North Aurora Community Garage Sale
The North Aurora Days Community Garage Sale will not be held in conjunction with North Aurora Days this year.
There will, however, be a Village sponsored Community-wide Garage Sale planned for Thursday, September 4 through Saturday, September 6, 2014. This will provide the opportunity for residents to clean out their garage, basement, and/or attic prior to the Free Fall Clean-up provided by Waste Management on Friday, September 12th.
Residents who are interested in participating in this community garage sale must register to be included on a Garage Sale Map. Residents may download the Garage Sale registration form from the Village’s website or pick up a form at the Village Hall. There is no cost to register.
Please submit the completed, signed form by mail, in person, or by email to the attention of: Cindy Torraco, 25 E. State Street, North Aurora, IL 60542, email: firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014.
The Community-wide Garage Sale will be promoted on the Village’s website with a link to the Garage Sale Map posted on the Village’s Facebook page. Be sure to submit your form by the registration deadline of Wednesday August 27, 2014.
Click the link to download the Registration Form: Community Garage Sale Registration Form
North Aurora Police Road Side Safety Checks begin this weekend
NORTH AURORA, IL – The North Aurora Police Department will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) at various locations within the Village of North Aurora. These RSC's will begin the weekend of August 22nd and end the weekend of September 27th.
The North Aurora Police Department has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.
This project is funded through an ELAP grant by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety Grant.
Current School Parking Maps
School is starting!
The North Aurora Police Department would like to remind the public that schools open tomorrow and that there will be increased patrols around schools. Officers will be on hand before and after school to make sure traffic flows smoothly and to enforce parking and traffic regulations (see parking plans below).
Please be aware of stopped school busses and students crossing the street before and after school. Don’t forget to Drop It and Drive – put your cell phone down and keep your eyes on the road.
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to working with schools and parents toward a safe and productive school year.
Please check out the 2014 Parking Plans for the current parking regulations for Fearn, Goodwin and Schneider Schools.
Fearn School Parking Plan
Goodwin School Parking Plan
Schneider Parking Plan
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 “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 email@example.com–aurora.il.us to be added to the email distribution list.
Call J.U.L.I.E. before you dig - Dial 811
Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Whether you are planning a do it yourself project or hiring a professional, call J.U.L.I.E. first at 811 before any outdoor project. Call J.U.L.I.E. by dialing 811 48 hours or two business days before you begin your project. Locators will be out to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, cables, pipes and utilities so you will know what's below. You can then begin digging safely and avoid any underground utilities that can cause damage and costly delays as well as personal injury.
So before you dig, call J.U.L.I.E. by dialing 811
Contractor Registration List
Village of North Aurora Contractor Registration
All Contractors doing work in the Village of North Aurora must be registered with the Village.
Before having any work done on your home, residents should check to be sure the contractor they hire is registered with the Village. Registered contractors and subcontractors may conduct work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please contact the Village of North Aurora to report any work being conducted outside of the permissible hours of construction (630) 897-8228.
Please click the link below to see the list of currently registered Contractors.
Registered Contractors List Aug. 2014
Village Selects Verde Energy
Village of North Aurora
Date: June 13, 2014
Village Selects Verde Energy USA Illinois, LLC for the Residential Electric Aggregation Program for a One-Year Period with 100% Renewable Energy
The Village of North Aurora has entered into an agreement with Verde Energy USA Illinois, LLC for electricity supply for residents and small commercial businesses. The agreement will be effective beginning September, 2014 and will be for a twelve (12) month period ending September, 2015. Verde is the current provider for the Village’s electric aggregation program.
Residents and small businesses that are currently enrolled in the Village’s aggregation program with Verde as well as eligible ComEd customers will receive a letter describing the terms of the agreement as well as an “opt-out” form if the resident wishes to go back to ComEd for supply. Residents who wish to opt-out and go back to ComEd have a two-month period to select a new alternate supplier, or be locked with ComEd for a full twelve-month period.
The fixed-rate for the upcoming period beginning September, 2014 is 7.856 cents per kWh. The rate includes the support of 100% renewable energy. ComEd’s summer rate-to-compare is 7.60 cents per kWh. ComEd also assesses a Purchased Electricity Adjustment (PEA) on a monthly basis that can be a charge or credit of up to 0.50 cents per kWh. This charge has averaged an additional 0.33 cent charge over the last several year period which could result in an effective ComEd rate of 7.93 cents per kWh or as high as 8.1 cents. The non-summer ComEd rate beginning in October 2014 has not been finalized as of this time.
The fixed rate provided by Verde is not subject to the PEA. Once enrolled in the aggregation program, there are no termination fees if a resident wishes to choose another supplier at any point during the term of the agreement, or chooses to go back to ComEd for supply.
By continuing the aggregation program for a one-year period with a competitive rate the Village ensures that residents will have aggregation as a choice of electric supply over the next twelve months with support for 100% renewable energy and not inadvertently be locked into ComEd for a twelve-month period
For questions or more information please call the North Aurora Village Hall at (630) 897-8228.
