Waste Management Reminds Residents to Recycle Right - Recycle Often
Waste Management wants to remind residents to Recycle Right, Recycle Often - by clicking this link residents can find helpful information on the proper way to recycle items and to make recycling sustainable for future generations.
Certain items, such as plastic bags, food residue on items (such as pizza boxes), or styrofoam cups/containers can contaminate the recycling process, or ruin the entire load. It may seem like such a small detail – a wrong item in the recycling bin – but it represents a global problem that’s preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life.
Please do your part and recycle properly to be sure your recycled items can be re-used.
Extreme Temperatures - Safety Measures and Tips
Tuesday through Thursday our area will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes' heating systems are NOT designed for: negative temperatures of -20 to -30-degree with wind chills into -40 and up to -50 plus.
Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature and the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity.
• Please raise the temperature in your home on Monday, 2 to 4 degrees above your normal setting.
• Take all programmable thermostats out of setback mode and set on a permanent HOLD.
• If you have a furnace; replace the filter.
• Keep garage doors closed.
• Limit opening exterior doors.
• Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.
• If you have a 90%+ furnace and boiler: You must keep the intake and exhaust clear of ice and snow. During these cold temperatures, ice can build up. A 90%+ furnace and boiler have 2 white PVC pipes; an exhaust pipe and an intake pipe that are generally on the side or back of your home. In some instances, they are on your roof, do NOT go on your roof to clear the pipe.
If the temperature in your home is dropping and your radiators are HOT with boiler systems or you have HOT air coming out of your vents with furnaces DO NOT PANIC. Please make sure that your heating system continues to operate.
If the temperatures drop in your home, it will not be able to recover until temperatures rise and the windchill diminishes. Our heating systems cannot overcome temperatures -20 to -30 with wind chill up to -50 plus. They are sized to operate at 0 degrees outdoor. Put your thermostat on hold 70 degrees or higher.
To help minimize temperature loss you can boil water, make soup, or stews; they help introduce humidity and warmer temperatures into your home.
DO NOT USE YOUR OVEN or a GRILL TO HEAT YOUR HOME.
Please check on neighbors and elderly residents during these extreme temperatures. Stay warm and safe this week and share this with any of your family and friends.
Local Business Directory - Free listing for local Businesses in North Aurora
Just a reminder to our local North Aurora businesses: the Village of North Aurora has a Local Business Directory listing on our website. Local businesses can provide contact information and a link to their 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
Township Assessors Information
The properties within the Village of North Aurora fall under four different Townships: Aurora Township, Batavia Township, Blackberry Township and Sugar Grove Township. Townships are charged with 3 major duties by State Statute: Assessment of real property; Assistance to the indigent, and maintenance of bridges and roads within the township not served by other agencies.
Your Tax Assessor is responsible for maintaining a file for every property located within the township and is required by the state of Illinois to assess these property taxes to uniformly assess properties at a median level of 33 1/3% (one third) of market value. Equitable assessments ensure a fair distribution of the property tax burden among all property owners. Local property taxes pay for such items as village and county services, schools, libraries, park districts, roads, fire and police protection.
Blackberry Township is offering 2019 Taxpayer Workshops this year. The events are scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at various locations throughout the township, as well as at the Blackberry Township office in Elburn, Illinois. Please click the link for more information or email the Blackberry Township Assessor at the email address listed below. Blackberry Township Workshops
The following is a list of the Townships and contact information:
Aurora Township Assessor
Davis R. Offutt CIAO-M
80 North Broadway 2nd Floor
Aurora, IL 60505-3371
Phone: (630) 896-7792
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Batavia Township Assessor
Tammy J. Kavanaugh CIAO
131 Flinn Drive, Suite B
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: (630) 879-1323
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blackberry Township Assessor
Uwe Rotter, Certified Illinois Assessment Official
43W390 Main Street Road
Elburn, IL 60119
Phone: (630) 365-9109
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sugar Grove Township Assessor
Laura E. Ross, CIAO
54 Snow Street, P.O. Box 1138
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Phone: (630) 466-5255
Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Frigid Temperatures and Frozen Water Lines
The North Aurora Water Division reminds residents and business owners to be cautious and take steps to avoid their water lines from freezing during these extreme temperatures.
