Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786

(630) 543-4100

Mayor Larry Hartwig
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Harry Theodore
Richard Veenstra

Village Manager
Joseph Block ........................ 693-7503

Assistant Village Manager
John Berley .......................... 693-7532

Human Resources .............. 693-7504

Water Billing ...................... 693-7570

Community Development
Engineering, zoning,
building permits, code enforcement
............................................. 693-7530

Community Relations
Cable television, website, special events ............................................  693-7550

Public Works
Streets, water, tree trimming, branch pickup .................................. 620-2020

Environmental Services
Recycling, sewer backups, flood control ............................................. 279-2140

Police (Non-Emergency)
Traffic violations, crime prevention programs, stray animals ......... 543-3080

email:
voa@AddisonAdvantage.org

Web:
AddisonAdvantage.org

 

 

 

Village of Addison eNewsletter

January 2011

  

In This Issue

Highlights from 2010 in Photos

Allied Waste's "Naughty and Nice" Lists

Regular Features

Village Employees of the Month, Year

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

 

Another calendar year has gone by, and it was another tough one economically speaking.  I'm proud to say, though, that the Village of Addison is weathering the storm better than most.

 

I have often said that the Village's primary purpose is to provide service to our residents.  Once again this year, the Village was able to lower our budget without laying off employees, which means we did not decrease services to our residents. We managed this without any new taxes.

 

The Village's financial operations were recognized by Fitch Ratings, which gave Addison a AAA Bond Rating, the gold standard. 

 

This came to good use late this summer, when Diocese of Joliet approached the Village about purchasing the former site of Driscoll Catholic High School. The Village Board met with the elected officials of other taxing bodies in town, and determined that the 19 acres could be put to very good use. 

 

The $2.9 million price – just $150,000 per acre – was too good to pass up, despite the unfortunate timing.  In early September, the Village issued $3.5 million in taxable bonds, to pay for the property as well as the demolition of the school buildings.  We simultaneously entered into an agreement with DuPage High School District 88 for them to use the fields for practice, and for them to maintain them as well.  When Addison Trail is not using them, other organizations such as Addison Park District and Addison Rec Club can utilize them, as well as the community as a whole.  This was truly an opportunity we could not pass up.

 

I've heard from many alum of Driscoll that are saddened by this news.  I'm proud that the Village was able to work closely with many of them in the creation of the Driscoll Legacy Hall, which now housed in the southwest corridor of Village Hall.  Memorabilia, photos and history are housed there, and I encourage the community to visit.

 

Road projects created some headaches in the center of town, but now that they are accomplished, it has made a world of difference.  Mill Road/Army Trail Blvd./Kennedy Drive reconstruction coincided with the replacement of 6,500 feet of an 83-year old water main.  The $3.8 million project was partially funded by a $1.8 million grant.

 

In addition, $1 million in Motor Fuel Tax funds helped in resurfacing of streets in the Friars Cove and Golden Gate subdivisions, totaling 2.8 miles of road.

 

Streets were not the only things under construction in town, and while the Village did not directly oversee these projects, the entire community will benefit from them.  They included:

  • "Building the Future" – the additions and improvements at Addison Trail High School were at last completed in September, giving Addison students a state-of-the-art learning environment.  This project also gave a permanent home, at last, to Addison Center for the Arts.

  • Jewel Osco and Walmart – both completed renovation projects that will benefit our residents, but also draw new customers to Addison.

  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital's Addison Center – this $27 million building broke ground in October and will open next year.

There was one project that many of us on the board wondered if we would ever see completed, but happily will indeed get to enjoy – the Salt Creek Greenway Trail was dedicated by several communities on September 25.  This 32-mile long bike and pedestrian trail connects Busse Woods to Brookfield Zoo, and is a shining example in intergovernmental cooperation.  Funding difficulties prolonged the project for more than a decade, but now that it is complete, it is a tremendous amenity.

 

As we look forward to 2011, there are many challenges ahead of us, but also much to look forward to.

 

The long-awaited widening and reconstruction of Rohlwing Road/Illinois Route 53 will go out to bid this month.

