Lincoln Library


Tuesday, January 15 immediately following the 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting
Departments discussed: Springfield Police and Fire Departments


Tuesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Departments discussed: City Water, Light & Water and Office of Public Works


Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Departments discussed: Convention & Visitors Bureau, Office of Human Resources, Office of Planning & Economic Development, Office of Budget and Management


Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Public Hearing


Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Vote


Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:23 PM

Annual Reception for Alderman Jim Donelan


Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:18 PM

Dedication of New Solar Project

WHO: Mayor Jim Langfelder, Alderman Jim Donelan, City Officials, and representatives from CWLP, GRNE Solar, B&B Electric and Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

WHAT: Dedication for a new 250 kW solar installation, representing the City of Springfield’s first owned renewable generation resource.

WHEN: Thursday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: 606 Old Tippecanoe Drive, located behind Harrison Park subdivision


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:04 PM

Ward 9 & 10 Meeting - December 6, 2018


Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:34 AM

School Closings - November 15, 2018

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20181115/school-closings-for-thursday-springfield-chatham-others


Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:05 AM

Snow Emergency

The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works announced that with the anticipated snow fall, a Snow Emergency will be in effect on designated snow routes starting at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, November 15 and ending at 1:00 a.m. Friday, November 16. The department is anticipating in excess of 4 inches of snow.


The public is asked to remove their parked vehicles from the marked snow emergency routes by 11:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, November 14. To access the Snow Emergency Route Map along with the city’s Snow & Ice Removal Policy, visit www.springfield.il.us/snow.


Drivers are reminded to watch for snow removal crews and allow them room to do their work. Persons clearing private parking lots and sidewalks are reminded not to plow the snow into the streets. It is a violation of city ordinance and doing so makes unsafe driving conditions. During a severe winter storm, residents can call the Office of Public Works to report any problems or concerns at 217.789.2246.


WINTER DRIVING TIPS
Do not go out unless absolutely necessary during severe winter weather.
Reduce speed appropriately for the road conditions.
Keep a safe distance of several car lengths from all other vehicles.
Give snow and emergency operation vehicles the right-of-way and keep a safe distance at all times.
Make sure your cell phone is completely charged if traveling under winter conditions.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a warm coat or blanket, flashlight, gloves and snow shovel.


SIDEWALK CLEARING
Residents and businesses need to make an effort to clear their sidewalks as a safety precaution during challenging winter weather. By keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice everyone can do their part to provide a safer environment for pedestrians.

According to Springfield City Ordinance Section 99.03, all sidewalks adjacent to their property shall be cleared of snow by 10:00 a.m. on every morning of a snow event. If snow and ice are on the walks, ashes, sand, or sawdust can be used to help with traction on the surface of the walk if the snow/ice removal will be difficult or damage the sidewalk. Residents or businesses could be subject to a $250 fine for refusal to comply with the city ordinance. Any concerns or complaints regarding sidewalk obstructions should be sent to the City’s Housing Division at 217.789.2467.


Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:41 PM

Fall Yard Wast Pickup - UPDATE

The City of Springfield's residential fall yard waste/leaf pickup collection is now through the week of Monday, December 3. Residents must place their leaves in paper yard waste bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Yard waste should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning during the yard waste collection period. Click here for more information. Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling, located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 12-noon. Drop off is free during the collection time period. For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste and leaf pickup, please email Public Works or call 217.789.2255.









Friday, October 19, 2018 4:32 PM

City of Springfield Announces Firefighter Recruitment is Underway

The City of Springfield announced it has begun to actively recruit new firefighters for the Springfield Fire Department. Thedeadline to apply is Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. (CST).

Interested candidates must first apply online through the City’s website www.springfield.il.us/firetesting. Public computers are available at the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources located at 300 S. 7thStreet, Room 309, Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional public computers are available at Lincoln Library.

Interested applicants are also encouraged toattend one of the four information sessionsoffered by the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources. Each of these sessions will take place in the City of Springfield Council Chambers located at 300 S. 7thStreet on the 3rd Floor. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.
· Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m.
· Wednesday, November 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
· Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.

To sign-up for one of the orientations, emailhumanresources@springfield.il.us or call 217.789.2446 with the attendee’s name and the date and time of the session the individual plans to attend.

The final step is totake the required tests. The mandatory written exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Southeast High School at 11:00 a.m. Candidates who pass the written exam will be required to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

The CPAT is an eight week session that allows applicants the ability to practice before taking the final CPAT to pass and move forward in the testing process. The cost for applicants to take the CPAT is $150. The applicant’s mandatory CPAT and ladder climb certification must be submitted by Monday, March 11, 2019. An oral assessment will take place in April, 2019.

The complete firefighter information packet, along with additional details about the exam process, is available on the City’s website,www.springfield.il.us/firetesting. Questions? Please contact the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources at 217.789.2446 or humanresources@springfield.il.us.


Friday, October 19, 2018 4:31 PM

Fall Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup Begins October 29th

The City of Springfield's residential fall yard waste/leaf pickup begins Monday, October 29.Residents need to know the following information in order to have their yard waste picked up by the city.

Residents must place their leaves in paper yard waste bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Yard waste should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m.each Monday morningduring the yard waste collection period. The collection period willrun through the week of Monday, December 3. All yard waste placed properly by 7:00 a.m.each Monday during this six-week time frame will be picked up throughout the corresponding week.

Metal cans and overweight containers or plastic bags will not be picked up. Do not line paper bags with plastic. Crews will place a sticker on any bag or container that does not meet the criteria and residents will be asked to re-bag their yard waste.

Other details about the program:
All bags in compliance will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
Do not remove the bagged yard waste from the curb once you place it there.
Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
Yard waste should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes.
Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
Plastic bags are not accepted.
Yard waste stickers do not need to be placed on the bags during this collection period.
Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.

Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Drop off is free during the collection time period.

