March 2020
Ferrara Candy Company Announcement
Last month the City of DeKalb and Ferrara Candy Company, an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories, announced the company committed to building a 1.6 million square foot distribution complex in the ChicagoWest Business Park located on the south side of DeKalb. Construction began immediately and is expected to be completed and operational in the late spring of 2021. The distribution complex is expected to bring approximately 500 jobs to the City. The City is excited to have Ferrara join our community and welcomes them.

To see the full press release and details on the company click here.
In This Issue
Ferrara Candy Company

2020 Census

2-1-1 in DeKalb County

Hiring Seasonal Positions


Building Permits

Spring Cleaning Fire Safety Tips

City Hall Moves Downtown
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Count Yourself in the 2020 Census
Be on the look out for a letter in the mail from the United States Census Bureau. This letter should be coming in the mail in mid-March describing the importance of filling out the Census. In addition, this letter will have a specialized code for you to use when filling out your response online. The online portal to respond to the Census online will open on March 27th. If you would prefer to answer the Census over the phone or via paper ballot, this letter will give you the information on how to do this. It is important for you to self respond to the Census as soon as possible. Failure to respond quickly will result in the need to hire door-to-door Census canvassers which costs the Federal government additional funds that will not go back into our community.

For more information about the 2020 Census you can go to or visit the City's site here.

If you or someone you know would like to make an impact on the outreach for the 2020 Census, please contact Jason Blumenthal at [email protected].

2-1-1 in DeKalb County
2-1-1 is a free service available to all DeKalb County residents that provides information about various services such as housing, shelter, food, legal aid, clothing, education, counseling, utility assistance, health care, transportation, volunteer opportunities, employment programs, and disaster response. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day and is provided by the United Way. Just dial 2-1-1- and you will be automatically connected.

For more information on this service you can visit the United Way 2-1-1 web page here
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Hiring Seasonal Positions
The City of DeKalb is looking to hire multiple individuals to fill openings for seasonal positions in the Public Works Department. The starting pay for these positions is $12.50 per hour. These are temporary positions that will not exceed 40 hours per week, and will last no longer than six months. The work schedule will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekends, holidays, and night work is rare but may be asked. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For more information on this position, please visit our website.
Launch of Police-to-Citizen
Last week the DeKalb Police Department announced the launch of a new website for police information. The Police-to-Citizen (P2C) web portal offers a way for users to check crime stats by address, query calls-for-service, and view recent arrests online. Residents can also register their bicycles, request security checks, report certain crimes, and communicate with the Police Department. For additional information on P2C click here.

To visit the new portal, click on the picture below and you will be taken to the site.
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Building Permits
As construction and renovation season approaches, residents should take a moment to look at the various projects that require permits as well as the codes they must be in accordance with.

If you are unsure if your project might require a permit, call the Building Division at 815-748-2070 and they can help you walk through the process to ensure your project is completed legally. Even if your project does not require a permit, our inspectors can help you with construction questions and advice about the project in general.

Failure to get a permit or communicate with building officials prior to starting a project may result in a delay in work or citations of failure to get a permit.

For more information about building permits or code requirements please visit the Building Division web page.
Spring Cleaning Fire Safety Tips
Spring time is here and the DeKalb Fire Department would like to share some helpful fire safety tips.

  • Replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. Make sure to test them monthly by pushing the test button. Gently clean the alarms, but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions first.

  • Keep counter-tops and stove-tops free of grease and clutter. Excess grease on the drip pan or stove-top can easily catch fire. Clean oil and food spills immediately after they occur and wait until the stove is cool to wipe off oil or grease spills. Keep items that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, towels or wooden utensils, away from your stove-top.

  • Inspect the electrical cords in your home and replace worn or tattered ones. Avoid running cords under carpets or across doorways to prevent them from being damaged. Use extension cords only temporarily and plug major appliances directly into wall sockets.

  • Excess lint in the dryer is the number one cause of clothes dryer fires. Clean the lint that has collected around the drum before or after each load of laundry. Always use a lint filter and clean it regularly. Move combustible items like boxes and clothing around your dryer to a safer area.
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.
City Hall Moves Downtown
City Hall will be moving to the Nehring Building located at 164 E. Lincoln Highway toward the end of this month. There will be multiple 15 minutes parking spots on South 2nd Street available for community members to come in and pay their water bills, apply for building permits, or ask questions of their City officials. Be on the lookout for communication on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the media for the exact date of the move and when the public can come view our new space.

Every effort is being made to keep as much of the original structure in tact to maintain its historic value. Some changes that are occurring include the painting of the walls, replacement of plumbing fixtures, carpet replacement, and lighting fixture replacement.
Upcoming Meetings
Human Relations Committee
March 3, 6:30 pm at City Hall

Police Pension Board Special Meeting
March 4, 1 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
March 4, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environment Commission
March 5, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
March 6, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole Meeting
March 9, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

Regular City Council Meeting
March 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
DeKalb Public Library Board
March 11, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
March 16, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
March 18, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole Meeting
March 23, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

Regular City Council Meeting
March 23, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
March 24, 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
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

Reserve your tickets today for the many great events the Egyptian Theatre are bringing to you in March. The events include Gaelic Fowler Dance: Swan Lake & The Wizard of Oz, and the classic film series of "Gone With the Wind". For more information and tickets, please visit the  Egyptian Theatre website.

Glidden Homesteads Tours on Tuesdays
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is open for tours on Tuesdays from 10 am. to 2 p.m., and by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adults, and free for children younger than 14. For more information check out their website.

Hard Hat Tour of the Egyptian Theatre
Egyptian Theatre, March 24th, 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Due to the High Demand, the Egyptian Theatre has extended their free weekly 'Hard Hat Tours' as part of their $5.5 million expansion project starting January 14 through April 28. The public is invited to tour the Egyptian to view the latest construction updates.
DeKalb Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library offers an assortment 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.

2020 MAC Wrestling Championships
NIU, March 7th - 8th

Northern Illinois University will host the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships on March 7-8 at the Convocation Center. Tickets can be purchased through the NIU ticket Ofccie by calling (815) 752-6800.

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

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           
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
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 815-748-2060

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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