The Village of Bartlett publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to all Bartlett residents approximately the first week of even months. Also, be sure to check out our online community calendar for information about upcoming events.
Steppin’ Out this Spring!
Craft & Vendor Show
Saturday, 3/1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mark your calendar because Bartlett Hills Golf Club & Banquets, 800 W. Oneida Avenue, is hosting many new crafters and vendors this year. Admission is $2 or free with donated food items for Hanover Township’s Food Pantry. There will also be Raffles! Raffles! and more Raffles! For more information, please call 630-213-3103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Night Fish Fry
March 7 through April 18
The Friday Night Fish Fry at Bartlett Hills Golf Club & Banquets, 800 W. Oneida Avenue, starts on March 7 and is available Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. through April 18.
Bartlett Woman’s Club Bunny Lunch
Saturday, 4/5 at noon
The Bartlett Woman’s Club annual Bunny Lunch is at noon on Saturday, 4/5 at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 W. Bartlett Road. Enjoy pizza, lemonade, cupcakes, gifts and prizes. Tickets are $7 per person and reservations for children and adults must be made in advance. Call Cristina, 630-289-8426.
Aqua Egg Hunt @Splash Central
Friday, 4/18 at 10 a.m.
Change up your egg hunt this year by collecting eggs from the activity pool in Bartlett Park District’s Splash Central, 700. S. Bartlett Road. Stay after the event to meet Navigator, the Splash Central mascot, and swim. Everyone must pre- register at the Park District. Bring/wear a bathing suit and bring a towel and collection basket/container for your eggs. This event is for babies through age 8 and older at a fee of $8 resident/ $10 nonresident. No additional charge for Splash Central pass holders, but you MUST register in advance.
Bartlett Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, 4/19 at 1:30 p.m. (don’t be late!)
Children, age 8 and younger, are invited to the annual Bartlett Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. The event is free and is held at the open fields north of the Bartlett Community Center, 700 W. Bartlett Road.
Timeout with the Trustees
Michael E. Camerer
Gregory A. Martin
Aaron H. Reinke
The Village of Bartlett operates under the Budget Officer Act, which requires the budget to be adopted by the beginning of the fiscal year - May 1. Two major planning processes, Strategic Planning and Capital Improvements Programming, impact budget development.
The Village Board met on January 18 to review the input we received throughout the year from residents and businesses and to update and discuss the goals/objectives of the Strategic Plan. Bartlett’s management staff is now working on action steps to achieve the goals identified during that January meeting. The Strategic Plan provides the base for the Village budget and work programs.
A second major influence on the budget is the Capital Improvements Program, a 5-year plan that is updated annually. The upcoming year of this plan is incorporated into the operating budget.
Preparation of the operating budget begins in earnest in September. Budget forms, spending guidelines, and schedules are reviewed in October or November. Departments submit their requests in December. Reviews with the budget team begin thereafter and last into late January. The proposed budget document is presented to the Village Board near the end of February and made available to the public at the Main office. Village Board review sessions and a public hearing are held in March. The budget is approved in April.
As we near the end of this fiscal year and prepare for the start of the next, we feel it is important to share information about the Village’s financial condition with you. We have included some details here that explain where the Village’s money comes from, how it is spent and how we allocated for Village programs and services in the 2013/14 budget.
What impact does the Village tax levy
Property tax revenue is the most stable of the Village revenue sources. However, the Village receives less than 9% of your total property tax bill. Other taxing districts that receive the remaining 91% of these tax dollars include the school district, park district, library district, fire protection district, township, county, and more.
The Village has traditionally endeavored to maintain a level or declining property tax rate. The Village Board decreased taxes by lowering the 2013 tax levy by 5.06 percent.
Where The Money Comes from
The Village's revenue stream is diverse, with no single dominant source. Below is an explanation of the Village’s revenue sources and a chart, on the left, showing budgeted amounts in each category for fiscal year 2013/14, when revenues are expected to total $52.1 million, an increase of 10.58% from the prior year.
Property Taxes - revenue from annual tax levy.
Where The Money Goes & the 2013/14 Budget
The current budget, adopted April 2, 2013, includes expenditures totalling $56.2 million, a 15.9% increase from the prior year. The operating portion of the budget totals $39.5 million, a 6.4% increase from the prior year.
The budget was constructed to accomplish the following:
The chart, above right, shows the distribution of expenditures by program. Capital Projects, Public Works, and Public Safety represent about 78% of the expenditures. General Government, Golf, and Debt Service account for the remaining 22%.
Capital Projects - includes such items as roadway, sidewalk & bike path improvements and maintenance of the Village sewer and water systems.
FLOOD HAZARD AREAS
The Village of Bartlett has some floodplain areas. On the northwest side of town is the Brewster Creek Tributary. In the middle of town there is some floodplain in the Wayne Grove Forest Preserve. The northeastern part of the Village has the Brewster Creek floodplain, which flows to the West Branch of the DuPage River floodplain.