For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255or emailpublic.works@springfield.il.us.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:08 AM

CWLP Reaponding to Power Outage

City Water, Light and Power crews are responding to a power outage affecting over 1,600 customers served by circuits from the Palomino substation around the Veteran’s Parkway and Jefferson Street area. Patrols are out to identify the cause and will work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
Note that call volume may be high at Dispatch at 789-2121and known outage areas do not need to make reports at this time. Customers can view and track their electric service status from the outage map, available from the Outage Center link at CWLP.com at https://outagemap.cwlp.com/. More information and updates on outage status will be posted as available on the CWLP Facebook and Twitter pages, www.facebook.com/4CWLP, www.twitter.com/CWLP_.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:02 PM

One Time Fall Branch Pickup Set

Each area of the city will be swept once for curbside branch pickup. 
Residents encouraged to view schedule and have branches 
placed by 6:00 a.m. the Monday of their pickup week.

 Springfield’s fall residential branch pickup will begin in the NORTHWEST quadrant of the city on Monday, October 8.  The fall curbside branch pickup will be set for one (1) pick up for each areaand follow a pre-set schedule over four (4) weeks.

 The city will be divided into four (4) directional quadrants that the collection schedule will follow. These areas are listed below. Crews will be in each quadrant once and branches must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. the Monday of the assigned pickup week to ensure branch pick up and disposal by city crews.

 Week of October 8th  

·      Northwest Quadrant– area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of October 15th

·      Southwest Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street.

Week of October 22nd  

·      Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of October 29th

·      Northeast Quadrant– area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

Branch Pickup Schedule 

A map indicating where branch pickup will occur is posted on the city website, www.springfield.il.us.Reminders will be placed on the City of Springfield’s Facebook and Twitter pages every week and updated information will be included in Friday’s announcement to the Neighborhood Associations. These announcements are also posted to the “Newsroom” section on the city’s website. 

 Size of Branch Piles 

The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents: 

·       No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length; 

·       Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city; 

·       The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted 

·       Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor willnot be picked up; and 

·       Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk. 

 Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler. 

 Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886. 

 For questions about the City of Springfield branch pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Friday, September 21, 2018 5:33 PM

Reminder about Neighborhood Branches

The City of Springfield holds free branch pickup twice a year. This follows a pre-set, 4-week schedule with one pick up for each area of the city in the spring and one pick up for each area in the fall. The fall pick up will take place in mid-October and an announcement will be made next week regarding this schedule.

Outside this pick up schedule, smaller branches may be placed in brown yard waste bags or containers to be picked up along with your yard waste. Residents may also drop off branches free of charge year-round to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon.

If you have a pile of branches and receive a green door hanger, this is for informational purposes only. Residents are only cited if the branches are blocking the street or sidewalk. Questions regarding the city-wide branch pickup program may be directed to the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.


Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:18 PM

Concerns about Branches


Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:01 AM

CONSTRUCTION, ROAD CLOSURES & TREE TRIMMING FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27

LANES REDUCED ON JEFFERSON
Traffic on Jefferson between 1st and 3rd Streets near the Amtrak station are currently reduced to one lane to accommodate emergency repairs to a broken 10-inch water main at the southeast corner of 1st and Jefferson. Some lanes will reopen after initial repairs. Others will remain closed until road surface repairs are complete.

RAILROAD CORRIDOR
· 3rd Street tracks & Madison (Reduced 2 lanes over this weekend)
· 3rd Street tracks & Laurel (Road Closed Monday thru Friday, 8/27 – 8/31)

MATHERS ROAD CLOSURE
Mathers Road between Spaulding Orchard Road and 1200 ft. west of Veterans Parkway is closed in both directions. The closure will last through Tuesday, August 28 for road re-grading in preparation for seal coating.

COCKRELL LANE CLOSURE
Cockrell Lane between Spaulding Orchard Road and Ogden is closed in both directions. The closure will last through Tuesday, August 28 for road re-grading in preparation for seal coating.

The following streets will be under construction for concrete work, weather permitting. Work will include removing and replacing portions of curb and gutter and updating accessibility ramps on sidewalks:
· 5th & Allen ramp

SEAL COAT (OIL & CHIP) Re-grading the following streets prior to seal coat application:
· Alton Rd (Cockrell – Veterans)
· Campbell Ave (MacArthur-East End)
· Caravan Ln (West Lake Shore – End)
· Clay St (8th – 9th)
· Club Area Ln (Caravan – End)
· Cockrell Ln (Great Northern – Peach Tree)
· Conkling Ave (MacArthur – East End)
· Crescent Dr (Old Jack – Cardinal)
· Hackmore (Solar – Lightfoot)
· Hedge Dr. (North Grand – Lilac)
· Lawndale (Cockrell – Veterans)
· Lightfoot (Solar – Hawkeye)
· Lilac Lane (Hedge – North Grand)
· Mathers Rd (Cockrell – Veterans)
· Mayden Rd ( Dirkson – Interurban)
· North Shore Lane (West Lake Shore-West Lake Shore)
· North Villa Grove (Caravan – End)
· Old Salem Rd (Bradforton – West City Limits)
· Rosehill Ave (Lawrence – Governor)
· Villa Grove (West Lake Shore – End)
· Virginia Ln (West Lake Shore – West Lake Shore)
· Westwood (North Lake – End)

The following streets will be under construction for the city’s sidewalk program, weather permitting.
· College (South Grand – Lawrence)
· Glenwood (Fayette – Lawrence)
· Spring Street (Scarritt – South Grand)
· Williams Blvd (MacArthur – Walnut)

BRICK STREET REPAIRS
· 1st (Scarritt – Allen)
· Cedar St (Spring – 1st)

ALLEY & SIDEWALK REPAIRS BY PUBLIC WORKS
· North-South Alley between 20th and 21st Street from Joles to Griffiths
· North-South Alley between 20th and 21st from Griffiths to Ridgely
· North-South Alley between 19th and Indiana from Hamilton to Dayton
· North-South Alley between Ohio and Wheeler from N. Grand to Cincinnati
· North-South Alley between Ohio and Wheeler from Hamilton to Dayton
· 1200 Block Ledlie (Ditch Work)
· Lawrence Ave Sidewalk (3rd- 4th St, south side)


Friday, August 24, 2018 10:05 AM

JEFFERSON LANES REDUCED FOR WATER WORK

Drivers should be made aware traffic on Jefferson Street between First and Third Streets near the Amtrak station is currently reduced to one lane to accommodate City Water, Light and Power’s emergency repairs to a broken 10-inch water main at the southeast corner of First and Jefferson Streets. Some lanes will reopen after initial repairs. Others will remain closed until road surface repairs are complete.
Motorists should plan to take alternative routes and should slow down and be aware of construction and repair crews and equipment in and near roadways.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:50 PM

Alderman Donelan on WTAX

Click here to listen.


Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:29 PM

ROAD CLOSURE: AMOS AVENUE

Amos Avenue between Enos Avenue and Brenda Court is closed in both directions. The closure started on August 16 and is for storm sewer work that will last through August 31. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in the area and to watch for trucks entering and leaving the roadway.


Saturday, August 4, 2018 9:01 PM

CONSTRUCTION & ROAD CLOSURES

The following streets will be under construction beginning Monday, August 6 for asphalt paving (patching), weather permitting.
· Barrington Drive
· Burgess Drive
· Disar Drive
· High Pointe Drive
· Meadow Ponte Drive
· Palo Alto Drive
· Redlands Drive
· Timber Pointe Drive
· Wood Pointe Drive
· Wythe Road

 


Friday, June 22, 2018 10:12 PM

CWLP SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON ENERGY PLANNING

The City of Springfield’s CWLP is still accepting public comments on its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This plan for the community will identify the type and mix of generation that will be best suited to provide reliable and reasonably priced low cost electrical power for the next 20 years. Public may comment on scenarios and options for consideration for the IRP through June 28via feedback@springfield.il.us. Name and address is requested to be included with comments being submitted. Learn more about the IRP and the presentation given at the meeting by visiting www.cwlp.com


Friday, June 22, 2018 10:09 PM

SPRINGFIELD POLICE VACATION CHECK

Taking  a summer vacation? Planning on being away from home? Call the Springfield Police Department’s front desk today and request a Vacation Check or Extra Patrol around your home. There is no cost for this service and it is designed for officers to patrol around your residence while you are away. Call today! 217.788.8325.


Friday, June 22, 2018 6:20 PM

Fire Hydrant Testing

Attention Ward 9 Residents

The Springfield Fire Department, in coordination with CWLP conducts annual testing of the fire hydrants to ensure each is operating efficiently for fire protection purposes. Water can become discolored in service areas located in the vicinity of the hydrant tests.

If discoloration occurs or during testing to avoid issues, residents should run water from an outdoor hose connection preferably, or through an indoor tap until the water turns clear. Clothes washing should be delayed until the tap water runs clear to avoid discoloration. In most instances, the water will clear in approximately five minutes.

For information on locations and times for the annual hydrant testing, residents may call the Springfield Fire Department at 788-8474. CWLP customers may call Water Dispatch at 789-2323 ext. 2 if discoloration persists or for any other questions on water quality.


Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:05 AM

CITY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO SIGN-UP FOR UPCOMING HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION/DROP OFF EVENT

The City of Springfield is reminding residents there are spots remaining for the voucher-only Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The program is offered to City residents who must register for a time to drop off their items. Vouchers will be limited and dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents can request a voucher through the City’s Office of Public Works in two ways.

1. Go online and complete the form at www.springfield.il.us/HHW. You will need to select the type of items and quantity you will be dropping off, along with your drop off time. You will then choose to print your voucher or have your voucher mailed, emailed, or picked up in person from the Office of Public Works.

2. Call 217.789.2255. Again, you will need to provide the type of items and quantity you will be dropping off, along with selecting your drop off time. You will then choose to have your voucher mailed, emailed, or picked up in person from the Office of Public Works.

Please note: Proof of residency is verified during voucher request process. Registration will end as soon as all time slots are filled. The last day to have vouchers mailed is Monday, May 28. Any reservations made after this time will have to be to be printed by the resident, picked up in-person at the Office of Public Works or emailed. Residents must have vouchers in hand or are able to show on a mobile device when they arrive at the event.

Drop Off Times
On the day of the event, if you miss your time slot, you will not be able to deliver items. No early arrivals. Residents can only come during their predetermined time slot. If, for any reason, you are unable to make the event, please call the Office of Public Works so that your time slot can be reopened and given to another resident. The next available collection will be in the fall.

Acceptable items at the collection include:

• Oil based paints
• Paint thinner/strippers
• Hobby chemicals
• Fluorescent tubes
• Lithium & alkaline batteries
• Insecticides/pesticides/herbicides
• Antifreeze/coolant
• Old gasoline
• Lawn chemicals
• Drain cleaners
• Aerosol paints
• Solvents
• Mercury thermostats & thermometers
• Compact fluorescent bulbs
• Lead acid batteries
• Fertilizers
• Used motor oil
• Fuel additives/cleaners
• Pool chemicals
• Cleaning products
• Old & outdated medications

Residents who have questions regarding the program or any items listed or not listed may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or e-mail public.works@springfield.il.us.


Monday, May 21, 2018 11:15 PM

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

Summer vacation time is fast approaching. Please keep Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in mind when planning your getaway.  www.flyspi.com

 


Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:56 AM

Attention Ward 9 Residents

Both free branch pickup and yard waste/leaf pickup is the week of May 21st for Ward 9, so please have your items out by Monday morning.

For more information: click here.


Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:53 AM

“TAKE BACK DAY” PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP OFF

Get rid of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at the prescription drug drop off day, Saturday, April 28, at three Springfield locations. The Springfield Police Department will collect unwanted or unused drugs at Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 2115 S. MacArthur and Prevention First, 2800 Montvale Dr. from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department will be collecting at the Sangamon County Public Health Department, 2833 South Grand Ave. East during this time as well.


Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:44 AM

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD’S RESIDENTIAL BRANCH PICKUP BEGINS MAY 7th

One pickup for each area of the city

The City of Springfield's residential branch pickup will begin Monday, May 7. The pickup will follow a pre-set, 4 week schedule, with one pick up for each area of the city. A map indicating where branch pickup will occur is also posted on the city website, www.springfield.il.us.

