Message Mayor rich veenstra:
The past few months have certainly been historic, if not chaotic. Because of Covid-19, we have all been forced to make dramatic changes to our daily lives. The economic hardships caused by the pandemic have affected virtually every sector of the country, and Addison is no exception. But as always, we have come together to help one another.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, School Districts 4 and 88 have worked with other local agencies to provide more than 250,000 meals to children who otherwise would have gone without lunches. The Addison Township Food Pantry, supported by donations of food, money, and manpower from the Village, local churches, and charitable organizations have been able to provide relief to nearly 600 families each week. Businesses, themselves hard hit by the quarantine, have found ways to support many of our charities whose resources have been depleted. I asked our Police Department to pay special attention to the needs of our senior population, a group most at risk, and they responded by creating a call list and began well-being calls several time a week to more than 250 residents.
The intergovernmental cooperation and coordination of resources between the Village, the school districts, the Fire Protection District, the Library and Park Districts, and the Township was truly remarkable. In addition to their normal activities, the Addison Fire District was instrumental in providing needed masks for the various agencies. And while Addison had a very high incidence of Covid-19 cases, through the diligent efforts of each of you in complying with the Board of Health guidelines, we went from a high of 254 active cases on May 25 to 34 cases on June 25.
Now, as we head into the second month of summer, our region of the State of Illinois heads into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” Plan. And with Phase 4, our lives will start to return to what has been described as a “new normalcy”. In addition to outdoor dining, restaurants will be able to begin serving indoors, albeit at reduced capacity, while other businesses will also be allowed to open months after being forced to close. I encourage you to patronize our local businesses whenever possible.
Addison has done exceptionally well in effectively dealing with Covid-19 and in complying with health department guidelines. But while optimism comes with the relaxing of the Governor’s executive orders, we must be cognizant of the fact that Covid-19 continues to be a real threat to our community. One needs only to look at other states to see that disregard to health department guidelines causes a resurgence of the virus and a need to return to more austere restrictions.
We have “flattened the curve” here in Addison, and as we continue to follow current health guidelines, the number of active COVID-19 cases will continue to decline.
I encourage all our residents to stay safe and healthy while looking forward to our fully restored future, because that future depends on what we do today.
Village of Addison Department News:
New Village Manager: At the May 4 Village Board meeting, Mayor Rich Veenstra nominated Joe Maranowicz as the new Village Manager; it was approved unanimously by the Village Board. Joe is a 20-year veteran of the Addison Police Department and has served as Deputy Police Chief of the Support Services Division since May of 2014. He has a Bachelor's degree in Management from DeVry University and a Master’s degree from Lewis University in Public Safety Administration.
A new era for the Village of Addison has begun – congratulations, Joe!
Get "Connected": The Village of Addison has debuted a NEW mobile app, allowing better communication with our residents and improving response time to reported problems. "Addison Connected," is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Download it now to learn about businesses in the community, connect to social media, contact staff and elected officials, and report problems you see in the community.
To download, search for “Village of Addison” in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or click on one of these links: Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/addison-connected/id1483963420?ls=1
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.civicapps.addisonvillage
Interested in Employment?: If so, please visit our Job Opportunities page and subscribe to be notified when new postings are available. All individuals wishing to apply for employment opportunities must complete a Village of Addison Application for Employment Form. Applications can be obtained at the Village Hall either in the Administration Department, Room 2100, or downloaded.
Applicants will be notified by letter of the test date for this position, where applicable. All completed applications must be directed to the Director of Human Resources/Risk Management, either via regular mail at 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison, Illinois 60101, emailed to KAugusewicz@addison-il.org, or submitted personally to the Administration Department, Room 2100 of the Village Hall by no later than the deadline given on the employment opportunity announcement. Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Only one application per person, per testing cycle is accepted.
Community Relations Department
Virtual Rock 'n Wheels: Thursday evenings won’t be the same this summer in Addison, due to the cancellation of the Rock ‘n Wheels summer concert series, but the Village of Addison hopes to give the community the chance to relive the memories with a “Virtual Rock ‘n Wheels” series on Addison Community Television.
Every Thursday in June, July and August, highlights from past Rock ‘n Wheels concerts will air from 7 to 9 p.m. While enjoying the great music and memories, residents are encouraged to enjoy some of the same great food that they would have experienced at the event, by patronizing an Addison restaurant for carryout or delivery. Addison Community Television can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or can be streamed live.
“Virtual Rock ‘n Wheels” are scheduled in conjunction with the Village’s new “Get the Addison Appetite” campaign. This initiative helps remind residents of the wide array of offerings available at Addison restaurants. Residents can link to these venues at ItHappensInAddison.com.
Garage Sales and Block Parties: as the State of Illinois has progressed into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" Plan, residents may now apply for garage sale and block party permits, while agreeing to abide by social distancing guidelines outlined by the State. Information about permits is available here.
Vehicle Stickers Go On Sale August 1: Vehicle sticker renewals will be mailed on or about July 30; if you do not receive your renewal form, you may download the form here to complete. Due to COVID-19, we are asking that you put your payment and form(s) in the White Drop Box outside Village Hall and we will mail your stickers. This will help alleviate the issue of too many people in Village Hall at one time and the inability to social distance.
