Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Unit 4 Facilities – Dr. Howard Elementary School

Neighborhood Services staff met with Champaign Unit 4 School officials to discuss public engagement strategies related to the redevelopment of school facilities.  The initial meeting discussed the redevelopment of Dr. Howard Elementary School and the desire of school officials to host several community meetings to generate input concerning proposed construction plans.  NSD will work with Champaign […]

Champaign Park District Honors Awards

The Neighborhood Services Department was a recipient of the Champaign Park District Community Partner Award given on May 12 at the Champaign Parks Honors awards ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn.  NSD has worked closely with the Champaign Park District over the last year to provide quality program alternatives to youth throughout the community.  Last […]

Devonshire HOA

Neighborhood Coordination Staff attended the Devonshire HOA annual meeting held on Tuesday, May 10.  NSD staff presented information on upcoming engagement activities, RNNC, and the Neighborhood Small Grant program.  Specific questions were asked about summer programs for underprivileged youth and the community response to the rise in violence.  The group also had an officer from […]

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 […]