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

March 2012


In This Issue

Branch Pickup Returns in April

Motor Fuel Tax Road Projects

Regular Features

Village Employees of the Month

News Blurbs

A Bit of Addison History

Important Links

From the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig


Last month, I told you about the referendum that will appear on the March 20 Primary Ballot, asking if voters would like the Village of Addison to negotiate and arrange for the supply of electricity to residents. This same question will appear on the ballot in 16 communities in DuPage County, and more than 200 in the state of Illinois.


At that time, I encouraged you to educate yourself on the issue, and encouraged attendance at two informational meetings.  My wife Sandy and I attended the first one, held on Feb. 23, and was pleased to see about 40 others in attendance as well. 


Representatives from Integrys Energy Services were on hand, and fielded many thoughtful, interesting questions from concerned community members.  Even though the Village Board and staff spent time learning about this issue before deciding to place the issue on the ballot, I learned even more at that meeting, and hope others felt the same.


Electric Aggregation allows customers to band together to negotiate a lower price with a supplier.  If the referendum passes, Addison would enter into a one year contract with Integrys Energy Services, allowing residents to hopefully see a cost savings on their electric bill.

Watch the February 23
Informational Meeting

Watch a "Before the Board" interview about Electrical Aggregation


The program will not be forced upon anyone.  If the referendum passes to place this program into effect, residents will still be able to make the choice for their individual household.


In anticipation of the election, responsible voters are watching and reading about all they can before choosing candidates vying for the nominations in various county, state and federal offices.  I hope you will do the same about this issue.


A second meeting will be held Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Henry Hyde Resource Center.  In addition, coverage of the first meeting continues to air on Addison Community Television.  It is also available for viewing anytime online.  You can also learn more here or by calling 877-549-9184. 


I've been asked several times – not only at the meeting but in other venues when this topic comes up – what the Village is "getting" out of this.  This referendum will not impact the Village government in any way, financially or otherwise.  This referendum does not generate any revenue for the Village.


So, learn all you can, and be sure to make your voice heard at the ballot box on March 20, or take advantage of Early Voting.  There is no greater way for a citizen to make his or her voice heard.



Branch Pickup Resumes in April

Branches Picked Up First Week of Every 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 Service Dates

April 2
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 4
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 should be limited to eight feet in length and 8 inches in diameter.
  • Limbs larger than 8 inches in diameter should be cut into 16-inch log lengths and placed separate from the branches.
  • Branches should 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 should 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 should 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.

2012 Motor Fuel Tax Projects Announced

Street: From: To:
Pioneer Drive Army Trail Woodland
Heritage Drive Army Trail Army Trail
Byron Ave. Lombard Ninth
Meyer Drive Lombard Amelia
Flora Parkway Army Trail Cul de sac
Church Street Lincoln Fullerton
Palmer Ave. Addison Princeton
Wrightwood Ave. Addison Princeton
Iowa Ave. Lake Cul de sac

Road Construction Projects for the coming season have been approved by the Village Board of Trustees.

Funded by $2 million in Motor Fuel Tax Funds, the Village of Addison has identified 4.35 miles of streets in the Heritage, Pioneer Park and Homewood Addition subdivisions.  An additional street in the Industrial Park will be resurfaced, using redevelopment funds, and a water main in the Heritage subdivision will be replaced as well as sidewalks, for a total cost of $2.7 million.

The projects will begin in spring, and last approximately 3 months, weather permitting.

Village Employees of the Month

John Brechin
Foreman, Water Pollution Control Division
Public Works Department

February 2012

John Brechin, the February Employee of the Month, has been a Village of Addison Employee for 34 years.  As Foreman, John is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the A.J. LaRocca Facility which is the first step in the handling and treatment of wastewater and to make sure it complies with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

John and wife Coleen have 3 grown children, Kelly, Bill and David.

John’s hobbies include bike riding, running and attending sporting events.

He also enjoys playing softball, golfing and running after his grandson. 

A Bit of Addison History

A century of Girl Scouting is being celebrated this month.  On March 12, 1912, an organization now known as the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.  Juliette believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  According to the Girl Scouts of the USA website, Juliette’s goal was to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air.

Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential and relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect.  The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Enriching experiences, such as field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges and environmental stewardships are offered to its more that 3.2 million current members.

Girl Scout Day Camp at Salt Creek Forest Preserve in 1955. 

It took almost 40 years for Girl Scouting to come to Addison, probably because Addison was a rural community with a population of less than 1,000 for the first half of the century.  However, in April 1951 Troop #94 was registered and became the first Girl Scout troop here.  The troop’s leader was Mrs. Gordon Erickson and her assistant was Mrs. Peter Kuras.

The following January the DuPage County Girl Scout Council was officially chartered with 240 troops and 4,189 girls. 

Four years later the first Brownie Troop in Addison, Troop 185, was registered.  Mrs. Earle Tucker was the leader and she was assisted by Mrs. Albert Coughlin. 

Finally Troop #173 was the first Senior Troop in Addison, led by Mrs. John Hallgren and registered in May 1957.

For further information about the history of Girl Scouting in Addison, visit the Addison Historical Museum, 135 Army Trail Road. Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433.  email:

News Blurbs

Voters Information

The next Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 20.

Nominations for county, state and federal offices will be decided.

Early Voting continues through March 15.  Early Voting sites include the Addison Township Offices and Stratford Square Mall.  For a complete list of Early Voting sites and times, click here.

For information, call the Village Clerk at 543-4100.

Village Events

Get the very latest information about Village of Addison sponsored events by visiting our Special Events Facebook page at

Check out information on upcoming events, including plans for this year’s Summer of Special Events. Know a great local band? Participants are being sought for this summer’s “Battle of the Bands!”

Also see photos from past events, such as the tent raising at the Carson Barnes Circus and the Mayor’s Community Charity Ball. 

ACTV Programs

Deputy Mayor Richard Veenstra will fill in during Addison Community Television’s monthly feature, “Ask Mayor Hartwig,” to answer questions from viewers live on the air.

Tune in at 6 p.m., on Monday, March 5, 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.

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