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Village of Addison eNewsletter
From the Desk of
I remember vividly the April day in 1995 that I received news that our Village President, and my good friend, Anthony Russotto had died suddenly of a heart attack. It was a shock to our entire community.
I had just been re-elected to my third term as Village Trustee, and was looking forward to working with Tony on our shared vision of revitalizing and redeveloping our community. We knew he would be sorely missed, but we also knew what we wanted to accomplish.
I was honored and humbled when my fellow trustees chose me as the Acting Village President that spring. I had two years to get used to the position before deciding to run under the new title of "mayor."
Since that time, I have had the pleasure of working with dedicated, hard working individuals who have shown how much they care about Addison. I include our Village employees and staff, my fellow elected officials on the Board and the many Addison residents who have contributed countless hours as members of our various commissions.
With everyone's hard work, we have seen a complete revitalization of Lake Street, especially on the west end of town with our entertainment corridor. Attracting key businesses such as Dave & Busters and Marcus Cinema eventually led to the wide variety of restaurants and attractions that draw guests from far outside our borders.
We oversaw the building of two government facilities – our Public Works Facility and Village Hall– without raising property taxes. We also remodeled other facilities, such as the Sewer Department and Police Department. These have helped us to cut waste and increase the productivity of our staff.
Our Historical District, which began under Tony Russotto with the purchase of the Century House, expanded to include St. Paul Church and the Historical Museum buildings. These buildings were purchased and moved from their original location on East Lake Street to a donated piece of land on Army Trail Blvd., next to the Century House, creating an historical and cultural attraction.
We've endured lengthy road improvement projects, some that doubled as flood relief projects, that eventually gave way to much improved thoroughfares that have enhanced the image of our business community and of Addison as a whole.
So many things have changed in the past 18 years, that it's difficult for me to believe that so much time has passed. But as I said when I announced my intention to step down at the end of my current term, I feel it's simply time to hand over the reins. I know that all of us will be in good hands with our new Mayor Rich Veenstra.
I am grateful for the kind words I've heard from some of you, and I look forward to seeing and talking with you in the future – my wife Sandy and I will still be proud residents of Addison. And I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve as your Mayor.
|Electric Aggregation Renewal|
Last year the Village of Addison entered into a contract with Integrys Energy Services to provide the supply of electricity to residents. This was a result of a referendum passed by voters last March.
Due to this Electric Aggregation Program, residents who participated saved about $1.7 million since June 2012.
The Village has recently renewed its contract with Integrys, at a rate of $0.0519/kWh. This negotiated rate is even lower than the rate the City of Chicago will receive, at $0.0542/kWh. This new rate will take effect in June.
Comed has announced that its rate for June through September will be $0.0553/kWh and for October through May 2014 will be $0.0549. The rate for Integrys remains in effect for entire contract year, June 2013 through June 2014.
Residents who are already enrolled will once again be given the opportunity
to opt-out of the program if they wish. During the first week of April, letters will go out to these customers, and they will have until April 15 to opt out of the program.
If you wish to continue your service with Integrys, you need do nothing. You will be renewed in the program automatically.
If you wish to opt out, you can return the postcard enclosed with the letter. Or you can opt out by calling Integrys at 877-549-9184.
Residents who opted out of the program last year, or who have a contract with a different electric supplier other than Integrys will NOT receive a letter.
However, if you opted out a year ago and would like to be included in the program with the new contract, contact Integrys at 877-549-9184.
As Temperatures Rise, so do Residential CrimesTips on Staying Safe at Home and On The Road
With the weather becoming more Spring-like, the Addison Police Department recognizes that incidents of residential burglaries and other personal/property crimes increase when the temperature does the same.
Please pay close attention to the following safety tips:
Choose busy streets and avoid going through vacant lots, alleys, or other deserted areas. At night, walk in well-lit areas whenever possible.
Try not to walk or jog alone. Take a friend or neighbor along for company.
Get to know the neighborhoods and neighbors where you live and work.
Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it.
Avoid pickpockets by carrying your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front trouser pocket.
If under duress, don’t simply scream for help. Yell out what exactly is happening. For example: “Help, he's taking my purse!” "Help, he's trying to take me with him!” “Help, he's hurting me!” etc.
IN YOUR CAR
Keep your car in good running condition, and keep the tank at least one-quarter full.
Lock doors while driving.
If your car breaks down, raise the hood and place emergency reflectors or flares. Then stay in the locked car. When someone stops to help, don’t get out. Ask him or her, through a closed or cracked window, to telephone the police to come and help.
If you’re coming or going after dark, park in a well-lit area that will still be well-lit when you return.
Be especially alert when using enclosed parking garages. Don’t walk into an area if you feel uncomfortable.
Leave only your ignition key with a parking attendant. Don’t leave your house key, garage door opener, or other important items in your car.
Never pick up hitchhikers.
Control your keys. Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car and burglarize your home.
If carrying packages or valuable items, store them in your trunk. If you do leave packages, clothing or other articles in the car; make sure they are out of sight.
Keep the following information in a safe location: Year; Make; Model; Color; I.D. Number or VIN; License Number; Identifying Marks; Insurance Co.; and Policy Number.
SAFE AT HOME
Make sure that all doors to the outside are metal or solid, 1 ¾" hardwood, and have good, sturdy locks.
