In addition to extra officers working to help direct traffic and assist pedestrians crossing the roadways during the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration, the St. Charles Police Department also will have additional patrols out specifically seeking impaired motorists.
The City of St. Charles has lifted capacity restrictions and resumes non-essential services following Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement that the State of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan June 11, 2021.
Phase 5 allows all sectors of the economy to reopen and resume normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures. Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.
St. Charles was named in Chicago Magazine's "Best Places to Live: Green Spaces Edition," noting the trend of homebuyers heading to the suburbs for "exceptional access to green spaces and recreation." Read the article here.
We are aware of a power outage affecting 642 customers on the northeast side of the City. Crews were dispatched and power for most of the customers has been restored. We are investigating the cause.
The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) can provide up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance for eligible residents and landlords impacted by the COVID pandemic.
A portion of 1st Street in downtown St. Charles closed to vehicle traffic beginning April 1 to accommodate additional outdoor public seating. Picnic tables and chairs will be 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 will be maintained. A similar plan was put in place last year to help restaurants and bars during statewide COVID-19 mitigations.
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.
The City of St. Charles reopened City buildings and has resumed in-person public meetings following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement that our area has moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
In-Person Public Meetings Resume
In-person public meetings have resumed at the Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St. Visitors must wear a mask and maintain 6-ft. distancing.
Director of Finance Chris Minick provides an update on where the City budget stands in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent mitigations have greatly impacted many sectors of the economy nationwide. The City budget has been impacted as well.
We Anticipated COVID-19’s Economic Impact and Cut Our Budget
An expansion of the 1st Street Plaza is planned for the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets. (Longtime residents may refer to this site as the former Manor restaurant.) The City bought the parcel of land in January 2020.
The new public space, along with additional planned enhancements to the area, will make the already popular downtown plaza a welcoming spot to gather. It will offer a central location for fairs and festivals, entertainment and events, or just enjoying the views.