Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert
NOARDA hosts concerts each summer on the second Thursday of June, July and August from 6:30-8:30.
Last Thursday's concert was cancelled due to inclement weather. The rescheduled concert is scheduled for this evening, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30.
The concert will be held Riverfront Park. BYOB and enjoy your own cold beer or glass of wine.
Government 101 - Local Government Education Program
The Village’s “Government 101” Education Program will be scheduled for six consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning October 12, 2017 through November 16, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program is free and open to residents 16 and older. This program will be fun and informative and will provide an opportunity for residents to understand how the Village operates. The weekly classes will include specific information on each of the Village Departments. Some of the topics that will be included each week will be:
Administration: Government Structure; Strategic Planning; Communication with Residents; Working with other Taxing Entities; and Branding;
Finance: Budget; Financial Status; Funding of Services; the State’s impact on the Village; Understanding Property Taxes
Community Development: Planning; Zoning; Economic Development; Building/Permitting; Code Enforcement and Property Maintenance
Public Works: Water Operations; Sewer; Storm Water; Engineering; and Fleet & Facilities
Police Dept.: Department overview; Hiring procedures/training program; Criminal law / traffic law / juvenile law; Major crimes/SWAT; and Crime prevention/C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)
There is no cost to participate in this program, however, class size will be limited so registration will be on a “first come/first serve” basis. Registration forms will be available at the Village Hall or you can download a Registration Form here.
Registration forms will be due on Monday, September 18, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. Please submit registration forms to the attention of: Cindy Torraco, Village of North Aurora, 25 E. State St. or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Government 101.
Please note, this program may be subject to cancellation if fewer than 15 residents register. If you have any questions please contact Steve Bosco, Village Administrator, by calling 630-897-8228 for by email at email@example.com.
School is Open - watch for students at bus stops and crosswalks
The North Aurora Police Department would like to remind the public that schools open tomorrow and that there will be increased patrols around schools. Officers will be on hand before and after school to make sure traffic flows smoothly and to enforce parking and traffic regulations.
Please be aware of students crossing the street before and after school as well as school busses loading and unloading children. Drivers traveling in both directions must stop for a school bus with flashing red lights and stop sign extended. They may not proceed until the red lights stop flashing and stop sign is retracted or the driver signals them to proceed. Exception: On a road with four or more lanes of traffic and at least two lanes in each direction, drivers traveling in the opposite direction of the stopped school bus do not have to stop. The penalty for illegally passing a stopped school bus is a three month drivers license suspension and a $150 fine.
Don’t forget to Drop It and Drive – put your cell phone down and keep your eyes on the road.
While tickets will be issued if appropriate, we’d rather have compliance than tickets.
We thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to working with schools and parents toward a safe and productive school year.
North Aurora Community Parade - 3:00 pm Sept. 17
The North Aurora Mother's Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual North Aurora Community Parade on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
The parade features North Aurora businesses, clubs, friends and neighbors with floats from schools, restaurants and organizations in the village and neighboring towns. There are some exciting changes this year, including a new timeframe and route of the parade to accommodate the participation of more groups.
The parade will be starting at Blessed Sacrament parking lot at 801 Oak Street for the parade riders. The parade will continue east on Oak Street to Willoway, then west on Harmony Drive, and the parade will conclude with a North Aurora Mothers Club sponsored after party at Goodwin Park.
Click on the link: North Aurora Mother's Club for more information and a copy of the Parade Route map.
Construction Projects Update - August 11, 2017
Airport Road, Alder Drive, and Ice Cream Drive
During the week of August 6, 2017 concrete items including curb and gutter, driveway aprons, and sidewalk were framed and poured back in concrete on the north side of Airport and Ice Cream and the west side of Alder.
During the week of August 14, 2017 the asphalt in the westbound lanes of traffic will be removed and the base will be prepared for asphalt paving.
During the week of August 21, 2017, the landscaping, topsoil, restoration, ditch work, and clean-up will occur.
During the week of August 28, 2017, new asphalt pavement will be laid.
During the week of September 4, 2017, striping and seeding will be completed.
During the week of September 11, 2017, clean-up and punch list items will be addressed.
It is anticipated, weather permitting that the project will be completed and open to two-way traffic on September 14, 2017.
2017 Street Improvements: Deerpath Road, Feltes Lane, Magnolia Drive, Acorn Drive, Alder Road, Cherry Tree Court, Seavey Road, Mitchell Road, and Wingfoot, Route 31 Storm Sewer, White Oak and Oak Sidewalk Improvements, Various Locations Sidewalk Improvements
Cherry Tree Court
During the week of August 6, 2017 restoration of the parkway continued. The placement of pavement striping will be the next major item to occur on this project.
Village Sidewalk Improvements
During the week of August 6, 2017, sidewalk replacement continued throughout town.
During the week of August 14, 2017 the sidewalks will be poured. It is anticipated that these will all be installed before school begins. The pour schedule is for Saturday, August 12 & Monday, August 14, 2017. Please use care to avoid stepping or riding through freshly poured concrete.
Messenger Public Library Closed Friday August 18th for Staff Training
The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora (113 Oak St.) will be closed all day on Friday August 18th for a staff training day.
The Library will reopen on Saturday August 19th at 9:00 a.m.
For further information on the Library visit the library website at messengerpl.org. The west side driveway book drop and return will be open for return of materials.
Waste Management Free Fall Clean-up - Friday West of Fox River and Saturday East of Fox River
It's Fall Clean-up Time: time to clean out the basement, attic and garage!
The Annual Waste Management Clean-up event is now scheduled for two days, with one side of the Village being serviced on Friday, and the other side on Saturday.
The West Side of the Fox River will be picked up on Friday, September 15 and the East side of the Fox River will be picked up on Saturday, September 16.
Residents should be aware that along with their bulk clean up items, regular trash will also be picked up on the same day - Friday, Sept. 15 for those West of the river and Saturday, September 16 for those residents East of the river.
Any non-hazardous bulk item will be picked up for free, however, regular household trash and yardwaste will require stickers as usual.
Please refer to the Waste Management Collection Guidelines for further information.
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
Kane County Electronics Recycling Information
NEXT RECYCLING EVENT
When: August 12th, 2017; 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
Where: 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
What: Electronics and Books (hard and soft covers, any age, any condition, free of cost) are accepted at all scheduled collection events.
Costs: TVs and Monitors cost $25 (under 21" measured diagonally across the screen) or $35 (21" and over). Pay online in advance HERE or pay at event with cash or card only. All other items is free to drop off. Electronics Accepted
Paint: See Kane County website for paint costs
2017 event dates remaining (on 2nd Saturday of each month):
Aug 12 - electronics, books
Sept 9 - electronics, books
Oct 14 - electronics, books
Nov 11 - electronics, books, document shredding, paint
No event December 2017.
Visit the Kane County Recycling website for more information: http://www.countyofkane.org/Recycling/Pages/electronics.aspx
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
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.
Homeowner Accessibility Assistance
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) offers a program to help homeowners address home accessibility issues that affect the health or safety of their families.
Low income homeowners may qualify for a grant up to $25,000 in home modification, performed by professional contractors. The Grant is Forgivable after 5 years.
Examples of eligible improvements include: grab bars, chair lift, handicap accessible showers, lowering cabinets, lowering counter tops, widening doorways, ramps, & walk-in shower. Households must meet income and other eligibility guidelines.
Please click the link for more information and a pre-application form: Illinois Housing Development Authority
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-208-3841.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 1/1/17 - 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.
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: