February 2019
ETA Spot: Real-Time Transit Tracker
The City of DeKalb is excited to announce that all fixed route buses can now be tracked live on the web. ETA Spot provides users with a map of selected bus routes while displaying the exact location of the bus and all available bus stops along the route. ETA Spot can be viewed on any desktop or mobile web browser. Smartphone users also have to option to download the ETA Spot app for free on both the Apple App Store or Google Play 

All fixed route bus lines are now operated by Huskie Line and managed by the City of DeKalb. Please note the South Safe Line and North Safe Line routes are available on ETA Spot; however, these routes are operated and managed by Northern Illinois University. Deviated Fixed Routes 21 and 24 are not available to view on ETA Spot at this time.
In This Issue
ETA Spot Tracker

Nextdoor App

Public Works Seasonal Job

Census 2020

New Smoke Detector Law

Weather Spotter Course

Technology Tip
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New Communication Tool - NextDoor
In 2019, the DeKalb Police will begin to utilize Nextdoor, a free social networking platform used for communication among people who live in close proximity to each other. The mission of Nextdoor is to provide families and public agencies with tools to enhance their communities and make them safer through a virtual neighborhood watch. 

Police Department staff will update residents on issues such as weather watches and warnings, crimes, or other emergencies. Nextdoor will not be monitored 24/7, so residents are reminded to report in-progress incidents by calling 9-1-1.
To sign up for Nextdoor, go to nextdoor.com and register with the use of an e-mail address and password. Your information can also easily be linked to an existing Facebook account, which accelerates the process. You will be asked to provide your home address, as well as your full name. This is to ensure that what you share on Nextdoor is only visible to those who live nearby. Once you gain access to your neighborhood’s site, search “DeKalb Police Department” and explore posts on the page. 
City Seeks Applicants for Seasonal Positions
The Public Works Department is accepting applications for Seasonal Maintenance positions. These positions are temporary, full-time positions that are typically filled from May to August; however, start and end dates are flexible. Responsibilities include mowing and landscape maintenance on City property, painting of fire hydrants, and assisting with minor building and facility maintenance. A total of four seasonal positions will be filled, with two assigned to the Street Division, one in the Utility Division, and one in the Airport Division. These are great opportunities for someone interested in a career in municipal public works or anyone looking for meaningful summer work.

To view the full job description, hiring requirements, and application instructions, please visit our jobs page. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Adopt a Hydrant
With the accumulation of many snowfalls over the past month, the Fire Department is asking residents to help out by adopting a fire hydrant near their home. When firefighters respond to an emergency, seconds matters. Taking time to dig out a fire hydrant to access water can mean time wasted, which may result in unnecessary loss of life and property. You can help out by locating a fire hydrant near your home and clearing a three-foot area of snow around the hydrant. This will allow firefighters fast access in the event of an emergency. If you are unable to accomplish this task yourself, join together with a group of neighbors or call the Fire Department's non-emergency line at 815-748-8460.
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New Smoke Detector Law
The State of Illinois amended the current Smoke Detector Act with with an effective date of January 2023. Smoke detectors will be required to have a sealed, 10 year battery which cannot be readily removed. Though it seems premature to inform the community of this change, it is never a bad idea to be in compliance early. This is especially true for those who manage residential rental units.

Come 2023, there will be a few triggers that require installation of the new sealed, 10 year battery models.

  1. If the smoke detector is older than 10 years from the manufacture date at the time the law goes into effect.
  2. If the smoke detector fails to respond correctly to a normal test.
  3. Any new smoke detectors being installed.

When this law becomes effective, existing smoke detectors that still respond to normal testing, and are not older than 10 years can continue to be used. Any new detectors, or those that are older than 10 years, or don't respond to normal testing would have to be replaced with the new type of detector. More information on this new law information can be found here.
Weather Spotter Course
In conjunction with the National Weather Service, meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste will present a two-hour severe weather spotter course in the Training Room of the Police Department on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. There is no need to RSVP, but arrive early for check-in and to get the best seats. This event is great for individuals 13 and above.
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.
Census 2020: Now Hiring
Every ten years the United States is required to conduct a census of all persons throughout the country. This information is used for reapportionment of congressional seats as well as determining the amount of funding given to each state. The task of counting every American is massive and requires a lot of help from dedicated community members.

The United States Census Bureau is in the process of hiring for a variety of temporary jobs including: census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible for one of these jobs you must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen.

For more information on applying for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau please go to their 2020 Census website.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in February:

  • February 18 - President's 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 Review Board
February 1 , 2 p.m. at City Hall

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board
February 4, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
February 5, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Human Relations Commission
February 5, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Airport Advisory Board
February 5, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility

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

Citizens' Environmental Commission
February 7, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
February 11, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers
City Council
February 11, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
February 13, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
February 19, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Planning and Zoning Commission
February 20, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
February 25, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
February 25, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
February 26, 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
Jazz at the Egyptian
Egyptian Theatre, February 2, 7 p.m.

Not one, not two, but four amazing local jazz groups will be hosting a night of jazz at the Egyptian this year. Go out and support the DeKalb and Sycamore High School Jazz Bands, NIU Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz in Press for a night of fun. Tickets can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office or at their website.

POLARpalooza Winter Festival
Hopkins Park, February 10, 12 p.m.

Join the DeKalb Park District for family-oriented winter activities at the annual POLARpalooza Winter Festival at Hopkins Park! Events span from ice skating to s'mores roasting. For more information please look at the DeKalb Park District website.

"Soup-er" Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead
Glidden Homestead, Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Looking for some warm soup and tours of the Glidden Homestead? Look no further because this winter every Tuesday through March you can have soup and experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened. For more information go to their website.

Ready to Take the Next Step?
2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd, Barton Conference Room, February 12, 8:30 a.m.

If you are thinking of starting or already have started a home-based business here is an event for you. Spend an hour with 1803 Candles owner Darryl Beach and get some tips and tricks of the trade. This event is free. For more information and registration please visit their website.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre continues their best director film series this month with classics like Dances With Wolves and It's Not You, It's Me. In addition to the film series come out and listen to some smooth jazz or Jon Secada. There is a little bit of entertainment for everyone. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre 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

Joyce Stupegia - 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

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
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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