Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Warming Center and Emergency Shelter Options

In response to the freezing temperatures forecasted for December 7-9, 2016, the C-U Canteen Run overnight shelter and Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center have extended their hours or services for the next few days.  For the most up to date information, please see this webpage: champaignil.gov/emergency-shelters.

City of Champaign Reminder of Sidewalk Snow Removal for Campus and Downtown

With winter weather 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 […]

Dead Elm Tree Removed – 808 W. Charles

On September 27, Inspector Kim Burnett followed up on a complaint at 808 W. Charles. The complaint involved an elm tree in a backyard that was dropping limbs and there was concern that the tree was going to fall. Burnett found that the tree was dead and requested that Forestry Supervisor Andrew Lamoreux assess the […]

Demolition Bid Opening – 1202 N Walnut

Bids for the demolition of 1202 N. Walnut were opened on November 14. Seven bids were opened, and four contractors were present at the Bid Opening in Council Chambers: Duce Construction, ICD Iron Horse, Inc, Mid Illinois Concrete, and Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors, Inc (CERE). The bids were: Owen’s Excavating: $16,365 Miller Enterprises: $17,800 ICD […]

Certified Housing 2016/2017 Inspection Cycle

Property Maintenance Inspectors Michael Lambert and Tim Spear have completed the initial inspections at the 51 Certified Housing Facilities in the City of Champaign.  The average number of violations per facility is trending down over the past 3 inspection cycles.  A total of 1,394 violations were cited at the 51 properties for an average of […]

Code Compliance Staff Contacts Kraft/Heinz 

On Friday, October 21, 2016 Neighborhood Services received a citizen complaint concerning a foul smelling odor in the 1300 & 1400 blocks of W. Columbia.  The citizen believed the odor was being emitted from the Kraft/Heinz plant located on W. Bradley Avenue. The complainant continued to state that the odor was so offensive that it […]

Updated Foreclosure Filings Report

Foreclosure filings through September of 2016 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 Number of Filings 106 119 59 43 38 14 Average 8.8 9.9 4.9 3.6 3.2 1.6 As of September 2016, an average of 1.6 […]

Bristol Place Demolition Bid Opening

Four demolition bid packets were opened on October 21, 2016 for the demolition of eight properties.  Fenter Machinery was the lowest, responsible bidder for two bid packets and ICD Ironhorse, Inc. was the lowest, responsible bidder for two bid packets.  Both are approved Bristol Demolition Contractors.  Approval of the contracts is expected to go before […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Annual Litter Index

The Keep Champaign Beautiful committee conducted the annual litter index survey on Friday, October 28. The litter index is one of the requirements to maintain certification with Keep America Beautiful.  Committee members Nichole Millage, David Oliver, Tina-Marie Ansong, Karen Foster, and Phil Burke participated in the survey.  Results will be tabulated by the Planning and […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Visits Monster Market 

The Keep Champaign Beautiful committee participated at the Land Connection’s October 25th Farmer’s Market in downtown Champaign as part of their America Recycles Day event. Reusable shopping bags were provided to all attendees visiting the event. The market had a Halloween theme, so children participated in decorating pumpkins, acorns, and leaves which were attached to the shopping bag […]