Neighborhood News
November 20, 2020
The City of Springfield offices, including
Lincoln Library, will be closed
Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We would like to wish everyone a SAFE Thanksgiving.

Since next week will be a shortened week, the next Neighborhood News will be December 4, 2020.
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES
ILLINOIS TIER 3 MITIGATIONS
Effective November 20, 2020, all regions in the State of Illinois will operate under the new mitigation requirements to combat the surge of COVID-19 across Illinois. IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place.

In order to see a removal of Tier 3 mitigations and transition to Tier 2, a region must experience less than 12 percent test positivity rate for three consecutive days AND greater than 20 percent available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability AND declining 7-day average COVID hospitalizations in 7 out of the last 10 days. For more information, click here.
MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITALIZATIONS
Memorial Health System has begun sharing daily updates on the number of people being treated for COVID-19 at its five hospitals and trends in how many people are testing positive for the virus.

The dashboard allows central Illinois residents to see how many people are currently hospitalized at Memorial Medical Center, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Passavant Area Hospital, Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The data also includes how many of those hospitalized patients are in intensive care, and how many patients at all Memorial Health System locations, including outpatient clinics, have tested positive for COVID-19.
  
The dashboard is available on ChooseMemorial.org/COVID19 and is shared daily on the Memorial Health System Facebook page. 
DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
The City of Springfield posted a new Emergency Declaration with the Springfield City Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, November 18. This declaration follows the guidance of mitigation efforts outlined by the State of Illinois. However, the City of Springfield also has in place a Mask Mandate that includes fines for individuals and businesses who do not comply with the order. To review the declaration, click here. Additional information is available on the City’s website in the rotating banner.
MASK MANDATE
Per City Code, the City of Springfield is under a mandatory mask requirement. Any person over the age of 2 years old must wear a mask* while inside a public place. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. If caught in violation by enforcement efforts, the individual will face a monetary fine of $50. Businesses may be fined up to $500 for each individual occurrence.
COVID-19 TESTING SITES
The Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) has an updated list of local testing sites. Before heading out for a COVID test, please wait at least four days from a possible exposure to get the most accurate test result and quarantine at home until a negative result has been given. If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT go to the emergency room. First call your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, please call SCDPH at 217.321.2606.
WEBINAR: SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT
Are you a small business interested in applying for the $5,000 grant from the City of Springfield but have questions? Join us Monday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. for a webinar about the application. Staff from the City's Office of Planning & Economic Development will go through each question on the application and answer any questions. Register online https://bit.ly/COSgrant. For more information about the grant and to apply online, visit www.springfield.il.us/grants.
COVID & THE HOLIDAYS
This past Wednesday, Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, Infectious Disease Specialist from SIU, Gail O'Neill, Director of Sangamon County Department of Public Health, and Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne joined Mayor Jim Langfelder for a discussion on Facebook Live. With the holiday season approaching and COVID-19 cases increasing in Sangamon County, this conversation included ways to keep our families and community safe. Discussion also included information about the much anticipated vaccine, contact tracing and other questions about COVID-19. Listen to the discussion.
WAYS TO PAY YOUR UTILITY BILL
Let CWLP help you stay on track with your CWLP bill. To support customers facing financial hardship, its Customer Service Office is still offering flexible payment plans and helping route those in need to financial assistance. Customers can request assistance by phone at 217.789.2030 or e-mail, cwlp.customer@cwlp.com.

In addition, the Municipal Center building where CWLP Customer Service window is located is open. There are also a number of alternative payment options beyond U.S. Mail and walk-in payments.

Customers can utilize:
  • Free automatic debit or an e-payment from your bank account;
  • The drive-up window located between the municipal building and Lincoln Library;
  • Online payments at myCWLP.com;
  • Over the phone at 217.789.2030;
  • Payment drop boxes located at INB’s S. Sixth St. and N. Dirksen Parkway locations;
  • Payment drop box located at Heartland Credit Union on West White Oaks Drive;
  • Other ways to pay are available online.
SPRINGFIELD RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE
Funds are still available through the Springfield rental assistance program, a partnership between the City and the Springfield Urban League. To qualify for the program:
  • The property address must be in the corporate limits of the City of Springfield.
  • Your household income is within the allowable limits.*
  • Applicant must provide documentation showing a loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Cooperation from the applicant’s landlord to participate in the program.

