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Pictured Above: Students disembark their school bus and get ready to line-up for school. Go here to see the Urbana School District's calendar. 
Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin was on hand at the Urbana Park District's NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS! 
     "Thank you for being out and supporting your community," the Mayor said, when she was asked to get onstage and speak to attendees at Meadowbrook Park. 
     Then, she and Council Member Shirese Hursey handed out popsicles and took pictures with many "Future Mayors" in Urbana. Go here to see the fabulous programs and events that your Urbana Park District has for you, your family, and friends. 

The City of Urbana recognizes that stewardship of the city means addressing the needs of today's residents while actively planning for the future -- short and long term -- in a cohesive, coherent way. On April 11, 2022, the Urbana City Council passed Resolution No. 2022-04-031R: A Resolution Adopting Mayor/ City Council Strategic Goals 2022-2023. The Mayor/City Council Strategic Goals represent the core areas, strategies, and action steps that will be applied over the next year to guide Urbana on the path forward. 

In addition to maintaining essential municipal functions such as public infrastructure, public safety, neighborhood services, and economic development, the Mayor/City Council Strategic Goals for 2022-2023 will be as listed below. You can click on Area to find the Strategies and Action Steps that are associated with each. 

Strategic Area #1: Public Safety & Well-Being

Strategic Area #2: Housing

Strategic Area #3: Infrastructure

Strategic Area #4: Economic Recovery and Development

 

These priorities will not be at the exclusion of other citywide goals; each will require partnership and collaboration with other agencies and organizations.

Heat and humidity will be building this week. Check on those around you. Go here to see how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle and how to help your environment. 

TORNADO SIRENS – SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE 

The City of Urbana Fire Department has scheduled maintenance for all outdoor tornado warning sirens located in the city on August 9, 2022, through August 11, 2022. On these dates, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., each siren will be inspected for functionality.  

Each inspection will include a short (5 – 10 seconds) audible test which will make the sirens activate. Please note this is scheduled maintenance and not an emergency.

In the case of unfavorable weather, the maintenance will be cancelled and rescheduled for another time. An updated press release will be published if this should occur.

Why is the City of Urbana completing a Downtown Public Realm Study?
Downtown Urbana has been an important place for residents, students, and visitors over the years and recent investments in public amenities have had a positive impact on the urban fabric of downtown. However, the City realizes there is still work to be done in creating a vibrant downtown that serves the surrounding residents, university community, and the whole of Urbana. This study is an opportunity to engage the community to identify an actionable plan to improve the public realm in Downtown Urbana. 
How do I get involved?
There will be several opportunities to get involved in the Downtown Urbana Public Realm Study. Completing the mapping activity included on this web page is a great place to start. Then, be sure to check back frequently to either this website or the City of Urbana website to hear about upcoming public workshops and meetings. Lastly, the Consultant Team working on this project will be out and about, walking the streets of Downtown Urbana the week of July 18th. We'd love to hear from you - so if you see a group walking around with clip boards and taking photos, please say hello! 
Scan the QR code to R.S.V.P. Go here for more. 
What is the Commercial Signage Grant Program?

The Commercial Signage Grant Program provides matching grant funds to businesses to enhance their store fronts with the addition or improvement of commercial signage. Go here for more. 
Urbana is ranked number one in Realtor.com's article: 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford To Buy a Home, 2022

From the article: "A record-high number of individuals (53%) participated in outdoor recreational activities in 2021 largely due to necessity, according to a recent Outdoor Industry Association survey. Not only do open-air spaces sport lower COVID-19 transmission rates, but they also carry psychological benefits many realized they needed dearly. Let’s face it, strolling beneath real trees is far more Zen than staring at virtual greenery (or frantic studio cycling instructors) on a Peloton screen—no contest."

So, Think Urbana and think $34,000 savings on a $250,000 new Urbana home!

Single family home savings could look like this:

  • $19,750 on a $150,000 home
  • $34,000 on a $250,000 home
  • $55,500 on a $400,000 home
  • $105,750 on a $750,000 home

We’re here to help! Call (217) 384-2444.

Thinking about going geothermal? Join us for a virtual Geo Power Hour, co-hosted by Parkland College, from the comfort of your couch! Go here to see more. 
The answer: FREE!!!!
The question: What is this?
Yes, that's right. BULK WOOD is FREE at the Landscape Recycling Center.
NOW is the best time to come and get this FREE WOOD, because it will be nice and dry for your fall and winter fires.
People can take a leisurely lunch hour selected Fridays in August and September at the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park. It is Folk & Roots Fridays in partnership with CU Folk and Roots Festival.
Teen Open Lab
Mondays-Thursdays
3:00-5:30 p.m. – The Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium
For middle school and high school students
 
Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
REMINDER | INCOMING FRESHMAN: If you haven't already, sign up for the Freshman Transition Program at Urbana High School! Meet people, learn the building, enrichment activities and more!
When: August 10 and 11
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SIGN UP: https://forms.gle/jUKMMeK96KGe9Bk9A
Breakfast and lunch provided!
Join Urbana Arts and Culture and The Urbana Free Library the opening reception for Kula in the Sky, an exhibition of whimsical illustration work by author and artist, Vivian Krishnan from her work Kula in the Sky.

The Urbana Park District's Latest Program Guide
See full guide here.

All USD #116 students can get a free library card at The Urbana Free Library regardless of where you live!
 
Thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, all USD #116 students qualify for a library card.  To sign up for a library card, students should come to the Library and bring a letter or email sent to you from USD #116 this school year along with an unexpired photo ID. Students younger than 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who has an unexpired photo ID. 
The Urbana School District #116 now has a community newsletter! Want to stay informed with what is happening in the U? Sign up today! The district hopes to connect with more of our Urbana residents, so ANYONE is welcome to subscribe: https://bit.ly/USDCommunityNewsletter
Lieutenant James "Cory" Koker and Officer Paige Bennett of the Urbana Police Department gave a presentation at the Community Coalition meeting regarding the Co-Crisis Response Team (CCRT). Click here to hear the entire meeting and their full presentation. 
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILL?
The Ameren Illinois Clearinghouse can help with low-income rate assistance. Go here to see the programs that are available. 

Visit the vibrant City of Urbana. Only a few minutes away. Come shop, play, dine, and stayYou can have a big life in our small city. #SmallCityBigLife

Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean the fun in Urbana has ended. Urbana's Market at the Square is going strong every Saturday through October. Join us at the corner of Vine and Illnois Streets from 7 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. 
To learn more go here to Imagine Urbana!
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