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NOARDA Summer Concert - Riverfront Park

Rhythm on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series


NOARDA hosts concerts each summer on the second Thursday of June, July and August from 6:30-8:30. Bands play in the gazebo just west of Village Hall at Riverfront Park. Raimondo’s pizza sells slices of delicious pizza and cold drinks. Visitors bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets.

The second concert of the series will be July 9, 2015.  Come on down to the riverfront and enjoy the music with family and friends.

Parking is available at Island Park and public lots on the southwest side of the riverfront area.


Fireworks in Aurora on Friday, July 3, 2015

3rd Of July Fireworks - Yes, you read it right, that’s no typo! The fireworks are on Friday the 3rd of July this year.

The Village of North Aurora once agains joins with the City of Aurora for a fantastic Fireworks display on Friday, July 3 to celebrate Independence Day.

There will also be many exciting activities for the whole family, so make plans to spend the evening with friends and family and enjoy the activites.

Visit the City of Aurora's website for parking and shuttle information at: https://www.aurora-il.org/events/4th_fireworks.php 

FREE Family Activities & Fireworks!

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

RiverEdge Park - 360 N. Broadway Ave.
Great food along with an amazing view of the fireworks at Aurora's premier outdoor concert venue.

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. American Legion Band
7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Fox Valley Orchestra

McCullough Park - Illinois Ave. & Lake St.
Local food vendors with taste-tempting treats and FREE FUN for all with inflatables and music that will make you want to get up and dance!
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. SuperDogz Agility Performance
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Evolution-Classic to Current Rock Covers
Don’t miss the roaring life size animatronic T-Rex head!

Fireworks Extravaganza: July 3, 2015
At approximately, 9:30 p.m., The City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky with a rainbow of colors! Fireworks can be viewed from both locations and along the banks of the river.

Park Remotely & Ride Our Shuttles FREE!
The City of Aurora is offering free park and ride shuttle service from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. providing roundtrip transportation to 13 convenient locations throughout the city. The shuttles will resume service after the fireworks display with the latest departure scheduled for 11 p.m.


Independence Day Holiday - Village Hall Closed

The Village of North Aurora will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

 

Have a fun-filled and safe 4th of July.


Waste Management Trash Pick-up is on Friday July 3

Waste Management will be picking up trash, recycling and yard waste on Friday July 3 as usual.  

The 4th of July holiday falls on Saturday, and therefore, will NOT affect your regular pick-up. 


North Aurora Community Garage Sale - Aug. 6-8

A Community Garage Sale will be held in conjunction with North Aurora Days this year. This is a Village sponsored community-wide garage sale planned for Thursday, August 6, Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Residents who are interested in participating in the North Aurora Community Garage Sale must register to be included on a Garage Sale Map. Residents can download the garage sale registration form from the North Aurora Days website at www.northauroradays.com or pick up a form at the Village Hall. There is no cost to register.

Please submit the completed, signed registration form no later than Friday, July 24, 2015 in order to be included on the Garage Sale Map. Any registrations forms received after this date, will not be included on the garage sale map. Submit completed forms to: Village of North Aurora, Attention Cindy Torraco, 25 E. State Street, North Aurora, IL 60542. Registration forms may also submitted by e-mail: ctorraco@vil.north-aurora.il.us.

Garage Sale Maps will be available at the Village Hall and on the North Aurora Days website by (www.northauroradays.com) Tuesday, July 28. Additionally, the community-wide garage sales event will be advertised in a local paper.

* All registrations forms that are submitted by e-mail will get a response, therefore, do not assume a form was received unless you receive a response from the Village.


The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors announce new Executive Director

 

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today voted unanimously to hire Greg Bedalov as the agency’s new Executive Director effective today. Bedalov replaces outgoing Executive Director Kristi Lafleur who announced her resignation earlier this month.

Bedalov will step down as the president and CEO of Choose DuPage to join the Tollway and oversee day-to-day operations of the agency that serves 1.5 million daily drivers and maintains a system of four interstate tollways crossing 12 counties in northern Illinois. Since 2010, Bedalov has overseen the organization responsible for leading the economic development efforts for DuPage County. Before joining Choose DuPage, he gained local economic development experience as President of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation. Prior to that, he was the director of global business development and North American sales and marketing for Pulsafeeder.

Bedalov brings an understanding of the Illinois Tollway and how the system of roadways generates local development and job opportunities and serves as the economic engine for Northern Illinois. In addition, the Tollway Board members cited his support and participation for the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project as a valuable asset as the Tollway continues to support regional transportation and transit options.


Mitchell Road Bridge Closed for Construction

The Illinois Department of Transportation has informed the Village of North Aurora that the Illinois Tollway Authority is beginning construction work to reconstruct the Mitchell Road Bridge.

