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Leaf Pickup and Large Item Pickup could be Trashed if New Waste Ordinance not Passed

Posted on 12/08/12 No Comments

By *protected email* The State Journal-Register Posted Dec 08, 2012 Springfield’s spring and fall leaf collection and large-item pickup programs could be scaled back or eliminated if aldermen don’t approve a $1-a-month increase in the city waste and recycling fee, the city’s public works director said. It’s unclear whether there will be enough votes to […]

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SJ-R Opinion: waste haulers snuff out real trash reform

Posted on 12/05/12 No Comments

By The Editorial Board The State Journal-Register Posted Dec 05, 2012 It looks as if Springfield’s waste haulers have successfully snuffed out a progressive ordinance that would bring the city’s trash pickup standards up to the 20th century. Instead, Mayor Mike Houston has introduced an inferior ordinance that would transfer billing responsibility for recycling, yard […]

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Monday, November 26 – ICON Monthly meeting

Posted on 11/26/12 No Comments

7pm First Church of the Brethern. Remember we’ll hold elections at our last meeting of the year (12/17/12) for chairmen, vice chairmen, parliamentarian, and one at-large position. If you’re interested in serving as a member of the Steering Committee please let us know at the  next meeting. We’ll also need to collect membership dues next […]

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Learn the Truth About the Proposed Garbage Ordinance

Posted on 10/09/12 No Comments

As reported in the SJ-R, local Waste Haulers are spreading misinformation in at attempt to sway the Springfield City Council to abandon ordinance changes that would help clean up Springfield by ensuring all residents have garbage service. “Lake Area’s letter and website is filled with scare tactics and factual inaccuracies intended to provoke and enrage […]

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Wed, Sept 26 – Town Hall Meeting: Changes to City Garbage

Posted on 09/20/12 No Comments

ICON is sponsoring three town hall meetings to discuss the changes proposed in the ordinance: Wednesday, Sept. 26: 7 to 8:30 p.m., South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd. Thursday, Sept. 27: 6 to 8 p.m., Wanless Elementary School, 2120 E. Reservoir St. (Also a Ward 3 community meeting) Thursday, Oct. 4: 6 to […]

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Thurs, Sept 27 – Town Hall Meeting: Changes to City Garbage Pickup

Posted on 09/20/12 No Comments

ICON is sponsoring three town hall meetings to discuss the changes proposed in the ordinance: Wednesday, Sept. 26: 7 to 8:30 p.m., South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd. Thursday, Sept. 27: 6 to 8 p.m., Wanless Elementary School, 2120 E. Reservoir St. (Also a Ward 3 community meeting) Thursday, Oct. 4: 6 to […]

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Thurs, Oct 4 – Town Hall Meeting: Changes to City Garbage Pickup

Posted on 09/20/12 No Comments

ICON is sponsoring three town hall meetings to discuss the changes proposed in the ordinance: Wednesday, Sept. 26: 7 to 8:30 p.m., South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd. Thursday, Sept. 27: 6 to 8 p.m., Wanless Elementary School, 2120 E. Reservoir St. (Also a Ward 3 community meeting) Thursday, Oct. 4: 6 to […]

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Recycling Resources

Posted on 08/14/12 No Comments

  At the July, 2012 ICON meeting, Abby Walden, new Director of Recycling for Springfield, Joan Walters, moderator of the Zero Waste program, and Marie Streenz, Community Relations Director for Midwest Fiber, a privately owned recycling (harvesting) company in central Illinois offered a “vision” of seeking “zero waste” that has become an integral part of […]

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ICON Meeting Monday, July 30th

Posted on 07/26/12 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants The July ICON Meeting will be held next Monday the 30th at the First Church of the Brethren, Ash and Yale, 7 p.m. If you missed the Citizens Club program on “Zero Waste” Friday morning, you’ll have a chance to review and discuss some of the main points of that […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting Monday, June 25th

