Statement Regarding Potential Misappropriation of City Funds

Last week, while performing work on the City of DeKalb’s 2019 budget, a senior-level City employee discovered a financial irregularity involving potentially misappropriated funds in last year’s budget.

As a result of this discovery, which involved the possible misdirection of $250,000 from one fund to another in order to plug a deficit, the City has taken the following steps:

• It has launched an internal investigation to determine the facts related to this matter.

• It has conducted a review and confirmed that there are no other funds that are outside of the City's normal reporting and audit procedures which could be subject to use of this nature.

• Last Monday, the City placed Interim City Manager, Molly Talkington, on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of these investigations. The City has not concluded whether there was or was not any misconduct but took this measure in an abundance of caution. In the absence of Ms. Talkington, Interim Assistant City Manager, Raymond Munch, will fulfill the duties of City Manager in an acting capacity, pursuant to City Code, until such time that formal action is taken by the City Council.

If the City’s internal investigation reveals that the misappropriation of funds was in violation of our policies and standards, the City will move to hold all responsible parties strictly accountable.

It is important to point out to taxpayers that at this stage, this alleged wrongdoing has not resulted in any missing funds. Every dollar involved in this possible misappropriation of funds has been accounted for; all money was spent for official City business; and funds will be made whole in the coming days.

As stewards for DeKalb’s overall financial health, it is our expectation that those entrusted to oversee the use of taxpayer dollars – especially those in leadership positions – do so

responsibly, ethically and in strict adherence to established procedures and the law. When that does not occur, it is our obligation to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable.

Due to the sensitive nature of the City’s internal investigation, the City is not able at this time to provide further detail. Going forward, however, it is the City’s commitment to its residents to manage this situation forthrightly, transparently and in a timely manner.

Inquiries pertaining to this matter should be directed to Dave Bayless of Bayless Communications at 312-533-0059 or baylessdave@gmail.com.

ComEd LED Streetlighting Program Update

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DSATS SFY 2019-2023 TIP Amendment 2

The DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the City of DeKalb, City of Sycamore, Town of Cortland, and portions of DeKalb County.  The DSATS State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 1 is available for public review and comment from Friday, November 2, 2018 to Friday, November 16, 2018.

The TIP represents planned transportation improvements for Illinois SFY 2019-2023, which runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.  The TIP is a short-range capital improvements program outlining a 4-year schedule of projects that have been locally approved by DSATS to receive federal funding. Amendment 1 is adding and modifying several roadways which are seeking federal Surface Transportation Program – Urban (STU) funding with federal STU funds allocated to the DeKalb Urbanized Area (UZA)

The public involvement procedures used in the development of the TIP satisfy the program-of-project requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Program.  The documents are available at the following locations:

DeKalb City Hall – 200 S. 4th St., 1st Floor - Engineering, DeKalb, IL 60115

DSATS website: http://www.dsats.org.

The DSATS Technical Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on the DSATS SFY19-23 TIP Amendment 2 on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the DeKalb County Highway Department Board Room, 1826 Barber Greene Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115.

All questions and comments, written or oral, should be directed to:

Attn: Brian Dickson

DSATS

200 South 4th Street

DeKalb, IL 60115

Email: Brian.dickson@cityofdekalb.com

 All comments received by Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the City of DeKalb Municipal Building will be duly noted and considered.

IDOT Announces Railroad Closure

Posted on: October 23, 2018

IDOT Announces Railroad Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has granted Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) a permit to close the railroad crossing at IL Route 23 and IL Route 38 for repairs on Friday, October 26, 2018, for up to four days.

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Leaf Collections Begins Monday, October 29,2018

Posted on: October 22, 2018

Leaf Collections Begins Monday, October 29,2018

The Public Works Department will begin the annual leaf collection program on October 29. Residents should rake leaves into a narrow row parallel to the backside of the curb on the parkway, not in the street.

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City Accepting Applications for Human Services Funding

The City of DeKalb is now accepting applications for FY2019 Human Services Funding. Pending City Council approval of the 2019 budget, grant funds totaling $144,500 will be made available to local not-for-profits with 501(c)(3) status who provide services to the elderly, the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, victims of domestic violence, individuals with disabilities, at-risk children and people of low income are invited to submit applications. 

Completed applications, along with the required attachments, are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. Incomplete applications and/or late submissions will not be considered. Application materials are available on the City of DeKalb website at https://www.cityofdekalb.com/1102/6563/Human-Services-Funding

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Community Services Coordinator Joanne Rouse at 815-748-2366.

Citywide Crack Filling Program Scheduled to Begin Next Week

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DeKalb Citizens’ Environmental Commission Accepting Nominations for Annual PRIDE Awards

Posted on: October 11, 2018

DeKalb Citizens’ Environmental Commission Accepting Nominations for Annual PRIDE Awards

The PRIDE Awards recognize residents, organizations, and/or businesses that have significantly improved the quality of life in DeKalb through projects, activities, or programs emphasizing resource conservation.

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Railroad Crossings to Close for Track Maintenance

Posted on: October 2, 2018

Railroad Crossings to Close for Track Maintenance

Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) has informed the City railroad crossings north of Lincoln Highway at Sixth Street, Seventh Street, and Tenth Street may close as early Friday, October 5, to accommodate scheduled track maintenance.

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Eastbound Fairview Drive at South Annie Glidden Reopening

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