December 2018
Seasonal Parking Restrictions
The City of DeKalb's Public Works Department reminds residents that seasonal parking restrictions begin Saturday, December 1, and are in effect through March 31, regardless of weather conditions. Check for parking restrictions before you park.

Also, designated Snow Routes prohibit parking after a 2” snowfall until snowplows have completely cleared the street. Sign up for Alert DeKalb to be notified of snow route activation during weather events.
In This Issue
Snow Routes

Annual Budget

Heros and Helpers

Winter Fire Safety

Flooding During Winter Months

Red Wreath Program

Snow Removal

Warming Centers
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FY2019 Annual Budget
The Public Hearing for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Annual Budget will be held on December 10, 2018, at the Regular City Council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The Public Hearing will be followed by first reading of the annual budget ordinance at the same meeting.

This year's budget process required a collaborative effort of the City Council, Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) and City staff to address a structural deficit in the City's finances. Over several months, these efforts resulted in the development of budget-balancing measures that have effectively balanced FY2019 revenues and expenditures; however, a funding gap remains due to anticipated revenue shortfalls in FY2018. Discussion of ways to address this funding gap will continue when the City Council and FAC meet at a joint meeting on December 4, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The FY2019 Proposed Budget is available for public viewing on the City's website or in person at the Finance Department in City Hall.

Heroes and Helpers Program
The DeKalb Police Benevolent & Protective Association and DeKalb Target, would like to announce that this year's Heroes and Helpers (also know as Shop with a Cop) will be taking place on Sunday, December 9, at the Target store in DeKalb. This is an all-volunteer program and donations are always needed from community members to help fund the program.

Each participating child, with the help of a DeKalb Police Officer, will choose $100 worth of Christmas presents. As the program's name suggest, the children are the Heroes and the Police Officers are their Helpers. The gifts are then wrapped by Target staff members and other community volunteers. While the presents are being wrapped the children can enjoy refreshments, snacks, coloring and visiting with Police Officers.

Last year, the Heroes and Helpers program helped 40 children and their families. We would like to increase the number of children participating this year. The need is great and we need community support to achieve our goal.

If you would like to learn more about Heroes and Helpers or would like to make a donation to help us bring more children into this year's program, please drop off your contribution at the front desk of the DeKalb Police Department or contact Community Relations Officer Kelly Sullivan at 815-748-8446. Checks can be made payable to the DeKalb Police Benevolent & Protective Association.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
The Fire Department wants to share some safety tips to protect your holiday traditions.

Holiday Trees: While picking out a tree make sure you pick a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched. Before placing the tree in the stand cut the bottom two inches off the base of the trunk and fill with water regularly. Make sure the tree is placed at least three feet away from any heating source. When lighting the tree make sure to not use lit candles or any strands of lights that are broken or have loose connections. Following these tips can help make your home safe this holiday season.

Cooking: Use caution while in the kitchen and cooking. Never leave the kitchen while grilling or broiling food even for a short period of time. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top. In the event of a small grease fire, place the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. When in doubt just get out! Make sure to close the door on your way out and call 911 from outside the home.

From our family to yours, be safe this holiday season!
Prevent Flooding During Winter Months
As temperatures drop and the ground begins to freeze, property owners need to be aware of flooding. When the ground freezes, it no longer absorbs runoff water and flows into the roadway. In order to make sure that this runoff water is properly drained, please take a minute and look for any storm drains located near your property that may be blocked. Clearing debris from the drain will help prevent water from staying stagnate and creating flooding problems.

Unfortunately, weather conditions hindered Public Works' ability to collect leaves this fall to the extent residents have become accustomed to as a result of the weather. We recognize many residents still have leaves piled up along their street. Gathering up these leaves will be a challenge for all of us. Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) has offered to extend their curbside yard waste collection program through the month of December. For residents who are able, we encourage you to gather leaves and set them out for collection by LRS. Public Works is evaluating the weather conditions for an opportunity to continue collecting leaves. The decision to resume loose leaf collection will depend on several factors, most importantly temperature and precipitation. 

