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Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786

630-543-4100

Mayor Rich Veenstra
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Tom Hundley
Cathy Kluczny
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Sam Nasti
Harry Theodore

Village Manager
Joe Block ................................ 630-693-7503

Assistant Village Manager
John Berley ............................. 630-693-7532

Human Resources ................ 630-693-7504

Water Billing ........................... 630-693-7570

Community Development
Engineering, zoning, building permits, code enforcement .............................630-693-7530

Community Relations
Cable television, website, media relations, special events ......................... 630-693-7550

Public Works
Streets, water, tree trimming, branch pickup ..........................................630-620-2020

Environmental Services
Recycling, waste removal, sewer backups, flood control ............................ 630-279-2140

Police (Non-Emergency)
Traffic violations, crime prevention programs, stray animals ........630-543-3080

EMail:
voa@AddisonAdvantage.org

Web:
AddisonAdvantage.org

Village of Addison eNewsletter

March 2017

In this issue

Consumer Alerts for Residents

Branch Pickup Schedule

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

News Blurbs

Important Links

Mayor Richard VeenstraFrom the Desk of
Mayor Rich Veenstra

The Village Board and staff are well into the planning process for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget. It's always a challenging time, but an exciting one, especially after having a wonderfully productive year like we did in 2016.

For a Village to grow and develop, its residents have to take pride in their community, which is why building community spirit has been a priority of mine since becoming Mayor. That spirit was apparent at all of our 2016 events, especially "Rock 'n Wheels" during the summer.

Drainage improvements were made to the Village Green prior to last season, making the grounds more usable and enjoyable for attendees. More restaurants participated, bigger and better entertainment was contracted, and more people attended than ever before.

Improvements to the Village Green are continuing right now, including additional lighting, walking paths, and a permanent location for the stage. All of this will make 2017 even more successful!

This gathering place, and regular activities held there, allow our community to come together on a regular basis. But it also draws others to Addison to see what we have to offer in the way of businesses. And there are a lot of new offerings.

Shoeless Joe's Ale House and Grill opened in September, and is doing very well. It is in the heart of our entertainment corridor, in the former Home Run Inn, just across from Marcus Theater.

Lake Street Commons, which had seen so little activity for several years, is now nearly full of new offerings. Planet Fitness opened its new location there, and Lorena's Banquets filled a large space in the center. The outlot, former home of Fannie Mae's, was demolished and a new Taco Bell is being constructed there.

Another shopping center that has seen an amazing transformation is John's Plaza. The entire site went through a facade renovation after the demolition of the former John's Pizza Restaurant. Dunkley's Restaurant is being constructed there now, and pays homage to the original name of Addison, which was Dunklee's Grove.

Centennial Plaza is seeing some movement as well. Firehouse Subs has moved into the former Nana's, and Brickee's Cafe will open in the shopping center.

Our industrial area has always been an important part of our community and expansion of current businesses is a welcome sign of an economic upswing. Cary Company expanded in the past year, nearly doubling their square footage to 105,000, investing their future here in Addison.

Clyde's Delicious Donuts is another company that chose expansion over relocation, reinvesting in our community, and doubling their size as well.

From the Village's end, much of our expenditures can be classified as maintenance. This may not sound glamorous, but let me assure you, it is critically important. Maintaining infrastructure and equipment allows us to seamlessly continue offering services. This is why we have a street maintenance plan in place, with the goal of resurfacing every street in town every 20 years. So in 2016, $2.7 million in Motor Fuel Tax Funds were spent to resurface streets. We have continued upgrading our various Lift Stations throughout town, so that storm water and sewer continue to flow without interruption. And we also continued our reforestation after the removal of 2,800 ash trees in public areas, due to the Emerald Ash Borer. This has affected communities throughout northeastern Illinois.

The largest new project on the horizon for us is the Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center, which broke ground in August. This new facility willl provide services for as many as 15 agencies once it is open at the end of this year, as well as have the ability to provide backup for DuComm. Much of the funding for this project comes from the Emergency Telephone System Board, and when it is operating, the participating agencies will supplement the operation costs.

It is incredibly satisfying to see how much we have accomplished, but as always, there is so much left to do. We look forward to even more successful year ahead.

