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Village of Addison eNewsletter
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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.
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.
Branches Picked Up First Week of Every Month
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.
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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Get the very latest information about Village of Addison sponsored events by visiting our Special Events Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/AddisonEvents.
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!”
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 AskMayorHartwig@addison-il.org.
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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