January 2019
Bill Nicklas Appointed City Manager
On Tuesday, December 18, the City Council approved the employment of Bill Nicklas as the next City Manager of DeKalb. Mr. Nicklas is no stranger to municipal government in the DeKalb area, having previously served as City Manager in DeKalb from 1992 to 1997 and City Manager in Sycamore from 1998 to 2011. After leaving the City of Sycamore, he served in several executive-level positions at Northern Illinois University (NIU) between 2011 and 2014. Most recently, Mr. Nicklas has served as Special Assistant to the President at Kishwaukee College. He holds both doctoral and master's degrees in History from NIU, as well as a bachelor's degree in History from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Please join use in welcoming Mr. Nicklas back to the City of DeKalb.
In This Issue
City Manager Appointment

2-1-1 Helpline

Christmas Tree Recycling

New Online Portals

Winter Car Safety

Report It

Credit Card Fees
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2-1-1 Helpline
Get connected with essential community and health and human service assistance. Call 2-1-1 or visit the Illinois 2-1-1 website to access an online database to search for basic needs, crisis and mental health services, financial assistance, health care, support groups, and others.

This fast, free, confidential resource finder provides 24/7 access to information, referrals, and crisis response. Due to differences in phone service and wireless providers, callers who experience difficulty contacting 2-1-1 may call direct (toll-free) 888-865-9903.

Examples of different resources are: general assistance, child care, individuals with disabilities, domestic violence shelters, elder care, food/nutrition, health care, ACA enrollment assistance, homeless shelters, housing, transportation, and utilities.

2-1-1 is provided by the United Way of Illinois. United Way is a nonprofit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Lakeshore Recycling Systems will collect Christmas trees for recycling the first two weeks of January on your regular collection day. Christmas trees must have all decorations removed. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

As a reminder, refuse collection will be delayed by one day the week of New Years Day. If you have any questions regarding holiday refuse or recycling, please direct them to Lakeshore Recycling Systems at 815-770-7550.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
New Utility Billing and
Citizen's Request for Action Portal
The City of DeKalb is proud to provide a new way of communication between residents and the City. In early February 2019, the City will launch a new portal that allows residents to pay their utility bill online via credit card. In addition to allowing payments online, this portal will allow residents to see how much water they have used in the past. This makes for a very user-friendly search method whether you have a bill handy or not.

This same portal also allows residents to submit a request to the Public Works Department. This new feature is called Citizen’s Request for Action. Residents can directly submit service tickets for engineering, forestry, pot holes, and much more.

Below is a screenshot of the landing page for the portal. If you have any questions about the portal once it is live, please contact:

  • Utility Billing: Finance Department at 815-748-2000
  • Public Works Requests: Public Works at 815-748-2030
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Travel Safely This Winter
Being prepared for cold weather emergencies while traveling is essential. Keeping the following items in your car over the winter months will help prepare you for the unexpected.

  1. Ice scraper and snow brush
  2. Small shovel
  3. Gloves, hats, jackets, and blankets
  4. Rock salt, sand, or kitty litter
  5. Flashlight
  6. Jumper cables
  7. Cellphone charger

In addition, it is important to check your tire pressure weekly, keep your gas tank more than half full, and make sure to have extra windshield washer fluid in your car. These are just a few tips to help prepare you for the winter driving season.
Report It - Keeping Valuables Safe
The Police Department encourages residents to use Report It, a free online system, to help keep track of their valuable and invaluable personal property. Report It is a secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for electronics, jewelry, and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, the Police Department can use this information to accurately and quickly identify your property. Residents can access and sign up for this service at reportit.leadsonline.com .

The Report It service is a part of LeadsOnline , an online system that works with police departments across the country to track and recover stolen property. The DeKalb Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2013, and the Report It feature will improve what has been a very useful tool. For more information, please 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.
New Credit Card Fees
Beginning in early February 2019, residents will notice additional fees when paying by credit card online or in person at City Hall. For years, the City has been absorbing the costs of credit card processing fees, a practice that is no longer economically feasible. In January 2016, the City Council approved a resolution to pass fees on to the customer. With the implementation of new financial software, the City is now able to support this feature. The City is notifying residents of this change prior to implementation. The new fees are listed below: 
  • Online - Utility Billing Credit Card Payments: $3.25 per transaction with a cap of $450.00 total amount due. If the total amount of the transaction exceeds $450, multiple transactions will be required. 

  • Online - All Other Credit Card Payments: 2.95% 

  • Online - One-time ACH (Debit Card) Payments: $1.95 per transaction 

  • At Counter - All Payment Types: 2.30%

Questions regarding credit card fees may be directed to the Finance Department at 815-748-2000.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in January:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. 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
Citizens' Environmental Commission
January 3, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
January 4, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Human Relations Commission
January 8, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
January 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
January 9, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Fire Pension Board
January 10, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
January 14, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
January 14, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
Police Pension Board
January 18, 10 a.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
January 22, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Airport Advisory Board
January 22, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility

Planning and Zoning Commission
January 23, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
January 28, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
January 28, 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
DeKalb County Day at NIU Basketball
NIU Convocation Center, January 12,
1 p.m. Women's Basketball Game
3:30 p.m. Men's Basketball Game

Come out and support the NIU Huskies in a double header match up. At 1 p.m., the Women's Basketball team takes on Central Michigan University. Right after that the Men's Basketball team will take on the University of Akron. NIU will be celebrating Victor E. Huskie's Birthday. Discounted tickets are available to residents. For tickets, visit niuhuskies.com or call the ticketing office at 815-753-7225.

Lunch and Learn
DeKalb Public Library, January 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Reference USA is presenting "Set Goals to Grow Your Business in 2019". Get tips on new sales prospects, how to gather competitive business intelligence, and identify major industry groups. The event is free but does require registration. If interested please contact Teresa Iverson at teresai@dkpl.org or call 815-756-9568 x2114 to register. For more information, please visit the DeKalb Public Library's website.

Full Moon Night Adventure
Buena Vista Golf Course, January 21, 7 p.m.

Get out and explore the outdoors guided by the moonlight. If there is snow on the ground, try out cross-country skiing with the whole family. For more information visit the DeKalb Park District website.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre is starting the year off strong with a Best Director Film Series. These include The Awful Truth, The Lost Weekend, From Here to Eternity, and Tom Jones. In addition to the films, be in awe with the Magic of Bill Blagg Live! For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
January 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
January 20 at 2 p.m.

Don't fly all the way to New York for Broadway! Come on down to the Stage Coach Players and watch their production of Taking on Broadway. Hear songs from productions everybody knows and loves. 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

Vacant - 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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