September 2018
City Completing Transition to New Refuse Service Provider
Effective September 1, 2018, Lakeshore Recycling Systems becomes the City's exclusive service provider for the removal and hauling of refuse, recyclables, and yard waste. With this transition, it is important for residents to be aware of several important facts, including the following:

  • The first week of collection by LRS falls on the week of Labor Day. Collection will be delayed by one day this week.
  • Most residents will keep the same collection day. A small number of residents will change from Thursday collection to Wednesday collection. Those residents should have received a postcard in the mail.
  • The City's landscape waste containers have been permanently removed and all yard waste must be disposed of at the curb or the DeKalb County Landfill.
  • Waste Management should have collected their carts by now. If you still hold a WM cart, please call 815-796-9696 to arrange pick-up.

The City's website has been updated with information on the new refuse services. In addition, the LRS website provides additional details on their services, including acceptable recyclable materials. Residents are encouraged to visit these websites to learn more.
In This Issue
LRS Transition

Downtown Wi-Fi

Safe Streets Initiative

Road Construction Update

Multi-Use Path Opening


Corn Classic/Taste of DeKalb

Lock it or Lose it
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Free Wi-Fi Now Available in Downtown DeKalb
The City, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, is proud to announce that free Wi-Fi access is now available in the downtown area. The next time you are shopping, dining, or just visiting downtown, save your data by connecting to "DeKalb Free Wi-Fi." This service is free. Upon connecting, you will be directed to our Digital Lobby page. On this page, you can view upcoming events, information about the City, and many more interesting bits of information. Service is accessible along Lincoln Highway from First Street to Fourth Street, between Grove Street and Locust Street.
Safe Streets Parking Regulations Fully Implemented
Over the past few months, the City has provided numerous updates on the implementation of the Safe Streets Initiative. As of September 1, all four phases of the initiative are in full effect and being enforced by the Police Department. These new parking regulations are in the neighborhoods near or adjacent to Northern Illinois University.

If you reside in an area covered by these new parking regulations and need a permit, please visit the DeKalb Police Department located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway. A valid state ID or rental lease is needed to verify residency. Residential permits can be purchased for $25 and are valid from August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. Any permits issued prior to August 1, 2018 are no longer valid. Guest passes may also be purchased at the Police Department for $5 per day.

For more information on new restrictions, resident permits, and guest passes, please visit the Safe Streets Initiative web page .
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
2018 Street Maintenance Update
Phase I of the 2018 Street Maintenance Program has been completed. Now, Phases II and III will begin simultaneously.

Phase II and III work is tentatively set to begin the week of September 3 and includes the streets below. These maintenance upgrades include ADA compliant crosswalk ramps, curb repairs, and pavement resurfacing.
For more information on the timeline of these projects, please visit the 2018 Street Maintenance Program Blog.
Kishwaukee Kiwanis Multi-Use Path Completed
After more than one year of construction, the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Multi-Use Path has been completed and is available for use. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 4, at 5:30 p.m. to officially open the path.

In 2011, the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS) published a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan proposed constructing a path to connect Northern Illinois University (NIU) to the City's bike paths. In the spring of 2012, DSATS applied for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant to assist with the construction of such a path. The grant was approved, and the City began construction in the summer of 2017.

The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Multi-Use Path links Prairie Park on the south side of Lincoln Highway to the NIU campus on the north side of Lincoln Highway via an underpass. This provides an off-street bike path from Devonaire Farms Subdivision to Hopkins Park and then links to the DeKalb Nature Trail. The path will improve regional bike trail connectivity.
Quick Links
Call Before You Dig
Fall is planting season! As you undertake projects around the yard that involve digging, the Public Works Department reminds you to respect the dangers posed by underground utilities. State law requires you to notify JULIE at least two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) before any digging project regardless of the project size or depth. Even if you are digging in the same location as a previous project, notify JULIE.

JULIE can easily be contacted in one of two ways, either by calling 811 or by visiting the JULIE website.
DeKalb Corn Classic & Taste of DeKalb
On September 23, two great events will take place in Downtown DeKalb. Start your morning off with the 38th annual DeKalb Corn Classic 10K at 8:15 a.m. This year a new route will be used where participants will start downtown and work their way through the City's historical neighborhoods, along the Kishwaukee River, NIU's campus, and Huskie Stadium. To sign up, go to the DeKalb Corn Classic's website.
After a brisk 10K, don't go away! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Taste of DeKalb will take place in Frank Van Buer Plaza. Local food vendors will be selling food and beverages. Family-friendly entertainment events will be offered free of charge. All proceeds from this event go to Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary's Community Grant for Children, Youth, and Families of DeKalb County. For more information, visit the Taste of DeKalb Facebook event page.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Police Remind you to "Lock It or Lose It"
The Police Department has investigated a number of motor vehicle burglaries in recent months and would like to remind all residents to "Lock It or Lose It". Many of these incidents are crimes of opportunity in which only unlocked vehicles are targeted. Lock all cars when they are parked outside and do not leave valuables in your car. If you have to leave something of value, make sure to hide those items and park in a well lit area to help deter burglaries.

If you have information about a crime, please call the Police Department at 815-748-8400. Anonymous tips can be sent via text to 67283 in a message beginning with the words "ALERTDEKALB". Individuals can also contact the DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or Information that leads to an arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following dates in September:

  • September 3 - Labor 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
Human Relations Commission
September 4, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 5, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environmental Commission
September 6, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
September 7, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
September 10, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
September 10, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Finance Advisory Committee
September 11, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department Training Room

DeKalb Public Library Board
September 12, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
September 17, 4 p.m. at Haish Conference Room

Special Committee of the Whole
September 18, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

Airport Advisory Board
September 18, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Maintenance Facility

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 19, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
September 24, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council
September 24, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Finance Advisory Committee
September 25, 5 p.m. at DeKalb Police Department Training Room
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
Family Evening at the Garden
September 4 at NIU Communiversity Garden from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit NIU's Communiversity Garden located east of Anderson Hall off Kishwaukee Drive. This free drop-in event includes a tour of the garden, activities to learn about fall harvest, and samples of fresh garden eats. To sign up, please visit the DeKalb Park District website.

DeKalb Kite Fest
September 9 at the corner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The DeKalb Kite Festival is a full day of family fun. You can bring your own kite or make one there. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information please visit the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

First National Challenge Football Game
September 14 at Huskie Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Come out and support the DeKalb Barbs as they take on Sycamore High School in their annual rivalry game. For more information please visit the DeKalb High School website.

DeKalb Corn Classic
September 23, starting Downtown DeKalb at 8:15 a.m.

This year marks the 38th annual DeKalb Corn Classic. While the name is the same, runners will have a whole new race experience. Please visit the DeKalb Corn Classic's Website to register.

Taste of DeKalb
September 23 at Frank Van Buer Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Local DeKalb food and beverage vendors will be set up and family-friendly entertainment events will be offered free of charge. For more information visit the Taste of DeKalb Facebook page.
Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

September is a busy month at the Egyptian Theatre with six different groups performing throughout the month. For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
September 20, 21, 22, 28, & 29 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 & 30 at 2 p.m.

This month, the Stage Coach Players are performing The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow. This two-time Tony Award-winning treat has over 150 characters (played by 5 people), nonstop laughs, and so much more. 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.

DeKalb Farmers' Market
Every Thursday through Sept., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DeKalb Farmers’ Market will be held in Van Buer Plaza, at North Second and Locust Street, every Thursday through September. The DeKalb Farmers’ Market provides the community with fresh locally grown produce, bread, baked goods, coffee, flowers, food trucks and more!
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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