June 2020
City Hall Move
The much anticipated move of City Hall to downtown is officially here. City Hall offices will be closed June 5 in order to allow staff to move everything from the old building to the new. Our new location will be located at the historic Nehring Building, 164 E. Lincoln Highway. This move should allow more foot traffic in the downtown area while being highly accessible to the residents of DeKalb.

There will be a grand opening celebration once the Governor has lifted the restriction of gatherings of larger than 50 people. This will allow residents to see their new City Hall and know where to go in the event they need assistance. More information will be shared about this in the coming months.

City Hall is anticipated to be opened to the public on Monday, June 8, pending any unforeseen circumstances brought on by the move. If you are in need of assistance and do not wish to come into City Hall please feel free to call the our general number at 815-748-2000 for assistance.
In This Issue
City Hall Move

Summer Street Maintenance Program

Electrical Safety by the Water

Acts of Kindness
From The DeKalb Police Department

Solar Panel Installations

New Airport Manager

New Development Project

Illinois Phase 3 Public Transit
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Summer Street Maintenance Program
The Public Works Department has announced this summer's Street Maintenance Program. Streets that will be resurfaced include:

  • 7th St. from Lincoln Hwy to Sycamore Rd.
  • Normal Rd. from Hillcrest Dr. to Dresser Rd.
  • Macom Rd. from Peace Rd West to heavy access points.
  • The above segments will also have concrete work completed on a as needed basis.

These streets were determined and identified to be a priority by the City Council, residents, and city staff.

Though these are the streets that will currently be fixed up the Public Works Department is in the process of applying for a grant that may allow additional work. This work would help fix the concrete work on 13th St., 14th St., and West Taylor St. from 1st onward. In the event this grant does not get awarded these will be the priorities for the 2021 Street Maintenance Program.
Electrical Safety by the Water
The DeKalb Fire Department would like to provide you with some tips about using electrical appliances while being around water.

  • Outdoor outlets must have covers to ensure they stay dry.
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be at least 6 feet away from the water.
  • Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Do no swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Have a qualified electrician show you how to turn off the power in case of an emergency.

It is all of our responsibilities to be safe for ourselves, family, and friends while handling electronics near water. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reports of 14 deaths related to electrocutions in swimming pool from 2003 to 2014. Hot tubs and spas may present the same hazard as swimming pools.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Acts of Kindness from the DeKalb Police Officer
During quarantine, the City of DeKalb's Police and Fire Departments have participated in many birthday parades. In addition the the parades, DeKalb Police Officers have handed out stuffed animals to children during this uncertain time.

The little acts of kindness have brought a moment of joy to children in the community while giving a nice change of pace for our officers. Let us continue to work together and support each other during these times. We will overcome this as community and come out stronger than ever.
Solar Panel Installations
If you are thinking of buying or leasing solar panels within the City of DeKalb, please be informed of the steps that must be taken prior to the installation and activation of your solar panels.

First, note that the State of Illinois requires companies installing solar panels (also know as distributed generation installers) to meet certain guidelines and regulations. When looking at companies, do your due diligence and check with the Illinois Commerce Commission to see if they are currently registered and in good standing with the State.

Second, you or your contractor must pull a permit and adhere to the City's solar panel installation requirements. In addition, the contractor installing the solar panels must be registered with the City of DeKalb and the State of Illinois.

Failure to complete any of these steps can result in a citation and or fines. If you have any questions about solar panel installations please contact the Building Division at 815-748-2070.
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New Airport Manager
The City of DeKalb is proud to announce Renee Riani as the new DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Manager. Renee has been an instructor for Aviation at the Kishwaukee Education Consortium for almost 10 years. She joins us from an aviation maintenance firm at the DuPage Airport Authority. In her prior role, she served as the liaison between pilots/owners and technicians, and managed various maintenance projects. In addition to her regular work duties, Renee is an experienced FAA certified pilot with over 1400 total flight hours.

Renee's goals are to ensure that the airport is safe, welcoming to General Aviation users, and a valuable asset for the City of DeKalb, the State of Illinois, and the National Air Transportation Network. She looks forward to hearing from the community about any ideas or comments they have about the airport.
New Development Project
The City has received plans for a 4-story mixed use development to be called Isaac Executive Suites, which will be located on a 2.8 acre site at the southwest corner of Sycamore Road and Oakland Dr. The development will include 59 fully furnished apartments with leases from 4 to 7 months and would also have a banquet/conference room and ground level commercial space.

A public hearing to rezone the site will be held in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 3rd at 6:00 PM at the DeKalb Municipal Building. 
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Illinois Phase 3 Public Transit
To align with Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening Plan, the City of DeKalb’s Public Transit system will begin operating regular Break Service on June 1, 2020. All routes, excluding Route 12, will remain fare free. Riders are still required to wear a facial covering while on the bus. Riders are asked to social distance while on the bus to the best of their ability. When boarding and exiting the buses please continue to use the rear doors. Please view the City of DeKalb’s Rider Alert for additional information and updates.
Upcoming Meetings
Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns these meetings are subject to cancellation. Double check the City of DeKalb's Agenda Center for the most up to date information.
Planning and Zoning Commission
June 3, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

City Council Meeting
June 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
June 15, 4 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department
Planning and Zoning Commission
June 17, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole Meeting
June 22, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
June 22, 6 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Airport Advisory Board
June 23, 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 .
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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