Village Hall Closed - Memorial Day
The North Aurora Village Hall will be closed on Monday May 30 for the Memorial Day Holiday.
No Electronic Recycling at Woodman's - Call Kane County
New Life Inc. Recycling will no longer be providing an Electronics Recycling Event at Woodman's. The Village has been informed that they are temporarily stopping the events at Woodman's.
For all your electronic recycling please contact Kane County Recycling. They currently hold an electronic recycling event on the 2nd Saturday of each month, however the location for drop off is changing. Please call click the link below or call Kane County at 630-208-3841 for up-to-date electronic recycling information and drop off locations.
Kane County Recycling Information
Storm Water and Illicit Discharge Detection
The Illinois EPA Clean Water Act established the NPDES storm water program to prevent pollution ativities of our streams, rivers and lakes. The act requires municipalities to address the most significant sources of pollution in storm water runoff.
The Village of North Aurora has adopted a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Ordinance and reports annually to the EPA on possible pollution activities and ways the Village prevents activities that may impact storm sewer systems. Storm sewer systems collect storm water runoff and distribute it directly to streams and rivers. In order to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of its residents, the illicit discharge of pollutants into the storm drain systems is prohibited.
An illicit discharge is any substance other than storm water that is being released into a storm sewer system. Motor oil, gasoline, paint, soap/bleach, organic materials (grass/leaves), fertilizer and animal waste are some examples of illicit discharges. These contaminants have a negative effect on the health of our local waterways and surrounding communities.
Some acts of illicit discharge include throwing animal waste into a storm drain, blowing leaves and grass clippings into the street, or hosing soap/bleach or lawn chemicals down the driveway into the street to run into the storm drain.
Certain other signs may also signify an illicit discharge reaching a stream or river. Pipes in disrepair or hoses that lead to a storm drain or body of water are all signs of an illicit discharge. Stains, suds, unusual odors, abnormal vegetative growth and structural damage to streets or inlets usually signifies a problem as well. A more obvious way to spot an illicit discharge is when there are materials flowing into streams and rivers from storm sewer grates or pipes during dry weather.
Residents can help prevent this pollution of our storm sewers by taking simple measures to keep our storm sewers free of pollutants. In addition, Residents can report any suspicious illicit discharge to the Village by calling 630-897-8228 ext. 230.
North Aurora Police Open House & Community Picnic - July 10 12:00 noon to 3 pm
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.
Village Board Approves Amendment to Waste Management Contract
At the recent Village Board meeting on May 16, the Village Board approved an amendment to the new Waste Management contract set to begin on June 1st. This amendment allows Waste Management to collect garbage for the annual Spring and Fall Clean-up over a two-day period (west of river on Friday and east of river on Saturday).
In exchange for operational benefits that Waste Management would receive, they have agreed to reduce the monthly rental cost of the 96 gallon trash toters, by at least $1.00 throughout the term of the contract. This means, beginning June 1st the monthly rental for a 96 gallon trash toter will be $22.00 per month, a savings of $6.00 from the current rate.
Red Street Signs - Pick up Information
Reserved street signs will be available for pick-up at the Village Hall (25 E. State Street) beginning Monday, May 23rd through Friday, June 3rd between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm (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 waiting list requesting that sign.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in our efforts to fairly distribute the red street signs.
Community Garage Sale - Aug. 4-6
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 4, Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, 2016.
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 4:30 pm on Friday, July 22, 2016 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garage Sale Maps will be available at the Village Hall and on the North Aurora Days website by Friday, July 29. Additionally, the community-wide garage sales event will be advertised in a local paper.
Garage Sale Form
* 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.
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.
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.
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
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.