Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Code Compliance, Forestry Tackle Dangerous Trees on Private Property

In recent weeks, Inspector Kim Burnett has been responding to complaints about dangerous trees throughout Champaign. With the cooperation with Forestry Supervisor Andrew Lamoreux, imminently dangerous trees have been identified. Several of those trees were found to be dead ash trees that have been killed due to Emerald Ash Borer infestation. One dying willow tree […]

Campus Move In-Out Cleanliness

The City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Code Compliance Staff will increase enforcement in the campus area from August 14th through August 28th in an attempt to prevent large accumulations of trash and overflowing dumpsters.  Property owners will receive notices giving them short response times in which to remove accumulations of trash.  If the trash remains after the abatement time period has passed, the City will cause the trash to be removed and the owner will be […]

City Abates Backed up Sewer Line

On Thursday, July 27, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett investigated a complaint of sewage coming from a clean out pipe at 1702 Sheridan. Inspector Burnett validated the complaint and initiated contact with the resident of the property.  The resident confirmed they were having plumbing issues.  Inspector Burnett showed the resident the clean out pipe where the […]

Foreclosure Filings Report Released

Foreclosure filings through July of 2017 are now reported.  The chart below outlines foreclosure activity within the City of Champaign over the past few years. 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Number of Filings 106 119 59 43 38 19 13 Average 8.8 9.9 4.9 3.6 3.2 1.6 1.9 Through July 30 of 2017, […]

City, Park District Hold National Night Out Event

On Tuesday, August 1 the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) partnered with the Champaign Park District to host the city-wide 2017 National Night Out celebration at Beardsley Park. Nearly 200 Champaign residents came out to enjoy a night out against crime. The Park District provided a bounce house and DJ while staff from NSD, Police, and Fire […]

Neighborhood Services, Park District Hold Block Party in Ashland Park

Staff from the Neighborhood Services Department partnered with the Champaign Park District to host the third in a series of neighborhood Based block parties on Thursday, July 27. The block party was held in Toalson Park in the Ashland Park subdivision after area residents voted for it to be held in their neighborhood. Acting Neighborhood Coordinator Nina Sibley coordinated food […]

Overgrowth at University Ave Construction Site

Construction delays at a new development at at 205, 207, 209 & 211 E. University Avenue resulted in the property becoming overgrown with weeds. On July 19, Neighborhood Services Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear issued a Notice to Abate to the owner, requiring them to address the overgrown vegetation by July 31. Spear met with the […]

City Holds Annual Neighborhood Clean-up Events

Staff from the Neighborhood Services and Public Works Departments held the City’s annual neighborhood clean up drop off event on Saturday, July 15 and 17 at the Public Works facility.  Just over 6,500 postcard vouchers were mailed out to eligible households throughout Champaign.  Eligible areas include Planning Area 1, 2, 7, 8, 14 and parts […]

City Prepares for Campus Area Apartment Turnover

In preparation for the apartment turnover and the arrival of new students around the University of Illinois campus, the Neighborhood Services and Public Works Departments are once again taking proactive measures to ensure the campus area remains litter free. The Neighborhood Services Department will increase inspection activity in the University District August 14-25, 2017, to […]

Demolition Completed of Nuisance Residence

ICD Ironhorse recently completed demolition of the fire damaged structure located at 506 N. Ash.  The property has been vacant and boarded since April 2006.  Susan Jones, Property Maintenance Inspector, contacted the owner in June of 2015 to register the property as a Vacant Nuisance Residential Building.  Unfortunately, the owner did not complete a property rehabilitation. […]