Village Announcements

Businesses-New**-Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act.

In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), or low-income areas that have had high rates of COVID-19 cases. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  • Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*

Businesses must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020 and must meet specific annual revenue criteria outlined in document below.

WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY: DCEO will begin accepting applications on June 26th. The application submission portal will be posted on this webpage. Until the 26th, DCEO is posting the application questions and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read, review and prepare.  *While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.

Questions? Submit a question in via the question submission form in English or Spanish. Submitting a question via the form ensures a timely response.

DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AREAS
The map below shows all disproportionately impacted areas for the Business Interruption Grant program. To determine whether or not you are located in a DIA, enter your address in the search box.

Note that for this first round of BIG funds, businesses located in a subset of DIAs where there has been recent property damage due to civil unrest will be eligible for specific grant funds. The zip codes eligible for this specific subset of funding are found here

COVID-19 Information for Phase 4 Guidelines

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.

Full Phase 4 changes – https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

COVID-19 Information for Businesses-Phase 3 Guidelines

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations to follow can be found in the Phase 3 Business Toolkit.

For Industry definitions and guidelines, please click the link below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx

 

2020 Illinois River Flooding Information

5/20/20 – 5:00pm ILLINOIS RIVER HAS CRESTED

The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding Illinois River Flooding.  The Illinois River has crested and water levels in the Village are currently receding.  The National Weather Service forecast includes undetermined amounts of rain over the next 5-7 days and the Illinois River remains at elevated levels.

Please note that is in the past, the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest.  Additional rainfall at any time during the next seven days could cause the River to start to rise again.

The Village of North Utica will continue to monitor the Illinois River and urges all businesses and property owners in the affected areas to remain alert to the weather conditions.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access is not allowed without police permission.

 

5/19/20-7:45am VOLUNTARY EVACUATION-GAS SHUTOFF

The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding continued
voluntary evacuation of the area south of Washington St. due to Illinois River Flooding.
The Army Corp of Engineers updated their latest projection and the river is currently impacting this area.

The current projected elevation is 466.2.  This will impact properties in low
lying areas as well as general business and travel through the affected area.  In addition, please note that as in the past, the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest. Additional rainfall at any time during the next seven days could cause the river to start to rise again.

For safety reasons, Ameren will begin shutting off gas meters in the areas being flooded.  Power will remain on until such time that Ameren decides to turn it off for safety reasons.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access will not be allowed.

 

5/18/19 at 8:00pm VOLUNTARY EVACUATION

The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding voluntary
evacuation of the area south of Washington St. due to the potential for Illinois River
Flooding.  The Army Corp of Engineers has released their latest projection that the river
may impact this area as soon as early Tuesday morning or tomorrow mid-day.  The current projected elevation is 466.0.  If attained, this will impact properties in low
lying areas as well as general business and travel through the affected area.  Moreover,
please note that as in the past, the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest. Additional rainfall at any time during the next seven days could cause the river to start to rise again.

We will continue to update everyone as information from the Army Corp of Engineers and National Weather Service becomes available. However, due to all the current information
that we have received to date as well as the uncertainty of upcoming weather conditions, the Village is proceeding with this immediate Notice of Voluntary Evacuation in the
affected areas.  Village Officials and Emergency Personnel strongly recommend that all property owners in the affected areas move toward Voluntary Evacuation at this time. The affected areas are generally the same areas that were impacted both in 2008 and in 2013 in any of the low-lying areas south of Washington St. towards the river. We urge all businesses and property owners in the affected areas to remain alert to the weather conditions.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access is not allowed.

Republic Services Resumes Yard Waste & Bulk Item Pickup

This is a message from the Village of North Utica.  Republic Services has announced that they will resume bulk item and yard waste pickup on their regularly scheduled day beginning Monday, April 27, 2020.  A copy of the garbage schedule is available on our website at www.utica-il.gov.  Currently the office is closed to the public so if anyone is in need of yard waste or extra garbage stickers please call the office at 815-667-4111 to arrange a time to purchase and pick up the stickers.

