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Springfield Fire Department purchasing new tool to improve response times

Thomas Clatterbuck

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During a fire, response time is critical. And in most of Springfield, response times are generally good. Once they get the call, the Springfield Fire Department is only about four minutes away. But in the southwest corridor, the response time is eight minutes – double the citywide average.

Typically, longer response times are due to greater distances from a fire station. But in this case, traffic, not distance, is the real culprit. With more than 27,000 vehicles per day using Veterans Parkway, even emergency vehicles can find it slow going.

To shorten the response time, the Springfield Fire Department is purchasing a “traffic preemption” system for use in the southwest corridor. These systems help control the flow of traffic to clear the way for emergency vehicles. By adjusting stoplight patterns, the system can ensure these vehicles have the right-of-way to their destination. This results in lower response times and better safety for first responders.

At an upfront cost of $141,000, the selected system is more expensive than some other options. However, this cost was justified by the lower ongoing costs. A cell-based system has higher service bills over the long run. This system is also expandable to other areas of the city. Fortunately, some of the cost of the new system will be picked up by the Foreign Fire Insurance Board.

Once the purchase is approved at the next city council meeting, installation will take 60 to 90 days.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole April 9th

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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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