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Village of Addison eNewsletter
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Over the past several months, the Village has been letting residents know that the long awaited Illinois Route 53 construction project was about to begin.
While we had thought work would start last spring, and then in summer, we can finally say that this month signals the beginning of this 2-year-long project. Better late than never!
Construction will extend from just south of Army Trail Road to the Elgin O'Hare Expressway in Itasca. In addition to widening the roadway, sidewalks, curb and gutter will be added, and streetlights will be installed. Two new traffic signals will be added as well, at Woodland Ave., and at the southern entrance to Sam's Club.
The existing water main will also be replaced in Addison. The Village will contribute approximately $2.3 million toward local share expenses for the water main, sidewalks, streetlights and traffic signals.
Large projects of this nature are never easy for drivers. As when Lake Street was reconstructed several years ago, this will no doubt create traffic headaches and inconvenience some of our residents and visitors to our community. But I urge everyone to be patient – once it is complete, every major thoroughfare within Addison will be in excellent condition.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, who is overseeing the project, has a web page to visit to get construction updates, at www.dot.state.il.us/il53/index.html.
We will do our best to publicize these updates –you can watch for them on Addison Community Television, and on the village website. We will also send out email updates when necessary – if you've received this eNewsletter in your inbox, you're already signed up to receive these "eBlasts." But if you're simply viewing this newsletter online, I urge you to register your email address with the Village here. It is the best way for us to communicate information to you, especially road construction updates.
Highest Achievable Rank Will Save $100,000 in Refinance of Bond Issue
The Village of Addison
was notified Aug. 18 by Fitch Ratings that its municipal bond rating has
been reaffirmed at the highest possible rating of “AAA.”
Fitch cited “seasoned fiscal stewardship with a history of prudent financial management, guiding the Village” as their reason for the affirmation.
“At a time when the federal government’s rating is being downgraded, this is an extraordinary achievement,” Block said.
The Village plans to issue $3 million in bonds to refinance old debt – this will allow a savings of $100,000 over the course of payment.
“Our top priority is, and has always been, fiscal responsibility,” said Mayor Larry Hartwig. “Our Board and Staff have worked hard for this.”
The Village had achieved the “AA+” ranking from Fitch in 2000, and it was reaffirmed in 2008. In 2010, it was first upgraded to “AAA.”
The Village of Addison, along with Allied/Republic Waste Inc., will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, Saturday, Sept. 17 for Addison residents from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Wastewater Treatment Facility, 711 N. Addison Road.
When you think of “hazardous waste” you probably think of chemicals discarded by business or industries. But hazardous wastes are also in your home and may be going into your garbage can. Many household products contain hazardous substances.
These products become household hazardous waste once the consumer no longer has any use for them. Therefore these products require proper use, storage and disposal to protect your health and the environment.
Several safety hazards may be imposed by improper storage and disposal of some household chemicals. For example, leaking chemicals may impose a fire hazard. Some chemicals can even form toxic gases and or become corrosive or reactive if mixed together. Many household chemicals if stored in unsafe locations can result in child or pet poisoning.
Inadequate disposal methods of some household chemicals may pose an environmental hazard. Certain chemicals can contaminate surface and groundwater supplies if they are put in the trash, poured down the drain or dumped on the ground.
Once in landfills, containers of hazardous substances can deteriorate and release their contents into the soil and groundwater. Even small quantities of these chemicals from each home can add up to large amounts because trash is received from so many homes. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection program provides a safe and environmentally sound method for people to rid their homes of unwanted hazardous waste.
The special collection day will be open to all residents living in the Village of Addison. Any residents from the Village of Addison wishing to participate should carefully collect their household hazardous waste, and place it in the trunk of your vehicle and transport it to the North Wastewater Treatment Facility on the day of the event. The household hazardous waste will be unloaded and separated for proper disposal.
The waste will be packaged, transported and disposed of properly; which will include treatment, recycling and/or incineration.
It is very important that only the wastes listed below be brought to the collection event. Unacceptable items will not be removed from the vehicle and cannot be disposed of at the event. Materials cannot be dropped off before or after the hours of the event.
Examples of ACCEPTABLE WASTE:
Examples of UNACCEPTABLE WASTE:
All containers should be closed, labeled and placed in a box in the trunk of your vehicle, so that it is visible and easy to inspect. Do not place items in black or other colored garbage bags.
To keep your home free from hazardous waste, remember to read and follow label instructions. Also, as a consumer you should only buy what you need for immediate use and recycle whenever possible.
These simple steps will help keep your family safe and our environment
clean. Household hazardous waste collection programs are expensive and they
cannot be conducted on a regular basis. Your commitment to source reduction
is the most economical solution to this problem.
The Village of Addison Community Development Department –Engineering Division reminds residents of the following:
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, non-native, metallic green invasive beetle whose larvae feed in the conductive wood tissues under the bark of ash trees.
