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FIREWORKS – Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Riverfront Park

In celebration of the Independence Day Holiday, The Village of North Aurora will be hosting Fireworks again this year on Tuesday, July 3 at Riverfront Park in North Aurora (behind the Village Hall). Prior to the fireworks at 9:30, start the evening with music in the park beginning at 7:00. Join your family and friends for a relaxing evening – bring a picnic or snacks and B.Y.O.B. will be allowed in the park in designated areas.

At 7:00 p.m. enjoy the music of The New Vintage Strings, a quartet who will be playing their classical take on some well-known pop tunes. The quartet members are principal players in the Fox Valley Orchestra. Following the quartet, at 8:00 p.m. enjoy the patriotic themed music of the Fox Valley Brass Band, a 30 member band of the Fox Valley Orchestra, to get everyone in the mood for a fantastic fireworks display.

Parking will be available at the parking lot on the corner of State Street and Lincolnway/Rt. 31 (by the community sign) and at Island Park (across the street from Riverfront Park). The village hall parking lot will be closed to the general public with the exception of a limited number of handicap parking, to allow for viewing of the fireworks. Residents in close proximity to Riverfront Park may want to bike or walk to the park, as parking will be limited. North Aurora police will be directing pedestrian traffic to assist with crossing on State Street.

As a reminder, the Fox River trail will be shut down on the east side of the river between State Street and the Red Oak Nature Center, beginning in the afternoon, to prepare for this event.


North Aurora Watering Restrictions and Conservation

Now that Summer is here, the Village would like to remind residents to be conservative with regard to lawn and garden watering. 

The Village of North Aurora Water Department would like to remind residents of the even/odd watering restrictions (per your even/odd address)  as outlined in the Village's Code of Ordinances; and the penalties for violating this ordinance as outlined below: 

13.28.040 - Watering restrictions.
A. No village water may be used for the restricted watering uses described in Section 13.28.030 of this chapter except between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. subject to the following restrictions, or as otherwise allowed in this section:
1. All properties with even-numbered street addresses may use water for restricted watering purposes on even-numbered days of the month only; and
2. All properties with odd-numbered street addresses may use water for restricted watering purposes on odd-numbered days of the month only.

13.28.070 - Penalties.
Any person who is found to have violated any provision of this chapter, or who has failed to comply with any provision of this chapter, shall be punished by a fine as follows:
A. Fifty dollars ($50.00) for each first offense;
B. One hundred dollars ($100.00) for each second offense;
C. Not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for any subsequent offense.

Each day a violation occurs or is permitted to continue will be considered a separate violation. In addition to the penalties provided herein, the village may recover reasonable attorneys' fees, court costs, and other expenses of litigation.

Through Village water conservation requirements and the individual efforts of our residents, we can all support conservation of our most precious natural resource. Below are some tips for conserving water:

• 1” of rain or watering per each 7–10 day period is sufficient to maintain a healthy lawn. There is no need to water every day, as this promotes weak, shallow-rooted grass. Overwatering will run up your bi-monthly water bill, waste vital resources and may end up damaging your lawn with over-saturation.

• Grass that begins to turn brown during dry conditions has become dormant, and will revive after normal rainfall.

• Watering your lawn and garden early in the morning will avoid evaporation loss.

• Avoid sprinklers that produce a fine mist. Too much water is lost to the wind and to evaporation.

• Instead of hosing down sidewalks and driveways, use a broom to sweep them clean.

• Fill a pitcher of water to keep in the refrigerator, instead of running the tap until water is cold. This simple technique can save about two gallons of water per glass.

• Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with a full load only (unless reduced fill settings are available on your machines).

• When washing your car, rinse it once, initially and turn off the hose. Then, use a bucket of soapy water to wash it, and rinse it once more, quickly. Consider taking the car to a car wash-- this may actually save water, because most commercial car washes recycle their water.

• Take shorter showers. Turn down the faucets, and try a low flow showerhead. A typical five-minute shower can use over 40 gallons of water. A shower of more than seven minutes can consume more water than a bath.

• Check all toilets for any leaks. A typical toilet leak can waste thousands of gallons of water each day.

• Fix leaking faucets. A small drip from a leaking faucet can waste 70 gallons of water each day.

• Don’t leave water running when shaving, brushing teeth, washing hair, or washing dishes.

By following these simple tips, residents can contribute to our water conservation efforts. Water conservation is good for you, for our community and for our planet.

 


Volunteers needed for North Aurora Days - August 3-5, 2018

The North Aurora Days Committee is looking for volunteers to help out at this years North Aurora Days event, August 3-5, 2018.

Short shifts available during the event. Be a part of making this community event a success!

Contact Kim Haeger at kimhaeger@sbcglobal.net for more information and how you can help make a difference in your community.


