February 1, 2019
The new year is proving to be a time of transition here at the Village of Addison. This is because after an unheard-of period of leadership stability, the Village Manager’s office is in transition. At the end of 2018, we said goodbye to Joe Block, who retired after 32 years at the helm.
We saw many changes and improvements during his tenure, but I believe Joe’s biggest legacy is the management team he built. He ensured that the community would be left in very good hands. The Village staff is well trained and experienced, and has continued to provide services at the level at which all of our residents have grown used to receiving.
Filling this position, after it had been held for so long by someone who did the job so well, is not something that can, or should, be done immediately. I know questions and rumors have begun to surface, so I want to assure the community that village operations are continuing as normal, despite the vacancy in the manager’s office.
As Mayor, one of my responsibilities is the appointment of the manager. But first, I think this is the perfect opportunity to evaluate the role the manager should take. Much has changed since the last time this position has had to be filled, and this is something that needs to be well planned and thought out before an appointment is made.
In the event of a vacancy, the duties of the Manager fall to Chief Executive Office – or Mayor – to fulfill or delegate. On an interim basis, I am assuming some of these responsibilities. Others have been delegated to various departments, to the Assistant Village Manager, to the Deputy Police Chief, and to the Executive Assistant.
In the coming months, the Village Board will evaluate the progress, and decide exactly what the new Village Manager’s tasks will be, and then appoint the best person for the job. We hope that person leads the Village into another long period of improvement and growth.
Please be assured that the Village will continue to be here for our residents, and to look toward our future success.
January 2, 2019
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. It’s even harder to believe some of the changes in our community that can happen so quickly, while we anxiously await others. But the accomplishments that continue to happen in Addison make me proud of the work we all do for the betterment of our community.
|Construction continues at the Enclave at Mill Creek; Phase Two begins soon.|
We saw a definite up-tick in development over the past year. After seeing ground broken in 2017 for the Enclave at Mill Creek, at Army Trail and Mill Road, Phase One is nearly complete. Of the 44 single family units, 21 have been sold and 13 are occupied. Phase Two, which will see another 43 units, will begin this Spring. The average sale price of $450,000 will enhance property values throughout the area.
Clarendale Senior Housing, near Marcus Cinema, is nearing completion, and will give new options to those who are ready to downsize, but want to stay in the community. The $43 million, two hundred unit complex will offer independent living, as well as assisted living and memory care, and will fill a need that has long been discussed in our strategic planning.
Another residential development is Woodland Townhomes, along Route 53. Once again, this helps meet our goal of having many different options for housing, to draw residents and keep residents in our community. This project will offer 19 units with an average price of $350,000.
Meanwhile, we saw enhancements to our businesses as well. Caputo’s Fresh Market underwent a $3.5 million addition and façade renovation for the plaza. It will now include prepared foods and a dining area.
Woodspring Suite Hotel, offering 122 rooms designed for extended stays, augments the need for our local businesses who bring people in for conferences and training, as well those who visit the area for sports tournaments like those held at Stardust Bowl. The hotel will open this summer, and is a welcomed addition to the east side of our the community.
Centennial Plaza is finally seeing a lot of activity. X Sport Fitness plans to open their 50,000 square foot location this month, and as a visible anchor to the plaza, will hopefully draw new business to area. Meanwhile, the owners of Meat & Potatoes Eatery, and Brunch Café, have leased the former Applebee’s Restaurant, with plans to open a new full service restaurant and bar called Local 20 Urban Kitchen Restaurant early in the year.
Unfortunately, other developments are not progressing as quickly as we would like. For example, a buyer is still being sought for the 16.5 acre former Lutherbrook property. This is a large parcel, centrally located in a prime area of Addison. We have a vision for the type of use we are looking for, so potential projects must meet those standards.
