Requests for Red Street Signs - Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday May 2, 2016
There has been a large interest in obtaining the red streets signs that have been replaced with the new blue street signs in North Aurora. In order to accommodate those who are interested in a red street sign, the Village has determined to make the signs available for $5.00 per sign. The proceeds from the sale of the red street signs will go towards the annual North Aurora Days event. Public Works Staff will be completing an inventory in April of all red street signs that will be made available for purchase.
Anyone interested in reserving a sign will be able to request one beginning Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. No sign requests will be accepted before this date and time.
Requests for signs will only be accepted beginning Monday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. by calling 630-897-8228 or by appearing in person at the front desk reception at the Village Hall (25 E. State Street, North Aurora, IL). In order for the Village to fairly distribute the signs, all requests will be taken in the order that they are received. The last day to reserve a street sign will be Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m. Unfortunately due to the time sensitivity of calls, voicemail request cannot be accepted.
There will be a limit of five signs that can be reserved per household, and only one sign per street name can be requested per household.
Once reserved, signs will be available for pick-up at the Village Hall beginning Monday, May 23rd through Friday, June 3rd between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Village Hall will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day holiday). Any signs not picked up by June 3, 2016 at 4:30 will be sold to the next name on the list requesting that sign.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in our efforts to fairly distribute the red street signs.
North Aurora Police to Host Open House & Community Picnic
Save The Date!
North Aurora, IL – The North Aurora Police Department will be hosting an Open House & Community Picnic on Sunday, July 10, 2016 from noon until 3:00 p.m. at our station, 200 S. Lincolnway.
This all-ages event is free to North Aurora residents and will feature food, games & activities, and tours of the station. There will be opportunities to meet officers, supervisors, and command staff and to learn about programs and services that the police department offers.
"This is a great opportunity to become more familiar with our dedicated police officers. I could not be more proud of how they represent the best of North Aurora,” said Village President Dale Berman. “Food, games, and conversation. It will be a great day for our Village.”
The police department is hosting this event to help foster better relationships with members of the community and give them their first view inside the police station since the grand opening in September, 2010.
“It is hard to believe it has been 5 years since we moved in to our new building. We’d love to have our residents come out to enjoy a picnic with our police officers and to tour our facility,” said Chief of Police David Summer.
More information will be available soon. For now, please save the date.
May is Bike Safety Month for Bicyclists and Motorists
May is national Bike Safety Month for bicyclists and motorists alike. Ride Illinois is a statewide effort to encourage bicycle safety education this spring and summer by providing a Bicycle Safety Challenge and is asking all residents - bicyclists and motorists - to learn more about sharing the road safely at www.BikeSafetyQuiz.com.
The number of bicyclists on the road has grown significantly in Illinois over the past few years. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the number of bicycle communters in Illinois has increased 61%, from 2005 to 2014.
Ride Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycle safety conditions in Illinois. They are the statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycling access, education and safety. Ride Illinois developed www.BikeSafetyQuiz.com, an interactive quiz that includes lessons for adults, children and motorists and is designed to educate both new cyclists and drivers as well as experienced ones hoping to refine their skills. Each quiz presents 25-35 Secretary of State approved multiple-choice questions and can be completed in 15-30 minutes. Last year over 30 communities participated in the Annual Bicycle Safety Challenge launched last year by Ride Illinois.
Mayor Berman challenges residents to take the quiz and help spread the word about bike safety by sharing their experience at rideillinois.org.
As a reminder to all residents, last year in June of 2015, the Village entered into a two-year agreement with Dynegy Energy as the energy supply for the Village’s electric aggregation program. The agreement provides for rates from September of 2015 through September of 2017.
ComEd is still responsible for the delivery of energy supply to your home and responsible for service calls. The current rate of 7.073 cents per kWh decreases to 6.838 cents per kWh effective September 2016 through September of 2017. The agreement and rate provides for 100% Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to show that 100% of your energy supply is represented by hydro, solar, and wind. For additional information please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Residents are free to leave the Village’s aggregation and select a different supplier if they so choose, or return to ComEd for default supply pricing. Residents are encouraged to contact Village Hall at (630) 897-8228 for any questions.
