June 2019
2019 Paint-A-Plug Program
The City of DeKalb is seeking renewed interest in its Paint-A-Plug program. This program was initiated by the Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission (CCEC) in 2018 as a way for community members to transform fire hydrants throughout DeKalb into works of art. Individuals, groups, or organizations have an opportunity to "adopt" a fire hydrant within the City. There is no cost to adopt a hydrant, but each artist is responsible for providing their own paint and materials.

Paint-A-Plug is open to both residents and non-residents of the City of DeKalb. Current participants include the DeKalb Public Library, Egyptian Theatre, Northern Illinois University, and several local citizens. Local businesses, organizations, students, and faculty from District 428 and NIU are encouraged to participate in this fun and engaging public art project.

Design proposals and applications will be reviewed monthly. Upon approval, artists are permitted to paint hydrants through November 1. Participants are asked to take a photo or two of their finished product and share it on social media using #ProudlyDeKalb.

For more information about the Paint-A-Plug program, please visit the City's website .
In This Issue

Summer Events

Swimming Pool Requirements

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Airport Improvements

2-1-1 Illinois

Business Corner

Vehicle Burglary Prevention
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Weekly Summer Events in DeKalb
The weather is getting warmer and the appeal to be outside is increasing. With this, the discovery of wonderful summer events is found throughout our community. The first event being the DeKalb Municipal Band every Tuesday night. This season will be the 165th summer season and their opening night is June 11. For more information click here.

If one musical night a week doesn't cut it, come on out to the historic Ellwood House Mansion on Wednesday nights for Music at the Mansion. Starting June 12, every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a variety of different groups will perform on the front lawn of the Ellwood House Mansion. For more information on this event and to find out who is performing each week, click here.

Don't stop at two nights of musical concerts! Round out your week with the DeKalb Farmers Market hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. come on down to Van Buer Plaza to find locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers, and artisan crafts. For more information visit the Chamber's website.

These are just some of the weekly events going on this summer in DeKalb. Look below at upcoming events for other free events throughout the community.
Swimming Pool Requirements
If you’re opening your pool for the season or thinking of installing one, here are a few points to ensure it’s installed safely and within the adopted codes of the City of DeKalb.

  • Any pool with a side wall over 24” deep requires a permit. This helps with public safety and safety of the occupants of the home.
  • Where the pool has electricity for lights, heaters or pumps, proper bonding, grounding and burial depth is required. See the flyer on the City's website for more information. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the application, or reference the Swimming Pool Code (Chapter 24 Article 6 of the Municipal Code).
  • Pools with a side wall less than 48” in height are required to provide a barrier enclosing the pool. The barrier is meant to prevent small children from accidentally climbing into the pool. 
  • Any gates or openings through the barrier must be positive closing with a self-latching device to keep the gate or access from being accidentally left open.

If you have any questions or are thinking of purchasing a pool and want to ensure what you’ll get meets these requirements, please contact the Building Division at (815) 748-2070.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Illinois EPA, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and DeKalb County Health Department have come together to sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, June 8. This event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport located at 2200 Pleasant St.

Some items that are accepted are oil-based paints, household batteries, used motor oil, acids, cleaning products, antifreeze, mercury, and drain cleaners. Please check the Illinois EPA website for a full list of acceptable items.

Items that are NOT accepted are: fireworks, agricultural waste, smoke detectors, explosives, farm machinery oil, propane tanks, bio-hazard waste, fire extinguishers, latex paint, controlled substances, and business/commercial sector waste. Please note that latex paint is not hazardous and can safely be dried or absorbed and discarded with regular trash.

