Village Announcements

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!

UFPD-Burning Ban-UPDATE

4/28/20-The burn ban previously announced for the Utica Community Fire Protection District is hereby lifted effective immediately.

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.

 

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.