City of Champaign News

Over the past several weeks, City staff has worked with Heartland Parking, the Hill Street Parking Deck’s management company to improve the appearance of the facility. The steel handrails in the stairwells were treated for rust spots and painted black by Cronkhite Painting. This paint has not only improved the look of the stairwells, but…
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Starting Thursday, July 31, 2014, weather permitting, Duce Construction is anticipating the start of construction activities related to new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing improvements as part of a federally funded Safe Routes to School Project. The project includes improvements to the school crossing of Neil Street at Eureka, consisting of a new crossing sidewalk ramps…
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Neighborhood Programs staff went door-to-door with Champaign Park District staff on Friday, July 25, 2014 to sign up families for the special CommUnity Matters program. As of July 28, nine (9) families with a total of 28 children registered for the various summer activities and some families also registered for the year-long Leonhard Recreation Center….
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A City Council Study Session was held this week to discuss the City’s Draft Bristol Place Demolition Policy. Council appreciated the effort to try to develop a “contractor development” aspect to the Demolition Policy. The intent is that through the three year demolition period the City may be able to develop some new minority contractors…
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The final lot at Taylor Thomas Subdivision was transferred to Habitat for Humanity on July 18, 2014. Permits have been submitted to the Building Safety Division for approval. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2014. The design of the home will be identical to the home located at 411 Taylor Thomas Lane…
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On Monday, July 21, Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson, Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin, Administrative Assistant Colleen Madera, and Community Development Specialist Susan Jones attended the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting. Also in attendance from the City was Police Chief Anthony Cobb, Lieutenant Dave Shaffer, and Councilmembers Deborah Frank Feinen, Vic McIntosh, Karen Foster…
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Neighborhood Code Compliance received a tenant inspection request on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at approximately 11:30 am. The tenant explained the sewer had backed up into the apartments and management was not responding in an acceptable way to remediate the situation. Property Maintenance Inspector Michael Lambert conducted an inspection that afternoon and discovered the sewer…
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The newly formed group met on Saturday, July 19 despite the rainstorm and many of the residents having to deal with flooded basements. Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin met with about twenty residents who turned out for the neighborhood group kickoff meeting. The residents were excited about the opportunity to organize and reaffirmed that the priorities…
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Deputy Fire Marshals Janet Maupin and Randy Smith, Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear, and Summer Youth Employment Interns Tylon Turner and Olivia Dew met with representatives from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The representatives from the OSFM will be attending the Fire Factor academy on September 27, 2014 to deliver two…
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A third suspect, Micah J. Hopkins, 30, of Champaign, has been arrested in connection to the murder of Allen M. Redding. According the Blytheville Police Department, their agency assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with the capture of Micah Hopkins. Hopkins was taken into custody yesterday afternoon at 1608 Chickasawba Street in Blytheville, Arkansas. Two other…
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