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.
The Pride in Ownership program was started in Bartlett in 1996 to recognize owners who do an outstanding job in maintaining their property. The Village calls out for nominees at the beginning of the summer and volunteer judges visit all of the nominated properties, evaluating them on general appearance, landscaping, curb appeal and creativity.
This year 15 properties were nominated for the Pride in Ownership Award. Shown here are the three winners in the Single Family category: 123 E. McClellan Street, 612 Winchester Court and 917 Doral Drive; the winner in the Multi Family category: 103A Daniel Court; and the two winners in the Commercial Category: Derango Family Dental, 104 S. Oak Avenue and Greco and Sons Inc., 1550 Hecht Drive.
So many Bartlett residents and business owners put a lot of time and care into their properties and it shows. The Village congratulates all of the nominated and winning property owners and thanks them for helping to keep Bartlett beautiful.
Whether dealing with extreme weather events or other types of disaster, preparedness should be a year-round activity. Yet, in 2012, nearly 70 percent of Americans had not participated in a disaster preparedness drill or exercise at home, school, or work during the past year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The agency’s Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon!, a new national community-based campaign for action builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on simple, specific activities that will increase preparedness. The campaign’s theme for 2014 is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
One important way to prepare is to have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.
Following is a list of items that every emergency supply kit should include:
~ Water - one gallon per person, per day for a three day supply
~ Food - non-perishable, easy to prepare items for a three day supply
~ Working flashlight and extra batteries
~ Battery powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio receiver with tone alert
~ Basic first aid kit
~ Whistle to signal for help
~ Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
~ Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
~ Multi-purpose tool, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
~ Can opener for food
~ Local maps
Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:
~ Prescription medications and eyeglasses
~ Infant formula and diapers
~ Pet food and extra water for your pet
~ Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
~ Extra cash or traveler’s checks and change
~ Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book
~ Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
~ Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
~ Rain gear and towels
~ Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
~ Fire extinguisher
~ Matches in a waterproof container
~ Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
~ Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
~ Cell phone with chargers
~ Family and emergency contact information
~ Extra set of car and house keys
~ Paper and pencil
~ Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
It is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique requirements of your family in order to create an emergency kit that will meet your specific needs. You might also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits for your workplace, vehicle or other places you spend a significant amount of time.
Visit www.ready.gov/prepared2014 for additional information, including learning about basic protective measures for all types of hazards and guidelines for making a family emergency plan. Make this year the year you "Resolve to be Ready."
Timeout with the Trustees
Michael E. Camerer
|Gregory A. Martin||
Aaron H. Reinke
Two recent events reminded us how far Bartlett has come since September 10, 2008, when a record rainfall caused flooding in several different areas of the Village. In late August, DuPage County Stormwater Management and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County held a news conference to announce the completion of the flood control improvement project along Brewster Creek. Several weeks later the Village of Bartlett broke ground on the second half of a flood control improvement project near the Hearthwood Farms subdivision.
The Brewster Creek Headwaters Project will reduce flooding within an area of the watershed northeast of the IL Route 59 and Stearns Road intersection. DuPage Stormwater Management constructed a flood storage basin within Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve, which also has water quality improvement attributes. In addition, a 60-inch pipe was installed under Stearns Road to alleviate drainage backups in the existing Beaver Pond. Thanks to the funding from DuPage County and the cooperative effort by the county agencies and the Bartlett Park District, the completed project will lower floodwater elevations on adjacent roadways and the residential areas around Beaver Pond during any future extreme storm events.
In the first part of the Hearthwood Farms project, the Village identified a parcel of land in the Village of Streamwood for water retention. An intergovernmental agreement was approved by both communities. This project was funded through the Village and alleviated the flooding on that side of town.
The Hearthwood Farms project part two was largely funded by a $5 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant. This allowed the expansion of the floodwater storage area at North Avenue and Prospect Avenue and construction of an additional floodwater storage basin on the property immediately west of the Hearthwood Farms subdivision. Some storm sewer reconstruction/grading at Crest and Taylor avenues is also a part of this project. The construction will help minimize and alleviate flooding in the northeast portion of the Village.
In addition to these two major projects:
~ Villa Olivia received a berm, which quickly solved the drainage problems in that area.
~ Isolated areas on the north side by Independence School took a lot of flooding in 2008 and there is a berm being built there.
~ South Bartlett Road had a dip which collected water. DuPage County Highway Department funded 50% of the cost to address this issue and Commonwealth Edison allowed the line to be placed on its property which takes the water from along the homes on Wilcox and ties it into the creek basin. This project is complete and there is no more flooding of road or homes in that area.
We are finally at a point where most of the big flood control projects are completed or will be soon. In addition, the Village estimates that more than 80% of these projects were paid for with grants and funding from other agencies.
It has taken a few years of judicious planning and budgeting during a challenging economy, but as we look ahead, the light at the end of the tunnel is well above water and shining brightly.
Zoned for Business
Bobby and Nisha Patel have opened Marco’s Pizza at 223 S. Main Street in Bartlett Town Center. Part of a rapidly growing chain, Marco’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating and a menu of salads, wings and submarine sandwiches in addition to pizza. Carry-out and delivery also available.
