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Champaign City Council discusses gun violence, approves infrastructure projects

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On Tuesday, the Champaign City Council held its weekly discussion, primarily focused on passing a number of resolutions related to infrastructure improvement. 

The meeting began with the introduction of three new members of the city staff. 

Following this, a proclamation was made by the council on the topic of raising awareness of state-wide and national gun violence. 

“Cities across the nation, including in Champaign, are working to end the senseless violence with evidence-based solutions, protecting public safety in the communities,” one council member said. 

The first council bill of the meeting consisted of a resolution approving the fiscal year 2024 and 2025 Annual Action Plan, an initiative aimed at improving community development and housing. This resolution was passed, authorizing the City Manager to send the Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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The second bill, which was also passed, was an ordinance amending the zoning map of the City of Champaign to rezone real property located at the northwest intersection of West John Street and Kenwood Road from the single and two-family zoning district to the multifamily low-density zoning district. 

Resolutions surrounding the 2024 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Sewer Lining Project and 2024 Storm Sewer Cleaning and Televising Project were also passed. As a result, the City Manager is authorized to execute an agreement with A&R Mechanical Services Inc., Haile Construction Inc. and National Power Rodding for the respective resolutions. 

A resolution approving the fiscal year 2024 and 2025 annual budget for the Champaign-Urbana Solid Waste Disposal System was passed, providing long-term post-closure care for the closed landfill previously operated jointly by the cities of Champaign and Urbana. 

Additionally, a resolution was passed approving an Engineering Services Agreement with Farnsworth Group Inc. for the 2025 Asphalt Streets Improvement Project and the improvement of streets by municipalities under the Illinois Highway Code.

This resolution approved the budget to provide engineering services for the street improvement initiative and will appropriate $300,000 of state motor fuel tax funds for the project. 

A resolution was also passed which approved an intergovernmental agreement for improvements to Wilbur Avenue, alongside a Letter of Intent with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Jurisdictional Transfer of Wilbur Avenue.

The final council bill of the meeting was a resolution accepting a bid and authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the City Building lower roof replacement. This resolution was passed. 

The city council meeting ended with audience participation in public comments, followed by council and City Manager comments. 

 

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