Village of Addison
1 Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101-2786


Mayor Larry Hartwig
Clerk Lucille Zucchero

Village Trustees:
Tom Hundley
Sylvia Layne
William Lynch
Joe McDermott
Harry Theodore
Richard Veenstra

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 ...............................630-693-7330

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

May 2012

In this issue

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Electric Aggregation Info

Recycling Extravaganza

Battle of the Bands

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

MayorFrom the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

Spring means we are less likely to see weather delaying the traffic for busy commuters. But of course, it means road construction may cause delays in many areas.

If you reside in the Heritage, Pioneer Park or Home Addition subdivisions, you may be experiencing it first hand, as several streets in those areas are currently being resurfaced as part of the Motor Fuel Tax resurfacing program. Some areas are seeing more extensive construction, as watermains may be replaced as well as sidewalks.

This is part of Addison's plan, set forth several years ago, to have residential streets re-done on a 20-year rotating basis. Even when budgeting gets difficult, as it has in recent years, we do our best to adhere to this plan, knowing that maintaining infrastructure always has to be one of our top priorities. Delaying such projects only costs more in the long run.

The largest road construction project, of course, is currently being done by the Illinois Department of Transportation on the west end of town, as Illinois Route 53/Rohlwing Road is being reconstructed and widened, beginning just south of Army Trail Road and extending north all the way to the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.

After several somewhat quiet months, there has been a lot of activity in recent weeks, and traffic delays have increased. Most of these lane closures have been due to utility work in conjunction with the project. Watermains have been replaced, and more are to come. There is also work by NiCor coming soon, which will result in more lane closures.

As the Village receives information from IDOT, we do our best to keep commuters informed so that you may adjust accordingly. In addition to the lighted construction signs in that area, detailed information is posted to the "News Bulletins" section of the Village website. I encourage you to check there frequently. Urgent information is also emailed to residents for whom we have addresses.

The good news is that the majority of the project taking place within Addison – meaning from Mitchell Court north to about Centennial Park – is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

In the meantime, I encourage you to be patient and courteous of your fellow drivers. When in a hurry, perhaps consider an alternate route. But please don't avoid the area altogether, especially the businesses that are being negatively impacted by the construction. Simply allow yourself a little extra time to get in and out, but please continue to patronize these local businesses.

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Larry Hartwig

Addison Pest Update: Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Trees Throughout the Village Affected

Emerald Ash BorerThe Emerald Ash Borer is a small, non-native, metallic green invasive beetle whose larvae feed in the conductive wood tissues under the bark of ash trees.

The resulting damage cuts off the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and ultimately causes the tree’s decline and eventual death.

Ash trees can be infested with EAB for a few years before the tree begins to demonstrate any signs of EAB infestation.

Since each female can lay up to 90 eggs, fly within a ½ mile from origin (or greater), and can breed in an area undetected for several years, EAB infestations have proven to be fast spreading and overwhelming for municipalities.

The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in Addison in July 2009 and has since been found infesting ash trees to some extent in nearly every subdivision throughout the Village.

Since its discovery, the Village of Addison has been engaged in the ongoing process of delineating the extent of localized infestations, removing and replacing positive identifications, and inspecting suspect trees along the Village right-of-ways.

The Village continues to mark and remove positively identified infested public ash trees in an attempt to slow the rate of infestation and tree mortality, as each year the rate of infestation increases exponentially.

Trees removed will be replaced during future planting seasons by the Village (subject to appropriate tree spacing).

Infested trees found on private property shall be addressed through Village ordinances. Ash tree owners may ask about chemical treatment options to help protect their trees; however the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s).

The Village of Addison has approximately 2,300 ash trees scattered throughout Addison’s parkways, making up roughly 16 percent of the village’s 14,000 estimated total canopy.

The Village proactively eliminated the planting of Ash species in the Village parkways and new subdivision construction after reports of wide spread damage throughout Michigan in 2002, helping to insure a greater species diversity throughout Addison.

How do I know if the tree on my property or parkway is an Ash tree?

Below are a few internet links to help you identify ash trees:

How can I tell if my Ash tree is infested by the Emerald Ash Borer?

