Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786


Mayor Rich Veenstra
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Cathy Kluczny
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
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



Village of Addison eNewsletter

April 2014

In this issue

Branch Pickup Schedule

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

Mayor Richard VeenstraFrom the Desk of
Mayor Rich Veenstra

Our children are the most important and precious asset of our community. And if we truly believe that, then it must be our personal and our civic responsibility to do all that we can to protect them. This means acknowledging a potential problem, and finding solutions.

Addison has been on the cutting edge with our efforts to minimize the incidence of substance abuse for more than 30 years. We have utilized innovative programs such as Operation Snowball, Snowflake, and Snowflurries, the DARE program, and many other educational programs focusing on self-awareness, positive self-image, responsibility, peer pressure, and many of the factors that place our children at risk of becoming users.

Today we face perhaps the most challenging and devastating threat: that of the epidemic rise of heroin abuse and addiction. It is a crisis that impacts not only Addison, but the entire country. It is a crisis that requires the joint effort of parents, schools, law enforcement, churches – in other words, the entire community – to overcome.

Watch Police Director Bill Hayden, Villa Park Police Chief Robert Pavelchik and District 88 Superintendent Scott Helton discuss the Heroin Awareness Forum at Addison Trail High School

DuPage High School District 88 recently brought together law enforcement officials, educators. substance abuse experts and even a recovering addict, to speak to parents and students about this crisis. It was a call to action for all of us.

It was eye opening for every parent and grandparent to hear how readily available these drugs are, and the stories of high achieving, promising students' lives cut short by a poor decision.

I applaud our school officials' efforts to educate their students and families, and the work they did to bring so many facets of our community together to get the word out. Now that we have become aware of the issue of heroin addiction and the devastation it causes, it is our responsibility as parents, and as a community, to take action in spreading the message that drug addiction is a real and present threat to every child, every person, every family. 

This collaborative effort needs to continue until we can all say, “Our children ... our community is safe”.


Rich Veenstra


Branch Pickup Resumes in April

Branches Picked Up First Week of Each Month

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

Branches should 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 October, 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.

Branch Pickup Dates

April 7

May 5

June 2

July 7

August 4

September 2

October 6


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.
  • 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.
WindmillA Bit of Addison History

“The old stagecoach system that was in operation from Chicago through Addison to Galena and Elgin was a far cry from our present modes of transportation. These lumbering oxen or horse-drawn vehicles plodded along at 6 miles an hour, and the cost to travel was 6-cents per mile.

“The earliest roads were only old Indian trails, hardly more than footpaths through the prairie grasses and swampy areas. Then as the stagecoaches and wagons traveled through, deep ruts were made and travel continued along these paths, finally becoming our present roads.

“The route from Chicago to Bloomingdale was a well-established road as early as 1836, and an official road was laid out as far as Galena. Crossing the Rock River, though, was done by ferry. This caused great difficulty during the rainy seasons.

“From 1910 to 1912, the Elgin Road Races were held, sending racers speeding along between Chicago and Elgin. In the early morning, on the day of the races, the village fathers would use fire hoses to sprinkle down the route of the race along Lake Street to try to hold down the dust, as the street was not paved. This was repeated in the evening as the racers headed back to Chicago.

“In 1922, Lake Street (once known as the stagecoach line) was paved. To do this job a narrow-gauge railroad was built along the road. This railroad ran from Elmhurst Quarry down West Avenue to Lake Street and then on to Addison. It brought stone and supplies from the quarry to the paving site. Once the paving was done the railroad was removed.”

The above information was taken from the Suburban Sun-Times, Focus section, August 3 and 7, 1983. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and is located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:

This photo, taken in 1915, shows Lake Street, looking to the east from Addison Road.

Georgianne PrinceEmployee of the Month

Georgianne Prince
Planning Assistant
Community Development Department
March 2014

Georgianne Prince has been a Village employee for 23 years. She began her career with the Village as a part-timer in Administration for about a year, and then became Administrative Assistant in the Community Development Department. Georgianne was recently promoted to Planning Assistant.

Her job involves preparing and distributing agendas for the Planning and Zoning Commission; processing zoning requests and FOIAs; payroll; preparation of the department budget and assisting the public with help and concerns on a daily basis.

In her spare time, Georgianne enjoys traveling, reading, dancing and going out with friends.

News Blurbs

'Ask Mayor Veenstra' Live April 7

Mayor Rich Veenstra will answer questions from residents Monday, April 7, 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

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

Ash Trees Marked For Removal

Ash trees within the Village of Addison Right-of-Way that are infested with Emerald Ash Borer are being marked for removal by Addison Public Works.

These trees will be removed using both outside contractors and in-house crews throughout the year. Hundreds of trees are planned for removal with the EAB infested trees being a priority due to health and safety concerns.

Thank you for your patience and if you have questions or concerns please contact Addison Public Works at 630-620-2020.

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