Archives for February 2014

Upcoming Meetings in downtown Elgin

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♦ Envision Elgin – A Comprehensive Plan for the “City in the Suburbs” Workshop

Thursday, March 6,  7pm, The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way


City Council Meeting – Committee of the Whole, Wednesday, March 19, 6pm, City Hall, 150 Dexter Court

 City Council Meeting – General Meeting, Wednesday, March 19, 7pm, City Hall, 150 Dexter Court


Downtown Business Owners Meeting, Friday, March 7th, 9am, DNA, 166 E. Chicago Street



 If you have questions regarding any of the above,

please call the DNA at 847-488-1456 or email us at



Central Business District (CBD) Streetscape – Phase 06

phase 6 streetscapePRE-CONSTRUCTION PUBLIC MEETING: In conjunction with the City of Elgin and TranSystems, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin (DNA) will be conducting a pre-construction public meeting about Phase VI of the Central Business District Streetscape project on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5-7pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, downtown Elgin.

This will give downtown stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions of the project leaders, find out which parts of downtown will be impacted and for how long, as well as to voice their input.


RSVP to the DNA by phone at 847-488-1456 or by email at by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon.

Talkin’ Trash with the City of Elgin!

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The Elgin Strategic Plan Advisory Commission invites you to attend a community discussion about our current waste hauling program. Give your input on ways we could improve service, control costs and lower the volume of trash we generate.

The Strategic Plan Advisory Commission was put in place in 2013 to assist the City Council and city management by providing input and direction on issues related to the city’s Strategic Plan. A part of those duties includes advising the council on key issues of concern to the public.

The Commission will host two public meetings designed to gather input from residents on curbside trash pickup. Residents are invited to attend the one most convenient to their schedules.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr.

After ten years, the current contract with Waste Management will expire in 2014. The city will be soliciting bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use these meetings to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract.

At these public meetings, residents will be asked to share their opinions on current services as well as options the city should consider as part of the new contract. Among the subjects that will be discussed will be controlling costs by lowering the volume of waste going to the curb through initiatives such as recycling, composting and educational campaigns.

Dan Ault, Senior Analyst for the City of Elgin is overseeing the new contract.“Elgin has a reputation for having one of the finest waste programs in the area, and the cost to our residents in the lowest in the area. We want to take this opportunity to discuss the changing needs and desires of our residents in the coming years and take those things into consideration when negotiating the next contract. We want to continue to provide high quality service at reasonable cost to our residents.”

For more information regarding the upcoming meetings please contact Cherie Murphy, staff liaison to the Strategic Plan Advisory Commission at 847-931-5667 or



DNA’s Elgin Harvest Market: Seeds to Grow


Start warming up to the idea of planning your summer garden!  Whether small or large, you and your garden will benefit when you buy seeds from Seed Savers Exchange to benefit the DNA’s Downtown Elgin Harvest Market.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin (DNA), a non-for-profit volunteer based organization, has partnered with Seed Savers Exchange to offer 6 varieties of heirloom seed collections with four seed packets in each collection.  So whichever collection tickles your fancy –  from Big Salad Bowl to Container Magic or Kid’s favorite, Pizza Party, Heritage Garden or Flower Passion – you are sure to find one or more to be the perfect addition to your garden which will offer you fresh flowers and vegetables – right in your own back yard!  Each collection costs only $10 and 40%  goes directly to the Harvest Market! 

You can view the seed booklet with the six collection choices by going online to but remember to order and send payment through the DNA .  You may do this by:

  • Calling the office at (847)488-1456
  • Emailing
  • Message us on Facebook
  • Stopping by our new temporary office (M-F, 9-5pm ) at 166 E. Chicago Street ( where you can also view the booklet, order and submit payment
  • Mailing your order request to 2 Douglas Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120 (it will forward to us)

The deadline for complete orders is Monday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – so think green;) The turnaround time for the seeds to be delivered will be two weeks and you will be called when they are in and ready for pick up.