Neighborhood News
July 31, 2020
CITY COVID-19 UPDATES
MAYOR ISSUES SIXTH EXECUTIVE ORDER
Mayor Jim Langfelder signed his sixth Emergency Order. In a proactive attempt to gain compliance and to give clear direction to business owners, the order states that all patrons of a bar or restaurant must have an assigned table/seat. The number of patrons in each establishment should not exceed the number of available tables/seats while maintaining required social distancing.

Patrons must have an assigned table (seated or high top) and must remain at their table unless leaving the establishment or going to the restroom. If a person moves away from their assigned table or seat (whether to visit another table, go to the bar, or restroom), a face covering must be worn over the mouth and nose . Wearing a mask is an important health and safety measure.

This weekend and throughout next week, representatives from the Springfield Police and Fire Departments will be inspecting bars and restaurants and distributing guidelines . Next Friday and Saturday, they will be doing COVID-19 compliance checks and issuing $500 citations that could lead up to temporary suspension of the establishment’s liquor license for subsequent offenses.

“We want our businesses to remain open; however, Springfield is part of the Central Region that is now at an increased warning level according to public health officials. This rise in COVID cases has been connected to many of our bars and restaurants because individuals are not wearing face coverings or following social distancing guidelines,” said Mayor Langfelder. “It is unacceptable that a business might have to shut its doors and residents are out of work because some individuals feel inconvenienced by wearing a mask. We need to work together to slow and stop the spread of the coronavirus and avoid further damage to our economy. By working together, we will protect each other and our local businesses, which are the backbone of our community.”

If businesses have questions regarding best practices and recommendations, or residents have concerns about a local establishment not complying with the order, they may contact the Springfield Fire Department’s Fire Safety Division at 217.789.2170.
SANGAMON COUNTY POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES
On July 31, Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) announced 24 new positive cases of COVID-19 with six people hospitalized. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s, most recent weekly report (7/12/20 -7/18/20) the positivity rate for Sangamon County was 3.3% with 6,232 tests performed. The weekly metrics also indicate a warning as there are currently 64 positive COVID-19 cases/100,000 population. The target is 50/100,000. Those reported as positive today are the following ages: under 1 year – 2; Teens – 1; 20s – 8; 30s – 3; 40s – 3; 50s – 1; 60s – 1; and 70s – 5. To read the complete information, visit SCDPH's website .
FACEBOOK LIVE RESUMES NEXT WEDNESDAY
The City of Springfield will resume its weekly Facebook Lives on Wednesday, August 5 at 12-noon on the City's Facebook page. Mayor Jim Langfelder will be joined by Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow and Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne. They will discuss the new executive order issued by the Mayor and provide an overview of their compliance checks and answer your questions.
SIU MEDICINE RELAUNCHES LOCAL TESTING SITE
SIU Medicine, in coordination with the City of Springfield and Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) relaunched a testing site at SCDPH located at 2833 S. Grand Avenue East. Testing is available in two separate time slots daily in the parking area adjacent to the public health building. Weekday morning testing is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Weekday evening testing is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Before being tested, 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. For a complete listing of testing sites, click here .
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LIHEAP APPLICATION NOW OPEN
A new application website is available for utility bill assistance allocated to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The new application period for LIHEAP is now open. Eligibility has been expanded to allow for households of four making $4,300 monthly or less would qualify. Applying is now online. Pre-qualify at www.helpillinoisfamilies.com. You may also call the Sangamon County LIHEAP and Community Resource Office at 217.535.3120 for help.
CAPITAL TOWNSHIP RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Springfield residents who are facing eviction may seek assistance from Capital Township. Applicants must apply over the phone and meet certain qualifications. Items you must have during the phone inquiry:
  • Past assistance and assistance needed. Must have social security cards or proof of social security numbers for all adults.
  • Verify your address is in Capital Township. The corporate city limits of the City of Springfield mimics Capital Township boundaries.
  • Verify your eviction notice (or) disconnect notice (or) shelter letter.
  • You will be sent an application to complete at home and a list of documents needed to bring to your in-person appointment. You will make an appointment to return with your documents and completed application.
Please call 217.525.1736, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional information is available online on the Capital Township website
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Now's your chance! Please continue to wear your face covering while in public and keep social distance. Springfield is part of a region that is at a warning level. Follow our health professionals guidance and keep your family, your neighbors and our community safe and open for business!
  • Wear a face-covering when in public.
  • If at a bar or restaurant, whether you are waiting for your table or you get up from your seat to use the restroom or visit someone you know, wear your face covering.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep proper social distance while participating in events, activities, and visiting local businesses.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
The following work will begin or continue the week of August 3, weather permitting.

