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2015 Strategic Plan is Finalized

02/05/2016 -

Next Step: Developing Action Items

Heritage. Community. Service. Opportunity.

If you had to sum up who we are as a City, where we are headed and where we’ve been, these four words would be it. They also forge the new mission statement for the City of St. Charles as outlined in the 2015 update to its Strategic Plan. Review the report summary here.

How Does the City Keep its Portion of Property Taxes at Just 10%?

02/05/2016 -

We’re pretty proud of the fact that responsible financial stewardship has kept the City’s operating tax levy at 10% of the entire property tax bill since 2009. 

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City's Portion of Property Taxes in a 7-year Deep Freeze

02/05/2016 -

A lot of things have changed since 2009: Blackberry is no longer a popular phone choice, the number of Facebook users jumped from 360m to 1.55b, and a dozen eggs will cost you 50 percent more, to name a few. One thing that hasn’t changed in the last seven years—the City’s tax levy. And we’re pretty proud of that.

St. Charles Police Department Hosting Citizens Police Academy

02/04/2016 -

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of the law enforcement profession? The St. Charles Police Department once again is hosting its annual Citizens Police Academy, which will run from March 22 through May 19, 2016.

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The Latest Issue of the Den eNews is Out

02/03/2016 -

Read it online. Want the Den emailed right to you? Sign up here.

Take Precautions to Prevent Nuisance Coyotes

02/03/2016 -

Residents Report Coyote Sightings in Dunham Place Neighborhood

Government Operations Committee Recommends Approval of the 2015 Strategic Plan

02/03/2016 -

Plan Proceeds to City Council for Approval at the Feb. 1 Meeting

The City of St. Charles has completed the 2015 update to its Strategic Plan. The final plan was presented and recommended for approval at the Jan. 19 Government Operations Committee meeting. Read it here. Once approved, the next step in the strategic planning process is to develop an action plan.

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The City’s Greatest Hits of 2015

02/03/2016 -

Many good things happened in our city this past year, even amid the challenges of operating without the local distribution of State funds—a casualty of the continued budget stalemate. While things are stalled in Springfield, locally we enjoyed many accomplishments. Here are some highlights:

Mayor Recognizes Avenue Two Barber Shop for 47 Years in St. Charles

02/03/2016 -

Barber Shop Employees are a Group of Mooseheart Grads

Avenue Two Barber Shop at Main St. & N. 2nd Ave. has been a mainstay in the St. Charles hair cutting scene for the last 47 years. Mayor Rogina read a special proclamation recognizing February 4, 2016, as “Avenue Two Barber Shop Day” at the Feb. 1 City Council Meeting.

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IDOT Launches Two IL Rt. 31 Road Construction Projects

02/02/2016 -

St. Charles Area Traffic Could be Impacted

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New County Health Portal Puts Info at Your Fingertips

02/01/2016 -

The Kane County Health Department has launched a new website, Kane Health Counts. It has a wealth of information about Kane County, including health data, demographics, reports and more. Visit the site and you can learn information such as the mean travel time to work for Kane County  residents is 29.3 minutes. You also can see how Kane stacks up in the areas of health, transportation, economics, housing and more.

Awards

Police, Information Services and Public Works Earn Industry Awards

02/05/2016 -

Congrats to these employees who earned special recognitions in their respective fields.

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First Street Building #1 Takes Shape

02/05/2016 -

Did you notice the steel decking being installed for Building #1 of the 1st Street project? Things are shaping up nicely. Outside electric work along the First Street right-of-way currently is out-to-bid and we continue to fine-tune the streetscape plans. Parking Deck Update: The goal is to have the parking deck open sometime this summer.

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Public Safety

Structure Fire 419 S. 14th Street

02/05/2016 -

On Jan. 21, 2016 at 3:12 p.m., the St. Charles Fire Department responded to a reported house fire involving the stairwell of a home at 419 S. 14th Street. 

St. Charles Emergency Management Agency Shares Cold Weather Safety Tips and Available Warming Centers

02/05/2016 -

Bitterly cold temperatures are forecast for this weekend. Please keep these cold weather safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mind and know where the available warming centers are:

You Can Rely on the Quality of St. Charles Water

02/04/2016 -

The City of St. Charles is committed to providing a continuous supply of safe, reliable and economical water to its customers. Every year the Water Division distributes a report that summarizes the quality of the City’s drinking water.

Our water is tested in accordance with strict EPA regulations, so you can be assured your drinking water is safe and meets or exceeds all water quality standards as listed in the Safe Drinking Act. You can read the 2015 Water Quality Report on the City website.

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The Latest Issue of the Crime Prevention Newsletter is Out

02/03/2016 -

Read It Here

The St. Charles Police Department Crime Prevention Newsletter offers helpful crime prevention tips, public safety information and police news. For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Bill Tynan at btynan@stcharlesil.gov.

Know Where Your Local Warming Centers Are

02/02/2016 -

While it’s always best to stay inside to avoid dangerously cold weather, sometimes that’s not possible. It’s important to prepare for the cold before you venture out. Visit these facilities during normal operating hours if you need to get out of the cold and warm up:

St. Charles Public Library, 1 South 6th Avenue

Charlestowne Mall, 3800 East Main Street

Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St. (during weekly office hours)

St. Charles Park District Pottawatomie Community Center,8 North Avenue

Look Out for Dangerous Ice

02/02/2016 -

The St. Charles Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the dangers of walking on ice-covered bodies of water.

Ice thickness and stability are never guaranteed.

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St. Charles Emergency Management Agency Shares Cold Weather Safety Tips and Available Warming Centers

02/05/2016 -

Bitterly cold temperatures are forecast for this weekend. Please keep these cold weather safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mind and know where the available warming centers are:

Transportation

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IDOT Launches Two IL Rt. 31 Road Construction Projects

02/02/2016 -

St. Charles Area Traffic Could be Impacted

Winter Parking Reminder

02/02/2016 -

Please help our plow crews by not parking on the street when it snows to allow them to properly clear the roads. Remember you will be ticketed if you park on a street within the marked Snow Route after a 2” snowfall or on any street after 3”. If you have a snow plow concern, please contact the Public Works Department at 630.377.4405 or pw@stcharlesil.gov.

Remember to Renew Your Vehicle License Sticker

02/01/2016 -
Please remember to check your license plate stickers to be sure they haven’t expired. The Illinois Secretary of State is no longer mailing out reminders. Stickers can be renewed online, over the phone, or in-person at a Secretary of State facility or currency exchange. More at www.ilsos.gov/greenmail/

Ride in Kane is a Handy Transportation Option

02/01/2016 -
Ride in Kane provides door-to-door paratransit services to more than 10,000 senior, disabled, and low-income riders throughout Kane County each month. The fare is $4/trip. Registered riders may call 1.866.727.6842 to schedule a ride. To be eligible, residents need to be 65 years or older and/or have an RTA Reduced Fare Card.