Some homes in the village have their water meters in the garage, crawl space or in close proximity of an outside wall. Some townhome developments were built with a “meter closet” which contain all the meters for each owner/occupant of that building. In many cases during these extremely cold temperatures and wind chills, these spaces and closets do not stay warm enough to keep the pipes/meters from freezing.
Residents and business owners should always keep the thermostat set the same during both the daytime and night. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks (especially if it is on an outside wall). Seal air leaks coming into your home near any water pipes with caulk or insulation. Insulate pipes near any source of cold air coming into your home. If your pipes are susceptible to freezing you should leave water moving through the pipes by letting a faucet drip or trickle slightly. Moving water helps prevent pipes and meters from freezing.
Do not leave your garden hose hooked up to your outside faucet in winter. This can trap water in the valve portion of your faucet outside, which can freeze and burst causing a leak and potential damage to your home. If you plan to leave town or be away from your home or business for an extended period of time, you should always leave the heat set above 55 degrees and have a friend or neighbor check your house/business daily to make sure the heat is sufficient to prevent freezing.
For more information call the North Aurora Water Division @ 630 897-2662
Residents Are Reminded - NO PARKING ON STREETS after 2 Inches of Snow
The Village of North Aurora strives to get our roads cleared of snow and ice as quickly and safely as possible, as time and weather permits. Cars parked on the streets can impede the process. The Village would like to remind residents that per Village code, it is illegal to park on Village streets after a snowfall of 2 inches or more. Parking cars in your driveway or garage (rather than parking on the street) will allow Village snowplows to complete their routes as quickly and safely as possible and will ensure that the entire street gets cleared of snow.
It is also illegal for snow to be dumped, shoveled, or blown into the road, as this delays the snow removal process and can cause dangerous situations. Please be sure your mailboxes are installed properly and also remove any portable basketball poles from the curbside to avoid damage by Village snowplows.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep our roads cleared and safe during snow and ice events.
Village Code - Parking during or after a snowfall
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:
New Years Day 1/1/2019 - Trash pick-up Satruday Jan. 5
Memorial Day 5/27/2019 - Trash pick-up Saturday June 1
Independence Day 7/4/2019 - Trash pick-up Saturday July 6
Labor Day 9/2/2019 - Trash pick-up Saturday Sept. 7
Thanksgiving Day 11/28/2019 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 30
Christmas Day 12/25/2019 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 28
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.
Kane County Human Services Information and Referral Hotline
Kane County has created a Human Services Information and Referral Hotline for Kane County Residents.
Dial 2-1-1 to get help with food, clothing, shelter, counseling, senior services, substance abuse, domestic violence, employment, transportation, legal assistance and other issues that Kane County residents may be facing. The call is free and confidential with help available in a variety of languages.
North Aurora Electric Aggregation Program Update
North Aurora Electric Aggregation Program Update
The Village’s electricity aggregation program was recently renewed for the period of October 2018-October 2019. At the time the decision was made to continue the aggregation program at a fixed rate of 7.72 cents/kWh, the Village was comparing that fixed rate to ComEd’s estimated comparable rate of 7.76 cents/kWh for the same time period. The ComEd rate to compare was based on a blended rate of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s published ComEd rate for the period of October 2018 through May 2019 (7.941 cents/kWh) and an estimated rate for June 2019 through September 2019 based on this year’s summer ComEd rate (7.395 cents/kWh).
The Village has since been informed that the current ComEd rate was recently reset BELOW our aggregation program rate to 7.29¢ for October 2018 through May 2019. ComEd’s rate was unexpectedly lowered due a settlement between the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Federal Regulatory Commission regarding electricity transmission costs.
Due to ComEd’s reduced rate of 7.29¢ the Village of North Aurora recommends that residents consider switching their account back to ComEd to realize this more favorable pricing. As the Village has negotiated a fixed rate for a one year contract with Dynegy, the Village’s rate can not change to reflect the reduced rate.
