Neighborhood News
May 15, 2020
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES
U.S CONFERENCE OF MAYORS LAUNCHES COVID-19 FISCAL PAIN TRACKER
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) launched the  Mayors COVID-19 Fiscal Pain Tracker , a resource that provides accounts from 150 individual cities of the significant revenue losses cities are experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis, including Springfield. The Tracker, which will be continually updated, also shows the specific actions cities have been forced to take to balance their budgets as required under law, including laying off and furloughing employees and ending community programs and services.
CITY UPDATE: FACEBOOK LIVE
The next Facebook Live will be on Wednesday, May 20 at 12-noon. Mayor Langfelder, City Treasurer Misty Buscher, and Director of Budget & Management, William McCarty will discuss city finances amid the coronavirus. The session will air on the City's Facebook page .

This past Wednesday Mayor Langfelder, Director of Public Works, Nate Bottom, and CWLP Chief Utility Engineer, Doug Brown, discussed their department operations during the pandemic and projects moving forward. Due to technical difficulties, the session could not be taken live on Facebook. The recording of this session is available on the City's YouTube Channel. Watch Now!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS
The City of Springfield appreciates all the comments and feedback shared on the amendment regarding the allocation of $799,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Springfield COVID-19 relief. The two public comment sessions have been posted to the City's YouTube Channel.

The comments received during these sessions, online, and through email are currently being compiled and will be posted to the City's website. It will also be discussed at the Tuesday, May 19 City Council Meeting.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal program issued by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Due to the coronavirus health pandemic, the City of Springfield received an additional $799,000 in funding to be used on programs and needs that have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19. These funds are designated for low- to moderate-income persons and locations.
CAPITAL TOWNSHIP ASSISTANCE
Capital Township is a township in which its boundaries mirror that of the City of Springfield. As its own taxing body, Capital Township is able to provide its own services to residents of the City of Springfield. The following assistance is available to residents who meet certain criteria:
  • Rent Assistance to residents who have received an eviction notice,
  • Utility Assistance to residents who have received a disconnect notice,
  • Transitional Assistance.

For more information about Capital Township, visit their website . Questions? Call 217.525.1736 or email townshipgeneralassistance@co.sangamon.il.us.
LINCOLN LIBRARY UPDATE
Lincoln Library has extended the due date of all materials to June 30. While the library expects to offer amended services before June 30, the library is attempting to space out the returns over a few weeks.

Lincoln Library will also be announcing next steps for phased-in services in the coming weeks. Remember: staff is still providing library cards, card renewals, and reference services. Call 217.753.4900 or email asklincolnlibrary@gmail.com, Monday through Friday.
LOCKDOWN LIVE TONIGHT
The City of Springfield's Convention & Visitors Bureau is collaborating with Avery Kern for one hour of music on Facebook for LOCKDOWN LIVE. It is happening tonight, Friday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy from the comfort of your own home a live performance. She will be taking requests and answering questions during the performance.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
The following work will begin or continue the week of May 18, weather permitting.

ASPHALT PAVING: Hazel Dell Lane; South 6th Street Frontage Road (Toronto - Southwind); shoulder work on University Drive (Edgar Lee Masters - 500 feet N. of West Lake Shore)

CONCRETE PATCHING: Eastdale Avenue; Old Rochester Road (Dirksen - 1000 ft west); Singer Avenue

CONCRETE WORK: Dryden Drive; Bertman Avenue; Black Avenue (Schrader - 19th Street); Cornell Avenue (W. of Randall - Taylor); Ellendale Drive; Gaskell; Gissing; Midland Court; Ridgley Avenue (Midland - 19th); Schrader Court; South Street Court; Wildcat Run; Wordsworth

SIDEWALK PROGRAM: Amos Avenue (Carpenter - Brenda); Astoria Road; Cooper Avenue; Lemont Drive; Makemie Avenue

Please note: Amos Avenue closed between Carpenter and Enos May 18 thru May 22

COOK STREET SEWER REPAIRS
Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22, EASTBOUND COOK STREET from 11th Street to 15th Street will be CLOSED. The detour is 11th Street and Cook, southbound on 11th Street, east on South Grand, north on Martin Luther King Drive, and end at Cook Street.

Additional work in the area includes:
Wednesday May 20
Intersection: Cook Street at 16th Street
Lanes: Closing the two center lanes on Cook Street

Thursday May 21
Intersection: South Grand at 16th Street
Lanes: Closing the westbound curb lane of South Grand Avenue at 16th Street

CONTINUING WORK

ARCHER ELEVATOR ROAD
Currently closed between Greenbriar Drive and Iles Avenue. Expected reopening is end of June.

