Village of Addison
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Intergovernmental cooperation is something that I have always been very proud of, and have spoken about frequently, but I'm not sure that everyone understands its importance.
We tend to take it for granted here in Addison that the Village Board has a close working relationship with the elected officials of other agencies, such as our school districts, park district, library and fire protection district. We all believe that the goal is simply to make our community a better place, and we all do our part.
It's unfortunate, but not every community operates this way. There are often acrimonious relationships between boards, where the officials are working toward a goal for their own agency, rather than the whole community.
I am grateful that that isn't the case here in Addison. I'm also grateful that I have been able to use that philosophy outside the borders of our community.
As a member of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, I've had the opportunity to work with other community leaders for common goals. As a member of the Board of Directors for Choose DuPage, I've been able to work toward area-wide goals that will ultimately benefit Addison. And of course, I've worked closely with our township, state and federal elected officials to see to it that resources benefit Addison.
This type of intergovernmental cooperation simply achieves greater benefits for everyone. So it was surprising and somewhat humbling to be recognized for it when I received the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference 2012 Intergovernmental Cooperation Award. The conference is a prime example of how working together we can achieve much more than if we all work alone.
I thank the DMMC for the recognition, but I share it with all of the elected officials here in Addison who work closely with me to make our community better.
Sample Slices from Vendors at $1 Each and Vote for 'People's Choice Award'
Still hungry for things to do this summer? The Village of Addison's biggest event is still to come. Celebrate National Night Out on August 7 by turning on your porch light, locking your door and coming to the Village Green with a big appetite for the 11th Annual "Addison By the Slice" Pizza Bakeoff.
Pizza slices are just $1, and beer, wine, pop and ice cream will also be available. After you’ve had the chance to sample several kinds of pizza, visit the Crime Prevention Booth to cast your ballot for the “People’s Choice” Award.
Celebrity judges will also present awards in several categories, such as Best Crust, Best Sauce, etc., following a blind taste test. Winners of the contest
will be announced at 9 p.m.
Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., with Kick Sum 44. The Addison Historical Museums will be open, and they will host a craft fair on the grounds from 6 to 8 p.m.
The 95.9 The River Road Crew will be on hand, as well as "I-Cash" from the Illinois State Treasurer's Office.
Addison By the Slice is sponsored by Itasca Bank and Trust Company.
As of press time, pizzerias scheduled to participate are Nardi’s Tower of Pizza, Pyramid Club, Uncle Pete’s Pizza and Zio Tony's Pizzeria.
In the event of rain, join us in the Village Hall rotunda.
|Seven contestants competed for $3,500 in scholarships. They were: (left to right) Mackenzie Kummer, Sara Tomasello, Dominique Longo, Hayley Ciosek, Giangela Stokes, Cassandra Crifase and Blessing Steele.||Blessing Steele was crowned Miss Addison 2012 by last year's winner Haley Nichol.||Second runner up Hayley Ciosek won a $500 scholarship; Miss Addison Blessing Steele won a $2,000 scholarship and first runner up Dominique Longo won a $1,000 scholarship.|
In 1890, William Balzer opened a shop in Addison where he carved tombstones.
He had left his native Germany in 1885 at the age of 24 headed for Utah, but after traveling to Chicago via the Great Lakes he ran out of money. While in Chicago, he met a farmer who invited him to work on a farm in Crete, Illinois. William accepted the farmer’s offer, and while in Crete, William met a stone cutter by the name of Mr. Hattendorf.
Eventually Mr. Hattendorf moved to Itasca. William Balzer accompanied him, and there he learned the art of stone masonry. William also met and married Maria Heidemann in Itasca in 1890.
After their marriage they moved to Addison and opened a tombstone business in a building which had been built by Maria’s father, Christian. Mr. Heidemann felt that his daughter and son-in-law should have their home and shop close together, so he bought four lots on the south side of Lake Street, just west of the current Michigan Ave.
The home and shop were built on two of these lots in 1892. The Balzers had nine children – five boys and four girls; however, one boy and one girl died in early childhood.
None of the Balzer children took up their father’s occupation. However, Theodore Johnson, a young man from the Lutheran Orphan Home in Addison, and two other gentlemen - August and Fred Hoefner - trained with Mr. Balzer in the art of stone masonry.
Most of the stone used for the grave markers came from Montello, Wisconsin. Mr. Balzer was an agent for Montello Stones. When the reddish granite was delivered by train to the station in Addison, a low wagon and horse, as well as rollers and crowbars, were used to haul it from the station platform to the shop.
Many of the gravestones made by Mr. Balzer are still standing in cemeteries throughout the area.
In later years the shop was used by William’s son Martin as a cabinet shop. William retired from his work as a stonemason at age 75. In 1932 the workshop was razed and the lumber from it was used to build a large garage behind William’s home.
Mr. Balzer had been the Addison Township Clerk since 1914, and after this garage was built, he used the western portion of the first floor for his office until the early 1950’s. Both this building and the Balzer residence were moved from their location at 127 E. Lake St. to 135 Army Trail Road in March, 1999.
Today the Addison Historical Museum is located in the former Balzer residence, and another museum building known as the Coach House is located in the former garage/office.
Both of these buildings, as well as a third building known as the Century House, can be toured on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. year round, and on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., from June through August. Please call the museum at (630) 628-1433 for further information.
William and Maria Balzer, with six of their children.
Joel Melin has been a Civil Engineer in the Community Development Department for 3 ½ years.
He reviews plans and permits for residential properties; prepares, designs, drafts and reviews plans for in-house engineering projects and assists residents with drainage issues. Joel also performs field surveys and inspections of projects, as well as, performing GIS functions for the entire Village.
Joel is married to Robin and has two sons. Justin is 2 years old and Logan is 1. His hobbies include watching sports, gardening, reading and golfing.
In his spare time, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.
'Ask Mayor Hartwig' Live August 6
Mayor Larry Hartwig makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's Before the Board program on Monday, Aug. 6 to answer questions from residents.
Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m., and call in with a question or concern to speak to the Mayor on the air. Or email your question before or during the program to
Addison Community Television airs on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and is streamed live here.
Branch Pickup Reminder
Branch Pickup begins the first Monday of each month and is completed by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.
If you should miss the pickup within your area, branches should not be placed at the curb until the next pickup, otherwise you may be subject to code violations. Special pickups cannot be scheduled.
Branch pickup will begin on the following dates: August 6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 1.
For further guidelines for branch pickup, click here.
Landscape Waste Removal
Landscape waste pickup will continue through November.
Grass and other landscape waste should be kept separate from other solid wastes, and will be removed on normal garbage pickup days by the contracted waste hauler.
Acceptable yard waste will be collected either from bags or trash cans. Residents may fill 30-33 gallon trash containers with landscape waste, provided they obtain landscape waste stickers at Village Hall and affix them to each container. There is no charge for the decals, which are necessary to make the landscape waste easily distinguishable and visible to the collectors. One sticker is needed per container.
Otherwise, residents may purchase paper biodegradable bags at area retailers. Stickers are not necessary when utilizing the paper bag system.
An unlimited amount of landscape waste may be placed at curbside, but it must be kept separate from other garbage. Mixed garbage will not be removed. Large branches, tree cuttings, sod rolls, root balls and soil are not acceptable in the landscape waste program.
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