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Oswego Police Headquarters Dedication and Ribbon-cutting

 The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new headquarters of the Oswego Police Department. The new headquarters, located at 3355 Woolley Road, will be unveiled to the public during a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018.

The public will be able to glimpse the inside of the building during an open house and tours, which will be held once the ceremony concludes.

“The design and development of this cutting-edge law enforcement facility was inspired by a desire to provide an inviting and transparent building for our community to use, while enhancing safety and operational efficiency for the department members serving our public,” Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner said. “We’re proud to be able to invite the public in and showcase how the new facility will benefit our community.”

The dedication ceremony will include music from the Oswego Fire Department Pipes and Drums, a flag-raising by the Oswego Police Department Honor Guard, the national anthem sung by Oswego East student McKenna Kreiling, and comments from Congressman Bill Foster, Village President Gail Johnson, and other representatives from the Village staff, architect, builder and other teams that collaborated to make the project a reality. 

Designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., along with the consulting firm McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, and built by construction management company Gilbane Building Company, the new headquarters features open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows and other elements developed to create a sense of openness and collaboration with the public and other community agencies.

“Great architecture is often the result of great collaborations between a client and an architect,” said Peter Ruggiero, design principal at HOK. “We are very proud of our collaboration with the Village of Oswego, the Oswego Police Department, their leadership, and the new headquarters building that is the result of this collaboration.  The contemporary design of the new headquarters reflects the forward-thinking vision of Oswego, its police department, and their commitment to excellence.”

A new community room offers additional space for educational programs and community groups to meet alongside officers to help promote safe neighborhoods and prevent crime before it happens. Other spaces are dedicated to partner organizations, including Mutual Ground domestic violence shelter and the Kendall County Health Department, to provide connections to counseling and other resources for victims.

“Partnering with and connecting to the community are central to this facility and to our policing,” Village President Gail Johnson said. “In conceptualizing the new headquarters, we fought the idea of a building visited only by those accused of crime. Instead, we chose to design a state-of-the-art police facility, a beacon that will attract, welcome, and inspire our residents to participate collaboratively in the safety of our community – a place to gather, celebrate, and get help when needed. I believe we have done that.”

The building was also designed for efficiency – both in manpower and for the environment. The previous headquarters on Route 34 was built in 1991 for a staff of just 50. Today, following the explosive growth in Oswego over the past two decades, the Oswego Police Department has a force of more than 70 uniformed and support staff, plus a large network of volunteers.

At 68,200 square feet, the new building has triple the space of the former facility and can more adequately accommodate both the department’s growing staff and the needs of residents. In addition to the extra elbow room, the new station includes modern features like dedicated spaces for evidence processing, records storage and training. The additional space also includes amenities that will better serve the public, like an on-site lab to speed investigations.

A training wing includes the Village’s Emergency Operations Center that will be used during natural disasters and other emergencies, as well as a padded tactical training room and a shooting range. In addition to allowing Oswego officers to train on-site, the department is working on agreements with other local agencies to use the facility. The new facility is intended to be a public safety campus as well as have areas that will be available for public use, including a lobby and parking lot that can be used by the public for safer online sales transactions.

The new headquarters will also be LEED Silver Certified, a recognition of its environmentally friendly and energy efficient design. The building’s hallmark central tower contains solar tubing that heats the building through radiant heat flooring. Other environmentally friendly considerations include large amounts of natural lighting for work spaces, plus automated lighting, modern HVAC systems, and plumbing designed to conserve water use.

“The new Oswego police headquarters is the product of a total team collaboration by the Village of Oswego, the Oswego Police Department, HOK architects, and Gilbane Building Company,” said Tom Leonard senior project executive at Gilbane. “Careful planning and dedication to the design and construction process, as well as invaluable input from the police department ensured the success of this critical project. Gilbane is proud to have been a part of the construction of the new headquarters of the Oswego Police Department.”

The $30 million facility, the largest public infrastructure project completed to date in Oswego, was completed on time and within budget. The bonds for the project will not be repaid through property taxes, but rather through sales tax revenue, approximately 60 percent of which is generated by non-residents. In addition, generous grants from the ComEd Energy Efficiency program and Illinois Clean Energy have helped fund environmentally friendly amenities in the building.

Staff is expected to begin operations at the new headquarters on October 30, 2018.

The public is invited to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility before it opens and learn more about how this new facility will support public safety in the Oswego community. The ribbon-cutting program begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at the new Oswego Police Headquarters, 3355 Woolley Road, with tours immediately following. Tours will run until 7 p.m.

Please note that Oswego Village Hall will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, to allow staff to participate in the ceremony.