Residents are encouraged to return to the lower ComEd rate of 7.29¢, with no early termination fee. To do so, please call Dynegy Energy at 844-351-7691.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Bill Hannah, Finance Director at 630-897-8228, ext. 225.
Veteran's Memorial Commemorative Bricks
The Village of North Aurora Veterans Memorial located at Farview Dr. and Willow Way has room for additional engraved commemorative bricks!
For anyone looking to commemorate or memorialize a friend or family member, Memorial Bricks are available for $75 for one, or $125 for two, with an option to include an engraving of the American flag. Click the link for a copy of the Memorial Brick Order Form and submit the completed form with a check payable to the Village of North Aurora.
Memorial Brick Order Form
What can YOU do to prevent 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.
Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks and streets, which prevents the runoff from soaking into the ground. Storm water 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. When the water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans becomes polluted, the effects can be far reaching. It can endanger wildlife, make our drinking water unsafe and threaten the waters where we swim and fish.
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 storm water/rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams.
The following tips can help prevent storm water pollution of our rivers and streams:
• Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves and debris out of street gutters and storm drains—these outlets drain directly to lake, streams, rivers and wetlands.
• Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
• Dispose of used oil, antifreeze, paints and other household chemicals properly—not in storm sewers or drains.
• Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local streams and lakes.
• Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.
• Have your septic system inspected and pumped, at a minimum every three to five years, so that it operates properly.
• Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams and coastal waters.
Please do your part to eliminate storm water pollution. For more information on hazardous waste disposal and pollution prevention, please call Kane County at 630-208-5118.
State of the Village Address - Video
The Village of North Aurora recently held our State of the Village Address at Oak Street Restaurant on March 14th, hosted by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Check out the Video on our YouTube Channel to watch Mayor Berman's addres and see what's been happening in North Aurora this past year and where we are headed in the future.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMkeYokjaGo
Mutual Ground - Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Mutual Ground in Aurora is a safe place where people come together to break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Mutual Ground answers almost 2,000 calls for help each and every month with 24-hour hotlines staffed by trained Mutual Ground Crisis Intervention Advocates. As one of the oldest and largest domestic violence and sexual assault service agencies in the state of Illinois, Mutual Ground is the place where the healing begins. Located in Aurora, Illinois, Mutual Ground serves the Greater Aurora area, Southern Kane and all of Kendall County.
Mutual Ground provides help to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault free of charge, with support from grants, churches, civic groups, corporate and individual donors. Their services include an emergency shelter along with all of the tools, support and services victims will need for the healing to begin.
Mutual Ground also welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. We are flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help.
Additionally, Mutual Ground also provides prevention and awareness programs for the community that can save families and lives. Are you looking for a speaker for your community group? Mutual Ground prevention programs promote awareness and are often an important first step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
If you know of someone who may be in need assistance, if you are looking to volunteer or if you want to schedule a program for your community group to learn awareness and prevention, please contact Mutual Ground by calling 630-897-0084 or visit their website: http://www.mutualground.org.
Residential burglar alarm registration
The Police Department reminds all residents who have home burglar alarm systems to please complete an alarm registration form before January 1st, 2018. If you have any questions about alarm registration, please contact the Police Department Records section at 630-897-8705. Registration Form
Purchase Exchange Location - North Aurora Police Dept.
New Purchase Exchange Location
The parking lot of the North Aurora Police Department is now a purchase exchange location.
A parking space in front of the station, located at 200 S. Lincolnway, on the northwest corner of Rt. 31 & Airport Rd., has been designated as a “Purchase Exchange Location” to give residents a safe location to complete internet sales. The area is well-lit at night and recorded by surveillance cameras 24 hours per day. A sign has been posted to mark the location.
“The North Aurora police want to make a safe and secure place for people to exchange purchases,” said Chief of Police David Fisher. “The parking lot of the police department is a safe location to do so, as police are in and out of the building and the lot is under constant video surveillance,” he said.
The exchange location is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week on a first come, first served basis, though officers won’t be monitoring it in real time. If someone needs assistance, people should ask for an officer at the front desk or use the call box located inside the front entrance to reach dispatch. Call 911 if there is an emergency. Police recommend people use the exchange location during daylight hours.
