Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Basic Training Course begins next month
Limited spots available in free disaster prep course / Begins Sept 14
Is your family prepared for a disaster? The fact is that many families are not prepared but you can change that by attending our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course which begins in September. The free course will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room at the North Aurora Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway, beginning September 14th and concluding on October 26th. Interested students should apply right away as spots in the class are limited.
The topics of the course are: Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations (2 parts), Light Search and Rescue Operations, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization, and Course Review and Disaster Simulation.
After the conclusion of the course, attendees who successfully complete the course may apply to volunteer on our CERT team. CERT volunteers are typically used to assist first responders during disasters, other emergencies, or planned special events. You may have seen them in their yellow t-shirts & reflective vests last weekend helping with a variety of tasks during North Aurora Days. Basic uniforms & equipment as well as monthly training are provided at no cost to volunteers.
An application to attend the course is attached or you can download from http://northaurora.org/forms.aspx. Don't delay as we expect this course to fill up and there are only a handful of spots remaining!
Contact Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki at 630-897-8705, ext. 752 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Kane County Pavement Preservation Project
Kane County will begin asphalt sealing work on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. The work is estimated to take two weeks to complete, pending weather. For a list of roads that are included in this project, please click this link: Kane County Pavement Project
PRESS RELEASE - SPECIAL CENSUS
Dated: August 22, 2016
The Village of North Aurora has requested that the US Census Bureau conduct a partial, special census of the Village in areas that have experienced significant new growth in population since 2010. These areas will primarily focus on the Randall Highlands and Mirador subdivisions, portions of Orchard Estates, Orchard Crossings and Tanner Trails Unit 6. Beginning September 1, 2016, special census enumerators will begin contacting residents in these subdivisions at their homes to ask a few simple questions. The special census is important because it will increase revenues distributed to the Village on a “per-capita” or per-person basis from the State including income tax revenue, use tax revenue, and motor fuel tax revenue which is used to fund Village services such as police protection, street repairs, snow removal, etc.
All U.S. Census workers will have a U.S. census badge and the Village is asking residents to cooperate with the census workers during this time. The census enumerator will ask five questions for each person living in each household which should take about 10 minutes. All answers given are private. Every Census Bureau worker takes an oath to protect the confidentiality of all answers. If they violate this oath, they’ll face a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. The Census Bureau never releases information that identifies any particular resident or household.
Census data is used to distribute millions of federal and state dollars throughout the nation to provide important services at the local level. By cooperating with the census enumerator and answering five short questions, North Aurora will receive its fair share of state and federal funds so it can continue to provide important services residents rely on every day. If you have any questions please contact the Village Hall at (630) 897-8228. Thank you for your participation!
MESSENGER LIBRARY CLOSED FRIDAY AUGUST 26th STAFF IN SERVICE DAY
The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora (113 Oak St.) will be closed to the public all day on Friday August 26th. The Library will resume regular hours and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday August 27th. Library customers can access materials (reference information/eBooks) online via the Library website at messengerpl.org. Library materials may be returned 24/7 via the drive up book drops on the west side of the building. For further information visit the Library website at messengerpl.org or calling the library at 630-896-0240.
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.
Messenger Library West Wing Renovation Project Slate to Begin Fall 2016
The Messenger Public Library Board of Trustees on Friday July 22nd announced plans ** to undertake the interior renovation of the west wing of the library building at 113 Oak St. in North Aurora. The Board and Staff began discussions and planning for this project in the spring of 2013. The west wing renovation is the second phase of a two phase multiyear project to enhance the library facility and the communities investment in the Library facility and to continue to keep the building up to date for the community of North Aurora. The Library Board has contracted with Kluber Architects and Engineers of Batavia Illinois to oversee the bid and construction phase. The project will enhance community accessibly and to further enhance customer services. Two additional meeting rooms will be added in response to an increase in the need expressed by North Aurora residents. Additional technology and collaborative space furniture and areas will be added. Self-checkout units will be installed along with an area for self-service pickup of reserve materials to enhance customer privacy and efficiency with regard to routine checkouts. The Library material collections for adults and teens for both print and non-print materials will be rearranged for greater accessibility and to enhance customer service. Two public service desks will be merged together into one area near the front entrance door. A new staff off desk work area will be constructed to provide for greater staffing efficiencies and flexibility. A new lounge area and coffee bar space will be created as well as a new library material browsing space.
The project drawings and specifications are posted at the Kluber Architects and Engineers Plan Room website for prospective contractors to view. Contractors should go to the “Public Jobs” tab to be able to view, order and download documents. Contractors are strongly encouraged to register for the project so Kluber has a record of who is a plan holder and also any ‘REGISTERED PLANHOLDER” will automatically get notified if any addendums are issued. A pre-bid meeting will be held at Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak Street, North Aurora, Illinois 60542 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016. Prospective bidders are requested to attend. Sealed bids for the project will be received by the Owner until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in a sealed envelope addressed with the name of the Project, Bidder, Owner and the date and time of the Bid. Deliver to the Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak Street, North Aurora, Illinois 60542. Bids will be publicly opened at that time. The Library Board will then meet on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss, review and approve the winning bid.
They’re Back… Summer Means Mosquitoes!
The Village of North Aurora contracts with Clarke Mosquito for our Mosquito Abatement Program.
Clarke Mosquito treats 1,450 on-street catch basins and 450 backyard catch basins. They inspect and treat 133 ponds or standing water sites and visit each site 9 times throughout the season. Clarke provides 4 community-wide truck treatments per season and 4 special event treatments.
Please call the Clarke Mosquito Hotline (1-800-942-2555) for any of the following information:
- To report high volume of mosquito activity
- To request information for when areas of the Village was last sprayed
- To report stagnant water
- To add your phone number to an automatic call notification list for when trucks will be spraying in your area
For additional information please visit the Clarke Mosquito website at http://www.clarke.com/
Kane County Electronic Recycling Suspended
Due to statewide problems with the electronics recycling law and the sheer volume of TVs that have been received, all Kane County electronics drop-off locations and the monthly electronics recycling event have been suspended indefinitely.
Please note that the June Extravaganza and Shred event will still be happening, for all other materials except electronics.
Please call Kane County at 630-208-3841 for alternate locations and up-to-date information on all recycling or visit CountyofKane.org.
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.
Mosquito Season Tips
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.