Marco’s opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. weeknights and midnight on weekends. Call 630-372-0400 or visit www.marcos.com.
You now can find ABC Music Academy & Recording Studio in the Westgate Commons shopping plaza, at 802 West Bartlett Road. ABC offers lessons on a variety of instruments, along with ballroom dancing, voice and theatre lessons. Hours vary based on class and lesson schedules. Call 630-855-5096, visit ABC Music on its Facebook page or visit the website at www.abcmusicacademy.net for details.
Another newly opened business in the Westgate Commons shopping plaza is Frontier Fitness at 800 West Bartlett Road. Offering free weights, cardio fitness and personal training, Frontier is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days per week. For more details, call 224-659-8139 or visit www.frontier-fitness.com.
Meineke has opened at 1127 W. Stearns Road, next to the Home Depot. Husband and wife Jagdish and Hema Patel team up to provide automotive services, including brakes, batteries, tires, oil changes, exhaust systems, steering, suspensions and more. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the business at 630-855-4949 or www.meineke.com/store/bartlett-2482.
Bears & Bees Consignment Boutique has opened at 143 S. Oak Street in downtown Bartlett. Veteran comedian “Jammin’” Kay Cammon’s new business offers antiques, collectibles, purses and plus-size women’s clothing. She accepts items on consignment as well. Bears & Bees hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 630-975-2665.
Cheese Merchants of America has expanded and relocated its headquarters to 1301 Schiferl Road in Bartlett’s Brewster Creek Business Park. One of the largest cheese distributors in the state (just behind Kraft), Cheese Merchants processes and distributes its products to both grocery stores and restaurants. The 277,000 square foot facility (more than twice the size of the Home Depot) will help expand manufacturing efficiencies, speed up order turnaround and enable the aging of cheese in-house. Read more about the company’s expansion at www.cheesemerchants.com, under “new facility.”
Cheese Merchants joins Greco & Sons Foods, Rana Meal Solutions and Get Fresh Produce in Brewster Creek Business Park, making Bartlett home to four of the largest food companies in the Chicago area.
New Sign Ordinance
Take One Minute of Time, Give One Good Idea
Input received throughout the year, through emails, letters and surveys, is a critical part of the Village Board’s strategic planning process. The Village is interested in your views and opinions. Please take one minute of your time to share at least one idea that you feel is important for the Village in terms of resident services, economic development and quality of life. Help the Village continue to be a community that everyone is proud to call home.
Send your good idea to: Administration Department, Village of Bartlett, 228 S. Main Street, Bartlett, IL 60103. You can also email email@example.com. Please use “One Good Idea” in the subject line.
Bartlett has set Halloween trick-or-treat hours for 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31. Please remember to turn on your porch light if you will be passing out Halloween candy.
The Bartlett Police Department encourages parents to accompany children or have them go out with a large group of friends and to stay in their immediate neighborhoods. It also is a good idea for children to carry glow sticks or flashlights when trick-or-treating during the evening hours and only go to homes where the porch light is on.
Trick-or-treaters should always walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Motorists are reminded to drive carefully and watch out for children crossing the roadways.
Costumes are a fun part of this holiday but only if worn safely. Costumes should be simple, flame resistant and, if possible, light-colored. Reflective tape can be added for extra visibility. Plan to use non-allergenic makeup instead of masks, and keep wigs and hats well off the face. Finally, children are reminded to bring their Halloween candy home and to have an adult examine all treats before eating.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
This is also a good opportunity to test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and a reminder to replace batteries every six months. Remind every family member what to do if the alarms sound.
Seasonal Code Enforcement Reminders
* All RVs, boats, & trailers must be removed from driveways by November 1 and cannot be returned to driveways until May 1.
* Snowmobiles & trailers are allowed on driveways starting November 15 until April 15.
* Basketball poles/hoops are not allowed on any public streets, islands, curbs, parkways or sidewalks so they do not become a hazard for snowplows.
* Holiday lighting and displays are permitted on private property for a period NOT TO EXCEED 90 days.
Free Leaf Collection
For the health and safety of Bartlett residents, leaf burning has been banned in the Village since 1991. In order to help with the bounty of leaves each autumn, the Village’s contract with Republic Services/Allied Waste provides for leaf collection at no additional cost to residents during October and November.
Leaves should be placed in brown paper yard bags at the curb each Tuesday alongside other household refuse and recyclables. DO NOT put leaves in plastic bags, as these will not be collected. You do not need to buy Republic Services yard waste bags for leaves. Generic yard waste bags are accepted. However, all other yard waste, such as grass clippings, pulled weeds, etc., must still be placed in Republic Services yard bags for collection.
Branches may be placed at the curb according to Public Work’s brush collection guidelines for pickup through November 17 for Area A and November 24 for Area B (see schedule).
