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.
Pride in Ownership
The Village of Bartlett was pleased to recognize the winners of the 2013 Pride In Ownership Awards at the October 1 Village Board meeting. This year 19 single family homes and three multi-family properties were nominated for the Pride in Ownership award. Shown below are this year's Multi-family and Single Family category winners.
195 Thomas Ct. Unit B
167 Peter Ct. Unit A
1302 Filly Lane
444 E. Chippendale Dr.
866 Forest Glen Ct.
1215 Triple Crown Ct.
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.
So many Bartlett residents and business owners put a lot of time and care into their properties and it shows. This year the first place multi-family homeowner wrote that her property was a “salute to Luther and Sophia Bartlett.” She continued, “I really like sitting outside looking at my garden and thinking what Bartlett was like 140 years ago.”
The top winner in the single family category was nominated by his wife who said the home’s yard was her husband’s “labor of love.”
The Village congratulates all of the nominated and winning homeowners and thanks them for helping to keep Bartlett beautiful.
Zoned for Business
Several new businesses recently opened their doors in the Village.
Bartlett’s Candy House is the new and improved candy shop downtown at 138 S. Oak Avenue. In addition to offering your favorite,
delectable retro candy treats, Bartlett’s Candy House also will carry fun kids stuff, like glow rings and swords. In addition, the business rents out party necessities, such as jumphouses, tents, tables, chairs, concessions and more. For more information and hours, call 630-777-7497, visit www.BartlettsCandyHouse.com or find them on Facebook.
Chef Kin is now preparing traditional Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan favorites with the freshest ingredients and highest quality meats at the Golden Bowl, 142 Bartlett Plaza in downtown. Delivery, carry-out and catering are available. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m. and closed Monday. Visit www.goldenbowlbartlett.com to see the menu.
Sherwin-Williams has opened a new store in the Brewster Creek Center, 799 S. Route 59. Known for its superior paint quality and customer service, Sherwin-Williams is now conveniently located at the former Blockbuster Video site, near McDonald’s. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 630-372-8534 for more details.
ArtSpoken Dance Company has opened at 389 S. Prospect Avenue in the Devon-Prospect Plaza downtown. Director Melissa Barlow’s resume includes national titles and competitions with Mid-west Movement and Xtreme Dance Force. ArtSpoken offers ballet, hip hop, improv and other classes. For registration, schedules and hours, call 630-201-6016, check it out on Facebook or at www.artspokendance.com.
In addition, Bartlett Chamber of Commerce member Lauren A. Weitz, DDS, recently cut the ribbon on a brand new dental office at 1118 W. Schick Road in Bartlett. Pictured are Lauren Weitz DDS, Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace, and chamber and dental office staff.
Timeout with the Trustees
Michael E. Camerer
Aaron H. Reinke
The Village of Bartlett recently launched a new tool for managing and tracking Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information and requests. The service enhances citizen access to public information and gives the Village the ability to more easily meet and exceed all state Open Records compliance rules.
With the Village of Bartlett Freedom of Information Center, you can go to one central location on the Village’s website to submit a FOIA request, log in to track the status of requests, communicate with the Village and then pick up the requested documents. You will also be able to search for answers to common FOIA questions in the knowledgebase library.
The added efficiency of the new system translates into better organization and communication between departments and the assurance that every request is filled promptly.
The new FOIA system is just one example of the many ways the Village is working to increase municipal transparency and further open up communication with residents.
Another recent example is the posting of full Village Board agenda packets to the Village website prior to our bi-monthly meetings.
The Village website has always been the go-to place for vital municipal information, such as the annual operating and capital budgets, the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), our municipal code and the Board & Committee meeting agendas and minutes. And more recently, the Village has made audio transcripts of the meetings available for listening.
Now we have taken another step toward greater municipal transparency by posting the full meeting packets on the website, including the bill list, monthly financial reports, proposed ordinances up for a vote, staff memos and more. If you sign up to receive Village Board information via Bartlett eNews, you will even receive an email notification telling you when the packets are available on the website for you to view.
Do you want to stay current on other events and activities in Bartlett? Sign up for Bartlett eNews on the Village website and receive business updates, upcoming community event notifications, health & safety information, public works project alerts and news about resident services.
Of course communication works best when it flows both ways. That is why we continue to invite you to the monthly Coffee with the Mayor and Trustees. The coffees are held the third Saturday of every month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The location varies from month to month, so please check the website, Village cable channel or call Village Hall for more details.
There are no set agendas or presentations during the monthly coffee. We just want to hear from Bartlett residents, so bring your ideas, your likes, and yes, your dislikes, all while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. This is also a good opportunity to change the batteries in smoke alarms inside your home.
The Bartlett Police Department encourages residents to sign up for the free Smart911, Twitter, Illinois Premise Alert Program and CodeRed notification services.
You can help better protect your family when dialing 9-1-1 from a residential or cellular phone by registering at www.Smart911.com. The free Smart911 service provides emergency personnel with valuable, additional information about your medical, pet and other special needs. It also will allow dispatchers to track your location in case the emergency call is dropped or if you use a cell phone instead of a landline phone at a residence.
You are able to follow the Bartlett Police Department on Twitter by either visiting www.twitter.com/bartlettpd or by signing up for a free Twitter account and following “bartlettpd.” You’ll receive traffic advisories about upcoming parade routes and road closures, business alerts, and notifications for recent criminal activity.
