City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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   Annexation

Annexation in simplest terms is bringing property inside the City of Springfield corporate limits. These properties are also referred to as “Holes in the Donut”, meaning the property is surrounded by land already in the corporate City limits, but because it was not annexed in previously, it leaves a “hole” amongst surrounding City properties.

The City is discussing annexing properties in Ward 1 that are around Lake Springfield. 472 lake properties are already in the City corporate limits, and the annexation would bring in the remaining 272 properties. On August 10, a meeting was held with property owners and Mayor Langfelder to discuss the annexation. To read the questions, answers and comments from the meeting

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   Downtown WiFi

Sponsored by the City of Springfield, the goal is to provide and maintain a complimentary Wi-Fi Internet In an effort to boost downtown foot traffic to businesses, sites, and attractions, the City of Springfield launched the first two phases of its free, high speed municipal Wi-fi to the area at the end of October 2016. SpringfieldFreeWifi allows individuals walking from Capitol Avenue to Jefferson Street, and 2nd Street to 9th Street to enjoy complimentary internet connection.

 

The ultimate goal for free Wifi is to assist with way-finding; increase foot traffic; and positively impact time spent in the downtown area.

 

The City of Springfield worked with Novanis, a local technology company, for the final design and selection of the hardware. The city ultimately selected Ruckus, a company that has provided Wifi hardware to other cities including San Jose, California. Other cities offering free Wifi include Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Albany, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Springfield, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The high speed internet speed will range depending on usage traffic. The city also has the flexibility to switch from public to private secured access during emergencies if needed by Springfield Police or Fire Departments.

   EmberClear Power Plant

Earlier this year, EmberClear announced plans to construct a 1,100-megawatt gas-to-electricity power plant with one of the possible locations including Pawnee. At the request of the City of Springfield, The Energy Authority (TEA) conducted a study on the effects the plant would have on CWLP. The report from TEA was provided to the City Council members at the Tuesday, June 26 Committee of the Whole meeting.

 

To read the report, click here.

 

To read the City Ordinance and recommended agreement, click here.

   Hunter Lake

In July, 2015, the Springfield City Council voted 9-1 to endorse Hunter Lake as a supplement to the City's current drinking water source, Lake Springfield, which state water officials have twice labeled "inadequate" to withstand a severe drought. On August 22, 2015, the City of Springfield signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the agency to oversee recreational access and manage wildlife habitats at the site. The next phase of the project is the permitting process which is estimated to take 12 to 18 months followed by the design and the construction phases which are estimated to each take two years.

   Map of Hunter Lake

   Stats about Hunter Lake

   Presentation on Springfield Water Demand

   Mayor's Monarch Pledge

In the fall of 2016, Mayor Langfelder signed the pledge through the National Wildlife Federation to take action to help save the monarch butterfly . Springfield, along with other cities and towns across the U.S., took an oath to create habitats and educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home. Various departments across the city including CWLP are working towards these pledged goals and the first phase will be rolled out in May, 2017. To learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s initiative, visit www.nwf.org.

   North Mansion Block

The City of Springfield is seeking a qualified partner or partners to design and develop the North Mansion Block (The Block), bounded by Capitol, Fourth, Fifth, and Jackson Streets. The redevelopment opportunity is in the southern part of Springfield’s central business district, adjacent to the Illinois Governor’s Executive Mansion and located four blocks west of Abraham Lincoln’s home and three blocks east of the State Capitol building. Numerous office buildings are a short walk away. This is a unique opportunity to redevelop an entire city block, totaling 2.35 acres (102,400 sq. ft.). In addition, developers are invited to submit proposals for the YWCA Building at 421 E. Jackson Street. The City envisions market rate and workforce housing, retail and hospitality development with related amenities such as urban landscaping and public use spaces.

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   Pillsbury Plant

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing in mid-January 2017 to clean up a former food processing facility contaminated with asbestos waste. The facility, located at 1525 E. Phillips St., is called the Pillsbury Mills LLC Removal site by U.S. EPA. The Agency will use its authority under federal law to manage contamination that poses an imminent health threat. The former facility is contaminated with asbestos that was exposed during the demolition of buildings and scrapping of metal pipes. For more information about the Pillsbury Mills cleanup, visit the site’s webpage, www.epa.gov/il/pillsbury-mills-llc-removal-site.

 

An open house to meet one-on-one with U.S. EPA and state of Illinois staff to learn more about the project is set for January 24, 2017. Guests are welcome from 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street.

 

   Information About Open House

   EPA Presentation – January, 2016

   Police Body Cameras

The Springfield Police Department has outfitted police officers and sergeants in the Field Operations Division (with the exception of school officers) with body worn camera. On July 27, Police Chief Kenny Winslow and members of the department demonstrated the Axon Body 2 camera. Eight officers from the pilot project began wearing their body cameras full time on July 25, and the department is distributing cameras to the remaining 165 officers at a rate of about 25 officers every few weeks.

The cameras are mounted to an officer’s uniform by strong magnets and are activated by tapping two times. With a 142-degree field of view, the cameras capture a picture similar to what humans see. Weatherproofing and a rugged exterior protect the cameras from damage. The cameras constantly record 30 seconds of video – but not audio – in a temporary buffer, so when an officer activates her or his camera, the extra 30 seconds are added to the beginning of the new video file. If an incident happens before the officer can activate their camera, the extra half-minute of footage may provide context that would otherwise be missing.  Each officer’s camera has a unique serial number, which is also digitally stamped on the video files. The files are encrypted on the camera and can’t be deleted except by a user with special permissions.

Senate Bill 1304 was signed into law on August 12, 2015 and went into effect January 1, 2016.  The bill outlines the rules and requirements for agencies who choose to use the body cameras for police officers.

   Springfield Railroad Project

The Springfield Railroad Project will relocate all passenger and freight traffic from the Third Street corridor to Tenth Street; construct roadway underpasses at critical rail crossings on both the Tenth and Nineteenth Street corridors; and eliminate train horns in the City between Stanford Avenue and Sangamon Avenue. This project is being conducted in segments with a focus on planning and design, land acquisition, and eventually construction. The project is in partnership with the City of Springfield, Sangamon County and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The project is managed by Hanson Professional Services.

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   Water Forum Q&A's

City Water, Light & Power hosted a public forum about the City of Springfield’s water resource. It was an open discussion where residents and organizations asked their questions to CWLP staff and the Mayor along with providing their ideas and feedback.

 

To review the questions and answers shared at the meeting, please click here .

 

For information about the progress of the City’s Supplemental Water Supply, click here.