Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Safely - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2014
North Aurora Police urge motorists to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Law enforcement plans Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown on drunk drivers
(NORTH AURORA, IL) – The North Aurora Police Department announced they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers. Unbuckled motorists also will be ticketed.
“We are reminding everyone this weekend to Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket,” said Chief of Police David Summer. “If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI.”
“Too often, St. Patrick’s Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of drunk driving,” said Summer. “That is why starting on May 13th and running through March 17th, we will be working overtime to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk.”
In addition to looking for drunk drivers, North Aurora Police will be stepping up seat belt enforcement particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.
Chief Summer said always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips include:
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:
• Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
• Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
• Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
• Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:
• Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;
• If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
• Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk;
• Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.
“Driving drunk is a deadly decision and it is against the law. We will show zero tolerance,” said Summer. “So remember, designate a sober driver before the party begins and always buckle up.”
The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.
For more information, contact:
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
North Aurora Police Department
(630) 897-8705, ext. 752
ComEd Financial Assistance for Eligible Residents
Com Ed realizes that some residents or local organizations may need some assistance this year with their electric bill, due to the harsh winter we have had.
ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill. Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services. In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.
To apply for ComEd’s Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency. For more information on any of ComEd’s assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd’s bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit www.ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.
Community Emergency Response Training
Community Emergency Response training to be offered
Is your family prepared for a disaster? The fact is that many families are not prepared but you can change that by attending our new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course which begins in April.
The course is intended to teach citizens how to better cope with the aftermath of a disaster by training them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, citizens are then able to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available.
The topics of the course are:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Disaster Fire Suppression
• Disaster Medical Operations (2 parts)
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
• Course Review and Disaster Simulation
The free course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the North Aurora Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway, beginning April 1st and concluding on May 13th. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Preference for admission into the course will be given to residents of the Village of North Aurora.
After the conclusion of the course, attendees who successfully complete the course may apply to volunteer on our first CERT team. CERT volunteers may be asked to assist first responders during disasters, other emergencies, or planned events such as North Aurora Days or the Community Parade.
Applications to attend the course can be picked up at the North Aurora Police Department Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Applications are also available at http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/forms.aspx.
Questions about the program can be directed to Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki at (630) 897-8705, ext. 752 or email@example.com.
North Aurora Preschool Fair - March 22nd
Beat the winter blues and visit the Messenger Public Library (113 Oak St. North Aurora) for a hands-on Preschool Fair! Parents and caregivers meet with local preschool and daycare representatives to learn more about their programs. Children will be able to enjoy a variety of activities from each of the schools. Attendees can enter to win a grand prize drawing! For further information visit the Messenger Library website at www.messengerpl.org or call the Youth Services Department of the Library at 630-896-0240 ext. 2310.
2013 Police Officer of the Year
2013 Police Officer of the Year
North Aurora, IL—The North Aurora Police Department is proud to announce that two officers were recently honored for their excellent work in 2013. The North Aurora Lion’s Club named Officer John “Jake” Kerlin the 2013 Police Officer of the Year at their annual awards banquet on Tuesday, January 28th at Gaslite Manor in Aurora. This award has been presented annually since 2005.
On November 5th, 2013, Officer Kerlin was dispatched to check on the well-being of an elderly citizen. Upon arrival he found that the electricity had been turned off to the residence do to a miscommunication with billing. He assisted in resolving the problem; however, power could not be restored until the following morning. The temperature would be dropping during the night and the woman lived alone with no immediate family in the area. Officer Kerlin offered to drive her to a hotel in the area and pay for the room out of his own pocket. The woman declined since she did not want to leave her home.
Officer Kerlin then took measures to ensure the woman would be able to reach out to emergency services should she need help during the evening. Since she had no working phone, he purchased a plug in phone with his own money and then found the woman’s phone service was disconnected. Finally he was able to arrange for a neighbor to loan the woman a cell phone and also to keep an eye on her for the evening.
The next day he returned to check on the woman and found that the power had been partially restored but that her furnace was not working. He contacted a furnace repair company for her and arranged a time when they could come and look at it. Finally, to ensure that this resident would have the support she would need in the future he arranged for Senior Services to contact her.
On December 11th, 2013, Officer Kerlin was following up on an illegal dumping complaint at a public storage facility. The repeated dumping was a nuisance to the owners, so they resorted to installing a surveillance system, which captured a clear image of the offender. Officer Kerlin helped the owners download the image and then conducted a canvass in the area to identify the offender. During this canvass, he located a person in the neighborhood who fit the description and was wearing similar clothing as in the surveillance image. Ultimately, he was able to get the offender to confess and the illegal dumping was stopped.
During both of these incidents, Officer Kerlin could have simply passed the call onto others for follow up, but he put in the extra effort, and in the process, made a lasting impact on three members of our community.
Officer Kerlin has been a member of the North Aurora Police Department for 13 years and is currently assigned to the evening shift patrol.
Past winners of the award were:
2005: Officer Dan Cyko
2006: Officer Chris Joswick
2007: Officer Mike Quinn
2008: Officer Kristen Lohrstorfer
2009: Sergeant Joseph DeLeo
2010: Officer Ryan Hooper
2011: Officer Ryan McKiness
2012: Officer Mark Shillair
For more information, contact:
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
(630) 897-8705, ext. 752
Waste Management Holiday Pick-up Information
WASTE MANAGEMENT HOLIDAY PICK-UP INFORMATION
Waste Management Recognized Holidays:
In the event that any of the following holidays fall on a week-day, all refuse, yard-waste, and recyclable collections services on that day, and for the remainder of that week, shall be delayed one day after the recognized holiday. This will result in trash collection on Saturday for your regular Friday pick-up
The following ARE THE RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up:
New Years Day
All other holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, or Veterans Day WILL NOT affect your regular Friday trash pick-up.
