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.
Presidents Day - Village Hall Closed
The Village of North Aurora will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 for the Presidents Day Holiday.
The North Aurora Police Department is now accepting applications to establish a police tow roster
The Village of North Aurora recently approved an ordinance regarding seizure and impoundment of vehicles and the method of selection and approval of towing services to be used by the Village of North Aurora. Ordinance 16-02-01-01
The North Aurora Police Department is now accepting applications to establish a police tow roster. Applications must be delivered to the North Aurora police department no later than Friday, February 12, 2016 at 08:00 a.m. Police Tow Roster Application
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.
State of the Village - Clear Vision for North Aurora
“Pride in what we have accomplished in the past, hard work and determination in the present, and fundamental planning for the future.”
Please join Mayor Berman for the Annual State of the Village address and meet with North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Learn where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora with new and exciting opportunities to come.
The State of the Village will be held at The Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome and lunch beginning at 12:00 p.m. General admission is $30.00 and $25.00 for Aurora Chamber members. For information and to register please contact Maureen Gasek, Director of Events and Marketing by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Illinois Primary Election and Early Voting at the Messenger Library
Voters may begin voting early for the general primary election on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at the Kane County Clerk’s Office ONLY (Mon. through Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Messenger Public Library (113 Oak St. North Aurora) will be an Early Voting site February 29-March 3 from 12 PM to 7 PM; March 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM; and March 7-10 from 12 PM - 7 PM. For additional early voting times and places visit the Kane County Elections website at kanecountyelections.org.
Those who have not registered to vote by Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 may register during the grace period voter registration. Grace period voter registration will be offered at the Kane County Clerk’s Office, beginning Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. You may also do grace period voter registration at Messenger Public Library during Early Voting. If you register to vote during the grace period and want to vote in the upcoming primary election, you must vote at the time of registration.
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.
Water Department Tips for Extreme Low Temperatures
The North Aurora Water Department would like to remind residents that extreme low temperatures in the winter can freeze and harm your pipes. The following steps can be taken to help prevent any frozen pipes in your home:
- A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
- Open cabinet doors to allow the heat to get to pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat before going to sleep, but further drops in the temperature overnight could catch you off guard and freeze the pipes in your home, so maintain a constant temperature.
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.
Mailboxes Damaged by Snow Plows
It is the policy of the Village of North Aurora to pay claims, or make physical repairs to mailboxes and or posts that have been directly hit by a snow plow blade or some portion of the plow truck. The Village is not liable and does not pay claims for mailboxes or posts that are damaged due to their inability to withstand the force of plowed snow. Home and business owners need to be aware that the force of snow being thrown by a plow during one heavy snowfall, or over a series of plowings, is substantial, and mailboxes need to be able to withstand the impact of plowed snow. Homeowners and Business Owners are responsible for installing their mailbox correctly and ensuring the post is sturdy enough to withstand snow coming off the plow.
Snow plowing is difficult work that is usually done under poor conditions. Village employees are professionals who take pride in their work and when accidents happen, the Village will make every effort to acknowledge them and do what is necessary to make the proper repairs. In a similar manner, we would ask residents whose mailboxes are damaged by the force of snow to promptly undertake the necessary repairs themselves.
Please call Village Hall at (630) 897-8228 if your mailbox is damaged during snow removal.
For more information about snow removal procedures, please go to http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/departments/public-works/snow-removal.aspx.
Winter Parking Restrictions
Winter street parking restrictions are currently in effect. Parking on Village streets after a 2" snowfall is not allowed until snow is plowed to the curb.
Public Works personnel will be working hard to clear the streets but they need your cooperation as vehicles parked on the street slow down the plows and drain police resources needed to remove them. Vehicles in violation will be ticketed and may be towed, causing a minimum fine of $50.00 and tow fees that exceed $100. If you suspect your vehicle was towed from the street during snow removal, call the police department at (630) 897-8705.
Please move vehicles off of the roadway until the snowstorm is over and plowing is complete. We appreciate your cooperation.
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
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.
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.