 


Vote early at Oswego Village Hall

Kendall County voters can vote early at Oswego Village Hall beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, for the November 6 General Election.

Early voting at Oswego Village Hall is open to all registered Kendall County voters from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1. Voting hours at Oswego Village Hall are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Early voting is conducted in the Community Room of Village Hall, located at 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego.

Early voting has already begun at the Kendall County Clerk’s Office, 111 W. Fox Street, Yorkville, during the regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Extended hours, including Saturdays and Sundays, at the Kendall County Clerk’s Office begin Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit www.co.kendall.il.us/voter-registration/.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Offices up for election include: Illinois governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer; Congressional representatives, State senators and representatives, and several county positions. Multiple referenda are also on the ballot.

Not registered?

Kendall County residents can register to vote during the voter registration grace period at Oswego Village Hall during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The final day to register to vote for the November 6th election is Tuesday, Oct. 9

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old by Election Day, reside in your precinct at least 30 days prior to the election, and bring two acceptable forms of ID, at least one of which must have your name and address. More information on registration, including acceptable forms of ID are listed on the Kendall County Clerk’s website www.co.kendall.il.us/voter-registration/.

Know your rights

For more information on voter services available to you, including sample ballots, absentee ballots, and the location of your polling place, visit https://www.co.kendall.il.us/voter-registration/.

If you are a legal U.S. citizen living in Illinois who is 18 years or older, in most cases, you can vote. Learn your voting rights, including the rights of students, people with disabilities, people with prior convictions, and the right to vote by mail. For information on your voting rights in the state of Illinois, visit https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/illinois/.  The site also includes links to check whether you are registered and can even register voters online.


Free Leaf Collection

Free fall leaf collection has begun in the Village of Oswego and runs through Friday, Dec. 7, or until major snowfall prohibits collection, whichever comes first. Exact collection dates vary by zone:

 

Zones 

  • Zone A includes all properties west of the Fox River, Hunt Club subdivision, and all properties east of Fox Bend Golf Course and south of Route 34. 
  • Zone B includes all properties south of Wolf's Crossing, all properties south of Route 34 east of the Fox River and west of Route 71 (downtown Oswego), and all properties south of Route 71 excluding Hunt Club. 
  • Zone C includes all properties east of the Fox River and northwest of Route 34. 

Dates
Village crews will collect leaves three times this season. Leaf collection is scheduled for Monday through Friday as follows: 

  • Zone A: Weeks of October 15, October 29, and November 19
  • Zone B: Weeks of October 15, November 5, and November 26
  • Zone C: Weeks of October 22, November 12, and December 3
Dates may be subject to change due to inclement weather, staffing, potential equipment issues and the volume of leaves. 
 

Please note
Each fall, the curbside leaf vacuum program provides Oswego residents a way to dispose of leaves at no additional cost. To have your leave collected, rake them into piles placed in the parkway by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your specified collection week. 

No brush, grass clippings, tree limbs, vines, or trash will be collected. These materials can cause damage to Village equipment and can put the operator and residents in the area at risk of injury. Please remember: 

  • Leaves placed in the parkway after 7 a.m. will be picked up on the following scheduled week for your zone. 
  • Due to the tremendous scope of this work, leaves piled near an obstruction or obstructed by a parked vehicle will be skipped and will not be picked up until the next collection week. 
  • The bulk of the piles will be vacuumed up as crews go by your address. However, it is impossible for crews to collect 100 percent of all leaves. 
  • Keep leaves out of the curb line and street. Leaves in the street can cause hazardous driving conditions and flooding. See the photo above for proper placement. 
  • Leaf burning is prohibited at all times throughout the Village. 
There is a very small window of opportunity to collect the leaves from the time they fall to when winter weather begins. Inclement weather or a large volume of leaves can alter the leaf pickup schedule. Once the leaves are snow-covered, the vacuum cannot collect the leaves and the program may be suspended. 
 

Leaf Collection Alternatives

Residents are strongly encouraged to use alternative options, such as placing leaves in and around plant beds and under trees and shrubs. This provides nutrients for the soil and insulation for the plants. 

Backyard composting is also allowed and encouraged. 

Leaves can also be bagged, stickered, and collected as a part of the Village's Yard Waste program through Groot, until Friday, Nov. 30. For more information, check out the Brush, Leaves and Yard Waste page.


Oswego named a Green Power Partner Community

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Oswego as a Green Power Partner community, in recognition of its dedication to using 100 percent renewable energy for its Electrical Aggregation program.Green Power partner logo

In Oswego, the Village has contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and all the renewable energy credits for residents and businesses that participate in the Village’s Electrical Aggregation program. For residents in the program, the amount they pay on their ComEd bills for their electricity supply supports new energy from a mix of wind and solar projects – all at the same price as conventional coal- and gas-powered electricity.