Residents are also reminded that Household Hazardous Waste collection is now available as part of our curbside refuse collection program. This is an on-demand service, so please click here for more information or to schedule a pick up.
Airport Runway Improvement
The DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport recently submitted a project plan to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Aeronautics to replace the visual navigation aids located alongside the airports two runways. These units project beams of red and white lights at a specific angle, approximately three degrees, for pilots to maintain obstacle clearance and the correct glide path onto the runway. The new units will also assist aircraft in staying on the right path and alleviate noise complaints of low flying aircraft in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Paid for through a federally funded Transportation Improvement Projects (TIPs) grant, the project requires 5% matching funds from the City and State to leverage the Federal Aviation Administration's 90% funding. The City's payment will not exceed $36,550. Total cost of the project is $731,000. This is one of the many ongoing projects to make the City's airport an economic engine for the community.
Quick Links
DeKalb County 2-1-1
If you are looking for a community service within DeKalb County and do not know where to start, the 2-1-1 service can help. By dialing 2-1-1, you will be connected to an operator that can help find the service you are looking for. Services include physical and mental health resources, employment support, child and family services, and basic human needs such as food and shelter assistance.

This service is free and provided by the Kishwaukee United Way. For additional information on the 2-1-1 service, please click here.
Business Corner: New Downt own Restaurants
Within the coming month, there will be two new restaurants in downtown DeKalb.

The first new restaurant opened two weeks ago at 209 E. Lincoln Highway. Sycamore-based Jamrah, a Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant, opened its second location in downtown DeKalb. The building, rehabbed as part of the Plaza DeKalb project, now has a front window that is fully retractable and allows fresh air for patrons to enjoy the nice outdoor weather. To learn more about Jamrah, please visit their website.

The second new establishment that is expected to open this month is Tavern on Lincoln, found on the ground floor of the new Cornerstone Building at First Street and Lincoln Highway. Be on the lookout for more information on the grand opening soon.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Vehicle Burglary Prevention
Over the past several weeks, the DeKalb Police Department has investigated multiple vehicle burglaries. The burglaries were reported at various locations throughout the City. The Police Department recommends the following vehicle burglary prevention tips:

  • Lock your car, even in your driveway.
  • Do not leave your electronic devices, wallets, purses, cash, or keys visible from outside your vehicle.
  • Keep outside lights on after dark.

For an informational video on the above tips, click here.

Remember, if you see something...say something. Safe neighborhoods are everyone's business. Report any suspicious activity or persons immediately by calling 9-1-1.

If you have any information on any of these crimes, you can contact the Police Department at 815-748-8400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272. You can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67282 and provide an anonymous tip.
Upcoming Meetings
Human Relations Commission
June 4, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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

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

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

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

City Council
June 10, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
DeKalb Public Library Board
June 12, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
June 17, 4 p.m. at City Hall

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

Committee of the Whole
June 24, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
June 24, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
June 25, 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
DeKalb Municipal Band
Hopkins Park Band Shell, Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.

The DeKalb Municipal Band is back at it again with a fun-filled musical summer. Opening Night is June 11 with the vocalist Maureen Christine performing. Bring your lawn chairs, family, and friends each Tuesday throughout the summer. 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 Starting June 12, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This summer 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 Tuesday,
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 fun filled 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, June 14th, Dusk start time

Come on out to Hopkins Park for an outdoor showing of Hotel Transylvania 3 - Summer Vacation. This free movie showing will have pre-movie games and dancing. When nature turns the lights off the movie will begin.

Arts at the Barn
Glidden Homestead, June 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit the historic homestead while enjoying local artwork. This will be a free art show in which individuals may buy local art. For more information visit the Glidden Homestead's website.
Drop in Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead
Glidden Homestead, Every Tuesday,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Drop in and see the National Register of Historic Places site where barbed wire was invented with an in-depth guided tour. For more information, go to their website.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The groups performing in June might not be Dancing like an Egyptian, but they will be dancing throughout the month. Come out and see the Sycamore Performing Arts Academy, the Beth Fowler Dance Company, and Dimensions Dance Academy for one of their many performances. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
June 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. and June 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players present Mamma Mia! Follow Sophie Sheridan on her quest to find out who her father is and ask him to walk her down the aisle for her upcoming wedding. This world re-known musical is based on songs by ABBA and the book written by Catherine Johnson. For 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
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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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