Village of Addison
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Village of Addison eNewsletter
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It's often said that during the summer, families take the time to reconnect. Kids are home from school, schedules are more flexible, and everyone wants to get outside, so they all try to find time to spend together.
It's also a time for communities to reconnect. It's when we're outside our homes that we see our neighbors, friends and acquaintances, and have the time to catch up with one another and talk about what's happening in our lives, schools and neighborhoods.
Here in Addison, we're fortunate that there are so many opportunities to visit events close to home and make those connections with community members. The weekly events presented at the Village of Addison are a great example.
These started more than 10 years ago when we planned an event on the evening of "National Night Out," which is when people across the country are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, lock the door and go outside and meet their neighbors. We planned a "small" event on the Village Green, providing entertainment, and invited our local pizza vendors to a contest that the community would judge. More than 2,000 people showed up to that first "Addison By the Slice" Pizza Bakeoff, and 12 years later, it is the cornerstone of our Summer of Special Events.
These free events – "Rock 'N Wheels" every Thursday, the Miss Addison Scholarship Pageant and "Addison By the Slice" – are designed to be family friendly, and a way for our community members to get to know one another, and share a sense of pride in what Addison has to offer.
The Village isn't the only agency doing things like this for our community. Addison Center for the Arts has hosted free weekly Concerts in the Park for more than 30 years, and they are held every Tuesday evening on the Village Green. The Addison Park District offers dozens of programs and events, including free activities like Family Bike Rides and Movies in the Park.
There are also entities that choose Addison as a location to host their own events, such as the annual Italian Fest at Centennial Park, that draw people from outside our community to see all we have to offer.
I encourage everyone to visit as many of these events as they can. Our Village events are previewed below, and you can learn more at ItHappensInAddison.com. We also encourage you to give us feedback on our Facebook page, so that we can use this input in planning events for next year.
One thing that we have heard many times recently is that our community would like us to bring back the Fourth of July celebration. This was eliminated a few years ago due to budgetary concerns, but I assure you that it's a priority for me to bring back our fireworks display for 2014.
Have a safe and happy summer,
Former Village President Dies
Led During a Time of Great Development
I teamed up with DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin on several public safety measures this legislative session.
The bills addressed delinquent payments in child support, sharing jurisdiction in order to cut bureaucracy in law enforcement, stronger DUI laws and cracking down on unauthorized videotaping of private citizens.
I believe these were common sense bills that make the necessary legal adjustments for the men and women in law enforcement to do an even better job protecting us and make the streets safer for our families.
To view the exact language of each of these bills and also all legislation that I sponsored this session, please click here.
Reducing DuPage County's 400+ Tax Districts
A bi-partisan group of Illinois House members sponsored and passed legislation allowing DuPage County to reduce or dissolve units of local government, potentially saving taxpayers millions. The bill addressed DuPage County's 400-plus separate taxing bodies and called for consolidation resulting in greater government efficiencies.
DuPage County's taxing bodies include dozens of non-elected, independent county appointed agencies that deliver a variety of public services such as fire, sanitation, mosquito abatement and street lighting.
In DuPage County alone, these independent entities, which operate absent any direct oversight by elected officials, employ more than 900 people and are responsible for the expenditure of over $300 million in taxpayer funds.
This is a good piece of legislation making local government more accountable and more efficient for the people.
Senate Bill 494 has passed both chambers and now moves to the Governor to be signed into law.
The Village of Addison was saddened to learn of the passing of Robert DeVries, former Village President.
Mr. DeVries served one term as President, from 1969 through 1973. He had been appointed to the Village Board of Trustees just one year earlier, in 1968.
During his tenure, the community saw developments such as the building of Stone School, and the formation of the Addison Community Switchboard.
He was also an outspoken backer of the Addison Park District’s attempt to pass a referendum to build a pool adjacent to Addison Trail High School, writing letters to the editor of the local paper in support. The referendum failed.
After leaving political office, he and his family moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he died on June 15 at the age of 84.
Mayor Rich Veenstra ordered that the Village of Addison flag be flown at half staff that week in his honor.
Robert DeVries, former Village President, died in Lynchburg, Virginia. Pictured in his official portrait (left) which hangs in the Village Hall rotunda, Mr. DeVries served one term, from 1969-1973. The Village flag outside Village Hall was flown at half staff the week of his death.