Southwest area – Branches set out by the morning of May 7th
Area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street.

Southeast area – Branches set out by the morning of May 14th
Area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the lake area.

Northwest area – Branches set out by the morning of May 21st
Area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street/
J .David Jones Parkway.

Northeast area – Branches set out by the morning of May 29th (Tuesday after Memorial Day)
Area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

Size of Branch Piles
No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
Piles larger than a small pick up load will not be picked up by the city;
The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted;
Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up;
Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk; and
Small branches may be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pickup by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches free of charge year-round to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

For questions about the City of Springfield branch pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:42 PM

Spring Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup

The City of Springfield's residential spring yard waste/leaf pickup will begin Monday, April 9. The city will collect yard waste/leaves in each area, one time in April and one time in May. Stickers are NOT required during this pickup. Branch pickup will be announced at a later date.

The City will be divided into four (4) directional quadrants that the collection schedule will follow and these areas are listed below:

• Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street
• Southeast Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street including the lake area
• Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut St./J. David Jones
• Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut St./J. David Jones

Click on the hyperlink for this year’s schedule.

http://www.springfield.il.us/Departments/Communications/PressReleasesHandler.ashx?imgid=441


Monday, March 12, 2018 9:42 PM

Electric Outage/Map

For those of you that were impacted by the electrical outage this morning at 3am, I wanted to provide an update.

At 3 am I heard this loud crash, then the power went out, came back on, flickered, then went out again. Evidently a vehicle hit a utility pole knocking the power out to 462. A little while later I notice three police cars behind my house, and I went outside and observed the Springfield Police Department securing the scene and questioning the occupants of the car that crashing into the pole.

By 6am CWLP had the outage isolated to 222 customers. The remaining affected included those in area roughly within Jefferson, Veteran's, Churchill and Washington Street, and their power was restored by 1pm. This was quite the project due to the need to resetting the pole, this repair.

Thank you to CWLP and SPD for all of your efforts.

Also, CWLP has an excellent map that shows real-time outages.  https://outagemap.cwlp.com


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 4:44 PM

Burning Regulations - Health Hazards

Since we will soon be entering the spring season, it may be helpful to review burning regulations applicable to both the City of Springfield (City Limits) and the unincorporated areas adjacent to the City of Springfield.

Neighbors living near the edge of the City and within Ward 9 have asked, what to do if burning is occurring just outside of the City Limits by an adjacent property owner. 

Regulations for areas both in the City, and adjacent to the City, state that burning must meet several conditions including that "there is no imminent health hazard to persons in the area."

For example, if you have asthma and an an adjacent property owner is burning.  You may call the Springfield Fire Department at (217) 788-8450, and inform them of this health hazard.  The Department will then go out to the site, and extinguish the fire.


Friday, February 23, 2018 4:31 PM

Neighborhood Cleanup - February 24th

Anyone interested in helping cleanup Springfield, please meet us at Dunkin Donuts (Chatham Road & Washington) tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 24th. We will be leaving from there to cleanup the right-of-ways.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 8:05 AM

PRESIDENT’S DAY FREE METER PARKING

Downtown parking meters will not be enforced on Monday, February 19. Remember that parking illegally or in unlawful areas including bus and loading zones, yellow curb, no parking and handicap space is enforceable 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.


Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:17 AM

FREE SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM

The Springfield Fire Department is now participating in “Be Alarmed!” - a program organized by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to provide free smoke detectors and educational materials for fire departments to distribute. Springfield residents can set up an appointment to see if they are eligible for the free smoke detectors by calling the city’s Fire Safety Division at 217.789.2170.


Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:14 AM

CITY BUDGET OVERVIEW FOR RESIDENTS

The City of Springfield fiscal year begins March 1 and runs through February 28. City departments recently presented their proposed budgets for FY19 and the City Council has been discussing this matter. The City has a new online Budget section of its website so residents can learn more about the impacts of the proposed cuts and revenue enhancements. You can also share your thoughts and feedback or watch each of the department’s presentations. Visit http://springfield.il.us/BudgetOverview/Overview.aspx


Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:26 PM

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

The remaining City of Springfield FY2019 Budget discussions are scheduled for Monday, January 22; Wednesday, January 24; and Monday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor. The budgets for the Police and Fire departments, as well as Human Resources, will be discussed on January 22. The CWLP and Public Works budget discussions will occur on Wednesday, January 24. The offices of the Mayor and Budget and Management, in addition to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, discussions will occur on Monday, January 29. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 in the City Council Chambers during the Committee of the Whole.

All Budget workshops will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 and streamed live online on the City’s website, www.springfield.il.us, click “Watch Channel 18” in the main navigation. The proposed department budgets are also available on the City of Springfield website under the “Your Government” heading and the “Open Government” link, http://springfield.il.us/Government/OpenGovHome.aspx.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:17 PM

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD CHRISTMAS TREE PICK UP

Trees Must Be Curbside by 7:00 a.m. January 8

The Office of Public Works will pick up natural fir and evergreen Christmas trees within the corporate city limits of Springfield that are set out at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018. Trees are to be placed at the curb for pick up and not to impede the flow of traffic. Crews will make one pass through the neighborhoods beginning January 8. After this date, residents should contact their waste haulers for disposal.

Trees cannot have any flocking, ornaments, tinsel, decorations or wooden tree stands nailed to the bottom of the trees. Likewise, garland and wreaths with wire cannot be accepted. Flocked Christmas trees cannot be recycled, but instead should be placed with your garbage for your waste hauler to remove.

If you have questions about this program, contact the City’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.


Monday, December 25, 2017 4:08 PM

Drop Off Recycling

Just a reminder that Springfield residents may drop off recycling items at their waste haulers designated location with proof of identification. Drop off locations are for customers of the waste haulers operating each facility, and residents are encouraged to contact their waste haulers directly should they have any questions regarding this service

Residents who live in multi-unit buildings may also take advantage of their waste haulers drop off location, or with the property owner’s agreement, and obtain recycling service on site from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Following is the listing of the area waste haulers drop off recycling facilities.

