April 2020
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The City of DeKalb is dedicated to providing the community with updates and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 31, the State of Illinois extended the "stay at home" order through April 30. The City is committed to providing essential services during this time. While some City offices are closed to the public, staff is prepared to assist residents and businesses with almost any need.

We also understand the economic impact this event has taken on residents and businesses, so the City is taking steps to help. Most late fees have been waived for the time being and the City has extended assistance to local hospitality businesses through a refund of certain local taxes.

For more information about how the City of DeKalb is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
In This Issue
COVID-19 Update

Census Day

Utility Assistance

Job Opportunities

Telecommunicator Week

Dine Out DeKalb

Building Permits

City Hall Move Postponed
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Census Day is Today
Today is a day 10 years in the making. It is Census Day! Millions of Americans have already completed their United States Census to ensure their communities receive appropriate representation and federal and state funds. Join them by filling out your Census to give DeKalb a complete count.

Why does the 2020 Census matter to residents that live in DeKalb, Illinois you may ask? There are the two important reasons:

  • The Census determines how $675 billion of state and federal funding is given to local communities every year until 2030
  • The Census determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

Funding received by the state and federal government goes directly to services our community uses daily, such as improving our streets, education programs, health programs, and assisting non-profit organizations and business with more accurate demographic information for our community.

Please take five minutes and fill out the Census at 2020Census.gov and help our community for the next decade.
Utility Assistance
The City offers financial assistance for water and garbage service to those who qualify. The program is income-based and individuals must be at least 62 years of age or disabled.

If you meet these requirements and would like to apply applications can be on the City's website, or you may send an e-mail request to waterbilling@cityofdekalb.com.

Submit completed applications via the utility payment drop box located at City Hall, mail to 200 S Fourth Street, fax 815-748-2304, or e-mail your application to waterbilling@cityofdekalb.com. Applications must be submitted by April 15.

If you have any questions please call 815-748-2085.

Please note that late fees and service terminations have been suspended until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Job Opportunities with the City
The City of DeKalb currently has multiple openings for individuals to join our dedicated team. Positions include Accounting Manager, Police Chief, Seasonal Public Works Maintenance, Skilled Maintenance - Wells, and Water Service Maintenance. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for one of these positions please send them our way.

For more information on any of these positions, please visit our website.
National Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week
April 12 through 18 is National Public Safety Telecommuncator's Week. The Communications Division works as the front-line response for receiving emergency and non-emergency telephone inquires for police, fire, and emergency services within our community.

The Communications Division is focused on their mission to protect and serve while receiving and dispatching calls for service by enhancing the safety of our officers, fire personnel, and our community.  In order to comply with Illinois Department of Public Health standards, Telecommunicators (TC) are required to maintain at least 12 hours of continuing education credits each year in order to retain their Emergency Medical Dispatch license. TCs also perform tasks involving administrative support, monitoring Smart911 and disseminating Alert DeKalb notifications to city residents in events of severe weather, snow route activation, road closures, safety concerns, or other emergencies requiring targeted or citywide notification

Last year alone, our TCs answered over 123,863 phone calls, which was an 11% increase compared to 2018. We thank all of the hard working individuals that help keep our community safe.
Quick Links
Dine Out DeKalb
In light of Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" executive order, the Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of restaurants that are offering delivery, pick-up, curb-side, and drive-thru services during the "stay at home" period. For a list of restaurants participating click here.

Show your support of local restaurants by posting a picture of your meal to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #DineOutDeKalb

We want to support our local restaurants during this difficult time. Show the Chamber how you are supporting our local restaurants. Enter #DineOutDeKalb to be entered to win a local restaurant gift card. More information is available on the DeKalb Chamber's website.
Building Permits
The Building Division wishes to remind residents that when they are looking to build a new deck and or upgrading their current deck they are required to get a permit. Here are some tips to make that process easier.

  • You must obtain a deck permit
  • You will need to provide a sketch or a plan of the proposed deck with your permit application
  • A list of materials that will be used needs to be submitted
  • There are three inspections required for decks: 1. After post holes are dug 2. When framing is complete and 3. A final inspection when the project is complete.

Please contact the Building Division at 815-748-2070 with any and all questions about permits. They are happy to assist and ensure your project is a success. For a complete list of deck installation requirement click here.
Receive important notifications from the City by signing up for ALERT DeKalb. Text, email, and phone messages are used to alert the public to emergency situations, severe weather, and traffic disruptions.

Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
City Hall Move Postponed
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has decided to postpone the move of City Hall until after the "stay at home" order is lifted. This will ensure that all staff and moving personnel are safe.

In the meantime, the City will be working to implement over $40,000 in technology upgrades at the DeKalb Public Library for live streaming City Council meetings. These upgrades will allow the City to broadcast meetings, which helps ensure open and transparent government.

Be on the look out for additional communications from the City on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for an exact move date.
Upcoming Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential meetings may be canceled. Please check the City's website for up to date information.
Planning and Zoning Commission
April 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
April 8, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Committee of the Whole Meeting
April 13, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

Regular City Council Meeting
April 13, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Fire Pension Board
April 9, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Police Pension Board
April 17, 10 a.m. at DeKalb Police Department
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
April 20, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
April 22, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Joint Review Board
April 24, 1 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole Meeting
April 27, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

Regular City Council Meeting
April 27, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
April 28, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
To view agendas for City meetings, please go to the City's Agenda Center here .
To check for meeting cancellations and location updates, please check the City Website here .
City Officials
Jerry Smith , Mayor

Carolyn Morris , Alderman - 1st Ward

Bill Finucane , Alderman - 2nd Ward

Tracy Smith, Alderman - 3rd Ward

Greg Perkins, Alderman - 4th Ward
Scott McAdams, Alderman - 5th Ward

Mike Verbic , Alderman - 6th Ward

Anthony Faivre , Alderman - 7th Ward

Lynn Fazekas , City Clerk

Bill Nicklas , City Manager
Hours of Operation
City Phone Numbers
City Hall           
200 South Fourth Street
Monday - Friday   
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Police Station
700 West Lincoln Highway
Monday - Friday   
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Public Works
1216 Market Street
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport     
3232 Pleasant Street  
Monday - Friday     
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
City Clerk 815-748-2095

City Manager's Office 815-748-2090

Community Development Department 815-748-2060

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport 815-748-8102

Finance Department 815-748-2000

Fire/Police Emergency 911

Fire Non-Emergency 815-748-8460

Mayor's Office 815-748-2099

Police Non-Emergency 815-748-8400

Public Works Department 815-748-2040
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