September 2020
Ferrara Candy Company & Facebook Site Work

The Ferrara Packing/Distribution Center located along Gurler Road is currently undergoing roof and site work. Ferrara continues to work on the parking lot and access drives by building curbs and other necessary prep work. The distribution center is anticipated to open in early 2021 and the packing center will be opening shortly after in the spring of 2021.


Mortenson Construction Company has been working hard in preparation to begin building the Facebook Data Center. The Data Center will be located on Route 23 and Gurler Road. The Data Center sits on 505 acres that is estimated to be a 907,700 square foot facility when complete.
In This Issue
Ferrara Candy Company & Facebook Site Work

College Housing Fire Safety Tips

FY2021 Budget Schedule

Skilled Maintenance Electrical Position Opening

Police Body Camera Update

Installation of Water Main on Crego Rd.

2020 Census Operations Concludes

Now's the time to think about HVAC
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College Housing Fire Safety Tips
Every year the most occurrences of college housing fires happen in September and October. In fact, from 2000 – 2018, 132 students have died in 92 fatal fires on college campuses, Greek housing, and privately owned off-campus housing nearby campus. Of the total 92 fatal fires, 79 of the fatal fires occurred in off-campus housing, with a total of 113 victims.

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) indicates that three out of four fires relating to college housing begin in the kitchen area. Kitchen fires caused about half of all injuries in college housing. These fires are most likely to happen between the hours of 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on weekends. Another NFPA study shows that between 2012 - 2016 local fire departments have responded to 4,100 structure fires in college housing.

To help reduce the risk of fires, the NFPA offers the following tips for students:
  • Cook in designated areas only.
  • Never leave cooking equipment unattended when in use.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Keep combustibles away from heat sources.
  • Refrain from overloading electrical outlets, extension cords, and power strips.
  • Electrical products such as portable heaters and lighting are the source of many fires.
  • Learn the building’s evacuation plan and practice fire drills.
FY2021 Budget Schedule
The City has just begun the FY2021 Budget process. In order to remain transparent and keep residents informed of the process, City Council voted on July 27 for the following budget schedule:

  • September 1 - October 14. Intense department-level budget discussions around spending targets based on general goals established on August 17.
  • Thursday, October 14. Publication of agenda for Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting on October 19.
  • Monday, October 19. FAC Meeting to review proposed, detailed FY2021 budget highlights, including annual levy assumptions, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26. Council consideration of property tax levy options.
  • Tuesday, November 10 (November 9 is the observance of Veteran's Day, a City holiday). Council resolution establishing a truth in taxation hearing for November 23.
  • Monday, November 16 & Wednesday, November 18. Back-to-back Special Council meetings in joint session with the FAC to go over the proposed FY2021 budget document. The general fund departments will be the focus on November 16, and the capital, enterprise, and special funds will be the focus on November 18.
  • Monday, November 23. Truth in taxation hearing, budget hearing, and first reading on the proposed FY2021 city budget.
  • Monday, December 14. Second reading on the proposed FY2021 city budget.
  • Thursday, December 31. Last day to file FY2021 annual budget and property tax levy.
Employment
Visit the City's Employment Page to view and apply for open positions. For more info, contact Human Resources at 815-748-2300. 
Skilled Maintenance Electrical Position Opening
The City is accepting applications for the position of Skilled Maintenance - Electrical working in the Public Works Department. This position will remain open until filled. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for this position, please send them our way.
 
To view the full job description, please click on the following link Here.
Police Body Camera Update
This past March, the DeKalb Police Department announced they would start a body camera pilot program to increase the transparency and accountability of DeKalb Police Officers. At this time, the Police Department has piloted two of the three body cameras that were selected for the pilot program. Select officers wore the body cameras to test the capabilities and controls while responding to police calls. The department is currently testing the final body camera. For each vendor, the department is collecting officer and administration feedback on the camera, software, and storage.