Several new businesses were welcomed into Addison in 2018: Addison Bank & Trust; Lorena’s Banquets; Gordilla’s; Lou Malnati’s Pizza and Scelebrations all joined our business community, and I encourage our residents to patronize them.
|The replacement of the Army Trail watermain was one of the largest road projects of 2018.|
Maintaining the infrastructure of our community is critical, and one of the most important responsibilities of the Village. Some of the larger projects this past year included the watermain replacement along Army Trail Blvd. This $3.8 million project also included sidewalk extension, culvert replacement and total resurfacing from Mill to Lombard Road. A Federal grant was obtained to cover $1.2 million of the costs.
Watermains along Byron Avenue, and extending out to Oak Meadows, were also completed, again with help of federal grants. These projects are sometimes only noticed by those who live in the vicinity and are directly impacted by them, but again, they are critical to our community.
Five years ago we set a goal of having a place to celebrate our community, and the Village Green has become that place. With the completion of Phase 3 of the Village Green Project this year, we saw installation of an underground irrigation system, planting of news trees, and construction of a vendor plaza. It has become a point of pride for all of us that can be utilized year round.
Community events have become more and more visible for the past few years, and I have to admit, it is gratifying to see so many of our residents taking advantage of them.
Our weekly “Rock ‘n Wheels” saw an average of 1,500 attendees this summer. Other events, such as the Tree Lighting, were enhanced with additional amenities.
This year was also the first in decade in which Addison hosted a community parade. With the help of the
|Addison native Alexa Scimeca-Knerim and her husband Christopher Knerim show off their Olympic bronze medals as part of the Addison-Medinah Shriners Parade in August.|
Medinah Shriners, the Village brought community businesses and organizations together to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial in August. The parade proved to be so successful, that we are planning to bring it back next year.
As 2019 begins, we look forward to another successful year with continued growth and development, but I have to acknowledge that for those of us at the Village Hall, it is a somewhat bittersweet time. For the past 30 year, a consistent factor in every major project the Village has undertaken has been our Village Manager, Joe Block. From raising the intersection of Lake Street and Villa Avenue, to a multitude of other flood mitigation projects, to the construction of public building like the Village Hall, Public Works and Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center … Joe has led each project with skill and expertise.
He has more than earned a long and happy retirement for the remarkable job he has done for Addison. We all join in offering him our sincere thanks and best wishes in his retirement!
With hopes for continued blessings on our community, we look forward to everything that 2019 will bring. On behalf of the elected officials and staff at the Village, I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
Dec. 18, 2018
May 21, 2018
It’s been awhile since my last Mayor’s Message to the Community. It’s been an exceedingly busy year with many great developments in town that underscore what we refer to as the Addison Advantage. In subsequent letters we will discuss the various programs, infrastructure improvements, and new businesses that have marked one of the most successful years in recent Addison history.
But today’s correspondence is not one of optimism or excitement, rather it’s one of grave concern for the continued growth and success of our community. Many of you are aware of the dysfunction that has become the rule of order in Springfield. Several weeks ago, I, and fellow mayors representing DuPage County were in Springfield in an effort to gain assurance from legislators that monies (your local portion of the State income tax) collected by the State on behalf of cities and villages are returned to the municipalities.
Last year, State officials elected to keep 10% of those collections, as well as other taxes and fees, in an effort to balance their budget. For Addison, that resulted in decreased revenue of nearly $1/2 million. That’s a $500,000 reduction in funds that go to pay for road repairs, snow removal, police, and other critical services provided by local government. The Springfield promise was that this would be only a one time hit. But, true to form, the budget being proposed for the coming fiscal year includes another 10% reduction of the funds that are due to municipalities. Instead of finding ways to cut the waste in state government, the Springfield solution is to shift the financial burden to local government. The ultimate result? Decreased local services and/or increased local taxes.
I need your help urgently. The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference has created a web site, “protectmytown.us”. It is a direct link to the state legislators that represent our community and allows you to state your opposition to taking municipal dollars to pay State obligations. It is imperative that your voice is heard today, before action is taken on the budget proposal.
For your convenience, the link is attached. I invite you to watch a video with a panel of area mayors discussing this important issue here: https://youtu.be/PpOR76ickhw
Let’s work together to Protect Our Town!