Beginning the week of June 22, the Mitchell Road Bridge will be closed to all traffic between Bilter Road (just south of Route 56) and the Aurora side of the I-88 tolllway. In addition a roadway closure will be put in place between Bilter Road and Sullivan Road. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Indian Trail Road, Illinois Route 25 and Butterfield Road. The bridge is anticipated to be closed until mid-December, when the project is expected to be completed.

The Tollway Authority did not reconstruct the Mitchell Road Bridge last year when the road was closed for reconstruction, due to the fact that the Church Road Bridge was already being reconstructed at that time and they did not want to have both bridges closed at the same time.

Please allow extra driving time if your commute includes this area and plan on an alternate route.  For more information, please click the link below from the Illinois Tollway website:  http://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/10157/15899/20150616+-+Mitchell+Road+Bridge+Over+Reagan+Memorial+Tollway+%28I-88%29%20in+Aurora+Scheduled+to+Close+Next+Week+for+Reconstruction 


North Aurora launches new website address and approves new logo


The Village of North Aurora has launched a new website address today, www.northaurora.org. We are so excited to tell everyone that they can now get all the village information at northaurora.org (and it is so much easier to say then www.vil.north-aurora.il.us).

Check out our new web address and also our updated website design, which features the Village’s new logo and tagline, Crossroads on the Fox.

The Village Board also approved the new logo and tagline at the board meeting on June 15. 

Through a request for proposal process, a company by the name of Rule 29 was hired by the Village of North Aurora to create a new logo and tagline. As part of the design process, the Village Board was interviewed by Rule 29 in order to incorporate their thoughts and visions for the community’s past, present and future. Rule 29 presented multiple logo and tagline options which were discussed by the Village Board at several public meetings.

The final logo incorporates elements of the Village, including the State Street Bridge, which symbolizes the Village moving forward, as well as the connection to community; the iconic Fox River, which is central to the Village; and rays emitting from beneath the bridge to represent community connections and nature trails; while the circle around the logo represents a community united. The colors chosen for the logos include an exciting blue tone to reflect the Fox River, which is a major source of identity and enjoyment for the residents of North Aurora. Also chosen was a warm brown which brings the natural earth elements to the logo, and is indicative of a warm and inviting sense of community. The font used in the logo will use both colors, with the blue highlighting the “North” as a stand out feature of the Village of North Aurora. The new tagline “Crossroads on the Fox” ties in with the logo, and was selected as the slogan that best represents the Village of North Aurora.  The Village Board and village staff are all very excited about incorporating the new logo in all aspects of the Village and creating a brand identity that our residents can recognize and be proud of. 


Press Release: Residential Electric Aggregation Program Renewal with Dynegy Energy Services

Village of North Aurora
***Press Release***

Dated: June 9, 2015

Village receives a 10% decrease in power rates with Dynegy Energy Services for the Residential Electric Aggregation Program for a Two-Year Period with 100% Renewable Energy.

The Village of North Aurora was one of the first communities in northern Illinois to manage a residential aggregation program for its residents. The Village has operated its aggregation program since 2011 and has lowered the average homeowners’ home Commonwealth Edison bill almost $500 since the program was initiated. For the entire community, the program has achieved approximately $2.5 million in savings during that time.

The current aggregation program ends in September, 2015. The Village recently held a renewal bid and has entered into an agreement with Dynegy Energy Services for electricity supply for residents and small commercial businesses. The agreement will be effective beginning September, 2015 and will be for a twenty-four (24) month period ending September, 2017.

Residents and small businesses that are currently enrolled in the Village’s aggregation program as well as ComEd customers will receive a letter in June describing the terms of the agreement as well as an “opt-out” form if the resident wishes to go back to ComEd for supply and/or elect to choose a different supplier.

The fixed-rate for the upcoming period beginning September, 2015 will drop 10%, from 7.856 cents per kWh to 7.073 cents. One year later, the rate will drop again, to 6.838 cents.

The rate includes the support of 100% renewable energy. ComEd’s non summer rate-to-compare is 7.17 cents per kWh. ComEd also assesses a Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) on a monthly basis that can be a charge or credit of up to 0.50 cents per kWh. This PEA charge could result in an effective ComEd rate of 6.67 cents per kWh or as high as 7.67 cents.

The fixed rate provided by Dynegy is not subject to the PEA. Once enrolled in the aggregation program, there are no termination fees if a resident wishes to choose another supplier at any point during the term of the agreement, or chooses to go back to ComEd.

By continuing the aggregation program for a two-year period with a competitive rate the Village ensures that residents will have aggregation as a choice of electric supply over the next twenty four months with support for 100% renewable energy. For questions or more information please call the North Aurora Village Hall at (630) 897-8228.


