August 2018
In an effort to bring you more timely information and news regarding happenings in the community, we will begin publishing DeKalb e-News monthly as of this month. You will also notice that we updated the look of the newsletter. We hope you enjoy these changes!
DeKalb Corn Fest 2018
The City of DeKalb is proud to once again sponsor Corn Fest, taking place August 24, 25, and 26 in downtown DeKalb. Corn Fest is one of the last remaining free summer music festivals in Illinois. This year's acts include 7th Heaven , Hi Infidelity , Ides of March , and Pistol Pete . Admission to the festival is free. Admission to the Sound Stage is $5 per day.

In addition to wonderful music, attendees can enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. Test your skill at tossing some bags in the corn hole tournament, check out the Corn Fest Car Show, enjoy the Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil, stroll through the Craft Fest or head over to the carnival with the kids. Corn Fest has it all!

For everyone's safety and enjoyment of the festival, all backpacks, knapsacks, and tote bags will be subject to search upon entering the festival grounds. The following are a few items that are prohibited at Corn Fest: outside alcoholic beverages, coolers, glass bottles, pets, grills, bicycles, skateboards, and firearms. For additional information on schedules, parking, and public transportation, please visit the Corn Fest website or call 815-748-2676.
In This Issue
DeKalb Corn Fest


Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Street Construction

Architectural Improvement Program

New Home Permits

National Night Out

Non-Profit Focus:
Adventure Works
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MetroNet Construction Begins in August
Beginning August 1, MetroNet will begin installation of a fiber optic network that will bring their high-speed internet, television and phone service to DeKalb. Installation will include both underground and above-ground work to install fiber optic cables. This will require contractors to perform work within utility easements, many of which are in or near residential yards. MetroNet estimates that it will take two years to build out the entire City. Residents will receive a letter from MetroNet 30 days before work is scheduled to begin. That will be followed by a postcard mailed two weeks later and a flag placed in each yard the week before construction begins.

As work begins, residents may have questions or concerns about the project. Residents are encouraged to use the MetroNet Construction Website as their first source of information. The website includes an Ask a Question portal, through which residents can contact MetroNet on a variety of issues. The City has also established a page on the City’s website with information, project updates, and answers to frequently asked questions.
New Refuse Service Provider - Lakeshore Recycling Systems
On September 1, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will become the City's exclusive waste hauler for refuse, recyclables, and yard waste. In addition to the three core services, LRS will be providing electronic waste collection, household hazardous waste collection, and organic food scraps collection. A full list and a description of services can be found on the LRS website.

All single family and multi-family residences, with an active City of DeKalb utility/garbage account, will receive one (1) 95-gallon cart for refuse and one (1) 65-gallon cart for recyclables by default. Residents may request an additional refuse or recycling cart at no additional charge. Special requests for additional carts or requests for larger or smaller carts may be submitted to LRS through one of the three contact methods listed below. Residents may use their own carts for extra refuse and extra recyclables. Carts must weigh less than 50-lbs, not exceed 32-gallons in size, and have two handles. Please clearly mark any other carts that contain recyclables with the word RECYCLE.

Phone: 815-770-7550

As we near September, be on the look out for further updates on the City's website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Street Construction Updates
The 2018 Street Maintenance Program is well underway in the Ellwood Neighborhood. Contractors have begun removing and pouring new curbs, sidewalk ramps, and driveway approaches identified as needing repair. Residents with driveway approaches scheduled for repair will not have access to their driveway for a minimum of five days. As this work concludes, the contractors will begin to prepare the streets for repaving.

Work will require some temporary parking restrictions in the Ellwood Neighborhood. As a result, the Police Department not issue citations for "Resident Only" parking in the Ellwood Neighborhood until work is completed. Other parking restrictions, such as blocking fire hydrants and blocking driveways, will continue to be enforced.

For regular updates, please visit the City's 2018 Street Maintenance Program Blog.
Architectural Improvement Program Guidelines Revised
Recently, the City revised the guidelines for the Architectural Improvement Program (AIP). AIP was created to provide financial assistance to business and property owners looking to make investments to extend the longevity and vitality of their property.

Business and property owners within one of the City's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts are eligible to receive funds through AIP. All projects are considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the City Council.

Projects funded through the AIP program include, but are not limited to, facade renovations, life safety equipment, fire alarm and suppression systems, tuck-pointing, exterior lighting, water damage repair, and gutter replacement. Each type of capital improvement has a different level of reimbursement amounts.

Anyone with questions about the program may call Economic Development Planner Jason Michnick at (815) 748-2365.
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Home-building Activity Increases in 2018
For the first time in a number of years, DeKalb has seen significant growth in permits issued for new single-family homes to be built in the City. As of July 31, permits for 20 new homes have been issued for lots in the Devonaire Farms subdivision. These lots are being developed by DR Horton, the nation's largest home builder. Two additional permits have been issued to private developers for lots in The Bridges of Rivermist subdivision. In comparison, the City issued just three new home permits during the previous two years. For more information on new homes in Devonaire Farms, please visit the DR Horton website.
National Night Out
This year marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out. We are excited to continue our partnership with the DeKalb Target to bring this great event to the community. Bring your friends and family to the Target parking lot on Sycamore Road on August 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and meet local Police Officers, Firefighters, and other first responders. In addition to meeting our local heroes, there will be music, food, games, live safety demonstrations, and a simulated 911 center. This is a great opportunity to meet those who protect and serve the DeKalb community.

