Community Outreach and Education

Fire Factor

The Neighborhood Services Department participates in the bi-annual Fire Factor event.

Fire Factor is a cooperative effort of the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign Fire Department and Neighborhood Services Department, the City of Urbana, and the Illinois Fire Service Institute.  Through education and practical applications, the UI Fire Factor Academy is designed to impart life-long fire safety habits to UI students

Neighborhood Meetings

Inspectors and Code Compliance Manager are available to attend neighborhood meetings for the purpose of explaining code compliance.  Neighborhood groups are a great way to get to know neighbors and better the community as residents take a participating role in organizing their neighborhood.

Code Compliance Division partners with Neighborhood Coordination Division in defining and solving neighborhood issues and code related problems.

Neighborhood Cleanups

The Code Compliance Division participates in neighborhood cleanup events. Through the Neighborhood Coordination’s Small Grant, registered groups can rent a dumpster for a weekend cleanup.  Part of what Code Compliance does is enforce the City’s Nuisance Ordinance, which addresses public nuisances on private property, such as trash in yards.

Having a cleanup event where residents participate and help each other beautify the surroundings, rids the neighborhood of the unsightly and unsanitary trash.

Campus Move-In, Move-Out

Twice a year the City of Champaign and its citizens experience the arrival and departure of University of Illinois students on campus.  At each occurrence, the City strives to work with apartment owners to address the issue of overflowing dumpsters in a timely manner.  It often requires the property owners to contract additional pickups with waste haulers, as well as increasing the size and capacity of the dumpsters.

The ground area immediately surrounding the dumpster needs to be monitored by the owner or owner’s representative to ensure that trash and debris are not strewn about.  Being proactive helps prevent the City having to hire a contractor to remove the debris, preventing additional cost and alleviating neighborhood blight.

More importantly, combustible materials, such as mattresses, are not left outside where they could block alley access and attract criminal (arson) behavior.