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The United City of Yorkville, the county seat of Kendall County, is located on the Fox River, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago. The intersections of IL Highways 34, 47, 71 and 126, plus access to I-88 to the north, I-80 to the south, and I-55 to the east, have made Yorkville an excellent location for development. According to the 2010 census, Yorkville is home to approximately 16,921 residents, an increase of 50% over the 2005 special census count of 11,204. In the last several years alone the geographical area of the city has more than doubled from 8.5 square miles to nearly 20 square miles. And with a planning area of 75.8 square miles, there is still plenty of room to grow. However, as part of the Fox Valley Region, Yorkville continues to maintain its small town atmosphere with the advantage of big city amenities nearby. As the main highlight of the community, the Fox River offers access to a beautiful riverfront area that provides great recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. In early 2011 the state of Illinois opened a state of the art whitewater canoe/kayak course at the Glen D. Palmer dam, located right off of Yorkville’s Bicentennial Riverfront Park.
Yorkville, a non-home rule community, is governed by a mayor, city clerk, and treasurer, elected at large, and eight aldermen, elected by their respective wards. The city currently has four aldermanic wards. A city administrator provides assistance to the mayor and City Council and oversees day-to-day operations and city business. Additionally, there are over 70 full time employees and nearly as many part time employees of the city. With a 2013-2014 budget totaling $28,789,529 the city provides police, public works, sanitary sewer collection systems, storm sewers, water, parks and recreation, and library services. Police dispatch, emergency management, fire and emergency medical services, and sewage treatment are provided by other governmental or quasi-governmental agencies, with independent governing boards and administrators. Economic development activities are the responsibility of the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation, a public/private partnership. Education is the responsibility of a special district (School District #115) with a separately elected governing board and appointed administrator.Yorkville is primarily a residential community with modest residential neighborhoods, however large residential developments with higher priced housing have been completed and more are in the planning stage. Over the last few years the City has seen many new projects take shape including the revitalization of the downtown area, a new outdoor water park, and new residential and commercial developments that will continue to add to the excitement and vitality of the Yorkville community.There are two industry clusters, one located at the north end and one located at the south end of the community. Major employers include Wrigley Manufacturing, Newlywed Foods, and Boombah. “Big-Box” retail shopping can be found at the intersection of IL-47 and US-34 and is expanding throughout the city. Construction began in early 2007 on Kendall Marketplace, a nearly 800,000 square foot retail center. Major retailers Kohl’s, Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Super Target are already open for business, and will soon be joined many others. The several block main downtown area with quaint shops and restaurants is located just off the Fox River.
The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and vote on items brought before them. All meeting agendas are posted on the City website and at City Hall at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
APPOINTED ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
CITY OF YORKVILLE
Number of Locations: 6
CITY HALL and COUNCIL CHAMBERS
800 Game Farm Road | Yorkville, IL 60560
804 Game Farm Road | Yorkville, IL 60560
902 Game Farm Road | Yorkville, IL 60560
BEECHER COMMUNITY CENTER
908 Game Farm Road | Yorkville, IL 60560
610 Tower Lane | Yorkville, IL 60560
PARKS & RECREATION ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
201 W. Hydraulic | Yorkville, IL 60560
(24-Hour Communications Center)
1102 Cornell Lane | Yorkville, IL 60560
KENDALL COUNTY CORRECTIONS
1102 Cornell Lane | Yorkville, IL 60560
COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, & BOARDS
CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES
There are four standing committees of the City Council, each consisting of four aldermen (one from each ward) and the Mayor. These committees control the movement of agenda items from committee agendas to City Council agendas.
Members are appointed by the Mayor and have all powers authorized by the Illinois municipal code and shall have jurisdiction over the corporate community and all unincorporated land situated within one and one-half (1 ½) miles of the corporate limits, and said commission is expressly authorized to prepare a comprehensive plan for the corporate community and unincorporated land situated within one and one-half (1 ½) miles beyond the corporate limits. The Plan Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Library First Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m.
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Members are appointed by the Mayor are vested with the jurisdiction and authority to hear and decide appeals made by the zoning officer under the zoning regulations code, to hear and pass upon applications for variations from the terms provided in the zoning ordinance and statute, and to enforce and make all decisions under the sign ordinance. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Library First Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m.
LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members are appointed by the Mayor and shall make and adopt such bylaws, rules and regulations for their own guidance and for the government of the library and reading room as may be expedient and shall have all the powers as those conferred upon the corporate authorities of cities under State law. The Library Board meets the second Monday of each month at the Library at 7:00 p.m.
EMERGENCY SERVICES AND DISASTER AGENCY
The Coordinator is appointed by the Mayor and shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, training and operation of the ESDA, subject to the direction and control of the Mayor as provided by statute.
Members are appointed by the Mayor and shall consist of seven persons who shall serve as voting members and manage all city parks and recreational facilities, deal in all respects with personnel, programs, and budgeting necessary to operate the city parks and recreation departments. The Park Board meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Park and Recreation Administration Office at 7:00 p.m.
BOARD OF FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Members are appointed by the Mayor and shall consist of three members to manage the affairs of the municipal police department of Yorkville, to provide rule making for the operation of said department, to assume all duties of hiring, discipline, retirement regulation and the like for the successful operation of the Yorkville municipal police department. The Fire and Police Commission meets quarterly on the fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Department Conference Room.
POLICE PENSION FUND BOARD
Two members are appointed by the Mayor with the remaining positions being elected and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties that shall be required of them by law. All monies and securities belonging to said fund shall be held by the municipal treasurer subject to the order of the board of trustees of the pension fund. The Police Pension Fund Board meets quarterly on the second Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the Police Department Conference Room.