White Drop Box: Located by the fountain just outside Village Hall, this drop box is a convenient way to drop off payments by check for utility billing, tickets, vehicle stickers or other fees. Place check and remittance stub in an envelope and drop off. Convenient, drive up, drop off, drive away. This helps with social distancing and avoiding the lines inside.
Water Shut Offs: Due to COVID-19, the Village has not been sending late notices or shut off letters. Please note that these two procedures will begin again as soon as the State allows us to do so. Please contact water billing at (630) 693-7570 if you need a payment plan.
In light of the recent events the nation witnessed as a result of the crime that occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, we want to assure everyone that criminal acts of that nature have never occurred in Addison. We have highly trained professional police officers with incredible ethical standards.
The Addison Police Department is a nationally accredited police agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is a not-for-profit, multi-national, public safety accrediting body. It’s dedicated to the development and maintenance of critical law enforcement standards. APD has been accredited since 2000, and have been accredited as a Gold Standard Agency since 2015. We are only the fifth agency in the State of Illinois to receive the Gold Standard, (the highest honor in CALEA). The Village Board and the Addison Police Department strive to achieve the highest standards in law enforcement, world-wide. Agencies that meet the established professional standards set by CALEA have demonstrated the following:
- Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures.
- Independent review by subject matter experts that are not from the State of Illinois.
- Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions.
- Community relationship building and maintenance.
Be assured that choke holds are NOT ALLOWED. Independent investigations are conducted for any officer-involved shootings and or death. Based on our high and rigorous standards to achieve accreditation, we will not experience an incident like that which occurred in Minnesota.
The Police Department Command Staff recently explained CALEA and Procedural Justice on Addison Community Television. You can watch the roundtable discussion here:
Please feel free to contact the administrative staff at the Addison Police Department to learn more.
Public Works Department
Sewer Division – Drainage Improvement, Meier's Farm
The Village of Addison sought a qualified consultant to perform a storm water analysis of the existing Meier’s Farm rear-yard ditch that conveys flow from Prairie Drive to Diversey Avenue. The primary purpose of the project was to provide a design and build specification to help with the drainage. The poor condition of the swale and overgrowth were seen during the initial investigation. A collapsing outfall culvert, and problems with the outfall structure were also noted.
The project consisted of improvements to the concrete drainage swale, and regrading of the basin. Copenhaver Construction Inc. was chosen to complete the construction through a formal bid process. In addition to reconstruction of the swale, a new catch basin and sewer pipe were installed at the south end of the project near Diversey Avenue. The removal and replacement of the concrete liner was completed using traditional open excavation methods.
Staff met with the homeowners of the subdivision before the project began and kept them informed of the project. During construction, there were periodic interruptions of normal traffic flow and equipment was stored on the street and parkway however all streets and sidewalks that were impacted were restored. The final walk through was completed on June 11 with minor corrections.
North Wastewater Plant – Anaerobic Digester Rehabilitation
The anaerobic digester at the North Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at 711 N. Addison Road, was originally constructed and placed into service in 1987. The digester is a process that utilizes bacteria to breakdown waste materials into two major forms a methane gas and digested bio-solids. Due to the aggressive gases contained in the digester, significant deterioration of the covers, piping, and equipment occurred.
The project consists of the replacement of the three metal covers, heat exchangers, sludge mixing system, piping, gas safety equipment and the waste gas burner system. When completed, the new system will cost less to operate, due the installation of more energy efficient pumps and equipment, and the re-use of bio-gas as an energy source. In addition, it will result in a much safer environment and a more efficient operation.
During construction, the Addison Recycling Center will be temporarily closed. Residents can bring items to Addison Township or the Elmhurst Public Works Facility quarterly. Please see each individual cities’ websites for dates, possible fees, and materials accepted.
Electrical/Forestry Division – Why is Piling Mulch again the Tree Trunk Bad? ("Volcano Mulching")
- Tree roots are designed to be in a moist environment, the trunk of the tree is not.
- The tree’s food travels immediately under the bark. Piling mulch up against the tree trunk can cause rot in the tree’s stem tissues, damaging the movement of food and causing the tree to decline.
- Trunk rots weaken trees & make opportunities for insect and other disease problems.
- Deep mulch piled on newly planted trees can cause:
- new root growth up into the mulch encircling the stem and causing future decline.
- excess moisture in the root zone which can stress the plant and cause root rot.
- the Village Forester to alert you with this notice
- How to properly mulch for a healthy tree
- Avoid placing mulch against the tree trunks.
- Apply no more than 2 to 4 inches of mulch, spread out in a saucer shape around the tree.
- Pull mulch back several inches from the stem so that the base of the trunk is exposed.
- Benefits of Proper Mulching
- Helps maintain soil moisture
- Reduces weed growth
- Eliminates damage from Lawn mowers and String trimmers
- Gives planting beds a well-cared-for look
- Can improve soil fertility, aeration, soil structure, and drainage over time
For more information, contact: Tim Tokarz, Village Forester, Addison Public Works 630 620-2020.
Community Development Department
Looking for a new career?
As many are struggling to make ends meet, there are opportunities for a new career right here in Addison. Mayor Veenstra’s Workforce Development Committee helped develop an apprenticeship program that launched a year ago that connects job seekers with well-paying jobs in manufacturing. The company that hires you actually pays for your classes, while you also receive pay for your work. It doesn’t mean working during the day and going to school at night, but instead you do it all in 40 hours a week. Learn more about College of DuPage’s Project Hire-Ed today here.
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