5TH & 6TH STREET UNDERPASSES
  • 5th Street reduced to two (2) lanes southbound (Broad - Iles)
  • 6th Street reduced to three (3) lanes northbound (Wellesley - Broad)

CWLP TREE TRIMMING
CWLP’s contractor, Wright Tree Service, is continuing to trim trees for the line clearance program in an area bound by South Grand Avenue and Lenox Avenue between Second Street and Lincoln Avenue.
CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
"NO STICKER" YARD WASTE/LEAF PICKUP
For the week of May 18 , the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pickup will occur in the SOUTH ZONE . The South Zone is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road including residential properties around the lake.

Yard waste must be placed curbside. Alley pick up will  not  occur. Stickers are NOT required. All yard waste  MUST  be placed in paper yard waste/leaf bags or hard rigid plastic containers. Containers must be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” or “YW” and cannot be more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds.

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.
SPRING BRANCH PICKUP UNDERWAY
NEIGHBORHOODS RECEIVE ONE (1) PICKUP

The City's residential spring branch pickup is underway. The schedule is PRESET  and crews will work in specified areas of the city each week. Crews will pass through an area ONLY ONCE.

As a reminder, the city's branch pickup is a  DIFFERENT  program from the city’s yard waste pickup program. The branch pickup program only occurs twice a year. Following is the spring branch pickup schedule: 

  • Southeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of May 18
  • area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

  • Northeast area – Branches set out by 7:00 a.m. the morning of May 25
  • area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway

  • Northwest – COMPLETED

  • Southwest – COMPLETED

For a map and progress of crews, please visit the City's website.
YEAR-ROUND BRANCH DROP-OFF
Residents may drop off branches to Evans Recycling with proof of residency for free until 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.
SPRINGFIELD RECEIVES EPA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DOWNTOWN
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service, announced technical assistance for the City of Springfield to develop a food space downtown. This would boost economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs while promoting clean air, safe water, open space and healthy food choices.

“The Trump Administration is committed to helping communities develop and strengthen their local food economy by investing in opportunity zones in often under privileged communities, some of which have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Support for local food initiatives can improve access to fresh foods, support farmers, grow new businesses, keep Americans healthy and improve the environment.”

“EPA is eager to help Springfield build on the success of its downtown farmers market and locally-sourced food movement to develop local entrepreneurial food resources such as a grocery store and a commercial kitchen,” said EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede. “New food venues would help revitalize the downtown neighborhood, create new jobs and potentially provide opportunities for job-training.”

“This is an unprecedented time that has challenged all aspects of our lives. Due to the economic hardship and disruption of the nation’s food supply, this grant is coming at a critical time. The City of Springfield is extremely grateful to the EPA for recognizing the efforts of our local steering committee. Their work to better connect and grow our current food industry, while offering alternative paths for new business ventures is crucial,” stated Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. “As business owners look for new ways to grow their service model and enhance their offerings, this technical assistance grant will provide the guidance needed to continue to move our community forward while strengthening the heart of our city.”

The city requested technical assistance to create a local food space in its central business district. Local organizations have identified the need for a food space that would include a commercial kitchen, year-round farmers market, job training, or local grocery.

The assistance is provided through the Local Foods, Local Places program, a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and improve quality of life through the sustainable development of their local food economy. This effort will build upon the work of existing local leadership in coordinating local food production, commercial kitchen availability, farmers markets, nutrition, food entrepreneurship, and downtown redevelopment.

Springfield has an Opportunity Zone like most of the 16 communities nationwide selected for this program in support President Trump’s Executive Order 13853. 

Springfield will get access to a team of federal, state, and regional agricultural, environmental, public health, architectural and economic development experts to help develop an action plan, set goals and identify local assets that can support the local food economy and contribute to downtown and neighborhood revitalization.

EPA will be flexible on the timing of next steps for the project, as necessary, considering that many communities are still dealing with issues related to COVID-19.