Disabled or special needs residents are encouraged to participate in the Illinois Premise Alert Program. Participants in the program give their personal information to the Bartlett Police Department, which then shares the information with the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center, DU-COMM. The confidential information is stored in a computer database so first responders, such as police and fire personnel, have immediate access to it in the event of an emergency situation. This program is also available to parents, family members, guardians, and caregivers on behalf of a disabled or special needs resident. The Premise Alert Program forms can be downloaded here and are also available at the police department.
The Village of Bartlett uses the CodeRED Notification System to contact citizens in case of an emergency or in situations that require immediate action, such as an evacuation, contaminated water, hazardous chemical spill, etc. This system is capable of dialing the entire Village or a targeted area within minutes to deliver a pre-recorded message describing the emergency.
You must be in Bartlett’s CodeRED database to be called. If you live in Bartlett or own property within the incorporated limits of the Village and would like to receive CodeRED emergency messages, you may sign up by clicking on the “Bartlett CodeRed” link. Should you wish to be removed from the calling list at anytime, you may do so by contacting Scott Skrycki in the Bartlett Administration Department, 630-837-0800.
Checklist for Fall
The Building Department offers these seasonal maintenance reminders to keep your home and family safe and comfortable during the colder months ahead:
1) Inspect and service your heating system (furnace, woodburning stove and/or space heater) before the weather turns cold. Also, remember to change furnace filters monthly throughout the heating season.
2) Before using your fireplace for the first time have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your chimney and flues.
3) Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and remember to replace batteries every six months. Remind every family member what to do if the alarms sound.
4) Clean gutters and downspouts frequently to keep leaves and debris from causing costly damage.
5) Caulk any holes, cracks and gaps on the exterior of your house to save on energy costs and prevent mice/insects from entering the home.
6) Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct of any lint that may be trapped within the system.
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 18 for Area A and November 25 for Area B (see schedule at www.village.bartlett.il.us/pw/pw.html).
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.
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.
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 along with your name and phone or email address (optional), age, the number of years you have been in the Village of Bartlett and the number of people in your household 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.
Bartlet has set Halloween trick-or-treat hours for 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, 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 a parent examine all treats before eating.
Girls Night Out -- Caribbean Nights
You’re invited to Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Ave, for the annual “Girls Night Out.” event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 7.
Fashion shows by Closet Boutique...Raffles... Hors d’oeuvres...Signature Drink...Wine & Cheese Tasting...DJ and Dancing...Goodie bag (for first 80)...lots of shopping...and tons of fun for you and all your girlfriends.
Tickets are $15 in advance (by October 31) or $20 at the door. Buy your tickets now at the Bartlett Hills Clubhouse. Receive a free raffle ticket for your donation to the Hanover Township Food Pantry. For more information, please contact Evan@bartletthills.com or 630-213-3103.
Did You Know?
...that Bartlett’s Village Hall is home to an art gallery. Since it opened the small 2nd floor gallery in 2007, the Village has continued to work with Arts in Bartlett to rotate monthly exhibits through the inviting, wood-paneled space.
The gallery is open to the public during regular Village Hall business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Arts in Bartlett also hosts a monthly artist reception for each new exhibit. The community is invited to the receptions, which are held prior to the Village Board meeting on the third Tuesday of every month, from 6 to 7 p.m.
1,000 Days of Kennedy’s Camelot
Fifty years ago, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy left our country and the world in mourning. To discover more about this president and his administration, the Bartlett History Museum invites everyone to “Pierre Salinger and the 1000 Days of Kennedy’s Camelot,” as performed by actor Terry Lynch.
This program covers not only the assassination but the 1,000 days that made up the Kennedy administration. It is told through the eyes of one of Kennedy’s most trusted advisors, White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger.
Learn about the close relationship Salinger had with the president and his unique perspective on some of the most dangerous times in our country’s recent history.
The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street. Seating is limited for this free event; to register, call the museum at 630-837-0800. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments.
Down at the Depot
Visit the Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue, and discover how the depot established Bartlett 140 years ago and was the catalyst for its development. This fall the museum is open Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Children, with an adult, are invited for a free make-and-take craft from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month. Registration is not necessary, but supplies are limited.
10/5 - create a Halloween mask.
11/2 - gobble, gobble it’s turkey time!
12/7 - save the date, Father Christmas visits again! Cocoa, cookies and an ornament craft.
Come to the Bartlett Depot Museum at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 to embellish your perfect parasol! These full-size paper parasols are also the perfect way to learn about the 1893 and 1933 Chicago World’s Fairs, featured in the current exhibit, “Bartlett Goes to the Fairs.” Parasols were one of the many souvenirs available for purchase at the fair.
Space is limited and registration is required for this free event. Call 630-837-0800 to reserve your spot.
From the Archives
Recently, a descendent of one of Bartlett’s pioneer families loaned her collection of family photos and momentos to the Village of Bartlett Museums. These items of everyday life provide great insight to the Village’s rich history and are a valuable addition to the museums’ collection, which is shared with the community through Facebook and exhibits. Here is just one of the newly acquired photos.
Bartlett School was the Village’s first school, established in 1874. The museum has class pictures that span the decades, including this one from Marilyn Schult Behm. Taken in 1942, it features the combined 7th and 8th grade classes. The names of several of the students are written on the back. Marilyn is seated in the first row on the left.
If you would like to share your family’s Bartlett history with the museum, please contact Director Pam Rohleder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.