September 2019
DeKalb Corn Classic and Taste of DeKalb
Join us for the 39th annual DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and newly added 5K race on September 29, at 8:15 a.m. The starting line is at the corner of Third Street and Franklin Street. Early registration is open from August 1 to September 27. The cost of the 10K is $45, and the 5K costs $35. Registration the day of the race is $50 for the 10K and $40 for the 5K. There will be musical entertainment on the race course from NIU and community performers while you run. Afterwards, you can enjoy a beer at the post-race celebration! For more information on the race and to sign up, check out the website here.
The Taste of DeKalb will be held in Frank Van Buer Plaza on September 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., immediately after the DeKalb Corn Classic. The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club will be putting on this free event where you can enjoy live music and community performances from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with special guests Back Country Roads performing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and you will have the opportunity to purchase food and beverages. For more information on this event, please visit the website here.
In This Issue
Corn Classic/Taste of DeKalb

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Census Address Canvassing

Fair Housing Survey

Campus Fire Safety Month

E-Waste Update

2019 Street Maintenance Program

CDBG Five-Year Consolidated Plan
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel respond to tragic motor vehicle crashes every day. During 2018 alone, 1,031 people were killed in vehicle crashes in Illinois, with one-third of those fatalities caused by impaired driving. Year after year, these statistics hold true. Despite knowing that impaired driving is criminal and deadly behavior people continue to make the potentially fatal choice to drink and drive. This Labor Day weekend in Illinois and around the country, local law enforcement will be out in full force to support the 2019 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” safety campaign. DeKalb officers are teaming up to participate in high-visibility details, pulling over and arresting impaired drivers.  

On Labor Day, and every day, the DeKalb Police Department urges you to make the smart choice: Don’t Drink and Drive. Before you go to a party, know how you’ll get home. Designate a sober driver, take mass transit, call a cab or use your favorite ride-sharing service. Don’t let friends or family members drive drunk. If you’re the designated driver, make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It’s the best defense against impaired drivers. 

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement campaign ends Sept. 3. However, our commitment to saving lives by getting impaired drivers off the streets never ends. Please join us in our efforts to keep Illinois roads safe. It’s a simple decision: Life or Death? 
Census Bureau Address Canvassing
From August 4 to October 18, U.S. Census Bureau address canvassers will be verifying physical addresses in communities to ensure their database is complete for the upcoming 2020 Census. The canvassers will have an official government badge with photo I.D. and official Census materials. If you have any questions regarding these operations, please view the Regional Census Center's informational video on these activities.
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
DeKalb Fair Housing Survey
A survey has been created for DeKalb County residents to share their experiences with fair housing issues and barriers that prevent them from obtaining the housing of their choice. The results of the survey will be used to create a plan that contains action steps to address the issues identified. Responses to the survey are anonymous.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish. Links are available on the City's website and social media platforms, and below.

For English
For Spanish
Campus Fire Safety Month
September is Campus Fire Safety Month and the DeKalb Fire Department invites students from Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College to educate themselves on good fire safety practices.

College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked. Did you know that fires in dormitories are common during the evening hours, and on the weekends, and six out of seven fires in dormitories are started by cooking?

Here are a few safety tips for a fire-safe college experience:
  • Make sure your dorm has sprinklered housing
  • Make sure you can hear the building alarm system when you are in your dorm room
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly
  • Never remove the alarm batteries, or disable the alarm
  • Learn your building's evacuation plan
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking
  • Cook only when you are alert
  • Check your local fire department for any restrictions
  • Check your school's rules before using electrical appliances in your room
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E-waste Collection Update
Lakeshore Recycling Sysytems has changed their method for collecting electronic waste (E-waste) making this an on-demand service. Residents will now be required to submit a request to have their E-waste collected. Pick up of E-waste will continue to take place during the first full week of every month on their regularly scheduled collection date. Requests must be made two days prior to the scheduled collection day for pick-up to occur. This service changed was approved by the City after it was determined that actual utilization of E-waste collection was not great enough to justify a full canvassing of the City on collection days.

To submit a request for E-waste pick-up please visit the LRS website below, or call 815-770-7550.

LRS continues to offer household hazardous waste collection as on-demand service as well. This service is available to City of DeKalb residents living in homes with driveways and/or garages. This is a special collection, separate from the weekly refuse, recycling and yard waste collection. The service is provided by a professional hazardous waste company and they will schedule the collection date. Collections are generally provided within the same month or following month depending on availability.

