August 2020
Public Transit Service Reduction
Due to challenges associated with COVID-19, the Huskie Line bus system began operating a reduced service schedule on Wednesday, June 24 th , 2020. The reduced service will continue for the remainder of the summer, extending through Sunday, August 23 rd , 2020.

For additional information, including weekend hours of service and frequency, please visit or contact Huskie Line at 815-758-6900. To purchase tickets for the Route 12 to/from the Elburn Metra Station, please visit
In This Issue
Public Transit Service Reduction

Summer Grill Safety

City of DeKalb Water Supply

DeKalb Airport Air Park

Motor Vehicle Thefts

New Downtown Restaurant

United States Census Non-Response Follow Up

Required Building Permits
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Summer Grill Safety
The "Dog Days" of summer are here! Fun times can continue to make the most out of your time with family and friends. Here are some great tips from the DeKalb Fire Department to ensure you stay safe all summer long:

  • Keep barbecue grills far away from anything that can burn -- your home, cars, dry vegetation, etc. Stay with the grill when lit, and keep children and pets away from the area.
  • When barbecuing, protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm. If you get burned, run cool water over the burn for 10 to 15 minutes. (Tip: Don't use butter or a salve on burns because these seal in heat and can damage the tissue further.) If you receive a serious burn, with charred skin, seek medical attention promptly. 
  • For charcoal grills, only use grill starter fluids (never use gasoline). Use a limited amount of starter fluid before lighting the fire. If the fire is slow to start, rekindle it with dry kindling and add more charcoal if necessary. 
  • For gas grills, always store the gas cylinder outside away from structures and turn off the valves when not in use.

By following these quick and simple steps, we can keep summer activities fun and fire-safe.
City of DeKalb Water Supply
The recent heat wave, coupled with limited rainfall, has placed a greater demand on the City’s water supply. Water consumption is up over 18% compared to 2019. This requires an additional 600,000 gallons of water a day to meet current demand. DeKalb typically averages 3.1 million gallons of water production per day (MGD). With the recent increase, peak daily demand has reached over 5 MGD.  The City’s public water supply can meet this demand has the ability to produce a maximum of 12 MGD. 

Most of the increased demand in water use can be attributed to watering lawns and plants.  Some tips on minimizing water use include:

  • Water or run your irrigation system during the morning hours, especially if you use sprinklers. Less water is lost to evaporation when the temperature is cooler, plus in most areas, the wind doesn't blow as hard in the morning. Watering in the evening can lead to turf and plant disease because water sits on the plants all night, especially in humid climates.

  • Irrigate in 2-3 short cycles rather than a single long period of time and allow time for the water to soak into the ground between the cycles. Sprinklers can apply water faster than it can actually soak into the ground, causing water to build up on the top of the soil and run off into the gutter or to a low spot in the yard. Cycling irrigation gives the water time to soak into the ground, reduces water run-off, and will help reduce wet spots in the yard where lawn diseases can start.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
DeKalb Airport Air Park
If you are looking for the perfect space to watch airplanes and have a picnic, check out the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (DTMA). On the East side of DTMA's Main Terminal Building, located at 3232 Pleasant Street, you will find the DeKalb Airport Air Park. There are picnic benches and grassy areas to set up a nice lunch.

While you are there, get a tour, meet some of our staff, or come in and say "Hi". You never know what aircraft you might see flying into DTMA!
Motor Vehicle Thefts
The DeKalb Police Department has recently investigated numerous car burglaries and several vehicle thefts. Many of these thefts occurred as the result of a vehicle burglary. These crimes are considered “opportunity crimes” when the offender takes advantage of an opportunity with little effort. The burglaries and thefts were reported at various locations within DeKalb. 

The DeKalb Police Department recommends community members remain vigilant to prevent motor vehicle theft and reduce the opportunity for offenders to burglarize vehicles. Please follow these prevention tips:

  • Do not leave your vehicle running while unlocked and unattended.
  • Lock your car, even in your driveway, and do not leave spare keys in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave electronic devices, wallets, purses, cash, or keys visible from outside the vehicle.
  • Keep garage doors shut and locked when you are not present.
  • Keep outside lights on after dark.
  • Contact the Police Department to report any burglary or other suspicious activity.
  • See Something/Say Something! Safe neighborhoods are everyone’s business!

Please immediately report any suspicious activity or persons to the DeKalb Police Department. If you have information about any of these crimes, contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272. You can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67282 to provide an anonymous tip. 

