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The scoop on the City of St. Charles

Aug 06, 2015 10:37AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

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Kids will be back in school; drive with extra caution

Students are back in school later this month and we want to remind motorists to proceed with extra caution. Children will be out walking and riding their bikes to school or standing at bus stops, especially during the morning rush hour. Please remember it is illegal to talk on a hand-held cell phone, and never pass a stopped school bus when its lights are flashing and stop arm is extended.

The city sponsors business incentives

The City of St. Charles is motivated to help preserve downtown building stock, fill vacancies, and attract new businesses. To assist with these efforts, the city council has created the Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program.

It is designed to help both new businesses locating to St. Charles and existing businesses interested in expansion or relocation. The program offers 50/50 matching awards for structural, plumbing, electrical, and life safety upgrades (fire sprinklers, alarms, etc.) on the first floor of commercial buildings in the downtown SSA-1B district.

The available award can be as much as $25,000, subject to city council approval.

For more information and program requirements, visit the Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program page of the city website. Or, contact Matt O’Rourke, Economic Development Division Manager, at or 630-443-4093.

So what’s new with The Quad?

The Krausz Company, which purchased the site 18 months ago, continues to work on the redevelopment of the former Charlestowne Mall Site. Krausz has been actively marketing the project and working with prospective and interested tenants for both the enclosed mall and the outlots planned for the site.

Recently, they attended the International Council of Shopping Centers convention and also increased the leasing team for the site.

Initial grading, curbs and utility site work have been completed and the fences have come down. Krausz has indicated there is a very strong interest in the outlots.

More information to come as plans are finalized and negotiations with potential tenants are completed. For questions, contact Rita Tungare, Director of Community and Economic Development for the city at 630-443-4093 or; or Nicole Kneeland-Woods, Director of Business Development for The Quad, at

Be sure to review the annual water quality report

The City of St. Charles is committed to providing a continuous supply of safe, reliable and economical water to its customers. Every year the City of St. Charles Water Division distributes a report that summarizes the quality of the city’s drinking water.

We are pleased to report again this year that your tap water met all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water health standards. The water is tested in accordance with strict EPA regulations, so you can be assured your drinking water is safe and meets or exceeds all water quality standards as listed in the Safe Drinking Act.

For more information, contact the EPA at 800-426-4791 or the St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or

Commander Erik Mahan

 Congratulations Commander Mahan

Congratulations to Commander Erik Mahan for completing, with honors, the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University in Evanston. Commander Mahan completed courses in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Planning and Management, Principles and Practices of Leadership, Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.

Brush pickup schedule

Please note: Only City of St. Charles residents who pay a monthly fee on their utility bill are eligible. To find out if you are eligible for the program, review your city utility bill for the fee, input your address in My Neighborhood on the city website, or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 for verification.

Brush must be placed on the parkway in front of the house or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected, before 7am on Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). It may take three to four days to get to your neighborhood. More information is on our website at

Also, new rates are in effect for brush and leaf pick up. Fees for year are $4.13/month, an increase of 8 cents/month.

East Side                             West Side

Aug. 17                                 Aug. 24

Sept. 21                                Sept. 28

Refuse and recycling services update

As of July 1, the following fees are in effect. Please contact Advanced Disposal at 630-587-8282 for questions on toter services.    

            Refuse Sticker            $3.11 ea.

            Yard Waste Sticker   $3.11 ea.

            Half-size Refuse Bag $2.02 ea.

            35 Gallon Refuse Toter        $20.75/mo.

            65 Gallon Refuse Toter        $21.84/mo.

            95 Gallon Refuse Toter        $22.93/mo.

            65 Gallon Yard Waste Toter            $27.03 ea.

Service notes

Refuse containers other than Advanced Disposal toters must be no larger than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs.

Refuse and recycling containers should be at the curb by 6am. Even though pick-up times are fairly consistent from week-to-week, please consider that pick-up time can vary.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at or 630-377-4405.

City of St. Charles offices will be closed Mon., Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.
Refuse Collection will be delayed one day all week due to the Labor Day Holiday