City of Champaign News

The City Council agenda for the January 20, 2015 Regular Council Meeting is now available online. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building, 102 N. Neil St in Champaign, at 7:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and participation is welcome and encouraged. Click here to download the agenda…
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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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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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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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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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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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On January 6, 2015, a pre-bid walk through of 1208, 1209, 1309 and 1311 N. Clock St. was held. Although the outside temperature was extremely cold, several contractors came out to complete evaluations in order to submit a bid to demolish the structures. The following contractors were present during the walk-through: Kam Services Inc, Earth Services, Veya Inc.,…
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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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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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The City and the West Washington Street Steering Committee hosted an Open House meeting on January 12 to present the proposed concept plans for Phase 2 of the West Washington Street Drainage Improvements project. The project includes the construction of new stormwater detention basins along Glenn Park Drive between Mattis Avenue and Miller Avenue. Once…
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