Tom’s #Mailbag, Jun 3, 2016 – Champaign/Urbana News

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There’s been a default of good news this week as a state now strictly has no bill for mercantile year 2016 or 2017, a energy plant that employs 700 people is headed for a shutdown, some-more tellurian services are holding a hit, there’s additional speak during a University of Illinois about layoffs and a crime news is unrelenting.

And now we learn of a hazard of teasel.

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Parking for UI students

“Is it loyal that a blast in unit buildings in a Champaign-Urbana area is due to a city extenuation waivers for parking space requirements? If so, where do all of those students park?”

“First, as a technical point, we are not extenuation waivers,” pronounced Champaign Planning Director Bruce Knight, “the zoning bidding was nice to no longer need a smallest series of parking spaces. What we trust we have finished is concede a marketplace to foreordain a series of spaces that are built.

“With that said, we have not seen any sold boost in unit buildings being grown from before a change in parking regulations to after. What we are saying is improved settlement during a travel spin where we have separated buildings on stilts to yield for parking underneath.

“I can also contend that a projects that have come in given a change to concede market-based decisions on a volume of parking have supposing parking during 30 to 70 percent of what would have formerly been required.

“As to where students are parking, there are plenty spaces accessible … a private parking in a University District has 30-plus percent vacancy, a on-street leased parking module has identical cavity and a university has plenty ability in a prolonged tenure parking lot for students.”

Senior category sizes

“Was wondering what a graduation category sizes are of a 12 area internal high schools in Champaign County? Thanks for your consideration.”

I assume we are referring to a 9 open high schools, and Uni and St. Thomas More. Some of these depends are some-more accurate than others though here’s what we could get …

Champaign Centennial approximately 300

Champaign Central approximately 270

Urbana 228

Mahomet-Seymour 227

St. Joseph-Ogden 114

Rantoul Township High School 145

Unity High School 106

Fisher High School 47

Heritage High School 32

High School of St. Thomas More 79

University Laboratory High School 66

War on teasel

“Could we check with your IDOT hit and ask about broad-leaf weed spraying on I-55 72 from Springfield eastward? Looks like that was going on. we wish they’re after a teasel that is a really invasive pest.”

Now we know of teasel, that a Illinois Natural History Survey says is “an assertive outlandish class that has a ability to take over prairies and savannas” and if left violent “can form vast monocultures incompatible all local vegetation.”

Just one some-more thing for raid Illinoisans to worry about.

“Yes, we usually finished mist work along I-55 and I-72 in Sangamon County.” pronounced Brian Williamsen of a IDOT bureau in Springfield. “This was essentially to control teasel, though also to take caring of other broadleaf weeds.”

Restaurant investigation reports

“Where can consumers find a finish list of grill investigation violations for Champaign County?”

There is no such list of all restaurants that have unsuccessful investigation reports.

Restaurants have to post their many new green, yellow or red investigation poster nearby a entrance.

And frequently covers violations.

The usually approach consumers can check grill investigation reports kept by a Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is to inspect a investigation reports for an particular restaurant.

Those are accessible during a following site …

Late dental payments

“I’ve got a State Government 101 doubt for you. we am extraordinary about a state bill routine as it relates to dental premiums and reimbursements for employees. State employees are now being asked to compensate for dental services in full during time of use and afterwards contingency wait until a FY16 bill has been upheld to get reimbursed. Prior to a bill corner there was a six-months-plus reserve for these reimbursements. we can usually suppose how prolonged it will take to get reimbursed when a bill is finally in place. Is this a matter of (Central Management Services) wanting an allowance in sequence to discharge dollars to a word conduit or does a full bill need to be passed? we know I’m not alone in being out several hundred dollars (or more) while watchful for Springfield to get things done.”

I put a doubt to Michael Theodore of a Department of Central Management Services and he responded with a association line: “Due to decades of mercantile mismanagement and a disaster to entirely account a obligations of a State Employee Group Health Insurance Program, payments to providers/carriers have been behind and in some cases ceased.”

So yes, CMS claims that it needs an allowance from a Legislature in sequence to make those payments. There are some estimates that a state is $3 billion behind in worker health caring payments.

Federal confidence regulations

“Any updates on when Illinois drivers licenses will be agreeable with a new confidence regulations. we hatred carrying to lift a pass everywhere.”

