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Click here to apply for a Not-For-Profit COVID-19 Relief Grant

The Village of Oswego is offering a small grant program to assist not-for-profit organizations that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program offers grants of up to $500 each to Oswego-based organizations that benefit the community at large and have had their operations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations must use the funds either to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on their operations or to support those impacted by COVID-19.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in Oswego and registered with the state as a not-for-profit organization in existence prior to March 15. Organizations with existing funding agreements with the Village are ineligible.

Applications opened Wednesday, Oct. 7, and will be open for 90 days or until all funds are exhausted. 

Apply now by visiting the online application portal


Community partners break ground on new Oswego entertainment venue

Whether it’s a donation of extra dirt, labor, or land, a song or dance performance on stage, or just showing up to enjoy an afternoon of the performing arts, everyone in the Oswego community has a part to play at the new Oswego entertainment venue.

On Thursday afternoon, the Village of Oswego and community partners broke ground on the venue, which, when complete, will include an amphitheater to be used as a community amenity for concerts, festivals and local performing arts groups, as well as green space open to the community. The occasion  was celebrated with performances by the Suzuki Strings Ensemble of Fox River Academy of Music and Arts and Allegro Performing Arts.

“Imagine the permanent stage, rolling lawns, weeping willows, green space for the community to gather for great events such as weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and one of my wife’s favorites – Shakespeare in the Park, school dances and national acts,” Kevin Fialko, who donated the land for the venue, said. There are great possibilities for this venue space. All we ask is that as a community we come together and support this.”

The Oswego Entertainment Venue will be located on three acres of land at the north end of Station Drive, near the Park N Ride lot and future Metra station. The project is designed to activate and draw development interest to the Orchard Road corridor on Oswego’s west side and has the support of Metra officials as a complementary use of the land adjacent to a planned station.

“The project fit the bill for what we were looking for,” Village President Troy Parlier said, recounting how the project came to be. “It was leveraging existing infrastructure and it was cost effective. It helped cement our future train stop with Metra. It creates economic activity along Orchard Road, which has long been dormant, and it creates a gathering place for our community to see the talent of our community.”

The venue will be constructed in two phases. The first phase includes a 40-foot by 60-foot bandshell with basic sound and lighting, plus seeded greenspace so that residents and visitors can bring lawn chairs and enjoy performances. The second phase will include semi-permanent seating, a playground, landscape enhancements, walkways, restrooms and concession stand, art installations, entryway pavers, and functional and aesthetic improvements to the bandshell.

The project’s first phase will cost $750,000 and is fully funded thanks to a year-end surplus in the Village’s budget as well as $238,000 in capital grants from the State of Illinois, secured by State Reps. Mark Batinick and Keith Wheeler.

“This entire event today is about coming together, and really good government,” Batinick said. “I look at what’s been leveraged here -- you have the private sector, the bread and butter of a community that donate their time and their treasure to making the community a better place. You have a 20-year-old parking lot that’s leveraged with some donated land. You have a lot of volunteers, and it’s just all about coming together. This is such a warm moment in a year that hasn’t had enough warm moments.”

Several donors have already played a role in the design and construction of the site. In addition to Fialko’s land donation, Oswego-based Schoppe Design has donated $33,700 in in-kind landscape architecture services above their contract, and KCM Demolition and Excavation, owned by Village Trustee Terry Olson, as well as Dan’s Dirt and Gravel and OTT Trucking, have donated time and equipment to hauling topsoil to the site.  

“It’s something positive to turn to in very uncertain and tenuous times,” local developer Angelo Kleronomos, who donated the project’s 1,400 cubic yards of soil, said. “Facilities of this type, you don’t put a dollar value on them and what they’re going to give you in return. They’re going to give you a quality of life in your community, and that’s what this is all about.”

 

Donation campaign underway

Construction of the first phase of the Oswego entertainment venue is fully funded, and Phase I of the venue is expected to open by the end of summer 2021. The Village has launched a donation campaign for the site’s Phase II amenities. 