For more information, please visit the National Night Out - DeKalb, IL Facebook page.
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Non-Profit Focus: Adventure Works
In this month's edition of Non-Profit Focus, we learn more about Adventure Works. This year, the City partnered with Adventure Works and provided $10,000 in funding for their operations. Funding was provided through the City's Human Services Funding, which provides financial assistance to various social service agencies working in the community.

Adventure Works is the only nationally accredited community based outdoor behavioral healthcare organization in the State of Illinois.

What is the mission of Adventure Works?

Guiding youth in overcoming life's challenges through adventure based counseling and education.

What services does Adventure Works provide to its clients?

Adventure Works provides many services to the DeKalb community. We serve youths, adults, and families though different programs and services depending on their needs. The main service being adventure based counseling and education. Many people, however, do not fully understand what adventure based counseling is. This link helps provide a better understanding.

What can community members do to help out and get involved?

We are always looking for help with things around the office, but where we really need help is funding. We are a community based organization and rely on the support of the community. If you are interested in supporting our organization please go to our donor page. Other ways of helping out include donating snacks and gift cards.

Are there any community fundraising events that you would like to share with the community?

Adventure Works puts on one big event every year called BarnBQue, which took place last month. This year, we had a record number of guests and raised thousands of dollars. We are currently in the process of partnering with Project Seth to put another event together. We will be providing more information about this in the coming weeks.

For more information about Adventure Works please visit their website.
Upcoming Meetings
Economic Development Commission
August 3, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
August 7, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Finance Advisory Committee
August 7, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department Training room #203

Human Relations Commission
August 7, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
August 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

Citizens' Environmental Commission
August 9, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
August 13, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers
City Council
August 13, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens Community Enhancement Commission
August 20, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Special Committee of the Whole
August 21, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Bond
August 27, 8 a.m. at City Hall

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

City Council
August 27, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
August 28, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility
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 .
Community Events
Music at the Mansion
August 1 and 15 at Ellwood House
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Set up your lawn chair on the historic mansion lawn, sit back, and enjoy the music. The Music at the Mansion Series is hosted by the Ellwood House, DeKalb Park District, and DeKalb Special Events. For more information on this event please visit the Ellwood House website .

Ellwood Summer Festival
August 5

Bring the whole family for interactive musical performances, historic house tours, art activities presented by KVAL, and an outdoor carriage and transportation exhibit featuring hands-on activities. All ages welcome. For more information, click here.

National Night Out
August 7 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Take a stand against crime and come out to Target, 2555 Sycamore Road, to meet local first responders. There will be games, food, live safety demonstrations, and a simulated 911 center. The event is free.

August 10 at Hopkins Pool from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If the regular pool hours were not enough to get you through the day, enjoy a little extra time with an evening of pool themed games, events, and contests. This event is for all ages and is free to residents with a pool pass. For more information, please visit the DeKalb Park District website.

Movie in the Park
August 10 at 8 p.m., Hopkins Park

The DeKalb Park District will be showing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on their inflatable big screen. This event is free for all ages.

DeKalb Farmers' Market
Every Thursday through Sept., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DeKalb Farmers’ Market will be held in Van Buer Plaza, at North Second and Locust Street, every Thursday through September. The DeKalb Farmers’ Market provides the community with fresh locally grown produce, bread, baked goods, coffee, flowers, food trucks and more!
DeKalb Municipal Band
Every Tuesday at Hopkins Park Band Shell

This year marks the 164th continuous year the DeKalb Municipal Band will be performing. Bring your friends and family every Tuesday night to enjoy the music. Find out more information about the band at their   website .

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S 5th St, DeKalb, IL
August 16-26

This August, the Stage Coach Players are performing Deathtrap by Ira Levin. This Broadway hit has it all: murder, deceit, plot twists, and thrills. You will not want to miss it. For ticket information, please visit their website.

Corn Fest
August 24, 25, 26 in downtown DeKalb

Celebrating its 41st year, Corn Fest will be held in downtown DeKalb on Lincoln Highway, between First and Fourth Streets. All shows are free to the public. There is a $5 admission fee for the Sound Stage. For more information, call (815) 748-CORN or visit the   website .

DeKalb Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library offers a variety of programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Check out their website for details.

NIU Move-in Day
Aug 25 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New and returning students move in to NIU residence halls. Join us in welcoming students back to DeKalb!

Northern Illinois University Events
DeKalb Campus

Northern Illinois University offers a variety of music, arts, and entertainment events that are open to the public. Check out NIU's Events Calendar for a full list of events.
Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change without notice. Please contact the event sponsor for additional details.
City Officials
Jerry Smith , Mayor

David Jacobson , Alderman - 1st Ward

Bill Finucane , Alderman - 2nd Ward

Michael Marquardt , Alderman - 3rd Ward

Patrick Fagan , Alderman - 4th Ward
Kate Noreiko, Alderman - 5th Ward

Mike Verbic , Alderman - 6th Ward

Anthony Faivre , Alderman - 7th Ward

Ruth Scott , Deputy City Clerk

Molly Talkington , Interim City Manager
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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
8 a.m. - 5 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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