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.
Ready, Set, Build!
First come April showers...followed by May flowers...can thoughts of home improvement projects be far behind? But before you start, get all the information you need for proper permitting so that your home not only looks great when you are done with your project but can be safely enjoyed for many years to come.
Pick up your Home Improvement Guide at the Earth Day celebration at Bartlett Nature Center in James “Pate” Philip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road, on Saturday, April 26 from noon until 4 p.m. Bartlett Building Department staff will be available to answer your questions about the Illinois Energy Conservation Codes and can guide you through the permit details for your project. They also will be handing out free CFL light bulbs.
Building permits are required because your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with Village codes, the value of your investment is reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to make costly repairs. Also, by following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.
If you are hiring an outside contractor for your next home project, please make sure whoever you hire is licensed and bonded to work in the Village. See a list of contractors licensed to work in the Village.
The Building Department also reminds you that May is national “Building Safety Month,” with a focus on a different topic each week: Week One, May 5 to 11 - Keeping Fire in its Place; Week Two, May 12 to 18 - Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm; Week Three, May 19 to 25 - Surround Your House with Safety; Week Four, May 26 to 31 - Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow. Visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org for more information.
A Minute with the Mayor
Many of you are probably familiar with the old saying that there are only two seasons in the Chicago area -- winter and road construction. Let me share some good news for Bartlett on both of these fronts.
The good news part one is that the great winter of 2013-2014 is finally in our rearview mirror and receding quickly. The “polar vortex” brought record cold and snow our way and kept our Public Works Department working overtime. In January alone, extreme temperatures led to 33 frozen pipe calls to our Water Department. Water personnel also assisted the Streets Department with salting and plowing. PW crews were called out for snow removal and ice control on 36 separate occasions from December through February, including many nights and weekends. A big thank you for all the long hours and hard work of our Public Works Department.
Now the temperatures are going up, the snow and ice have melted and, you guessed it, it’s road construction season in the Village.
In April of 2012, the Village approved a $13.5 million bond issue to pay for a portion of the flood mitigation plan for the Hearthwood Farms area and also to fund a much needed, three-year road improvement project.
The Village’s annual Motor Fuel Tax road improvements plan only provides for resurfacing of about two percent of municipal streets each year. This large, three-year bond project would help reduce the backlog of work on the worst pavements, addressing approximately 40 miles of Village roads.
The Village had not issued bonds for its own purposes in 13 years and was very fortunate to be able to benefit from both a low interest rate environment and its own strong credit rating.
This spring and summer will be the final year of this three-year project. Last month the Village awarded the road improvement work to Plote Construction, which will perform spot repair of curb and gutter, pavement patching, milling and asphalt resurfacing on Village streets.
So the good news part two is that successful bidding has allowed the Village to greatly exceed the original scope of this project. In the first year, 18 miles of resurfacing was completed and in the second year another 32 miles were done. At the conclusion of the project this summer, the Village will have resurfaced approximately 72 miles of roads over three years. This is half of the 140 total miles of Village streets and about 75 percent more miles of road improvements than we originally anticipated in 2012.
No one likes driving around detours or holding their nose to escape the smell of hot asphalt, but paving over the potholes of this past winter and keeping Village streets in good repair is probably something we can all appreciate.
While I’m sharing good news let me share that the Village has lowered the amount of property taxes it will levy in the fall. The proposed 2014 property tax budget will decrease 3.24% from the 2013 amount. The General Corporate levy will decrease 3.53% and the Police Pension fund will decrease 12.12% due to good investment performance and a lower required contribution. For fiscal year 2014/15, a homeowner with a residence valued at $300,000 will pay approximately $861 towards the Village of Bartlett portion of their property tax bill.
Finally, in an effort to more easily share Bartlett’s financial and other information, the Village has added a link to a new Transparency Page on the homepage of this website. This improvement has earned the Village a grade of 90.6 out of 100 from the Illinois Policy Institute and made us eligible for a sunshine award, which is given to the most transparent municipalities.
