July 2019
Fourth of July Celebration
We invite you to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends, and the rest of the DeKalb community by enjoying events throughout the day. Celebrations begin at 8:30 a.m. in Hopkins Park with a 5K run. Runners may begin checking in at 7:30 a.m. and on-site registration will be open until 8 a.m. For more information, please visit the event registration website.

After a run in the park, cool down at Hopkins Pool or enjoy the other festivities going on around the park. Bring lawn chairs, snacks, outdoor games, and blankets to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends. Starting at 3 p.m. and continuing into the evening, local food trucks and vendors will be set up around the park.

Cap off the celebration listening to the musical stylings of the DeKalb Municipal Band as they perform their "Star Spangled Spectacular." As the band performs, be ready for the sights and sounds of our annual fireworks display. Fireworks are co-sponsored by the DeKalb Park District and the City of DeKalb.

The DeKalb Fire Department would like to remind residents that sparklers, snakes, and smoke devices are the only fireworks permitted in Illinois. In addition, the DeKalb Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired motorists and asks everyone to celebrate responsibly and use a designated driver.
In This Issue
Fourth of July Celebration

Mosquito Prevention

Downtown Parking

Employment Opportunities

Transit Service Update

Special Olympics Softball Game

PBPA - Annual Golf Outing

Mooney Property Redevelopment
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Mosquito Prevention
The unusually wet spring northern Illinois has experienced will likely lead to an increased mosquito population in the area. Below are steps you can take to help decrease the population of mosquitoes and for repelling them outside.

The easiest way to reduce the mosquito population around your house is to minimize standing water. Mosquitoes can develop in standing water that lasts more than seven to 10 days. Turn over any containers or objects that may pool water. This includes changing birdbaths or wading pools frequently and cleaning clogged roof gutters. Also, keep drains, ditches and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.

There are many simple ways to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes, including wearing socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when outside during their active hours. In addition to wearing protective clothing, wear insect repellent or purchase a fogging machine.

If you are interested in more information about mosquito prevention visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.
New Downtown Parking Restrictions
After multiple meetings with various stakeholders, the City Council approved changes to parking regulations in the downtown area. These changes simplify parking regulations by converting nearly all on-street spaces and spaces in the Embree, Pond, and Van Buer lots to three-hour parking between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This restriction should allow shoppers enough time during the day to visit multiple businesses without being ticketed.

Shoppers and downtown visitors planning longer visits in the evening can park in these spaces after 3 p.m. without worry of being ticketed since the three-hour restriction ends at 6:00 p.m. Parking is prohibited after 2 a.m.

Downtown residents have the option to obtain parking permits which allow unrestricted parking in designated spaces within public lots. Residential Permit applications are processed by the Police Department. Additional information, including permit applications, can be found on the City's website by clicking here .
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Employment Opportunity - Certified Police Officer & Community Service Officer
The City is excited to announce several opportunities to join our team.

First, the City is looking to establish an eligibility list for full-time Certified Police Officers. Initial review of applications will begin Monday, July 22. Individuals must already be a certified full-time permanent police officer to apply. Other requirements can be found on the job center page found here.

The second opportunity currently open is for a part-time Community Service Officer. This is a non-sworn civilian member of the DeKalb Police Department that performs various parking-related duties including educating citizens on parking ordinances and enforcing parking violations. For requirements, please check the job center here.

For any additional information, please contact Michelle Brening at Michelle.Brening@cityofdekalb.com or 815-748-2398.
Transit Service Updates
Beginning in July, two minor transit service changes will occur:

Beginning, Monday, July 1, Route 18 will no longer service Crane Drive and will instead continue south on Russell Road before entering the Northern Illinois University's (NIU) DuSable Turnaround. The utilization of the DuSable Turnaround will allow passengers to access other fixed route buses. After departing the DuSable Turnaround, the bus will travel west on Lucinda Avenue and north along Annie Glidden Road where it will resume regular routing. An additional stop will be included at the corner of Crane Drive and Annie Glidden Road to accommodate the removal of the stop along Crane. For an updated Route 18 map click here and for an updated timetable click here.

Beginning, Saturday, July 6, weekend break service will conclude approximately one hour earlier. Weekend break service operates when NIU is not in full session, such as summer break, winter break, spring break, and various holiday closures. Currently, weekend service on Saturdays and Sundays ends at approximately 12 a.m. New weekend break service will conclude at 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 p.m. on Sundays. When NIU resumes for the fall semester, regular weekend service hours will resume with buses operating until 12 a.m. seven days a week. For a Route 16 timetable click here and for a Route 17 timetable click here .