Information on whether your property is in the 100-year floodplain can be obtained by coming into the Village of Bartlett Building Department. Maps are available for viewing, as well as other flood-related information. Contact the Village of Bartlett Building Department, 630-837-0800 for further assistance.
NATURAL & BENEFICIAL FUNCTIONS
Floodplains play a valuable role in providing natural benefits to the Village of Bartlett and the surrounding area. Floodplains that are relatively undisturbed provide open spaces and aesthetic pleasure, as well as function for active processes, such as filtering nutrients.
Wayne Grove Forest Preserve and Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve floodplains are used to filter farm chemical run-off so that these areas can maintain biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability. Both floodplains contain historic and archeological sites that provide opportunity for education. Both enhance waterfowl, fish and other wildlife habitats and provide feeding/breeding grounds. And lastly, both floodplains provide natural erosion control and open space so further flooding damage does not occur.
Flash-flooding is the general type of flooding caused by heavy rain events. A flooding event can occur with 2 to 4 inches of rain in a 3 to 4 hour time period on some streets throughout the Village. Several detention areas may rise during these events. However, all of the Village streets are designed to additionally store stormwater for a period of time.
The Village experienced a record rain event in September of 2008; almost 9 inches of rain occurred in less than a 24-hour period. The Village has made several drainage improvements since then and is continually making improvements in the community.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
As simple as it may sound, keeping smaller ditches and streams free of debris can dramatically improve the run-off capacity of low-lying areas and can greatly reduce the occurrence of blockage that significantly contributes to flooding.
It is illegal to dump materials into a required waterway and violators may be fined. If you see someone in the act of dumping or see debris in one of Bartlett’s watercourses, please contact the Village Public Works Department at 630-837-0811.
Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their perimeter drainage swales. You may have a storm inlet in your yard; if you do, make sure to keep it clear of debris. If you have any flooding or drainage concerns on your property, the Village of Bartlett staff is available to assess your drainage concerns. You can contact the Building Department at 630-837-0800.
PROPERTY PROTECTION MEASURES
If your property is susceptible to flooding, there are many flood damage reduction measures you can employ.
• Watertight seals can be applied to brick and block walls to protect against low-level flooding.
• Utilities, such as heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters and other major appliances can be elevated to higher floors in the structure or onto raised platforms.
• Temporary measures, such as moving furniture and other valuables to higher floors or sandbagging exterior openings, will also help.
• Elevating or relocating the entire structure may also be a feasible option.
FLOODPLAIN PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
All development within the 100-year floodplain (not just construction of buildings, but filling, excavation, fences, etc.) requires a Village Development Permit. Applications must be made prior to doing any work in a floodplain area.
Please contact the Village Building Department, 630-837-0800, to receive all the information you need to properly develop in the floodplain. You may report any illegal development activities to the above number as well.
If you do not have flood insurance, talk to your insurance agent. Most homeowner insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. Flood insurance is only available to communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Because of Bartlett’s floodplain management programs, which attempt to protect property owners from multiple flooding hazards, the Village is part of the NFIP. Bartlett residents are able to obtain flood insurance. Additionally, because the Village participates in FEMA’s CRS program, flood insurance premiums are discounted.
Be sure to check your policy to ensure you have adequate coverage. Typical policies cover the building structure, but not the contents. Contents coverage can also be obtained by asking.
There is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage becomes effective. Plan ahead; do not wait until a flood is predicted before purchasing flood insurance. If you are building inside the floodplain and are using a federally regulated lender/bank for a loan, the purchase of flood insurance is mandatory.
If the cost of improvements to a building or the cost to repair damages (from any cause) to a building exceeds 50% of the market value of the building (excluding land value), the NFIP requires that the entire building be brought up to current floodplain management standards. Building improvement projects include exterior and interior remodeling, rehabilitation, additions and repair and reconstruction projects. Please contact the Village of Bartlett Building Department at 630-837-0800 for further information.
FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM
Many times, flooding of streets and parking lots in Bartlett can be predicted, allowing ample time for preparation and evacuation. However, in the event of a flash flood due to a large rain event, there may only be hours to execute a plan. Once the Bartlett Police and Bartlett Fire Protection District are notified of an oncoming flood event, the Village’s Emergency Alert System will be activated. The Village can send a Code Red or mass emergency notification system alert to the entire Village or a specific neighborhood. Community alerts and additional safety information will also be posted to the Village website and cable television station.
Here are some additional resources for flood-related issues in the Village of Bartlett:
• FEMA.gov website
• Village Hall, 630-837-0800
• Floodplain FAQ page
• Bartlett Public Library
Zoned for Business
The former Sheep & Fiddle restaurant at 1085 W. Army Trail Road is now home to O’Hare’s Pub. It is owned by Village residents Bill and Peggy O’Hare Vance.
