Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Attorney General Grant Bus Tour – Habitat for Humanity

Neighborhood Services staff members attended the Attorney General (AG) Grant Bus Tour on May 12.  The AG grant was awarded by the State’s Attorney General’s Office to revitalize neighborhoods strongly impacted by foreclosure. Those revitalization efforts include rehabilitation and rebuilding of homes, as well as credit and foreclosure mitigation counseling.  In our community the AG team […]

Neighborhood Services Staff attends HUD Downstate Illinois Grantee Conference

Neighborhood Service Department staff members Kerri Spear and Janel Gomez attended the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Grantee Conference on May 5 and 6 at the Decatur Public Library.  HUD Representatives from Chicago held the conference for all Central and Southern Illinois HUD Grantees.  Also in attendance were grantees from Urbana, Decatur, Springfield, Peoria, […]

North First Street

North First Street NSD staff attended the North First Street meeting on April 18.  The North First Street group received an update from Public Works staff regarding the upcoming MCORE project and accompanying traffic detours that will result from the project. Additionally, Public Works staff presented information on the Boneyard Creek drainage improvements efforts.  Representatives […]

United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association

United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) staff attended the monthly general membership meeting of the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association (UGHNA) held on April 18.  UGHNA held its annual officer elections, with the following individuals being elected to serve in leadership positions until the next elections: Amy Revilla (President),  Phil McGarvey (Vice […]

2016 STAR Awards Ceremony

2016 STAR Awards Ceremony The Neighborhood Services Advisory Board and the Neighborhood Services Department, in collaboration with Busey Bank and WCIA Channel 3, hosted the seventh annual STAR Awards, which was held on April 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 225 people attended this year’s ceremony.  Immediately preceding the ceremony, a reception was held […]

Police Officer, Neighborhood Services Assist Trapped Dog

On April 4, 2016, Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones received a phone call from Officer Shane Standifer about a dog that was locked inside a boarded property. Officer Standifer was responding to a call from the property owner and needed someone to remove a board so he could enter and retrieve the dog. As the […]

RNNC Local Planning Committee Update

The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Local Planning Committee held it’s monthly meeting on Friday April 8, 2016.  The subcommittees provided status updates regarding their planning efforts: Finance – Presented a fundraising letter and brochure to be sent to key community stakeholders seeking sponsorship and support for the event. Marketing – Presented the new web page […]

City Employees and Community Members Take Part in Phase 1 of a Neighborhood Fire Prevention Effort 

Staff and Firefighters from the Champaign Fire Department, staff from Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Department, and members of several community organizations completed phase 1 of the targeted-neighborhood fire prevention effort on Saturday, April 2. Approximately 11 employees from the Champaign Fire Department, 4 employees from the Neighborhood Services Department, and 20 volunteers from community organizations canvassed two high-risk neighborhoods in […]

Garden Hills Demolition Activity

Three abandoned properties in Garden Hills have been demolished under contract by Owens Trucking and Excavating.  Work began March 21 with the demolition of 1319 Hedge Road. 1432 Holly Hill, which had been vacant for over 18 years, was demolished March 22. 1515 Holly Hill was demolished March 23. Trees that are in poor condition […]

Nuisance Violations Abated

While conducting systematic inspections, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete observed a property with numerous code deficiencies, including unlicensed, inoperable vehicles and an excessive amount of trash and debris. Peete issued a 10-day Notice to Abate with a reinspection date scheduled for March 28.  Peete reinspected the property and found that the violations were still pending […]