November 2018
Leaf Collection Service
The City's annual leaf collection program is underway and will continue until November 30. Residents should rake leaves into a narrow row parallel to the backside of the curb. Leaf piles must be free of sticks, rocks, or other debris. Crews will begin with the southern half of the City and work their way north. Public Works ceases leaf collection operations in the event of snow. In addition, the City asks that residents do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves quickly accumulate and can result in street flooding. Public Works recommends off-street parking throughout the season to ensure leaf pick up in front of your home.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems will also pick up your leaves, curbside, on your regularly scheduled garbage day. However, leaves must be placed in biodegradable yard-waste bags or open garbage cans. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

Contact the Public Works Department at 815748-2040 with any questions. 
In This Issue
Leaf Collection

AGN Revitalization Plan

Website Forums

Police Recruitment

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Winter Heating

No Shave November

NIU - U of I Partnership
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AGN Revitalization Plan Enters Final Review Stage
The Annie Glidden North (AGN) Revitalization Plan is in the final stages of review and will be brought before the City Council this month for review and approval. At the November 13 Committee of the Whole meeting, the City Council will hear a summary of the Plan and the public comments that have been received since the draft was released. Council may suggest additional changes before the Plan is finalized for formal consideration. Final approval of the Plan is scheduled for November 26 at the Regular City Council meeting. The City would like to acknowledge the AGN Task Force members who spent considerable time and effort working with the community to create and finalize this Plan.

For more information and to view the draft Plan, please click here.
Website Forums
The City has hosted two community forums to discuss the upcoming website refresh. Two additional community forums are scheduled this month to continue the dialogue and accept feedback on the overall usability and appearance of the City's website. Please look below for the dates, times, and locations of the final two forums.

  • Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. at Hopkins Park - 1403 Sycamore Road
  • Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Public Library - 309 Oak Street

In addition to the community forums, the City has created a survey to gather citizen feedback about the current website. To take this brief survey please click here.

For more information about the website refresh, please visit the City of DeKalb's website here.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Entry Level Police Officer Testing Underway
The City is currently accepting applications to establish an eligibility list for Entry Level Police Officer. The deadline to apply is November 26. All candidates must complete an application through the City's website and a written exam through National Testing Network.

For additional information, position requirements and application instructions, please visit the City's job opportunities page or if you have any questions please contact the City's Human Resources Department at 815-748-2300.
Fire Department Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips
It's that time of year when families come together and celebrate the holidays around the dinner table. Unfortunately, the holidays bring with them increased chances of cooking fires. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths. To have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, the Fire Department would like to share some fire safety tips with you and your family this holiday season.

  • If you are deep frying your turkey, remember to test the level of oil needed before frying to avoid overflow.
  • NEVER fry a frozen turkey. Always make sure it is thawed prior to placing it into the fryer.
  • Follow the exact directions on your particular fryer.
  • When finding a location to fry your turkey, never do so inside the garage, near automobiles, wooden decks, or any other area where fire can spark.
  • ALWAYS have a means to extinguish a fire nearby.
  • Remember to keep children and others away from the fryer to avoid burns.

Other general cooking tips include staying in the kitchen while cooking on the stove-top, test your smoke alarms to check that they are in working order, and keep children away from hot surfaces or hot liquids. Follow these steps and make sure your holiday gathering is safe and enjoyable for the entire family.
Quick Links
Home Heating Tips
As the seasons change and fall fades into winter, the Building & Code Compliance Division offers a few reminders about safely heating your home.

Under the City's Municipal Code, all residential units must be capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This does not mean the heat must be at this temperature at all times, but rather your HVAC system is capable of performing at that level. It is recommend to periodically maintain and service your HVAC systems. It will not only lengthen the useful life of the appliance, but can catch problems before that become larger issues. Checking and replacing dirty filters also helps keep HVAC systems at their peak performance by allowing proper airflow through the ducts and into your home.

It is against City Code to use an oven or fuel fired, unvented space heater as a means of providing heat. These options can produce high levels of carbon monoxide which can lead to illness, hospitalization and even death. In addition, be cautious when using space heaters. Make sure your space heater is equipped with shut-off mechanism if tipped over.

