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






Village of Addison eNewsletter

December 2010


In This Issue

A Little Grease Can Cause Big Problems

Winter De-Icing

Mayors Ball Photos

Driscoll Demolition Begins

Regular Features

Police Beat

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig


On Friday, Dec. 3, I will once again have the pleasure of hosting one of our longest-running annual events here in Addison – the Tree Lighting Ceremony.  And for the first time, if you are unable to join us, you can watch the program live on Addison Community Television, in addition to watching coverage the following week.


The holiday season is a joyous time to spend with family and friends, and on behalf of the Village staff and the elected officials, I wish you many blessings in the coming year.


I also want to extend my thanks to all the people, businesses and groups who kicked off this holiday season at the Mayor's Community Charity Ball on November 13.  Next Monday, Dec. 6, I will have the honor of distributing the profits to the 22 local charities and service organizations that worked to make it a success.


Even in times like these, when the economy is still struggling to recover, we can count on our residents to give generously to those in need.


In the new year, unfortunately, the economic struggles will continue.  Please know we are still working diligently to live within our means, by making cuts wherever possible, while still maintaining our level of service to you, our residents.  Some of these cuts have included: scaling back summer events to only what could be covered by corporate sponsors; eliminating employee cost of living increases for a second year; deferred equipment purchases and capital improvements where appropriate; transition of our printed to newsletter to this electronic format.


In the next issue, I will take the time to look back at 2010 and all we have accomplished, as well as what we hope to accomplish in 2011.  Until then, our very best wishes from the Village Board of Trustees, and staff of the Village of Addison.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,


A Little Grease Can Cause Big Problems                

Kitchen Drains Are Not the Way to Dispose of Cooking Oil, Grease

Did you know that putting the fats, oils and grease (FOG) byproducts of your home-cooked meals down the kitchen sink can cause sewer backups and overflows? 

Everyday, year-round, people pour these down their sink drain and the build up in pipes cause blockages, which lead to sewage backups and overflows inside homes and in the public streets and parkways.

Sewer overflows and backups cause health hazards, damage property and threaten the environment.  A large portion of Addison’s annual Sewer budget is spent on activities to keep our sewer lines clean enough to allow efficient, unimpeded flow of wastewater from your homes and businesses to our wastewater treatment facilities.  One of our biggest “enemies” in this ongoing quest to keep the pipes flowing as designed is grease – cooking greases and oils.

Cooking oils and grease enter the sewer system at virtually any point, including your kitchen sink.  You might think that it can’t do any harm to dump a small amount of oil and grease down your drain as you’re cleaning up, especially if you’re rinsing with very hot water BUT hot water cools quickly, and so does hot grease.  When it cools, it solidifies and tends to collect and stick to your plumbing and sewer lines.  Imagine the oil and grease that slips down your drain multiplied over thirty-seven thousand times (we have more than 37,000 customers contributing to our sewer system daily), solidifying as it cools, sticking to the insides of then sewer pipes, trapping food particles and all kinds of other debris.  Over time, this messy goop grows until the flow of water is obstructed and sewage begins to back up.

The easiest way to address this issue before it becomes a problem while also helping to prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep cooking oils and grease out of the sewer system in the first place. Here’s what you can do to help in your home:

Reducing Fats, Oils, and Grease in Your Home or Apartment

The following do’s and don’ts will help you and your neighbors avoid expensive sewer backups, and plumbing emergencies while helping protect our water quality in the community.


  • Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it by pouring it into a sealable container and placing the sealed container in the trash.  To recycle large amounts, such as what’s left over from a catfish fry or frying a turkey, contact a local recycler by looking in the yellow pages under “Greases” or “Rendering.”  If you have a lot of oil to dispose of, use clay cat litter.  Just mix the litter, a little at a time, into the oil.  When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag, seal the bag and dispose of it in your regular trash.

  • Scrape food scraps into the trash, not the sink, not down the disposal.

  • Wipe pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them.  Then throw away the paper towels.

  • Place a catch basket or screen over the sink drain when rinsing dishware, or when peeling or trimming food, to catch small scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain.  Throw the scraps in the trash.

  • Rinse dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.  Hot water melts the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) off the dishes and into the sewer pipes.  Later on in the sewer, the hot water will cool and the FOG will clog the pipes.


  • Use a garbage disposal or food grinder to handle all your solid food waste.  Grinding food before rinsing it down the drain does not remove FOG; it just makes the pieces smaller.  Even non-greasy food scraps can plug your home’s sewer lines. Dont put food of any kind down the drain.  Instead, put food scraps into the garbage and limit the use of the disposal.

  • Pour cooking oil, pan drippings, bacon grease, salad dressings, or sauces down the sink or toilet.

  • Use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware.  When you wash them, the grease will end up in the sewer.

  • Run water over dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.

In the food and commercial food processing industry

As part of the Village of Addison’s aggressive Industrial Pretreatment Program, large users of fats, oils and greases, such as commercial bakeries, restaurants and food manufacturing plants, are strictly regulated.  Large facilities must obtain a Wastewater Discharge Permit from the Village of Addison before they can release any wastewater.  This permit outlines the pollutant limitations, sampling, and reporting requirements.

  • Well maintained grease traps and other best management practices are required for these types of large users.

  • Recycling and pumping of the grease traps/basins are required with proper manifests to show correct disposal methods.

  • Periodic inspection and sampling are performed by Village staff to ensure compliance.

If you have questions, require additional information, or have any concerns please feel free to contact the Public Works Department, Environmental Services Division at 630-279-2140.

Winter De-Icing and Keeping the “Salt” Out of Salt Creek

The old familiar legend of how our local stream derived its namesake is one that is familiar to many in our community.  A wagon loaded down with salt barrels apparently became stuck while attempting to cross the creek sometime in the early 1800’s.  In order to make it across, the driver had to dump out several barrels of salt into the creek to lighten his load.  He freed himself from the mud and continued on his way.  The story “stuck” as well, and the settlers who arrived in the 1830’s decided to keep the name. 

Others who passed through, and heard of the stream’s name, wrongly assumed that it was named for its high salt content.  They soon realized, much to their satisfaction, that it was a freshwater creek like all others in our region.

Ironically, as we move forward to today and almost 200 years later, the name Salt Creek may turn out to be a fitting title after all.  The reason is that for the past 30-40 years salt levels (more specifically, chloride levels) have increased at an alarming rate.  The increases have been measured and documented in nearly all urban streams in northeastern Illinois, in addition to Salt Creek.

Regulatory Action

The chloride concentration limit for all general use streams established by the Illinois EPA is 500 milligrams per Liter (mg/L).   Salt Creek was closely monitored in the 1990’s to determine if the levels warranted additional regulatory action.  It was discovered that a few times each year, primarily in the winter and early spring, chloride levels were above the threshold established to protect aquatic life.

As a result, communities like Addison and others in our region must take steps to reduce the levels of chloride.  A reduction of about 20-30% is necessary to keep Salt Creek permanently below the threshold and protect the delicate water ecology.

According to the EPA There are three primary sources of chlorides in the environment.

1)   NATURAL – Groundwater will contain approximately 75 mg/L of chloride that infiltrates local streams.

2)   POINT SOURCES – Directly piped discharges from Wastewater Treatment Plants and industrial processes can have a concentration of about 300 mg/L. (Illinois EPA data, 1995-1999)

3)   ROADWAY SALTING – Runoff from winter de-icing operations washes into the curb drains and directly to our local streams and rivers.  The runoff can have chloride concentrations of between 1,000 mg/L and 12,000 mg/L (New York DOT, 1993). 

In addition, chlorides do not “breakdown” in the environment like other substances, and therefore they gradually build up in concentrations in both the sediment and water.   Although there is technology available to remove salts from the water, it is not currently economically feasible to treat all the Stormwater in our region.

Chloride Reduction Program

The Village of Addison and other communities recognize that the total elimination of salt is not feasible at this time; however, there are several strategies that can be employed to greatly reduce the amount of salt used each event.   

1)   ANTI-ICING is the practice of applying liquid salt brine to the road surface in advance of the storm.  This prevents ice from bonding to the pavement surface at the start of the storm and can extend the time before plowing is needed.

2)   PRE-WETTING is the practice of mixing the salt granules with a liquid solution, usually magnesium or calcium chloride.  This practice is very effective for two important reasons.  First, moisture is necessary to activate the melting process.  By adding a liquid to the salt, the product will begin to melt snow and ice more rapidly.  Second, the addition helps to reduce the “scatter” of the dry granules on the pavement.  (Anyone who as ever followed a plow truck while the salt spreader wheels are spinning has probably experienced the “scatter” effect!)  The bouncing and dispersion of the rock salt resulted in less product staying in the targeted traffic lane and more waste of salt.

3)   SINGLE SALTING is the practice of only salting after ALL plowing of snow is completed.

4)   SALTING EQUIPMENT CALIBRATION is the constant checking, servicing, and maintenance of the spreading equipment to ensure that only the prescribed amount of salt is applied per traffic lane mile.

Impacts on Local Roads

Residents may notice several changes to the salting and plowing procedures that they have been accustomed to in the past.  All changes are necessary to reduce the overall amount of salt that is needed for each event.  Please keep in mind that public safety is the number one priority and will not be compromised in any way as alternative salting procedures are implemented

It is always important that drivers SLOW DOWN and add additional braking distances during bad weather or on poor pavement conditions.  Please also be aware that:

  • Roads may appear “mushy” at first due to the pre-storm application of the liquid anti-icing material.
  • Delayed plowing start time due to the extended activation period needed for the liquid treatments to take effect.
  • No salting DURING plowing operations.  For obvious reasons the old practice of always salting while plowing was not a very efficient use of salt.  As more snow fell, and the operator returned to make several more passes on the road, most of the salt was wasted and pushed to the curb and parkway.

Environmentally Safe Practices for Salting

  • Use “Just Enough” salt to clear the area

  • Clear all snow before salting.  Don’t use salt to melt the snow.

  • Sweep up any unused product after a storm and re-use it.

