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

email:
voa@AddisonAdvantage.org

Web:
AddisonAdvantage.org

 

 

 

Village of Addison eNewsletter

September 2011

  

In This Issue

Bond Rating Reaffirmed 'AAA'

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Flood Information

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Regular Features

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

 

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.

 

Respectfully,

Village Bond Rating Reaffirmed 'AAA'

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.”

Credit ratings provide Fitch’s opinion on the relative ability of an entity to meet its financial commitments. This new rating will allow the Village to receive a substantially lower interest rate when bonds are issued for construction or to refinance debt, said Village Manager Joseph Block.

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.”

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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:

•  Oil- based paints, stain, varnish and solvents
•  Latex based paint
•  Automobile antifreeze
•  Aerosol containers
•  Household cleaners, pool chemicals, and drain cleaners
•  Mercury
•  Poison, herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides
•  Old gasoline and flammables
•  Hobby chemicals, corrosives and oxidizers
•  Long florescent tubes

Examples of UNACCEPTABLE WASTE:

•  Motor oil
•  Industrial, commercial and institutional waste
•  Ammunition, explosives and fireworks
•  Batteries
•  Medical waste, sharps, needles, potential infectious waste and 
   pharmaceuticals
•  Propane tanks
•  Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors
•  Radioactive materials
•  Compact light bulbs
•  “U” tubes
•  Circular florescent tubes
•  Electronic 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.

If you should have any questions feel free to contact the Environmental Services Division of Public Works at (630) 279-2140

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.
     

Addison Pest Update: Emerald Ash Borer

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.

http://emeraldashborer.info/files/E2942.pdf

http://emeraldashborer.info/files/E2892Ash1.pdf

http://www.ehow.com/how_5277701_identify-ash-tree.html

How can I tell if my Ash tree is infested by the Emerald Ash Borer?

Signs and Symptoms of EAB include:

  • Canopy dieback

  • Very small D-shaped exit holes

  • Shoots sprouting from the tree trunks

  • S-shaped larval galleries underneath the bark

  • Splitting and flecking bark

  • Extensive/increased woodpecker damage

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.

  • Live branches can be brittle and prone to breakage during dry seasons.
  • Sprouts along the branches and trunk may form in the year following a heavy pruning.  
  • Ash trees along the roadside may also exhibit dead branches resulting from poor soils, root damage, insufficient soil moisture, and salt damage.

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:

www.stopthebeetle.info

www.emeraldashborer.info/

www.IllinoisEAB.com

www.agr.state.il.us/

www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ep/eab/

www.mortonarb.org 

A Bit of Addison History

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:  museum@addison-il.org.

Village Employee of the Month

Raquel Galvan
Clerk Typist

Community Development Department
August 2011

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.

News Blurbs

Holiday Hours

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 museum@addison-il.org.  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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