Village Hall Closed on Labor Day - Monday Sept. 7th
Just a reminder the North Aurora Village Hall will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 for Labor Day.
Village Installs Pedestrian Crossing Signal on Oak Street
The Village of North Aurora recently installed a second pedestrian crossing signal on Oak Street at Willow Way. The first signal is located on State Street, just east of the Fox River Bridge. When the signal buttons are pressed at these crossings, the flashing beacons on top of the crosswalk sign are activated, alerting traffic that pedestrians are about to cross. Although the flashing beacons help alert traffic to pedestrians, please always use caution when crossing the roadway.
Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Announce CULINARY CHAMPION Results
Aurora Area CVB announces conclusion to
CULINARY CHAMPION campaign
AURORA, IL (August 26, 2015) – The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau concludes the Culinary Champion competitions to find the area’s best food and best restaurants!
Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville are the 10 communities comprising the Aurora Area. Mayors or city officials of these communities took part in judging a monthly competition in 9 food categories. These include the best steak, seafood, pizza, ethnic, burger, soup, dessert, BBQ and veggie/vegan dishes offered in our restaurants. Restaurants in the listed communities were invited to participate. The dish had be a regular menu item.
We were pleased that several “celebrity” judges participated. Many thanks to:
• Chef Steve Langlois, Hyatt Lodge on McDonald Campus was a judge for best burger.
• Chef Gale Gand, Hall of Fame Chicago Chef and Food Network star was a judge for best dessert.
• World Food Championships certified Judge Debbie Donato was a judge for best seafood.
• Senator Linda Holmes (a self-declared “foodie”) was a judge for best BBQ.
• Chef Scott Fischer who prepared the wrap party food for Dancing with the Stars and founder of Fisch & Chips “brown butter” cookies was a judge for the best veggie/vegan.
Congratulations to all of our winners:
BEST STEAK- Fairbanks Steakhouse in the Hollywood Casino Aurora for their Petite Lauren filet with lobster.
BEST PIZZA- Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub in North Aurora for their Godfather.
1st runner up- Pal Joey’s in Batavia. 2nd runner up- Aliano’s Ristorante in Batavia.
BEST ETHNIC- Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub in North Aurora for their Osso Bucca.
1st runner up- Taco Madre in Montgomery. 2nd runner up- Salsa Verde in Yorkville.
BEST BURGER- Bull Moose Bar & Grille in Sandwich for their Carmel Apple Burger.
1st runner up- Countyline Pub & Grill in Sandwich. 2nd runner up The Foundry in Aurora.
BEST SOUP- Gaetano’s Batavia for their Gumbo Mambo Italiano.
1st runner up- The Foundry in Aurora. 2nd runner up- Roadhouse Country Bar & Grill in Yorkville.
BEST DESSERT- Gaetano’s Batavia for their Millefoglie alla crema.
1st runner up- Brenda’s Frozen Custard in Sandwich. 2nd runner up- Bull Moose Bar & Grille, Sandwich.
BEST SEAFOOD- Aliano’s Ristorante in Batavia for their Seafood Risotto.
1st runner up- Mai-Quesi in Aurora. 2nd runner up- Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub in North Aurora.
BEST BBQ- South Moon BBQ in Hinckley for their Ribs with mac & cheese and baked beans.
1st runner up- Rowdy’s in Yorkville. 2nd runner up- Thomas’ Barbeque in Aurora.
BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN- Gaetano’s Batavia for their Fiori di zucca.
1st runner up- Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. 2nd runner up- Rowdy’s in Yorkville.
Thanks also to Barley Fork Yorkville, Gonzo’s Pizzeria Sandwich, Midtown Pub Aurora, Naf Naf Grill Aurora, Oak Street Restaurant & Bar North Aurora, O’Mango Aurora, Pinheadz Bar & Grill Yorkville, Spizzico To Go Aurora, The Chocolate Shoppe Yorkville and ZOUP Aurora for participating. Your food was enjoyed by all of the spectators and you are all winners in our book!
Finally a very special thanks goes to our partners Lauren Robin and Eric Fine of the Illinois Restaurant Association. From the beginning, they helped plan the events, they coordinated the contestants and they officiated the judging process with professionalism and credibility.
The CULINARY CHAMPIONS along with the 1st & 2nd runners up will be highlighted in our 2016 Travel Guide and featured in a new travel itinerary that will be used to attract out-of-town visitors to enjoy our BEST restaurants!
For more information about the Aurora Area Culinary Champions, go to:
Schools Open - First Day of School in District 129 starts on Wednesday, August 19th
The first day of School for School District 129 schools is on Wednesday, August 19, 2015!
Please watch for children as they walk to school or as they wait at school bus stops throughout the community and drive safely.
Residential Electric Aggregation Program Renewal with Dynegy Energy Services
Village of North Aurora
Dated: June 9, 2015
Village receives a 10% decrease in power rates with Dynegy Energy Services for the Residential Electric Aggregation Program for a Two-Year Period with 100% Renewable Energy.