“We’re happy to be supporting clean energy production,” Oswego Finance Director Mark Horton said. “It’s a smart thing for the environment, and the best part is that with just a little comparison shopping we were able to continue to bring green energy to Oswego without any additional cost to residents.”

To be named a Green Power Partner, communities must meet a minimum percentage of green power, between 3 and 20 percent, based on the amount of power a community uses annually.

Currently, 74 percent of all energy used in Oswego is from renewable resources like wind and solar. That’s more than 10 million kWh each year -- equivalent to the amount of power needed to drive 29 million miles in an electric car.

To qualify as a Green Power Partner, communities must use energy from eligible renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, or certain biomass or low-impact hydroelectric sources. The energy must be purchased voluntarily and sourced from renewable facilities less than 15 years old located in the United States.

 

How do Renewable Energy Credits work?

When energy is generated – whether clean energy like wind or solar, or conventional energy like coal – it is all routed over transmission lines into the same grid, where it becomes mixed up and is delivered to homes and businesses. However, when a company produces green energy, they can issue Renewable Energy Credits for each kilowatt hour of energy produced. When the Village contracts for electricity suppliers on behalf of residents, it contracts for energy with Renewable Energy Credits. This ensures that money residents pay for electricity funds renewable energy suppliers, like wind and solar farms, rather than coal mines or gas drilling.

For residents, each time you flip on a light switch or the furnace, the power you are using is a mix of clean and conventional energy. This means conserving power in your home is always the most environmentally friendly choice. However, if you’re in the Village’s Electrical Aggregation program, 100 percent of the money you pay each month for your electricity supply on your ComEd bill pays renewable energy suppliers and supports a greener world.

 

What else is Oswego doing to promote clean energy?

In addition to providing clean energy options to its residents through electrical aggregation, Village staff consider energy conservation when designing new facilities or improving Village services. For example, the new Oswego Police Headquarters was designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified and includes a solar tower and radiant flooring system that heats the building. Also, new water meters installed throughout town this fall will transmit water meter readings automatically, reducing the need for a technician to drive door-to-door to read meters.

 

What can residents do?

Unless a resident has opted out, they are automatically signed up to participate in the Village’s electrical aggregation program that contracts for renewable energy at the same price as conventional energy.

If you have opted out, you can opt back in by calling MC Squared at 877-MC2-POWR, or 877-622-7697, and giving a few pieces of information from your ComEd Bill. Opting into Oswego’s electrical aggregation program takes about 15 minutes.

Note that nobody from MC Squared or the Village will ever call you or come door-to-door asking for information about your electricity bill.

For more information on the Village’s Electrical Aggregation program, contact the Village of Oswego at 630-554-3618.

 


Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Saturday

The Village of Oswego has been notified that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with Fox Metro, will host a household hazardous waste recycling event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at 1000 Station Drive, near the intersection of Mill and Orchard Roads, Oswego.

The collection is open to all Illinois residents. Household hazardous waste items are materials purchased for cleaning or maintaining a home. Business waste is not accepted.

The following items will be accepted at this one-day collection event:  

  •  Oil-based paints                                              
  • Household batteries
  • Used motor oil                                                
  • Paint thinners
  • Herbicides                                                       
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Insecticides                                                    
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides                                                       
  • Antifreeze
  • Old gasoline                                                   
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Pool chemicals                                                
  • Aerosol paints and pesticides
  • Cleaning products                                           
  • Fluorescent lamp bulbs                                             
  • Mercury                                                    
  • Drain cleaners
  • Acids                                                              
  • Corrosives
  • Unwanted medications

 

The following items will not be accepted:                                             

  • Latex paint
  • Agricultural wastes                                         
  • Propane tanks
  • Business/commercial sector wastes               
  • Smoke detectors
  • Explosives                                                        
  • Farm machinery oil
  • Fireworks                                                        
  • Fire extinguishers       
  • Controlled substances                                    
  • Biohazard waste                                
  • Lead acid batteries                                           
  • Institutional wastes

Note: Latex paint is not hazardous and can safely be dried or absorbed and discarded with regular trash.

For additional information on this one-day collection, visit the Illinois EPA’s website.

 

Weekly Household Hazardous Waste Collections

In addition to this one-day collection, residents may also dispose of household hazardous waste at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, excluding holidays. This weekly collection is also open to all Illinois residents. More information is available at Naperville's website. 

 

Need to dispose of something else?

Visit the Village of Oswego’s Garbage and Recycling page for more information on how to properly dispose of or recycle anything. Or click to download the Village of Oswego's Reuse & Recycle Quick Guide, a handy printable guide for odd items. 

 

 

 


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