Posted on 06/22/12 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants We will hold our next ICON meeting Monday, June 25th, 7 p.m., at the First Church of the Brethren, Yale and Ash. Mark Cullen, city attorney, will join us to review new language in the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance which is on the July 3rd agenda for final passage. The new […]

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Neighbors Join in Modest Efforts to Embrace Abandoned Properties

Posted on 03/27/12 No Comments

Residents in neighborhoods that make up the Near Northwest and West Side [of South Bend, Indiana] — treasure troves of vernacular architecture — describe what is happening to help solve the abandoned property problem as nothing short of “a movement.” Almost everyone knows someone who bought a deteriorating property on his or her block, with […]

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ICON Monthly Meeting March 26, 7pm

Posted on 03/21/12 No Comments

Our ICON meeting will be next Monday, March 26th, 7 p.m., at the First Church of the Brethren, Yale and Ash – SDAT Steering Committee I have invited Lisa Stott, Chuck Pell and other members of the SDAT Steering Committee, Victoria Ringer, and Michael Higgins, to explain how the neighborhoods encircling the downtown area can […]

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Creating Inner City Suburbs: Blots

Posted on 03/20/12 No Comments

Read about the process of “blotting” – homeowners taking possession of adjacent abandoned property to expand small city lots into suburb-sized “blots”. Enterprising homeowners are changing the landscape in many depopulated cities, bringing the look of spacious suburbs to abandoned urban neighborhoods.  For less than the cost of an airplane ticket, in some instances, owners […]

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SSCRPC – Regional Comprehensive Plan – your input needed!

Posted on 03/05/12 No Comments

HELP US SHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY! The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission invites you to participate in the development of a Regional Comprehensive Plan. There are two ways for you to be involved in this process: 1. Attend one of three community workshops to tell us your concerns, values, and desires: March 8th […]

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High Traffic Freight Trains – Public Information Hearing Tuesday 3/6 4-7pm

Posted on 03/05/12 No Comments

Illinois Department of Transportation Illinois State Rail Plan Public Information hearing March 6, 2012, from 4 – 7 pm Lincoln Library 326 South 7th Street Springfield IL Please attend this meeting and provide input on how the State of Illinois’ Rail Plan will affect our downtown community!

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February 27 Membership Meeting

Posted on 02/07/12 No Comments

ICON Members and Participants: Our February meeting will be next Monday (2/27), 7 p.m., at the First Church of the Brethren, Yale and Ash. Mark Mahoney will be our guest. He will bring us up to date on early results of the new ordinance regarding boarded property. He will also identify the city’s priorities for […]

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ICON Members Get Budget Details from Director McCarty

Posted on 02/07/12 No Comments

The ICON membership was provided information and insight into the 2013 proposed budget by Bill McCarty, Director of the Office of Budget & Management, at the January ICON meeting. The proposed budget reflects an emphasis on repaying old debts and doubling the funds for infrastructure. The budget for the Corporate fund, which is only one […]

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Enos Park area rates 68 in ‘Walkability’

Posted on 02/04/12 No Comments

By *protected email* The State Journal-Register Posted Feb 04, 2012 Expect to hear a lot about a WALKABLE COMMUNITY in the next few months. Springfield, as a rule, isn’t.  We are more of a “car-dependent” city. Members of the Sustainable Design Assistance Team pointed out the city generally is walking-challenged during an initial two-day visit […]

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Thanksgiving Message from Steve

Posted on 11/13/11 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants Had a great meeting last month! Mark Cullen provided a lot of insight into his philosophy and strategy to eliminating blight in Springfield. As he indicated, the key will be in the enforcement. Our next meeting will be Monday, November 28th after the Thanksgiving weekend. I hope all of you […]

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Pizza Party

Posted on 10/21/11 No Comments

To ICON Members and Participants We will hold our ICON meeting one week early on Monday, October 24th because of Halloween. We’re also starting a half hour earlier at 6:30 p.m. to have pizza and celebrate the Council’s support to increase fines and set limits on boarded properties. We appreciate the support of aldermen Edwards, […]

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