Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association (UGHNA) Monthly Meeting

On Monday, July 21, Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson, Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin, Administrative Assistant Colleen Madera, and Community Development Specialist Susan Jones attended the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting. Also in attendance from the City was Police Chief Anthony Cobb, Lieutenant Dave Shaffer, and Councilmembers Deborah Frank Feinen, Vic McIntosh, Karen Foster…
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Mattis North Apartments

Neighborhood Code Compliance received a tenant inspection request on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at approximately 11:30 am. The tenant explained the sewer had backed up into the apartments and management was not responding in an acceptable way to remediate the situation. Property Maintenance Inspector Michael Lambert conducted an inspection that afternoon and discovered the sewer…
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West Park Neighborhood Association

The newly formed group met on Saturday, July 19 despite the rainstorm and many of the residents having to deal with flooded basements. Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin met with about twenty residents who turned out for the neighborhood group kickoff meeting. The residents were excited about the opportunity to organize and reaffirmed that the priorities…
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Look Up! Program

Deputy Fire Marshals Janet Maupin and Randy Smith, Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear, and Summer Youth Employment Interns Tylon Turner and Olivia Dew met with representatives from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The representatives from the OSFM will be attending the Fire Factor academy on September 27, 2014 to deliver two…
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505 W Bradley

Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear issued a Housing Violation Notice on July 2, 2013 for the property located at 505 W Bradley. Follow up inspections resulted in no work being done to correct the violations. As the property has been vacant for several years and the owner has been unresponsive, Code Compliance Manager David Oliver…
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After the Fire Presentation

Administrative Assistant Colleen Madera, Secretary Mya Clements, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett-McCloud, Project Specialist II Jason Greenly and Intern Rachel Buchler from Neighborhood Services Department attended the After the Fire presentation hosted by the Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals (CIRPP) on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Fire Marshal John Koller, Deputy Fire Marshals Janet Maupin and…
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Dangerous Tree on West Maple

Neighborhood Code Compliance received a complaint of a dangerous tree in the 800 block of West Maple on Friday, May 23, 2014. The complainant stated they thought the tree had been hit by lightning causing a large limb to crack. Code Compliance Manager David Oliver reviewed the tree and confirmed the limb was broken but…
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Bristol Park Neighborhood Plan Update

Greg Skaggs and Kevin Jackson met with Calvin Williams, the Chairman for the Committee on Construction at the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.  The discussion centered around strategies for the Bristol Place Demolition Policy that would allow the greatest opportunities for MBE/WBE businesses to participate.  Mr. Williams was briefed on the discussions that NSD staff…
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City of Champaign Approved for $3.5 Million Section 108 Loan

HUD APPROVES $3,524,000 LOAN GUARANTEE TO CHAMPAIGN, IL The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it has approved a $3.5 million loan guarantee under Section 108 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to the City of Champaign to provide financial assistance for the Bristol Park…
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The Center for Women in Transition Has a New Name

Effective June 1, 2014, The Center for Women in Transition and a Woman’s Place Domestic Violence Program will be known as Courage Connection.  This change will unite the shelter, housing services, programs, and outreach under one name.  Currently, Courage Connection is the only agency that offers a full spectrum of services for victims of domestic…
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