The Village of North Aurora was one of the first communities in northern Illinois to manage a residential aggregation program for its residents. The Village has operated its aggregation program since 2011 and has lowered the average homeowners’ home Commonwealth Edison bill almost $500 since the program was initiated. For the entire community, the program has achieved approximately $2.5 million in savings during that time.
The current aggregation program ends in September, 2015. The Village recently held a renewal bid and has entered into an agreement with Dynegy Energy Services for electricity supply for residents and small commercial businesses. The agreement will be effective beginning September, 2015 and will be for a twenty-four (24) month period ending September, 2017.
Residents and small businesses that are currently enrolled in the Village’s aggregation program as well as ComEd customers will receive a letter in June describing the terms of the agreement as well as an “opt-out” form if the resident wishes to go back to ComEd for supply and/or elect to choose a different supplier.
The fixed-rate for the upcoming period beginning September, 2015 will drop 10%, from 7.856 cents per kWh to 7.073 cents. One year later, the rate will drop again, to 6.838 cents.
The rate includes the support of 100% renewable energy. ComEd’s non summer rate-to-compare is 7.17 cents per kWh. ComEd also assesses a Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) on a monthly basis that can be a charge or credit of up to 0.50 cents per kWh. This PEA charge could result in an effective ComEd rate of 6.67 cents per kWh or as high as 7.67 cents.
The fixed rate provided by Dynegy is not subject to the PEA. Once enrolled in the aggregation program, there are no termination fees if a resident wishes to choose another supplier at any point during the term of the agreement, or chooses to go back to ComEd.
By continuing the aggregation program for a two-year period with a competitive rate the Village ensures that residents will have aggregation as a choice of electric supply over the next twenty four months with support for 100% renewable energy. For questions or more information please call the North Aurora Village Hall at (630) 897-8228.
Community Emergency Response Class - CERT
Community Emergency Response Class
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.
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 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
• Course Review and Disaster Simulation
Our next class begins Tuesday, September 8th from 6-9pm and continues on Tuesday evenings through October 20th. 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 be asked to 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://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/forms.aspx.
Questions about the program can be directed to Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki at (630) 897-8705, ext. 752 or email@example.com.
Smoketree Lane - Closed for Construction
Please be advised that Smoketree Lane will be closed until further notice due to road construction.
Please use Evergreen Drive as an alternate route to access businesses. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this road improvement construction.
2015 Fall Leaf Pick-up Program
The Village of North Aurora offers FREE leaf pickup service to residents. The curb-side leaf pickup program runs from mid-October through late November, and is provided to residents every other week according to the following schedule.
For residents living on the WEST SIDE OF THE RIVER, pickup begins on the following Mondays. Residents should place their leaves at the curb on the appropriate Monday for pickup during the week. Leaf pickup begins on the following dates:
- October 19
- November 2
- November 16
For residents living EAST OF THE RIVER, pickup begins on the following Mondays. Residents should place their leaves at the curb on the appropriate Monday for pickup during the week. Leaf pickup begins on the following dates:
- October 26
- November 9
- November 23
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Loose leaves should be raked to the curb by 6 a.m. Monday of the pickup week and be free of foreign materials such as branches, plants, rocks and landscape waste.
Rake leaves in a row parallel to the street at least 1 foot back from the curb and no more than 5 feet. Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
Leaves MUST be out by 6 a.m. on the appropriate Monday of the pick-up week; however, please note leaves may be picked up at any time during that entire week. A daily log will be kept of streets that have been serviced and trucks will not go back down streets once the leaves have already been picked up.
To provide the leaf collection equipment better access to the streets, residents are encouraged to park vehicles in garages or driveway. Keep leaves away from mailboxes, ditches, pipes and culverts.
Snow, rain or temperatures below freezing, as well as equipment malfunctions, may delay or permanently halt curbside leaf collection.
For Residents who choose to bag their leaves: Waste Management will pick leaf filled Kraft paper bags FREE of charge on Fridays during October and November. Any bagged leaves that are not put out for pick up in October or November, will need to be held until yard waste pickup resumes in April, and will require a sticker. For any questions regarding the free leaf pick-up contact the Village Hall or call Waste Management at 800-796-9696.
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
Messenger Public Library Summer Hours - Closed Sundays
MESSENGER LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS – Closed Sundays
The Messenger Public Library (113 Oak St.) is open during the summer. Here is a reminder on their summer hours:
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: CLOSED (May 24 through Sept. 6)
For further information on library services please call the library at 630-896-0240 or visit the library website at messengerpl.org.
Mitchell Road Bridge Closed for Construction
The Illinois Department of Transportation has informed the Village of North Aurora that the Illinois Tollway Authority is beginning construction work to reconstruct the Mitchell Road Bridge.