  • Switch to a non-chloride de-icer (acetate based products like CMA)

  • Support the changes to use

Tips for Homeowners and Businesses

Individuals taking care of sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are just as important in lowering the overall amount of salt we use each season in our community.  There are many things that a homeowner can do to reduce their chloride impact to the environment. 

Businesses can also employ the same strategies, or in cases where snow and ice removal are performed by an outside contractor, insist they use low chloride techniques or materials.  Check with your contractor to see if the utilize salt saving techniques, and if workers have been properly trained.

For more information contact: Rick Federighi, at 630-279-2140, or email

20th Annual Mayor's Community Charity Ball

More than 500 people attended the Nov. 13 Mayor's Community Charity Ball.  Checks will be distributed to the 22 participating charities and service organizations at the Monday, Dec. 6 Village Board of Trustee Meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
Above left, Mayor Larry Hartwig and his wife Sandy (on right) greet Medinah Shrine Potentate Jerry Wilson and his date. Above right, nearly 300 items were sold in the Silent Auction.
To see more photos from the evening, visit the Village of Addison Special Events page on Facebook, here.

photos by Heather Willis

  Demolition Begins

Demolition at the former Driscoll Catholic High School began in mid-November, as the contractor began with asbestos abatement.  Work will continue for several weeks.  See coverage of the beginning of demolition from the Nov. 15 “Before the Board” program here.

New Pedestrian Law:
Drivers Must Stop at Crosswalks

Previously, Illinois law required drivers to slow down or yield for pedestrians, which means drivers typically roll through a crosswalk.

On July 22, 2010, the following changes to the Illinois pedestrian crossing law went into effect and will be enforced by the Addison Police Department:

When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

Residents are also reminded of these provisions within Illinois’s pedestrian crossing law:

  1. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard;

  2. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle; and,

  3. Whenever stop signs or flashing red signals are in place at an intersection or at a plainly marked crosswalk between intersections, drivers shall yield right of way to pedestrians as set forth in Section 11-904 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

In 2009, 5,313 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles. Of these, 5,095 were injured and 113 of them were killed in Illinois. (Source: IDOT Division of Traffic Safety)

This new law is aimed at changing the rules of the road and helping to better protect pedestrians. The intent of the new law is to make it clear that people on the streets are a priority and clarifies the driver responsibility.

Please keep this in mind the next time you see an Indian Trail Junior High student crossing at an intersection on Army Trail Blvd. Help keep our community safe when the jogger is crossing the intersection of Lake Street and Villa Avenue on the new Salt Creek Trail.

Stay attentive on the roads and drive with care.

News Blurbs

Village Holiday Hours

The Village of Addison Offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23 and will be closed all day Friday, Dec. 24, for observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas  holiday.

Offices will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 27.

Likewise, offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 30 and will be closed all day Friday, Dec. 31, for observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Offices will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 3.

The Addison Police Department is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Village of Addison will present its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5 p.m.

For the first time, the ceremony will take place completely indoors.  Caroling by school children will take place on the second floor of the Village Hall rotunda, while the audience is below, beginning at 7 p.m.

Join Mayor Larry Hartwig, the Village Board and a certain jolly old elf for an Old Fashioned Christmas, sponsored by the Village, Green Meadow Shopping Center, J.D. Muggs, Mike's Concrete and Mike's Anodizing.

The ceremony will air live on Addison Community Television at 7 p.m.  ACTV appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and can be seen streaming live here.


Ask Mayor Hartwig’

Mayor Larry Hartwig will make his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television’s  “Before the Board” program on Monday, Dec. 6 to answer questions from viewers during the live broadcast.

Tune in at 6 p.m., and call the phone number on your screen to speak with the Mayor about your question or concern.

Or email your questions before or during the program to

Addison Community Television appears on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and can be seen streaming live here.

A Bit of Addison History

The following is a Christmas letter found in the Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Home in Addison and published in the November-December, 1937 issue of Orphan Tidings, which was the home’s bi-monthly newsletter.  It is printed as was originally written:

Visit the Addison Historical Museum to see this oil painting of the Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Home by Shirley McCoy.

“Things is getting along purty well here at the Home and as soon as we get the old “Zaal” [a German word meaning “hall” or “large room”] fixed up with a decent floor we’ll be gettin somewhere. Mr. Eissfeldt, that’s the man that gives us help in play and sports, says we are short a lots of things for basket ball playing for volley ball and other things we kids

should be playing in the ”Zaal”. If you would on your trips find some men who have old things for gymn work I’m shure they’d let ya have it if they knew how much we needed those things here in the orphanage for us boys and girls to play with. We have one fine set of boxing gloves and we shure would be happy if you could find us a old punching bag somewheres. Will ya try and take care of this for us boys. We kinda thought you’d like to know what we really need around here. Injust this kind a line there is lots of things missing around here. We shure would like to get started on some of these things pretty soon.”

For more information about the Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Home, visit the Addison Historical Museum, located at 135 Army Trail Road in Addison. Open Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Phone number: (630) 628-1433. email:   Attend the Historical Museum Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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