Senior Utility Tax Rebate
IF YOU ARE A WATER BILLING CUSTOMER AND FILLED OUT AN APPLICATION LAST YEAR, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REFILE
To be eligible for the rebate, first time applicants must show that they are 65 or older, have been a resident since May 1, 2013, and hold a natural gas or electricity account in their name.
To apply, submit a completed application, proof of age (waived if you currently receive a senior water bill discount) and a copy of an April 2014 natural gas or electricity bill. If you pay for natural gas or electricity through rent or a homeowners association fee you will need additional documentation to apply, such as a rental agreement or letter from your homeowner’s association.
Rebate applications must be delivered to the Village Hall Main Office, put in the parking lot drop box or, if mailed, postmarked no later than June 6, 2014. If mailing, address to: Village of Bartlett, Utility Tax Rebate, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett, IL 60103. Please contact the Main Office, 630-837-0800, with any questions.
Zoned for Business
After extensively remodeling the former Nest Café restaurant building, Jack Tian has opened Tokyo Steakhouse II, a Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar, at 800 S. Route 59. Tian’s first Tokyo Steakhouse is in Tinley Park.
Tokyo Steakhouse II offers an extensive sushi and sashimi menu, tempura dishes and multi-course chicken, steak and seafood hibachi meals prepared for you at your tabletop grill by Teppanyaki chefs. You can also order a cocktail from the full bar to enjoy with your meal.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, dinner menu only, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the website, www.tokyosteakhouseil.com, or call for more information, 630-580-0168.
Stella’s Place is open at 1015 W. Stearns Road in the Stearns Crossing Shopping Center. A neighborhood friendly video-gaming café, Stella’s is a gathering place for adults who want to enjoy a light meal and gaming without having to travel to a casino.
The menu includes flatbreads, breakfast items served all day long, “lite bites,” such as soft pretzels and chicken wings, and an assortment of minis, including beef sliders, bratwursts and hoagies. Wine and beer is also available.
Stella’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. with extended hours until 2 a.m. on weekends. Look for the cafe’s Facebook page under “Stellas Place Bartlett” or call 847-423-8161 for details.
Seasons Produce & Specialty Market will be replacing the Village-sponsored farmers market in downtown Bartlett this summer. Opening in Bartlett Plaza, on the corner of Devon and Main Street, this will be a second Bartlett location for Seasons Produce, which has brought the freshest, tastiest produce and specialty items to the northwest corner of Route 59 and Stearns Road and other nearby communities for the past couple of years now.
Come see, smell and shop the pick of the crop from local growers on Friday and Saturday in the new Bartlett Plaza location and continuing on Saturday and Sunday at the Route 59 location. Seasons Produce anticipates opening sometime in May, depending on Mother Nature.
Sign up now at email@example.com to receive e-mail updates about opening dates and special sales. Before you know it, you’ll be strolling under the large outdoor tent and finding a seasonal bounty of fruits, vegetables and specialty gourmet food items for your spring and summer meals!
.Your Earth, Your Parks
Celebrate Earth Day with the Bartlett Park District and the Bartlett Parks Foundation from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, 4/26 at Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road in the James “Pate” Philip State Park.
This is the Park District’s 14th year of recognizing this great environmental awareness event. Everyone is invited to this FREE family friendly celebration, where you will see a variety of demonstrations, educational exhibits, and hands-on activities.
No reservation required. For more information, call the Park District at 847-608-3100 or visit www.bartlettparks.org.
Then, come one, come all, come clean up your community! The Village, in cooperation with the Bartlett Park District, will be holding a community park clean-up day on Saturday, 5/3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Residents, civic groups and businesses, are invited to keep the spirit of Earth Day going by helping with this clean-up effort. For more information or to sign up for this event, call Scott Skrycki, 630-837-0800. Bags and gloves will be available through the Village.