Lake Area Disposal Service
2742 S. 6th Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.522.9271
Email: comments@lakeareadisposal.com

Republic Services
Sangamon Valley Landfill
2565 Sandhill Road
Monday through Friday
7:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.528.9256
Email: lpainter@republicservices.com

Waste Management
3000 E. Ash Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12-noon
Phone: 800.796.9696
Customers should check in at weigh station upon entering facility.


Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:43 AM

CWLP Power Outage Update

UPDATE: Power was restored to all customer on the three circuits by 9:45 a.m. Cause was an operation failure in relay switch that caused transformer to open.


Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:53 AM

CWLP RESPONDING TO POWER OUTAGE

City Water, Light and Power crews are responding to a power outage affecting three circuits--around 750 customers--on the northwest side of town near West Washington Street and Veteran's Parkway where some traffic lights may be affected. The cause of the outage is unknown at this time.
For more information and updates on repair status, the public may visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, www.facebook.com/4CWLP, www.twitter.com/CWLP_. Customers can also contact Electric Dispatch at 789-2121 for more information.


Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:25 AM

Registration Open for Springfield Teen Academy

The Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for its Teen Academy which is open to individuals between the ages of 13 to 17 years old. The Teen Academy will run January 16 - 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Springfield Police Academy located at 3501 Color Plant Road.

This free program gives teens insights to core police functions, a snapshot of the day-to-day operations of the police department and a behind the scenes look at exploring law enforcement as a career. In addition, teens will engage in hands-on and classroom activities designed to promote teamwork and respect for one another. The goal of the academy is to provide an enjoyable experience that builds positive relationships between teens and law enforcement professionals.

Applications are available online at spd.springfield.il.us under the “Get Involved” tab. Applications may also be picked up at the Springfield Department Front Desk located at 800 E. Monroe Street or at the Springfield Police Academy.

Applicants are selected on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given to Springfield residents. Space is limited. Those interested in participating should sign-up early. Individuals who have questions about the Teen Academy can call 217.788.8415.


Friday, December 15, 2017 7:35 PM

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING – DROP OFF CONTINUING THROUGH MAY

The City of Springfield’s electronic recycling program has been extended to all City residents through May 2018. BLH Computers is the provider and you may take your electronic waste to their location at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive. Regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. If you have questions about whether or not an item is accepted, you may contact BLH at 217.585.1580 or visit the City website, www.springfield.il.us/recycling.


Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:22 AM

Alderman Donelan will be Holding Office Hours - December 19th

Alderman Donelan will be holding office hours Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 8am to 10am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2744 West Washington Street. This is an opportunity for Ward 9 residents to meet one-on-one, and share their thoughts regarding the City and their neighborhoods.


Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:13 PM

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING IS STILL AVAILABLE!

The City of Springfield’s electronic recycling program is available to all City residents through December 31. BLH Computers is the provider and you may take your electronic waste to their location at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive. Regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. If you have questions about whether or not an item is accepted, you may contact BLH at 217.585.1580 or visit the City website, www.springfield.il.us/recycling.


Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:57 AM

Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup REMINDER

Residential leaf pick will run through Monday, December 4. All leaves placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during this six-week time frame will be picked up. Residents must place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Stickers are not required.

-All bags in compliance will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
-Do not remove the bagged leaves from the curb once you place them there.
-Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
-Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes.
-Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
-Plastic bags are not accepted.
-Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.


Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:55 AM

Ward 9 Office Hours

Alderman Donelan will be holding office hours from 8am to 10am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2744 West Washington Street. This is an opportunity for Ward 9 residents to meet one-on-one and share their thoughts regarding the City and their neighborhoods. Thank you!


Saturday, November 4, 2017 3:33 PM

Fall Back to Safety

The Springfield Fire Department wants to remind you to set your clocks back an hour and change your smoke alarm batteries.

This weekend we fall back and gain a whole hour! Why not use just a few minutes to make sure you have fresh batteries in you smoke or CO alarms? While you’re at it, check the date on those things. Did you know most smoke alarms are only good for 10 years?

If you have a home fire extinguisher, take a moment to check it also.Kidde is recalling almost 40 million home fire extinguishers. Here’s a link to help you see if you have one in your home, auto or boat:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and#.Wfr3FggcNkQ

Not on the list? Great! Now check for:
Age: Many home models are only good for 10 years.
Easy access in an emergency: be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it. Under the sink behind everything else?...Not good!
The recommended pressure level: many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too low and the extinguisher needs replaced.
Guidelines and instructions: some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.

Finally, remind everyone when and how to use it.
When?
· Everyone is out
· 911 has been called
· The fire is still small enough and somewhat contained (like a pan or trashcan)
How? Easy! Remember P.A.S.S.
· Pull the pin
· Aim low at the base of the fire
· Squeeze the lever
· Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

All done! Good job! Now go enjoy the rest of the hour or just get some extra sleep. Stay safe!

Captain James Price
Public Education Officer
Springfield Fire Department


Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:31 PM

CITY’S FALL LEAF PICKUP AND BRANCH PICKUP BOTH BEGIN OCTOBER 30, 2017

The City of Springfield's residential fall leaf pickup AND branch pickup will begin Monday, October 30. Residents need to know the following information in order to have their yard waste and limbs picked up by the city.

RESIDENTIAL YARD WASTE/LEAF PICKUP
Residents must place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Leaves should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning during the yard waste collection period. The collection period will run through Monday, December 4. All leaves placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during this six-week time frame will be picked up.
Guidelines have been modified restricting the use of metal cans in order to reduce injury. Metal cans and overweight containers or bags will not be picked up. Crews will place a sticker on any bag or container that does not meet the criteria and residents will be asked to re-bag their leaves.
Other details about the program:
All bags in compliance will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
Do not remove the bagged leaves from the curb once you place them there.
Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes.
Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
Plastic bags are not accepted.
Yard waste stickers do not need to be placed on the bags during this collection period.
Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.
Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Drop off is free during the collection time period.

