Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

City of Champaign Ban on Running Bamboo

Champaign City Council adopted an ordinance to ban running bamboo within the City limits effective February 3, 2015. Running bamboo can become an invasive nuisance through the aggressive spread of underground rhizomes resulting in the emergence of new bamboo culms far from the plant. Running bamboo can also grow to a height in excess of…
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Emergency Family Shelter Steering Committee

On January 6, 2015, the Steering Committee for the Emergency Family Shelter, which includes Project Specialist Jason Greenly and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear, met to discuss progress made on rehabilitation work being done to the identified building site.  Rehabilitation includes a roof replacement, asbestos inspections, and some other minor repair needed before opening.  The…
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STAR Planning

The NSD STAR Planning Committee met to discuss plans related to the upcoming 2015 STAR Awards Expo to be held on April 30, 2015. The Committee is finalizing the site for this year’s event, with discussions considering the Illinois Terminal , Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Hawthorne Suites Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and…
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Consolidated Plan Public Engagement

Neighborhood Coordinator, John Ruffin and Neighborhood Programs Manager, Kerri Spear met to discuss Consolidated Plan Public Engagement and working with registered a groups and the general public to illicit comments for the next draft Consolidated Housing Plan.  The following list of proposed dates will be used to generate input from the general public for strategies…
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Champaign Park District – Block Party Discussions

Neighborhood Coordinator, John Ruffin met with Jameel Jones, Outreach Director from the Champaign Park District, to discuss a series of upcoming block parties that will be conducted throughout the City.  The block parties are focused on making program services equitable throughout the community and will be focused in neighborhoods we have targeted for Neighborhood Action…
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Consolidated Plan Public Input Process

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear were joined by Grants Management Manager Kelly Mierkowski (City of Urbana) during the January 6 Study Session regarding the City’s Housing Strategy and upcoming Consolidated Plan process. Several citizens participated in the public participation portion of the study session and public hearing. Staff received phone…
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Bids for Bristol Place Redevelopment Mobile Office

On January 6, 2015, Neighborhood Programs re-solicited bids for a mobile office for use in Bristol Place during the redevelopment efforts. The intention is to have an on-site location for families to complete associated paperwork and to allow a space for case management services, which will be offered at no charge to Bristol Place residents…
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Vacant Unit Open to Intrusion

On January 6, 2015, police sent through a referral for a unit open to intrusion.  David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager, researched the property’s ownership and made some inquiries. He assigned the case to Kim Burnett, Environmental Inspector, and she went and and verified that the unit was open to intrusion. The front door was without…
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2015 STAR Awards Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce for the sixth year a call to the public for STAR Awards nominations. The STAR Awards program encourages the public to recognize those exceptional individuals or groups of individuals who volunteer their time, talents, resources and energy to assist in our neighborhoods and community….
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City of Champaign Reminder of Sidewalk Snow Removal for Campus and Downtown

With winter approaching, the City of Champaign would like to remind owners of properties located within the University District and the Downtown area that they are responsible for removing snow, ice, sleet or freezing rain from the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. The ordinance applies when accumulations are 2” or greater. The City of Champaign…
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