Messenger Library Hosts Affordable Health Care Act Seminar
Messenger Library Hosts Affordable Care Act Information Seminars in 2013 and 2014.
The Messenger Public Library (113 Oak St.) in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Lao American Organization of Elgin Illinois will be hosting four upcoming information sessions regarding the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act. Dates (10:00 a.m. to Noon): December 7 th in 2013 and January 4th and March 1st in 2014. For further information visit the Get Covered Illinois website getcoveredillinois.gov. For further informaiton on Library programs and services call 630-896-0240 or visit the Library’s website at messengerpl.org.
Toys for Tots Drop-off at North Aurora Police Department
The North Aurora Police Department has a drop box in the front lobby for Toys for Tots. If you are interested please drop off a new, unwrapped toy between the hours of 7:00a.m. and 10:00p.m. Monday thru Friday. The Marine Reserves will be picking these items up from the station on Monday, Dec. 16th.
Here is more information if you are interested:
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
Press Release: Charges pending in Gas Station Robbery on Oct. 31
** PRESS RELEASE **
December 2, 2013
Charges Pending in Gas Station Robbery on Oct. 31
NORTH AURORA, IL—Charges are pending in an Aggravated Robbery that occurred at Jun’s Mobil, 329 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora on October 31st.
At approximately 6:48 p.m., patrol officers of the North Aurora Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the gas station. The offender handed the clerk a note that said “HAVE GUN HAND OVER CASH” and the clerk complied. We are not releasing the amount stolen. The offender was described as a white male in his late 40’s or 50’s with gray hair and a gray beard. He was wearing a black baseball hat, a San Jose Sharks jean jacket, and blue latex gloves.
In the days following the robbery, detectives became aware of similar robberies in South Elgin, St. Charles, Cary, and Carpentersville. The suspects in those incidents were reported with descriptions similar to the suspect in this crime.
North Aurora Police detectives have identified the suspect in this case as Rodney W. Boyette, 50, of the 400 blk. of Standish St., Elgin. After consultation with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, the following charges have been authorized against Boyette:
• Aggravated Robbery, a class 1 felony
• Robbery, a class 2 felony
• Theft, a class A misdemeanor
Aggravated Robbery is the act of taking property from a person when a weapon is implied, but not displayed. Armed Robbery is the act of taking property from person when armed with a weapon.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call North Aurora Police detectives at (630) 897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips can be left by calling (630) 897-8705 and choosing option 3.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
For more information, contact:
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
North Aurora Police Department
(630) 897-8705, ext. 752
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.
Survey - North Aurora Homes For a Changing Region
Homes for a Changing Region Plan - On-line Survey
North Aurora, Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles are working together to develop a Homes for a Changing Region Plan, which will chart future supply and demand trends for housing in their communities, with the aim of creating a balanced mix of housing, serving current and future populations and enhancing livability.
The Village of North Aurora is looking to develop housing strategies that make sense for our community. We invite you to share your thoughts and priorities on local housing strategies by taking a quick and fun online survey. Please take a few minutes and check out the survey by visiting http://foxvalley.metroquest.com. This is a great opportunity to provide your thoughts and input regarding your community. Please share this information with family and friends who live in North Aurora and encourage their input as well.
Learn more about the Homes for a Changing Region project by visiting the following website:www.cmap.illinois.gov/homes.
Please provide your input by taking the survey and remember to share this with your family, friends and neighbors.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS - SCAM
NOTICE to Residents – Electricity Scam
Residents should be aware of a possible scam regarding disconnection of electricity. Scammers that have been active in Texas are now being seen in Illinois. Scammers in Texas are employing a disconnection payment con to scam customers out of money, and are increasingly threatening victims with disconnection by using the name of the local utility – ComEd.
Under the disconnection scam, scammers call customers and threaten them with disconnection of their utility service, unless they receive immediate payment, typically through some untraceable, non-refundable method, including Visa or other prepaid cards, PayPal, and/or wire transfers. Since the scammers threaten disconnection, the earliest examples of these scams used ComEd's name in threatening the customer.
If residents get any call threatening disconnection of their service or if residents have any questions, hang up and call ComEd directly at 800-334-7661 to confirm any disconnection. For any questionable calls regarding any utility, residents should always contact the utility company to confirm any suspicious phone calls. If you are unsure if a crime has been committed, please call the North Aurora Police Department at 630.897-8705 to report the incident.
As a reminder, the Village’s current aggregation supplier of electricity is Verde Energy USA. Verde Energy supplies the electricity, while ComEd delivers and bills for the electricity. Some residents and businesses may have chose to stay with ComEd or may have selected a different supplier. Regardless if you have opted to be part of the Village's aggregation or have selected another supplier for electricity, any unusal or questionable calls regarding disconnection of your service should be referred to ComEd.
2013 Fall Leaf Pick-up Program
The Village of North Aurora offers free leaf pickup service to residents. The curb-side leaf pickup program runs from mid-October through mid-November, and is provided to residents every other week according to the following schedule.
For residents living on the WEST SIDE OF THE RIVER, pickup begins on the following Mondays. Residents should place their leaves at the curb on the appropriate Monday for pickup during the week. Leaf pickup begins on the following dates:
- October 14
- October 28
- November 11
For residents living EAST OF THE RIVER, pickup begins on the following Mondays. Residents should place their leaves at the curb on the appropriate Monday for pickup during the week. Leaf pickup begins on the following dates:
- October 21
- November 4
- November 18
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Loose leaves should be raked to the curb by 6 a.m. Monday of the pickup week and be free of foreign materials such as branches, plants, rocks and landscape waste.
Rake leaves in a row parallel to the street at least 1’ back from the curb and no more than 5’. Keep leaf piles less than 2’ in height.
Leaves placed for pickup on the appropriate Monday morning will be picked up during that week, not necessarily on that Monday. A daily log is kept of what streets have been serviced.
To provide the leaf collection equipment better access to the streets, residents are encouraged to park vehicles in garages or driveway. Keep leaves away from mailboxes, ditches, pipes and culverts.
Snow, rain or temperatures below freezing, as well as equipment malfunctions, may delay or permanently halt curbside leaf collection.
For Residents who choose to bag their leaves: Waste Management will pick leaf filled Kraft paper bags FREE of charge on Fridays during October and November. Any bagged leaves that are not put out for pick up in October or November, will need to be held until yard waste pickup resumes in April, and will require a sticker.
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
2) April 15 to April 30 and October 1 to October 15
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.
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.
Gov. Quinn Signs Law Banning Hand-held Cell Phone Use While Driving
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed two laws recently aimed at reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, which will be effective January 1, 2014.
One law will prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and all hand-held electronic devices while driving on Illinois roads and the second law increases the penalties where any use of a hand-held cell phone or electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident or fatality.
Motorists can talk on their phones ONLY if they use hands-free technology to conduct their conversations. Driving while using hand-held cell phones and electronic devices will be prohibited effective the 1st of January.
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.
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.
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.