October 2020
Illinois Business Interruptions Grants Program
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) is providing a second round of funding for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program. The second round of funding will provide more than $200 million in economic relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19 through grants that offset losses as a result of the pandemic.

The DCEO, through its grant administrator Accion, is now accepting applications for this round of BIG. Businesses located in every county of Illinois are welcome to apply.

You can access the BIG Program funding application here.
In This Issue
Illinois Business Interruption Grants Program

Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Fire Prevention Month

City of DeKalb Job Interest Card

Medivac at DeKalb Airport

Construction and Street Closures

Re-Installation of Well Components

Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Assitance
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Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The City of DeKalb recently purchased an Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) that will be installed in the Vaughn public parking lot located near Tom Sparks Buick on South First Street.

The City's Citizens' Environmental Commission (CEC) made the suggestion to purchase this public equipment because Electric Vehicles are becoming more common not only in our nation, but also in our City. The City of DeKalb strives to be a more environmentally friendly city and having the EVCS available for public use is a great start. The purchase of this charging station may also encourage more residents to invest in electric vehicles to help decrease carbon emissions.
Fire Prevention Month
Did you know that October is Fire Prevention Month?

This year's theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". The theme will focus on fire safety related to cooking. Did you know that cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in the United States? In fact, 49% of all home fires that involve cooking equipment are due to unattended cooking.

With COVID-19 still ongoing, people may continue to avoid restaurants and opt to do more cooking and entertaining at home. This makes the potential for home cooking fires higher than average this year. When cooking at home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Never leave cooking equipment unattended
  • Keep items that could catch on fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, and curtains at least three feet away from your stove top
  • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, avoid using the stove or stove top
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Interested in Working for the City?
If you're interested in a position working for the City that is not currently open, you can fill out a Job Interest Card. By filling one out, you will be notified by e-mail when the position becomes available.

The Job Interest Card is located on the City's Employment Page. Check the box next to each job category of interest to you, click the 'Subscribe' button, fill out the information, and the click the 'Submit' button. You will receive an e-mail notification each time a position you selected opens during the next 12 months.

Click here to view current openings. 
Medivac at DeKalb Airport
Did you know that when weather conditions are not suitable, Medivac helicopters land at DeKalb Airport (DKB) instead of the Kishwaukee Hospital helipad? DKB is the next best location for ambulances to transfer patients from Kishwaukee Hospital to Illinois trauma centers. On September 2, 2020, a Medivac helicopter transferred a patient to a Rockford hospital trauma center, and on September 12, 2020, a Eurocopter Medivac helicopter transferred a patient to Loyola Hospital using the DKB transfer site.
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Road Construction and Street Closures
Fall is a busy time of year because it is the last chance to complete major construction projects before the cold weather sets in. There will be increased construction and road closures on Gurler Road and Peace Road throughout October and November due to the construction of the new industrial buildings on the South side of town. Residents are encouraged to be patient and mindful of detour and construction signs. Additional updates on local road work will be shared on the City's social media pages.
Re-installation of Well Components
Layne Christensen Company has begun re-installation of the well components for City well #13 located on Corporate Drive. The well components were removed for inspection as part of the City's Well Maintenance Program. All of the City's wells are inspected on a 10-15 year cycle. During the inspection, the well column piping, pump, and motor are removed and inspected, and the motor is serviced. The Utility Department keeps an inventory of well component parts in stock so the well can be returned to service as quickly as possible. The components removed during inspection are repaired and placed in stock for future use. Routine maintenance increases the production capacity of the well by up to 20% when worn components are replaced.

Well #13 is has a current pumping capacity of 800 gallons per minute. Combined, the City's wells have the capacity to produce over 12 million gallons of water per day.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Assistance
Did you know the City of DeKalb has an Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program? The program is designed to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in maintaining safe, sanitary, and decent housing. The program provides eligible households with insufficient financial resources an opportunity to repair their homes.

The program prioritizes emergency situations, as funds are limited. Grants are limited to $5,000. Additional funding may be available as a repayable loan. Examples of eligible home repairs include:

  • Furnace replacement
  • Roof replacement
  • Water heater replacement
  • Minor plumbing/electrical repairs
  • Accessibility modifications

You can access more information about this program here.
Upcoming Meetings
Please note that due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, meetings are subject to cancellation. Check the City of DeKalb's Agenda Center for the most up to date information.
Citizens' Environmental Commission
October 1, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Economic Development Commission
October 2, 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
October 5, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Human Relations Commission
October 6, 6:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Fire Pension Board
October 8, 8 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
October 12, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
October 12, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library
DeKalb Public Library Board
October 14, 7 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Planning and Zoning Commission
October 19, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
October 26, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
October 26, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
October 26, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Airport Advisory Board
October 27, 7 p.m. at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Joint Review Board
October 30, 1 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department
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 Public Library Events
309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Public Library is offering virtual and in person programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Some of the events this month are Outdoor Story Time at Huntley Park, Picnic, and The Great DeKalbian Nailed it Bake-off. Check out their website for details.

DeKalb Hometown Hero
Downtown DeKalb

DeKalb Hometown Hero banners have returned to downtown to acknowledge some of our local veterans. To register for a banner, request an application from the DeKalb American Legion. You will be notified if your application is approved and a $100 fee will be required.
DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Spooktacular
Egyptian Theatre
Thursday, October 22, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the "Spooktacular" event at the Egyptian Theatre for Halloween. For more information, visit the web page here!

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre invites you to come join them for the events they will be putting on in October! For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.
Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, these events are subject to cancellation.
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
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City Hall          
164 E. Lincoln Highway
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 815-748-2070

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

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Public Works Department 815-748-2040
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