April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and Thursday, April 2nd is “Light It Up Blue” day so the North Aurora Police Department is showing support by turning our station blue for the month. The east side of our building facing Lincolnway (Rt. 31) will be lit up with blue lights.
Each April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue day along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. We’re proud to Light It Up Blue and join famous buildings and landmarks around the world, such as the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and London’s Trafalgar Square.
You can also show your support by putting blue light bulbs in your outside lights or wearing blue on April 2.
For more information, go to www.Lightitupblue.org.
For more information, contact:
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
(630) 897-8705, ext. 752
Waste Management Spring Clean up
WASTE MANAGEMENT SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
Waste Management’s Spring Clean-up Day is a great time to clean out your basement, attic and/or garage. Please follow the guidelines below to be sure your trash is properly prepared for pick up. As a reminder, any items that are not properly prepared will not be collected and will require proper preparation and stickers for collection on the next scheduled collection day.
Please note that Waste Management’s Route times will change on special pick up days, therefore, to ensure service please have all trash items out to the curb by 6:00 a.m.
- Regular garbage and yard waste will require stickers as usual, however all other items, large or small, will be removed for free.
- Loose items need to be tied in bundles, placed in garbage bags, or put in cans (up to 32-gallons capacity) and may not exceed 50 pounds.
- Bulk items such as sofas or tables, etc. should be placed at the curb side as is.
- Furniture and other unwanted junk items that are not hazardous will be picked up. Some examples of items that will be collected are as follows:
- Lawn mowers - empty of gas and oil
- Tires - rims removed
- Carpet/padding – 4’ length, 18” diameter, 50 lbs. or less
- Wood – 4 foot lengths, all nails must be removed.
Electronics are not accepted as trash and must be recycled. TV’s, microwaves, phones, vacuums, lamps, anything with an electric cord.… can be dropped off free of charge on the 4th Saturday of each month, in the Woodman’s parking lot, 151 Hansen Blvd. between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. New Life Electronics Recycling will have a truck available and their staff will help you unload any items for recycling. For information please call New Life Recylcing at 630-608-6102.
Hazardous Waste such as oil, chemicals, batteries, and propane tanks etc. should be disposed of at the Naperville Fire Station. The Household Hazardous Waste drop off area is open every weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and located at the corner of Rt. 59 & Brookdale Rd. For further information please call 630-208-3841.
If you have any questions about the free Spring Clean-up Day please call the Village Hall at 630-897-8228 or Waste Management at 630-879-9190.
For more information on garbage collection, see the Waste Management Guidelines: http://vil.north-aurora.il.us/pdf/Waste_Management_collection.pdf
Early Voting at Messenger Library
Early Voting for the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election
One of many early voting locations in Kane County is the North Aurora Messenger Library located at 113 Oak Street, North Aurora.
- Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. March 23 - 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. March 30 - April 2, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For additional locations and information on the upcoming consolidated election on April 7, 2015 please contact the Kane County Election Commission Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ( 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tues. April 7, 2015) please call Phone Number: 630-232-5990 / Spanish Phone Number" 630-232-5991.
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.
North Aurora Activity Center Bricks to be Available
Bricks from the North Aurora Activity Center will be available, free to the public - Reserve a piece of North Aurora History today.
The Village of North Aurora would like to announce that with the demolition of the North Aurora Activity Center, a limited number of bricks from the North Aurora Activity Center will be available to anyone who is interested in a piece of North Aurora History. Bricks will be free and will be limited to three (3) per address.
To reserve up to 3 bricks please contact Brenda Werner at the North Aurora Village Hall by calling 630-897-8228 ext. 260 or by email at email@example.com
Please be prepared to provide your name, address, phone number and the number of bricks you are requesting (up to 3).
Bricks will be available for pick up at the Public Works Facility, located at 314 Butterfield Road on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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.
Waste Management Holiday Pick-up Information
Waste Management Recognized Holidays - In the event that any of the following holidays fall on a weekday, 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 generally result in trash collection on Saturday for your regular Friday pick-up.
The following are the RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS that will affect trash pick-up in 2015:
New Years Day 1/1 - Trash pick up Saturday Jan. 3
Memorial Day 5/25 - Trash pick up Saturday May 30
Independence Day 7/4 - Trash pick up will be on Friday July 3 as usual (due to the holiday falling on Saturday)
Labor Day 9/7 - Trash pick up Saturday Sept. 12
Thanksgiving Day 11/26 - Trash pick up Saturday Nov. 28
Christmas Day 12/25 - Trash pick up Saturday Dec. 26
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.
Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium
The Village of North Aurora would like to remind residents that pertinent information about our community is always available on the Southwest Fox Valley Cable Consortium's public access channel.
Additionally, please take a moment to complete a short survey (5-10 minutes to complete) which is designed to give Comcast customers in the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium communities (North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich and Yorkville) an opportunity to assist the Consortium in determining cable-related needs and interests as provided for by the Federal Cable Act (47 U.S.C. 546(a)(1)) and local ordinances. To take the survey, please click the link below:
Comprehensive Plan - Help Define the Future of North Aurora
Help define the future of North Aurora!
The Village of North Aurora is in the process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will address land use, development, transportation, neighborhoods, parks and open space, the environment, community facilities, and much more.
How can I provide input regarding North Aurora’s future?
The Village is seeking your input to help create a plan that addresses local issues and aspirations. Please go to the Village’s website (http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/) and click on the link here - http://www.hlplanning.com/portals/northaurora/ or click the “Comprehensive Plan Interactive Website” button on the right-hand portion of the homepage. This link will take you a one-stop portal where you can provide input through on-line mapping tools and questionnaires, receive updates about the planning process, and review preliminary plan recommendations.
What is the next chance to provide input to the Comprehensive Plan?
In addition to the project website, there will be several face-to-face opportunities to provide input. The next opportunity will be a Visioning Workshop held in early September. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the date, time and location for the workshop. The workshop will allow you to put markers to maps and describe your vision for key issues facing North Aurora, such as the role of the Fox River in recreation and development, the revitalization of IL 31, new economic development along Orchard Road, residential growth and development, public safety, and much more.
How can I receive information about the planning process?
The best way to receive information about the planning process is to check in on the project website. Village staff will also distribute information through its email distribution list regarding the Visioning Workshop and opportunities to review preliminary recommendations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org–aurora.il.us to be added to the email distribution list.
Water Department to Upgrade Meter Reading Equipment
The North Aurora Water Department will be upgrading some of the meter reading equipment located on the exterior of houses in various locations throughout the village, over the next 6 months. Please be advised, these equipment upgrades will not affect or interrupt your water service. Water department technicians will be performing this work and residents should not be concerned if they notice a village vehicle and/or village water technician working on the meter at their home. Please contact the North Aurora Water Department at 630-897-8228, ext. 223 with any questions or concerns you may have.
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.
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.