Residents may submit a request online on the LRS website , or by calling LRS Customer Service at (815) 770-7550. A collection date will be provided within 2 days of the request, excluding holidays or weekends. Instructions on packaging and preparing the materials for collection will be provided after the request is submitted.
2019 Street Maintenance Program
Contractors are nearing completion of the City’s 2019 Street Maintenance Program. This maintenance included street resurfacing, as well as improvements to curbs and sidewalks.  Projects completed this year included North First Street, Tyler Street, Harvey Street, Charter Street, Joanne Lane, Golfview Place, Ilehamwood Drive, Wineberry Drive, and Manning Drive.

Pavement striping along North First Street included dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the road for improved cyclist safety.  A number of cyclists already have been seen using the new dedicated lanes and City staff has received numerous comments from residents pleased with the completion and outcome of this project. 

Water main replacement was also completed in areas of the Tilton Park neighborhood, including Joanne Lane, Ilehamwood Drive and Golfview Place. 
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New Five-Year Consolidated Plan for CDBG
April 2020 marks the start of a new Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. As part of the process of creating the plan, the City will be conducting community outreach to give residents the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding community issues, and to assist in the identification of the most impactful uses of CDBG funds. Notification of the dates and locations of public forums and community meetings will be published in e-News, so stay connected and plan to join us for this important conversation!  
Upcoming Meetings
Human Relations Commission
September 3, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 4, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Citizens' Environmental Commission
September 5, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Economic Development Commission
September 6, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall

Committee of the Whole
September 9, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
September 9, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

DeKalb Public Library Board
September 11, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Public Library

Citizen's Community Enhancement Commission
September 16, 4 p.m. at City Hall

Airport Advisory Board
September 17, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 18, 6 p.m. at Council Chambers

Committee of the Whole
September 23, 5 p.m. at Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
September 23, 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
Taste of DeKalb  
Van Buer Plaza, September 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting the Taste of DeKalb on September 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no entrance fee to this event, and there will be food and drinks available for purchase. It begins after the DeKalb Corn Classic. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be community performances and a live D.J., and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Back Country Roads will be performing. For more information please visit the Taste of DeKalb web page here.
DeKalb Farmers' Market  
Van Buer Plaza, Every Thursday,  
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Stroll downtown and try some fresh baked bread, locally grown produce, coffee, flowers, food trucks, and art. You do not want to miss this event with most weeks having music presented by the Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found on the Chamber's   website.
Mutt Strut 5K
Hopkins Park, September 14, 10 a.m.  
Mutt Strut 5K is a dog-friendly 5K run/walk-a-thon benefiting the over 2,800 animals cared for each year at Tails Humane Society. The race route follows the DeKalb Nature Trail, beginning and ending at beautiful Hopkins Park. Enjoy a scenic run with friends or family while benefiting homeless animals. For more information about this event, check out the website for details.

Egyptian Theatre Events
135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL

September is a busy month at the Egyptian Theatre with four different groups performing throughout the month, including performances from Sail On: The Beach Boys tribute, and Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute show. There will also be some movies playing. For more information and tickets, please visit the  Egyptian Theatre website.

American Heart Association Certification CPR & First Aid Training
DeKalb Fire Station #1, September 13, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m .

The DeKalb Fire Department is offering CPR and First Aid training through the American Heart Association. To register and pay the enrollment fee, please visit: City of DeKalb - Finance Dept., 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115 Mon-Fri 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information please visit the City of DeKalb's website here.

Stage Coach Players
Stage Coach Players, 126 S Fifth St, DeKalb, IL
September 5, 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and September 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

The Stage Coach Players presents August: Osage County.   This play is about a vanished father, a pill-popping mother, and three sisters harboring shady little secrets. This is a major play that exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American Family. For more information please check out their website   here.

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.

8 Countries One Day
DeKalb Public Library, September 7,
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The DeKalb Public Library is offering quite an exciting event called 8 Countries in One Day. On this day, there will be several presentations and performances talking about different aspects of cultures ranging from curling in Norway to dancing in Thailand. Come join us for this exciting event! For more information please check out their 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

Patrick Fagan , 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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Public Works 
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Monday - Friday
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DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport     
3232 Pleasant Street  
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City Clerk 815-748-2095  
City Manager's Office 815-748-2090

Community Development Department 815-748-2060

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Finance Department 815-748-2000

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