RESIDENTIAL BRANCH PICKUP
Residential branch pickup for fall will also begin on Monday, October 30. New this collection cycle: The fall pickup schedule is pre-set and crews will work in specified areas of the city each week. Residents are encouraged to check the city website, www.springfield.il.us, to determine which week their branches will be collected. Below is the entire fall branch pickup schedule lasting four weeks:
Northwest area – Branches set out by the morning of October 30
Walnut Street to Elle Court and Pulliam Road to South Grand Avenue
Lake area - Cottage Grove to Rochester Road including Tallgrass and Lincoln Greens subdivisions
Northeast area – Branches set out by the morning of November 6
Walnut to J. David Jones Parkway and Kamm Road to South Grand
Lake area – information will be updated weekly
Southwest area – Branches set out by the morning of November 13
Walnut Street to Old Bachelor Trail and Old Jacksonville Road to Spaulding Road (Piper Glenn Subdivision)
Lake area - information will be updated weekly
Southeast area – Branches set out by the morning of November 20
West Grand Avenue to Walnut Street and South Grand Avenue to Toronto Road
Lake area - information will be updated weekly

Branch Pickup Schedule
A map indicating where branch pickup will occur will be posted on the city website, www.springfield.il.us. In addition, the State Journal Register’s Sunday edition will print the locations where city crews will be picking up branches in the coming week.
Size of Branch Piles
The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents:
No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
Piles larger than a small pick up load will not be picked up by the city;
The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.
Small branches may be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pickup by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off
Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste and branch pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Friday, October 6, 2017 8:36 PM

Another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled

The City of Springfield is hosting a VOUCHER-ONLY Household Hazardous Waste Collection on October 28 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Residents of the city who are participating in the drop off MUST have a voucher in-hand in order to dispose of their materials. Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or utility bill) and voucher will be required at time of drop off.

How to obtain a voucher:
- Residents must first contact the Office of Public Works by calling 217.789.2255 or submit an online form available at www.springfield.il.us/recycling.
- The resident must provide the following information when a voucher is requested:
o Full name
o Contact phone number
o Address
o Email (if applicable)
- Type and amount of items that will be dropped off
- Participants must be a resident of the City of Springfield corporate limits

Vouchers are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registering residents will be advised of options for picking up the vouchers. Options include: pick-up in-person at the Office of Public Works, 300 S. 7th St., Room 203, during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday). Vouchers can also be emailed or mailed to the resident upon request. Please note: the last day for mailing vouchers is Wednesday, October 25. Any voucher requests made after this date will have to be picked up in-person or emailed.

After registering for a voucher, the resident will be given a time to deliver their hazardous waste. This information will be provided to the resident over the phone or via email, depending on the contact preference. The information will also be contained on the voucher.

On the day of the drop off, if a person misses their time slot, they will not be able to make a delivery. No early arrivals will be accepted. If for any reason a resident is unable to make the drop off, please call the Office of Public Works so that the time slot can be given to another resident. Registration will end on Thursday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Restrictions:
- This program is not open to businesses, institutions and not-for-profit organizations
- Vouchers are limited to one per residence. Vouchers may not be combined for delivery.

Drop off location:
· Collection will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 6 (Taintor Road) and proceed to Lot 21 by following signs. Exit through Gate 7 after household hazardous waste has been delivered.

Acceptable items at the collection include:
Residents are advised to check for updates to the acceptable items list periodically by visiting the city’s websitewww.springfield.il.us/recycling.


• Only oil-based paints
• Paint thinner/strippers
• Hobby chemicals
• Fluorescent tubes
• Lithium & alkaline batteries
•Insecticides/pesticides/herbicides
• Antifreeze/coolant
• Old gasoline
• Lawn chemicals
• Drain cleaners
• Aerosol paints
• Solvents
• Mercury thermostats & thermometers
• Compact fluorescent bulbs
• Lead acid batteries
• Fertilizers
• Used motor oil
• Fuel additives/cleaners
• Pool chemicals
• Cleaning products

Residents who have questions regarding the program or any items listed or not listed may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:57 PM

Traffic Alert

October 9th through 20th the westbound (right) lane of West Washington Street from Bogden Avenue to Bruns Lane will be closed.  Also, the northbound (right) lane of Bruns Lane from Washington to Timberbrook Drive will be closed.  Ameren will be installing utilities.


Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:02 PM

Ward 9 Meeting


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:06 PM

CWLP FORUM - ELECTRICITY

Join the Mayor and CWLP staff for a conversation about CWLP and their electrical operation Thursday, September 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th. Topics will include the power market and CWLP’s use of
coal, natural gas, wind and solar and the future of Dallman 31 and 32 along with answering questions from residents. Those attending will need to enter the north doors located between the library and the Municipal
Center.


Free street parking is available after 5:00 p.m. in addition to the library’s underground parking garage.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:39 PM

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY

Springfield, Illinois – Police Chief Kenny Winslow has announced that the Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for the next Citizen's Police Academy. The academy meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, August 23 through Wednesday, October 18, concluding with a graduation ceremony. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an effort to enhance the community policing concept and increase public awareness and education in our city. The course is free of charge and open to individuals 18 years and older.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and police-community relations. This training program consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include officer selection and training process; the job of the uniformed patrol officer; tactical operations; investigation skills; vice and narcotics; communications; firearms; defensive tactics; crime prevention; and community policing. Participants will experience a variety of activities including using police equipment; firing the department service weapons; canine demonstrations; department ride-along, touring police facilities; and other community and law enforcement related activities.

Interested individuals must fill out an application and agree to undergo a cursory background check prior to approval and admission. Applications for the Citizen's Police Academy are available on the city's website at www.springfield.il.us or you may contact Amanda Long at 217.788.8360 ext. 4238. Classes will be held at the Springfield Police Academy and the downtown police station. Class size is limited and applications will be on a first-come, first-served basis; however, priority will be given to Springfield residents.

Any questions regarding the Citizen's Police Academy class can be directed to the Springfield Police Academy at 217.788.8415.


