Ward 8’s spring branch pickup starts April 8 & 15

The spring residential branch pickup will begin on Monday, April 8.

There will be two branch pickups for each of four City quadrants – one pickup in April and one in May.

City crews will pick up branches within each quadrant once per month. Branches must be placed curbside by 6am on the Monday of the assigned pickup week.

Ward 8 residents live within the northwest & southwest quadrants.


WARD 8 PICKUP SCHEDULE

Weeks of April 8 & May 6: Northwest Quadrant

  • The area north of South Grand Ave./Old Jack Rd. & west of Walnut St.
  • For Ward 8 residents, the NW Quadrant includes the following precincts: 34, 35, 36, 42, 45, 61, 80, & 97.

Weeks of April 15 & May 13: Southwest Quadrant

  • The area south of South Grand Ave./Old Jack Rd. & west of Walnut St.
  • For Ward 8 residents, the SW Quadrant includes Precincts 25 & 90.

For information on the City’s spring yard waste pickup schedule, click HERE.


Additional information is available at https://www.springfield.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/branchPickup.aspx

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~ Erin

 

SJ-R & WMAY Aldermanic Forum for Wards 7, 8, & 10 (3/28/19)

Excerpts from SJ-R article (3/29/19)
By Brenden Moore
Staff Writer

SJR-Erin-SmileThe candidates were also asked about how they would work to fix some of the racial and economic inequities highlighted in “Segregated in the Heartland,” a series in Governing Magazine that highlighted disparities in downstate communities.

Acknowledging her status as “a white woman from the west side,” Ward 8 candidate Erin Conley said that candidates had been dancing around, offering various solutions, when “the heart of this is that we need to start having some very painful conversations.”

“It’s not just housing, it’s an attitude and it’s an experience that I cannot personally speak to very easily,” Conley said. “But I can absolutely open my heart and my mind and have a conversation that might be difficult to start, but we need to have that.”

On the issue of the Y-Block, the candidates for the most part agreed that a mixed-use development with green space and perhaps a university presence would be ideal.

“I think that anyone who’s ever been to a university campus, you’ll know that university campuses usually include green space, residential and some mixed business opportunities,” Conley said, who believed a university presence would lead to a beneficial ripple effect in downtown Springfield. “This is a prime opportunity for us.”

Full article @ https://www.sj-r.com/news/20190329/campaign-contributions-divide-candidates-in-wards-7-8-10

Household Hazardous Waste Collection on 5/11/19

The City of Springfield is hosting a VOUCHER-ONLY Household Hazardous Waste Collection on May 11th, 2019 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Springfield residents who are participating in the drop off MUST have a voucher in-hand or available on their mobile device in order to dispose of their materials. Voucher will be required at time of drop off.

How to obtain a voucher:

  • Participants must be a resident of the City of Springfield corporate limits
  • Residents must fill out this online form or contact the Office of Public Works by calling 217-789-2255.
  • Residents must include on the online form (or provide at the time of calling):
    – Full name
    – Contact phone number
    – Email Address
    – Street Address
    – Type of items that will be dropped off

Vouchers are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registering, residents will be given several options for obtaining a voucher.

Options include the following:

  • Email to resident for mobile device download.
  • Print option allowing resident to print at home or work.
  • Picking-up in-person at the Office of Public Works, 300 S. 7th St., Room 203, during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday).
  • Vouchers can also be mailed to the resident upon request.

The last day for mailing vouchers is Monday, May 6th. Any voucher requests made after this date will have to be picked up in-person or emailed.

On the day of the drop off, if you miss your time slot, you will not be able to make a delivery. No early arrivals will be accepted. If for any reason you are unable to make the drop off, please call the Office of Public Works so that your time slot can be given to another resident. Voucher registration will end on Friday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.

Restrictions:

  • Program is not open to businesses, institutions and not-for-profit organizations
  • Vouchers are limited to one per residence. Vouchers may not be combined for delivery.
  • Vouchers are valid for time slot listed only.

Drop off location:
Collection will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 6 (Taintor Road) and proceed to Lot 21 by following signs. Exit through Gate 7 after household hazardous waste has been delivered.

~ Erin

Ward 8 Neighborhood Survey Results

Thank you to all the Ward 8 residents who completed my Neighborhood survey.

In my survey, I asked residents to identify which neighborhood they live in.

Below are the top 3 priority concerns broken down by neighborhood.

 

 

 


Country Club

  1. SEWERS: preventing streets from flooding after a heavy rainfall
  2. SAFETY: a need for sidewalks on high-traffic streets
  3. SAFETY: preventing home & auto break-ins

Historic West Side

  1. SEWERS: preventing streets from flooding after a heavy rainfall
  2. SAFETY: preventing home & auto break-ins
  3. SIDEWALKS: walkable, well maintained sidewalks

Knox Knolls

  1. SEWERS: preventing streets from flooding after a heavy rainfall
  2. SAFETY: preventing home & auto break-ins
  3. SAFETY: improving poorly lit streets

Koke Mill East

  1. SAFETY: dealing with cars speeding through my neighborhood
  2. SIDEWALKS: repairing lawns after sidewalks have been repaired.
  3. STREETS: snow-ploughing and salting

Oaks

  1. SEWERS: preventing streets from flooding after a heavy rainfall
  2. SAFETY: dealing with cars speeding through my neighborhood
  3. STREETS: street sweepers

West Koke Mill

  1. SAFETY: a need for sidewalks on high-traffic streets
  2. SEWERS: preventing streets from flooding after a heavy rainfall
  3. STREETS: snow-ploughing and salting

Kreston Place

  1. SAFETY: dealing with cars speeding through my neighborhood
  2. SAFETY: preventing home & auto break-ins
  3. SIDEWALKS: repairing lawns after sidewalks have been repaired.

Complete the Ward 8 Neighborhoods Survey HERE.

SJ-R/WMAY Alderman Candidate Forum

SJR-WMAY-Graphic-3.001Next week, The State Journal-Register and WMAY are hosting three Alderman Candidate Forums for wards that have contested races. Each forum is open to the public and will run from 6:30PM to 8:30PM in the SJ-R building on 9th Street (between Capitol Ave. & Monroe St.)

 

 

Monday, March 25 – Ward 1 and Ward 2 Candidate Forums:

Wednesday, March 27 – Ward 4, Ward 5 & Ward 6 Candidate Forums:

Thursday, March 28 – Ward 7, Ward 8 and Ward 10 Candidate Forums:

The forum will be broadcast live on WMAY and live-streamed on www.sj-r.com.

I hope some of our Ward 8 residents will be able to participate in this effort to help inform Springfield voters about the aldermanic candidates’ respective views and ideas about city-wide issues.

~ Erin

Erin’s Call-in Interview on The Ray Lytle Morning Show, 3/18/19

Last Friday, I received a Facebook message from a friend/supporter:

‘I just heard on WMAY that Ray Lytle says no candidate running for Ward 8 has been on his radio show to talk about the upcoming election and where they stand.’

So, I called in to Ray’s radio show this morning for a friendly chat. It was a lot of fun!

Listen to The Ray Lytle Morning Show from 6am – 9am on WMAY 94.7 & 970 WMAY, or streaming at https://www.wmay.com/raylytle/

~ Erin

Endorsements from Local Organizations

I am very proud and honored to have been endorsed by the following Springfield-based organizations…



Springfield Fire Fighters, Local 37



American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 805



International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 31



Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council



Springfield ICON (Inner City Older Neighborhoods)