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Public Safety

Gun violence destroys families and endangers everyone in our community.  I serve on the steering committee for  C-U Fresh Start, a focused approach to deter gun violence in Champaign-Urbana sponsored by the Community Coalition.  

The Mayor's Neighborhood Safety Task Force, comprised of representatives from neighborhood associations, should begin meeting again on a regular basis. The task force should be expanded to include major rental property owners and managers.  

I have been a strong advocate for neighborhood safety and improved maintenance and management of rental properties.  Given the fact that almost two-thirds of the households in Urbana are rental, it is critical for property owners and tenants to know their rights and meet their responsibilities to the community.  I've supported:

  • Addition of five officers to the Urbana Police Department
  • Passage of the Aggravated Public Nuisance Ordinance
  • Passage of the Aggressive Solicitation Ordinance
  • Passage of Snow Removal Ordinance
  • Restoring funding for two vacant police officer positions
  • Mandatory tickets for failure to comply with deadlines to repair rental property code violations
  • Redevelopment of Urbana Town Homes site
  • Installation of Lanore/Adams multi-use path and streetlights in East Urbana
  • Full payment to METCAD for 9-1-1 emergency response

The Urbana Police Department and Fire Services Rescue Department are dedicated to community outreach and engagement.  I have worked with Public Safety officials on outreach efforts such as the Community Coalition, Mayor's Neighborhood Safety Task Force, South Philo Road Business Owners meetings, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Urbana Youth Summit, and "Inspire Urbana"  sponsored by Stone Creek Church.  


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