If you can swing an axe, get your fall and winter firewood for free at the Landscape Recycling Center in Urbana.
The nonprofit center has a good supply of free loose and quartered wood — which you can take and split yourself, according to Scott Tess, City of Urbana’s sustainability and resilience officer.
There’s also split wood, although there’s a charge for the wood already split, he said.
If you plan to pick up wood, you can pick through the plentiful supply yourself and search for the pieces you want. The fresher wood will take about a year to season, Tess said, but some seasoned wood might be available.
The wood comes from the trees felled by public and private arborists, he said.
Depending on when you visit the Landscape Recycling Center, you might also find some free products, which earlier this week included jalapeno peppers and tomatoes grown in the on-site gardens of Darrick Terry, who runs retail operations at the center, Tess said .
Located at 1210 E. University Ave., U, the center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Other products include compost, mulch, topsoil, townwood and crushed granite.
Bid on a house
If you are in the market to buy a house or mobile home, here is your chance to close a potential deal.
The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office is accepting sealed bids through September 23 for eight real estate parcels – houses or vacant land – and 73 mobile homes.
This surplus home auction is the bottom line of unpaid taxes on the properties from previous years, according to County Treasurer Cassandra Johnson.
To get a glimpse of the properties for sale, at least from the outside, you can purchase a property brochure from the Treasurer.
The minimum bid required is $801 for the properties and $905 for the mobile homes. All properties are sold to the highest bidder. The results will be available approximately seven days after the last bid day.
For more information, visit the website of Edwardsville-based tax advisor Joseph E. Meyer & Associates for Champaign County: ILTaxSale.com.
OSF gets good grades
OSF HealthCare announced the 2021 score for its accountable care organization under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 90.96.
According to the OSF, this translates to a grade or “A” for positive patient health outcomes, based on metrics from a random sample of nearly 43,000 Medicare patients served by the OSF Accountable Care Organization.
An accountable care organization is a group of healthcare providers who work together to provide coordinated care to their patients.
Gordyville USA is still for sale and the price has been reduced from $4 million to $3.6 million.
If you’ve heard rumors that this Gifford auction house has been sold, they’re false, according to estate agent Jon Fisher earlier this week.
Fisher, a Champaign trade broker, listed the 39.1-acre property last June.
recovery grants granted
Champaign-Urbana and Danville will participate in a portion of the state’s $3.5 million RISE (Recovery, Income, Startup, Expansion) grant to cities and economic development organizations to accelerate economic recovery.
The Greater Champaign-Urbana Economic Partnership, the parent organization of Champaign County Economic Development Corp., was awarded $150,000 for a regional market analysis focusing on office, retail and industrial space.
The City of Danville is receiving $75,000 to conduct an updated study of its downtown area, according to Logan Cronk, Danville Community Development Administrator.
Champaign County Economic Development Corp. executive director Carly McCrory-McKay said Champaign County, like most communities, has seen job losses and business closures since the pandemic began, “and we’re still seeing the impact of changing economic trends, particularly.” in the office, retail and industrial market.”
In addition, some planned developments have stalled due to the pandemic and rising costs, she said.
The organization envisages that the market analysis will help provide recommendations for local governments, property owners, commercial agents and others, a list of ideas for nominating developers, and recommendations to support business retention and acquisition strategies.
The Danville study is intended to provide guidance for both the potential rehabilitation of derelict vacant buildings and infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, road improvements and signage, Cronk said.
Once the plan is complete, the city can use the plan to apply for additional grant money to fund projects in the plan, he said.
“It was a big hit for the city of Danville,” he said.
The plan is being developed by the city’s newly hired planner, Jun Sohn, and some of the grant money can be used to pay for some advisory services, Cronk said.
New pharmacy should be open longer
A new CarleRx pharmacy will replace the former Walgreens at the Carle branch clinic at 1701 Curtis Road, C, effective September 20th.
Carle’s own pharmacy is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to midnight and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to midnight. It will also stock over-the-counter products and have a drive-through.
The new CarleRx will employ six pharmacists and 11 pharmacy technicians, according to Carle.
“At the core of this decision is the hope of making it easier for area patients and community members to secure the prescriptions they need to stay healthy, even if they fall ill at an inconvenient time,” said Linda Fred, vice president of Pharmacy by Carle. “The new CarleRx location will bring greater opportunity to the community, which our internal data indicates is a real need.”