Community Emergency Response Team Seeks Volunteers
The North Aurora Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is seeking good people to join our team of disaster response volunteers! No previous training or experience is needed; just some time, dedication and the desire to learn and be a part of a team.
In recent years, there have been tornadoes in the Illinois communities of Washington, Rochelle, Fairdale, Ottawa, LaSalle County and severe flooding in McHenry, Lake, and LaSalle counties. Would you have been prepared? Your family? Your neighborhood?
C.E.R.T. or Community Emergency Response Team training teaches citizens basic disaster response skills to help them better cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Through knowledge learned in the classroom and during exercises, C.E.R.T. members are able to help others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional first responders are not immediately available.
The topics of the 6 week / 21 hour course are:
• Disaster Preparedness and Team Organization
• Disaster Medical Operations (2 parts)
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Fire Suppression & Utility Controls
• Disaster Psychology
The course meets on Wednesday evenings, May 2nd through June 6th, from 6-9 p.m., and the final session where we put it all together with a disaster simulation exercise (you’ll have a blast!!) is on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Don’t worry if you can’t make a session or two or if you’ll arrive a little late.
C.E.R.T. volunteers are provided uniforms & equipment and offered additional training opportunities including severe weather recognition, CPR/First Aid/AED use, triage, traffic control, damage assessment, ground search and rescue and more! If you would like to help others and you have a little weekend warrior in you, then this is for you! Our volunteers range from their 20’s to in their 70’s, retired and working full-time jobs, with families and single.
We have a great team but we need more good people to make it even better! For more information, contact Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Buziecki at (630) 897-8705, extension 752 or email at email@example.com. Go to http://northaurora.org/forms.aspx to download an application.
ComEd Tree Trimming
ComEd has contracted with Lewis Tree Services Inc. to do tree trimming/vegetation maintenance on public and private properties in North Aurora. Residents who may be affected by this tree trimming will be receiving notification of the tree trimming work that will be done. The key component of ComEd’s tree maintenance program is to ensure electrical reliability, as tree branches and vegetation that come in contact with ComEd equipment and wires is a leading cause of outages.
For more information about tree trimming and vegetation maintenance along power lines and to find out more about ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, please visit their website: http://www.comed.com/SafetyCommunity/Safety/Pages/TreesPowerLines.aspx
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
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.
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 1/1/2018 - 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.
Metronet Cable Construction Update
Metronet Cable Company received a non-exclusive local franchise agreement with the Village of North Aurora 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 will be completing the installation of infrastructure in the area south of Mooseheart Road and north of Oak Street; and east of Randall Road and west of Wildwood. Metronet continues working on their main transport line which will run from east to west across the Village. During this installation, residents will observe construction crews working along Oak Street, Deerpath, and Tanner before continuing west into unincorporated areas. Additionally work is beginning on the east side of town in Pine Creek, Country Club Highland Estates and the south part of Banbury Ridge Estates. Work in this area is projected to extend through February weather permitting. 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.
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
• Financial Services
• Government Agencies
• Human Service Agencies
North Aurora - Municipal Task Force Contact
North Aurora Police Dept
Ofc. Robyn Stecklein
North Aurora Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
The North Aurora Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is part of a national, unique disaster volunteer program operating on the community level since 2014.
Volunteers are educated about disasters that could impact this area, such as tornadoes, floods and accidents.
Both classroom and practical exercises are taught jointly by the North Aurora Police and Fire Departments, and consist of various aspects of disaster response and recovery. The North Aurora Police Department is always looking for volunteers to join C.E.R.T.
For more information, click this link to download a printable brochure about our program
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.