Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Registration Open for Champaign City Government 101 Academy

The City of Champaign is proud to again offer an exciting opportunity for residents to learn about the inner workings of local government. The Champaign City Government 101 Academy will educate the public about the organization and operation of the City of Champaign, and promote civic engagement.  The 12-class Academy will cover topics like public […]


Campus Move In-Out Cleanliness

The City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Code Compliance Staff will increase enforcement in the campus area from August 6 through August 24 in an attempt to prevent large accumulations of trash and overflowing dumpsters.  Property owners will receive notices giving them short response times in which to remove accumulations of trash.  If the trash remains after the abatement […]


Neighborhood Small Grant Program Aids in Storm Cleanup

On June 10, the Ironwood and Copper Ridge subdivisions were hit by a tornado that caused damage to properties in the area.  In order to efficiently remove debris from the neighborhoods, both Home Owners Association boards applied for Neighborhood Small Grant funds to host neighborhood cleanup events.  A total of $2,196 was utilized to rent […]


“Goal Getters” Community Clean Up Project

On the hot afternoon of Monday, July 2, Champaign Unit 4 students participating in the “Goal Getters” Program worked with staff from the Neighborhood Services Department to remove litter from neighborhood streets.  The students were treated to pizza and a short presentation on Neighborhood Wellness from Code Compliance Manager David Oliver prior to hitting the […]


Staff Joins National League of Cities Focus Group

The City of Champaign was invited by the National League of Cities, along with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Enterprise and the American Planning Association, to participate in a focus group discussion on the issues of affordable housing, economic inclusion and workforce development.  Rob Kowalski, Planning and Development Assistant Director and Kerri Wiman, Neighborhood […]


Recent Fires Cause Damage to Homes, Structures

This week included a rash of fires in apartments, parking lots, and residential homes. The home at 714 W. Vine has been vacant for more than two years and has been undergoing rehabilitation under the City’s Vacant Nuisance Residential Building program. The fire started in the basement and created a large hole in the first floor. The […]


Smoke Alarm Blitz – West Champaign

On Saturday, April 14, employees of the Fire Department and Neighborhood Services Department, along with community and Red Cross volunteers, went door-to-door in a west Champaign neighborhood offering to check smoke alarms and install free smoke alarms in homes that needed them. The Smoke Alarm Blitz included approximately 314 homes within the boundaries Kirby Avenue […]


Illegal Dumping

On April 4, 2018, Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett observed several discarded mattresses in a commercial parking lot on North Prospect. Burnett visited with the property manager and provided a 24-hour Notice to Abate. The property manager indicated the mattresses did not originate from their business and were illegally discarded on the property. Burnett provided […]


Code Compliance Demolition Activities

Vacant structures can pose a threat to public safety, not only to neighborhood residents but also police and fire responders. Buildings with securing boards often remain in that condition for extended periods of time. The condition of these buildings materially increases the risk of fire to the building and adjacent properties. Their dilapidated appearance negatively […]


Neighborhood Programs Lead to Structure Repair

In June of 2017, the Neighborhood Programs Division was tasked with making a house habitable after the home was badly damaged by fire. The damaged portion of the home contained the bedrooms, bathroom, water heater, breaker box, and furnace. The client had no homeowner’s insurance and the house was condemned pending repairs. If the home […]