Village Announcements

UFPD-Burning Ban

The Utica Fire Chief has issued a burning ban for the Utica Community Fire Protection District territory, which includes the Village of North Utica, effective at 6PM Friday, April 3, 2020. Burning includes but is not limited to burning of landscape waste, agricultural waste, household trash and garbage, burning barrels and open fire pits. If the Utica Fire Department is called to an open burn, the fire will be extinguished by Fire Department personnel. In addition, the party involved and/or owner of the property may be subject to a fine and/or service charge in accordance to the Fire District’s posted hourly rates.

Click here to view a copy of the UFPD’s burn ban.

COVID-19 Information Regarding Changes to Waste Service

Due to COVID-19, Republic Services has issued new guidelines beginning with waste pick-up on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Until further notice:

  • Drivers will only pick-up cart containers. No additional stickered bags will be allowed.
  • Yard waste and bulk waste programs will be suspended
  • Recycling Pick-up will continue for now but may be suspended if there is a disruption to the recycling processing capabilities or if recycling contamination increases. Please keep waste out of your recycling container.

Click here for a copy of the notice from Republic Services. Thank you for staying informed and keeping safe.

COVID-19 Information for Businesses-UPDATED

3/26/2020 – Below is the information for a new package of emergency assistance programs for small businesses.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.

DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are partnering with Accion, the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois to create this fund. Loans will be supported by a $30 million loan loss reserve, consisting of $20 million of DCEO funds and $10 million in funds secured with the partnership with the Illinois banking community.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

This new $20 million program supports small businesses in suburban and rural counties across Illinois, providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in communities served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development.

These grants will offer businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. The program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds to support local small businesses.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.  

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

This new $14 million grant program aims to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

These grants are available to support working capital – like payroll and rent – job training and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.

Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000. The program re-purposes job training and tourism promotion funds to provide this emergency grant assistance.

Applications are available today on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4

Click here to go to the DCEO webpage with further details.

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3/26/2020 – Click here for COVID-19 Guidance for Large Businesses

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UFPD’s Stars of Hope

Let’s Make Hope Together!! The Utica Fire Protection District, Waltham School, the Village of North Utica, and the Stars of Hope Program US have partnered together to bring HOPE to not only our community, but the surrounding communities as well!

We are currently in an unprecedented challenging time with our current stay at home order and the affects that the COVID-19 Corona Virus has pressed upon us. At this time, we need to not only worry about our physical health but our mental health as well! We can keep socially distant and still promote hope through ART!!

So What Can you Do? We encourage families to CREATE HOPE FROM HOME!

  1. Download the Stars of Hope Printout star template and print it on paper, or make your own star of any size at home out of whatever materials you like –cardboard, wood, fabric – anything; (template can be found on our Utica Fire Protection District Facebook Page, www.utica-il.gov, or starsofhopeusa.org)
  2. Decorate your Star of HOPE and use your creative imagination…crayons, markers, color pencils, magazine clippings, glitter, etc. – the options are limitless;
  3. Remember to show #kindness and have an #openheart;
  4. Share and tag your star on social using #starsofhope;
  5. Challenge your friends and family to create HOPE for others by spreading the news; and
  6. Place your star on your window or door where people can see it to keep inspiring hope across the Utica Fire District and surrounding communities!
  7. Take a picture and post it on Social media @starsofhopeusa #starsofhope #SpreadHope @uticafire @walthampride @villageofnorthutica

Stars of HOPE is the world’s largest and fastest growing healing arts program. Started by New York Says Thank You Foundation in 2007. Stars of HOPE is a unique disaster response and community arts program empowering people to transform communities impacted by natural and man-mad disasters by creating colorful art and messages of hope and healing.  For more information on the stars of hope – visit starsofhopeusa.org

Click here for a PDF for our local star template!

COVID-19 General Information

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order, requiring all Illinois residents to stay at home, except for essential activities, beginning on Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. until the end of Tuesday, April 7, 2020. In addition to the items outlined in this order, we are urging residents to:

STAY SAFE

  • If you must go out practice social distancing-Maintain a 6’ distance between you and others
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for >20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who is sick
  • If you are sick, contact your primary care physician or call one of the hospital hotlines:
    • Margaret’s Health’s Information Hotlineis now available for calls related to COVID-19 like illness (fever equal to or higher than 100.4 degrees F or cough or shortness of breath or sore throat). The number is 815-663-2167. This will be available 7 days a week from 8 AM – 5 PM.
    • IVCH has established a telephone hotline to answer questions and provide guidance about COVID-19.  You can talk to a nurse by calling 815-780-3425 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
    • OSF COVID Companion is a free text messaging tool that the public can use to receive guidance about COVID-19. To sign up, text OSF to 67634 and follow the prompts. You may also call our COVID-19 Nurse Hotline, available 24/7, at (833) OSF-KNOW (833-673-5669)

Also Available:

Fact Based Public Health Resources

Economic Assistance Programs offered by the State of Illinois

The state is doing everything in its power to support Illinois’ working families and businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  Please Click on the link below to view the Economic Assistance Programs currently available.

