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Discourage Coyotes from Making Your Neighborhood their Home

We can expect an increase in coyote sightings through February as young coyotes leave their parents in search of mates and territories to call their own. Coyotes also are more willing to venture out of their rural or wooded habitats and into residential areas in search of food and shelter in winter months. 

While coyotes are unlikely to attack humans, they can become more aggressive if they find an area that suits their needs and they want to defend it. Tips for keeping coyotes from settling in your neighborhood: 

Local Flood Awareness

St. Charles generally has not experienced wide spread damage due to flooding. However there are local flood hazard areas throughout Kane County. Flooding from the Fox River, Ferson Creek, State Street Creek, 7th Avenue Creek, and Norton Creek usually can be forecast in advance. But flash flooding along these rivers and numerous tributaries to these waterways may occur suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Know Your Winter Weather Terms

  • Wind Chill Advisory 

Wind chill temperatures could pose a threat with prolonged exposure. 

  • Wind Chill Warning 

Wind chill temperatures could be hazardous to life with prolonged exposure. 

  • Winter Weather Advisories 

Accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet are expected. Be careful; Winter Weather Advisories could lead to life-threatening situations. 

Determining the Property Tax Levy

Determining the property tax levy is a multi-step process that incorporates several public meetings which allow for resident input. That process kicks off in the fall with the presentation to the City Council of a preliminary estimate of next year’s property tax levy. 

The property tax levy collected by the City helps fund 24/7 police, fire, and public works services, as well as planning, engineering, and much more. 

Steps in the City’s Levy Setting Process 

Winter Preparations at Public Works 

We’ve only seen a few flakes so far, but once the snow falls, our Public Works Department is ready.  

Since before the leaves began falling, Public Works has been busy winterizing equipment, getting the plows ready, stocking up on salt and de-icing supplies, planning snow routes and 24-hour crew shifts. Staff also attend “snow session” trainings to prepare for the City’s quick response to winter weather safety. 

From the Mayor's Desk

Mayor Lora Vitek

As 2021 winds down and we look forward to 2022, I feel a great sense of optimism for our community. The enthusiasm was tangible at this year’s Holiday Homecoming events. Did you feel it?! 

Our city was buzzing with families, friends and visitors. From the Lighting of the Lights to the Electric Christmas Parade, our city sparkled with St. Charles community spirit. Thank you to the St. Charles Business Alliance, all the event sponsors, and the many, many community volunteers who helped make the weekend such a success. 

Project Updates

1st Street Plaza Expansion 

Work continues on the 1st Street Plaza expansion (the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets). Modifications are being made to the existing wall—a remnant of the former Manor Restaurant— and a soldier pile concrete retaining wall to support the plaza expansion will be installed. 

The Pumpkin Recycling Event was a Smashing Success! 

The St. Charles Natural Resources Commission’s annual pumpkin recycling collection was a success. 

Number of pumpkins diverted from the landfill for composting: 797 

Number of cars dropping off: 195 

A special thank you to the Natural Resources Commissioners, St. Charles East High School volunteers, Lakeshore Recycling Services and the Public Works Department!