October 2019
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours
Halloween will be on Thursday, October 31, this year and the Trick-or-Treat hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Police Department suggests the following safety tips to keep children safe on Halloween. 

  • Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Older children should Trick-or-Treat in a larger group. 
  • Children should walk on the sidewalk NOT in the street, and they should use crosswalks. 
  • Children should NOT enter a stranger's home for ANY reason. 
  • Parents should inspect their child's candy before consuming. 

For any other concerns regarding Trick-or-Treat hours or Halloween safety, you can contact the Police Department at 815-748-8400. 
In This Issue
Trick-or-Treat Hours

DeKalb Fire 150th Anniversary

City Council Vacancy

22nd Annual Spooktacular

DeKalb Team Presents at CIT Conference

Community Needs Survey

Website Redesign Update

Leaf Collection and Dead Tree Removal
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DeKalb Fire 150th Anniversary Celebration
The DeKalb Fire Department, in its 150th year of proud, continuous service to the citizens of DeKalb, is excited to announce that a celebration of this milestone will take place on October 12 at the NIU Barsema Alumni Center. 

Beginning in 1869, as a volunteer force, the Fire Department has helped shape and form the history of this City. In 1904, the department became a paid, fully staffed fire department due to the rapid growth of the City and resulting call volume. The members of the organization are extremely proud of the service and commitment that they have provided and continue to provide on a daily basis. The members strive to provide the highest level of service and professionalism to the community.

Please join us in this celebration. Tickets and information are available thru Eventbrite.com (search DeKalb 150th). This event is being sponsored by the DeKalb Firefighters Historical Foundation. Please contact Todd Stoffa at 630-417-4139, or Noah Milard at 815-703-5782 with any questions. 
City Council Vacancy
On September 26, Mayor Jerry Smith accepted the resignation of Alderman Pat Fagan of Ward 4. Mr. Fagan tendered his resignation after moving from his home in Ward 4. The City thanks Mr. Fagan for his more than two years of service to the City Council.

The vacancy that now exists on the City Council will be filled by mayoral appointment. Mayor Smith is seeking volunteers who may be interested in this appointment, which will last until the next municipal election in April of 2021. Interested persons must be a resident of Ward 4, have lived in the City for one year, and have no felony convictions.

If you are interested in this appointment, please send a letter of interest with your resume to Mayor Smith at 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115 or email jerry.smith@cityofdekalb.com by October 11.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
22nd Annual Spooktacular
Put on your costumes and come trick-or-treat on the sidewalks of Downtown DeKalb at over 20 businesses! Look for an orange sign in the windows of each business to trick-or-treat. Spooky and fun! You can't miss out on this Spooktacular good time in the heart of your community!

In addition, Downtown DeKalb businesses are invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Downtown DeKalb Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat event. Businesses are welcome to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Thursday, October 24, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.
DeKalb Team Presents At CIT International Conference
A team was formed as part of the DeKalb Police Department’s mental health collaboration grant initiative and traveled to Seattle, WA on August 26-28, 2019 to attend and present at the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Conference. The Police Department received a $75,000 federal grant in 2017 to initiate a study into providing improved mental health response and services to the community. A stakeholder team was formed that included representatives from law enforcement, behavioral health providers, social service agencies, medical providers, court services, and the County Mental Health Board.

In 2018, Northern Illinois University was selected as the research partner to develop a comprehensive action plan for this project. Additionally, in 2018, representatives from the Police Department and County Mental Health Board attended the CIT International Conference and received valuable information to use locally. The conference was attended by over 1,300 people from around the country and around the world. The team also attended a number of other courses at the conference to gain additional information about crisis intervention teams and related programs. Photo, from left to right: Steve Baker, Kari Hickey, Amanda Stasiewicz, Deanna Cada, Jack King, Carol Walther, Jason Leverton, and Cary Bryant.
Quick Links
Website Redesign Update
For all avid users of the City of DeKalb's website, we would like to announce that there will be ongoing incremental changes to the website. Our website provider has begun the process of reorganizing our website in preparation for the launch of our redesigned site. Be aware that some of the pages will be moved around, and the menus have changed. Please visit our website to reorient yourself with our new page layout, and please be patient during this ongoing process. We will continue to update everyone of the ongoing website redesign. To visit our website, you can click here.
Community Needs Survey
The City of DeKalb receives approximately $400,000 in Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year. The use of CDBG funds must meet at least one of the national objectives of benefiting low and moderate income citizens, aiding in the elimination of slum and blighted areas, or meeting an urgent need.