Signs and Symptoms of EAB include: Emerald Ash Borer Hole

• Canopy dieback
• Very small D-shaped exit holes
• Shoots sprouting from the tree trunks
• S-shaped larval galleries underneath the bark
• Splitting and flecking bark
• Extensive / increased woodpecker damage

* Ash trees exhibiting three (3) or more of these signs / symptoms shall be declared as a nuisance infestation and designated as a required removal by the Director of Public Works or his designee.

What can I do to protect my tree from the Emerald Ash Borer?

Once identified as infested by Village arborists, the suspect Ash tree shall be designated as a required removal. Ash trees not confirmed as infested can be treated with insecticides to help prevent infestation.

Boring insects already in the tree, improper applications or improper timing of applications contribute to poor or ineffective control. Chemical applications will need to be applied to a healthy tree annually for the term of that tree’s existence. When considering ongoing, annual usage of insecticidal control, one should weigh the value of the tree against the cost of treatment.

Even if a property owner has invested time and money in proactive treatments, the Village will require its removal if the tree in question has been determined to be infested.

Again, the only guaranteed method to control Emerald Ash Borer is to remove the host tree(s). Insects and insect holes are commonly found in parkway trees. Several native wood boring insects are often found attacking weakened ash trees.

Ash trees may appear to be declining for several other reasons.

• Live branches can be brittle and prone to breakage during dry seasons.
• Sprouts along the branches and trunk may form in the year following a heavy pruning.
• Ash trees along the roadside may also exhibit dead branches resulting from poor soils, root damage, insufficient soil moisture, and salt damage.

It is very important for area residents to be aware and vigilant in inspecting their ash trees for this pest. If you suspect you may have found adult or larval form of this insect, contact the Village of Addison Department of Public Works, at (630) 620-2020.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the following links:

Electric Aggregation: What Happens Next?

As a result of the referendum passed by voters in March, the Village of Addison has entered into a contract with Integrys Energy Services to provide the supply of electricity to residents.

On April 9 and 16, the Village Board of Trustees held two public hearings, allowing public input into the matter, before they approved the one-year contract. This contract will automatically go into effect for all residents and small businesses who do not already have a contract with another supplier, and who do not opt-out of the program.

The contract was signed, and the rate was fixed, on Tuesday, April 17. Residents will pay $0.0459/kwh. ComEd currently charges $0.0773/kwh, and is expected to lower to just $0.07 this summer.

In the coming weeks, residents will receive a letter in the mail from the Village of Addison and Integrys Energy Services, outlining the terms and conditions of this new contract.

If you do not wish to take advantage of this program, a postcard will be included with this letter. To opt-out of the program, you will fill out the postcard and mail it back. You can also opt-out by calling the toll-free phone number which will be included, or by visiting the website address in the letter.

If you do wish to be included, do nothing! Your electric supplier will automatically by switched over to Integrys, tentatively by your June billing.

Remember, your electric bill will continue to come from ComEd, since they remain your electricity distributor. Integrys will be listed as a line item on your ComEd bill, as your new electricity supplier.

If you do not intend to take advantage of this Electric Aggregation program, it is important that you follow the "opt-out" instructions. After this period has ended, if you wish to cancel your contract with Integrys Energy Services you may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

For more information, call 877-549-9184, or visit

If you are already an Integrys customer you will receive a letter from Integrys explaining that this aggregation rate is lower than the one you currently receive, but Integrys cannot change you over without your permission.

If you would like to switch to the aggregation rate without an early termination fee, you will simply contact Integrys to enter into this new one-year contract.

Addison's Recycling Extravaganza is Back

The Village of Addison invites you to a Recycling Extravaganza, sponsored by Republic Waste.

The event will be held Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Public Works Facility, at 1491 Jeffrey Drive.

This is a great opportunity to help protect our environment by properly recycling your items, so clean out those cabinets, basements, closets, garages and storage units.

This is not a household hazardous event. No clothing, toys or paints will be accepted.

For more information, contact Leslie Buelle at 630-693-7506.


Acceptable Items Include:

•Eye glasses
•Hearing Aids
•Cell phones
•Oil / Anti Freeze
•Scrap Metal

•Building Supplies/Appliances/Lighting
•Classroom Books/Supplies
•CFL Bulbs
•Fire Extinguishers
•American Flags

Battle of the Bands

WindmillA Bit of Addison History

According to an advertisement in the November 4, 1964 issue of The Addison News-Bulletin, John Harvey Nurseries, Inc. was located on more than 100 acres at the northeast corner of Lake Street and Mill Road, and had been in the business of growing quality trees, shrubs and evergreens since 1926.