The pub serves traditional Irish food, including boxty, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd ’s pie, as well as a variety of burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and much more. courtesy of chef Simon Kearney. O’Hare’s also features a full bar.
O’Hare’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. It is closed on Mondays.
Follow the restaurant on Facebook for specials and events or visit www.oharespub.com.
Xtreme Training Academy is open at 1292 Humbracht Circle, Unit E, in the Brewster Creek Business Park. Owner Nik Farooqui has many years of experience in all types of martial arts, fitness and firearms training, and he has provided training for several federal law enforcement agencies.
Xtreme is a reality-based martial arts and fitness studio for adults only. It offers intense training with a family feel in a safe, clean, well-lit environment. The new Bartlett business also provides firearms training courses that satisfy the requirements under Illinois’ conceal/carry law.
Farooqui has established a not-for-profit agency called Street Safe (www.streetsafe101.com) and will be offering a women’s self-defense seminar in February.
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings at 6 and 7 p.m. and on Saturday mornings. Check Xtreme’s Facebook page or at www.ballisticfightingmethods.com and future website www.xtremetrainingacademy.com for further details. You can also call 630-780-0054.
Did You Know?
...that as of the end of November 2013, Public Works staff and contractors had removed 1,132 emerald ash borer infested trees from Village parkways.
The PW Department estimates that it will take three years to completely remove and replant all the trees impacted by the EAB infestation. In the next two years, approximately 1,000 more trees will be removed and 1,000 trees will be planted each year. In the final year of the program, (2016 - 2017), 800 trees will be planted.
Seasoned with History
a Digital Cookbook
From oyster suppers to pancake breakfasts, food has always been a part of Bartlett's heritage. This digital "cookbook" continues the community ’s tradition of sharing mouthwatering recipes and family favorites with neighbors and friends. Each recipe in the collection is illustrated with a vintage Bartlett photo or, you might say, it comes served with a taste of yesterday's Bartlett.
Discover these delectable sweet and savory recipes on the Village of Bartlett Museums website www.villageofbartlettmuseums.org or if you are on Pinterest, type Village of Bartlett Museums in the search bar.
Enjoy and let the museum know if you have a recipe and/or photo that you would like to add to the collection by emailing Director Pam Rohleder, email@example.com.
Call for Artists
Steam Engines & Toddler Story Time!
With a hiss and huff the mighty steam engines of the past chugged through Bartlett, carrying passengers and freight! The Bartlett Depot Museum invites everyone to check out its two new exhibits, which focus on these stately trains.
The “Age of Steam” features images of steam locomotives in Bartlett and illustrates how they worked. It also looks at how steam and the rails combined allowed early Bartlett businesses, such as the Huntley Dairy, to prosper.
“Full Steam Ahead!” showcases the majestic steam rail photography of Bartlett resident Tom Cerwin.
A new addition to the Depot Museum’s program offerings this year is a free toddler story time. The first story time, “Steam Power,” is Monday, 2/10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, 3/10 is the next story time, when you can enjoy “Moo, Said the Cow!” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required. Please call 630-837-0800 to reserve your time and spot.
My Pretty Valentine Card Making Open House
Wednesday, 2/5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since the 1700s, cards expressing love and caring have been sent on Valentine’s Day. The Victorians turned these greetings into lavish love notes by adding flowers, lace, and winged cupids.
The Bartlett History Museum invites everyone to the annual “My Pretty Valentine” Card Making Open House. Guests of all ages can drop by the museum, located in Village Hall, to create beautiful valentines for the special people on their list. All materials are provided and no registration is required for this free event.
To inspire your cardmaking, the Bartlett History Museum’s collection of vintage valentines, dating from the early to mid 1900s, is now on display until the end of February. The exhibition, entitled “Sweet Sentiments,” is located in the council chamber hallway at Village Hall. Call 630-837-0800 for additional information.
From the Archives
Spittoons, also known as cuspidors, are receptacles for spit. They were popular in the United States in the late 19th century in saloons and other common gathering places for men. Because they provided an alternative to spitting on the floors, streets and sidewalks, they were seen as an advancement in public health.
Brass was the most common material used for spittoons though ornamental and decorative porcelain ones were produced. One such example is this spittoon, owned by Charles F. Schultz, Bartlett’s fourth Village President.
Though void of makers’ marks, the spittoon is embellished with floral transfers and a gold tone band. Schultz’s spittoon and one from the Bartlett Tavern are currently on exhibit in the lobby of Village Hall.
Police Open House & Lions Pancake Breakfast
The Bartlett Police Department is hosting its free, annual Open House event on Sunday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fun-filled family event is being held in conjunction with the Bartlett Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main Street.
The Bartlett Lions Club will be flipping pancakes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member or at the door.
The Police Open House is a great opportunity for residents to interact with members of the Bartlett Police Department, tour the police station, sit inside the new police cars, and enjoy a wide selection of different police displays and demonstrations.