 

The Mill Road sidewalk project, connecting Addison and Wood Dale, is scheduled for spring as well.  Grants of $360,000 will go toward the $450,000 project.  Of the remainder, Addison will pay $36,000.

 

In addition to improvement projects, community-oriented services are just as important.  Summer will once again be filled with events – such as Bike and Car Shows and "Addison By the Slice" – that bring residents out to spend time with neighbors and friends.  Due to success of last year, the Village also plans to bring back the Carson Barnes Circus this summer, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19-21.

 

Our thanks to our residents for their patience in difficult times, but also for their honest input and feedback.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming year.

 

Happy New Year!


 

Highlights from 2010

Alexandra Longo (right) was crowned Miss Addison 2010 in July, by last year's winner, Alexis Maxwell. The Salt Creek Greenway Trail was dedicated in September, and was a cooperative effort of several agencies, including the Village of Addison, Addison Park District and the DuPage Forest Preserve District. Medinah Shrine Clowns helped entertain, when the Carson Barnes Circus came to Addison in August.
In October, ground was broken for the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital's Addison Center, which will open next year. The Village purchased the former site of Driscoll Catholic High School this fall, and the buildings are currently being demolished.  The land will be used for community recreation.   The Elmhurst College Jazz Band wowed the crowd at the 20th Annual Mayor's Community Charity Ball, which raised $62,600.


  Allied Waste Announces Recycling “Naughty and Nice Lists”

Nice

  • Gift boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Shoe boxes
  • Holiday cards/envelopes
  • Gift bags (if paper)
  • Wrapping paper (consider reusing)

Naughty

  • Bubble wrap (consider reusing)
  • Foam peanuts
  • Ribbon and bows (consider reusing)
  • Sticky gift labels
  • Gift bags, if coated, laminated, dyed

Even if you’ve been a good recycler all year long, what to do with holiday decorations and gift wrap may present a challenge. Is wrapping paper recyclable? What about Christmas tree ornaments? Tinsel?

To answers those questions, Allied Waste has its own “naughty and nice” list of recyclable holiday materials.

“Wrapping paper was on the naughty list last year. While it contains paper, it is difficult to recycle because it is often dyed and laminated and may contain non-paper additives, such as gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics,” said Kurt Blascoe, director of materials marketing and recycling for Allied Waste. “Having said that, we are moving it to the “Nice” list this year, as we have paper mill customers who can take this product and make new paper products from it.”

Ribbons and bows cannot be recycled because they aren't paper products. Christmas trees must be stripped of all decorations (tinsel, lights, bells, ornaments, etc.) before the tree can be mulched or composted.

Allied Waste suggests that there are creative and practical ways to reuse items that are not recyclable. For example, use sustainable packing materials when packing and sending gifts. Instead of purchasing new foam peanuts, use shredded newspaper or even popcorn. Foam peanuts are made from polystyrene and are usually not recyclable. If you receive foam peanuts in packages, consider reusing them for later shipping.

For those holiday greeting cards you receive this season, recycle paperboard and paper envelopes. If you just can’t bear to toss them in the bin, use them to make a festive gift tag.

More clever ideas for recycling and reusing holiday materials can be found here and here.

Please note that the garbage pickup schedule will not be affected by the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Residents can contact Allied Waste at (708) 345-7050 with any questions about recycling or holiday service.
 

A Bit of Addison History

The following is an excerpt from Profiles:  Then and Now, by Elmer Krage:

“On January 11, 1917 a blizzard hit our area that seriously hampered transportation.  The 5:09 train on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad arrived in Elmhurst the next day just before ll:00 A.M.  Several people from Addison were on it and they came to Addison via George Summer’s calf wagon.  It was 20 degrees below zero at noon on January 12, the next day.  The Addison “Cannon Ball for the West” arrived that afternoon in South Addison.  The conductor called the dispatcher who told the train crew to get to Addison, pronto.  The conductor told him there were two deep cuts filled with snow.  The dispatcher told him to uncouple the coaches and get going.  Dan Crowley was the engineer; Sawhill, the conductor; Buckbinder, the brakeman and the fireman was Kelly.

“Crowley, a veteran engineer who was the work train engineer when the main line to Omaha was built in 1887, said, “If that is what they want, we will get there or dump this “tin can” in the ditch.