The nursery had an inventory of more than 5,000 trees, and offered complete landscaping services, with a specialization in sodding, to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

There were other similar businesses nearby in 1964, including Green Mill Gardens at 19 W 335 Lake Street, D. R. Church Landscaping at 19 W 441 Lake Street and wholesaler Eugene A. de St. Aubin and Brother, Inc. on Mill Road, north of Lake Street.  The current St. Aubin Drive, located west of Mill Road, just south of I-290, was named after this business.

For further information on this subject, visit the Addison Historical Museum, 135 Army Trail Road.  Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Phone:  (630) 628-1433. 

Nursery Truck

In this photo, a Harvey’s Nurseries truck is shown participating in a 1939 parade in Addison celebrating the 100th anniversary of DuPage County.

News Blurbs

Branch Pickup Reminder

Branch Pickup begins the first Monday of each month and is completed by the end of the week, regardless of where you reside within the Village.

If you should miss the pickup within your area, branches should not be placed at the curb until the next pickup, otherwise you may be subject to code violations. Special pickups cannot be scheduled.

Branch pickup will begin on the following dates: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 4 and October 6.

For further guidelines for branch pickup, click here.

Landscape Waste Removal

Landscape waste pickup has begun and will continue through November.

Grass and other landscape waste should be kept separate from other solid wastes, and will be removed on normal garbage pickup days by the contracted waste hauler.

Acceptable yard waste will be collected either from bags or trash cans. Residents may fill 30-33 gallon trash containers with landscape waste, provided they obtain landscape waste stickers at Village Hall and affix them to each container. There is no charge for the decals, which are necessary to make the landscape waste easily distinguishable and visible to the collectors. One sticker is needed per container.

Otherwise, residents may purchase paper biodegradable bags at area retailers. Stickers are not necessary when utilizing the paper bag system.

An unlimited amount of landscape waste may be placed at curbside, but it must be kept separate from other garbage. Mixed garbage will not be removed. Large branches, tree cuttings, sod rolls, root balls and soil are not acceptable in the landscape waste program.

Citizen Mosquito Hotline

Village of Addison residents are encouraged to call the Clarke Call Center (800/942-2555) for the following primary reasons:

• To report excessive mosquito annoyance conditions
• To report stagnant water areas after a heavy rainfall
• To find out information about the products being sprayed
• To request to be added to the call list for notification before an adult mosquito control application is made
• General information about mosquitoes and homeowner tips
• Adult mosquito control shutoff request
• To find out operational scheduling information (when WCMAD was sprayed last or will be sprayed in the future)

'Ask Mayor Hartwig' Live May 7

Mayor Larry Hartwig makes his monthly appearance on Addison Community Television's Before the Board program on Monday, May 7 to answer questions from residents.

Tune in to the live broadcast at 6 p.m., and call in with a question or concern to speak to the Mayor on the air. Or email your question before or during the program to

Addison Community Television airs on Comcast Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and is streamed live here.

Garden Market Planned

The Village of Addison is exploring the possibility of coordinating a "Garden Market" – an opportunity for local gardeners to meet weekly to sell some of the excess produce from their own gardens.

If you or someone you know is a backyard gardener, who may be interested in participating, please email as soon as possible.

Crafters Needed

The Addison Historical Museum will host a Craft Fair every Thursday evening in June and July, from 6 - 8 p.m. on the grounds of the museums, and crafters are needed. There is no fee to participate, but you must bring your own table and chairs, and you must register beforehand.

Call the Museum at 630-628-1433, or email

John BrechinEmployee of the Month

Maria Conrad
Principal Account Clerk
Finance Department
April 2012

Maria Conrad has been a Village of Addison Employee for 28 years.

Before becoming Part-Time Payroll Account Clerk in the Finance Department, Maria also worked for 2 years in the Building Department and 4 years in the Water Billing Department.

Maria is responsible for processing payroll for all Village of Addison employees and also for distributing and processing the Police Department Police Pension checks.

Maria and her husband John have 3 sons, John, 18; Nicholas, 14; and Alex age 10.

Her hobbies include reading; she also likes to walk for exercise.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys attending her sons sporting events which include volleyball, basketball and baseball. 

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