Companies interested in showcasing their products and services through in-kind donations are encouraged to visit www.oswegoil.org/venue.aspx, where a Request for Interest includes more information on needed materials, goods and services.

Residents and businesses seeking to leave a legacy in the community are also invited to contribute. Donations at any level will support the entertainment venue and the vision of bringing more opportunities for the performing arts to the Oswego community, and donor levels offer many options  to promote a business, commemorate a special event, or remember a loved one on a donor wall and other opportunities. For more information on the site and how you can contribute, visit www.oswegoil.org/venue.aspx.


Coronavirus Disease Update for Kendall County

From our partners at the Kendall County Health Department:

The Kendall County Health Department (KCHD) is reporting 2442 cases of coronavirus (COVID19), 1913 in-recovery and 27 deaths.

That includes 677 cases in the Oswego 60543 ZIP code, as reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Information Page

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that COVID-19 is a new disease revealing limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. However, based on currently available information and clinical expertise, the following individuals might be at higher risk for severe illness:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised 
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Regardless of our real or perceived level of risk we all must continue to practice frequent handwashing, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing, and stay home if feeling unwell.

 

This information is being shared from the Kendall County Health Department as a service to our residents. For questions or additional information, visit the Kendall County Health Department at www.kendallhealth.org.


Early Voting begins at Oswego Village Hall

Voters in Kendall County can avoid the lines on Election Day and vote early at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, beginning Monday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Oct. 29, in the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election.

Early voting hours at Oswego Village Hall are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Residents who are not registered to vote may register during early voting, however, they must cast their ballot at the time of registration. To register, bring two forms of identification, with at least one documenting your current address.

Want to vote even earlier?

Early voting begins at the Kendall County Clerk’s Office, 111 Fox Street, Yorkville, on Thursday, Sept. 24. Check the Kendall County Clerk’s website, https://www.co.kendall.il.us/offices/county-clerk-recorder/election-voter-information for voting hours.

For more information

This information is being passed along as a service to our residents, however, the Kendall County Clerk’s Office is the official source for information on related to elections. For additional information and answers to all your questions about voting in the Nov. 3 General Election, visit the Kendall County Clerk’s Election website at https://www.co.kendall.il.us/offices/county-clerk-recorder/election-voter-information.


Pick up a pumpkin Oct. 10 at the future home of the Oswego Entertainment Venue

Pick up a pumpkin Oct. 10 at the future home of the Oswego Entertainment Venue

It’s autumn in Oswego! Celebrate fall by decorating your front porch with a free pumpkin, courtesy of the Village of Oswego and our partners Allied First Bank, Byline Bank, First Midwest Bank, and Old Second National Bank.

Residents can stop by the site of the future Oswego Entertainment Venue on Station Drive to pick up their free pumpkin between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The future Oswego Entertainment Venue is coming soon to the 1000 block of Station Drive, near the Park N Ride parking lot. For pumpkin pick-up, head to the Park N Ride lot. Staff and volunteers will be there to greet and direct you.

Five-hundred pumpkins are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Open to Oswego residents.

Thank you to our sponsors Allied First Bank, Byline Bank, First Midwest Bank, and Old Second National Bank!

Public health precautions remain in effect. Staff and volunteers will be observing guidelines from state and local health authorities, including distancing and face masks. Residents are asked to wear a face masks when interacting with staff and volunteers. 

 

Join in on an Oswego scavenger hunt

Autumn in Oswego is filled with crunchy golden leaves, the scent of pumpkin spice from your favorite local shops, and fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Get outside and have some fall fun with our Community Drive-Around Scavenger Hunt – and benefit a great cause, too!

The Community Drive-Around Scavenger Hunt will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. This family-friendly event offers a chance for your ghosts and goblins to dress up, decorate the car, and explore the Oswego community by car. Form a team from members of your household, and drive through town following clues and snapping photos of your family with Halloween props. Up to $100 in gift certificates will be awarded.  Registration is $20 in advance at $25 at the door, and net proceeds from the event benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry.

Register and get more details at https://oswegocommunityscavengerhunt.eventbrite.com


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