City roundup: November preview, April candidates and multifamily recycling
Here's a quick look at what you should expect to see in The News-Gazette's Champaign government coverage this month and a few other random updates:
Comprehensive plan update. City planners are looking into the future and planning what they hope the city to look like in 2030. The Champaign City Council, plan commission and city administrators will meet on the fourth floor of Illinois Terminal at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to go over 20 years' worth of development goals for the city.
East University Avenue tax increment financing district. The city wants to extend by 12 years a special tax program for the East University Avenue and First Street corridors that allows the city to use property taxes for economic development incentives and infrastructure improvements. The council is scheduled to take a final vote shortly after a Nov. 16 public hearing.
Budget plans. According to an unofficial city council schedule, the council later this month could be talking about future budget plans and how to deal with this projected deficit within the next few months.
No new city council candidates since I last updated you. Based on an update from this morning, all the incumbents (at-large council members Tom Bruno, Karen Foster and Deborah Frank Feinen, District 5 representative Gordy Hulten and Mayor Jerry Schweighart) will seek re-election. The only challengers who have publicly announced their candidacy are Charles Mingee and Don Gerard, who would both be seeking the mayor's office during the April 5 election. The official candidate filing period begins Nov. 15 and lasts one week. So if there are any surprise candidates, we'll know next week.
- Recycling carts have been delivered to the city of Champaign, and they'll be showing up outside apartment buildings and other multifamily dwellings during the next month or so as city officials get ready to launch the multifamily recycling program. Angela Adams, the city's recycling coordinator, e-mailed me photos of their arrival. There are a lot; 2,750, to be exact. City administrators are still working out some of the details, so keep an eye out for multifamily recycling coverage.