March 2019
New Utility Billing Portal Now Available
The City has completed the transition to new utility billing software. In the January edition of e-News, we introduced you to a new online portal that can be used to review account history and submit online payments for utility bills. This new portal is now live and can be accessed with your account number. Customers are encouraged to establish an online account for easy access. Please note that the old billing portal is no longer in use. If you have bookmarked a link to the old portal, please update that link. The link has been updated on the Utility Billing page of the City's website. It can also be found here.

In addition to the new online portal, customers now have the option to pay utility bills by phone. By calling 855-573-6009, customers can check account balances and make payments using a credit or debit card. Please note that a convenience fee of $0.75 will be added to phone transactions. This fee is in addition to any credit/debit card fees applied to the payment.

As a reminder, all credit and debit card transaction fees are now paid by the customer. This applies to payments made in person and online.
In This Issue
Utility Billing Portal

Message from the Clerk

ALDI Update

Senior Citizen Vehicle Safety Check

New Lakeshore Recycling Services

Vacation Checks
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Message from the City Clerk
When can you be a LEO without a horoscope to match? When you’re a LEO in the City Clerk’s office.

In this case, LEO stands for “local election official." DeKalb’s LEOs are City Clerk Lynn Fazekas and Deputy Clerk Ruth Scott. LEOs have specific roles to play in the municipal elections, such as certification of ballots for candidates. LEOs are also deputy registrars and can register you to vote or help you change a registration (e.g., name or address change) up to the deadline of March 5.

The 2019 Consolidated Election will be held on April 2 and early voting has already begun. City Council seats for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election this year.

Visit the City Clerk page on the City's website for a list of candidates and the early voting schedule. 
Coming Soon: A Bigger, Better ALDI
Work will soon be underway to transform space in the Northland Plaza Shopping Center (formerly occupied by JC Penny) into a new ALDI grocery store. Demolition of the old facade will take place in the coming months, and it will be replaced by ALDI's new look storefront. ALDI plans to open the new store this summer, moving from its current location on Sycamore Road. The end result will be a bigger, better ALDI store. The City is excited that ALDI has chosen to continue its investment in our community.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
City Seeking Full-time Summer Help
Do you know a soon-to-be high school grad or college student who is looking for a summer job? If so, we have a great opportunity for full-time summer work. The City is currently accepting applications for several Seasonal Maintenance Positions in our Public Works Department.

The anticipated duration will be from May until August with flexibility for start and end dates. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the start of employment.

For more information, please click here.
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New Hazardous Household Waste Collection
Beginning in April, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) will offer DeKalb residents Hazardous Household Waste collection services. LRS will provide collection services during the months of April, July, August, and October. This is an on-demand service, so residents must submit their requests before the last day of the previous month to ensure a scheduled pickup.

Once a pickup request is made, LRS will contact residents within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, to schedule a pickup day and provide instructions on how to prepare items for collection. Keep an eye out for a mailed informational postcard on this new LRS program.  

To schedule a pickup or to view a list of acceptable items, please visit the LRS website or call 815-770-7550.
Senior Citizen Vehicle Safety Check
The DeKalb County TRIAD will be hosting a Senior Citizen Vehicle Safety Check on Saturday, April 27, at the DeKalb Township Building for anyone over the age of 60. A 25-point safety check will be conducted on your vehicle by Kishwaukee College automotive students and instructors. They will determine if your vehicle is safe or in need of repair. This is just a check. No repairs or oil changes will be conducted. Come enjoy snacks and beverages while you wait. This event is free for all seniors.

Reservations can be made by calling the Family Service Agency at 815-758-8616. Don't delay, space is limited.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Let Us Know Before You Go
The suitcases are packed and you’re ready to escape the cold weather for a spring break vacation. There is only one thing left to do before setting off. Be sure to protect your home and belongings from burglary and theft by using these tips from the Police Department.

If you will be away from home for a long period of time, consider submitting a Vacation Check Form to the Police Department. You may also seek assistance from trusted neighbors who can check on your property while you are away. Employing the use of a home security system to monitor the inside and outside of your home can serve as added protection. It is also recommended to refrain from publicizing vacations on social media, as some criminals monitor social networks for easy targets. You can always share your vacation experience online once you return home.

If you have any questions about the Vacation Check program, please call the Police Department at 815-748-8400.
Upcoming Meetings
Human Relations Commission
March 5, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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

Citizens' Environmental Commission
March 7, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
March 11, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
March 11, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
March 13, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
March 18, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Planning and Zoning Commission
March 20, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
March 25, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
March 25, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
March 26, 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
All-University Jazz Band Concert
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at NIU, March 6,
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Come enjoy a night of jazz music featuring the talented students of Northern Illinois University. Tickets can be purchased through the NIU website.

The Little Mermaid performed by Stage Coach Players
Egyptian Theatre
March 7-10, Times vary

Bring the whole family to enjoy the classic Disney production that will be sure to make you smile and dance in your seat. For tickets and more information visit the Stage Coach website.

"Soup-er" Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead
Glidden Homestead, Every Tuesday in March,
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Looking for some warm soup and tours of the Glidden Homestead? Look no further because this winter every Tuesday through March you can have soup and experience the site where the innovative development of barbed wire happened. For more information go to their website.

Local Lore Brown Bag Series
Ellwood House Museum, March 7, 12 p.m.

Local Lore is a series of lecture programs related to history, collections care, and historic preservation. Once a month, a knowledgeable speaker will present an hour-long program at a site in DeKalb County. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. More details are available here .

Ready to Take the Next Step?
2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd, Barton Conference Room, February 12, 8:30 a.m.

If you are thinking of starting or already have started a home-based business, here is an event for you. Spend an hour with 1803 Candles owner Darryl Beach and get some tips and tricks of the trade. This event is free. For more information and registration please visit their website.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre presents the exciting sounds of Gaelic Storm and the Red Hot Chili Pipers. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre 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

Joyce Stupegia - Alderman 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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