Did You Know?
...that Illinois celebrates Arbor Day each year on the last Friday in April and that the state tree is the White Oak?
Today the most common date for the observance of Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day on that date. But a number of state Arbor Days are at other times to coincide with the best tree planting weather. Arbor Day dates range from January and February in the south to May in the far north.
Head Fore the Hills
Reservations are accepted up to one week in advance by calling the Golf Shop at 630-837-2741. Internet tee times are accepted up to 10 days in advance by visiting the Bartlett Hills website, www.bartletthills.com. Normal Golf Shop hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours of operation vary depending on the time in the season.
The practice range is open 6:30 a.m. to dusk on weekdays and 5:30 a.m. to dusk on weekends. Balls cost $5 for a small bucket and $9 for a large bucket.
The Bartlett Hills PGA professionals, Bob Gavelek and Phil Lenz, offer golf lessons six days per week, by appointment only. Individual, series and group lessons are available. Call the Golf Shop at 630-837-2741 for more information.
May is FREE Lesson Month, a PGA of America program. Gavelek and Lenz will be offering free 10-minute lessons all month. Please call for available lesson times.
The Bartlett Hills Junior Golf Program will again be offered this summer. For Junior Golf Program dates and complete details, visit www.bartletthills.com.
Properly fitted clubs are important to junior golfers. The Golf Shop stocks junior clubs, and staff is able to fit children ages 3 to 14.
BARTLETT HILLS RESTAURANT
Bartlett Hills is open daily for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Call in advance to have your lunch ready when you arrive. The entire menu is also available for takeout. Restaurant hours will be extended later in the spring to accommodate golfers and evening guests.
An all-you-can-eat Fish Fry is available Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. through April 18.
A champagne brunch will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Easter, April 20, and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mother’s Day, May 11. Brunch will include an omelette station, pancake station, classic breakfast items, prime rib, baked ham, roast turkey and seafood selections, and a fabulous pastries and sweet table. Reservations are required, so call early. Tax and service charge added to each check.
If you would like to host a special occasion at Bartlett Hills, please call the food and beverage department, 630-213-3103.
Visit www.bartletthills.com to stay informed about activities at Bartlett Hills Golf Club, which has earned a 4 1/2 star rating as a Top Public Course from Chicagoland Golf.
It’s time for Bartlett Public Works to flush all fire hydrants. This process removes iron deposits from the water mains and ensures that hydrants are working correctly.
The flushing may cause temporary water discoloration. Please check for discolored water before doing any laundry during the dates the hydrants in your area are being flushed.
April 14 - 24: Area 1 - north of Stearns Road
April 25 - May 1: Area 2 - south of Stearns Road
D.A.R.E. Family Fishing Derby
The Bartlett Police Department is hosting its annual D.A.R.E. Family Fishing Derby on Saturday, 5/17. This free event will take place at Beaver Pond, on Kingston Lane and Fairview Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this friendly catch-and-release fishing derby with members of the police department. There also will be raffles and prizes at the conclusion of the event.
All participants 16-years-old or older should be properly licensed and bring their own fishing tackle. Fishing bait will be provided. D.A.R.E. graduates are encouraged to wear their D.A.R.E. shirts at this fun-filled police-community event.
Please call the Bartlett Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, 630-837-0846 for more information.
New Scam Alerts for Residents
Bartlett residents are being warned about two recent scams that have been reported to the police department. Several residents have received calls from international telephone numbers on their cellular phones. The caller will ring your cellular telephone number and then immediately disconnect, hoping that you are curious enough to redial the missed number. If the cell phone owner returns the call, they are often charged an international calling rate of $19.95.
Other residents have reported receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to work for Microsoft and warning them about a virus on their computer. The caller then offers to remove the virus and asks you to authorize remote access to your computer. Once the scammer has accessed your computer, they can install malicious software, steal personal information or direct you to fraudulent websites.
