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

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voa@AddisonAdvantage.org

Web:
AddisonAdvantage.org

 

 

 

Village of Addison eNewsletter

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In This Issue

Driscoll Property Purchase

Flood Information Outreach

Regular Features

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

 

The beginning of school has felt different in Addison ever since  Driscoll Catholic High School closed its doors at the end of the 2008-09 year.  However, if you've driven by lately, you might have been pleased to see signs
of life there.

 

That is because the Village of Addison has reached an agreement with the Diocese of Joliet to purchase the property, and we have entered into an agreement with DuPage High School District 88 to allow Addison Trail High School to use the property for athletic practices.  They will maintain the property, and allow other community groups, such as the Park District, to use the land as well.

 

Details on the purchase of the property are included below, but let me assure you that the Village Board of Trustees weighed this decision for some time. 
It is a difficult time financially to commit to a purchase of this size.

 

However, because of the Village's excellent financial history and superior bond rating, we were able to get an interest rate far below what most agencies would pay.  We were also able to negotiate a purchase price far below market price for open space in DuPage County.

 

Ultimately, though, the ability to control the future of this property was the deciding factor.  Such a large piece of land, so near to schools and a residential neighborhood made us want to be sure that careful consideration would be taken before the land is redeveloped.

 

In the meantime, it will be utilized and enjoyed by our entire community.

 

Respectfully,

 

Village Purchases Former Driscoll Property

At the end of this month, the Village of Addison will close on the purchase of the former Driscoll Catholic High School property, on Lombard Road, ending nearly a year of speculation as to what would become of this parcel.

In early September, the Village issued $3.5 million in taxable bonds.  The purchase of the 19-acre property will cost $2.9 million; the remainder will go toward the demolition of the school buildings. 

“This was an extremely good price,” said Village Manager Joe Block.  “There is very little open, undeveloped space left in DuPage County, and it typically sells for many times the $150,000 per acre price we are paying.”

The bonds were issued at an interest rate of 4.55 percent, due to the recent AAA Bond Rating from Fitch Ratings.  It will mean a property tax increase of just $16 for home valued at $300,000.

“Any time we make a decision that affects our taxpayers financially, we have to think long and hard about it,” said Mayor Larry Hartwig. “But this is really an investment in our community.  Many people will benefit from it.”

Last spring, the Village Board of Trustees met with elected officials and administrators from other taxing bodies, including DuPage High School District 88 and the Addison Park District.  All were in agreement that the land could be put to good use for athletic practices, programs and other events.

The Village has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with District 88, allowing them priority use of the fields for practice for Addison Trail High School athletes, in exchange for maintaining the fields.  They will also handle scheduling of use by other entities, such as the Park District and Addison Rec Club.

The Village used taxable bonds, so that at some time in the future, if a developer wanted to purchase the parcel for residential development, the Village could sell the property at a profit and eliminate the property tax which pays for the bonds.
 

Flood Information Outreach Project

 The Village of Addison Community Development Department –Engineering Division reminds residents of the following:

  1. Flood Insurance: Federal law requires a flood insurance policy be obtained for any federally backed mortgage secured for a building in a flood hazard area. Mapped flood hazard areas are available for viewing at the Village Hall. Currently, the Village maintains a 15 percent reduction in premiums by the FEMA-FIA due to its Class 7 CRS rating. Remind your insurance agent when renewing or buying new flood insurance policies. Your typical Homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding damages.
  2. Drainage System Maintenance: Obstruction of natural watercourses, including man-made watercourses and storm sewers, by dumping mowed grass clippings, trash or debris and oils are prohibited. It is important to keep these drainage systems free from obstruction to ensure the flow of water and to abate the maintenance costs. Violations will result in citations and fines.
  3. Floodplain Development Permit Requirements: The Village has stringent requirements relative to storm water management for developments in all areas. Ordinances regulate all types of developments in the floodplains, not just building construction. Please report any illegal filling, development or building in floodplains to (630) 693-7530.
  4. Flood Hazard, Flood Warning, Flood Safety and Property Protection: Flood hazards and flood warning systems have been incorporated in the 1991Village’s Flood Mitigation and Flood Management Plan and also as part of the Emergency Operations Plan of the Village of Addison. In 2005, the Village also adopted the DuPage County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Brochures on stormwater management and water quality are available at the Village Hall. The Engineering Division will continue to conduct site investigations and provide technical assistance only for property protection and drainage concerns.
  5. Siren Tests, Emergency Assistance and Media Advisories: Sirens are used for weather advisories, as well as to alert the public of peacetime emergencies. Tune in to Addison Community Television Channel 6 for live bulletins and updates on emergency conditions, as well as Channel 19 for printed bulletins. Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
  6. LOMAs, LOMRs and Elevation Certificates: The Community Development offices keep records of approved Letters of Amendment (LOMA) and Letters of Map Revision (LOMR) including some Elevation Certificates.
  7. Floodplain and Floodway Maps: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps effective December 16, 2004 are available for viewing at the Community Development offices. Call us at (630) 693-7530 for an appointment.

Village Employees of the Month

Chris Weinbrenner
Patrol Officer
 Police Department
July 2010

Chris Weinbrenner has been a Patrol Officer for the Addison Police Department for 6 ½ years. Chris is a Traffic Safety Officer in the Traffic Safety Unit of the Police Department and is responsible for monitoring any traffic violations throughout the Village. Chris has been presented with several awards by the Police Department for his outstanding record in keeping Addison streets safe to drive on.

Chris and wife Laura have a new baby daughter Ava who is just 4 months old.

Chris’s hobbies include hiking, bicycle riding and just being outdoors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and new baby girl and summer barbeques with family and friends.

Omar Brucal
Patrol Officer
 Police Department
August 2010

Omar Brucal, the August Employee of the Month, has been a Village employee for 10 ½ years. Omar is responsible for the education of safety topics to the youth and adults of the Village through D.A.R.E., Neighborhood Watch, C.E.R.T, CPTED Explorer, Peer Jury, etc. programs; by hosting and organizing various Police Department public events.

Omar and wife Rosette have 2 daughters, Ava, who is 4 and 2 year old sister, Ella.

Some of Omar’s hobbies include watching and playing sports. He also enjoys any kind of outdoor activity and spending time with his family.

News Blurbs

Mayor’s Community Charity Ball

The 20th Annual Mayor’s Community Charity Ball will be held Saturday, Nov. 13 at Alta Villa Banquets, and everyone is invited!

Tickets are $75 per person, including open bar, dinner, entertainment and dancing.  A portion of each ticket will benefit 22 local charities and service organizations.

More than 200 items will be featured in the Silent Auction, including dinner tickets, sports memorabilia, spa packages and jewelry.

For more information, please contact Doree Krage in the Community Relations Department at 630-693-7550.

 

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