Mosquito Season is Approaching
Each year, the Kane County Health Department identifies positive West Nile virus mosquito pools and monitors human cases within Kane County. The process used to prevent the breeding of mosquitos that transmit the West Nile Virus can also be used to prevent breeding of mosquitos that transmit the Zika virus.
Residents should be aware that West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by a bite from infected mosquitos. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but others may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Only about 2 out of 10 persons who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. West Nile virus can develop into a serious illness, therefore, consult your doctor if you feel you have been bitten by an infected mosquito. The best way to prevent West Nile disease or other mosquito borne illnesses such as the Zika virus, is to reduce the number of mosquitos around your home and take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include:
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitos are most active, between dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.
- When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirt. Apply insect repellant that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellant on infants.
- Make sure doors and windows hve tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other opeings. Try to keep doorsa nd windows shut, especially at night.
- Change water in birdbaths weekly. Properly maintain wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish. Cover rain barrels with 16 mesh wire screen. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact the municipality to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
Although no breeding populations of the mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been established in Kane County, it is important to note that the same precautions mentioned above will help prevent the breeding of these mosquitoes as well.
Additional information about West Nile virus (www.kanehealth.com/west_nile.htm) and Zika virus (http://www.kanehealth.com/zika.htm) can be found on teh Kane County Health Department's website or the Illinois Department of Public Health's website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/zika and http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus
Waste Hauler Contract Approved
With the Village’s contract with Waste Management set to expire on May 1, 2016, the Village went through a public proposal process for a new 5 year waste hauler contract. Five companies submitted proposals outlining 6 different options.
The Village Board chose to accept a proposal from Waste Management to keep the current program which includes two amnesty days (spring and fall clean up days) and free bagged leaf collection in the fall. Sticker prices with the new contract will increase by 10 cents per sticker beginning on June 1, 2016. Residents currently renting a toter from Waste Management will see a monthly rate decrease of $5.00, to $23.00 per month. Trash collection will remain on Fridays.
Waste Management Trash Toters
87% of North Aurora residents currently use the sticker program to dispose of garbage. As a reminder, both the current contract and the new contract allows residents to rent a 96-gallon trash toter from Waste Management. The current price to rent a toter is $28 a month; however, under the new contract beginning June 1st, the monthly price is dropping to $23.
Toters may not make sense for everyone, but they do provide the storage capacity of approximately three-standard size garbage cans. Toters have wheels and come with attached lids to secure trash. Stickers are still required for trash items that don’t fit in the toter or for any additional receptacles. If you have any questions about the trash toters or are interested in renting one, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.
Fox Valley Park District News Release - Prescribed Burns
Fox Valley Park District to resume prescribed burns in November
AURORA – Beginning in November, the Fox Valley Park District will resume its program of prescribed burns at selected park sites and natural areas.
For decades, the FVPD has carried out these beneficial, supervised burns for their ecological benefits. Fire plays an essential role in creating healthy ecosystems by reducing the abundance of invasive, non-native plant species.
Prescribed burns create a setting for beneficial native plants and wildflowers to flourish. Burning also releases nutrients into the soil, encourages new seed growth and opens woodland floors makes for increased sunlight that spurs greater growth and allows plants to flourish.
“Fire has occurred naturally for thousands of years, and plays an essential role in healthy, native ecosystems,” said Mike Erickson, Director of Parks. “Burning creates greater biodiversity and the positive effects are beneficial to woodlands, prairies, wetlands and the wildlife that inhabit these areas.”
Sites are burned according to dryness of vegetation, wind direction/speed and other variables, so exact dates and times for controlled burns are dependent upon conditions. Most times, it is a day-of decision.
