|Apr 21, 2005|
Welcome to Volume X of Notes from Nick!
Garbage Contract Update
At the April 2nd City Council meeting, we voted 8-4 to extend our contract with Crown Industries. We will be switching from the pay-as-you-throw sticker program to the wheeled tote system on July 1. Residents will have a choice of either a 95-gallon or a 35-gallon tote. The 95-gallon tote will be $18.50 per month; the 35-gallon tote will be $10.50 per month; and the senior discounted rate will be $5.50 per month for a 35-gallon tote. We will be billed on a quarterly basis. You will receive more information sometime in June explaining how we will make the switch to the new system.
One big change that I requested is that we be allowed to use our own containers for recycling. Crown will be providing, free of charge, large stickers with the recycling symbol (triangle) that you can use to mark any container for recycling. My hope is for all of us to use our old garbage cans with lids as our new recycling bin. I have fielded dozens of complaints about the blowing garbage in the Cornerstone Lakes neighborhood. Please use your old garbage can and lid as your new recycling bin and help stop all of the garbage from blowing throughout the neighborhood and park and ending up in other people’s yards.
Thanks to a Neighbor!
One of our very own neighbors, RJ Wilkinson, has been instrumental in securing $15,630 in grant money for the WC Fire Protection District to use for the purchase of miscellaneous tools and pneumatic lifting bags used in rescues. RJ works for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and suggested to the WCFPD that they submit a proposal for the use of a grant, and it was approved. I know the WCFPD appreciates this direction, and we should be proud that we have a neighbor who cares so much for our city! Thank you, RJ!
Earth Day 2005
When the first Earth Day was first celebrated across the United States on April 22, 1970, no one was thinking that electronics could possibly pose a threat to the environment. Most households had a only a TV, a stereo, and a transistor radio. The closest thing to a cell phone was the radio that Captain Kirk used in Star Trek.
Zoom ahead 35 years and not only do we own exponentially more electronic gadgets then ever before, but we are also throwing them away at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, all of these gadgets contain hazardous materials that are harmful to the environment when disposed of improperly.
Thanks to the combined efforts of United Recycling Industries of West Chicago and Illinois State Representative John Millner, we will have an opportunity to recycle our unwanted electronics free of charge.
On Saturday, April 23 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm, United Recycling Industries located at 1600 Harvester Road, will be accepting scrap electronics. Just about anything with a plug or batteries is acceptable, with the exception of large household appliances (washers, dryers, etc.). The American Legion will also be there receiving tattered or worn American Flags, which will be disposed of properly. The West Chicago Lions Club will also be on hand collecting used eyeglasses.
The annual Cornerstone Lakes neighborhood Garage Sale will be on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Ads will be placed in the Daily Herald and the Daily Chronicle and signs will be posted throughout the area as well. This is a great excuse to do some spring-cleaning and maybe make a few dollars as well.
A Chance to make a Difference
If you have any leftover items from the garage sale, please consider donating them to these great programs.
The West DuPage Community Resource Center, located here in West Chicago, is sponsoring a coat drive that will take place later in the year. I know that this is early, but they are looking for the coats now, as many families are cleaning out closets for springtime and may have some extra coats to donate.
If you have any coats to donate or know of someone who wants to donate, please drop them off at the Police Department, fire stations, West Chicago Library, City Hall or the Fox Community Center. Boxes are sitting out now and waiting for coats to fill them! It can be coats for any type of weather; however, fall or winter coats are best. We want to have them collected now so we may have some to distribute in October.
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Swanson, firstname.lastname@example.org You may also drop off coats to my home 2456 Lehman Drive. Please put the items in a plastic bag and leave them on my front porch.
Cornerstone Lakes neighbor, Heather Stout, created Simply A Mom with the objective of teaching her children compassion, humility, grace, and charity. After consulting with other thoughtful moms who wanted to give back to the community, but did not have the time, Heather created Simply A Mom to make giving as easy as possible.
Simply A Mom does all of the leg work for you through volunteers. If you have items that you want to donate, you place the items on your front step, notify Simply A Mom and the volunteers will pick the items up and deliver them to the shelter of your choice. Simply A Mom will even provide a Charitable Contribution Tax Credit from the shelters for each of your items. Please take a few moments and visit www.simplyamom.org .
Please keep these wonderful programs in mind after the garage sale is over. This is a great way to make a difference.
West Chicago is Blooming!
West Chicago Blooming Festival will be on Saturday, May 14! Circle the date, come out for a great time, and help support our community!
FIRST ANNUAL WE GROW DREAMS, INC. 5K RUN/WALK
Sponsored by Ball Horticultural Company to benefit We Grow Dreams, a not-for-profit retail/wholesale greenhouse, located in West Chicago, employing people with special needs. Call 231-3600 for additional information.
7:00 am Registration and packet pick-up, Sesquicentennial Park on Main Street
8:45 am Race Line Up at Chicago & Main Streets
9:00 am Race Begins
10:05 am Awards Ceremony, Sesquicentennial Park
FOX COMMUNITY CENTER, 306 MAIN STREET
WEST CHICAGO GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE - Annuals, Perennials, Herbs, Shrubs, etc. Really great quality plants at really cheap prices!
CRAFT FAIR - Jewelry, Gourmet Foods, Wooden Benches, Skin Care, Handmade Cards, Blankets, Garden Stakes, Artwork, Purses, Painted Flowerpots and much more!
HANDS-ON RECYCLING ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN - Sponsored by the DuPage County Solid Waste Education Center
SIDEWALK CHALK FOR CHILDREN - Sponsored by the West Chicago Middle School
MASTER GARDENERS TO ANSWER LAWN/GARDEN/FLOWER QUESTIONS FOR FREE - Sponsored by the University of Illinois, Cooperative Extension Service
FREE FACE PAINTING - Sponsored by Wheaton Academy
CHILDREN'S ART SHOW - Sponsored by Elementary School District 33
MEET McGRUFFâ THE CRIME DOG - Sponsored by the West Chicago Police Department
FOOD VENDORS - Hot dogs, Sub Sandwiches, Italian Ices, Beverages
For additional information, please call Linda Ericksen at 293-2200 x141.
I have received many notes about dead/diseased parkway trees in the Cornerstone Lakes neighborhood. I have submitted all of the addresses to the Public Works Department and the addresses have been submitted to the various developers. Please understand that the developers are still responsible for the replacement of the dead parkway trees. The developers have been very slow to respond to our requests. We still hold letters of credit from each developer and we will not release these letters until all of the trees have been replaced. I am a very patient person, but understand and share your frustration, as well. Please keep the addresses coming. If you have already submitted your address, you are on the list - no need to send it again. Note: There was a complete list submitted last fall, which, unfortunately, was not acted upon by the developers. Trees on that list have been resubmitted this spring.
Thank You, Thank You!
Thanks to all the voters who expressed their confidence in me when voting on April 5. The large number of votes that I received is very, very humbling. It has been a great honor to serve the citizens in the 7th Ward for the last two years and I will continue to serve you to the best of my ability for the next four years. Please let me know if there is anything I can change, improve upon, or work for on your behalf (some of you have, and I appreciate that feedback!)
As always, if you ever have something community-related you would like me to send along to all of our neighbors, please let me know. Also, do not forget my offer to talk about anything, anytime. Call, write, or stop by.
Alderman, 7th Ward
2456 Lehman Drive
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