Passengers with questions or comments about these service adjustments can contact the City’s Transit Manager, Marcus Cox, via e-mail at  marcus.cox@cityofdekalb.com  or by calling 815-748-2370.
Quick Links
First Responders Charity Softball Game for Special Olympics Illinois
NIU Police, DeKalb Police, DeKalb Fire, Sycamore Police, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office have teamed up to benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois. On July 3, at Ralph McKinzie Field (just west of Huskie Stadium), these agencies will take part in a friendly softball game against each other. First pitch will be at noon with a Special Olympian tossing the first pitch.

Festivities begin before the game at 11 a.m. where Interim Police Chief John Petragallo, Fire Chief Jeff McMaster, and NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips will be grilling bratwurst on a 65-foot Johnsonville Grill. There is no cost for the game or the food however a small $2 donation per brat is encouraged. Additional food and drink were donated by Target and Pepsi Co.

Free parking will be available around the stadium. Bring your friends and family to watch our first responders play ball and support the Special Olympics of Illinois.
Police Benevolent & Protective Association - Annual Golf Outing
The 18th Annual Charity Golf Outing sponsored by the DeKalb Police Benevolent & Protective Association Unit #71 is Saturday, July 13. This great event helps raise funds for local charities supported by the PB&PA. The outing will take place at the River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. The entry fee is $65 per golfer and includes an 18-hole scramble and dinner.

To sign up, click here. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more details on sponsorship, click here.

If you have any questions, contact Officer Allison Remnes at 815-748-8400.
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Development Moving Forward
at Mooney Property
Plans have been submitted by PNG Development, LLC, for a mixed-use project on a 3.3 acre site located along the east side of N. Fourth Street between Locust Street and Oak Street, commonly known as the Mooney property. The project, called Agora Tower, will contain a new four-story building with 86-90 apartment units on the upper levels and approximately 12,300 square feet of ground level commercial space. The building will contain amenities for its residents, such as a hospitality room, fitness center and outdoor terraces. In addition, 10 percent of the apartment units will be handicap accessible. The Planning and Zoning Commission met on May 22 to discuss the concept plan. Comments from the Commission and public were favorable, noting it would be a positive step for the downtown and an appropriate reuse of the property. On June 10, the City Council approved a Preliminary TIF Incentive Agreement for the project. A public hearing in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission is planned for August.
Upcoming Meetings
Planning and Zoning Commission
July 3, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Economic Development Commission
July 5, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Citizens' Environmental Commission
July 5, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
July 8 , 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
July 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
July 10, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Fire Pension Board Quarterly Meeting
July 11, 8 a.m. at City Hall
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
July 15, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
July 17, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
July 22, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
July 22, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
July 23, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility

Police Pension Board
July 26, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department
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 Municipal Band
Hopkins Park Band Shell, Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs, family, and friends each Tuesday throughout the summer to enjoy the Band. For more information about the band and their concerts, please go to their website.

Music at the Mansion Concert Series
Ellwood House Museum, Every Wednesday
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy Wednesday nights on the front lawn of the Ellwood House Museum and listen to free live music. There will be a variety of musical styles for all generations. For more information, visit their website here.

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 with most weeks having music presented by the Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found on the Chamber's website.

Movie in the Park
Hopkins Park, July 12, Dusk start time

Come on out to Hopkins Park for an outdoor showing of Captain Marvel. This free movie showing will have pre-movie games and dancing. When nature turns the lights off the movie will begin.
Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 at Hopkins Park

Bring your chairs, blankets, games, and appetites for a day of fun with friends and family. Many local food vendors will be at the park in the early afternoon. As the evening begins, the DeKalb Municipal Band will perform in the band shell before and during the firework show co-sponsored by the City of DeKalb and DeKalb Park District. For more information please click here.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
July 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and July 7 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players present Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap! In this murder mystery be prepared for twists and turns. A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is murdered. To hear more about the story and ticket information please check out 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

Carolyn Morris , Alderman - 1st Ward

Bill Finucane , Alderman - 2nd Ward

Tracy Smith, Alderman - 3rd Ward

Patrick Fagan , 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           
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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