Tenants seeking assistance should call the Springfield Urban League at 217.789.0830, Monday thru Friday, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and must specify that they are seeking rental assistance within the City of Springfield. The intake process will occur over the phone. If you are leaving a message with the Urban League regarding the program after hours, please specify that you are seeking Springfield rental assistance along with your contact information.
 
The application process will include communication with your landlord to verify the rental agreement and the total rent owed. The maximum amount a tenant may receive is $1,000.00.

*Qualified Household Income Per Tenant Living At Address:
1 – Can make up to $42,800
2 – Can make up to $48,900
3 – Can make up to $55,000
4 – Can make up to $61,100
5 – Can make up to $66,000
6 – Can make up to $70,900
7 – Can make up to $75,800
8 – Can make up to $80,700
LINCOLN LIBRARY HOURS OF OPERATION
Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County, and keeping the staff and patrons safety in mind, Lincoln Library’s operations have been modified.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
  • Contactless curbside pickup is available.
  • No in-person browsing.
  • No pick-up of materials inside the facility is allowed.
  • Computer use is available in one-hour increments by appointment by calling 217.753.4900 ext. 5630 or email AskLincolnLibrary@gmail.com.
  • Information and cardholder services assistance is still available over the phone during regular operating hours.
  • The ability to email and pick up print jobs is also still available. Email the documents along with your name, phone number and library card number (if applicable) to AskLincolnLibrary@gmail.com.
  • Staff-facilitated copy and fax services.
  • Contactless homebound delivery.

These are challenging times. The library will work to bring you as many services as they are able to do so safely. Please call their main number, 217.753.4900 and let them know how they can help. You may also visit their website.
SHOP. EAT. ORDER. LOCAL
Small businesses are the backbone of our community and have been one of the hardest hit industries during this COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we are encouraging everyone to please shop and eat local as much as possible. Whether you are planning your upcoming holiday meal, needing a gift for someone special, or picking things up for your home - remember that our local restaurants provide delicious dishes, our local shops stock the most unique items, and all are happy to help if you call or email for assistance. Also, purchasing gift cards is a great way to show your support. Our small business community needs us now more than ever. Remember to support local!
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
The following work will begin or continue the week of November 23, weather permitting.

PUBLIC WORKS CREW:
  • 2500 block of Raleigh Road - Curb and gutter replacement

SIDEWALK REPAIRS:
  • Emporia Drive
  • 2700 block S Rainier Drive
  • 5th & Jefferson
  • 3400 - 3500 block Bluffs Road

ARCHER ELEVATOR ROAD
Road to be opened on 11/24/2020 by 12-noon.

5TH & 6TH STREET UNDERPASSES
Installing track
  • 5th Street reduced to three (3) lanes southbound (Broad - Iles)
  • 6th Street reduced to three (3) lanes northbound (Wellesley - Broad)

NORTH NINTH STREET WORK
Beginning Monday, November 23, two northbound lanes on North Ninth Street will be closed between E. Division and E. Reservoir Street to accommodate repairs to a leaking water main. Motorists should plan to take an alternative route and should slow down and be aware of construction and repair crews and equipment in and near the roadways. This work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather
LOOKING AHEAD: TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SIXTH STREET IN DECEMBER
A temporary closure of Sixth Street from Wellesley Avenue to Broad Place will take place on Friday, December 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. The road will remain closed for ten days and reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020. This closure is for the replacement railroad bridge construction related to the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. Up to four additional night closures may be necessary after this date but will be announced at that time.

