Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

“Spirit of Caring” Award

On Friday, February 26, the United Way recognized members of the Emergency Shelter for Families (ESF) Steering Team with a “Spirit of Caring” award at their 92nd Annual Meeting & Celebration at the I-Hotel and Conference Center.  The United Way honored the group for the work on the Emergency Shelter for Families Steering Team over […]

Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Training

Jean Algee, Community Development Specialist, attended a five day certification class for Asbestos Contractors/Supervisors on February 22-26 in Springfield, IL. The class included topics such as the background of Asbestos, Health Effects, Worker Protection, Respirator training, Insurance and Liability issues, Abatement Procedures, Safety Hazards, and Regulatory Requirements. Jean participated in constructing a containment unit and […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Program Earns National Award

Keep Champaign Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) President Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities. The KAB National Conference brought together more than 350 […]

Community Reinvestment Group

The Community Reinvestment Group kicked off the new year with a new monthly date and meeting location. The group, comprised of banks, local government and nonprofit housing providers, will meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Parkland Business Development Center. The City of Champaign previously hosted this group each month over the past […]

Homeless Point In Time Survey

On Thursday, January 28 from 5-8 pm, the Champaign Police Department again served as the headquarters for the federally-required homeless “Point In Time” survey that is conducted annually by the Champaign County Continuum of Care. The volunteers are first trained and then go to various locations in Champaign-Urbana-Savoy to survey persons experiencing homelessness.  This year’s […]

Municipal Chapter 22 Code Review

Neighborhood Code Compliance Division staff presented proposed text amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 22 to the Code Review and Appeals Board on Wednesday, January 27.  The Board  was very engaged and offered suggestions where appropriate to help provide some clarification to the proposed language. Their input also helped the proposed text amendments to remain consistent […]

City of Danville Requests Technical Assistance

On January 19, 2016,  Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis met with Randy Burgett (Urbana Rehabilitation Coordinator), Paul Storke (Danville Electrical Inspector), and Chris Milliken (Danville Planning and Urban Services Manager).  Danville staff requested the meeting as they are now responsible for rehabilitation work for the City of Danville.  Danville staff wanted to get a better understanding of how Champaign […]

Garden Hills Sector Engagement

The Neighborhood Services Department, in conjunction with CU Area Project, hosted the final Sector Engagement Recruitment Meeting in Garden Hills on January 23, 2016.  The Sector Engagement meetings were designed to identify and recruit sector leaders and block captains to assist in citizen participation and engagement efforts, to ensure representation from all sectors of the […]

Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Steering Committee

The Neighborhood Services Department hosted the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) Steering Committee meeting January 21-22, 2016.  The meeting was organized by NSD for member cities participating in the governance of RNNC.  Ten cities were represented at the meeting.  The Steering Committee discussed general administrative issues related to RNNC governance issues and provided feedback to […]

Vacant House Secured After Multiple Intrusions and Fire

A fire occurred at a vacant house in the 300 block of West Maple St. on January 11, 2016.  The Neighborhood Code Compliance Division (NCCD) cited the property as being open to intrusion three times during the previous 30 days.  The owner of the house lives out of state and was unable to secure the property. […]