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7th Ward alderman to cut costs, increase engagement

7th Ward alderman to cut costs, increase engagement

By Leah Nicolini | November 30, 2015

Recently appointed 7th Ward Alderman Anthony Faivre said he plans to look at ways DeKalb can cut costs and engage its constituents.On Dec. 14, Faivre will be inducted and serve as alderman until a special election in 2017, at which point Faivre said he...

Finance Director Cathy Haley presents changes made to the fiscal 2016 budget Monday at a City Council meeting. City Council approved the budget, which included a more than $500,000 surplus. 

City may increase property taxes

By Leah Nicolini | November 30, 2015

Property taxes may increase by almost $90 if City Council decides to approve a suggested annual property tax levy.The city uses the annual property tax levy to help finance the costs of providing certain pension benefits for all full-time city employees,...

Community invited to provide feedback on 10-year city plan

By Northern Star staff | November 24, 2015

DeKalb is inviting community members to provide input on a draft of a 10-year strategic plan presented at City Council on Monday.The draft gathers input that was collected during community meetings in May and July. The plan consists of five visions meant...

Mayor nominates vet to 7th ward alderman post

By Northern Star staff | November 23, 2015

DeKalb Mayor John Rey will seek to confirm the appointment of a 7th ward alderman nominee today at a City Council meeting.Rey nominated Anthony Faivre to fill the spot of recently-resigned Monica O’Leary as 7th Ward Alderman for the City of DeKalb....

DeKalb Mayor John Rey nominates 7th ward alderman

DeKalb Mayor John Rey nominates 7th ward alderman

By Northern Star staff | November 19, 2015

DeKalb Mayor John Rey will announce a 7th ward alderman nominee Monday at a City Council meeting.Rey nominated Anthony Faivre to fill the spot of recently-resigned Monica O'Leary as 7th Ward Alderman for the City of DeKalb. O'Leary resigned on Oct. 2,...

Camp Power cuts University Village arrests in half

By Leah Nicolini | November 12, 2015

A two-year DeKalb police initiative has reduced arrests in University Village by half.The Camp Power program reduced arrests by 48.6 percent in University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, from 2014, said DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery during City...

City Council OKs water rate increase, $13.1M maintenance project to begin

By Leah Nicolini | November 10, 2015

City Council approved (6-1) ordinance 2015-044 to raise water rates to fund a $13.1 million water maintenance project.Fees will increase by 2.22 percent in 2016 and 4.5 percent from 2017 to 2020. NIU's water bill will increase by $16,000 in 2016.The 10-year...

NIU water bill may increase $16K

By Leah Nicolini | November 9, 2015

NIU may see a $16,000 increase in its water bill in 2016 and then a 4.5 percent increase from 2017 to 2024 if City Council approves the second reading of a $13.1 million water repair plan Monday.The water rate increase would fund a 10-year plan that will...

City Council OKs $13.1M water repair plan

By Leah Nicolini | October 29, 2015

City Council unanimously passed the first reading for a water rate increase to pay for public water maintenance Monday.The 10-year $13.1 million repair plan will fix the water supply well, improve water treatment, recoat the water tower and replace the...

Alderman to resign effective Friday

Alderman to resign effective Friday

By Northern Star | October 13, 2015

Seventh ward Alderman Monica O'Leary's resignation will become effective Friday.O' Leary submitted a letter of resignation via email Saturday, which was read by Mayor John Rey at City Council on Monday. O'Leary was absent at Monday's meeting.Originally,...

DeKalb Postpones smoking ban discussion

By Jackie Nevarez | September 17, 2015

City Council postponed an ordinance that would prohibit smoking on streets and sidewalks touching NIU in support of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which has been in effect since July 1, does not allow smoking in indoor and outdoor...

A University Village apartment building is seen at 722 N. Annie Glidden Road.

City Council approves University Village rezone

By Northern Star staff | September 15, 2015

After a heated discussion among both the City Council and those in attendance, the council voted to move the University Village rezoning project forward Monday.The ordinance will rezone University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, to ensure funding...