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Airport Rd., Alder Dr. and Ice Cream Dr. Road Project - Detour Begins May 1, 2017

The Airport Road, Alder Drive and Ice Cream Drive reconstruction project will begin soon. The project will consist of installation of new storm sewers and reconstruction of pavement.

Please be advised that a Detour Route will be in place beginning Monday, May 1, 2017.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic around the detour. Please be aware of flagggers and barricades and drive cautiously.   The detour route will be one-way traffic west bound from Route 31 to Randall Road.   Traffic will not be permitted from Randall Road to Ice Cream Drive, to Airport Road during this detour, however the entrance to Oberweis Ice Cream store will be open and accessible.  

A map of the detour routes can be accessed by clicking this link: Map of Detour Route.  

The Village apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation.  Please check back on the Village's website for updates to this project. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact John Laskowski, Public Works Director, at 630-897-8228, ext. 230


Spring Clean-Up -- May 12 - West Side / May 13 - East Side

Waste Management will provide a Spring and Fall Clean-up this year,and residents should note that the clean-up will be a two day pick-up based on residences that are either on the west side or east side of the river.  

The Free Clean-up  provides an opportunity for residents to clean out basements and attics and dispose of bulk items free of charge.  Please be aware that all regular household trash and yardwaste will require stickers as usual.

Please note that the Spring Clean-up will be a two-day pickup, with clean-up items as well as regular trash being picked up on Friday, May 12 for all residents WEST of the river, and Saturday, May 13 for all residents EAST of the river.  This includes all bulk items as well as regular household trash being picked up, based on which side residents are located. 

 


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!


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 truckpermit@northaurora.org.


Auto Mall Water Tower Painting Project

The North Aurora Auto Mall Water Tower painting project is underway.  This project will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete.  In order to complete this project, the water tower is being taken out of service, and the Village will be operating with only the East side water tower.  During this time, water flow may change as the water travels through the distribution system and residents may notice some iron (orange color) in the water.  Please know that this is not harmful, and should clear itself within a few days.   

Also, during this project, the Village's water storage capacity will be reduced.  Due to this decrease in water storage, the Village is asking residents to voluntarily curtail any lawn watering and unnecessary water usage (such as car washing, power washing decks, hosing out garages etc.) until the project is completed. Once the water tower painting project is complete and the tower is back in service, residents may resume normal water usage.

This project is neessary in the Village's ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance our water towers, which allows the Village to continue to provide quality water service to our residents. The Village appreciates your cooperation as we complete this project. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Water Department at 630-897-8228, ext. 229. 


Kane County Electronic Recycling Information

NEXT RECYCLING EVENT

When: May 13th, 2017; 8am-12noon
Where: 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
What:
Electronics (Free, except for TVs and Monitors which have a cost, see below)
Books (Free, hard and soft covers, any age, any condition)

Costs
:

TVs and Monitors cost $25 (under 21" measured diagonally across the screen) or $35 (21" and over). Pay online in advance  or pay at event with cash or card only.
Latex Paint costs per can ($2/quart, $3.50/gallon, $5.50/2gallon, $10/5gallon) payable by the resident with cash or check only.
Oil Paint costs per can ($6/quart, $9/gallon, $25/5gallon) payable by the resident by cash or check only).

2017 event dates:
Apr 1 * - electronics, books, shred, paint
May 13 - electronics, books
Jun 10 - electronics, books
Jul 8 - electronics, books, shred, paint, textiles, styrofoam, bikes, fluorescent tubes
Aug 12 - electronics, books
Sept 9 - electronics, books
Oct 14 - electronics, books
Nov 11 - electronics, books, shred, paint

* Note: April 1 is the first Saturday of the month.  All other events are on the second Saturday of the month.   No event February 2017, March 2017, or December 2017.

Other Options: (Not part of the Kane County program) Home Pick-up Service: Illinois Recycling Services - Call 708-314-8624 to schedule a pick up from your home. This company is an IEPA registered collector of electronics equipment.

Additional Drop-off Locations:
Fabyan Parkway, Batavia
Location: 517 Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL 60510 (Old Jail site)
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Cost: TVs and Monitors cost $25 (20” & under) or $35 (21” & over). Pay at site with cash or card only or Pay online in advance at countyofkane.org/Recycling.

South Elgin Public Works
Location: 735 Martin Drive, South Elgin, IL 60177 (Old Public Works Department)
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm
Cost: TVs and Monitors cost $25 (20” & under) or $35 (21” & over). Pay at site with cash or card only or Pay online in advance at countyofkane.org/Recycling.

West Dundee Public Works
Location: 900 Angle Tarn, West Dundee, IL 60118
Hours: M-F 7am-3pm (Note that these hours are an hour earlier than other sites)
Cost: TVs and Monitors cost $25 (20” & under) or $35 (21” & over). Pay at site with cash or card only or Pay online in advance at countyofkane.org/Recycling.

Thank you for disposing of your electronic waste responsibly.

Check website for updated information  - http://www.countyofkane.org/Recycling/Pages/electronics.aspx 


North Aurora Bond Rating Affirmed at AA+

Village of North Aurora
***News Release***

Dated: March 3, 2017

North Aurora Bond Rating Affirmed at AA+

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, S&P Global Ratings assigned its ‘AA+’ long-term rating to the Village’s upcoming 2017 bond issuance, and affirmed the ‘AA+’ rating on the Village’s outstanding debt, with a stable outlook.

