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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. 

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. 

Stop for Pedestrians at a Crosswalk

Illinois laws require drivers to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk. Now that school back in session, crosswalk safety is even important, especially around school zones. Both drivers and pedestrians must be vigilant to keep everyone safe on our streets.  

Changing the culture from motorist-focused to more pedestrian-friendly involves everyone promoting awareness of crosswalk safety. Please share the following tips with your friends, family, and children.  

Safety Tips for Drivers 

Overnight Parking for Recreational and Commercial Vehicles

The City does not ban parking on city streets overnight for most vehicles. There are, however, restrictions on parking Recreational and Commercial vehicles overnight. 

Which vehicles are allowed to park on City streets overnight? 

One passenger car or a truck with a “B” license plate, such as a pickup truck. 

How long can allowed vehicles be parked on the street? 

No longer than 24 hours. 

Which vehicles are not allowed to park overnight?