Friday, July 14, 2017 4:51 PM

STORM BRANCH PICKUP

The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works announced that crews will be picking up branches in storm damaged neighborhoods and locations. Due to limited resources, this pickup will not follow a defined schedule and may take several weeks to complete.

Residents may call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 to report storm damage. If residents wish to have their branches removed sooner, they may drop them off for free at Evans Recycling, 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. This free drop off service is available year-round. Proof of residency is required.

Smaller branches may be placed inside yard waste bags for waste hauler pickup. As a reminder, stickers are required this time of year on the yard waste bags.

The City of Springfield fall branch pickup schedule will begin in October. Questions regarding branch pickup up may be directed to the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:08 PM

Electronic Recycling

The Office of Public Works offers an electronic recycling drop off program for all City residents. BLH Computers is the electronic drop off provider and is located at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive. Regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the City of Springfield's website, http://springfield.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/recycling.aspx.


Monday, July 10, 2017 11:51 PM

Power Outages

If your power is still out, please call CWLP to report the outage at 217-789-2121. Thank you CWLP!!


Monday, July 10, 2017 10:47 PM

CWLP Power Outage Update

Reports of various power outages are coming in. We know that our Durkin 2 circuit is one area affected. This covers customers from East of Veterans, north of Washington St. to Bruns Lane. Other customers have reported outages on Governor, Oberlin and S. 14th St. Dispatch is busy taking calls and coordinating crews. 789-2121 is the number to call for report outages for the fastest response--but note call volume may be high at this hour.


Monday, July 10, 2017 6:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

The City of Springfield’s Hazardous Waste Collection event is set for Saturday, September 16 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Additional information will be made available closer to the event.


Monday, July 10, 2017 5:59 PM

SPRING BRANCH PICKUP CONCLUDED

The spring branch pick up has concluded and will return in October. Residents may take branches for free, year round to Evans Recycling (2100 J. David Jones Parkway) or break them up and place in yard waste bags for disposal (stickers required on bags). Branches cannot be left curbside. If you have specific questions, please contact the City’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or visit www.springfield.il.us/recycling.


Monday, July 10, 2017 5:56 PM

Construction Update

The following streets will be under construction beginning Monday, July 10 for asphalt paving as part of the bituminous overlay program, weather permitting.

· N. 11th St (N Grand - Black)
· N. 12th St (Enos – Matheny)
· Converse St (8th - 11th)
· Mason St (16th – 17th)
· Meadowbrook Rd (Wabash - Yucan)
· Miller St (5th – 10th)
· Union St (2nd – 5th)
· Woods Farm Ln


Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:55 AM

Branch Pickup Update

SPRING BRANCH PICKUP
Following are the upcoming branch pickup locations for the week of June 26:
· NW – Complete
· NE – Indian Hills Subdivision. Bissel Road to Clearlake Avenue, Milton to Plateau Drive
· SW – Piper Glen Subdivision
· SE – Complete. Lake Area – West Fairview and Hoechester going to Lake Knolls Subdivision

As a reminder, the City of Springfield is only doing a spring branch pickup and then another collection this fall, starting in October. Visit http://springfield.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/branchPickup.aspx for more information. Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway.


Friday, June 9, 2017 6:06 PM

SPRING BRANCH PICKUP - Update

Following are the upcoming branch pickup locations for the week of June 12:

·NW – Bruns Lane to Winch Road, Jefferson Street to Horseshoe Drive. Johnson Lane to Walnut Street/J David Jones Pkwy from Jefferson Street to Pulliam Road.

·NE – Fairfield Drive to Dirksen Pkwy from Sangamon Avenue to Watch Avenue.

·SW – Veterans Pkwy to Macarthur Blvd from Iles to Austin Drive.

·SE – Venetian Drive to East Hazel Dell Lane from Toronto Road to Adlai Stevenson Drive. Lake Area - Maple Grove Lane and West Lake Drive going to West Fairview and Hochester.

Visit http://springfield.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/branchPickup.aspx for more information. Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway.


Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:33 PM

NEW ELECTRONIC RECYCLING DROP OFF PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 5

NEW ELECTRONIC RECYCLING DROP OFF PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 5

Springfield, Illinois - The City of Springfield's electronic recycling drop off program will begin Monday, June 5. BLH Computers, Inc. is the electronic drop off provider and the program will go until December 31, 2017. BLH Computers is located at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive and regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Electronic items in the “unlimited” category below are accepted with no restriction on quantity and may be dropped off to BLH Computers.

UNLIMITED - Residency verification not required:

• Desktop, Laptop, and Tablet Computers
• LCD Monitors
• Printers (Large office not accepted)
• Computer Peripherals (keyboard, mice, etc.)
• LCD Televisions
• Satellite & Cable Equipment
• Projectors
• VCRs
• DVD Players
• Video Game Consoles
• Radios
• Speakers
• Cellular & Mobile Phones
• Smart Phones
• Telephones (including PBX equipment)
• Toner & Ink Cartridges
• Network Equipment & Cables
• Mailroom Equipment
• Point of Sale Equipment
• Pagers
• Cameras
• Camcorders
• Power Tools (including batteries)
• Fax Machines
• Answering Machines
• Battery Backups and Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS)
• Surge Suppressors & Power Strips
• Power & Accessory Cables
• Walkie-talkies
• Christmas Tree Lights

The “limited” category is new this year and was created so residents now have the ability to drop off televisions and/or CRT (tube) monitors at no cost. These drop offs are restricted to only three (3) types of these items per calendar year, per residence, with residency verification. A resident who brings in more than the allotted three items in the “limited” category will be charged the regular fee, with in-store coupon incentive, as set and required by BLH Computers.

Residents must create a voucher online at BLHComputers.com or at BLH’s in-store kiosk. A voucher created outside the store may be printed off and brought to BLH with the items or emailed to the resident and shown on their mobile device when dropping off their electronics. Please note that proof of city residency is required (driver’s license or photo ID) during drop off in addition to the voucher.

