July 2020
Facebook Announces Data Center
After months of anticipation, the City of DeKalb is proud to announce Facebook is the company previously referred to as Project Ventus. This will be Facebook's 16th data center worldwide. City staff, the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, and state officials worked together to make this project possible. Facebook expects to add approximately 1,000 construction jobs during the buildout and 100 permanent jobs when fully operational. In addition to jobs, the DeKalb Data Center will be 100% powered by renewable energy. The data center will be LEED Gold certified upon completion.

Due to COVID-19 limitations, an official in-person groundbreaking was not possible. However, you can view the official announcement video here.
In This Issue
Facebook Announces Data Center

Property and Lawn Maintenance

Voluntary Camera Registration Program

Summer Road Construction

Community Blood Drive

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Runway Rehabilitation Project

4th of July Safety
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Property and Lawn Maintenance
It's the beautiful time of year when we enjoy the outdoors. The City's Building and Code Compliance Division would like to remind property owners that with nice weather comes growing grass. Residents are required to maintain the exterior areas of their yard and homes which includes mowing. Please be a good neighbor and keep your lawn under control.
 
The City‘s Code Compliance inspectors follow the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code which can be viewed here, or visit City Hall to view a print copy. Additional requirements for outdoor yard maintenance can be found in Chapter 24.10 of the municipal code. Keeping your grass under 8”, trimming dead and rogue trees & plants, and eliminating unsightly debris from your property will help to keep the inspectors away.
Voluntary Camera Registration Program
The DeKalb Police Department is requesting the community’s help in fighting crime in our city. Security camera footage has helped the Police Department solve several cases very quickly. The department is asking both residents and local businesses to share footage obtained by their private video devices. There are two ways to do this.
The first is through the Voluntary Camera Registration Program. This program allows residents and business owners to register the location of their video surveillance systems. When a crime occurs, members of the Police Department will be able to quickly identify the location of nearby cameras and enlist the assistance of the surveillance system owner to help investigators collect video evidence. For more information and to register, visit the Voluntary Camera Registration Program landing page.

The second way residents can share camera footage is through the "Neighbors by Ring" app. The Neighbors by Ring App allows the resident to share video footage directly with the Police Department. You do not need a Ring device to participate. Anyone with any camera system can upload content to the Neighbors app. To register, text “join today” to 555888.

When needed, the Police Department will reach out to those who have registered through the survey or Neighbors app to request any available video from the area.
Employment
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Summer Road Construction
Summer in Illinois also means it is the beginning of construction season. Starting July 1, 2020, work will begin on the reconstruction of Gurler Road east of IL-23 including the intersection with Peace Road. Please note this project may cause intermittent closures throughout July and August. Access to the Tollway will remain open.

Beginning on July 6, 2020, the IL 23 and Lincoln Highway intersection will be closed for up to 12 days to allow the Union Pacific Railroad to reconstruct their grade crossings. Detour routes will be posted.
Community Blood Drive
The Kishwaukee YMCA has teamed up with Illinois State Representative Jeff Keicher to host a blood drive on July 8, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Kishwaukee YMCA. This event will be the perfect opportunity to give to those individuals who have fallen ill during these uncertain times. Face coverings are required while giving blood. Donations will only be accepted with an appointment. To make an appointment please click here .

For more information, contact Rep. Jeff Keicher at 815-748-3494.
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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Construction is underway on the new Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurant. The demolition of the former Applebee's site was completed in mid-June. The new restaurant plans to open by the end of 2020.

The new 3,300 sq. ft. building will include a drive-through and outdoor seating. Raising Cane's is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has over 500 locations. C lick here to view the Raising Cane's website to see what they offer.
Runway Rehabilitation Project
The primary runway at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport has deteriorated from age, use, and fatigue. Most of the runway pavement has exceeded its intended 20-year design life. It requires continuous maintenance and repair.

As the primary runway it is essential that Runway 2-20 is maintained in good condition. This will ensure the Airport continues to be a premier general airport for the Northern Illinois region by continuing to accommodate a full range of general aviation and corporate traffic. The purpose of the proposed improvements are:

  • Improve the serviceability and 20-year useful life of the runway pavement with a comprehensive pavement rehabilitation project.
  • Eliminate foreign object damage to increase aircraft safety.
  • Maintain and improve the skid resistance of the runway by grooving the new bituminous pavement.

Construction plans are complete and the project is slated for bid on July 31, 2020, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) permitting. The project is expected to take 45 days to complete. Construction is will begin in Summer 2021.
ALERT DeKalb
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.
4th of July Safety
The City of DeKalb wishes everyone a Happy 4th of July! We would like to remind residents that per Chapter 52 of the Municipal Code, it is illegal to possess, sell, offer for sale, or discharge fireworks. If a violation occurs, the minimum fine is $50. The maximum penalty is $500.

Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe during the 4th of July holiday:

  1. Never allow children to play with sparklers without adult supervision. Sparklers account for 25% of emergency room visit for fireworks injuries.
  2. If using sparklers, keep a bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction or fire.
  3. When grilling, keep the grill away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
  4. Declare a three-foot "kid and pet-free zone" around the grill for safety.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following days in July:

  • July 3- Independence Day(Observed)

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
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.
Economic Development Commission
July 2, 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Human Relations Commission
July 7, 6:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
July 8, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

DeKalb Public Library Board
July 8, 7 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Fire Pension Board
July 9, 8 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Environmental Commission
July 9, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
July 13, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
July 13, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
July 20, 4 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
July 22, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Police Pension Board
July 24, 10 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Joint Review Board
July 24, 1 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
July 27, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
July 27, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Airport Advisory Board
July 28, 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
Independence Day 5K Run
Hopkins Park, July 4, 7:30 a.m.  

One 4th of July tradition is the annual Independence Day 5K Run. Hosted at Hopkins Park, the 5K will be offered with modifications that comply with Phase 4 COVID-19 safety restrictions. There will be online registration through SignMeUp.com . Runners will be separated into two groups of 40 and begin the run one hour apart, at either 7:30 or 8:30 am. The fee to participate is $25 and the race bag includes a custom t-shirt, bib, and participation medal.

To learn more and sign up for the Independence Day 5K, virtual or in-person, or see suggestions on other ways your family can safely celebrate Fourth of July this summer, visit dekalbparkdistrict.com .

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.

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.
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 Lego Club, Virtual Princess Story Time, and Virtual Medicare 101. Check out their  website for details.

Summer Meals for Children
Throughout DeKalb

The Voluntary Action Center and the Summer Food Service Program are working together to provide meals 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 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.
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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