Illinois residents can use their driver’s permit or state-issued ID label as explanation of temperament by during slightest Jan. 22, 2018, pronounced Henry Haupt of a Illinois secretary of state’s office. The Department of Homeland Security has sealed off on that approval, he said.

A U.S. Passport still is compulsory for general flights, Haupt said.

“The Secretary of State’s bureau has done good swell to strengthen driver’s permit and ID cards. When we announced final month a confidence upgrades to a state’s (driver’s permit and ID cards) and a transition to a executive distribution process, we knew a changes were compulsory to pierce closer to REAL ID compliance,” Haupt said. “In addition, with a new thoroughfare of Senate Bill 637, that satisfies pivotal legislative benchmarks indispensable for REAL ID compliance, a state is relocating even closer to full compliance.

“The Secretary of State’s bureau continues operative with DHS to grasp full correspondence of a REAL ID Act.”

Negotiating grill drive-throughs

“Are there any city mandate for drive-through restaurants? The new Wendy’s on South Neil Street has a expostulate that is too involved for any incomparable car.”

“We do have mandate for drive-thru restaurants, though they don’t indispensably get to a spin of fact as to foreordain a altogether trade settlement in a parking lot,” pronounced Champaign Planning Director Bruce Knight.

“Our mandate have to do with a series of ‘stacking spaces’ that are compulsory for people watchful in line:

“Sec. 37-369. – Standards for drive-through uses.

“A specific land parcel, to be grown with such uses as a drive-in financial institution, drive-in automobile wash, drive-in restaurant, drive-in drink or wine store, or identical use that requires a continual upsurge of one-way trade onto and off of a site, that has front with reduction than dual (2) opening drives per frontage, might need one-way trade around a site, supposing one opening expostulate is for opening usually and one opening expostulate is for exit only. These exceptions will request unless differently taboo by a resolution plat.

“(a) Drive-in or drive-through comforts shall yield a stacking line for a stacking of automobiles watchful to expostulate by a facility. Each stacking line shall have a smallest series of stacking spaces as supposing below. The space directly adjacent to a use window is deliberate a stacking space. Each stacking space for automobiles shall be 8 (8) feet 6 (6) inches in breadth and eighteen (18) feet 6 (6) inches in length. Such stacking lanes shall not embody any apportionment of any opening aisles or expostulate for off-street parking lots and shall not intrude in any front yard.

“(b) Drive-in restaurants shall yield a smallest of 8 (8) stacking spaces in a compulsory stacking line per pick-up window.

“(c) All other drive-in or drive-through uses, including though not singular to, automobile washes, dry cleaners, financial institutions, and involuntary teller machines, shall yield a smallest of 4 (4) stacking spaces per drive-up window.

“(d) This requirement shall not be practical to service/gas stations, solely to those that have drive-in automobile washes. Only a automobile rinse apportionment of a use shall be theme to a stacking requirement.

“(e) Drive-through financial institutions and other uses with 4 (4) or some-more stacking lanes shall be compulsory to contention a site devise for examination and capitulation by a City Engineer.”

Illegal turn?

“I have a trade doubt for you. In front of Panera on Kirby Avenue in Champaign, there is a embellished median (double yellow lines in both directions, with yellow hatching inside). This technically creates it bootleg to make a left-hand spin into Panera when pushing on Kirby from easterly to west. There is also a embellished median on Mattis during a opening to a Panera selling core — creation it bootleg to spin left into Panera when pushing on Mattis from south to north. At slightest that’s what we was taught.

“So is a embellished median order still enforced in Illinois? Can we spin left into Panera from Kirby? Thank you!”

You’re OK, as are a rest of us who have done that left turn. So says a city of Champaign’s engineering department.

“All of a city’s signs and markings are in suitability with a Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Illinois Secretary of State’s Rules of a Road governs how drivers in Illinois should scheme by those markings,” pronounced Kris Koester, open information executive for Champaign’s open works department.

“Here is what we found on a Secretary of State website (page 71 72) …

“Yellow Center Lines

“Solid double yellow lines are used where trade is relocating in conflicting directions. Two plain lines symbol a core of a roadway. Solid yellow lines might be crossed to make a left spin to or from an alley, private road, expostulate or street.

“Two-Way Left Turn Lanes

“Two-way left spin lanes are noted with yellow lines and white arrows. A left spin might not be done from any other line when a spin line is provided. A car might not be driven in a line solely when scheming for or creation a left spin from or into a alley or when scheming for or creation a U-turn when available by law.”