July in the Champaign City Building

New month, new city council agendas. Here’s a little taste of what you should expect to read about city of Champaign government during July:

Council meeting rule changes

As you may have read in today’s newspaper, the city council on Tuesday will discuss changing city guidelines about when it is necessary to publicly notice and keep minutes of city meetings.

City officials have said some gatherings — like when council members get together for parades or picnics — aren’t really meetings under the state’s Open Meetings Act since no city business is conducted. Currently, those informal meetings are still publicly noticed and minutes are kept under city guidelines of how to deal with its own meetings. This proposal was drawn up by the city’s legal department, and it should be interesting to hear what council members have to say. Look for that story Wednesday.

Multi-family recycling contract

The city still needs to find a carrier to pick up recycling from the multi-family homes it plans to begin serving at the end of this year. The council is scheduled to approve an agreement with a carrier before the end of the month.

Public Arts Commission dissolution

Apparently the city’s Public Arts Commission was one of those committees on the chopping block that Mayor Jerry Schweighart told me about when the Liquor Advisory Commission was dissolved. At the time, he made it sound like several committees were on the block for possible dissolution, so we’ll see if similar agenda items come forward in the future.

Liquor license fee increase

All my sources tell me the city plans to proceed with the liquor license fee increases it began to implement last year, and the issue is schedule to come up in mid-July. That means it will be more expensive to sell alcohol, but whether that means the price of that beer you get with dinner will go up in Champaign is yet to be determined.

Bristol Park neighborhood plan

The city’s neighborhood services department has been working closely with residents of the Bristol Place neighborhood to identify where more effort is needed to improve the quality of life in the subdivision. A March ribbon cutting re-opened one-way streets to two-way traffic and symbolically marked the beginning of the Bristol Place redevelopment. A paper plan for the future will be presented to the city council later this month.

Six initiatives

The city council toward the end of the month will discuss City Manager Steve Carter’s six initiatives to move forward following the October 2009 fatal police shooting of Kiwane Carrington. I did my own update on this blog about a week and a half ago.

So there’s a slice of what’s going on inside the City Building this month. Hope you found it helpful, and keep checking here for updates on these issues and more.

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