Use the locks you have. Always lock up your home when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available bars or locks, or put a wooden dowel or broomstick in the door track.
Make sure your windows, especially at ground level, have good locks and use them.
Make sure all porches and other possible entrances are well-lit.
Trim any bushes or trees that hide doors or windows. Keep ladders, tools, toys, and recreational equipment inside when you’re not using them.
Don’t hide your house keys under the doormat or in a flowerpot. It’s much wiser to give an extra key to a trusted neighbor.
Keep written records of all furniture, jewelry and electronic products. If possible, keep these records in a safe deposit box, fireproof safe, or other secure place. Take pictures or a video, and keep purchase information and serial numbers if available. These help law enforcement agencies track recovered items.
Clearly display your house number, so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
If you see a screen that has been cut, broken windows, or a door that’s been left open, don’t go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or a public phone.
If you hear a noise that sounds like someone breaking in or moving around, quietly call the police and wait calmly until they arrive. If you can leave safely, do so. Otherwise, lock yourself in the room you are in.
Branch Pickup Resumes
The Village of Addison offers seasonal branch pickup service to residents from April through October. Branch pickup will begin on the first Monday of each month, April through October, and finish by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.
Branches should be on the parkway the Sunday before the scheduled pickup week. The service dates are listed below. Contracted crews will pass down each street only one time, and only one collection will be made Village-wide per month.
The Village’s Branch Pick-up program is truly a service to Addison residents.
It encourages each resident and building owner to pride themselves in the
health, aesthetics and value of their home, building, surrounding yard and
landscape. It promotes the community’s desire to beautify our neighborhoods
while maintaining safe and healthy surroundings. Each month, April through
October, a resident or building owner has the opportunity to place branches out
curb-side in front of their property. The programs service level may range from
the pick-up of a single broken branch placed out on the parkway, to the pick-up
removal of a resident's entire tree, cut up and stacked as specified under the
The requirements for Branch Pickup are as follows:
Henry Bartling was born in Hanover, Germany in 1825 and came to Addison Township in 1849.
He became a teacher at what was known as the West District School, which was originally affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church of Bensenville, and later with St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Addison.
A memorial cross, boulder and plaque, located southeast of the intersection of Army Trail Road and May Street in Addison currently mark the site of this former school building/residence.
Teacher Bartling’s classroom was on the first floor and his living quarters were on the second floor.
This building also served as a post office. In 1854, without his knowledge, the citizens petitioned for Henry Bartling’s appointment as Postmaster.
He accepted the appointment, and for more than 50 years he distributed the mail and dispensed stamps there.
Addison residents could pick up their mail between 4 and 5 p.m.; that way his students wouldn’t be disturbed.
Mr. Bartling had a special wooden cupboard built, with cubby holes for letters, magazines and newspapers.
When he retired he gave the cupboard to his friend Fritz Treichler, who had been a teacher at Addison’s nearby public school and who later owned and operated Treichler’s Century Store on Lake Street with his family. There the cupboard was used for storing bills and ledgers.
When the store closed the cupboard was placed in a barn across the street on the property of Dr. Emil Brust, a relative of the Treichler’s.
In the 1960’s Richard Laux, who also had been Addison’s postmaster (1934-1950) and later was in the real estate business, purchased the property, rescued the postal cupboard, and eventually donated it to the Addison Historical Museum, where it has been on display since 1983.
The museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and is located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison.
Guadalupe "Junior" Rivera
Junior Rivera has been with the Village, in the Street Department of Public Works, for 8 years. His duties include maintaining Village streets, plowing snow, salting streets and patching potholes.
Junior has been married to his wife, Emilia, for 8 years and has a son, Gavin, who is 2-1/2 years old.
His hobbies are working out, collecting sports memorabilia, camping, and spending time with his family at the lake. Junior also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his son attending “Monster Truck” events and adding trucks to his growing collection.
Final 'Ask Mayor Hartwig' April 15
Mayor Larry Hartwig makes the final of his monthly appearances to answer questions from residents on "Ask Mayor Hartwig," which has been rescheduled for April 15.
Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m. on Addison Community Television, and call the phone number on your screen to speak to the Mayor with a question or concern. Or email your question before or during the program to AskMayorHartwig@addison-il.org.
This is his final program, and takes place immediately before he presides over his final board meeting. He is not seeking re-election this spring.
Addison Community Television appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or can be viewed online here.
Early Voting Ends April 6
Registered voters my vote early at any of the Early Voting Polling Places throughout DuPage County, through Saturday, April 6.
Early Voting is available at Addison Township and at Stratford Square Mall, as well as several other locations. For a complete list and hours of operation, visit http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voters/37061/
Community Inauguration May 2
A Community Inauguration Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 2 to swear into office the elected officials from the Village of Addison, Fire Protection District, Addison School District 4, DuPage High School District 88, Park District and Library Board.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall rotunda. The public is invited to attend the event. It will also be broadcast live on Addison Community Television.
Addison Community Television appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or can be viewed online here.
I-Cash Event at Village Hall May 3
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will host an I-Cash event in the Addison Village Hall Rotunda on Friday, May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where residents can see if they have unclaimed property held by the state.
Formerly known as "Cash Dash," I-Cash is a registry of moneys and tangible property that State of Illinois holds in perpetuity until it is claimed. Staff from the State Treasurer's office will be on hand during the event to help residents search and to give further information.
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