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 2011


In This Issue

Public Works Sees Big Changes

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Recycle Holiday Lights

Regular Features

News Blurbs

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig


The holidays are rich in traditions.  Those traditions may vary from family to family, but regardless, they are things we look forward to year after year.


Sandy Hartwig (left) and Mayor Larry Hartwig greet guests at the 21st Annual Mayor’s Community Charity Ball, which was held at Alta Villa Banquets on Nov. 12.

Last month, my wife Sandy and
I once again had the pleasure of hosting the Mayor's Community Charity Ball, which raises money each year for our local charities and service organizations.


This month, one of things I look forward to most is distributing the funds that were raised at that event.  Despite the bleak economic news that we seem to hear every day, I am happy to say that this year's event was the most successful ever!


The 20 charities who work cooperatively work on the planning and organization of the event always put their hearts into it and are always a major reason for its success.  But two changes that they made this year played a big part in that success.


First, they opted to make the bidding in the Silent Auction -- which is always the biggest source of fund raising in the event -- entirely electronic.  This was done to make bidding easier, faster and more convenient for our guests, which would hopefully increase the profits.


Secondly, to offset the cost of the needed technology, they decided to ask our business community members to sponsor the event.  Addison businesses have always played a huge part in the Mayor's Ball, and by asking more, we knew we were asking them to go "above and beyond."


I was gratified, and somewhat overwhelmed, by the support we received.  Thirteen businesses came forward to help

Guests at this year’s Mayor’s Community Charity Ball had more than 350 items to choose from, and after perusing items, could simply bid and pay for their items from their tables.

our event keep our costs down, and our profits up.  I would like to publicly acknowledge them here: Republic Waste Services, SWD, Inc., Auto Advantage, Caputo's Fresh Markets, College of DuPage, Comcast, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare; HR Imaging, Humes Funeral Home, Itasca Bank & Trust; Oxford Bank, The Pampered Chef and Pyramid Club.


The final component that led to the success of this event for the 21st year is the dedicated and continued support of the community, who attend, buy raffle tickets and start their holiday shopping in the Silent Auction.


On Monday, Dec. 19, I will present checks to our local charities totaling $81,000; this is $15,000 more than last year!  And on behalf of those charities, I extend my gratitude to every one of you who made this possible.


Please mark your calendar now for next year's Mayor's Community Charity Ball, to be held on Nov. 10, 2012.


Enjoy the blessings of this holiday season!



Public Works Department Sees Big Changes

Brunst Will End 42-Year Career with Village on Nov. 30

Experienced Successor to Take the Helm

Watch an interview with Gregory Brunst, who discusses his 42-year career with the Village

On Nov. 30, the Village of Addison bids goodbye to an employee who has been a fixture more than four decades.

Public Works Director Gregory Brunst will retire after 42 years of full-time employment with the Village.  He began working part-time in 1965, while still in high school.  In 1969, he was hired by the Environmental Services Department as Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator.

He worked his way through the positions of Lead Operator, Foreman and Assistant Superintendent,  and became Director of Environmental Services (which was then its own department) in 1990.

In 2005, the Public Works and Environmental Services Departments were combined, and Mr. Brunst was appointed Public Works Director.

He received specialized training in wastewater operations through College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the universities of Southern Illinois, Wisconsin and Toledo.

During his career, he was certified as a Class One Wastewater Operator in the State of Illinois. Professional associations include Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators (Past-President), Illinois Water Environmental Association (Past-President), Water Environment Federation (Director), Central States Water Environment Association, American Public Works Association and Fox Valley Operators Association. Serves as Chairman and Northeast Sectional Representative on the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Operator Board of Certification. Recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award in 1995 and the Water Environment Federation’s William D. Hatfield Award for outstanding performance and professionalism in wastewater treatment and pollution prevention in 1999.

Mitchell Patterson, Public Works Director

When he takes over as Public Works Director on Dec. 1, Mitchell Patterson will bring nearly as much experience to the job as his predecessor.

He began working for the Village in 1971 as Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator, and has been a responder in every major storm event Addison has seen since that time.

He has worked as Foreman, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Environmental Services.

Mr. Patterson is a State of Illinois Certified Class One Wastewater Operator and past Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Operator of the Year. He is a recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Operation and Maintenance Excellence Award, and United States Environmental Protection Agency Award of Excellence for outstanding industrial pretreatment program implementation.

Professional associations include Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators, Illinois Water Environmental Association, Water Environment Federation, Central States Water Environment Association, and American Public Works Association.

Advanced education and training in water resources, and wastewater operations through College of DuPage, Southern Illinois University and Sacramento State University.


Broken Holiday Lights ... What Are You Supposed to Do With Them?


News Blurbs

Village Holiday Hours

The Village of Addison Offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and will be closed all day Monday, Dec. 26, for observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas  holiday.

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

Likewise, offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 30 and will be closed all day Monday, Jan. 2, for observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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

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

‘Ask Mayor Hartwig’

Mayor Larry Hartwig will make his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television’s  “Before the Board” program on Monday, Dec. 5 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.

Every year, most of us have at least one or two strings of lights that didn't survive from the last season.  And many people are getting rid of all their lights, in the switch to more energy efficient strings.

Whatever your situation, the Public Works Department urges residents, “Don't throw away those broken strings of lights!”

The Village of Addison has partnered with Elgin Recycling to provide a drop box for recycling holiday lights.  The box is located at the Addison Recycling Center, 711 N. Addison Road, and will be available from Thanksgiving through February, 2012.

Lights that will be accepted include:  Mini Lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, extension cords, etc.  All colors and lengths will be accepted.  Garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclables are not accepted in this program. 

The Center is open from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 8 am to 11 am on Saturday.  It is closed on Sundays and holidays.

For more information please call the Environmental Services Division of Public Works at (630) 279-2140, or Elgin Recycling at (847) 741-4100



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