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Message from the Mayor
Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin talks to the City about the wonderful renovations recently completed at Yankee Ridge Elementary School, among other happenings in the area.

Chief Lauss joins the City of Urbana

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin is pleased to announce that Charles E. Lauss has been selected to lead the Urbana Fire Department as the next Fire Chief.

The selection process began in early May and garnered applicants from across the nation.  All ranks of the Urbana Fire Department were invited to participate and provide feedback throughout the search. To see more on the Fire Chief, go here.

Urbana Police Chief retires

Urbana Police Chief, Sylvia Morgan, retired August 31 after 25 years of dedicated service as a police professional. Chief Morgan was known for her strength, support and tireless dedication to those she served. She also is iconic, as well, as she was the first woman police chief for the City of Urbana. To read more about Chief Morgan, go here.

Urbana Art Expo in its fourth year

The Urbana Art Expo is a two-day juried fine art exhibition and sale, presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program and 40 North Champaign County Arts Council featuring the work of 17 artists, live musical performances, and arts demos. The Expo is free and open to the public, so come out, invite your friends, and show your support for local art. Read more about the Urbana Art Expo.

Urbana Grows Green Weekend

Join the City of Urbana, the Urbana Park District Midwest Pesticide Action Center, and others for a weekend packed with natural lawn care and sustainable landscaping demonstrations in Champaign County.

Start the weekend at the 14th Annual Meadowbrook Park Jazz Walk, go the Market at the  Square, or to either of the Garden Kick-offs in the area. Go
here for more details.
Will Abbott and Tony Arnold retire from the City of Urbana

The City of Urbana Public Works Department said good-bye on August 30 to Will Abbott and Tony Arnold.

City of Urbana Mayor, Diane W. Marlin, proclaimed the day, "Will Abbott Day," and "Tony Arnold Day."A big celebration was held at Urbana Public Works with a luncheon, cake and ice cream and a presentation of gifts to Abbott and Arnold. For more, please click here.
 An Additional Message

“Gun violence devastates families, neighborhoods and communities. When it sweeps up our children, it leaves us at a loss for words.  Recent shootings in Champaign and Urbana have left a 14-year-old paralyzed and a 16-year-old dead. Others were lucky enough to escape injury… this time. They are scarred by the experience nonetheless. 

We don’t have a solution today.  But we do know that no families are really safe unless all families are safe. No community is really healthy unless all neighborhoods are healthy.   We must all work to end gun violence and we need help. There are children and families grieving today and we’re heartsick for them.

We also know that kids don’t get shot because they “slipped”---they got shot because our society has slipped.  Our family, neighborhood, and community relationships have slipped.
We need to rebuild those relationships, person by person, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood and it will take our community working together to accomplish that.”

---Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin  

No Change? No Problem! Get Mobile Meter.
Poor Natika and Kate are late for their meeting with the Mayor and City Administrator, because they don’t have money for the parking meter. Don’t let this happen to you! Get Mobile Meter at Watch the Bloopers from the video:

September 26-29, 2018
Smile Politely has added comedy to its already full line-up of cutting-edge musical artists. Check-out the full schedule and ticketing options by clicking on this link.
Urbana First Fridays Logo
September 7, 2018
Join Imbibe Urbana in the downtown Urbana corridor for an evening of events that celebrate all Urbana has to offer. (more)
September 1, 2018
The Market at the Square will match up to $25 in for LINK purchases of fruits and vegetables! (More)

September 3, 2018
All City of Urbana offices will be closed to observe the Labor Day holiday. To view the history of this holiday, go here.
Use Urbana's convenient MobileMeter app to pay for parking! The MobileMeter app is available in metered parking spaces throughout the City of Urbana. (More) 

The Friends of the Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale was a very big success. The sale made $5,000 for the TUFL. Finding a bargain while acquiring the books you love is one of the best parts of the book sales that the Friends of TUFL sponsor. For more on what TUFL has to offer in great programming and other wonderful amenities, go here.  
The City of Urbana is pleased to announce that the popular community survey, "What's in your square?" has ended. Now, the City will compile the information the community-at-large has given them, and communicate back as to what community members would like to see in the nine-square block area in Downtown Urbana. Go to the website for updates.
Gourmet food trucks from around the Urbana-Champaign area will converge on the Urbana Civic Center located at 108 E. Water Street on the last Tuesday of each month in April, May, June, July, August, September and October for a lunchtime food truck rally series. Go to this link to find out more about upcoming Urbana Food Truck Rallies.
In this month's edition of It's All About "U" guest host Urbana's Lorrie Pearson tells us about the local A.S.P.C.A. and our Urbana Art Expo which is coming soon. For more, watch the video! Video by Jason Liggett 
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