Beginning the week of June 22, the Mitchell Road Bridge will be closed to all traffic between Bilter Road (just south of Route 56) and the Aurora side of the I-88 tolllway. In addition a roadway closure will be put in place between Bilter Road and Sullivan Road. A signed detour will be put in place directing traffic to use Indian Trail Road, Illinois Route 25 and Butterfield Road. The bridge is anticipated to be closed until mid-December, when the project is expected to be completed.
The Tollway Authority did not reconstruct the Mitchell Road Bridge last year when the road was closed for reconstruction, due to the fact that the Church Road Bridge was already being reconstructed at that time and they did not want to have both bridges closed at the same time.
Please allow extra driving time if your commute includes this area and plan on an alternate route. For more information, please click the link below from the Illinois Tollway website: http://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/10157/15899/20150616+-+Mitchell+Road+Bridge+Over+Reagan+Memorial+Tollway+%28I-88%29%20in+Aurora+Scheduled+to+Close+Next+Week+for+Reconstruction
Waste Management Holiday Pick-up Information
Waste Management Recognized Holidays - In the event that any of the following holidays fall on a weekday, all refuse, yard-waste, and recyclable collections services on that day, and for the remainder of that week, shall be delayed one day after the recognized holiday. This will generally result in trash collection on Saturday for your regular Friday pick-up.
The following are the RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up in 2015:
New Years Day 1/1 - Trash pick up Saturday Jan. 3
Memorial Day 5/25 - Trash pick up Saturday May 30
Independence Day 7/4 - Trash pick up will be on Friday July 3 as usual (due to the holiday falling on Saturday)
Labor Day 9/7 - Trash pick up Saturday Sept. 12
Thanksgiving Day 11/26 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 28
Christmas Day 12/25 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 26
All other holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, or Veterans Day WILL NOT affect your regular Friday trash pick-up.
Water Conservation Tips - That Drip is Money Down the Drain
Water is a precious commodity. We depend on our water infrastructure of pipes, pumps, and meters to deliver clean, high-quality and reliable water to our homes.
Did you know... the average household wastes 10,000 gallons of water per year on leaks, enought to fill a swimming pool?
You can help by checking toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances for leaks.
Water Infrastructure needs to be maintained by both your utility and you. Utilities can check for leaks in pipes on the way to your home, and you can check for leaks in your home. Both actions can prevent water waste and improve the reliability of your water supply.
Thank you for doing your part to help ensure our community and neighboring communities have a clean and reliable water source now and for future generations!
For more information on water conservation please visit www.epa.gov/WaterSense.
Call JULIE Before You Dig - dial 811
Planning a home improvement project this spring? Installing a fence or deck? Planting a tree or shrubs? Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, be smart and call J.U.L.I.E. at 811 before you dig!
Every digging project requires that you call... even if you are just planting shrubs or bushes.
Calls should be made 48 hours (2 business days) prior to doing any digging. The call is free and JULIE will notify all utilities to mark their locations to prevent any unintentional damage to underground utilities.
So be safe and smart - Call JULIE before you dig!
North Aurora Accepts Credit Card Payments (no transaction fees) On-line and at Village Hall
The Village of North Aurora is excited to announce that residents/customers can now pay their water bill online, without transaction fees, using the following link: https://northaurora.merchanttransact.com
The types of payment accepted include Visa, MasterCard, Discover and eCheck. Residents and customers can also use this link to sign up to opt out of paper water bills, receive water bills by email and also view water usage history.
In addition, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are now also being accepted at the village hall for payment of water bills, as well as other transactions such as building permits, business/contractor registration, waste stickers, or ordinance violations.
Along with the upgraded payment options, residents may have noticed a new format to the Village’s utility bill. The new format was designed to provide residents with additional information on their water bills, including a graph that illustrates both past and current water usage.
Please contact the Utility Billing Department at (630) 897-8228, x223 for further information
Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution
Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution - Water pollution prevention and control measures are critical to improving water quality and reducing the need for costly wastewater and drinking water treatment. Because water pollution can come from many different sources, a variety of pollution prevention and control measures are needed.
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces such as driverways, sidewalks and streets, which prevents the runoff from soaking into the ground.
Stormwater runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into the storm sewer system or directly into lakes, rivers, ponds and wetlands. Anything that enters the storm sewer system is then discharged into bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. This in turn can increase costs for treating our drinking water.
In an attempt to educate the community on ways to prevent the potential for storm water pollution, we ask that residents be aware of the direct links between land activities and rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams. Clean up pet waste to keep it out of street gutters; sweep up grass clippings and rake leaves to keep yardwaste debris from blowing into street gutters; apply lawn fertilizer and pesticides sparingly; control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover; clean up spilled automotive fluids such as oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluids from driveways and don’t hose the spills into the street. Please do your part to help eliminate storm water pollution. For information on disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention, contact Kane County at 630-208-5118. For more recycling information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.