Mayor’s Ward Meetings – City of Springfield IL

Springfield will be kicking off a second round of ward meetings to update residents about what has improved in the capital city since last year. The city has been focused on improving communication with neighborhoods and bettering road conditions – two of the major complaints out of November’s ward meetings. The city has been creating a capital improvements plan for some of the large scale projects but the funding just isn’t there right now.

Round two will kick off in late August and the city will update each ward on improvements.

A lack of communication to the neighborhoods was the most common complaint, but the city said it now sends out weekly emails to Springfield’s 50-plus neighborhood associations about events and services. “I think it helps people feel safer and secure in their neighborhoods when they know what’s going on,” said Carrie Becker, who is the president of the Historic West Side Neighborhood Association.

Some issues remain. Public Works Director Mark Mahoney said state and federal money isn’t always available, an issue he’ll be addressing at this month’s ward meetings. The city said we’ll be learning more details about potential costs for this capital improvements plan at the ward meetings.
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Dates & Locations of 2016 Ward Meetings

Ward 5
Thursday, August 25, 5:30 – 7pm
Nelson Center – Lincoln Park, 1601 N. 5th Street

Ward 4
Saturday, August 27, 9 – 10:30am
Fulgenzi’s Pizza & Pasta, 1168 E. Sangamon Avenue

Ward 10
Wednesday, August 31, 5:30 – 7pm
First United Methodist Church – Atrium 4, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road

Ward 2
Thursday, September 8, 5:30 – 7pm
Southeast High School, 2350 E. Ash Street

Ward 1
Monday, September 12, 5:30 – 7pm
Firefighters Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive

Ward 9
Monday, September 19, 5:30 – 7pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson Street

Ward 8
Wednesday, September 21, 5:30 – 7pm
Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS), 2451 W. Monroe Street

Ward 3
Thursday, September 22, 5:30 – 7pm
St. Cabrini Church, 1020 N. Milton Avenue

Ward 6
Monday, September 26, 5:30 – 7pm
Laurel United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 631 S. South Grand Avenue West

Ward 7
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 – 7pm
Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 W. Wabash Avenue

 2015 Ward Meetings

Your input is needed! City of Springfield Ward Plan meetings are open forums where citizens are welcome to share their priorities. Topics could include: economic development, infrastructure, recreation, public safety, utilities, community resources, transportation, housing development, and beautification. Mayor Jim Langfelder said the process will help the City create a cohesive strategy for Springfield. The schedule is below, along with links to help you identify your ward.

We encourage residents of older neighborhoods to attend and discuss inner city issues that are critical to the health of Springfield’s core and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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November 21, 2015
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Nov 14, 2015
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Racism, economic development among big Ward 2 concerns
Nov 2, 2015
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