The City is in the process of developing a new Consolidated Plan ("Plan") for the future use of CDBG funds. The Plan will cover the years 2020 - 2024 and will identify the City's priorities for the use of these funds. Please assist us by filling out a Community Needs Survey. Results for the survey will be used to help guide City decision-makers in how the funds will be used to meet community needs. Your feedback is a crucial part of the process of determining the current needs in the City of DeKalb.

You can access the link here: Community Needs Survey

Print copies will also be available at City Hall, the office of University Village, and the DeKalb Public Library. Answers to this questionnaire are confidential.

The deadline for completing the survey is November 15, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Rouse, Community Services Coordinator at joanne.rouse@cityofdekalb.com or via telephone at 815-748-2366
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Fall Leaf Collection
The City's Public Works Department is planning to start their loose-leaf collection program in mid to late October. 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. 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. Leaf collection will continue until early December, weather permitting. Public Works ceases leaf collection operations in the event of snow.

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.

Questions regarding this services should be directed to the Public Works Department at 815-748-2440.
Upcoming Meetings
Human Relations Commission
October 1, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Citizens' Environmental Commission
October 3, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
October 4, 8:30 a.m. at city Hall

Planning & Zoning Commission
October 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
October 9, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Fire Pension Board Quarterly Meeting
October 10, 8 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole Meeting
October 14, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
October 14, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers
Police Pension Board
October 18, 10 a.m. at DeKalb Police Department

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
October 21, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Airport Advisory Board
October 22, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Planning and Zoning Commission
October 23, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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

City Council Meeting
October 28, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

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
DeKalb Back Alley Market
Palmer Ct., October 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DeKalb Back Alley Market is back on October 5 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. This is a fun and different market perfectly suited for DeKalb. This event will be featuring different types of items from fiber art to a vintage bike. There will also be food for purchase and music to listen to. For more information check out the Facebook page.
Outdoor Adventures: Full Moon Night Hike
Prairie Park, October 14, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures will be having a free, full moon night hike on October 14, from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. This will be a guided hike that will allow you to explore the nighttime woods and learn about nocturnal critters by the moonlight. To participate in this event, meet at 615 Ellwood Dr. in DeKalb on October 14, at 8 p.m. For more information on this event please visit the Website.
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

There are many great events at the Egyptian Theatre in October. There will be a showing of many horror movies in celebration for Halloween such as Poltergeist and Carrie, along with a variety of musicians like Arlo Guthrie and Hear to Heart. For more information and tickets, please visit the  Egyptian Theatre website.

NIU Homecoming
DeKalb Campus, October 19-27

This year marks NIU's 113th Homecoming. Throughout this week NIU will be hosting multiple events such as the Homecoming Blood drive, Pep Rally, Athletics Hall of Fame, and the NIU Football game against the University of Akron. Come on out and show your local NIU Huskies your support and participate in these various events. For more information regarding these events, you can visit the NIU Homecoming web page here.
Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
October 10,11,12,17,18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players presents Little Shop of Horrors: The Musical . This musical is about a meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, that stumbles across a new breed of plant. What Seymour doesn't know is that the plant is out of this world and intends to dominate Earth. For more information please check out their website   here.

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. There will be NIU Stem Fest on October 19, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This event focuses on increasing awareness in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Check out NIU's Events Calendar for a full list of events.

DeKalb Chamber's State of the City
Faranda's, October 15, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 10th annual DeKalb Chamber's State of the City Address. The event will provide a status of current activities and plans going forward. Speakers are Mayor Jerry Smith and Dr. Lisa Freeman, NIU President. Mark your calendar today and register now! Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. A full breakfast buffet will be provided with registration. Registration for Chamber members costs $25, and non-members $30. The last day to register is October 10th. To register please visit the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's website.
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

Vacant, 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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