Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Residents Reminded to Inspect Utility Service Connections for Potential Hazards

While completing a tenant inspection, Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete observed a tree growing and applying pressure against the copper gas supply line leading into the residential structure. Peete immediately contacted Ameren Illinois and a technician arrived who cut and removed the tree. The technician also evaluated the meter, found a gas leak, and replaced the meter. […]

Neighborhood Services Department Launches New Webpages

On September 20, the newly redesigned Neighborhood Services Department webpages were published to the City’s website. The new layout features an improved navigation bar and menus as well as quick link buttons on each page providing easy access to nuisance complaint forms, tenant inspection forms, STAR Award nomination forms, and the Neighbors of Champaign event […]

Neighborhood Services Staff Assists to Organize Sawgrass Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Coordination Staff organized a Sawgrass neighborhood watch kick off meeting on Sunday September 10. Approximately 35 Sawgrass Home Owners Association (HOA) members met at Windsor Road Christian Church to discuss the formation of a new neighborhood watch group.  The neighbors are concerned about an increase in auto and home burglaries in the area, along with parking issues on […]

Council, City Manager’s Office Kicks off 2017 Champaign City Government 101 Academy

Neighborhood Coordination staff launched the third annual Champaign City Government 101 (CCG-101) Academy on Monday September 11. During the opening session, Council Members and staff from the City Manager’s Office (CMO), Mayor’s Office, and Community Relations provided an overview of their departmental goals and objectives.  They discussed the roles of CMO staff in the overall management […]

West Hill Street Properties Get Exterior Repairs

As structures age, they often require maintenance to stay in good health. Individual structures and neighborhoods that are poorly maintained cost citizens more money, depress property values, and foster vandalism and crime. The best solution to maintaining good neighborhoods is for everyone to voluntarily comply with a standard of maintenance agreed upon by the community. Unfortunately, […]

City Staff Presents at Monthly Realtors Meeting

Staff from the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) were invited to speak to a regular monthly meeting of the Champaign County Association of Realtors (CCAR) and their Young Professionals Network on Sunday, August 24. NSD Staff, in coordination with the City of Urbana, presented on Homebuyer Programs, Homeowner Programs, Enterprise Zones, and the Homeowner Maintenance Workshop. […]

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, […]