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Phone Service Restored at Urbana City Building; Other Outages Remain As AT&T Works To Restore Service

July 17, 2017 - 8:00pm to July 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

Phone CablesTelephone service to the Urbana City Building was fully restored about 9:45 a.m. today (July 18), as AT&T crews worked around the clock to splice together thousands of copper lines that were accidentally severed Friday afternoon by a city contractor.

The accident has left a significant number of land-line customers in Urbana without service and full restoration of service might take as long as Friday. AT&T has had crews of eight working on splicing together the copper lines, working 24 hours a day, since this weekend.

Five cables, each containing 2,400 pairs of lines, were damaged in the accident, two of them completely severed.

The incident occurred early Friday afternoon, when a city contractor was installing a new street light and damaged a large AT&T phone duct that had multiple cables in it, according to John Collins, Public Works operation manager.

Closed: Request For Proposals for City Administrator Recruitment Services

July 31, 2017 - 5:00pm


The City of Urbana (“the City”) respectfully requests proposals for City Administrator recruitment services from qualified executive search firms.

The executive search for this position will be a joint effort between the City of Urbana and the selected Vendor. All candidate applications and resumes received by the City’s Human Resources Division will be forwarded to the selected Vendor.

The purpose of collecting registration information is so that we can properly notify all recipients of addenda and answers to submitted questions.

Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 31, 2017. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to re-advertise the proposal, and to waive technicalities

Two Urbana Road Projects Suspended Due To State Budget Impasse

The failure of the Illinois General Assembly to pass a budget by today (June 30) has led to the suspension of two major road construction projects in Urbana. Work will likely remain halted until a budget or stopgap budget is approved.

The state-bid projects that have been halted by the Illinois Department of Transportation include:

MCORE Project 1: Reconstruction of Green Street between Wright Street and Busey Avenue, an $8.3 million project. Most of the Green Street pavement has been removed and vehicles won’t have access until the street is fully reconstructed. Major work in front of the Illini Union had been slated to be completed by Aug. 25, just three days before University of Illinois classes resume, but that timetable is now threatened by the shutdown. Pedestrian crosswalks could be constructed across Green Street if the shutdown is an extended one, but city engineers have concerns about allowing pedestrians through a construction zone.

Red Bicycle Ice Cream Coming to Southeast Urbana

Thursday (June 29) was a big day for Ed Mehnert, the owner of the Red Bicycle Ice Cream shop.

About 3 p.m., he secured his health permit to operate his new ice cream parlor, which will be located at 2740 Philo Road, Suite D, in The Pines retail center in southeast Urbana.

Next up, a soft opening to the public on July 4. He’ll then open on a regular basis starting on Thursday, July 6, from noon to 9 p.m. He’ll be open Wednesday through Sunday.

“Our mission is to provide a moment of joy for our customers through our products,” said Mehnert.

Red Bicycle Ice Cream will offer farm-fresh, hand-crafted ice cream made fresh at the shop, using milk from the Kilgus Farmstead in Fairbury, Ill. The ice cream will be made inside a $27,000 machine called a batch freezer. After that, the ice cream will be moved into a a bigger blast freezer, also called an ice cream hardening cabinet, where will sit for at least 24 hours before it’s ready for sale.

City Rejects Hotel Deal

Urbana Lincoln HotelThe City of Urbana has concluded that a proposal by developer Crimson Rock Capital to renovate the Urbana Landmark Hotel is not feasible.

Mayor Diane Marlin said the major issues were the large amount of money the city would have to borrow to finance the project, the low level of equity participation by the developer and overall taxpayer risk.

“A vibrant hotel would make a great addition to our downtown, but unfortunately after many months of discussion, we were unable to reach an agreement with this developer on the current proposal,” Marlin said.

The primary hurdle for the proposed $24.5 million project was the developer’s request for $9.5 million in city funds, which would have required the issuance of taxpayer-backed bonds. Total cost to the public would have approached $15 million over a 20-year period. Renovation costs were estimated to be $19.5 million, with the remainder going for the purchase of the now-closed hotel.