Village Announcements

PRESS RELEASE – Unsolicited Survey 3/15/21

The Village has been made aware of some residents receiving anonymous unsolicited survey requests, regarding the Village, on individual’s cellular devices.  Please be advised that such survey requests are not being sent by the Village, and the Village does not sponsor nor endorse the survey.  The Village has not provided any of your personal information to the proponents of the survey, whomever they may be. The decision to reply or not reply to the anonymous unsolicited survey is up to the survey recipient.

Thank you!

Village of North Utica

Press Release-Former Waltham South School Building

The Village of North Utica President and Board of Trustees
are proud to announce the pending purchase of property located at 248 Canal St.; formerly the Waltham Elementary School – Utica Campus. 

 We recognize the historic value and significance of this iconic building to our residents and to our downtown community and its’ past; Now it will become an important part of the future of our community as we continue to grow. The Village is developing plans to utilize the property in several different capacities. 

Following renovations, the Village Offices and Meeting Chambers will be relocated to the new building, providing us with the opportunity to grow, to further continue to serve the needs of our community.  Being centrally located near our largest community park, the historic I & M Canal, and our downtown business district, many residents will also now be able to walk to the Village offices while out enjoying the rest of the community. The building also features a large gymnasium which will become a recreation center that will be available to residents for indoor sports and social gatherings. We are excited to be able to provide this space for our residents to utilize and enjoy for many years to come!  The North Utica Police Department will remain in its’ current location and be afforded the ability to grow into a much-needed larger space.

 This has been a long-term goal of the Village Board and we are excited to be able to continue the legacy of this long-standing iconic building and to share it with our community. There will be an open house, in the near future, where residents will be able to view newly developed plans for the building, as well as tour the current space.  That date has not yet been determined but will be announced and posted on the Village website. 

Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act.

In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), or low-income areas that have had high rates of COVID-19 cases. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  • Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*

Businesses must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020 and must meet specific annual revenue criteria outlined in document below.

WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY: DCEO will begin accepting applications on June 26th. The application submission portal will be posted on this webpage. Until the 26th, DCEO is posting the application questions and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read, review and prepare.  *While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.

Questions? Submit a question in via the question submission form in English or Spanish. Submitting a question via the form ensures a timely response.

DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AREAS
The map below shows all disproportionately impacted areas for the Business Interruption Grant program. To determine whether or not you are located in a DIA, enter your address in the search box.

Note that for this first round of BIG funds, businesses located in a subset of DIAs where there has been recent property damage due to civil unrest will be eligible for specific grant funds. The zip codes eligible for this specific subset of funding are found here

COVID-19 Information for Phase 4 Guidelines

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.

Full Phase 4 changes – https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

COVID-19 Information for Businesses-Phase 3 Guidelines

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations to follow can be found in the Phase 3 Business Toolkit.

For Industry definitions and guidelines, please click the link below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx

 

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.

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.