Village of Addison
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Village of Addison eNewsletter
From the Desk of
Looking back at year's end to see what has been achieved and what goals to set for the future always brings up a sense of accomplishment, as well as time for reflection.
As I do this for the first time from the Mayor's office, I'm grateful for the work of the Village staff, who have worked so hard to carry out the vision that the Village Board has set. But I'm also grateful to all the residents who have supported this vision, and those that have communicated with me over the past several months with questions, input and ideas.
I'd also like to reiterate what I said when I took office – it takes the entire community to accomplish great things. My number one goal is bring together as many facets of our community as I can to make this a more vibrant place in which to work and live.
This past year saw many signs of renewal, and this trend will continue. Len's Ace Hardware, which has been a part of Addison for decades, is a prime example of this with the expansion that is underway. They recently demolished a warehouse area adjacent to the store, and are creating an outdoor sales area which fronts Addison Road. In the spring, it will be ready to help residentstend to all their gardening needs.
Portillo's is another longtime member of our business community. They are constructing an additional facility at the northwest corner of Fullerton Avenue and Route 53. This new commissary will housea food preparation facility for all of Portillo's catering services in the area.
There may not have been a more welcome sight over the past year than when work began at the former Dominick's at the corner of Lake Street and Mill Road. After many years of frustration, as the property changed hands and went through foreclosure, we are now seeing major improvements. As soon as the new owners took over, facade improvements began and high level tenants are being recruited, including X-Sport Fitness. We expect to this will help future development in the area.
On the other hand, the biggest disappointment this past year is that the Route 53 Construction Project is not yet complete. The good news is that we are finally seeing progress. Much of the roadway is completely open.
The project is overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation and has seen many delays, due to an unfortunate chain of events. But this doesn't ease residents' frustrations. I can assure you our Public Works staff has conveyed our aggravation, especially about the lack of street lighting for another winter. Please remember to be careful when driving in the area of Lake Street and Route 53. Also, remember that the businesses in that area have faced a real struggle during this project, and it is important for us to patronize these local businesses as much as possible.
Our own local road projects went very well. In addition to our regular upkeep of village streets through Motor Fuel Tax Funds, grants were procured for the Swift Road project. Phase 1, south of Army Trail Road, was completed this year, and Phase 2 to the north will be done in the coming year. I want to publicly thank our state legislators for helping us obtain those funds.
Addison Township completed its replacement of the Fullerton Avenue bridge. While this was another project that was not under the Village's direction, it impacted more than 120 of our residents in the Kingery West subdivision. And it is a great example of intergovernmental cooperation. When the project was announced, the Village, Township and Forest Preserve District all worked together to define a plan to make access easier and to provide necessary elements of safety for those residents.
Intergovernmental cooperation is something we've talked about in Addison for many years, and this past year it has taken an even bigger step forward. Expanding that notion of working together toward a greater goal, I have met monthly with representatives from dozens of agencies and community service organizations to discuss ways of helping each other increase awareness of the many "Addison Advantages" we have to offer.
Since 2014 is the Village's 130th anniversary, look for events and programs throughout the year that celebrate our community, as well as what our organizations offer. These will include an expanded Memorial Day March and Ceremony, and a bigger, better Summer of Special Events.
I look forward to telling you more about these celebrations over the coming months. I also look forward to working with our Village Board and staff in making Addison the best it can be. I welcome your input!
Residents are encouraged to reduce the use of road salt this winter in an effort to decrease chloride concentrations in DuPage County waterways.
According to a 2012 report from the Illinois State Water Survey, chloride concentrations in Illinois waterways have been steadily increasing since the 1960s. Much of the increase can be attributed to road salts that are used in the winter to melt snow and ice from sidewalks, driveways and roads.
Road salts are carried into storm drains and streams via stormwater runoff. Once in waterways, chlorides never fully dissipate and can be harmful for aquatic life at high levels.
Residents can reduce the use of road salt by utilizing best management practices for snow and ice removal, including:
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.
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.
Shape of Addison
Itasca Bank & Trust will present the 7th Annual “Shape of Addison” Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22 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 here.
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