Following is a list of potential sites targeted for burning between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 15, 2016:
• Amberwood Park
• Arrowwood Park
• Aurora Prairie
• Blackberry Farm
• Blackberry Trail Park
• Cheshire Lake Park
• Chesterfield Park
• Church Road Park
• Cole Center
• Fox Croft Park
• Fox River Trail
• Frontenac Park • Gilman Trail
• Golfview Park
• Gregory Island Park
• Hurds Island
• Jericho Lake Park
• Lippold Park
• Meadow Lake Park
• North Aurora Island
• Propernick Park
• Randall Park
• Red Oak Nature Center
• Simmons Park
• South Broadway Park
• South Island Park
• South Spring Lake Park
• Stuart Sports Complex
• Splash Country Water Park
• Sutton Lake Park
• Tanner Trails Park
• Vaughan Center grounds
• Veterans Island Park
• Waubonsie Lake Park
• Wheatlands Park
View locations for these sites on the interactive parks map. The FVPD makes every effort to notify neighboring residents as to when a prescribed burn will take place.For the latest details and announcements, check the Park District website (www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org) and Facebook page. For questions, please call 630-897-0516.
NOARDA Information Night at Raimondo's Pizza
The North Aurora River District Alliance (NOARDA) is holding an Information Night on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Raimondo’s Pizza, 1033 Kilbery Lane.
Join NOARDA members for pizza and beverages while you learn about NOARDA’s projects and how you can help shape the future of North Aurora’s riverfront.
Visit www.noarda.org for more information on this event.
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 email@example.com or call 630-208-3841.
Waste Management Spring Clean-up
The annual Spring Clean-up will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016. Please have all items out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. as Waste Management will be running extra trucks, causing pick-up times to change.
All regular trash and yard waste will require stickers as usual.
Loose items should be placed in garbage bags, 32 gallong cans or can be bundled and should not exceed 4 ft. in length or weigh more than 50 lbs.
For more information, please review the Waste Management Collection Guidelines.
Water Projects - the Village will be having maintenance done on Well #7, located in the 200 block of Hickory, over the next few months. This work involves a large pump pulling rig that will be set up over the well head and used to pull the pump and motor assembly to the surface. Once the pump and motor have been checked and serviced, they will be re-installed down in the well. This type of maintenance work is performed on our wells every 7 to 10 years.
Also, please be advised that the 2016 Water Main project will begin on March 24 with water main being replaced on Dee Rd. (between Laurel Dr. and Banbury Rd.); on John St. (between Adams St. and Rt. 31); and interconnection work done on Mitchell Road.
If you live or travel in these areas, please drive with caution. This work may require temporary service interruption and traffic delays. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated during this construction, as we continue to improve the Village’s water system. Questions? Call Paul Young, Water Superintendent 630 897-2662 ext. 229.
Street Sign Replacements
Residents may have noticed the new blue street signs, which have been installed on the east side of the Village, with the west side street signs in the process of being replaced (weather permitting). The new street signs are being installed to be in compliance with the federal regulations. The Village is very excited about the new street signs incorporating the Village logo, while preserving our history by allowing residents to purchase a retired red street sign.
With the installation of the new signs, the Village has received a number of inquiries from residents with an interest in obtaining one of the old red street signs. The Village Board has determined they would like to make the red street signs available to residents for a minimal fee of $5.00 per sign, with the proceeds going towards our annual North Aurora Days event.
The Village is currently removing all the streets signs and is in the process of creating an updated inventory of signs that will be available for purchase. It is anticipated that we will schedule a date in April to begin receiving requests for signs and will make this information available in our next newsletter. Updated information will also be posted on the Village’s website (www.northaurora.org) and Facebook page in order to keep the public informed.
Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Basic Training Course begins next month
The Village of North Aurora is offering a basic emergency response class for citizens, which is jointly taught by members of the North Aurora Police and Fire Departments. Many families are not prepared for a disaster but we hope to change that with this course, titled Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training. CERT is intended to teach citizens how to better cope with the aftermath of a disaster by training them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, citizens are then better able to assist their families or others in their neighborhood when professional responders are not immediately available.
The course begins with an overview of disaster preparation, includes both classroom and hands on practical exercises, and culminates in a simulation where students respond to a disaster with role players as victims.
Classes are held on Tuesdays from 6-9pm on the following dates:
• March 22nd – Disaster Preparedness / Team Organization
• April 5th – Disaster Fire Suppression
• April 12th – Disaster Medical Operations, part 1
• April 19th – Disaster Medical Operations, part 2
• April 26th – Light Search & Rescue Operations
• May 3rd – Disaster Psychology
• May 10th – Course Review & Disaster Simulation
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, or 16 or older with parent permission. Preference for admission into the course will be given to citizens who live or work in the Village of North Aurora.