North Aurora Police Investigating Criminal Damage to Property

North Aurora, IL – North Aurora Police are investigating criminal damage to property on North Aurora’s northeast side after a man wanted in connection with a domestic incident fled from police through a golf course, residential lawns, and public park.

It began early Sunday morning at about 12:40 a.m. when police were on scene on April Ln. investigating a domestic disturbance when the male suspect drove past with headlights turned off. Officers caught up to the truck on River Rd. (Rt. 25) near the Fox Valley Country Club golf course. When officers signaled the driver to stop, the driver began driving recklessly as he pulled into the driveway of the golf course. He lost control of the truck and spun out in the grass, causing large divots. The truck then fled through the golf course in a north-northwest direction. Officers found the truck driving on Slaker Ct. and when the driver saw police again, he drove northbound between two houses, through Wingfoot Park toward Wingfoot Dr.

The truck, a maroon 1995 Ford pickup truck (full size) with a cap on the back, was located at the owner’s residence in Plano, Illinois approximately 30 minutes later. The suspect, Christopher B. Stankovich, 44, of the 300 blk. of Dearborn St., Plano, turned himself in at the North Aurora Police Department Sunday evening. He was charged with:
• Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding, a class 4 Felony
• Criminal Damage to Property, a class 4 Felony
Stankovich attended a bond hearing this morning where a judge set his bond at $12,500 / 10%. He remains in custody at the Kane County jail.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident or who has damage to their property in the area is asked to call North Aurora Police at (630) 897-8705.


Water Conservation Tips - That Drip is Money Down the Drain

Water is a precious commodity.  We depend on our water infrastructure of pipes, pumps, and meters to deliver clean, high-quality and reliable water to our homes.

Did you know... the average household wastes 10,000 gallons of water per year on leaks, enought to fill a swimming pool?

You can help by checking toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances for leaks.

Water Infrastructure needs to be maintained by both your utility and you.  Utilities can check for leaks in pipes on the way to your home, and you can check for leaks in your home. Both actions can prevent water waste and improve the reliability of your water supply.

Thank you for doing your part to help ensure our community and neighboring communities have a clean and reliable water source now and for future generations!

For more information on water conservation please visit www.epa.gov/WaterSense.


Call JULIE Before You Dig - dial 811

Planning a home improvement project this spring? Installing a fence or deck? Planting a tree or shrubs? Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, be smart and call J.U.L.I.E. at 811 before you dig!

Every digging project requires that you call... even if you are just planting shrubs or bushes.

Calls should be made 48 hours (2 business days) prior to doing any digging. The call is free and JULIE will notify all utilities to mark their locations to prevent any unintentional damage to underground utilities.

So be safe and smart - Call JULIE before you dig!


North Aurora Accepts Credit Card Payments (no transaction fees) On-line and at Village Hall


The Village of North Aurora is excited to announce that residents/customers can now pay their water bill online, without transaction fees, using the following link: https://northaurora.merchanttransact.com

The types of payment accepted include Visa, MasterCard, Discover and eCheck. Residents and customers can also use this link to sign up to opt out of paper water bills, receive water bills by email and also view water usage history.

In addition, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are now also being accepted at the village hall for payment of water bills, as well as other transactions such as building permits, business/contractor registration, waste stickers, or ordinance violations.

Along with the upgraded payment options, residents may have noticed a new format to the Village’s utility bill. The new format was designed to provide residents with additional information on their water bills, including a graph that illustrates both past and current water usage.

Please contact the Utility Billing Department at (630) 897-8228, x223 for further information


Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution

Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution - Water pollution prevention and control measures are critical to improving water quality and reducing the need for costly wastewater and drinking water treatment. Because water pollution can come from many different sources, a variety of pollution prevention and control measures are needed.

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces such as driverways, sidewalks and streets, which prevents the runoff from soaking into the ground.

Stormwater runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into the storm sewer system or directly into lakes, rivers, ponds and wetlands. Anything that enters the storm sewer system is then discharged into bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. This in turn can increase costs for treating our drinking water.

In an attempt to educate the community on ways to prevent the potential for storm water pollution, we ask that residents be aware of the direct links between land activities and rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams. Clean up pet waste to keep it out of street gutters; sweep up grass clippings and rake leaves to keep yardwaste debris from blowing into street gutters; apply lawn fertilizer and pesticides sparingly; control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover; clean up spilled automotive fluids such as oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluids from driveways and don’t hose the spills into the street. Please do your part to help eliminate storm water pollution. For information on disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention, contact Kane County at 630-208-5118. For more recycling information, send an email to recycle@countyofkane.org or call 630-208-3841.


