The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 14, 2013

Officials plan neighborhood workshop

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Residents and city officials plan to celebrate their 10th year of neighborhood association workshops.

This year’s City of Danville Neighborhood Association Workshop is in a different location and will have special guests. The workshop will run 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the new location is due to renovations at Harrison Park Clubhouse. He said the renovations won’t be completed by the time the celebration rolls around.

New this year for the workshop is special guest state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, who will be giving a legislative update.

Other speakers will be a Problem Oriented Policing Unit officer and Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, and Vermilion County Assessor Matt Long to talk about property tax facts. Residents are urged to bring their property tax bills to have questions answered.

Topics of discussion will be safety and security, the city clerk’s office, funding and maintaining neighborhood associations; and healthy trees.

“We’ve got a good agenda this year,” said public development director John Heckler.

A neighborhood association and a neighborhood association member also will be honored with achievement awards again this year.

Heckler said the awards recognize community involvement and individual efforts.

In the early years of the workshop, about 50 people would attend, he added. Now close to 100 people attend. Last year’s workshop saw 92 residents attend in addition to about a dozen city staff members, Heckler said.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Wednesday by calling 431-2321.

Heckler said those interested in forming a neighborhood association also are welcome to attend.