Construction Projects Update October 19, 2018
Well Number 8 Drilling Project
Layne has drilled the well to a final completed depth of 1340 feet. The next steps include the plumbness and alignment tests, internal equipment mobilization, and test pumping.
Well Number 9 Drilling Project
Suez is at approx. 950’ and will continue drilling through next week, estimating target depth of 1,120’- 1,140’ by the end of the week.
2018 Street Improvements
1. White Oak , Spring Court, White Oak Court, Whitney Court, Stevens Court, West Mooseheart Drive, Brenson Court, Wilkenson Lane, Patterson Avenue, Martinson Court, Cromwell Court, Carlson Court.
Over the past weeks final pavement has been placed on all of these streets. Pavement striping is complete with the exception of a few locations north of Orchard. In the coming weeks the final pavement striping will be scheduled.
2. Juniper Drive, Dogwood Drive, and Dogwood Court
Over the past weeks the additional curb inlets were installed and the final surface was placed. In the coming weeks the final pavement striping will be scheduled.
3. Oak Street
Over the past weeks final pavement has been placed on Oak Street. Pavement striping is completed. The construction on Oak is complete except for outstanding punch list items.
2018 Infrastructure Improvements
1. Lincolnway/Route 31 Sidewalk East Side south of John Street (Garage 31)
This work will begin as soon as the Village receives the IDOT permit.
2. Lincolnway/Route 31 Sidewalk
This work will begin as soon as the Village receives the IDOT permit.
3. Marvo-John Parking Lot
Over the past weeks curb and gutter has been poured and the base has been placed and compacted. The parking lot is scheduled to be paved on Monday October 22, 2018 weather permitting.
4. 221 Wildwood Drainage Improvement Project
This work is scheduled to occur the same time as the Lincolnway sidewalks.
5. 200 Block Juniper Drive Storm Sewer Improvement
Our consulting engineer, contractor, and subcontractor are developing a project schedule.
CULVER’S NIGHT - ButterBurgers and Badges
The North Aurora Police and Culver’s of North Aurora (411 S. Lincolnway) will be holding a Fundraiser for Illinois Special Olympics on Monday, October 22, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Come join us for dinner at Culver’s. Members of the North Aurora Police Department will serve your meal. All money raised will go directly to benefit the Illinois Special Olympics. So grab the kids (they can come in their Halloween costumes) and join us for dinner at Culver's while supporting a great cause!!
2018 FREE LEAF PICK UP PROGRAM
There are two options for the disposal of leaves.
1. Residents may bag their leaves in Kraft paper bags and place at the curb. Waste Management will pick up leaf filled bags FREE on Fridays during October and November. Please note, yardwaste -stickers required, will also be picked up on Fridays through November. (Yardwaste pick-up will then resume in April).
2. Residents may also choose to rake leaves to the curb for the Village’s free curb-side leaf pick-up. The Village’s free curb-side leaf pick-up program will run from October through November based on the schedules outlined below:
WEST SIDE: Residents living on the WEST side of the Fox River, pick-up will begin on Mondays the week of: October 15, October 29 and November 12.
EAST SIDE: Residents living on the EAST side of the Fox River, pick-up will begin on Mondays the week of: October 22, November 5, and November 19.
Leaves must be raked to the parkway along the curb in a row parallel to the street, at least one foot, and no more than 5 feet, back from the curb, and no more than 2 ft. in height. Leaves must be free of all foreign materials such as plants, branches, rocks and landscape waste. Please do not place leaves on the road surface as they can create a hazard for motorists.
Leaves MUST be out by 6:00 a.m. on Monday of the pick-up week, with leaves being picked up at any time during that entire week. The Village keeps a log of streets that have been serviced, therefore, the leaf-vactor truck will not go down streets a second time, once they have already serviced a street that week. If leaves are not raked to the curb by Monday at 6:00 a.m. of your pick-up week, residents will either have to wait for their next scheduled pick-up week, or bag the leaves for pick-up. To allow better access for the leaf collection equipment, please park cars in driveways or garages during this operation. Please be sure to keep leaves away from mailboxes, ditches, pipes and culverts.
Please note snow, rain, below freezing temperatures or mechanical difficulties may delay or possibly halt curbside leaf collection. Thank you for your cooperation in helping the leaf program run smoothly.
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
Halloween Trick or Treat Hours - Wednesday Oct. 31 - 4:00 to 8:00 pm
The Village Newsletter that recently went out inadvertently lists Halloween as Tuesday, October 31. Halloween is actually Wednesday, October 31. We apologize for any confusion.
Trick or Treat hours for Halloween on Wednesday, October 31 are 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
APRIL 2, 2019 Consolidated Election Information
APRIL 2, 2019 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION INFORMATION
Village Trustees for the Village of North Aurora and Trustees for the Messenger Library are elected at the Consolidated Election in Kane County, as provided for in the Illinois Election Code. No office for which the nomination is uncontested shall be included on the primary ballot and no primary shall be held for that office. An office is uncontested when not more than 4 persons are nominated for each office have timely filed valid nominating papers seeking nomination for the election to that office. Uncontested nominations (or candidates nominated at the Consolidated Primary, if held) will be included on the ballot for the Consolidated Election on April 2, 2019.
Candidates are strongly advised to obtain legal counsel regarding their qualifications for office, the proper method for completing the petition forms for a specific office, the minimum and maximum number of signatures required, the qualifications of petition signers and circulators, etc.
North Aurora Municipal
Village Trustee – three positions for 4 year terms
Nominating Petitions for Village Trustees should be filed at the Village Clerk’s Office (Village Administration), at the Village of North Aurora, 25 E. State Street, North Aurora, IL 60542 Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on November 19, 2018 through 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2018 for the Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election (or the Consolidated Primary on February 26, 2019 if required).
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 2018 – closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23, 2018 - closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Messenger Public Library
Library Trustee – three positions for 4 year terms
Nominating Petitions for Library candidates should be filed at the Village Clerk’s Office (Village Administration), at the Village of North Aurora, 25 E. State Street, North Aurora, IL 60542 - Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on December 10, 2018 through 5:00 p.m. on December 17, 2018 for the Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election.
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Questions may be directed to the Illinois State Board of Elections at: https://www.elections.il.gov/ or by calling: 312-814-6440.
The 2019 Candidate Guideline and petition forms are available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website: https://www.elections.il.gov/.
Petitions forms can also be picked up at the North Aurora Village Hall.
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 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 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.
Tollway Reconstruction Work - Orchard Road and I-88 Ramp
The Illinois Tollway has started ramp reconstruction at the Orchard Road Interchange on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88). The major portion of the work is scheduled to begin near the end of next week. The westbound exit ramp from I-88 will be reconstructed and the eastbound entrance ramp to I-88 will be widened and reconstructed.
The ramps will be constructed using staged construction. We anticipate the largest delay to be with the westbound exit ramp during the evening rush. Some delays may occur due to the reduced turn lanes and vehicle storage. A message board has been added to use IL-31 as an alternate route.
Additional information can be found on the Tollway’s website at https://www.illinoistollway.com/projects/reagan/interchange-repairs
This work is anticipated to be completed by early November. Final landscaping and striping will be completed in early Spring 2019.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.