The ‘AA+’ rating is one rating below the highest possible rating from S&P of AAA.

In its rationale for the rating S&P cited many factors including a strong economy, strong management, very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong liquidity and strong debt and contingent liability position among other factors.

S&P also assigned a stable outlook to the rating with the expectation that at least break-even operations will be realized in most years and very strong budgetary flexibility, liquidity and budgetary performance will be maintained. An upgrade in the rating could be considered in the future if key economic indicators improve while very strong budgetary flexibility is maintained.

The Village is planning for a general obligation alternate revenue source bond issuance of $5,800,000 to finance improvements to the Village’s waterworks system. The Village has pledged Water Fund charges to repay the bonds with a backing of the Village’s general obligation taxing authority. The Village has planned a March 20th bond sale date for competitive bids.

North Aurora Village President Dale Berman commented on the rating saying, “We are very proud of the board and staff for supporting and implementing financial policies and practices that enable North Aurora to be one of the most financially sound and strong in the area, and this rating is a testament to that.”

The full report from can be located here at http://northaurora.org/departments/finance/financial-reports-and-budgets.aspx

For additional information or related questions please contact Bill Hannah, Finance Director at (630) 906-7374.

 


Coyote Concerns in North Aurora and Kane County

Because coyotes are native to Illinois and are common across the entire state, it is important to learn to safely coexist with them. Coyotes also serve an important role in local ecosystems by keeping populations of smaller wild animals and vermin in check. 

According to Kane County Animal Control's website: 

"Coyotes are a permanent fixture in Kane County’s rural, suburban and urban areas. Seeing a coyote cross a field, backyard, road or golf course does not necessarily constitute a problem or dangerous situation, either for humans or domestic animals. Coyotes will be more active and more visible in late winter/ early spring during their breeding season. Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural foods such as mice and rabbits. However, coyotes are opportunistic. If coyotes see easy food – such as open garbage – and aren’t afraid, they may take advantage. That puts them in direct line for a confrontation with pets. Coyotes aren’t interested in eating pets, these are territorial disputes."

The following tips can help discourage coyotes: 

  • Don’t feed any wild animals such as raccoons or deer, which encourages coyotes as well.
  • Store garbage in secure containers. Do not put meat scraps in compost piles.
  • Remove bird feeders and outside pet food containers. Coyotes will prey upon small mammals that are attracted to birdseed and pet food.
  • Don’t leave small children outside unattended.
  • Don’t allow pets to run free and keep a watchful eye on them. Walk dogs on a leash, especially at night. Keep cats indoors at all times. Do not let pets out at night unless accompanied by a person. Don’t leave cat or dog food outside.
  • Clear wood piles, brush piles and other potential cover for coyotes and keep yards clean of refuse and brush.
  • Reinforce the coyotes’ natural fear of humans by turning on outside lights, making loud noises, throwing rocks and so forth. Be aggressive in your actions. Although the response may not be immediate, eventually the coyotes will flee.

Residents can educate themselves about coyotes and learn more about how to coexist with them by visiting Kane County Animal Control's website at: http://www.kanecountypets.com/Coyotes.aspx.  


Com Ed Smart Meters

As residents may have already noticed, Com Ed has provided information on Smart Meters with your Com Ed bills, including notice that they will be installing smart meters in North Aurora in the near future. The Village just learned that Com Ed will begin the installation of these smart meters in January 2017 and expect to complete the installation project by the end of March.

Smart Meters are digital electric meters that collect energy-usage information and securely send it to Com Ed. These Smart Meters are a key part of Com Ed’s effort to modernize the electric system and provide better service to customers with a stronger, more reliable electric system.

Please click on the links below for further information:

Smart Meter FAQ’s

Medidores Inteligentes Prequntas Frecuentes

ComEd’s Smart Meter Benefits

ComEd’s Website


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:


2017

New Years Day 1/1/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday Jan. 7
Memorial Day 5/29/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday June 3
Independence Day 7/4/17  - Trash pick-up Saturday July 8
Labor Day 9/4/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday Sept. 9
Thanksgiving Day 11/23/17 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 25
Christmas Day 12/25/17 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 30

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 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
• Attorneys
• Clean-up/Restoration
• Financial Services
• Government Agencies
• Human Service Agencies

North Aurora - Municipal Task Force Contact
North Aurora Police Dept
Ofc. Robyn Stecklein
630-906-8146
rstecklein@vil.north-aurora.il.us


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 recycle@countyofkane.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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sfvctc_cable_survey 


Contact Village Hall

Village of North Aurora
25 East State Street
North Aurora, IL 60542

Driving Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Village Departments

Administration (630) 897-8228 ext. 224
Administration Fax (630) 897-8258
Police (630) 897-8705
Police Fax (630) 897-8700
Finance (630) 897-8228 ext. 225
Community Development (630) 897-1457 ext. 222
Code Enforcement (630) 897-1457 ext. 231
Building and Zoning (630) 897-1457 ext. 259
Public Works (630) 897-8228 ext. 260
Water (630) 897-8228 ext. 223
Fire District (630) 897-9698