Nicor Gas Provides Programs to Assist Residents with Heating Bills
Nicor Gas Provides Programs to Assist Residents with Heating Bills - programs are listed below:
• The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance through grants that do not need to be repaid. Call 877-411-WARM (9276) or visit www.liheapillinois.com
• The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) participants pay a percentage of their income and receive a monthly benefit toward their bill. Call 877-411-WARM (9276) or visit www.liheapillinois.com
• The Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides one-time annual grants that do not need to be repaid. Call 773-205-3520 or visit www.nicorgas.com
• The Nicor Gas Budget Plan is a bill management program that provides a convenient way for customers to pay their natural gas bills and makes household budget planning easier. The plan minimizes the “peaks and valleys” in natural gas bills by allowing customers to pay a consistent amount every month for a 12 month period. Customers interested in enrolling in the budget plan should visit www.nicorgas.com and look under the “Pay your bill” section.
• The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program offers ideas and rebates to help customers save energy and more. The program provides the education, resources and financial rebates to make homes and businesses more energy efficient. For energy-saving tips and tools, visit www.NicorGasRebates.com.
Recreational Vehicles and Trailers
Village staff would like to inform residents of the recent changes to North Aurora’s Code of Ordinances regarding the storage of recreational vehicles and trailers on residential properties. If you own a recreational vehicle or trailer, including boats, rafts, campers, motor homes, pickup coaches, snowmobiles, jet skis, or other types of utility trailers, you will want to familiarize yourself with these recent changes. It is important to note that a utility trailer may also include trailers not intended solely for recreational purposes, but also trailers used for commercial purposes. Recreational vehicles and trailers can only be parked on a residential driveway during the following periods:
1) Friday noon to Monday noon (entire year)
2) April 15 through April 30 (contiguous two weeks)
3) October 1 through October 15 (contiguous two weeks)
According to the Village Code of Ordinances, recreational vehicles and trailers may only be stored on residential properties if they are located within a fully-enclosed permanent structure or are completely screened from view by a solid wood fence or masonry screen wall at least six (6) feet in height. Also, only one recreational vehicle or trailer may be permanently stored on a residential property and must be parked or stored on a hard surface. Recreational vehicles and trailers parked over a public sidewalk or in the street is prohibited. It is important to observe these important changes and codes as you plan for your vehicle/trailer storage needs.
By observing these codes, you help us create a safer environment and community for our residents and neighbors. Contact the Community Development Department of the Village of North Aurora at (630) 897-1457 for any questions or concerns.
History of North Aurora book - Now Just $15
Stop by the Village Hall and pick up your copy of the "History of North Aurora" book - now just $15.
This book is a wonderful history of your community from the early days of when it was settled through life in the 1940's. This history provides some very interesting facts about North Aurora. There are numerous pictures on every page that provide a visual history as well.
Be sure to stop in soon to purchase a copy.
Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution
Help Reduce Storm Water Pollution - Water pollution prevention and control measures are critical to improving water quality and reducing the need for costly wastewater and drinking water treatment. Because water pollution can come from many different sources, a variety of pollution prevention and control measures are needed.
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces such as driverways, sidewalks and streets, which prevents the runoff from soaking into the ground.
Stormwater runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into the storm sewer system or directly into lakes, rivers, ponds and wetlands. Anything that enters the storm sewer system is then discharged into bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. This in turn can increase costs for treating our drinking water.
In an attempt to educate the community on ways to prevent the potential for storm water pollution, we ask that residents be aware of the direct links between land activities and rainfall and snow melt runoff that drains into storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams. Clean up pet waste to keep it out of street gutters; sweep up grass clippings and rake leaves to keep yardwaste debris from blowing into street gutters; apply lawn fertilizer and pesticides sparingly; control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover; clean up spilled automotive fluids such as oil, anti-freeze and transmission fluids from driveways and don’t hose the spills into the street. Please do your part to help eliminate storm water pollution. For information on disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention, contact Kane County at 630-208-5118. For more recycling information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-208-3841.
Bricks Available for Purchase for Veteran's Memorial
Memorial Bricks are available for purchase for the Veteran's Memorial Plaza.
Engraved bricks are placed in the Veteran's Memorial Plaza as a way to honor and recognize North Aurora Residents who have served and given their lives in service of the United States.
Single 8x8 bricks are $75 - Two bricks are $125
If you would like to honor a veteran by purchasing a brick, please stop by the North Aurora Village Hall at 25 E. State Street to pick up an order form or call 630-897-8228 for more information.
Fire District provides Lockbox Program for Senior Citizens
Did you know that the North Aurora Fire District provides lockboxes for residences of senior citizens who live alone or any resident with an illness or injury that would prevent them from answering the door in the event of an emergency situation?
There is a $20 deposit for the lockbox and it would be installed by the Fire District. The lockbox would only be accessed by the Fire District in an emergency and remains the property of the Fire District.
When the resident moves or requests removal, the lockbox would be removed and the $20 deposit would be refunded.
Residents who would like to obtain a lockbox or would like further information regardng this program, should contact the Fire Station at 630-897-9698.