The North Aurora Police Department recommends using our purchase exchange location whenever you have to meet a stranger to complete a sale. Don’t go alone and don’t go to someone’s home or invite them to yours.
North Aurora Crisis Intervention Team
The North Aurora Police Department has established a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), which is comprised of officers who have received specialized training to improve responses to people that are mentally challenged, have special needs, or who are in crisis. The team members will take a primary role in responding to calls that involve persons in a crisis situation.
These officers have each received 40 hours of intensive CIT training through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) on recognizing and addressing individuals in the community who have a mental illness, special needs, or behavioral disability, which will allow them to better assist community members through de-escalation of crisis situations, referrals to counselling agencies or medical providers, and improved communication.
The national CIT training curriculum was developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the University of Memphis CIT Center, CIT International, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. According to NAMI, CIT “teaches a new set of skills . . . the words, approach and body language that convince a person to get help, or defuse a potentially violent encounter.”
The North Aurora Police Department Crisis Intervention Team aims to provide improved services for the mentally challenged & special needs communities by learning about them - for instance, what upsets them, what calms them down, what to say, and what not to say - and providing this information to officers responding to a crisis so that they can use it to de-escalate the situation safely for all involved.
If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, or has special needs please contact the North Aurora Police Department at (630) 897-8705 and ask to speak with a CIT officer so they may further explain the services that the team can provide.
Kane County Hoarding Task Force - Information and Assistance
What is hoarding?
"Hoarding is a complex disorder that is made up of three connected problems: 1) collecting too many items, 2) difficulty getting rid of items, and 3) problems with organization. These problems can lead to significant amounts of clutter which can severely limit the use of living spaces, pose safety and/or health risks, and result in significant distress and/or impairment in day-to-day living." - International OCD Foundation
North Aurora is a member of the Kane County Hoarding Task Force, which provides individuals, agencies, and organizations with the tools to help with this issue and aims to serve as a clearinghouse of hoarding information and resources in Kane County, Illinois.
The Kane County Hoarding Task Force was formed in 2014 to create a holistic approach to dealing with hoarding situations in Kane County. Member agencies work together to address all aspects of care, including mental health, senior services, animal control, cleanup and prevention of recidivism.
If you or someone you know needs help with a hoarding situation or would like more information on resources, Please click on the link at http://www.kchoarding.org/ for information and connections for help with the following:
• Animal Welfare Representatives
• Financial Services
• Government Agencies
• Human Service Agencies
North Aurora - Municipal Task Force Contact
North Aurora Police Dept
Ofc. Robyn Stecklein
Overweight / Oversize Permits
Starting April 1st, 2017 the Village of North Aurora will be changing the way we process our overweight/oversize permits. We will be using an online-based permitting system via the website, www.oxcartpermits.com. Once the software is implemented, the older system of processing permits (via fax and/or email) will be discontinued. Any of the old permitting forms submitted after that time will not be accepted and/or approved.
Any company wanting to apply for an overweight/oversize permit in the Village of North Aurora will have to use the Oxcart permitting software. Registration is easy and can be completed on the Oxcart website under the Trucking login/sign up link https://www.oxcartpermits.com/user/trucking. Once registered, companies will then be able to reap the benefits of the following via Oxcart:
• Access a simple to use online interface for requesting local permits
• Paperless permits downloadable to your computer or any mobile device
• Eliminate tedious paper processes, faxing and phone calls
• Speed the process of permit approvals
• Features an online, interactive mapping solution to assist in route selection
• Online permit approvals pushed to your email inbox
• Provide an easy, online payment system (Credit Card Only – see below)
Processing and Credit Card Fees
In addition to the Village of North Aurora permit fees, Oxcart will require a nominal processing fee for each permit. Oxcart will also assess a credit card fee for each permit processed. Those charges are as follows:
• Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Diner’s Club – 2.9% of total permitting fee (permit & processing fee combined)
• Plus a $.30 transaction fee for ALL permits
If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Daniel Cyko or a Records Specialist at the North Aurora Police Department by calling 630-897-8705 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.