Water Conservation Tips - That Drip is Money Down the Drain
Water is a precious commodity. We depend on our water infrastructure of pipes, pumps, and meters to deliver clean, high-quality and reliable water to our homes.
Did you know... the average household wastes 10,000 gallons of water per year on leaks, enought to fill a swimming pool?
You can help by checking toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances for leaks.
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. Both actions can prevent water waste and improve the reliability of your water supply.
Thank you for doing your part to help ensure our community and neighboring communities have a clean and reliable water source now and for future generations!
For more information on water conservation please visit www.epa.gov/WaterSense.
Bike Safety Week - May 4-10
Mayor Berman has Proclaimed May 4 to May 10, 2015 as Bike Safety Week and urges all residents to take the Bike Safety Quiz at http://www.bikesafetyquiz.com/ where both adults and children can take a quiz to determine their knowledge of bike safety, and learn safety tips they may not be aware of.
Motorists can also take a safety quiz to make sure they are aware of safe driving habits when bicycles are on the road. Bicyclists must also follow all rules and laws applicable to a motorist, with some minor exceptions.
Take your quiz today!
Call JULIE Before You Dig - dial 811
Planning a home improvement project this spring? 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 Accepts Credit Card Payments (no transaction fees) On-line and at Village Hall
The Village of North Aurora is excited to announce that residents/customers can now pay their water bill online, without transaction fees, using the following link: https://northaurora.merchanttransact.com
The types of payment accepted include Visa, MasterCard, Discover and eCheck. Residents and customers can also use this link to sign up to opt out of paper water bills, receive water bills by email and also view water usage history.
In addition, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are now also being accepted at the village hall for payment of water bills, as well as other transactions such as building permits, business/contractor registration, waste stickers, or ordinance violations.
Along with the upgraded payment options, residents may have noticed a new format to the Village’s utility bill. The new format was designed to provide residents with additional information on their water bills, including a graph that illustrates both past and current water usage.
Please contact the Utility Billing Department at (630) 897-8228, x223 for further information
Yard Waste Pick-up Resumes
Spring is here! Yard Waste pick-up resumes this Friday, April 3, 2015.
Waste Management will begin picking up yardwaste this Friday and yardwaste pick-up will continue each Friday through November.
All yardwaste will require a sticker and should be placed in Kraft paper bags. Branches must be bundled in four foot lengths, not exceed 50 lbs. in weight. Any leaves left over from last Fall should be bagged and will require a sticker for pick-up.
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 - Friday May 8
WASTE MANAGEMENT SPRING CLEAN UP DAY - Friday May 8, 2015
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 Recycling: 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 Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The Household Hazardous Waste drop off area is open every weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and located at 156 Fort Hill Drive, between Quincy Ave. and Jefferson Ave in Naperville. For further information contact 630-420-6095.
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
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 email@example.com or call 630-208-3841.
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.
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.