Also please visit our website under announcements for complete details and additional information regarding COVID-19 including resources for residents and businesses.  Thank you for staying informed and keeping safe.

UTICA BUSINESSES – Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has established the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program (DSBSP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DCEO is designating $20-million in CDBG funds for the DSBSP, which will offer small businesses in downstate and rural counties in Illinois the opportunity to partner with local governments to obtain grants equal to 60 days of verifiable working capital up to a maximum of $25,000. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/CommunityInfrastructure/Pages/DownstateSmBizStabilizaition.aspx

The Village of North Utica will apply on behalf of eligible businesses located within the village. The businesses must have 50 or fewer employees. The application for the DSBSP requires information provided by the village AND by the eligible business. The DCEO says its goal is to execute grants within 30 days of the receipt of an application.

RULES & REGULATIONS (Document includes summary and full list of requirements)

APPLICATION (Document includes portion of application that business must complete)

***Those intending to apply are asked to call the Village of North Utica at 815-667-4111 prior to filling out the application. The deadline to turn in the application is Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 5PM***

Providing application information to the Village of North Utica does not constitute a completed application, nor does it provide a guarantee of the awarding of the grant. Any information submitted to the village during the application process will be considered a public record.

Completed applications and attachments need to be submitted to director@utica-il.gov .

Frequently Asked Questions (as of April 10, 2020) (See Attached)

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says the following businesses are ineligible for the program (as of April 10, 2020)

  • Businesses that have both essential and non-essential activities.
  • Not-for-profit businesses.
  • Independent contractors.
  • Franchises or chain businesses.
  • As this grant is federally funded, businesses that involve the use of cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes are not eligible to apply.
  • Private club or business that limits membership for reasons other than capacity.
  • A business that derives at least 33% of its gross annual revenue from legal gambling activities, unless, subject to the Department’s approval, the business is a restaurant with gaming terminals.
  • Business engaged in manufacturing or selling at wholesale, tobacco products, vaping, liquor or sexually explicit materials or in the business of manufacturing or selling firearms at wholesale or retail.
  • Liquor store, an adult bookstore, non-therapeutic massage parlor, strip club or nightclub
  • Pawn Shops
  • Storage facility, trailer-storage yard or junk yard
  • A business in which a majority owner or member of the immediate family is an elected official of the unit of local government making the application and receiving the grant.
  • An establishment similar to any enumerated above; or
  • Any other business subsequently deemed ineligible by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

YARD WASTE DUMPSTER AVAILABLE

Due to COVID-19, Republic Services has suspended yard waste pick up until further notice.  In response to this change in service, Republic Services has placed a dumpster in town for UTICA residents to drop off yard waste ONLY.  Yard waste MUST be in paper yard waste bags, no loose twigs, branches, limbs, or clippings will be allowed.  The bags must be placed inside the dumpster.  No dumping of anything besides yard waste will be allowed.  The area will be monitored by video camera and violators may be subject to fines.

The dumpster is located at the south end of town next to the Village of North Utica Maintenance Building.  If traveling south out of town on Rt.178 turn left at the road south of the car wash and the dumpster will be directly behind Cajun Bait and Tackle’s building.

Please contact Village Hall at 815-667-4111 with any questions or visit our website at www.utica-il.gov under announcements for complete details and additional information regarding COVID-19 including resources for residents and businesses.  Thank you for staying informed and keeping safe.

Easter Bunny Parade

Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at 11am

Due to the current pandemic with COVID-19 and the Governor’s Stay at Home order, The Utica Fire District and The Village of North Utica are cancelling the annual Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at Memorial Park in Downtown Utica. In replacement of the Easter Egg Hunt this year we will be doing an “Easter Bunny Parade” on the same date and time! This parade will be similar to the Santa Parade held every year. The parade will start in Burgess Subdivision at 11AM and end at Village Hall approximately an hour later. Remember with the Stay at Home order, it should only be your family that lives with you at your house. No large groups. We encourage people to only be driving if its essential. The goal of this parade is to bring the Easter Bunny to you! The fire trucks will not be stopping. We hope to see everyone performing social distancing and, in their yards, waving to the Easter Bunny!