Respectfully,

Rich Veenstra
Mayor


Consumer Alerts – Area Residents Targeted by Scams

Senior Citizens Are Especially Vulnerable
The Addison Police Department is warning residents of several scams that have been reported recently, especially targeting seniors. Please report any suspicious activity!

  • There are recent reports of the Grandparent Scam in which a con artist calls or emails the victim, posing as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative such as a lawyer or law enforcement agent.

    The person explains he is in trouble and needs the grandparent to wire funds that will be used for bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or another fictitious expense. The victim is urged not to tell anyone because the grandchild doesn’t want anyone to know they are in trouble. The grandparent never hears from their fake grandchild again and is tricked out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. To detect and avoid the Grandparent Scam, follow these recommendations:

    • Beware of any urgent solicitation of funds.
    • Before sending money, contact the relative (or parent of the relative) at a known phone number to verify the details of the story.
    • Scam artist’s payment method of choice is the wire transfer. Any urgent request to wire money should be treated suspiciously.
    • Be aware con artists may call late at night to confuse potential victims.
    • Immediately report the incident if you become a victim of this scam.

  • Dozens of news outlets across the United States have reported on a “Can you hear me?” telephone scam. It can make you a victim if you utter just one word, “Yes.”

    According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an automated call provides an introduction. After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear clearly. If you answer yes, the scammer may have recorded you and could possible plan to use your affirmation to sign you up for products or services you never knew about and then demand payment. If you refuse, the scammer produces your recorded “yes” to confirm your purchase agreement. The Better Business Bureau advises these prevention tips:

    • Hang up on any unsolicited robocalls. If you are on the federal Do Not Call List and a company calls out of the blue to ask questions, it’s likely a scam.
    • Hang up if you are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call registry. No government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call registry.
    • Avoid responding with “yes,” “sure” or “okay.”
    • Write down the phone number and file a scam report with the BBB Scam Tracker.
  • Scam artists are trying to break into your computer. They call or come to your door, claiming to be computer techs associated with a well-known company like Comcast. The “computer techs” say they have detected a virus on your computer and attempt to trick you into giving them either remote access to your computer or entry into your home.

    These scammers take advantage of your concerns about viruses and other threats. They know that computer users have heard how important it is to install security software; but the purpose behind the elaborate scheme isn’t to protect your computer; it’s to make money.

    If you get a call from someone who claims to be a tech support person, hang up and call the company yourself on a phone number you know to be genuine. A caller who creates a sense of urgency or uses high-pressure tactics is probably a scam artist. Keep these other tips in mind:

    • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls or comes to your door out of the blue.
    • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers.
    • Online search results might not be the best way to find technical support or get a company’s contact information. Scammers sometimes place online ads to convince you to call them. If you want tech support, look for a company’s contact information on their software package or on your receipt.
    • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from tech support.
    • If a caller pressures you to buy a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up.
    • Never give your password on the phone. No legitimate organization calls you and asks for your password.
    • Put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry at 888-382-1222, and then report illegal sales calls.
    • For more information visit the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams

Branch Pickup Resumes in April, Expands to November

Branches Picked Up First Week of Each Month

The Village of Addison offers seasonal branch pickup service to residents. Branch pickup will begin on the first Monday of each month, April through November, and finish by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.

To qualify for the Village’s Branch Pickup Program, branches must be on the parkway the Sunday before the scheduled pickup week. The service dates are listed below. Contracted crews will pass down each street only one time, and only one collection will be made Village-wide per month.

The Village’s Branch Pick-up program is truly a service to Addison residents. It encourages each resident and building owner to pride themselves in the health, aesthetics and value of their home, building, surrounding yard and landscape. It promotes the community’s desire to beautify our neighborhoods while maintaining safe and healthy surroundings. Each month, April through November, a resident or building owner has the opportunity to place branches out curb-side in front of their property. The programs service level may range from the pick-up of a single broken branch placed out on the parkway, to the pick-up removal of a resident's entire tree, cut up and stacked as specified under the program's requirements.

Should you have further questions, please contact the Village of Addison Public Works Department at 630/620-2020.