In the event you are leaving town for the holidays, do not turn off your heating system. Shutting off your heating can cause pipes to freeze and break. This can result in thousands of dollars in repairs. As an alternative, setting your thermostat back to a lower temperature, such as 55 degrees, will use less energy but still be warm enough to prevent any catastrophic damage to your home.

Renters experiencing heating issues should contact their landlord. If a landlord is not maintaining proper heating, renters should call the Community Development Department at 815-748-2070.
"No Shave November" Support Heroes and Helpers
During the month of November, you may notice that some of our Police Officers are wearing more facial hair than normal. The Police Department has declared November as "No Shave November" to benefit the Heroes and Helpers Program. The Heroes and Helpers Program is an annual holiday event where Police Officers help less fortunate children and families have a better holiday season by providing a day of shopping at our local Target store. Target is a partner and sponsor of this event, providing the shopping spree, refreshments and a visit from Santa for the day's event. Officers participating in the No Shave November fundraiser will contribute $20 each to help fund this year's program.

Community members can also participate in the No Shave November Benefit for the Heroes and Helpers Program. Whether you grow that beard or not, donations will be accepted in person or via mail to Police Department Headquarters, 700 W. Lincoln Highway. Checks can be made out to the DeKalb Police Benevolent Association on behalf of Heroes and Helpers. If you have any questions about the program please contact the Police Department at 815-748-8400.
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Illinois Innovation Network at NIU
In early October, Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced they would be building a world-class research center targeting food systems, water resources and environmental change as part of a new statewide innovation network led by the University of Illinois System. The Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability (NICCS) will be housed in a $22.9 million facility that will be built on NIU's west campus.

NICCS will be the fourth hub of the Illinois Innovation Network and will be the first outside of the U of I System. The Innovation Network is a statewide network aimed at driving economic growth in Illinois and addressing critical global issues. The NIU hub will center on food and environmental issues. This work will be supported by a collaborative partnership between NIU and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as governmental agencies and the private sector.

All of the initiatives by NICCS will be supported by multidisciplinary teams throughout NIU's campus. For example, NICCS work on environmental issues will be supported by the policy institute and the creation of a new environmental law clinic to help student's gain knowledge in representing individuals who have been effected by environmental issues.

The City is excited to have this new Innovation Network located in DeKalb. For more information, please click here.
Upcoming City Hall Closure's
City offices will be closed on the following dates in November:

  • November 12 - Veterans Day
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving Day
  • November 23 - Day After Thanksgiving

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
November 1, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
November 2, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Joint City Council & Finance Advisory Committee Meeting
November 5, 5:00 p.m. at Council Chambers

Planning and Zoning Commission
November 7, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
November 13, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
November 13, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
DeKalb Public Library Board
November 14, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
November 19, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Planning and Zoning Commission
November 21, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board
November 26, 8:00 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
November 26, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
November 26, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
November 27, 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
Downtown DeKalb Holiday Open House
Downtown DeKalb, November 2, 5-10 p.m.

Stroll from store to store finding warm smiles and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list, as well as decor for your home. Listen to the carolers and have a few treats. It'll be a wonderful way to prepare for a relaxing hometown holiday season.

 Website Refresh Forums
November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Hopkins Park
November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Two additional community forums will be held to gather feedback on the upcoming website refresh. The City is reaching out to residents to find out how the website can be approved.

Prairie Park Workday
November 10, Disc Golf Course at Prairie Park (corner of Glidden and Clifford) at 9 a.m.

Join the DeKalb Park District at their Community Day at Prairie Park. Participants will meet at the Disc Golf Course and begin removing invasive woody plants. This will take place from 9-11 a.m. For more information please click here.

Ellwood House Museum presents Holiday Traditions
November 15 - 30, Ellwood House Museum

The Ellwood House Museum and it's partners are hosting holiday guided tours set up to show everyone the mansion in a new light. For more information visit the Ellwood House website.
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

This month, the Egyptian will host Think Floyd, The Ten Tenors, The Simon & Garefunkel Story, Marc Cohn, and so many more. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
November 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.

At the end of this month, the Stage Coach Players are performing A Christmas Chaos by Michael Wehrli. A comedic take on the classic Christmas Carole tale. A great show to celebrate the Holiday season. For ticket information, please visit 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

Michael Marquardt , 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

Molly Talkington , Interim City Manager
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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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