Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for March 19th, 2019. The council will be voting on a proposal to provide $7,650,000 in TIF funding for a new hotel project on Washington St. The $56 million project would create an extended stay hotel. The hotel would also have luxury apartments and other commercial applications. Parking was the primary concern voiced at the last meeting. Construction is expected to create 400 to 600 new jobs, including a youth apprenticeship program.
The meeting was adjourned for executive session. The start of the meeting is below, the TIF discussion is in the top player.
LIVE | Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole April 9th
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.
LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting April 3rd
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.
ICON announces 2019 endorsements
Springfield ICON has announced their endorsements for the upcoming municipal election. ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods) based their decision on both written responses to their questionnaire, as well as their candidate forums held last month.
Identifying the issues facing Springfield and having plans to address them were key for endorsements. But ICON Chair Carol Kneedler said that having a positive outlook on these issues was important as well. Springfield does have its problems; but overemphasizing them is a problem in its own right.
The candidates that were endorsed are:
Mayor – Jim Langfelder (incumbent)
Clerk – Rianne Hawkins
Treasurer – Misty Buscher (incumbent)
Ward 1 – T. Ray McJunkins
Ward 2 – Gail Simpson
Ward 3 – Doris Turner (incumbent)
Ward 4 – John Fulgenzi (incumbent)
Ward 5 – Andrew Proctor (incumbent)
Ward 6 – Kristin DiCenso (incumbent)
Ward 7 – Joe McMenamin (incumbent)
Ward 8 – Erin Conley
Ward 9 – Jim Donelan (incumbent)
Ward 10 – Robert Patino
To learn more about Springfield ICON, check out their website. The municipal election is April 2nd, and early voting has already started.