2017
Branch Pickup Dates

April 3

May 1

June 5

July 3

August 7

Sept. 5 * (Tues.)

October 2

November 6

* Pick up delayed due to holiday

The requirements for Branch Pickup are as follows:
  • Branches must be placed curbside on the parkway, not in the street, stacked in one direction, with the thicker ends facing the street. DO NOT cross stack branches.
  • Branches shall be limited to eight feet in length and 8 inches in diameter.
  • Limbs larger than 8 inches in diameter must be cut into 16-inch log lengths and placed separate from the branches.
  • Branches shall not be tied with string, wire, etc.
  • Branch piles containing root balls, lumber, metal, glass, yard waste or other debris, as well as large branch mound that have been multi-directionally cross stacked, will not be picked up.
  • Branches shall not be stacked in the alley or along private drives.  These will not be picked up.
  • No contractor cuttings will be picked up. Trees and branches cut by a privately contracted company, or individuals hired by a resident or property owners do not qualify for the Village’s Branch Pickup Program. Branches, trees and/or logs of this type must be properly disposed of by said private contractor, or other private service.
  • Branch piles shall not be placed on the parkway prior to or after the weekend prior to pick-up.  All branches must be stored in the back yard until then.

Employee of the Year

Andy FranceAndy France
Public Maintenance Worker II
Public Works
Department
2016 Employee
of the Year

Andy France, a Public Maintenance Worker II in the Public Works Department, has been with the Village for 23 years.

He helps maintain the Village’s streets and is responsible for snow plowing.

In his spare time, Andy enjoys wood working and working in theater.

Employees
of the Month

Alex RuffoloAlex Ruffolo
Patrol Officer
Police Department
December 2016

Alex Ruffolo, a Patrol Officer in the Addison Police Department, was hired in 2014.

He usually works a 12 hour midnight shift and responds to service calls when needed.

Alex enjoys playing golf, hockey, biking, running and fishing.

Sue TerminiSue Termini
Records Clerk
Police Department
January 2017

Sue Termini has been with the Village for 23 years and has worked in both the Police Department as a Records Clerk, and in the Community Development as a clerk/typist.

Sue is married to Mark, and has two sons: Brian, 30, and Scott, 28.

She enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

News Blurbs

Recycling Guidelines from SCARCE

Residential recycling participation continues to rise, which is great news for the environment. But even if you regularly recycle, you might be confused about exactly what you can and cannot include in your curbside recycling program.

SCARCE – School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education – is non-profit in DuPage County dedicated to creating sustainable communities, and they recently created a handy resource for residents and small businesses. These guidelines pertain to curbside recycling only.

To download these Curbside Recycling Instructions, click here. To learn more about SCARCE, visit Scarce.org.

Landscape Waste Pickup to Begin

The Village of Addison provides landscape waste pickup each year, April 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. Please note: there is a weight limit of no more than 50 pounds per can.

Otherwise, residents may purchase paper biodegradable bags at area retailers including: Jewel/Osco, 140 W. Lake St.; Walgreen's, 16 E. Lake St.; Walmart, 1050 N. Rohlwing Road and Len's Ace Hardware, 30 W. Lake St. 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.

'Ask Mayor Veenstra' Live March 6

Mayor Rich Veenstra will answer questions from residents Monday, March 6, when he makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's "Ask Mayor Veenstra" program.

Tune in to the live broadcast 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 AskMayorVeenstra@addison-il.org.

"Ask Mayor Veenstra" airs the first Monday of each month except for holidays. Future programs will be held April 3, May 1 and June 5.

Addison Community Television can been seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. It is also streamed online here.

First Responder Academy

The Addison Police Department and Addison Fire Protection District will present a 9-week instructional "First Responder Academy, beginning April 5 and ending May 31.

The program will cover police and fire organizational structure; Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center; Patrol Division and Traffic Safety Unit; Emergency Medial Services; Use of Force; Range Demonstration; Crime Prevention and Community Response Units; Fire Suppression and much more.

Applicants must be 18 years of age with no criminal record. To apply, call 630-543-3080 or email Sgt. Brian Lindstrom.

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