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New City Council to be Sworn in May 3

7 p.m., 2 E. Main Street

Newly elected members of the St. Charles City Council will be sworn in at the May 3, 2021, City Council meeting, immediately following the final actions of the outgoing Council. All are invited to participate in this traditional event.

While in-person attendance is limited due to COVID health & safety guidelines, the public is encouraged to tune in via Zoom teleconferencing. Visit the City website at closer to the date for Zoom meeting links.

Keep Your Sanitary Sewer Line Clear

Anytime you turn on a faucet in your home, run the dishwasher or flush a toilet, that water runs out of your sanitary sewer line and into the City sewer.  If your sanitary sewer line gets clogged, all of your drains and toilets will get backed up, too.  Avoid unpleasant and potentially expensive plumbing problems by preventing clogs in your sewer line.

Avoid costly Bathroom Clogs

Portions of 1st St & Walnut Ave Closed

Additional Outdoor Dining Space in Downtown St. Charles

A portion of 1st Street in downtown St. Charles closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate additional outdoor public seating. Picnic tables and chairs were placed on the closed section of 1st Street as well as on the plaza space east of 1st Street. Access to the 1st Street parking structures remains. A similar plan was put in place last year to help restaurants and bars during statewide COVID-19 mitigations.

1st Street Plaza Expansion Survey Results

Thank you to all who took the 1st Street Plaza Expansion Survey, which was conducted to gauge opinions about expanding the plaza on the east into the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets. The response was overwhelming! 988 residents, business owners, and visitors completed the survey. We have reviewed the responses and read through 1,000+ written comments and are happy to share the results.

1st Street Plaza Survey Results

Thank You for Your Feedback!

We asked and you answered—in droves. 988 residents, business owners, and visitors took our 1st Street Plaza Expansion Survey. We wanted to hear what you thought about the project which will expand the 1st Street Plaza on the east into the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets.

Social Worker Aids First Responders

During the past year, Tri-City Ambulance has identified an increase in the number of 911 calls requesting medical assistance for a person experiencing a mental health/behavioral health emergency. Frequently the patient is not the one who has requested assistance. So when the ambulance, fire, and police arrive on the scene, the patient may not be accepting of assistance. In addition, Tri-City Ambulance is only able to transport patients to the emergency department, which is not always the correct treatment for the patient.

2020 Year in Review

COVID-19 certainly dominated 2020. While the City continued to deliver essential services, we often had to shift how we normally would do business. Throughout a series of statewide COVID-19 mitigations under the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, which included building closures and remote working arrangements, City operations continued, resulting in many accomplishments. Below are some highlights.

COVID-19 Assistance for Businesses

Fire Department School Safety Program Goes Virtual

Due to COVID-19, school assemblies held to teach fire safety to children are on hold. But that hasn’t stopped our Fire Department from getting the word out about fire safety.  Firefighters Jeff Tarro, Megan Funk (Sparky), Michael Pyzyna, and Cliff Lo have produced a series of fire safety videos to help teach fire prevention and safety. The videos are on the City’s YouTube channel so they are easy for students to watch in their classrooms, when eLearning remotely, or at home with the entire family.