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 ...............................630-693-7530

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

September 2012

In this issue

ACTV Celebrates 30 Year On the Air

Flood Information Outreach

Regular Features

Employee of the Month

A Bit of Addison History

News Blurbs

Important Links

MayorFrom the Desk of
Mayor Larry Hartwig

The planning for our 22nd Annual Mayor's Community Charity Ball has begun, and invitations are about to go out in the mail.

But if you have not attended in the past, you may not receive a mailed invitation. So please consider THIS your invitation to attend this event, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alta Villa Banquets.

Tickets are $75 per person, which will include open bar, a delicious meal, and entertainment by Addison Trail Chamber Strings and Elmhurst College Jazz Band. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the cash raffle and silent auction.

More importantly, about half of the cost of your ticket will go directly to support those in need right here in Addison. There are 20 local organizations you can choose from. They range from our local food pantry, to service organizations, to school and park foundations. The entire community benefits from these hard-working groups.

Last year, the Mayor's Ball raised more than ever before. We were able to distribute $81,000 to the participating organizations. And again, that money is used right here in Addison.

Much of the success of the event is due to our business community, who step up each year to help with expenses to help us maximize our profits. An event this size could not be done without them.

Many of the items in the silent auction are donations from the business community as well. Many regular attendees use the Mayor's Ball to get some early Christmas shopping done. The items include gift baskets and certificates, dinner and theater tickets, jewelry, trips, sports memorabilia and much, much more. There is truly something to catch everyone's eye, and their pocketbook as well.

Last year we made changes to the auction that allow electronic bidding right from the palm of your hand, so there's no need to leave your seat, if you'd like. And it made check out simple for our guests. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and so the auction will be operated this way once again.

I hope you'll join us for the unique event. My wife Sandy and I look forward to it each year. If you'd like to learn more, please contact Doree Krage in the Community Relations Department at 630-693-7550 or email

We hope to see you there!

Larry Hartwig signature

Larry Hartwig

Addison Community Television Marks 30 Years On the Air

ACTV's first program, "Addiscene," debuted in 1982, and featured cable volunteer Don Weiss. He was hired as the Village's first Cable Coordinator in 1984, and today is Community Relations Director.

Congressman Henry Hyde made the first of many appearances on "Addiscene " in 1984, and arrived immediately after having flown Air Force One with President Ronald Reagan. He was interviewed by Don Weiss.
In 2003, Addison Community Television held a simulcast with "Telenorba" in Italy, to mark Carnevale. Families in Addison were able to see and interact with relatives back in Italy. The program featured Telenorba TV personalities.

Addison Community Television, the Village of Addison’s cable television programming service, marks its 30th year of cablecasting on Sept. 19, 2012.

The first show was produced from a studio on Army Trail Road, operated by the Village's first cable provider, Centel Cable Television Co. That show, "Addiscene," was hosted by Don Weiss, volunteering his time along with many others to bring local cable access programming to viewers.

"ACTV started with many dedicated volunteers who found local cable programming essential to Addison," said Weiss, who is now the Village's Community Relations Director. "Leaders such as Dale Bower, Tom Ehler, Dale Belanger, Harriet & Sam Bovelli, Joan Bell, Nan Pinns, Mary Girard Margaret Loftus, Don Figarelli and Ann Soderstrom-Kennedy were our biggest supporters in 1982."

Today, Addison Community Television is located in a state-of-the-art studio and control room on the second floor of Village Hall. ACTV still produces "Addiscene," along with many other programs on the 24-hour a day channel.

That 24-hour programming includes many things that other community channels simply don't offer. These include:

• Public Meetings: five taxing bodies present gavel-to-gavel coverage of their Board meetings, including the Village, Library, Park District and two school districts, providing a unique link between residents and elected officials.

• Weekly programming: programs such as public meetings are repeated several times during the week, instead of just once or twice, allowing for greater viewing at varied hours.

• Comprehensive election season programming: including a live candidates forum with viewer call-ins, candidate and political party public service announcements, and live election night coverage.

• “Ask Mayor Hartwig”: the monthly viewer call-in and email-in program, which allows

access to Addison’s mayor for questions and comments.

ACTV's facilities and capabilities are far more advanced than those of most other communities. In fact, it is often made available to neighboring municipalities, who rent the facility to produce programming for their own channels.

State legislators, such as Representative Dennis Reboletti and State Senator Carole Pankau, tape their own shows at ACTV.

Cable television as a whole has more competition for viewership, but ACTV is offered in more ways than every before.

After years of a single cable franchise operator – which switched through the years from Centel to Jones to AT&T Broadband to eventually Comcast – ACTV is now also offered via AT&T U-Verse, giving residents a choice of two subcription services that offer their local access channel.

For those who don't subscribe to either service, ACTV is now streamed live via the Village website, meaning residents and non-residents alike can tune in. Village meetings, as well as other village-produced program, are archived so that viewers can go back and watch them any time.

