Department Posts

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

Date: 
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.

Urbana Police Department Provides Information on Solicited Fraud

The Urbana Police Department continues to reach out and provide help to residents.  On a recent episode of Cops Corner Investigator Duane Smith provided information on solicited fraud and how potential victims can protect themselves.  The interview can be viewed every Saturday morning at 8:30AM on Urbana Public Television (UPTV) or on-demand via UPTV's YouTube channel.  Cops Corner is hosted by Community Relations Specialist Preston James and produced by UPTV staff.

CLOSED: Request for Proposal for Canine Trained in Narcotics Detection, Tracking, & Article Searches

Date: 
June 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

CLOSED

The City of Urbana is seeking proposals from qualified vendors for a canine with various training requirements.

Proposals will be accepted no later than 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Questions regarding the request for proposal should be directed to Lt. Rich Surles at the Urbana Police Department. He may be reached via email at surlesrh@urbanaillinois.us or by telephone at 217-384-2330.

The proposal shall include initial training, as well as maintenance training of a canine handler with the same designated canine. Qualification of the vendors shall be made available to the City of Urbana upon demand in order for a proposal to be considered.

The specifics of the proposal are listed in the document below.

Urbana Officer Writes Book About History of Urbana Police Department

The Blue & the GoldUrbana Police Sgt. Matt Rivers isn’t afraid of an intimidating project.

Several years ago, he decided to research his family tree. An amateur at genealogy, he wound up finding his father’s half-sister, whom his father had never met.

More recently, Rivers decided that he and his fellow officers needed to know more about the long history of the Urbana Police Department, which dates back in 1855 when Urbana was first incorporated as a city.

“People had looked into things before, but I realized current officers didn’t know anything about the Police Department,” said Rivers, a nine-year Urbana Police veteran. “I decided I wanted to know more.”

After four years of effort, Rivers has completed that research, in the form of a self-published book, “The Blue & The Gold, A History of the Urbana Police Department, 1855-1976.”

Windsor Road Lane Closure at Boulder Drive

Date: 
February 20, 2017 - 9:00am to March 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

As part of the 2016-2018 Miscellaneous Sewer Repair Project, and weather permitting, Duce Construction will be doing a manhole adjustment and will close the westbound right turn lane on East Windsor Road at the intersection of Windsor and Boulder Drive starting on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Both Windsor Road and Boulder Drive will remain open to through traffic at all times during the project. Traffic control will be in place to guide motorists through the areas where travel is reduced. Right turning movements will be allowed from the outside westbound lane of Windsor Road.

Motorists are encouraged to drive carefully through this and all construction areas. Thank you for your cooperation while this work is in progress