News from the Village of North Aurora
● By Katelyn Nelson
News from Public Works
Waste Management holiday pickups: Memorial Day—trash pickup will be on Sat., May 30. Due to the July 4 holiday being on Saturday, trash pickup will be on Fri., July 3 as usual.
Yard Waste pickup resumed on April 3. As a reminder, Kraft paper bags and waste stickers are required for all yard waste pick-ups through the end of November. Brush and branches must be bundled in 4 ft. lengths not exceeding 50 lbs. and require a sticker at all times. Bagged leaves are picked up free only during October and November. Leaves left from last fall must be bagged and will require a waste sticker.
FREE Mulch: Available at 316 Butterfield Rd. Mulch will need to be picked up and loaded by the resident. Delivery of mulch is not available.
Village Mosquito Program: Spraying has begun in the village to help prevent new mosquito breeding sites. Each month the village will schedule an application during the evening hours, as well as treatments of all catch basins and ponds. To report high volumes of mosquitoes or to determine the last time the village was serviced, please call the Mosquito Hotline at 1-800-942-2555.
Street lighting: Please report streetlight outages to the Public Works Department. Street lights on wood poles are repaired by ComEd and can be called into the village or to ComEd at 1-800-334-7661. Repair Services wait till they have a group of service calls before servicing the area so please contact the village as soon as a street light goes out.
Sanitary Sewer: Please call the village FIRST if you experience a sanitary sewer back up in your home. This will enable the Public Works Department to check the main sewer line for any trouble prior to residents’ calling a plumber. Calls after business hours and on weekends should go to the Police Department at 630-897-8705 where the on-call staff member will be notified.
Sewer assistance grant: The village offers an overhead sewer assistance grant for any resident who has a history of sanitary backups. Please contact Public Works at 630-897-8228, ext. 260 for additional information.
Sidewalk repair: Last year the village repaired 256 trip areas in public walkways. If there is a sidewalk in need of repair, please contact Public Works at 630-897-1457, ext. 260.
Ash trees: Tree stumps from the dead parkway trees removed last winter will be removed this spring. The village has begun planting replacement trees for the 800 dead parkway trees that were removed last year. Planting will continue until summer, with the remainder of trees being planted in the fall of 2015.
Mailboxes: Now that winter is finally over, please take time to check your mailbox to ensure it is properly installed and can handle the pressure of snow coming off a snowplow. If your box is leaning or your post is deteriorating please repair it before the next winter season. The village will only repair mailboxes that are directly damaged by a snowplow, and will not be responsible if a mailbox is damaged from the pressure of the snow. Thank you from Public Works!
News from your Police Department
The North Aurora Police Department, the Montgomery Police Department and the Fox Valley Park District Police will be conducting a Seminar for Seniors in May. These entities have partnered to form a group called “Senior Awareness & Police Partnership” (SAPP). The purpose of this group is to provide information, through education and awareness, to seniors and adults of our surrounding communities.
Topics that will be addressed include recent frauds, popular scams, and identity theft crimes. Our guest speaker is Lisa Thompson-Bennett from the Illinois Attorney General’s office and she will be presenting a seminar on “Identity Theft” on Wed., May 20
The seminar will be held at the North Aurora Police Department (located at 200 S Lincolnway) from 8:30am until approximately 11pm in the Community Room. The seminar is a free program and light refreshments will be provided.
Seniors are encouraged to attend this informative, free seminar. Pre-registration is preferred and can be completed by contacting Jennifer Huber at 630-859-8606.
News from the North Aurora Fire Department
Outdoor warning sirens work together
The Village of North Aurora maintains four outdoor warning sirens. All sirens are equipped with battery backup in case of power outage. North Aurora’s sirens are activated using a multijurisdictional warning system. Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, and Sugar Grove all coordinate outdoor warning siren activations. All the sirens from all four municipalities are activated at the same time. This helps prevent confusion and increases the strength of the system using overlap from one jurisdiction to another.
Outdoor Warning Siren System guidelines
The sirens will be activated if the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning encompassing Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, or Sugar Grove or a request for siren activation is made to the Aurora 911 center from a public safety agency using the system.
No all clear is issued. Residents and business are encouraged to have NOAA weather radios to monitor the location and hazards associated with severe weather.
Outdoor warning sirens are designed to warn individuals outside of approaching danger. Indoor coverage varies due to several factors including building construction, weather conditions, indoor noise, etc.
Because the sirens are not intended to warn individuals inside, all residents and businesses are encouraged to have NOAA weather radios to warn of dangerous weather and to provide updated information. It may be necessary to have multiple radios in one facility or home to ensure warning and updated information when in your shelter. NOAA weather radios are available at local stores or on the web.
Save the date: Sat., June 6
The North Aurora Firefighters Association’s 16th annual golf outing is just around the corner. It will be held on Sat., June 6 at Hughes Creek Golf Course, 1749 Spring Valley Dr., Elburn. Registration begins at 9am with tee-off scheduled for 10am. The outing consists of 18 holes with cart, best-ball format. Earn prizes for longest drive, closest to the hole, longest putt and top teams. There will be numerous door prizes for golfers, as well as drinks and snacks available on the course. Immediately following golf, feast on a delicious steak dinner. The price per golfer is $100. If you are interested in golfing or sponsoring the event, please contact Mike Klemencicat firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-897-9698.
$1000 College Scholarships available
The North Aurora Firefighters Association is offering four $1000 scholarships towards the first year of college tuition for current high school seniors.
To be eligible, candidates must:
1. Plan on graduating from an area high school in the spring of 2015.
2. Reside within the North Aurora Fire Protection district boundaries.
3. Plan on attending an accredited college in the fall of 2015.
4. Completely fill out the scholarship application.
5. Have two teachers submit recommendation forms.
6. Have both the application and recommendations returned no later than 4:30pm on June 12.
The application is available at Fire Station #1 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday or on the fire department website (nafd.org). Questions may be directed to Firefighter Evan Darger at email@example.com.