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Village of Addison eNewsletter
From the Desk of
Looking back at the end of a year, seeing all that has been accomplished and setting new goals, always tends to make one somewhat nostalgic. This is even more the case than usual, since this will be my final Year in Review as Mayor. And so it is with even more pride than usual that I point out how much we, as a community, have accomplished.
We are happy that 2012 saw a slight uptick in developments, as new businesses were constructed, opened or expanded. It may be several years before we can finally say the recession is over, but we are seeing positive signs of recovery.
This summer we saw the long-anticipated grand opening of the Elmhurst Memorial Addison Health Center, adjacent to the Town Center redevelopment area. This $27 million project brought a state-of-the-art facility to Addison that provides many health services to our residents. It also draws people from other communities into the heart of Addison.
The west end of town saw quite a few new developments. The former Denny's, which was located at Lake Street and Route 53, was demolished and a new building constructed, drawing tenants such as Game Stop, Chipotle, Sports Clips and Panda Express.
At that same plaza, Sam's Club expanded by 25,000 square feet, enlarging their grocery department and adding others. They also now feature a gas station for members.
Nearby at Fox Lake Commons, more new businesses will be opening in the coming months, such as Rio's Restaurant, Yumz Yogurt and the UPS Store.
But retail was only part of the positive news in Addison. Our industrial area also saw expansion by several long-time businesses. SWD broke ground on a 55,000 sq. ft., $2.5 million addition. Porter Pipe and Supply relocated to the 217,000 sq. ft. former Krack Corp. property. Their commitment to staying in Addison is a huge investment in our community.
Road construction projects are always a big part of any year's news. Unfortunately two of the most talked about road projects of 2012 are not Village projects.
The reconstruction of Illinois Route 53/Rohlwing Road is an Illinois Department of Transportation project that extends from Army Trail north to the Elgin O'Hare Expressway. It marked its first anniversary on Aug. 29, and has quite a bit to go before the Addison portion is complete. The extreme heat of this past summer caused many delays in the project, but we have seen progress.
Reconstruction of the Army Trail/Route 53 intersection is more than 50 percent complete. Eventually it will include dual left turn lanes, right turn lanes, new medians and new signals. Much of the traffic on Route 53 between Army Trail and Club Fitness is now utilizing the new concrete lanes.
Eventually the $45.5 million will see the widening of the road to five lanes, including a center turn lane, sidewalks on both sides, streetlights, and replacement of watermains. The Village's share of the project will be $1.8 million.
Another road project of concern to us was the Addison Township project replacing the Fullerton Avenue bridge. This bridge is the main entrance and exit to the Kingery West subdivision, and its closing virtually isolated many homes. In addition to the constant inconvenience of driving out of the way to get in and out of the subdivision, it created a public safety concern for anyone who might need fire or police help during the 18 month project.
This year, the Village of Addison worked with DuPage Forest Preserve District and ComEd to obtain the necessary easements to create a temporary road connecting Central Ave. to Bruce Street. This allows a more direct route in and out for residents via a gravel road.
The Village's road project this year utilizing Motor Fuel Tax Funds totaled $2.9 million and included roads such as Heritage, Pioneer, Flora, Byron, Meyer, Amelia, Iowa, Wrightwood, Palmer, Church and Fairbank.
As we enter 2013, I want to commend our staff on all that has been accomplished over the past year. I also want to thank our residents for the many comments and suggestions I receive. While the positive outweighs the negative, any communication with residents provides valuable input as we plan another year of projects.
My very best to you and your family during the holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Family Will Cheer Him on in Miami on Jan. 7
Like most dads, Addison resident John Brechin has spent a fair amount of time in the bleachers and on the sidelines, cheering at his kids’ sporting events. In the case of his son Bill, that meant attending a lot of football games.
Although his son is now 30, John is still cheering from the sidelines, and will continue to do so at the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2013. John, his wife Coleen and their other two children David and Kelly will travel to Miami to support Bill, an associate coach with Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish will take on the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide for the National Championship after a dream season of posting a perfect 12-0 record.
“When we saw the schedule for the season, they were saying it was the second or third toughest schedule in the country,” John said. “I think we were all hoping for 8-4, or maybe 9-3. There’s no way we expected a shot at the championship.”
John, a 35-year Village of Addison Public Works employee, said the family has attended every home game during all three years of Bill’s coaching tenure at Notre Dame.
“This is a dream come true for him,” John said.
The dream, though, took a little longer than expected.
Bill graduated from Addison Trail High School in 2001. While he was there, he played football under Head Coach Paul Parpet, who once asked Bill, “If you could go to any college you wanted, where would you go?”
“Notre Dame,” was his answer.
Bill, though, attended Grand Valley State where he was an all-conference
performer from 2005-07 as a defensive back, and helped win back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006. He followed that with two years as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater.
Having played under Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator Chuck Martin and head coach Brian Kelly while they were at Grand Valley State, Bill was invited to join the coaching staff as an intern before progressing to associate coach this season.
“It was a long road, but he got there,” John said.
Bill has received his MBA from Grand Valley State, and hopes to eventually become a head football coach.
Right now, the focus is of course on the championship game. But even after that, the work is constant.
“It’s a lot more hours than people think,” John said. “His day starts at 7 or 8 in the morning and goes to 10 at night. It’s a year-round position. During the season it’s sometimes 7 days a week.”
There is no word yet on whether Bill will be coaching next season at Notre Dame, or whether he will move on to assistant coach position elsewhere, but there is no doubt that the experience he has gained this year will be invaluable.
“Sometimes the ball just bounces your way,” John said.
Doree Krage has been a Village employee for 19 years. She started part-time as the Public Relations Assistant, and in 1999 became the full-time Assistant Director of Community Relations.
Doree handles the Village of Addison website, as well as the eNewsletter and other communications with residents, such as eBlasts. She appears on Addison Community Television, and also helps behind the scenes on TV programs.
Doree helps coordinate and promote village events, with the design of flyers and programs. She is also the main coordinator of the annual Mayor’s Community Charity Ball.
Doree and her husband Blaine have three daughters: D.J., who is 25, and twins Nicole and Ali, who are 20. She enjoys traveling, reading and working out. In her spare time she is adjusting to her new “empty nest.”
Nominate an Employee of the Month
Employees of the Village of Addison strive to do their best – but you may know of someone who has gone the extra mile. These employees are recognized by a selection committee. Nominations are received by supervisors, fellow employees and, most importantly, by our residents.
If you know of a deserving Village employee, please let us know by picking up a nomination form at the Information Desk at Village Hall, or by letting us know here.
Village Holiday Hours
Village offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 & 25 for Christmas. The deadline to file nominating petitions for candidates in the April 9 Consolidated Election is now 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26 in the Village Clerk's Office.
Village offices will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Years. Normal business hours resume Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 a.m.
The Addison Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Ask Mayor Hartwig Live Jan. 7
Mayor Larry Hartwig makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television’s “Before the Board” program on Monday, Jan. 7, to answer questions from viewers live, on “Ask Mayor Hartwig.”
Tune in at 6 p.m., and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the Mayor about a question or concern. Or email your question before or during the program to AskMayorHartwig@addison-il.org.
Addison Community Television appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or can be viewed anytime online here.
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