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/EconomicAssistance.aspx

The Village would like to thank you for staying informed and keeping safe.

COVID-19-Village Office Closure

Effective 3/18/20

For the safety of our employees, the North Utica Village Hall is closed to the public.  We will continue to operate as usual internally.  Water payments can be left in the drop box next to the door, via U.S. Mail, or at the Community Bank of Utica.  Any cash over-payments will be applied to next month’s bill.

Village staff will continue to be available via email or telephone to address any concerns call 815-667-4111.

When prompted, enter these extensions:

REMINDER – CodeRed Emergency Notification System

The Village of North Utica has instituted the CodeRed Emergency Notification System…
an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications.

This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the Village in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. The system delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.

If you are a resident of Utica or have a business located in Utica…
Click here to register your phone number.

 

COVID-19-Information for Businesses-UPDATED

3/26/2020 – Below is the information for a new package of emergency assistance programs for small businesses.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.

DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are partnering with Accion, the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois to create this fund. Loans will be supported by a $30 million loan loss reserve, consisting of $20 million of DCEO funds and $10 million in funds secured with the partnership with the Illinois banking community.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

This new $20 million program supports small businesses in suburban and rural counties across Illinois, providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in communities served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development.

These grants will offer businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. The program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds to support local small businesses.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.  

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

This new $14 million grant program aims to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

These grants are available to support working capital – like payroll and rent – job training and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.

Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000. The program repurposes job training and tourism promotion funds to provide this emergency grant assistance.

Applications are available today on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4

Click here to go to the DCEO webpage with further details.

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3/26/2020 – Click here for COVID-19 Guidance for Large Businesses

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3/23/2020 – Here are links to resources that are available to businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Link 1 –  Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ‘Jot-form’.  This is an online fill-able form that will allow businesses to be included in the important evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 and those specific needs for our area.

http://form.jotform.com/200717156003039

Link 2 –  IVAC’s Covid-19 page outlining several resources that are available to businesses.

https://www.ivaced.org/covid-19-health-updates-copy-copy

Note from IVAC:  “The best advice I can share read all the details of the program.

Next, download the document, fill out the form and start gathering the support documentation required. DO NOT leave anything blank. Submit the form electronically, as those will be approved faster.

Note: small business owners a few things have to happen before SBA loans can/will be processed. 1)Illinois needs to be declared a disaster area. 2)The county must be declared a disaster area OR a contiguous county to your business. 3)Fill out jotform first.  Again, read all the details of the program.”

Link 3 – Small Business Administration Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Link 4 – Illinois Dept. of Employment Security regarding Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

Link 5 – Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Small Business -Small Business Assistance

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-%28COVID-19%29-Information-for-Small-Business.aspx

Link 6 – Deferral of state and local sales tax payments for small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants

https://www.iml.org/file.cfm?key=18388

Link 7 – The Illinois Liquor Control Commission provided an extension of liquor license renewal dates (available via this link) and additional guidance to Local Liquor Control Commissions for on-premises only retailers (available via this link).

 

Also attached for your convenience, are two documents from the Small Business Administration.

Document 1

Document 2

We hope that this information will be helpful during this uncertain time.  Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything that the Village can help with.

 

Sincerely,

Village of North Utica

 

David G. Stewart; Village President

mayor@utica-il.gov

O:  815-667-4111

 

Laurie A. Gbur; Village Clerk

clerk@utica-il.gov

O: 815-667-4111 ext. 11

C:  815-343-9111

 

Jamie Turczyn; Director of Village Affairs

director@utica-il.gov

O:  815-667-4111

C:  815-791-0129

 

PRESS RELEASE 3/17/20 regarding COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE 3/17/20

Until further notice, Mayor David Stewart announces that effective at 8:00am Wednesday, March 18, 2020, public access to all Village buildings will be prohibited, except for emergency purposes.

If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please call 911.  If you need to speak with an officer on duty, call the LaSalle County Sheriff’s office at 815-433-2161 and choose option 8 to speak with the dispatch center.  If you are not in immediate need of an officer and would like to leave a general message, please call 815-667-4613 and a Utica officer will call you back as soon as possible.  Police services will not be interrupted, and the police department will continue to enforce all laws and ordinances.

Water bill payments should be made via U.S. Mail, at the Community Bank of Utica or by use of the drop box in front of the Village Hall.  All late fees and water shut offs will be suspended until May 1st. Further, water meter replacements will be suspended until further notice. Public Works staff will be prohibited from entering private homes, as well as performing building inspections unless an emergency situation exists.

Village Staff will continue to be available via email and telephone to address any concerns during normal business hours. Please refer to www.utica-il.gov for contact information.

The Planning Commission Meeting and Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26th are canceled.  Future meetings of the Village will be addressed at a future date.

Additional Information Regarding Closures:
Per the Governor’s orders, restaurants and bars that serve food may not have any dine-in customers; however, restaurants may have curbside pickup or drive-through service along with delivery services. Carry out orders are also permitted under the order provided the inside space is large enough so individuals can still maintain social distancing. An individual may place an online order or telephone order and arrive and enter at a specific time to pick up the order.  Please try to keep patrons six feet apart during pick up.