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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! 

IFSA Donates 10-Year Battery Smoke Alarms

Recently, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance donated 100 new First Alert 10-year battery smoke alarms to the St. Charles Fire Department for residents in need. 

State and local fire safety experts joined local lawmakers at the St. Charles Fire Department to make the public aware of Illinois' new 10-year smoke detector law. Beginning January 1, 2023, single and multi-family homes that are still using smoke alarms with removable batteries are required to install new alarms that feature 10-year sealed battery alarms. 

Don't Push Leaves into the Street

We know leaves can be annoying—rake them today and more leaves fall tomorrow—but please do not push leaves into the street. It is a violation of Ordinance 12.04.170, with a fine up to $500. Remember, during the collection process it’s highly unlikely that leaf piles will kill your grass, although they may cause it to discolor. Please have patience—it may take three to five days for leaves to be collected in your specific area.

Winterize Your Water Service

Public Works receives numerous inquiries on how to “winterize” a water service. You may need to winterize your home’s water service if your home will be vacant due to move/sale of your home, an extended vacation, or home renovations that require having the water shut off, etc.  
Here are a few suggestions to avoid frozen pipes: 
    •  Pipes MUST BE DRAINED when water is turned off for an extended period of time. 
    •  Always allow heated air to circulate around pipes and water meters. Insulate problem areas and leave cabinet doors open. 

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