We encourage you to remove any obstructions to the storm drains located near your property. If for some reason you are having difficulties or cannot unclog the storm drain, please contact the Public Works Department at 815-748-2030 for assistance.
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Red Wreath Program
Since 1986, the Fire Department has participated in the Red Wreath Program. The intention of this program is to focus community attention on fire and home safety during the holiday season. A wreath with red bulbs has been hung on all three fire stations and they will remain there until after the holiday season. The goal is to keep the wreaths red by having no fire incidents related to the holiday season. For every fire call that occurs during the holiday season, one red bulb will be exchanged for a white bulb, indicating a fire incident occurred.

Last year, the wreaths were displayed for 39 days and no fire incidents directly related to the holiday season occurred. We hope for the same result this year! A report on the Fire Department emergency activity during this holiday season will follow in January. Do your part and "Help us keep the Wreathes Red!"

If you have any questions about the program please contact the Fire Department at 815-748-8460.
Snow Removal on Sidewalks
The DeKalb Municipal Code states that property owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks. Upon two inches of snowfall, property owners should remove all snow and ice within 48 hours. By clearing walkways, pedestrians, including children walking to school, have a safer path to travel. The City encourages residents to be a good neighbor by helping those who may not be capable of shoveling on their own.
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.
Warming Center Information
The City of DeKalb has many services available to help residents weather the winter months. The below facilities are available as Warming Centers during their normal operating hours.

  • DeKalb Senior Center - 330 Grove Street
  • DeKalb Park District - 303 S. Ninth Street
  • DeKalb Public Library - 309 Oak Street

In the event one of the above locations is closed, Hope Haven is a no turn away shelter. Hope Haven is located at 1145 Rushmore Drive in DeKalb.

Below are some additional services the City provides:

Request a well-being check:
  • Call 815-748-8400 to request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather

Report inadequate heat in a residential building:
  • Call 815-748-2070 during regular business hours
  • Call 815-748-8460 (press 9) after hours

Resolve a heating problem with your landlord:
  • Call 815-748-2070 during regular business hours
  • Call 815-748-8460 (press 9) after hours

Locating a Warming Center:
  • Call 815-748-8460 (Press 9)
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in December:

  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

Normal office hours will resume on the following business day. If you need more immediate assistance, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at 815-748-8400.
Upcoming Meetings
Joint City Council / FAC
December 4, 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers

Planning and Zoning Commission
December 5, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environmental Commission
December 6, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
December 7, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
December 10, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
December 10, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Human Relations Commission
December 11, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
DeKalb Public Library Board
December 12, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
December 17, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Airport Advisory Board
December 18, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility

Planning and Zoning Commission
December 19, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole - Subject to Cancellation
December 26, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council - Subject to Cancellation
December 26, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
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
Taste of the Season Downtown DeKalb
Downtown DeKalb, December 8, 5-8 p.m.

Celebrate the season by sampling wine, beer, and spirits paired with food from local restaurants while checking items off your shopping list at over 10 Downtown DeKalb merchants. Tickets are $25 dollars and more information can be found here.

Toys for Tots Game
Huntley Middles School, December 10, 6 p.m.

This year's annual Police Department and Fire Department vs Teachers charity basketball game will take place at Huntley Middle School. Come on out and enjoy the game while supporting Toys for Tots. Admission is either an unwrapped toy or a small donation. Look for more information on the Police or Fire Department Facebook pages.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

Throughout the holiday season, the Egyptian will be hosting an ensemble of holiday classics. From a showing of It's a Wonderful Life to a production of T he Nutcracker, everyone will find a timeless classic to enjoy. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.
Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
December 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.
December 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

At the beginning of this month, the Stage Coach Players are performing A Christmas Chaos by Michael Wehrli. A comedic take on the classic Christmas Carole tale. A great show to celebrate the holiday season. For ticket information, please visit their 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.

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

Lynn Fazekas , City Clerk

Raymond Munch , Interim 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
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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