ASPHALT PAVING: Verna Drive.

SIDEWALK PROGRAM: 14th Street (Melrose to dead end South of Lenox); Chesapeake Landing; Coachlight Court; Green Meadow Drive; Post Road; Reading Road; Steeplechase Lane; Washington Street (Stange - 900 ft west, north side); Willow Springs.

CONCRETE PATCHING : Bruns Lane (Jefferson - Veterans); First Street (Lenox- Ash).

CRACKFILLING: Various residential streets

ALLEY REHABILITATION
  • 5th/6th - Garfield/Wood
  • 5th/6th - Griffiths/Garfield
  • 6th/7th - Sangamon Percy
  • MacArthur/State - South Grand/Conkling

SHOULDER & DITCH REPAIR
  • Forest Ridge Lane

BRICK STREET REPAIRS
  • Matheney Avenue (12th - 15th)
  • Miller Street (11th - 12th)
  • Cedar between First to Second Street.

ARCHER ELEVATOR
Sidewalk and off road grading (Iles - Greenbriar)
Road closed from Yucan to Iles Avenue thru November 30.

5TH & 6TH STREET UNDERPASSES STILL ONGOING
  • 5th Street reduced to three (3) lanes southbound (Broad - Iles)
  • 6th Street reduced to three (3) lanes northbound (Wellesley - Broad)
**Intersection of Iles & Burton closed for reconstruction (through 8/31/2020)**
EASTBOUND COOK TO DETOUR FOR WATER WORK
Beginning Monday, August 3, eastbound Cook Street traffic will be detoured at 14th Street to accommodate work by City Water, Light and Power to replace lead water service lines in the 1400 and 1600 blocks of East Cook Street. Work will progress to the east with the detour moving to 17th Street as work is completed in each block. This project will be rescheduled or delayed in the event of inclement weather. All traffic lanes will reopen once road surface repairs are complete. Motorists should plan to take alternative routes and be alert of construction equipment and crews in and near roadways.
TREE TRIMMING
Beginning Wednesday, August 5, CWLP’s contractor Wright Tree Service, will be trimming trees for the line clearance program in an area bound by Amos Street and Rutledge Street between Calhoun Avenue and Lamar Road. Additional crews will be assigned to identify and trim trouble spots around the city as well. For more information on CWLP’s tree trimming and line clearance program, click here.
CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
"NO STICKER" YARD WASTE/LEAF PICKUP
For the week of August 3 , the City's "no sticker", bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pickup will occur in the N orth Zone which is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. 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.
REMINDER: BRANCH PICKUP IS DIFFERENT FROM YARD WASTE COLLECTION
The City of Springfield’s Yard Waste collection and Branch Pickups are DIFFERENT programs. Yard waste is a contracted service, picked up bi-weekly, and is a 12-month program. Branches are picked up curbside by the City’s Public Works Department - once in the spring and once in the fall.

The City’s spring curbside branch collection ended in May. The next branch collection will not be until the fall, beginning in either October or November. In between city collections, residents can drop off their branches to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Pkwy throughout the year at no charge .

The only other time Public Works will pick up branches is due to storm related damage from trees in the city right-of-way, not personal property. If storm related, residents should report downed limbs and branches by calling the Public Works Dispatch Office at 217.789.2246. However, please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, services are limited and extended delays should be expected. If not storm related, from personal property, or resident is unable to haul branches to Evans, resident can look into a tree removal service willing to haul for a charge. 
COOLING CENTER OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
The City of Springfield announced a partnership with Fifth Street Renaissance to operate its location at 1015 E. Madison Street to serve as a Cooling Center for residents who need relief from the high temperatures. This is the same facility that served as the overnight warming center in the winter months.

