Neighborhood News
November 30, 2018
City Announcements
ARCHER ELEVATOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION
Beginning Monday, December 3, Archer Elevator Road will be closed from Greenbriar Drive to Old Jacksonville Road . This closure is for drainage repairs and storm sewer installation and will last thru Friday, December 7, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use alternative routes. 

11th STREET SEWER REPLACEMENT
Outside lanes are open and all businesses are open and accessible on 11th Street. Inside lanes will remain closed between South Grand and Cook Street through December.

BRICK STREET REPAIRS
  • Reynolds St (Rutledge-2nd St) - finish patch work for winter, weather permitting
  • Downtown streetscape repairs - various locations, weather permitting

OTHER WORK
  • Sidewalk replacement on Lawrence (6th-7th, north side)
  • Sidewalk replacement on Elizabeth (Peoria Rd-Griffiths)
  • ADA Ramps at Peoria Road/Elizabeth/Garfield intersection (west side)
  • Plateau Drive - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
  • Beaver Creek Subdivision (vicinity) - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
  • Alder Wood Dr (vicinity) - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
  • Hyde Park Subdivision - tree trimming
  • 2000 Block of South Grand Avenue East - tree removal
FINAL WARD MEETING - WARDS 9 & 10
Thursday, December 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington
This is the last Ward Meeting scheduled for 2018. This is an opportunity for residents to share their concerns and ideas with the Mayor, Alderpersons and department directors.

PUBLIC UTILITIES MEETING
The agenda for the Monday, December 10 Public Utilities Meeting is now available.  Presentations will include the U of I Research & Development Project for Unit 4; an update from the Water Department including Water Works Infrastructure & Improvement Project and Lake Springfield Watershed Projects along with other department updates. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Springfield City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7th Street, 3rd Floor.

DEADLINE APPROACHING TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER 
The City of Springfield is currently accepting applications for those interested in becoming a Springfield Firefighter. The deadline to apply is December 19. Candidates must first apply online before the testing process begins. Visit our website for complete details.
Fall Yard Waste / Leaf Pickup Concluding
The week of December 3 is the  FINAL week for the 2018 residential fall yard waste/leaf pickup. Yard waste needs to be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3 to guarantee pickup that week. Leaves must be in paper yard waste bags or plastic containers that are no mo re than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs.  

Residents may also take 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

Complete details are online . If you believe your house was missed, or if you have questions, please email Public Works or call 217.789.2255.
Mark Your Calendars
FACEBOOK COMMUNITY BOOST
Did you hear Facebook Community Boost will be in Springfield December 3 & 4 ? This free opportunity will show you how to leverage Facebook and Instagram to help build your business or not-for-profit organization. It all takes place at the BOS Center downtown and the kick off starts at 10:00 a.m. Monday . Start the day hearing from Facebook leaders and a panel of small business owners who have successfully leveraged Facebook in order to grow. Attend whatever breakout sessions you feel will be most beneficial or stay all day. Sign-up !

FREE PARKING FOR DOWNTOWN SHOPPERS
Starting Monday, December 3, people who want to shop downtown during the holiday season won’t have to put coins in designated parking meters. Residents and visitors who choose to shop downtown can park for free Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. , through the end of DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walks that conclude on December 22. The area where shoppers can park for free at meters is 4 th Street to 7 th Street, Monroe Street to Washington Street . However, parking illegally or in an unlawful area including bus or loading zones, yellow curb, no parking, and accessible spaces is not allowed at any time. Shoppers simply need to get a parking permit labeled “Shoppers” from one of the participating businesses and put it on their car’s dashboard nearest the curb to enjoy this holiday parking perk . Merchants will date and sign the permit, which is only good for that day. For a list of retailers and rules and restrictions, click here .

SPRINGFIELD JAYCEES HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE
Saturday, December 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. downtown
Don't miss this lighted parade that loops around the heart of our city. The parade starts at the Horace Mann parking lot on Jefferson and will head west to 5th Street; then South to Monroe; East to 6th Street; and then north to Washington. NOTE: Vehicles parked along the parade route will have to remain in place until after the parade. More info .
Springfield Police Reminder
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 .

SUNDAY MATINEE: ELF (PG)
Sunday, December 2  at 2:00 p.m. - Carnegie South Room
Open to all ages

COMMUNITY TUTORING
Monday, December 3 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – 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.

HOW TO IDENTIFY FAKE NEWS
Monday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. - Bicentennial Room
Everyday we are bombarded with news and information, but how much of that is actually fact? In this class, you will gain the skills to distinguish credible information from "fake news."

EXPLORING YOUR FAMILY TREE
Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom – 2 nd Floor
An introduction to the genealogy resources offered and compiled by the library. Must have computer experience.  Pre-registration is required .
Upcoming Events
ONLINE GUIDES TO HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
This truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Various sites, attractions, retailers, and businesses have planned so many events and activities that it's hard to list them all. As an alternative, we are sharing great, local online resources that highlight activities and happenings right here in our community. Some activities are free and some have an admission. However, this way, you can find the events that are the perfect fit for you.

DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD'S OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS 
Saturdays (December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22)
  • 12-noon – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays (December 5, December 12, December 19)
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Pick up your free Holiday Walks guidebook which features retail deals, restaurants and bar offerings, as well as partner activities at the downtown sites. Visit Santa at the Old State Capitol, enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs, or take a free horse-drawn carriage ride. Many businesses are also keeping Sunday hours from 12-noon until 3:00 p.m. More info .
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109