Over these 30 years, ACTV has seen tremendous changes, but Weiss gives credit to those volunteers who started it, along with the residents.

"The foundation that those leaders built in 1982 has brought ACTV to where it is today, and I am grateful for their pioneering spirit," Weiss said. "The greatest thanks goes to our viewers for these 30 years."

Addison Community Television logos through the years, beginning when it was called the Addison Cable Programming Association.

Flood Information Outreach Project

The Village of Addison Community Development Department – Engineering Division reminds residents of the following:

  1. Flood Insurance: Federal law requires a flood insurance policy be obtained for any federally backed mortgage secured for a building in a flood hazard area. Mapped flood hazard areas are available for viewing at the Village Hall. Currently, the Village had been upgraded to a CRS Class 6 rating (from a Class 7) that already discounted the flood insurance premiums for the Village of Addison. However, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had revised the CRS Coordinator and Application Manual effective sometime this year that can downgrade all CRS Class ratings nationwide.
  2. Drainage System Maintenance: Obstruction of natural watercourses, including man-made watercourses and storm sewers, by dumping mowed grass clippings, trash or debris and oils are prohibited. It is important to keep these drainage systems free from obstruction to ensure the flow of water and to abate the maintenance costs. Violations will result in citations and fines.
  3. Floodplain Development Permit Requirements: The Village has stringent requirements relative to storm water management for developments in all areas. Ordinances regulate all types of developments in the floodplains, not just building construction. Please report any illegal filling, development or building in floodplains to (630) 693-7530.
  1. Flood Hazard, Flood Warning, Flood Safety and Property Protection: Flood hazards and flood warning systems have been incorporated in the 1991Village’s Flood Mitigation and Flood Management Plan and also as part of the Emergency Operations Plan of the Village of Addison. In 2005, the Village also adopted the DuPage County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Brochures on stormwater management and water quality are available at the Village Hall. The Engineering Division will continue to conduct site investigations and provide technical assistance only for property protection and drainage concerns.
  2. Siren Tests, Emergency Assistance and Media Advisories: Sirens are used for weather advisories, as well as to alert the public of peacetime emergencies. Tune in to Addison Community Television Comcast Channel 6 or AT&T U Verse Channel 99 for live bulletins and updates on emergency conditions, as well as Channel 19 for printed bulletins. Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
  3. LOMAs, LOMRs and Elevation Certificates: The Community Development offices keep records of approved Letters of Amendment (LOMA) and Letters of Map Revision (LOMR) including some Elevation Certificates.
  4. Floodplain and Floodway Maps: FEMA maps effective December 16, 2004 are available for viewing at the Community Development offices. Call us at (630) 693-7530 for an appointment.

WindmillA Bit of Addison History

In a November, 1964 Press Publications article, Anthony P. Ross was described as “one of a handful of developers who have literally built the village of Addison.”  Mr. Ross acquired his first 40 acres in 1953 and the following year he built model homes for Normandy Manor subdivision.  With the help of FHA and VA financing, 395 homes were sold in three years. He then launched the original Pioneer Park subdivision in 1957, and built and sold another 300 homes there.

Anthony P. Ross

In 1960, Ross decided to leave construction on land that he had recently purchased to other builders.  Shielka & Sons and Busen Builders built most of the 150 homes of Addison Lake Manor subdivision on land that Ross owned.  He also owned land on which Westwood, Heritage Homes and Addison Highlands subdivisions were built.

The Press Publications article further describes Ross as having been “generous with free park and school sites and civic contributions.”  For example, he is credited with donating a 10-acre tract for school and park use in the Westwood subdivision.  Ross also was one of the leaders involved in locating St. Philip the Apostle Church and Driscoll Catholic High School.

Described as a vigorous supporter of a master plan and strict zoning, Anthony Ross sought a balance between homes, green space and public facilities.  The offices for both his construction company and his land development company, which was known as West Addison Development Company, were located at 27 E. Lake St.   

Andrea LieberenzEmployee of the Month

Andrea Lieberenz
Clerk Typist
Police Department
August 2012

Andrea Lieberenz has been with the Village for 3-1/2 years.  She started as a part-time transcriptionist and is now an Assistant to the Crime Free-Multi-Housing Program and Community Response Unit Division of the Police Department.

Andrea is married to Jeff, and has two daughters, Jordan, 17, and Megan, who is 14.

Her hobbies include gardening and cooking.

Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, yoga and traveling.

News Blurbs

Public Meeting on Video Gaming

Mayor Hartwig and the Village Board of Trustees will gather community input on the subject of Video Gaming at a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room.

Communities were given the authority by the State Legislature to permit businesses who have liquor licenses to operate video gaming machines in their establishments.

The Village Board has not yet made a decision on the matter, and is seeking public opinion.

Vehicle Stickers to be Displayed by Oct. 1

The deadline to display the 2012-2013 Village of Addison Vehicle Sticker is Monday, Oct. 1. This means residents must purchase their sticker by Friday, Sept. 28.

For more information, click here.


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