Secured AT&T Investment Funds
I was honored to nominate two organizations for recognition from AT&T Illinois, Addison V.F.W. Post 7446 and Hanover Park Community Resource Coalition who were in turn announced winners of “AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards.”
AT&T contributed $2,000 to Addison V.F.W. Post 7446 and $1,000 to Hanover Park Community Resource to support programs and services offered to veterans and community members.
The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.
Life Services Network Award
Thank you to Life Services Network (LSN), Illinois’ largest eldercare association, who named me the “LSN 2012 Legislator of the Year”.
The award recognizes leadership and personal commitment to healthcare and services for older adults, including nursing care, supportive and assisted living, senior housing and home and community based services.
I am privileged to receive such an award and I will remain committed to the health and safety of our seniors.
State Representative - 45th District
Rock 'N Wheels 2013 Schedule
Italian Night – July 11
Salute the Troops Night – July 18
Chicken Night – July 25
Miss Addison Scholarship PageantWednesday, July 31 – 7 p.m., Village Hall rotunda
Addison By the Slice Pizza Bakeoff/National Night OutTuesday, August 6
Featuring Tony Ocean
Vendors: Alta Villa Banquets, Nardi’s Tower of Pizza, Pyramid Club, Uncle Pete’s Pizza and Zio Tony’s Pizza
Cast your ballot for "People Choice Award" for Best Pizza in Addison at the National Night Out Booth
All events held on the Village Green, east of Village Hall, 6 - 9 p.m., unless otherwise indicated
Stay In the Know
The Addison Historical Museum recently received a donation of a 40” x 46” blueprint map of Addison that had been drawn up by Edwin Hancock Engineering Company, Civil Engineers.
Unfortunately the blueprint is not dated; however, at the time that it was drawn up the village limits appear to have been Overkamp St. and Byron Ave. to the north, Villa Ave. to the east, Fullerton Ave. to the south, and what appear to be the following streets to the west: Mill Road, LaLonde Ave. and Hale St.
This blueprint and another received with it provide us with the following information about Addison streets which no longer exist or have been changed:
The Addison Historical Museum, located at 135 Army Trail Road is open on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (through August 28), Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (through July 25) and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. year round, except for holiday weekends. Phone: (630) 628-1433. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Muraglia has been a Village of Addison employee for 26-½ years, and has worked in both the Public Works Department/Sewer Division, and in the wastewater treatment plant.
His job requires that he maintain sanitary and storm lift stations.
He enjoys coaching his children’s sports activities, as well as, spending quality time with his family.
Recycling Carts Coming Soon
As part of the new waste hauling contract with Republic Waste Services, single family residents will receive a new 65-gallon recycling container this month.
These new rollable carts will replace the old small recycling bins. These containers will be like the waste containers but will have a different colored lid to indicate it is for recycling and not regular trash.
Republic will deliver these to the residents' curb. The new container will have a flyer attached to it with information about the new container.
Once the new 65-gallon container is delivered, the old recycling containers may no longer be placed at the curb. Residents may keep their old recycling bin if they would like, but they may not continue to use it for recycled items.
If the resident does not want the old container, they may bring it to the Recycling Center and drop it off in the roll off that will be supplied specifically for recycling the old containers. This roll off will not be available until Republic delivers the new containers.
The Recycling Center is located at the North Waste Water Treatment Plant, 711 N. Addison Road.
The summer hours for the Recycling Center are: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 - 11 a.m.; closed Sunday. There is no charge to the resident for the container. This was included at no cost to the residents with the new contract.
There will also be no increase in trash rates. The rates that were in effect April 2012 will stay in effect until April 2014.
'Ask Mayor Veenstra' July 1
Mayor Rich Veenstra makes his monthly appearance to answer questions from residents on Addison Community Television on July 1.
Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m. of "Ask Mayor Veenstra," and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the Mayor about a question or concern.
Or email your questions before or during the broadcast to AskMayorVeenstra@addison-il.org.
Addison Community Television appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or can be viewed online 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: July 1, August 5, Sept. 3 and Oct. 7.
For further guidelines for branch pickup, click here.
|Deputy Mayor Tom Hundley (right) looks on as Don Guisinger (left), KC8RPE, makes a contact during the York Radio Club's Field Day contest in the Village Green Gazebo on June 22. Each year, amateur radio stations in North America make as many contacts as possible in a 24 hour period under simulated emergency conditions. For more information visit www.yorkradioclub.com.|
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