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:

2018

New Years Day 1/1/2018 - Trash pick-up Satruday Jan. 6
Memorial Day 5/28/18 - Trash pick-up Saturday June 2
Independence Day 7/4/18  - Trash pick-up Saturday July 7
Labor Day 9/3/17 - Trash pick-up Saturday Sept. 8
Thanksgiving Day 11/22/18 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 24
Christmas Day 12/25/18 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 29

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.

 


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!


Protect My Town Website

A proposal currently being considered in Springfield, would have a lasting negative impact on the Village's budget if enacted. Governor Rauner and State legislators are considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of State-collected income taxes that are distributed back to municipalities as part of their 2018-2019 budget.

The proposal includes the continuation of a 10 percent reduction in revenues distributed to local municipalities through the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) that was included in last year's State budget. What was billed last year as a one-time 10 percent reduction in LGDF distribution is coming back again this year as a continual reduction. Every year this proposal passes, it means over $160,000 in annual losses to the Village of North Aurora.

The Village of North Aurora is a proud member of the Metro West Council of Government, which recently launched a new website, https://ProtectMyTown.us, explaining what the loss of this critical revenue means for our residents.

The website explains why the State of Illinois should resist attempts to use local tax dollars to fill state budget gaps, which in turn, shifts the tax burden to local communities and taxpayers. Through this website, North Aurora residents can directly engage their state legislators and Governor. The process is incredibly simple and only takes three easy steps to directly contact your legislators and the Governor. After logging on to ProtectMyTown.us:

• Fill out your information;
• Review your letter;
• Hit the Send Letter button to complete the form and send the letter to lawmakers.

Check out the video below which discusses the topic.
Protect My Town video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qw8ij7zp1k 


ComEd Tree Trimming Scheduled for Next 3 Months

As part of their preventive maintence program, ComEd will have arborists performing vegetation management in areas of North Aurora within the next 3 months.

The vegetation management will include tree trimming of branches and vines that interfere with power lines. In some cases tree removal may be required. All work will be performed by trained, qualified arborists.

For more information residents can contact ComEd at ComEd.com/Trees or by calling 1-800-334-7661.  Click on the links below for a map of areas included in the preventive maintenance program:

Map of area west of Fox River     

Map of area east of Fox River


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 


Metronet Cable Construction Update

Metronet Cable Company received a non-exclusive local franchise agreement with the Village of North Aurora a few months ago to provide cable and internet services. Metronet is continuing with the construction of their infrastructure in areas of North Aurora. Residents should expect to see a letter from Metronet over the next several months as construction moves forward in different areas of the Village. The letter from Metronet provides answers to some frequently asked questions. A copy of the letter is available by clicking on this link: Metronet Letter

Residents may also see J.U.L.I.E. locate flags on or around your property in the near future as utility services are being located prior to any digging in your area. In order for construction to begin in the utility easement on your property, J.U.L.I.E. markings (flags and paint) will need to be used to mark existing utilities to avoid any conflicts and damage to existing infrastructure. In most cases underground conduit will be installed using a boring process to minimize disturbances to yards. In cases where an area requires a hole to be dug, it is the company’s policy to restore the area within 48 hours. The Village understands that the installation of new infrastructure will be an inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this construction.

Metronet has completed the installation of conduit (pipe) in approximately 70% of the Village. Work is continuing in the Orchard Estates and Orchard Crossings subdivitions. It is anticipated that the work will continue south of Oak Street into the Oak Hill Subdivision.

For additional information please visit: www.metronetinc.com/construction.


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.


Nicor Meter Modernization coming soon to your neighborhood

Nicor Gas has informed the Village that it will be installing a small, two-way communication device on the existing natural gas meter at various homes in the Village. Please note, the meters are not being replaced. The new device will be added to the meter, and will automate the meter reading process by collecting natural gas usage information and securely send it to Nicor. This process will help eliminate estimated bills.

Residents do not have to be home for the installation, as long as there is nothing blocking safe access to the gas meter. If you have an indoor meter, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Please note, all Nicor field employees working on this installation project in North Aurora will be wearing a Nicor company uniform and will provide Nicor company identification.
Click the link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which will answer any questions you may have. For further information please call 888-642-6748 or visit www.nicorgas.com/metermodernization.



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


Township Assessors Information and Workshop

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.

The Village has been asked to share the following information for Blackberry Township: In 2018, Blackberry Township Assessor, Uwe Rotter, will be hosting Taxpayer Workshops for Residents in Blackberry Township. Click on the link for a schedule of all workshops that are planned for 2018.

For residents who are NOT in Blackberry Township, those residents can contact their particular Township Assessor with any property tax question they may have. Residents should check their tax bill to determine which Township boundary they are in.

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
Email: assessor@auroratownshipassessor.com  

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.
Email: tkavanaugh@bataviatownship.com 

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.
Email: Assessor@BlackberryTWP.com 

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.
Email: assessor@sugargrovetownship.com 

 


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.


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 


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


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.


Contact Village Hall

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

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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