“Every year the City of Springfield has been able to coordinate efforts with community partners to provide relief from the summer weather. Unfortunately, with the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have their lobbies closed and other agencies are not accepting new clients. We recognized something had to be done,” said Mayor Jim Langfelder. 

The facility will be open every day including weekends from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fifth Street Renaissance will provide staffing. The location was open the last two weekends as well due to the high temperatures.

Penny Harris-Powell, Executive Director of Fifth Street Renaissance stated, “COVID-19 has impacted businesses and agencies across Springfield who served as cooling centers and other shelter in previous years. However, this unique time does not stop people from needing a place to cool off or a place to rest during the hottest days. I am proud that our organization is able to assist in this crucial time and help those who need it the most.”

Anyone entering the Cooling Center will have their temperature checked. Face coverings will be required and social distancing will be monitored. Questions about the Cooling Center or ways you can help, please call Penny Harris-Powell at 217.638.5045 or email PennyPowellFSR@gmail.com .
SPRINGFIELD POLICE POLAR PATROL
The Springfield Police Department (SPD) is working to help residents beat the summer heat and bolster relationships throughout the community with its new initiative, Polar Patrol. Members of SPD will be distributing individually wrapped frozen treats in neighborhoods throughout Springfield over the next month. The upcoming Polar Patrol stops will be a surprise to each area and not be announced in advance.
SCAM ALERT
Springfield Police would like to alert residents of a scam that is currently happening in our area. If you, or anyone you know, receive a certified letter containing a check from an unknown party with your name on it for a couple thousand dollars, it is NOT legitimate. It is a scam. If you receive one of these letters in the mail, call the Springfield Police at 217.788.8325 right away.
FREE DOWNTOWN PARKING
Free downtown meter parking has now been extended through Labor Day , Monday, September 7, 2020. However, citations will still be issued for vehicles not adhering to the time limits posted on the parking signs. This means you do not need to put change in a meter when you park; however, you will be required to move your vehicle within the time posted at that parking location. It is important to keep traffic moving to allow as many people as possible the chance to visit downtown businesses.

As a reminder, parking illegally or in an unlawful area including bus or loading zones, no parking, and accessible spaces is enforceable 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
The City also has bagged meters with blue coverings that include the message “Curbside Pickup Parking Only” in an effort to support downtown food and retail establishments. These designated spots will remain in place until further notice.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT POSTPONED
Due to COVID-19, the national organization for National Night Out (NNO) has postponed the event until October 6, 2020. NNO is an annual event where various neighborhoods across the city, state, and nation gather with police and other first responders for an evening of entertainment, camaraderie, and to build on relationships and community. Springfield Police will make an announcement in September if NNO will occur in October as planned.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY
The next City Council Meeting is Wednesday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. To review the agenda, click here. The meeting airs live on Comcast Cable Channel 18; on AT&T U-verse Channel 99; and on our website.

We do limit the number of people inside the City Council Chambers. If you would like to attend Tuesday's meeting in person, you MUST sign-up in advance through the City Clerk's Office. You may also sign-up to address your elected officials but again, advanced sign-up is requested. Sign-up today.
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COMMUNITY UPDATES
LAST WEEK OF ARTISTS ON ADAMS
Tuesdays and Thursdays thru August 6
12-noon - 1:00 p.m.
411 E. Adams Street, Downtown
The Springfield Area Arts Council is joining the Adams Family downtown for five weeks this summer to help local musicians share their talent with our community. For a list of scheduled performers, visit www.springfieldartsco.org.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. through October.
Please remember to wear your mask because they are required to shop . Order ahead online anytime Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. thru Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Then pick-up your items from your car curbside on Saturday . Order online . M arket guidelines are available on DSI's website .
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109