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A Note about Snow Removal

 Safe, clear streets are the goal of the city’s snow removal operations. Some friendly reminders from the Public Works Department that will help our snow removal crews get the job done:  
    •    Please do not shovel, plow, or remove snow from your driveway or private sidewalk onto the city street or sidewalk per City Code 12.04.185 – Snow Removal.  
    •    Also, please keep all refuse and recycling containers off the street to facilitate snow removal per City Code 8.24.055 – Depositing Garbage or Refuse on Another’s Property.  
Thank you for your cooperation!  

Check and Secure Your Mailbox

Before the first snowfall, the Public Works Department suggests that residents check their curbside mailboxes to be sure they are secure and stable. Please ensure your mailbox post and box are firmly anchored together, and the post is set firmly in the ground. It is possible that snow may be pushed into curbside mailboxes during normal snow removal operations, and having your mailbox and post in good repair will help to avoid damage.

Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Flooding

Although we have seen generally dry conditions this year flooding is always a possibility. Please keep these safety tips in mind to help protect you from the dangers of flooding: 
    •  Do not drive through a flooded area. The road or bridge may be washed out causing the water to be deeper than it appears.  
    •  Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet. 

Walk to School Day is Oct. 6

Making Kane County Fit for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Childhood Obesity, estimated that in 2019, 86 schools in Kane County participated in Walk and Bike to School days, with an estimated 21,500 students walking, biking, or participating in school activities. Kane County had the highest participation in walk and bike to school day of all the counties in Illinois. Walk to School Day encourages participants to enjoy the benefits of physical activity regularly. Walking and biking have health benefits and are environmentally friendly.

Giving Friday Program to Benefit Pink Heals

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and promote early detection, resulting in fewer breast cancer deaths. Each week in October, City employees who donate $5 or more may dress casually on Fridays. All donations benefit Pink Heals Tri-Cities IL Chapter, a nonprofit organization that provides love and support to men, women, and children with cancer in Northeastern Illinois. More information at

Public Power Week Celebrates Local Service

Oct. 3-9, 2021

Public Power Week is October 3 - 9. Public Power Week recognizes electric utility staff for operating and maintaining reliable, efficient electric service.

Since 1892, St. Charles has operated its own electric utility. It is one of 2,000+ community electric utilities nationwide that provides not-for-profit electric service to its citizens.

What are the Benefits of Having a Local Power Utility? 

Did You See the Municipal Building All "Dressed Up?"

We Think It Wears It Well!

“Our City Sunshine” fabric art was installed Aug. 20 on a blank north wall of the St. Charles Municipal Building. The St. Charles Arts Council received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for artist Amanda Browder to make this possible. Many people donated fabrics and 100+ volunteers helped sew the fabric together. The art piece was installed by City Public Works crew and will remain up through the middle of September.