Swimming Pools in North Aurora - Village Code Requirments
Did you know that Temporary, Portable, Inflatable, and/or Wading Pools that exceed 24 inches in depth are considered “swimming pools” in the Village of North Aurora and are subject to the State of Illinois barrier requirements? While these “temporary” pools do not require a building permit because they are intended to be removed at the end of each swimming season, stored, and put back up the following year, you should be aware of the applicable requirements as they relate to the safe use of these types of “temporary” pools. If you currently own or are considering purchasing a “temporary” pool which exceeds 24 inches in depth, please consider the following requirements:
As required by Illinois State Law, all swimming pools are required to be fenced no less than four (4) feet in height and with a self-latching gate that latches four (4) feet or more above the ground. Such fences shall have openings no more than four (4) inches and horizontal bracing a minimum of 45 inches apart.
Swimming pools are not permitted to be placed in any front or corner side yards. Also, ten (10) feet or more clearance on all directions from pool side wall to overhead wires should be maintained at all times.
With regards to swimming pool maintenance, the Village of North Aurora requires all swimming pools to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and in good repair. Also, any discharged water shall not create a nuisance to any adjoining properties.
Allowing and/or maintaining stagnant swimming pools is also not permitted in the Village of North Aurora because it creates a public health hazard due to the presence of bacteria and the potential for infestation.
Swimming pool safety and maintenance is important to the Village of North Aurora. 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.
NOTICE Road Closure: Mitchell Road Construction Project
Notice of Road Project
A Mitchell Road reconstruction project will be commencing within the next two weeks. As part of the completion of an existing office/industrial development project, Liberty Development will be required to reconstruct Mitchell Road from south of Stewart Avenue to just north of the I-88 bridge. Please be advised, Mitchell Road will be closed to all traffic during this construction project.
The road construction project is estimated to last approximately 7 weeks, weather permitting. Detour plans have been worked out and signs will be posted to guide traffic to detours around the project area. Access to Stewart Avenue in North Aurora and Mettel Road in Aurora will remain open during construction.
The Village of North Aurora appreciates your patience, understanding and cooperation as this project commences. If you have any questions please contact Mike Toth, Community Development Director, at 630-897-8228, ext. 228.
Door to Door Solicitation Reminder
Just a reminder to residents, with the recent storm and hail damage, you may be approached by companies soliciting their business for roofing and siding repair. Please be advised that any business soliciting door-to-door must be registered for soliciting with the North Aurora Police Department. Once registered, all persons who will be soliciting are issued a registration card, which residents should ask to see. No Soliciting stickers are available at the Police Department and the Village Hall. If you have a posted no soliciting sticker, and are having any problems with a solicitor who will not leave, please do not hesitate to call 911.
Also, any contractor doing work in the Village must register with the Village's Building Department prior to performing any work in the Village. Residents should ask for a copy of the contractor's registration or contact the Building Department at 630-897-8228 x222 to confirm a contractor is registered, prior to doing any work with the contractor.
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.
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 named Tree City USA by Arbor Day Foundation
Arbor Day foundation Names North Aurora Tree City USA
North Aurora, IL was named a 2013 Tree city USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
North Aurora achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at lease $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like North Aurora make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, found and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade3 to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increase property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA Communities.
More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
Water Conservation Information
The Village of North Aurora wants to remind the public about water conservation measures. That drip is money down the drain! We all depend on our water infrastructure of pipes, pumps and meters to deliver clean, high-quality and reliable water to our homes. Did you know that the average household wastes 10,000 gallons per year on leaks, enough water to fill a swimming pool? You can help by checking toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances for leaks and making needed repairs. Water infrastructure needs to be maintained by both your utility and you. Utilities can check for leaks in pipes on the way to your home and you can check for leaks IN your home. Checking for leaks can prevent water waste and improve the reliability of your water supply. Thank you for doing your part to help ensure that our community and neighbor communities have a clean and reliable water source now and for future generations!
Take the Water Sense Pledge through the EPA partnership program. Click on the link for more information and to take the pledge: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pledge/index.html
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 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.
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.
Call JULIE Before You Dig - dial 811
Planning a home improvement project? Installing a fence or deck? Planting a tree or shrubs? Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, be smart and call J.U.L.I.E. at 811 before you dig!
Every digging project requires that you call... even if you are just planting shrubs or bushes.
Calls should be made 48 hours (2 business days) prior to doing any digging. The call is free and JULIE will notify all utilities to mark their locations to prevent any unintentional damage to underground utilities.
So be safe and smart - Call JULIE before you dig!
North Aurora Watering Restrictions
Effective September 5, 2012 NEW Watering Restrictions in North Aurora were approved and are in effect. The North Aurora Village Board passed an Ordinance that amends the North Aurora Municipal Code, Section 13.28.040 subsection A (Watering Restrictions)in its entirety as follows:
13.28.040 Watering Restrictions
A. No village water may be used for the restricted watering uses described in Section 13.28.030 of this Chapter except between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between the hours of 6:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. subject to the following restrictions, or as otherwise allowed in this section:
i. All properties with even-numbered street addresses may use water for restricted watering purposes on even-numbered days of the month only;
ii. All properties with odd-numbered street addresses may use water for restricted watering purposes on odd-numbered days of the month only.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these watering restrictions, please contact Paul Young, Water Superintendent, at 630-897-8228, ext. 229.
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.