Thank you for assisting the DeKalb Police Department in keeping our community safe for everyone!
Quick Links
El Jimador in Downtown DeKalb
A new restaurant named El Jimador Mexican Grill is set to open at the corner of Third and Lincoln Highway. El Jimador will be located in the old O'Leary's building at 260 E. Lincoln Hwy. Construction is almost finished with an anticipated opening day in mid to late August. Be on the look out for more information.
United States Census Non-Response Follow Up
Starting the week of July 30, United States Census Takers will begin interviewing households in DeKalb who have not completed their Census.

The Census Bureau will require census takers to wear a mask while conducting their work. They will follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit. Census takers must complete a COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. Residents are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household on April 1, 2020 is counted.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative at 630-288-9200

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States on April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.

All other area census offices across the country are scheduled to begin follow-up work on August 11. All offices will conclude work no later than October 31. Households can still respond to the Census by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at , or calling 844-330-2020.
For more information, visit .
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.
Required Building Permits
The City of DeKalb’s adopted ordinances require certain interior/exterior home improvements to obtain building permits through the City's Building & Code Division. Below is a list of projects that require permits. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Contact the Building Division if you are unsure if a permit is required.
Required permits:
  • Decks, Fences, Roofing work
  • Patios, Driveways, Sidewalks
  • Alterations where an egress requirement is added or changed – i.e. Basement Bedrooms, Interior Reframing
  • Additions
  • Building systems are altered – i.e. New Furnace, Plumbing Changes/Additions, Electrical Wiring
  • Major alterations – i.e. Interior Demo/Framing, Attic work
  • New construction
  • Swimming Pools & Solar Panels
Please contact 815-748-2070 with any questions – we are here to help. You can also view Building Permits and Fees here.
Upcoming Meetings
Please note that due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, meetings are subject to cancellation. Check the City of DeKalb's Agenda Center for the most up to date information.
Planning and Zoning Commission
August 3, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
August 4, 5 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Human Relations Commission
August 4, 6:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Environmental Commission
August 6, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Economic Development Commission
August 7, 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
August 10, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
August 10, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library
DeKalb Public Library Board
August 12, 7 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board
August 17, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Community Engancement Commission
August 17, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
August 17, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Committee of the Whole Meeting
August 24, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
August 24, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Airport Advisory Board
August 25, 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 .
Community Events
Summer Meals for Children
Throughout DeKalb, August 1st - August 14th.

The Voluntary Action Center and the Summer Food Service Program are working together to provide meals for curb side pickup to children 18 and younger through August 14. There are many different times, days, and locations. These include:
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
  • University Village - Monday-Friday, 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • NIU School of Nursing - Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.
  • Huntley Middle School - Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
  • Haish Gym - Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.

DeKalb Hometown Hero
Downtown DeKalb

DeKalb Hometown Hero banners have returned to downtown to acknowledge some of our local veterans. To register for a banner, request an application from the DeKalb American Legion. You will be notified if your application is approved and a $100 fee will be required.

50 Men Who Cook: Iron Chef-Style Competition

CASA's signature fundraising event, 50 Men Who Cook, will be virtual in 2020. Join the cooks for an online competition between local chefs, featuring Iron Chef America Judge and Italian Culinary Expert, Mario Rizzotti, as the celebrity judge! Judging will be based on orginality, presentation and virtual taste. Vote for the People's Choice winner by watching the event on August 8th!
DeKalb Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library is offering virtual programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Some of the events this month are Virtual Stories at Home, Virtual UNO, and Virtual Creative Writing for Teens. Check out their  website for details.

DeKalb Municipal Band  
Hopkins Park Band Shell, Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.  
The band plays on for the DeKalb Municipal Band each Tuesday throughout the summer. If you would like to attend, please go to their  website to reserve your spot in order to practice responsible social distancing!

DeKalb Farmers' Market  
Van Buer Plaza, Every Thursday,  
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Stroll downtown and try some fresh baked bread, locally grown produce, coffee, flowers, food trucks, and art. You do not want to miss this event. Most weeks have music sponsored by the Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found on the Chamber's   website.

New Hope of DeKalb Back to School Bash
DeKalb High School, 501 W Dresser Rd., August 8th, 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

New Hope Baptist is organizing a back to school, school supply drive. This will be a drive-up backpack distribution due to COVID-19. Each backpack will contain a variety of school supplies for purchase for $11. More information about the school supply drive will be available soon on New Hope Baptist's website here.
Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, these events are subject to cancellation.
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           
164 E. Lincoln Highway
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 815-748-2070

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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