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Public Involvement

In order to determine priorities among the council members and general public, RPC staff developed the following five priority areas that ARPA spending programs may fit in to:

  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Public Health and Safety
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Adequate and Affordable Housing
  • Human Rights and Social Services

These are the categories used for the public survey and to guide verbal feedback, as discussed elsewhere on this page.

Public Survey

A public survey was available online and on paper in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese from March 14th - April 14th.

Online Survey Promotion

  • Emails with information regarding the survey and other ARPA input opportunities were sent to 26 community organizations (public agencies, neighborhood groups, and nonprofits working in Urbana) to share with their members/clients/constituents
  • Emails with information regarding the survey and other ARPA input opportunities were sent to 26 places of worship (all located in Urbana, with publicly-listed email addresses) to share with their members
  • Information about the survey and other ARPA input opportunities was posted on City’s website and Facebook page

Paper Survey Availability

  • Paper surveys, along with survey drop boxes, were available at Urbana Free Library, City Hall, Cunningham Township Office, and Aspen Court Offices (upon request from a community member)
  • Paper surveys were distributed at three local food pantries: Stone Creek, St. Vincent De Paul, and the Vineyard

Verbal and In-Person Input

In addition to the written survey, the City of Urbana designated several opportunities for community members to offer verbal or in-person feedback on this process.

In-Person ARPA Listening Session

Graphic summary of in-person listening session.
Graphic summary of in-person listening session. (Right click to view in new tab)

On Tuesday, April 5, from 5:30-7:30PM, the City of Urbana hosted a public listening session on the ARPA funds.

This event took place at Urbana City Council Chambers (400 S. Vine St.), and provided an opportunity for members of the public to discuss their thoughts on the Urbana’s ARPA funding with city staff and with one another.

City staff facilitated the conversation and were assisted by a graphic facilitator, David Michael Moore, who helped visualize and synthesize the public’s comments. The discussions from this meeting, in addition to survey responses and other public comments, went into the record of ARPA responses for the council to consider when designating this funding.

Designated ARPA Comment Period at City Council Meetings

All meetings begin at 7PM:

  • Monday, March 14
  • Monday, March 21
  • Monday, March 28
  • Monday, April 4

Total Respondents

Public Survey: 546 surveys

  • Online: 437 surveys
  • Paper: 109 surveys

In-Person/Verbal Input: 42 commenters

  • 7 City Council meetings, including four meetings with dedicated ARPA input time: 21 commenters
  • ARPA listening session: 21 commenters

Other: 8 emails/letters/phone calls

Public Presentations

May 2022 - Public Input Summary Presentation

Below, you will find a link to the meeting recording where RPC staff presented a summary of the ARPA-related public input received in March and April.

City Council Meeting - ARPA Public Input Review

Below, you can access the materials presented to the council and a full list of the comments received through the online survey.

April 2022 - ARPA Standard Allowance

Below, you will find a link to the meeting recording where the council approved a resolution to allocate $2.5 million of the city’s ARPA funds (Standard Allowance) for lost public sector revenue.

City Council Meeting - Allocation of the ARPA Standard Allowance

February 2022 - Initial Funding Allocations

Below, you will find a link to the meeting recording where Mayor Marlin presented a plan for allocating half of the city’s ARPA funds for project administration, internal city services and infrastructure, and new Urbana Park District facilities.

City Council Meeting - Initial Allocations

January 2022 - Planning Process Presentation

Below, you will find a link to the meeting recording where RPC staff presented an overview of the planning process as well as a summary of existing city priorities.

City Council Meeting - ARPA Planning Process

Below, you can access the materials presented to the council.