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Jul 19

An interview with Ellen Lindgren, Customer Service Representative

Posted to City Spotlight by City of DeKalb

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. The "City Spotlight" series is a new effort to highlight the people who work to make DeKalb great.For our fourth installment, we spoke with Ellen Lindgren, who is one of City Hall's front counter Customer Service Representatives! 

 Ellen Lindgren

Q: What are your job duties?

A: I accept revenues for City billings including utility payments, parking and miscellaneous fines. I also assist customers in person and via telephone to direct them to appropriate personnel. I process returned water bills, sort incoming and outgoing mail, and other miscellaneous duties.

Q. What is one reason you are #ProudlyDekalb?

A: I am #proudlydekalb due to the District 428 School System. We came to this area when my son was going into 7th grade and he started at Clinton Rosette. When we came to a visit that prior May, we met the Band Director which later became my son’s first Saxophone Teacher. This started him on a path that would eventually be his “lot in life”. The Band Program within District 428 is fabulous, worked well for my son and much better than any around.

Q: If you could learn any skill, what would it be
and why? sleeping animal polar bears

A: I’d love to learn how to build furniture or even make pottery!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Sleep and also spend time with my family.

Q: What do you think the secret to a good life is?

A: I absolutely think that the secret to a good life is to have a Great Sense of Humor. You have to be able to laugh at yourself and situations so you don’t drive yourself crazy.

Q: If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive), who you choose and where would you go?

A: I would go on a road trip with my father (deceased) and my son. We would go where we had family vacations when I was a girl; up to Tomahawk, Wisconsin where my Dad taught me how to fish and caught my first Northern Pike. 

Q: What book or movie have you read/seen lately that you would recommend and why?

A: I haven’t seen anything new; however I love Avatar and can’t wait for the new ones. I also love all Star Trek!

What is a hidden talent you have?

A: Ingenuity. I have always been able to make something from nothing.

Ellen Lindgren

Thank you Ellen for being able to take a break from the front counter to answer our questions!

Ellen Lindgren
Apr 14

How do I stay up to date with the Boards, Committees, and Commissions?

Posted to How to: City of DeKalb by City of DeKalb

With the combination of Boards, Committees, and Commissions (BCCs) that are included within the City of DeKalb it can sometimes be difficult to keep up to date on specific meetings and members. This post will review the different website functions that will help you stay informed on everything B/C/C related.

The fastest way to access meetings and agendas is to click on the “Meetings & Agendas” button which is found on the front page (pictured below).

meetings and agendas button

The Agenda Center (pictured below) lets you search agendas and minutes by time period, start date / end date, particular phrases and even by specific boards and commissions. You can even find information dating back to 2012!  This is the easiest tool to use when trying to locate specific meeting agendas or minutes.

agenda center

Another useful tool that is helpful for knowing the dates of specific meetings is the City Calendar. Below is a picture of where you can find it on the front page.

events button

Within the City Calendar you can not only look at specific months, but you can choose what calendar you want to look at. You can select all calendars, or you can choose a more niche calendar depending on what you are looking for. You can also click on a specific date on the calendar to see what events are occurring. If you don’t know what category the meeting you are interested falls under, you can search for it within the search bar.

city calender

Utilizing and becoming familiar with both of these two tools will help you stay informed on the variety of Boards, Committees, and Commissions within the City.

Apr 26

Fire Truck Naming Contest

Posted to Website Updates by City of DeKalb

The City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Fire department worked together using the City Website to create a Fire Truck Naming Contest . The recently purchased 2008 Pierce Quantum will replace the current aerial ladder truck “Big John” after 26 years of service. It is fitting that the new ladder truck has a name for its service time to the residents of DeKalb. The DeKalb Firefighters created three naming concepts and the community has the opportunity to decide which name will be given the truck. The naming contest started  on Monday, March 14, 2016 and ended Monday, April 18, 2016. To read about the three naming options and why they were selected as options click here.

DeKalb Fire Truck

The contest was created utilizing a module on the back end of the website. The forms center allows citizens to voice their opinions while providing City Staff an easy way to collect data on the responses. After creating the form and publishing a news-flash and a Facebook post, the City was flooded with responses. On the final day of voting (4/18) the City had received 636 responses! "Rip" Roaring ended up winning with 77% of the total votes.

final fire truck votes

The contest ended up gaining enough attention to be featured in a Daily Chronicle article and several radio announcements. Still looking to learn more information? Click on the picture below to get redirected to a video featuring DeKalb's own Firefighter Pat Eriksen giving further details on the contest. The City is always looking for ways to update and utilize our website to its fullest potential. Have any ideas for content or future updates? Click here to fill out a short form!

fire truck contest