Neighborhood News
January 11, 2019
Announcements
CITY BUDGET WORKSHOPS
The City of Springfield fiscal year is March 1 - February 28 and the FY 2020 Budget Workshops are underway. All hearings are open to the public and take place in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. Seventh Street, 3rd Floor.

Visit the online Budget Overview section of the website to view the budget books, information about our budgeting process, and provide your feedback.  

The proposed FY 2020 budget includes a balanced Corporate Fund budget with an emphasis on citizen safety, infrastructure enhancement, and increasing efficiency in government.

Tuesday, January 15 immediately following the 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting 
Departments discussed: Springfield Police and Fire Departments

Tuesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Departments discussed: City Water, Light & Water and Office of Public Works

Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Departments discussed: Convention & Visitors Bureau, Office of Human Resources, Office of Planning & Economic Development, Office of Budget and Management

Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Public Hearing (part of the Committee of the Whole meeting)

Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Vote
CHANNEL 18 - TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
The City of Springfield operates Comcast Cable Channel 4 and Channel 18. The studio recently went through upgrades to the equipment and technology. This upgrade impacted the audio output on both our live broadcasts of the Council/Committee meetings and our regularly scheduled programs. As we work through these issues, we have taken Channel 18 off-the-air.

Most of our programming is available on the City's YouTube Channel , including the Thursday, January 3rd City Council Meeting and the Tuesday, January 8th Committee of the Whole meeting.

We are continuing to work through these issues and hope to be back on-air as soon as possible.
SNOW EMERGENCY
The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works announced that with the anticipated snow fall tonight, a Snow Emergency will be in effect on designated snow routes starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 11 and ending at 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 14. The public is asked to remove their parked vehicles from the marked snow emergency routes by 6:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 11. To access the Snow Emergency Route Map along with the city’s Snow & Ice Removal Policy, visit  www.springfield.il.us/snow .

Public Works also provides an online Snow Removal Inspection Map. This map allows residents to view the streets and areas of the community where city snow plows have plowed and are doing work. The map is also available at  www.springfield.il.us/snow . Several areas will be plowed by contractors and those trucks will  NOT  be reflected on this map.  Areas that will have plowing done by a contractor include: Ash Grove; Buckley Estates; Cider Mill; Constitution Plaza; Deerfield; Fallingbrook West; Forest Green; Grant's Ridge; Harrison Park; International Pkwy; Irisdale; Koke Mill East; Koke Mill West; Kreston Place; Lake Forest; Mill Creek; Monroe Park West; Oak Park; Olde Bradfordton Place; Palisades; Panther Creek; Parkway Pointe; Piper Glen; Plateau Drive; Rising Moon Bunker Hill; Salem Estates; Savannah Point; Spring Crest Pine Creek; The Bluffs; The Reserve; Timberlane; Wabash West Business Park; West Road Park.

Drivers are reminded to watch for snow removal crews and allow them room to do their work. Persons clearing private parking lots and sidewalks are reminded not to plow the snow into the streets. It is a violation of city ordinance and doing so makes unsafe driving conditions. During a severe winter storm, residents can call the Office of Public Works to report any problems or concerns at 217.789.2246.
CWLP - SOLAR
CWLP’s mySolar program allows customers to go green by purchasing locally generated solar power via a new subscription program. The utility’s new 250 kW installation, which began operation in December 2018, is located behind Harrison Park subdivision and adjacent to the utility’s Washington Substation at 606 Old Tippecanoe Drive. MySolar provides an affordable option for solar energy for not only those who want to go green, but also for customers without the financial means or roof space to install their own solar panels.

There are 3,700, 100kWH blocks available annually on a first-come, first-served basis for existing CWLP residential and commercial customers. Customers will be billed on a monthly basis under the mySolar rate rider for a number of 100kWh blocks of their choosing for a cost of $4.40 per kWh block. Learn more and sign-up toda y .
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING
WALNUT STREET SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
The City of Springfield will hold an informational meeting concerning the proposed Walnut Street Safety Improvement project for Walnut Street from South Grand Avenue to Capitol Avenue.

The meeting will take place on February 7, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at La urel United Methodist Church, 631 S Grand Ave W.

There will be no formal presentation. Displays, including typical sections of roadways, paint pavement marking plans, and aerial mapping will be available for viewing during the entire time. Representatives from the City of Springfield Office of Public Works and Knight Engineers and Architects will be available to answer questions and discuss the plan. Those who attend will be encouraged to complete a comment form or provide a verbal comment.

Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of Laurel United Methodist Church or along Walnut Street. All persons interested in this project are invited to attend anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The hearing room is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required, please contact one of the individuals listed below at least three days prior to the hearing.

For more information about this hearing, please contact Nate Bottom with the City of Springfield Office of Public Works Engineering, 300 South 7 th Street, Room 203, Springfield, IL 62701; 217.789.2255 ext. 5223 or Jeff Antonacci with Knight Engineers and Architects at 217.615.4215.
REMINDER: PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING
DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC SIGNAL MODERNIZATION & OPERATIONAL MODIFICATIONS
The City of Springfield will hold an informational meeting concerning the proposed Downtown Traffic Signal Modernization and Operational Modifications project . The project includes improvements to 4th Street from Dodge Street to South Grand Avenue; 7th Street from North Grand Avenue to South Grand Avenue; and Adams Street from 6th Street to 9th Street.

The meeting will take place on January 30, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th Street in the Carnegie Room North. More info .
Lincoln Library Activities & Classes
WINTER PAPERBACK SALE
Saturday, January 12
10:00 am. - 2:00 p.m.
Carnegie Room
Thousands of books! Reasonably priced including paperbacks, oversized paperbacks, children's books, paperback and hardback large print books.
OFFSITE BOOK DROPS
Need to return your Lincoln Library materials but can't make it downtown? The library announced a partnership with County Market where book drops are now located at three of their locations. You may return Lincoln Library items at the County Market stores located on Veterans Parkway, S. Dirksen, and S. 6th St. in the logo'd boxes.
All Lincoln Library activities are free and take place at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7 th Street. For a complete listing of library events, visit their website .

SPRINGFIELD CHESS CLUB
Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Stop by and enjoy a game of chess.

JOB CENTER
Tuesday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom - 2nd Floor
Drop in anytime to get help using templates to create a resume, learn where to get feedback on your resume, develop your online job-searching skills, and anything else job-related during this open questions session. No registration required.

GET SMART ABOUT MONEY IN 2019: CREDIT 101
Thursday, January 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
The second of four Financial Literacy programs offered this month.

AFTER-HOURS CONCERT SERIES: BLUES VOCALIST MARY JO CURRY
Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Carnegie Rooms - North and South
Enjoy a night of electrifying blues with powerhouse Mary Jo Curry. “Mary Jo Curry is the real deal, from head to toe, beginning to end.” says Bill Wilson. Peter Merrett of PBS 106.7 said of Mary Jo's newest album, “All l have to say at this time is 'Wow Wow Wow'!!!” This free event is after hours, and library services will not be available. Light refreshments will be served.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109