Neighborhood News
Friday, November 9, 2018
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Fall Yard Waste / Leaf Pickup
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 mo re 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.  
Construction / Tree Trimming
REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS BY PUBLIC WORKS:
  • North-South Alley between 6th and 7th from Enos to Enterprise
  • North-South Alley between State and Glenwood from Outer Park to Ash
  • Culvert work on Plateau Dr

BITUMINOUS OVERLAYS:
  • Bennington (S of Iles) and North Grand (at Hedge Ln)

CRACKFILLING:
  • Chatham Rd (Barberry Ln-Lawrence) and other various locations 

SIDEWALK PROGRAM:
  • South 5th Street (at Stanford)
  • South 6th St (Stanford – Princeton)
  • Briarcreek Drive 
  • McGregor Lane
  • Monmouth
  • Thornhill Drive
  • Woodmore Drive  

BRICK STREET REPAIRS :
  • Reynolds St (Rutledge - 2nd St)
  • Downtown streetscape repairs (various locations as weather permits)

TREE TRIMMING
Beginning next week, Nelson Tree Service, CWLP’s contractor, will be trimming trees for the line clearance program in an area bound by Albany Street, Sangamon Avenue, Stockyard Road and Cincinnati Avenue. Additional crews will be assigned to identify and trim trouble spots around the city as well. 
City Announcements
CITY OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY
The City of Springfield offices will be closed Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day. We encourage all residents to come downtown Monday for the annual V eterans Day Parade beginning at 10:20 a.m. at 9th Street and Capitol Avenue. The parade will proceed west on Capitol Avenue to the Illinois State Capitol. Join us as we line the streets to honor and thank the brave men and women of our military.
2018 WARD MEETINGS
There are three more opportunities to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with the Mayor, Alderpersons and City Directors about your neighborhood, community and the city as a whole. 

Ward 1 - Alderman Redpath
Monday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Elks Club #158 - 409 E. Lake Shore Drive

Joint Ward Meetings
Ward 5 - Alderman Proctor and Ward 6 - Alderwoman DiCenso
Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Inn at 835 - 835 2 nd Street

Ward 9 - Alderman Donelan and Ward 10 - Alderman Hanauer
Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church - 2477 W. Washington

VOTE FOR SPRINGFIELD!
Springfield was selected to be in a national contest to receive the Levitt AMP [Your City] matching grant, which would bring 10 FREE CONCERTS to the Y-block in 2019. To make this happen WE NEED YOUR VOTE!   Go to www.LevittAMP.org and register. Then vote for Springfield!  It only takes 1 minute to vote to bring free music to our community next summer.  Voting ends November 20 .
 
FIREFIGHTER INFORMATION SESSIONS
The City of Springfield is accepting applications to join the Springfield Fire Department. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions to learn about the testing process. Each session takes place in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7 th Street on the 3 rd Floor. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.
  • Wednesday, November 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Sign-up to attend via email or call 217.789.2446. For complete information on the testing process, please visit our website .

WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE OFFICER (NPO)?
The Springfield Police have officers assigned to each neighborhood of the city. Find out which officer is assigned to your area by clicking here . Type your complete address into the map and click the magnifying glass to find out which "Beat Number" you live in. Below the map you will find a listing of the officers, the Beat they oversee and their contact information.

ABE'S HAT HUNT
Are you hosting relatives or guests from out-of-town for the holiday? Be sure to pickup your own Abe's Hat Hunt booklets. This FREE Scavenger Hunt allows anyone the opportunity to explore our great downtown historic sites while searching for Abe's colorful hats. Click here for more info.
 
REMINDER: DOOR-TO-DOOR KNOCKING
Please keep in mind - even though an election has passed, the City of Springfield election takes place in April, 2019. Any individual wishing to seek a position on the Springfield City Council is required to collect signatures to have their name on the ballot, even if they currently hold the office/position. Signatures being collected include for Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and Alderpersons. The last day to file these petitions is November 26. Information about the City Election process is available online . 
LOCK YOUR CARS
The Springfield Police would like to remind residents to please lock your vehicles . Whether you park in a driveway, on the street or in a parking lot, it only takes 30 seconds for a thief to break into your car and steal your valuables. However, it only takes 20 seconds to secure your valuables in the trunk and 1 second for you to lock your car and take the keys with you. Also if you see any suspicious behavior, call the Springfield Police's non-emergency number at 217.788.8311.
Lincoln Library Activities/Classes
All activities are free and take place at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7 th Street. For a complete listing of library events, visit their website .

LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY
Note : The library will be OPEN on Sunday, November 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY TUTORING
Monday, November 12 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 – 5:00 p.m.
Community Tutoring Room – 2 nd Floor
Tutoring provided in partnership with the Springfield Literacy Project, for adult learners and volunteers. Show up to receive assistance or offer to help.

BEYOND BASICS EXCEL
Wednesday, November 14
6:00 p.m. in the Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom – 2 nd Floor
Now that you’ve mastered Excel Basics, it’s time to take it to the next level. Learn how to sort and filter your information easily while using analysis features for budget and lists.  Pre-registration is required and you must have already taken the Excel Basics class.
Upcoming Events
HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Saturday, November 10
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Over 60 vendors to browse and shop. Kids activity corner with crafts, face painting, bounce house and Polar Express barrel train. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus.


HONORING OUR VIETNAM VETERANS
Sunday, November 11
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 212 N. 6 th St.
Military veterans and their families get free admission on Veterans Day. Medal of Honor recipient Al Lynch will speak at 3 p.m. and a special lapel pin will be offered to all Vietnam veterans. 
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109