Village ordinance prohibits any person from depositing, raking, shoveling, plowing, blowing or dumping any leaves, grass clippings, branches, snow, onto any public parkway, gutter or street. Excess leaves and lawn clippings can potentially obstruct sewers and large piles of leaves can freeze causing roadway hazards.
Did You Know?
...that Bartlett’s accelerated ash tree removal plan is expected to clear all 4,131 ash trees in the Village by September 2015. A recent survey of the trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer found that two years of summer drought followed by a harsh winter accelerated the decline of the trees. These conditions pushed the trees’ anticipated mortality rate from 75% to 97%.
The Village Board approved a contract amendment with Trees R Us to expedite the removal of dead ash trees in the Village parkways. The contract was amended from $300,000 to an amount not to exceed $1,438,000 and includes tree and stump removal and restoration. While removal of the trees will be completed by September 2015, stump removal and restoration will continue until spring 2016.
Village crews will also be removing at least 700 smaller trees by September 2015. For a complete map and tree removal schedule, please visit the public works webpage.
DuPage County Tax Relief
On September 10, the Village of Bartlett hosted a town hall meeting with Illinois Senator Tom Cullerton and representatives from the DuPage County Clerk’s Office, the Wayne Township Assessor’s Office and School District U-46. At that meeting, the Village heard from many residents who reside in DuPage County regarding the large percentage increase in their property taxes. An audio recording of the September 10, 2014 Town Hall Meeting is available on the agenda page of the Village’s website.
Village President Kevin Wallace has had meetings and lengthy discussions with the Illinois Department of Revenue and the DuPage County Assessor regarding the calculation of the burden and its ramifications for Bartlett residents. It was determined that the burden was calculated in error. Based on the information received from the DuPage County Clerk, the Village has calculated that the burden error increased DuPage taxes by $380 for a home valued at $300,000.
The Village Board shares your concern and frustration with increased property taxes. One action you can take immediately is to ask your mortgage company’s escrow department if they will adjust your payment now to account for the future correction from the county. Residents can request a letter for their mortgage company from the DuPage County Clerk’s Office at 630-407-5500.
Girls Night Out! New York, New York
You’re invited to Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Avenue, for the annual “Girls Night Out” event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 13.
Fashion shows by Closet Boutique...Raffles... Hors d’oeuvres...Signature Drink...
Wine & Cheese Tasting...DJ and Dancing...Goodie bag (for first 80)...shopping from more than 35 local vendors...and tons of fun.
Tickets are $15 in advance (by November 6) or $20 at the door. Buy your tickets now at the Bartlett Hills Clubhouse. Receive a free raffle ticket for your donation to the local food pantry. For more information, please contact Evan@bartletthills.com or 630-213-3103.
From the Archives
Fall is here and that means it is time for apple picking, apple pie, apple slices, applesauce and more!
Peeling and coring apples was once a laborsome job, but in the mid 1860s David Goodell invented the “lightning apple parer.” Through the years his original design evolved into the White Mountain Apple model, shown here.
Donated to the Bartlett History Museum by Louis and Gladys (Schick) Humbracht, this handy kitchen device once was used on the Schick family farm. The farm was established in 1865 when Gottlieb and his wife Christina purchased the property where Schick Road is today.
Gladys was in the last of four generations of Schicks to farm the land, part of which is now home to Poplar Creek Church. The Schick family home, built in 1900 by Fred Schick, serves as the parsonage.
Looking for some tasty apple recipes? You’ll find a wonderful apple crisp and more at “Seasoned with History,” the museum’s digital cookbook, at www.villageofbartlettmuseums.org/cookbook or type Village of Bartlett Museums in the search bar on Pinterest.
The museum would like to continue adding recipes to its digital cookbook. If you have one or two to share, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down at the Depot
Fall hours have resumed at the Bartlett Depot Museum, located in the Village’s 1873 railroad station, 100 W. Railroad Avenue. Discover Bartlett’s past on Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. and on the first and third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon.
The Depot features exhibits and hands-on activities. Admission is always free with free parking in the municipal lot across the street at Oak and Railroad Avenues. All Aboard for History!
Want more History?
Visit the Village of Bartlett Museums website at www.villageofbartlettmuseums.org for the featured Artifact of the Month, From the Archives, current exhibits and more. To join the conversation and view historic images, like the museums on Facebook at Village of Bartlett Museums.
Become a Museum Volunteer
The Village of Bartlett Museums is seeking enthusiastic, personable adult volunteers with a passion for history to interpret Bartlett’s past for visitors via the museums’ exhibitions. Volunteers must be comfortable speaking to individuals and groups, from toddlers to seniors. A knowledge of rail history is a plus. Visit www.villageofbartlettmuseums.org and click the volunteer tab to learn more.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Date: Friday, December 5
Place: Bartlett Park
Start your holidays at the annual Tree Lighting sponsored by the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce with the Bartlet Park District and the Village.
5 to 6:30 p.m. - Visit Santa at the Log Cabin. Bring your own camera and take photos of your little ones with Santa!
7 p.m. - The Holiday Tree will be lit in Bartlett Park at North Avenue and Oak Avenue.