Traffic control devices, signage, and dynamic message boards will be deployed to guide motorists safely around the closure. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel around the closure. All motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed, and exercise caution as traffic patterns and travel times will be affected. Thru traffic will not be allowed, but access will be maintained to all properties within the closure. The contractor will be working nights and weekends to minimize the duration of the street closure.
CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
"NO STICKER" YARD WASTE/LEAF PICKUP
For the week of November 23, the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pickup will occur in the North Zone which is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.

As a reminder, yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of your pickup week so it is not missed.

***Please be aware the pick up pattern for Republic is unique to the company, if you see the pick up of yard waste happen on the other side of your street and then the truck goes down another street does not mean they missed your bags. They will return either later in the day or the following day to pick up from your side. ****

A map and pickup schedule is available on the City’s website along with additional information. If you believe your bags or containers were missed, please email SpringfieldYW@republicservices.com.
FREE YARD WASTE DROP OFF AVAILABLE
For residents interested in DROPPING OFF their yard waste/leaf bags, the FREE drop off goes through Saturday, December 12. Residents can take 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. After December 12, the fee will be $1 per bag.

The City of Springfield’s CURBSIDE “no sticker”, bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pick-up program runs until the end of March, 2021.
FALL BRANCH PICKUP COMPLETED
The City of Springfield's fall branch pickup program has now concluded.
Residents may drop off branches to Evans Recycling with proof of residency until the end of March 2021. This service is for City residents only and not for commercial contractors. 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. Evans Recycling’s contact number is 217.391.0886.
FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION EXTENDED
The deadline to apply to become a Springfield firefighter has been extended to Sunday, December 20. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the information packet and testing process. For complete details, visit our website
REMINDER: FREE METER PARKING
Free meter parking in downtown Springfield is continuing through the end of the calendar year. Motorists will be required to move vehicles within the time posted at that parking location to avoid a citation, however, you do NOT need to plug the meter.
NOW HIRING!
The City of Springfield has various employment opportunities. Positions include Office Coordinator, Labor Relations Manager, Fiscal Officer plus many more openings. View the postings and apply online.
MEAL TRAIN FOR WINTER WARMING SHELTER
The Salvation Army is operating the 2020-2021 Winter Warming Shelter that will provide overnight and daytime services. Due to COVID-19, this year’s center will operate 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located at 221 N. 11 Street.

In partnership with the City of Springfield, the Salvation Army invites groups, organizations, schools, churches, families, and individuals to provide a dinner for those staying overnight at the warming center. This facility is an overflow area for individuals unable to access other shelters across Springfield due to new policies related to COVID-19.

All meals must be delivered/dropped off, but no meal service is required. Check available dates. We appreciate your time and generosity! 
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING TUESDAY
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is Tuesday, November 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The meeting agenda is available on the City Clerk's website. Due to new mitigation measures by the State of Illinois, the general public will not be able to attend in-person. If you would like to make a public comment at the meeting, please contact the City Clerk's office at 217.789.2216 for instructions. As a reminder, Tuesday night meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 in addition to streaming on the City of Springfield website.
COMMUNITY UPDATES
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY WALKS
Every Wednesday and Saturday thru December 19, visit one of the businesses downtown and shop this holiday season. The holiday walks will be a little different this year due to COVID restrictions but still a fun family tradition while supporting local! Starting in December, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride by Red Gate Farms, visit Santa and participate in the Red Ticket Giveaway. Click here for additional information. 
HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET
Holiday Farmers Market is this Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 - 12-noon at Anvil & Forge, 619 E. Washington Street. The market will be inside and outside. As you shop, you must remember it is similar to shopping at the grocery store. Masks are required outside and inside.
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ONE STOP CHRISTMAS SHOP TOY DRIVE
One Stop Christmas Shop is partnering with First Student to collect toys for their annual event that will provide Christmas to Springfield families in need. First Student buses will pick up new toys from your porch for donation on Tuesday, December 1. If you would like to donate, please sign up by calling 217.275.2500 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Download the pdf.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109