Prescription Drug Dropoff Reminder
Prescription drug use is on the rise, and very often teenagers do not have to go any farther than the family medicine cabinet to find these types of drugs.
Residents can safely dispose of leftover medications by taking advantage of Bartlett’s free, monthly prescription drug dropoff. Unused and expired prescription drugs, OTC medications and sharps can be brought to Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street, from 9 a.m. until noon on the last Saturday of each month. Items accepted in the program include non-controlled prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, liquid medication in leak-proof containers, pet medications, vitamins/supplements, ointments, lotions, homeopathic remedies, suppositories and sharps, such as needles and syringes.
No controlled substances or personal care items will be accepted. Thermometers, IV bags, bloody and infectious waste, empty containers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and full inhalers are also not acceptable.
Brush Collection 2014
The Village of Bartlett has a Brush Pick-up program that runs April through November. The collections begin on Monday but may take a few days to complete. Once crews have passed through the area, they will not return for any items placed out late. They will not be picked up until the next scheduled pick-up.
See more information & the 2014 Collection Schedule
Be a Museum Volunteer
The Village of Bartlett Museums is seeking enthusiastic, personable volunteers with a passion for history and a vibrant spirit to interpret Bartlett’s storied past for visitors via the museums’ exhibitions. Interpreters must be comfortable speaking to individuals and groups, who can range in age from toddlers to seniors. A knowledge of rail history is a plus.
Apprentice Program, Students in Grades 6-8
Do you like museums? Think you might want to work in one? The Village of Bartlett Museums is offering an opportunity for four students, in grades 6 to 8, to learn what the museum field is all about.
This summer program offers students hands-on opportunities, such as working with the museum’s collection, researching and recording Bartlett’s history and even curating a small exhibit.
The Village of Bartlett Musuems includes the Bartlett History Museum in Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street and the Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue.
Visit www.villageofbartlettmuseums.org and click the volunteer tab to learn more.
Save the Date for These Depot Museum Programs
First Saturday Make & Take Craft for Kids
Toddler Storytime - Monday 4/14 & 5/12
Passport to Adventure Starts May 1
This summer, plan on making a stop or two on the “Passport to Adventure” program, the perfect “staycation” for the whole family. Each year more than 600 children from Bartlett alone participate in this free program organized through the Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association.
Sponsored locally by the Bartlett History Museum, Bartlett Depot Museum, Bartlett Nature Center, and the Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts, this free program for children, ages 4 and older, includes 60 area museums, nature centers and educational sites that want families to experience the world around them through exhibits and activities.
The program begins May 1 and runs through Labor Day, September 1. All children need to start is a free “passport,” available at the Bartlett History Museum in Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street; Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue; Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road; Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Avenue; and at the Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. The “passport” lists all the participating sites and includes information such as location, hours of operation, and admission fees, if any.
From the Archives
It is said that April showers bring May flowers and what stylish lady doesn’t want to keep her hairdo protected from the spring rain.
Former Bartlett resident Fern Van Alstine Hill ran for Village clerk in 1973. One hundred dollars was donated to her election fund. She used the money to advertise in the Elgin Daily-Courier and to purchase and personalize rain bonnets, which she used as campaign handouts.
Memorial Day Walk
For more than 25 years, Bartlett has been honoring its deceased veterans with a Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance. Please join in on Memorial Day, May 26, for this annual hometown commemoration.
The morning will begin at 10 a.m. at Bartlett Park, Oak and North Avenues, with an American Legion flag retirement ceremony. At 10:30 a.m. veterans, scouts, civic groups and bagpipers will begin lining up for the walk to Bartlett Cemetery, which steps off at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to join the walk. At the cemetery, the Remembrance continues with a brief program honoring Bartlett’s local heroes.
Groups interested in participating in the walk can call Paula Schumacher, 630-837-0800.