The resulting damage cuts off the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and ultimately causes the tree’s decline and eventual death. Ash trees can be infested with EAB for a few years before the tree begins to demonstrate any signs of EAB infestation.
Since each female can lay up to 90 eggs, fly within a ½ mile from origin (or greater), and can breed in an area undetected for several years, EAB infestations have proven to be fast spreading and overwhelming for municipalities.
The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in Addison on July 22, 2009 and has since been found infesting ash trees to some extent in nearly every subdivision throughout the Village.
Since its discovery, the Village of Addison has been engaged in the ongoing process of delineating the extent of localized infestations, removing and replacing positive identifications, and inspecting suspect trees along the Village right-of-ways.
The Village of Addison plans to mark and remove all positively identified infested public ash trees in an attempt to slow the spread of the infestation. These trees will be replaced during future planting seasons by the Village (subject to appropriate tree spacing).
Infested trees found on private property will be addressed through Village ordinances. Ash tree owners may ask about treatment options that may help protect their trees; however the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s).
The Village of Addison has approximately 2,500 ash trees, scattered throughout Addison’s parkways, which makes up roughly 18 percent of the village’s
14,000 estimated total canopy.
The Village of Addison had proactively eliminated the planting of Ash species in the Village parkways and new subdivision construction since the reports of wide spread damage throughout Michigan in 2002 in an effort to insure greater species diversity throughout Addison.
How do I know if the tree on my property or parkway is an Ash tree?
Below are a few internet links to help you identify ash trees.
How can I tell if my Ash tree is infested by the Emerald Ash Borer?
Signs and Symptoms of EAB include:
What can I do to protect my tree from the Emerald Ash Borer?
Once identified as infested by Village arborists, the suspect Ash tree shall be designated as a required removal.
Ash trees not confirmed as infested can be treated with insecticides to help prevent infestation. Boring insects already in the tree, improper applications or improper timing of applications contribute to poor or ineffective control.
Chemical applications will need to be applied to a healthy tree annually for the term of that tree’s existence. When considering ongoing, annual usage of insecticidal control, one should weigh the value of the tree against the cost of treatment.
Even if a property owner has invested time and money in proactive treatments, the Village will require its removal if the tree in question has been determined to be infested. Again, the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s).
Insects and insect holes are commonly found in parkway trees. Several native wood boring insects are often found attacking weakened ash trees. Ash trees may appear to be declining for several other reasons.
It is very important for area residents to be aware and vigilant in inspecting their ash trees for this pest. If you suspect you may have found adult or larval form of this insect, contact the Village of Addison Department of Public Works, at (630) 620-2020.
Additional information can be obtained by visiting the following links:
Touch-Tone calling came to telephone users in Addison on January 11, 1965. Those who had phone numbers beginning with 543, 627, 629, KIngwood-3, MAyfair-7 and MAyfair-9 were offered this service, which was provided by the Illinois Bell Telephone office at 30 N. Main St. in Lombard. There the equipment necessary to provide this service upgrade had been installed by technicians from Western Electric Company, the manufacturing and supply unit for the Bell System.
Touch-Tone service was a distinctive new way of calling, in which buttons were used instead of a dial. Phone users no longer had to wind up the dial for each digit, and then wait for it to spin back. The service was offered on an optional basis, with a one-time fee for switching over to it and a monthly charge to maintain it. For example, a customer with three black phones was given the option to switch to Touch-Tone instruments in “smart decorator colors” for a one-time charge of $5.00, and a monthly charge of $1.50.
The information above was taken from an article in The Addison News-Bulletin, dated December 23, 1964. To learn more about the history of our community, visit the Addison Historical Museum at 135 Army Trail Road, just south of Addison’s Village Hall. Open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Phone: (630) 628-1433. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Development Department
Raquel Galvan has been a Village of Addison Employee since 2002. Raquel began her career in the Village as a Records Clerk in the Police Department. She transferred over to the Community Development Department in 2007 in her current position as a Clerk Typist.
Raquel’s duties include distributing building plan permits, issuing permits, filling out building reports and helping out residents at the Community Development counter. Raquel is also the recording secretary for the Village Board Committee meetings.
Raquel and her husband Eduardo have one daughter Allison who is 13.
Raquel hobbies include vacations, camping, boating, fishing and exercising.
In her spare time Raquel enjoys listening to music, fine dining and going to White Sox games.
Village of Addison offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will re-open for normal business hours at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The Addison Police Department is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
'Ask Mayor Hartwig'
Mayor Larry Hartwig makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television’s “Before the Board” program on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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.
Send Us a Picture
The Addison Historical Museum is always interested in adding Addison-related images to its collection.
You can use your digital camera or cell phone to take a picture of your home or other place in Addison, such as a business, school, church, park, or sign. Then send it via email to the Addison Historical Museum at email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and any information about the photo that would be helpful.
Or you may have Addison-related photos from the past that you would like to share. We will accept paper copies, or you can scan the photos and email them to the museum at the above address.
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