“He started the locomotive and opened the throttle wide.  The engine picked up speed and was going at a merry clip when they hit the first snow bank which slowed them to a crawl.  When Crowley looked around, Buckbinder was on his knees babbling, sure that the next snow drift would be the end of all of them.  Crowley backed up to have a longer run to pick up speed to negotiate the next drift.  He hit this drift at a speed above what common sense would allow, as this was but a spur line and the engine swayed pretty badly, but they also made it through this drift.

“A white apparition crept into Addison and came to a stop at the depot.  Snow was packed on all sides, even between the drive wheel spokes.  The cab windows were pushed in and a lot of snow had come into the cab with its four-man crew on the inside, so that did not leave much room for everybody, but they made it.” 

For more information about the weather or the railroad in Addison, visit the Addison Historical Museum, located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison.  Open Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Phone number:  (630) 628-1433.  email address:  museum@addison-il.org

Winter in Addison, 1917-1918.  Pictured left to right are: Conductor Sawhill; Wm. Krage, farmer; Dan Crowley, engineer; Kelly, fireman; Geo. Buckbinder, flagman.

 

Village Employee
of the Month

Marge Nott
Building Inspector I
Community Development

December 2010

Marge Nott has been a Village of Addison Employee for 7 ½ years.  Her responsibilities include inspecting all single family, rental units, townhomes and condominiums. Marge also deals with foreclosure properties.

Her job requires her to inspect all dwellings for any hazards to the buildings and its residents. She is also required to report to the Community Development Department any building violations of rental properties that may be deemed unsafe for the occupants. 

Marge has 2 children, Elizabeth 22 and Patrick who is 17. 

Marge enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she also likes to play softball and enjoys riding her motorcycle.

Village Employee
of the Year

Sue Termini
Clerk Typist
Police Department
2010 Employee of the Year

Sue Termini, Clerk Typist in the Addison Police Department, has been a Village employee for 16 years.  She began working for the Village as a part-time employee for her first 9 years. Before her current position as Records Clerk with the Police Department, Sue worked for 4 years in the Community Development Department.  

Sue’s duties include keeping all Police Reports in the system and keeping all records accurate and up to date. She also is responsible for compiling the monthly Index Crime report to the State Police and handles all reservations for training programs for the Police staff as well as several  other clerical duties.

Sue and her husband Mark who works in the Wastewater Treatment plant for the Village, have 2 sons, Brian, 23 and Scott 21.

In her spare time Sue enjoys baking and reading.

News Blurbs

Shape of Addison

Itasca Bank & Trust will present the 4th Annual “Shape of Addison” Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26 in the Village Hall Board Room, at 1 Friendship Plaza, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Board Presidents and Administrators from the Village of Addison, Addison Public Library, Park District, Fire Protection District, Elementary School District 4 and DuPage High School District 88 will be on hand to update the community.

Addison Community Television will air the meeting live, and viewers will have the opportunity to call in questions during the live broadcast.

email questions can be sent either before or during the meeting to ShapeOfAddison@AddisonAdvantage.org.

Addison Community Television can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or online at here.

ACTV Update

After a little over a year, Addison Community Television’s daily news program, “ACTV Update,” will be expanded, and will begin airing at a new time.

Beginning Jan. 10, ACTV Update will air Monday through Friday at 4:25 p.m., as well as later in the evening, and will provide 5 minutes of news and information from various organizations, especially those that might ordinarily be featured on other ACTV programs, such Addiscene.  News from DuPage County, Elmhurst College, College of DuPage and the state legislature is featured regularly on ACTV Update.

Schedule is subject to change; for the most up-to-date information check the ACTV Weekly Program Schedule here.

Addison Community Television can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or online at here.

Christmas Tree Pickup

Free Christmas tree pickup service is available for residents.  Trees should be placed on the parkway any Sunday night during the month of January.  Village crews will begin collecting them on Mondays.  Please keep trees out of snowbanks.

Nails, tinsel, ornaments and lights must be removed from trees. Christmas tree bags and tree bases must also be removed.

Evergreen wreaths and garland will not be accepted because the wire used to construct them can damage the chipper machine.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 620-2020.


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