In addition, the Police Department distributed an online survey during May to collect citizen feedback. The survey was the department's first step in understanding the community, its knowledge of body camera systems, and public opinions on body cameras. The survey was closed in early July and staff is currently reviewing the responses. One initial observation from the public survey were concerns regarding the department’s body camera policy. The department has posted the policy on the City website here. This policy covers multiple things including training, recording retention, privacy expectations, and when to turn off/on the body-worn camera.
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Installation of Water Main on Crego Rd.
Work continues on the installation of the new 16" water main that will eventually service the Ferrara and Facebook Developments. The new main was recently connected to the City of DeKalb's existing water main on Crego Road near the I-88 DeKalb Oasis. This picture shows the "wet-tap" of the existing water main near the end of Crego Road. The wet-tap allows for a new connection to the existing water line to the Oasis. Over three miles of new public water main is being constructed to service the new developments.
2020 Census Operations Concludes
Census enumerators have begun going door-to-door to residents who have not yet filled out their 2020 Census survey. Census operations have now been scheduled to finish on September 30th. What this means is that after September 30th, residents will no longer be able to self-respond to the Census. Our city is still experiencing a low response rate due to many factors. If you or someone you know has not yet filled out the Census, please make sure to do so. Counting yourself in the 2020 Census will directly impact the state and federal funding that DeKalb will receive over the next 10 years.

Census enumerators can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative at 630-288-9200

To count yourself in the Census today, respond online at 2020census.gov, or call 844-330-2020.
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Users can also text ALERTDEKALB to 67283 to report criminal or suspicious activity and quality of life concerns.
Now's the time to think about HVAC
Even though the weather outside is still quite hot, now is the perfect time to think about your heating system before the chilly weather arrives. When examining your current heating equipment, if it shows that you need an upgrade, make sure you contact the Building & Code Division (815-748-2070) to inquire if a building permit is required. All HVAC contractors must be registered with the City to ensure your contractor is insured for safety purposes. Furnaces and boilers can introduce dangers into your home if not properly sized and installed. Be sure to seek multiple bids from contractors who are registered with the City of DeKalb, and display your orange Building Permit Placard so it is visible from the street.

The Building & Code Division is here to help ensure the work in and around your home is completed according to safety standards and building codes. The Building & Code Division is available for any questions you have and maintains a list of registered/ insured contractors that you can view here.
Upcoming City Hall Closures
City offices will be closed on the following days in September:

  • Monday, September 7, 2020 - 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
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
September 3, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Economic Development Commission
September 4, 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 8, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Human Relations Commission
September 8, 6:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

DeKalb Public Library Board
September 9, 7 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

Committee of the Whole Meeting
September 14, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
September 14, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library
Citizens' Community Enhancement Commission
September 21, 4 p.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 21, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

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

Economic Development Commission
September 25, 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb Police Department

Committee of the Whole Meeting
September 28, 5 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library

City Council Meeting
September 28, 6 p.m. in the Yusunas Room at the DeKalb Public Library
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, LEGO Club Zoom, and The Great DeKalbian Nailed it Bake-off. Check out their website for details.

DeKalb Corn Classic
September 19-27

Registration is open for the 40th Annual DeKalb Corn Classic that will take place virtually this year. To participate in this event, all you have to do is track your run with the RaceJoy App on your phone, and run anytime from September 19-27 on the courses that are marked in DeKalb, which can be found here. To register, and for more information, you can find 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. Most weeks have music sponsored by the Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found on the Chamber's website.

Local Flavors Benefit
Tapa La Luna, 226 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL
September 20, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tapa La Luna is hosting the Local Flavors Benefit on September 20, which will provide 100% of donations back to DCCG programs. The boxed meal pick-up will be from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., and the online program will be from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. The price for this event will be $50 per person. Purchase your tickets now so you can enjoy great food, music, and conversation! Ticket sales will be available only online, and they are found here.
DeKalb County Community Expo
NIU Convocation Center Parking Lot
Thursday, October 1, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has decided to reschedule their DeKalb County Community Expo event to October 1, from 3:00 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center Parking Lot. This will be a community event with a variety of businesses, restaurants, and non-profits, and a great way to learn what they have to offer for DeKalb County residents!

Tails Mutt Strut Virtual 5K
September 6-13

The Mutt Strut is a dog-friendly 5K run/walk-a-thon benefiting over 3,200 animals cared for each year at Tails Humane Society. You can run/walk your 5K anytime between September 6-13 and log your time/distance using the Walk for a Dog app ( or another fitness app of your choice). Participants will receive a t-shirt, and dogs will receive a bandanna! For more information check out the website.

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 September! For more information and tickets, please visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

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.
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
Hours of Operation
City Phone Numbers
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

Police Non-Emergency 815-748-8400

Public Works Department 815-748-2040
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