Neighborhood News
December 7, 2018
Continuing Improvements
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


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

TREE TRIMMING
Beginning the week of December 10, Nelson Tree Service, CWLP’s contractor, will be trimming trees for the line clearance program in the area bound by Fox Bridge Road, Wilshire Road, Adloff Lane and Hermitage Road. Trimming work will also continue in an area bound by MacArthur Boulevard, Calhoun Avenue, First Street and Madison Street.   Additional crews will be assigned to identify and trim trouble spots around the city as well. The line clearance program is designed to ensure the safety, continuity and reliability of electric service. Visit the CWLP website for more information about this program.
Upcoming Meetings
The following meetings will take place in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7 th Street, 3 rd Floor. Can’t attend? Watch the meetings live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 or stream it through the City Website here .
Public Utilities Meeting
Monday, December 10
5:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
Tuesday, December 11
5:30 p.m.
City Council
Tuesday, December 18
5:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole
Thursday, December 20
5:30 p.m.
Reminders
HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE THIS SATURDAY
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 .

Come early for the Old Capitol Holiday Walks! Activities are from 12-noon – 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Retail deals, restaurants and bar offerings, as well as free activities including Santa at the Old State Capitol, performances and horse-drawn carriage rides.
SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS TREE PICK UP
Public Works will pick up natural fir and evergreen Christmas trees within the corporate city limits of Springfield that are set out at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 . Trees are to be placed at the curb for pick up and not to impede the flow of traffic. Crews will make one pass through the neighborhoods beginning January 7. After this date, residents should contact their waste haulers for disposal.

Trees cannot have any flocking, ornaments, tinsel, decorations or wooden tree stands nailed to the bottom of the trees. Likewise, garland and wreaths with wire cannot be accepted. Flocked Christmas trees cannot be recycled, but instead should be placed with your garbage for your waste hauler to remove.
PROJECT "RELIEF" NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
City Water, Light and Power is now accepting applications for customers who need help paying their utility bill through the Project RELIEF program. To apply for aid, please call the  CWLP Project RELIEF Office at 217.789.2414.  Customers meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be scheduled for a meeting with Fifth Street Renaissance. 
APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING
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.
FREE PARKING FOR DOWNTOWN SHOPPERS
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.
The Springfield Police Department has been made aware of an individual attempting to defraud area residents over the phone by calling and posing as a member of the Springfield Police . The male subject informs the resident that they have missed jury duty and a warrant is out for their arrest. The individual then states that the warrant can be eliminated by the resident providing cash or a gift card.

The Springfield Police Department warns residents that this is a scam and not the practice of the department, nor any law enforcement agency. If anyone has fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Springfield Police at 217.789.8311.
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 .

 SUNDAY MATINEE: PRANCER (G)
Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. Carnegie South Room
Open to all ages

SPRINGFIELD CHESS CLUB
Monday, December 10 – 6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Stop by and enjoy a game of chess with the Springfield Chess Club.

MICROSOFT EXCEL BASICS
Wednesday, December 12 6:00 p.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom - 2nd Floor
Learn to keep track of budgets or finances. Includes entering, editing, sorting and moving text; creating and calculating simple formulas. Must have basic computer knowledge.  Pre-registration is required.

READ WITH A RANGER & WINTER WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 15 10:00 a.m.
Carnegie Room North
Read a book with a special guest from the National Park Service and create giftable National Park and Mary Lincoln Crafts. All ages welcome.

Did you know Lincoln Library has internet hot spots for check out?
If you don't have access to the internet, library card holders can check out these hot spots for two weeks at a time. Patrons can then enjoy internet at home or on the go.
As your librarian for more details.
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 8, December 15, & December 22)
  • 12-noon – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays (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