After the conclusion of the course, attendees who successfully complete the course may apply to volunteer in our CERT program. CERT volunteers assist first responders during disasters, other emergencies, or planned events such as North Aurora Days or the Community Parade. Volunteers may help with directing traffic, perimeter/access control, triage/first aid, light search and rescue, shelter set up and operation, and more. There is no obligation to volunteer, however.
Applications can be picked up at the North Aurora Police Department Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Applications are also available at http://northaurora.org/forms.aspx.
Questions about the program can be directed to Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki at (630) 897-8705, ext. 752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Blackberry Township Workshops
Blackberry Township Assessor will be hosting monthly Taxpayer Workshops which will be held on (mostly) the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The Workshops will be held at the Blackberry Township building at 43W390 Main Street Road, Elburn, IL, with the exception of February 25th (Town and Country Library - 320 E. North St. Elburn, IL) and April 28th (Mill Creek Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Dr., Geneva, IL).
Taxpayers will be provided information regarding the 2-year Illinois Property Tax Cycle, how assessments are being developed, and the assessment appeal process. Taxpayers will be given the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their property. For more information please contact Uwe Rotter, Blackberry Township Assessor at 630-365-9109, ext. 1 or by email at email@example.com.
North Aurora Days Committee Names Bands for 2016 North Aurora Days
Planning is underway for the 2016 North Aurora Days and the North Aurora Days Committee has got a head start by booking the bands for the event in August.
Friday August 5, 2016
The Clones - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Breakfast Club - 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Hillbilly Rockstarz – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Labido Funk Circus – 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm
Click on the band names above to be linked to the band’s website or Facebook page for information on their music.
The North Aurora Days Committee is always looking for volunteers to participate with planning, as well as help the weekend of the event. Check out the North Aurora Days website and Facebook page for more information. Website: http://northauroradays.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northauroradays
Water Department - Noise in Water Pipes
The Water Department has started to receive a number of resident concerns about noisy water pipes in their homes.
Homes built in 1999 or later have a device by the meter called a dual check valve which keeps water from flowing back from the house plumbing. Every so often this device can wear and get noisy when water passes through them.
This device is the Village’s equipment to replace (with no cost to the homeowner) so please call the Village Water Department at 630-897-8228 ext. 223 first, prior to contacting a plumber. This will save the homeowner the cost of a plumber’s service call.
ComEd Cares Programs Available
Once again, the ComEd CARE programs, are available to offer a range of financial assistance programs to help qualified customers with paying their electric bills and ComEd supports energy-assistance programs that help those in need.
North Aurora Residents and Organizations can find information by clicking on the links below.
Receive assistance with your bill during a time of financial hardship.
Assistance for activated and deployed members of the U.S Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and veterans with paying their electric bills.
Non-profit Special Hardship
ComEd understands some organizations face hardships, making it difficult for them to pay their electric bills. We are proud to lend a hand through this program.
For additional information and customer assistance, please visit ComEd's website at: https://www.comed.com/customer-service/assistance-programs/Pages/default.aspx
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 Waste Management RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up in 2016:
New Years Day 1/1 - Trash pick-up Saturday Jan. 2
Memorial Day 5/30 - Trash pick-up Saturday June 4
Independence Day 7/4 - Trash pick-up Saturday July 9
Labor Day 9/5 - Trash pick-up Saturday Sept. 10
Thanksgiving Day 11/24 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 26
Christmas Day 12/25 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 31
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.
Local Business Directory - Free listing for local Businesses in North Aurora
Just a reminder to our local North Aurora businesses that the Village of North Aurora has a Local Business Directory listing on our website. Local businesses can provide contact information and a link to the business website to be posted free on this Village Business Directory.
Please contact the Village at 630-897-8228 ext. 224 for further information on getting your business posted on the directory. It's a free service and provides an opportunity for your business to be advertised free to our residents.
Check out the Village's Business Directory here: http://northaurora.org/residents/business-directory.aspx
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
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:
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.