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The contract to begin sealing streets around Springfield has finally been approved. Last night the city council approved the contract with Denler Inc. 10-0 for them to begin work. This contract had been delayed due to hiring issues in the past with the contractor. That incident inspired the recent changes to the local hiring ordinances. The new rules combine a “carrot and stick” approach, with incentives for hiring locally and penalties for falling short. If a contractor fails to meet the quotas, there would be fines, and they could possibly be excluded from bidding on public work projects in the future.

However, those issues have been resolved, and the work can go forward. Denler came in substantially below other bidders, and should save the city nearly $80,000. The work will focus on Chatham Road, as well as Ash, and Linconshire. With cold winter weather approaching, that work will begin as soon as the contractors can.

Pickup sticks

The council also discussed the city’s limb pickups. Currently, there are only two regularly scheduled pickups: one in April, one in October. In the event of a storm, there might be a pickup as needed. However, several aldermen feel this may not be enough. With so many bundles of sticks still sitting on curbs, the council asked if there could be another pickup date in the summer.

Public Works Director Mark Mahoney said that another pickup date would be possible, but cautioned the council to look at the costs of such a move. The real costs come from the manpower the pickup would take. Since there is work that is already not getting done due to manpower shortages, any new task necessarily takes away from other projects. One way to pay for the pickup would be an increase to the recycling fees. Increasing the fee from $3.00 per month to $3.50 would raise an estimated $200,000.

Good signs on the financial front

The city also voted to lower the line of credit with Illinois National Bank from $15 million to $5 million. This move will save CWLP $5,000 per month, or $60,000 per year, in reduced fees. This move is possible because the improved cashflow and finances of CWLP, which are in much better position than they were even a few years ago.

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole meeting. The council will be discussing proposals to allow businesses to access the local fiber optic network. Fiber optic connections can dramatically increase network speeds over other technologies.

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City branch pickup starts tomorrow in the Northwest Quadrant

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Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.

Size of Branch Piles

Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:

  • No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
  • Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
  • The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
  • Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
  • Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.

Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

Pickup schedule

Week of April 8th & May 6th

  • Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of April 15th & May 13

  • Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street.

Week of April 22nd & May 20th

  • Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of April 29th & May 27th

  • Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting April 3rd

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for April 3rd, 2019. This meeting was moved for the April 2nd, election. There will be a presentation by Public Works on yard waste pickup service in the city. They also discussed providing funding for the Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation.

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