For more information on Local Food, Local Places:
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TREE DISTRIBUTION
The Springfield Urban Forestry Commission announced it is distributing 200 oak trees (50 shumard, 50 white swamp, and 100 red oaks) to residents. The bare-rooted trees are small (1-3’), and can easily be transported in a car. Ultimately, after many years, the trees will grow to be very large trees.  Those who are interested in receiving a free tree can email janvonq@gmail.com or text 217.218.9465 with your name, the address where the tree will be planted, your Ward, and whether the tree will be planted in a yard or parkway. Planting instructions are also available.
INPUT NEEDED: LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The Springfield Area Transportation Study (SATS) has prepared the Draft 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Greater Springfield Metropolitan Area. The 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan is available for review on the SATS Website, www.sscrpc.com .

Comments and questions may be submitted by completing the comment form on the website, by email at sscrpc@co.sangamon.il.us , or in writing by mailing comments to Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission 200 South 9th Street - Room 212 Springfield, IL 62701.

A virtual Public Informational Meeting to accept questions and comments will be conducted on Thursday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. Information regarding meeting details will be available on the above website no later than May 28, 2020. Comments on the LRTP will be accepted through June 8, 2020. Contact the Regional Planning Commission at 217.535.3110 for more information.
UPCOMING MEETINGS
PLANNING & ZONING MEETING
The May Planning & Zoning meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. The council chambers is closed to the public; however, public comments will be allowed during the meeting over the phone. Review the zoning agenda and sign-up to speak on the City website .
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The next City Council Meeting is Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Due to the Stay at Home Order, the council chambers is closed to the public. The meeting agenda is available online through the City Clerk's Office. The public may sign-up to speak to the Council during the meeting over the phone to share their thoughts or questions on any issue. Sign-up to speak.

All meetings air live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 and can be streamed on the City's website. These meetings are now also streamed live on the City of Springfield's Facebook page .
COMMUNITY UPDATES
HARVEST MARKET HIRING
The City of Springfield will be welcoming Harvest Market this fall. Due to the Stay at Home Order, recruiting events are being reshaped. However, they are currently looking for a Hiring Manager and a Farm House Restaurant General Manager. Interested candidates may apply online at www.jobsNFI.com . The positions are: 581 Hiring Manager and 581 Farm House GM .

Harvest Market is part of Quincy-based Niemann Foods, Inc. It is re-branding the County Market on West White Oaks Drive in Springfield into the country’s second Harvest Market, a health-oriented grocery store focused on providing farm-to-table options.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET SATURDAY
The 21st summer season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market starts Saturday, May 16 and will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. through October 31, 2020. Farmers Markets are considered an Essential Service during COVID-19.

Downtown Springfield (DSI) is proud to be able to provide access to fresh, local foods during these difficult times. DSI has worked closely with Sangamon County Public Health, the City of Springfield, and its premier sponsor HSHS St. John’s to enact new services and safety precautions.

Pre-Order with Curbside Pickup:
You can  pre-order from the Farmers Market each week   from Sunday at 9:00 a.m. thru Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. and pick up your order in your car the following Saturday morning with complimentary curbside service. Complete details .

Attending the Market? Social Distancing Guidelines:
  • All customers should wear a mask per State of Illinois orders
  • Stay home if you are sick or you are in a high-risk group
  • Follow CDC guidelines to practice good cough and hand hygiene
  • Customers age 65+ should have someone shop for them whenever possible
  • Customers age 65+ that need to shop for themselves should shop early
  • Customers are not allowed to touch produce/products before buying, the vendor will bag purchases
  • Customers are not allowed to eat food at the Market
  • Make a shopping list and complete shopping as quickly as possible
  • This is not a social hour! Limit interactions with other customers, vendors
  • Pay with credit or debit. If paying with cash, pay with exact change (or round up) to limit touches. The Market will not provide cash tokens this year.
  • SNAP customers will still be able to use LINK card for tokens.
  • Limit two customers per household
  • Only bring small children if necessary
  • No pets
CHALK IT UP!
The Springfield Art Association and Capitol Radio Group are asking you and your family to "Chalk Up" your driveway, patio, or sidewalk and concrete to create a masterpiece! Chalk it up on May 15, 16, or 17 and share your masterpiece when it is complete. Upload a photo of your art to www.capitolradiogroup.com by midnight on the 17th for your chance to win a family membership to Springfield Art Association and additional prizes.
COUNT US IN SPRINGFIELD
Have you responded to the 2020 Census? As of May 10, 64.4% of Springfield residents have self responded! Why respond? Census data collected impacts annual allocation of federal funding, grants, and financial assistance along with government representation. Please take 10 minutes and complete your Census online at  my2020census.gov  or by phone at 844.330.2020.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109