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Pothole Patching Begins this Month

Work to Continue through October

Crews from the St. Charles Public Works Department will be out patching potholes and cracks on streets throughout the City. The work is expected to continue through October.

The freeze-thaw cycles northern Illinois regularly experiences, along with salting and plowing, have a significant impact on streets. The result is cracks and potholes in the road.

Celebrate Safely This Labor Day

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As Illinoisans gear up to mark the end of summer with Labor Day celebrations throughout the state, the St. Charles Police Department announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers.

“Our goal is to help ensure that our community’s residents and visitors make it home safely after the party ends,” said Commander Eric Majewski. “We’ll be out in force to keep impaired drivers off the roads. If you’ll be celebrating, we urge you to plan ahead for a sober ride. It could be a matter of life or death.”

St. Charles to Host America in Bloom National Symposium and Awards Oct. 3-5, 2019

Volunteers Needed

From Oct. 3-5, 2019, an estimated 300 visitors from cities around the country will gather at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles for the America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program. Local group America in Bloom - St. Charles is looking for volunteers to help. Interested volunteers should register at VolunteerMatch www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3167212.jsp .

St. Charles Holding September 11th Remembrance Ceremony

Join Us on Sept. 11, 2019, 7:30 a.m., at the Fire Dept. Memorial Monument

The City of St. Charles is holding a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 11, 2019, at 7:30 a.m., at the Fire Dept. Memorial Monument, 2 E. Main St. Everyone is invited to come together as a community to honor the first responders who put duty before self and remember those who lost their lives that day.

Update on Recreational Cannabis in St. Charles

Next Steps

Two public discussions around whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in St. Charles were held at the Aug. 15 & Aug.19, 2019, Government Operations Committee Meetings.

Initial Vote Held

At the Aug. 19 meeting, Aldermen, as a Committee of the Whole, voted 6-3 to direct City staff to begin the zoning process for two recreational sales facilities, one on the east side of St. Charles and one on the west side.

Next Steps

Discussion about Cannabis at Aug. 5, 2019, Government Operations Meeting

7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St.

The possession and private consumption of cannabis by people 21 or older for recreational use will be legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, 2020. However, municipalities may choose whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores in their communities. Cities also may limit how many stores are allowed and where they can be located.

City's LED Streetlight Retrofit Program Nets $12,000 in Energy Savings its First Year

Program Now in its Second Year

 

Last year, the City of St. Charles launched a program to replace streetlights with more energy-efficient LED lights and completed more than 300 retrofits in various areas of the City. The program netted the City an estimated $12,000 in energy savings last year. The City is continuing the program this year and expects to replace approximately another 400 streetlights.

185th Anniversary Photo Contest Winner Announced

Photo will be featured on the 2019 City of St. Charles Christmas Card

A few months ago as part of our 185th Anniversary celebration, we launched a photo contest to choose a photo to feature on the cover of the 2019 City of St. Charles Christmas card. We received 21 entries, which were reviewed by the St. Charles Arts Council. Thanks to all who submitted photos. There were so many good ones to choose from!

The Summer Power Cost Adjustment Means Savings for Electric Customers

Have you noticed a line on your electric bill called “Power Cost Adj” and wondered what that is? It refers to the City’s Power Cost Adjustment Factor (PCAF). The City instituted the PCAF in 2013 to allow for adjustment of electric bills to match wholesale power prices.

Wholesale Power Prices Directly Affect the PCAF

The City purchases its power from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA). Like the cost of most commodities, wholesale power prices can fluctuate. The City adjusts the PCAF in accordance with our actual costs of purchasing power from IMEA.

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