May 2019
New City Council Members to be Seated May
On May 13, three new Alderman and one existing Alderman will be sworn to serve a four-year term on the City Council. Theses new Alderman were determined by the April 2 Consolidated Election. Ward 1 will be represented by Carolyn Morris, Ward 3 will be represented by Tracy Smith, and Ward 5 will be represented by Scott McAdams. Ward 7 will continue to be represented by Anthony Faivre. Congratulations to the newly elected Alderman. The swearing in ceremony will take place at the Monday, May 13, City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The City would also like to recognize our outgoing Alderman. David Jacobson has served Ward 1 for eight years. Kate Noreiko is completing a four-year term on the Council representing Ward 5. In addition, Joyce Stupegia has served in a temporary appointed capacity serving as Alderman of Ward 3 during the first few months of 2019. The City would like to thank David, Kate and Joyce for their hard work and dedication to making DeKalb a better place.
In This Issue
New City Council Members

Hometown Heroes

Water Main Replacements

Project HOPE

Informed Delivery

Managed Landscape Ordinance

Fire Department Grant

Street Maintenance
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Hometown Heroes
In a partnership between the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb American Legion Post 66, a new salute to current service members and veterans will be created. The project is called "DeKalb Hometown Hero." This program was created to pay tribute to the brave men and women from DeKalb who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in one of the United States Armed Forces.

These heroes will be featured on a banner that will be displayed on one of the street light poles on Locust Street in downtown DeKalb. The banners will be 18 inches wide and 38 inches tall and will feature the service members name, photo, military branch, and rank. The individual to be recognized must reside or have resided in the City of DeKalb and call DeKalb their hometown. Individuals must have served in any of the following branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard) and must also meet one of the following conditions:

  • Be an active service member
  • Be an honorably discharged veteran
  • Died in the line of duty

For more information on how to register for a banner, please click here.
Water Main Replacements
With temperatures on the rise, construction season is well underway. For 2019, the City will oversee several capital improvement projects. 

Water main replacements on Joanne Lane, Golfview Place and Ilehamwood Drive are in progress. The new water main will replace 3,900 feet of old cast iron main prone to breaking. The new water mains will contribute to a safe, reliable water supply and improve fire suppression capabilities in the area.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Project HOPE
Recently, the Daily Chronicle featured an  article  about Project HOPE, a collaborative pilot program between several local agencies, including the DeKalb Police Department, which helps to connect individuals struggling with addiction to rehabilitation centers. 

The goal of the program is to get members of the community the assistance they need and put them on the path to recovery. The intake process is often complicated as many factors are involved in selecting the appropriate help for an individual. Thus far, the program has directly helped seven individuals in the community and many others in a more indirect manner.

Although the program is still in the pilot stages, individuals needing assistance can contact Commander Steve Lekkas at 815-748-8440.
Informed Delivery - United State Postal Service
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is adding new technology to mail delivery service. They are bringing your physical mailbox to your digital mailbox. Individuals who want to see their mail prior to it arriving at their home can receive digital images to their e-mail. USPS is continuing to find innovative ways to bridge the gap between the increased use of technology and the continued need of physical mail.

Informed Delivery is a free service that is provided at no additional cost to residents. To sign up for Informed Delivery, please click here.
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Managed Landscape Ordinance
Last year, the City modified the Municipal Code to clarify and provide guidance on landscaping standards. This was first publicized in the October 2018 edition of e-News. Code Compliance Inspectors will begin enforcing these new provisions beginning this spring.
The new ordinance is divided into two sections. The first section involves Planned Natural Landscaping and establishes height requirements and prohibits planting in locations that may cause visual impediments for motorists at intersections, delivery of mail, or utilities service access. The second section covers Unmanaged Plant Growth and specifies that grass may not exceed eight inches in height. In addition to these two sections, the growth of noxious weeds is prohibited as outlined in the Illinois Noxious Weed Law ( 505 ILCS 100/ ).
Failure to comply with these new provisions may result in a citation and fines. The full text of the ordinance can be found in Chapter 6 Section 20-5 of the Municipal Code.
Fire Department Receives Grant
Last month, the DeKalb Fire Department was awarded a grant of $7,500 by Enbridge, Inc. Enbridge is a North American energy company that operates a pipeline through DeKalb County. This grant will fund the purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and replace the current air bottles that are set to expire this spring. These SCBA's are used by our Hazardous Materials Team and are essential for the safety of our Firefighters. The City would like to thank Enbridge for their support.
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2019 Street Maintenance
In addition to water main construction, the City is gearing up for several street maintenance projects

A $440,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will provide residents on Harvey, Tyler and Charter Streets between Fourth Street and Seventh Street with newly, resurfaced streets and new sidewalks compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). These streets were chosen based on multiple factors, including surface and subsurface pavement conditions, along with their location within the approved CDBG funding area. In addition, ADA compliant sidewalk ramp improvements are planned along Sixth Street between Culver and Charter Streets.

North First Street from Dresser Road to Kishwaukee Lane is also scheduled for resurfacing this summer. This project is currently out for bid. Manning Drive, home to the Nestle Distribution Center is also scheduled for resurfacing. 

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Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in May:

  • May 27 - Memorial Day

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
Citizens' Environmental Commission
May 2, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
May 3, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
May 7, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Human Relations Commission
May 7, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
May 8, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
May 8, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board Quarterly Meeting
May 13, 8: a.m. at City Hall
Committee of the Whole
May 13 , 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
May 13, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
May 20, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
May 22, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
May 28, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
May 28, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
May 28, 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
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.

Back Alley Market
Palmer Court, May 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This is a new event that will take place in Palmer Court (located just south of the Egyptian Theater). The market will include multiple vendors featuring vintage, re-purposed, and home crafted finds. For more information visit their Facebook Page here.

Meals for Moms Luncheon
St. Mary's Memorial Hall, 244 Waterman St, Sycamore IL, May 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This special event is held the Monday before Mother's Day and gives the community an opportunity to enjoy lunch with their mom, dad, siblings, friends or even boss! More information can be found on VAC's website.

Memorial Day Celebration and Parade
Downtown DeKalb, May 27, 9 a.m.

Come downtown and celebrate the men and women who have served our nation. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will end at the Ellwood House. The celebrations continue with a brief ceremony and activities from 10 a.m. to noon. The Mansion will be open following the parade. For more information visit the DeKalb Park Districts website.
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre will be hosting the DeKalb School District Art Show and showing the movie Neither Wolf Nor Dog. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players continues to present Calendar Girls written by Tim Firth. When a middle aged British Woman loses her husband to leukemia she and her best friend resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. 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

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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