LIMITED - Residency verification required and limited to 3 items per calendar year:

• CRT Televisions
• Projection Televisions
• CRT Monitors
• Non-LCD/Plasma Televisions or Monitors
• Consoles


If an item is not listed, please call BLH Computers at 217.585.1580 to see if it can be accepted. Residents who have questions regarding the program may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us


Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:49 PM

Branch Pickup Update

SPRING BRANCH PICKUP
Following are the upcoming branch pickup locations for the week of May 30:
· NW – Bruns Ln to Bradfordton Rd, Washington to Horse Dr.
· NE – 15th St to Wesely St, Washington to North Grand Ave. J David Jones Pkwy to 10th St, North Grand Ave to Sangamon Ave
· SW – Checkerberry Ln & Strawberry Ln to Veterans Pkwy, Iles to Old Jacksonville Rd. Archer Elevator Rd to Lenhart Rd, Mountain View Dr to Iles.
· SE – 11th St to Wirt, Ash to Lenox. Fox Bridge Rd to Horizon Dr, Stevenson Dr to Hermitage Rd. Lake Area - Starting at West Lake Shore Dr. and East Hazel Dell going to West Lake Shore and Virginia Ln.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:55 PM

City Branch Pickup to Begin Monday, May 8, 2017

The Office of Public Works will begin city-wide residential branch pickup for spring on Monday, May 8. Branch pickup is shifting to one spring collection and one fall collection. Public Works crews will move through the city over the next several weeks and residents are encouraged to check the city website, www.springfield.il.us, to determine the approximate time that branches will be collected in their neighborhoods. Following are the upcoming branch pickup locations for the first week:
• NW – Walnut to Veterans Parkway, South Grand Avenue to Washington and Jefferson
• NE – Walnut to Wheeler, South Grand Avenue to Washington
• SW – Walnut to Chatham Road, South Grand Avenue to Iles Avenue
• SE – South Grand Avenue to Stevenson Drive, Walnut to 11th Street, West Fairview Lane and Hochester going to Hunting Meadows Subdivision

Pickup Schedule
A map indicating where branch pickup will occur will be posted on the city website, www.springfield.il.us each week. In addition, the State Journal Register’s Sunday edition will print the locations where city crews will be picking up branches in the coming week. Residential branch pickup is shifting to one spring pickup and after completion the next curbside collection will begin the week of October 16. Additional information about this pickup will be announced in the fall.

Size of Branch Piles
The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents:
• No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
• Piles larger than a small pick up load will not be picked up by the City;
• The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
• Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
• Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.
• Small branches may be broken and put into yard waste bags for pickup by your waste hauler.

Year Round Residential Branch Drop-off
Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Saturday, 7:00a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

For questions about the City of Springfield branch pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.


Friday, April 21, 2017 4:55 PM

25th Annual Earth Awareness Fair

25th Annual Earth Awareness Fair

Saturday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.. – 5:00 p.m.  On the Grounds of the Old State Capitol.

This free, family-friendly event will feature more than 40 exhibitors highlighting topics including recycling, reuse, energy efficiency, native plants and habitats, local and organic foods, and water conservation.  The afternoon will also feature live music, games, crafts, activities and programs from organizations including Henson Robinson Zoo and a special bee presentation by Arvin Pierce.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.springfield.il.us/earthfair.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:05 AM

Spring Branch Pick Up Begins May 1st

Spring Branch Pick Up


Spring branch pick up will begin May 1st.  Information regarding areas planned for each week will be posted on the city website as well as in the SJR.  There will be one pick up in the spring and one pick up in the fall.  Residents can also take branches for disposal without any additional charge to Evans Recycling at 2100 J David Jones Parkway with proof of city residency.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Springfield City Council Opposes Loss of Federal Money


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:36 PM

NEW Hauler for Large Item Pickup Program Beginning April 3

The City of Springfield's large item collection service will be reintroduced with a new vendor beginning Monday, April 3. Habitat for Humanity will be the new vendor for the City of Springfield’s Large Item Pickup Program. Similar to past programs, all city residents are eligible for free scheduled residential curbside pickup twice (2x) per calendar year. Pickup can be divided into two (2) pickups of three (3) items per scheduled pickup or one (1) scheduled pickup of six (6) items. This pickup service is exclusive to non-electronic items as listed below. 

Eligible Items for Pickup:

• Couches
• Chairs
• Tables
• Appliances 
• Water heaters
• Window unit-AC
• Mattresses
• Box springs
• Doors
• Shelving units 
• Filing cabinets
• 5x10 rolls of carpet
• Dressers
• Desks
• Bed frames
• Grills
• Lawnmowers
• Toilets
• Cabinets
• TV & stereo consoles
• Basketball hoops
• Trampolines that have been broken down
• Pool liners, poles, ladders, etc. that have been broken down


Please note that proof of city of residency is required for pickup service.

To schedule your pickup service today, please call (217) 523-2710.

Residents who have questions regarding the program may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or e-mailpublic.works@springfield.il.us.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:56 PM

FREE SPRING YARD WASTE PICK UP BEGINS APRIL 10

FREE SPRING YARD WASTE PICK UP BEGINS APRIL 10

Springfield, Illinois - The City of Springfield's spring yard waste pick up will begin Monday, April 10with one pick up throughout the city.  Leaves must be placed curbside or at the end of resident driveways by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10.  Residents are asked to place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that do not exceed 30 gallons and weigh no more than 30 lbs.  All leaves placed properly by the April 10 date will be picked up.  

The Office of Public Works will be conducting the leaf bag collection for the city. Guidelines were modified restricting the use of metal cans in order to reduce injury. Metal cans and overweight containers or bags will not be picked up. Crews will place a sticker on any bag or container that does not meet the criteria and residents will be asked to re-bag their leaves.

Other details about the program:
All bags will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service. 
Do not remove the leaves from the curb once you place them there.
Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street. 
Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes. 
Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
Plastic bags are not accepted.

Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Drop off is free for yard waste during the month of April and free throughout the year for branches.

Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine. 

Upcoming: Branch pick up will begin in May and will follow the neighborhood schedule published on the City of Springfield website and in the State Journal-Register.  

Residents who have questions regarding the yard waste or branch programs may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or e-mail public.works@springfield.il.us.


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