Waste Management Holiday Pick-up Information


Waste Management Recognized Holidays - In the event that any of the following holidays fall on a weekday, all refuse, yard-waste, and recyclable collections services on that day, and for the remainder of that week, shall be delayed one day after the recognized holiday. This will generally result in trash collection on Saturday for your regular Friday pick-up. 

The following are the RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up in 2015:


New Years Day 1/1 - Trash pick up Saturday Jan. 3

Memorial Day 5/25 - Trash pick up Saturday May 30

Independence Day 7/4  - Trash pick up will be on Friday July 3 as usual (due to the holiday falling on Saturday)

Labor Day 9/7 - Trash pick up Saturday Sept. 12

Thanksgiving Day 11/26 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 28

Christmas Day 12/25 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 26


All other holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, or Veterans Day WILL NOT affect your regular Friday trash pick-up.

 


Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium


The Village of North Aurora would like to remind residents that pertinent information about our community is always available on the Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium's public access channel.  

Additionally, please take a moment to complete a short survey (5-10 minutes to complete) which is designed to give Comcast customers in the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium communities (North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich and Yorkville) an opportunity to assist the Consortium in determining cable-related needs and interests as provided for by the Federal Cable Act (47 U.S.C. 546(a)(1)) and local ordinances. To take the survey, please click the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sfvctc_cable_survey 


Comprehensive Plan - Help Define the Future of North Aurora

Help define the future of North Aurora!
The Village of North Aurora is in the process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will address land use, development, transportation, neighborhoods, parks and open space, the environment, community facilities, and much more.

How can I provide input regarding North Aurora’s future?
The Village is seeking your input to help create a plan that addresses local issues and aspirations. Please go to the Village’s website (http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/) and click on the link here - http://www.hlplanning.com/portals/northaurora/ or click the  “Comprehensive Plan Interactive Website” button on the right-hand portion of the homepage.  This link will take you a one-stop portal where you can provide input through on-line mapping tools and questionnaires, receive updates about the planning process, and review preliminary plan recommendations.

What is the next chance to provide input to the Comprehensive Plan?
In addition to the project website, there will be several face-to-face opportunities to provide input. The next opportunity will be a Visioning Workshop held in early September. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the date, time and location for the workshop. The workshop will allow you to put markers to maps and describe your vision for key issues facing North Aurora, such as the role of the Fox River in recreation and development, the revitalization of IL 31, new economic development along Orchard Road, residential growth and development, public safety, and much more.

How can I receive information about the planning process?
The best way to receive information about the planning process is to check in on the project website. Village staff will also distribute information through its email distribution list regarding the Visioning Workshop and opportunities to review preliminary recommendations. Please contact mtoth@vil.north–aurora.il.us to be added to the email distribution list.


Water Department to Upgrade Meter Reading Equipment

The North Aurora Water Department will be upgrading some of the meter reading equipment located on the exterior of houses in various locations throughout the village, over the next 6 months.  Please be advised, these equipment upgrades will not affect or interrupt your water service.  Water department technicians will be performing this work and residents should not be concerned if they notice a village vehicle and/or village water technician working on the meter at their home.  Please contact the North Aurora Water Department at 630-897-8228, ext. 223 with any questions or concerns you may have. 


History of North Aurora book - Now Just $15

Stop by the Village Hall and pick up your copy of the "History of North Aurora" book - now just $15.

This book is a wonderful history of your community from the early days of when it was settled through life in the 1940's. This history provides some very interesting facts about North Aurora. There are numerous pictures on every page that provide a visual history as well. 

Be sure to stop in soon to purchase a copy.


Bricks Available for Purchase for Veteran's Memorial

Memorial Bricks are available for purchase for the Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

Engraved bricks are placed in the Veteran's Memorial Plaza as a way to honor and recognize North Aurora Residents who have served and given their lives in service of the United States.

Single 8x8 bricks are $75 - Two bricks are $125

If you would like to honor a veteran by purchasing a brick, please stop by the North Aurora Village Hall at 25 E. State Street to pick up an order form or call 630-897-8228 for more information. 


Fire District provides Lockbox Program for Senior Citizens

Did you know that the North Aurora Fire District provides lockboxes for residences of senior citizens who live alone or any resident with an illness or injury that would prevent them from answering the door in the event of an emergency situation?

There is a $20 deposit for the lockbox and it would be installed by the Fire District. The lockbox would only be accessed by the Fire District in an emergency and remains the property of the Fire District.

When the resident moves or requests removal, the lockbox would be removed and the $20 deposit would be refunded.

Residents who would like to obtain a lockbox or would like further information regardng this program, should contact the Fire Station at 630-897-9698.