Village of Villa Park

April 8, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 3


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Villa Park to Celebrate Arbor Day!


VILLA PARK – The Village of Villa Park, ComEd, DuPage County and the Villa Park Environmental Concerns Commission are working together to continuously improve the Illinois Prairie Path.

In a collaborative effort, Villa Park will host an Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration at 11 a.m. April 27 at the Villa Park Historical Museum, 220 South Villa Avenue.
Villa Park Arbor Day 2016 Celebration
Cooking oil recycling

Recycle Cooking Oil at Salt Creek Sanitary District


VILLA PARK – Residents can now drop off cooking oil at Salt Creek Sanitary District located at 201 South Route 83 in Villa Park between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Even if hot water is running and the grease is liquid when it goes down the drain, cooking oils and fats solidify as soon as they reach cold pipes. Cities and homeowners spend thousands of dollars on resulting sewer clogs.

Cooking oil dropped off at Salt Creek Sanitary District will be recycled to be used as bio-fuel.

Learn more by visiting the SCARCE website.


Don't Miss Mom and Son Night at Sugar Creek!

Mom and Son Night
VILLA PARK – Cowabunga Dudes! Grab your mom and join your favorite heroes in a half shell for a night of totally awesome fun.

Young men and their special date are invited to enjoy an exciting evening at Sugar Creek Golf Course. You will be treated to a pizza and pasta buffet from Michael Anthony’s and sweet treats. Enjoy great music, games and entertainment provided by Coach Josh. A photo keepsake of the evening is included. Orders will be accepted at registration for corsage and boutonniere packages. 

The registration deadline is April 25 for flower orders (optional to order, $15 corsage/boutonniere combo, $10 each additional boutonniere).

This is an all ages event. The fee is $39 per couple/$15 each additional son.

The event will be held on Friday, April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Van Buren Street.

Get more information at www.vprd.org.


Prairie Path Cleanup

Be a Part of Summerfest 2016

Friday, June 17 ( 6-11 p.m.) & Saturday, June 18 (11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.)


VILLA PARK – Summerfest is a community event made possible with the help of volunteers.

To volunteer for a two-hour shift, email Patty. Ask a friend to volunteer with you!

Summerfest is Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 in the Ardmore Business District at Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard.

The Summerfest Commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.

Summerfest 2015
Park Boulevard

Street Improvement Projects Update


East Park Boulevard Improvement Project – A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. has installed the storm sewer from the east end of Park Boulevard through the intersection of Monterey Avenue.

All watermain improvements have been completed and work continues on water service replacement. Residents will be notified prior to water being shut off.

Directional boring of the sewer under the Prairie Path has begun. Water services continue to be replaced.

For more information on construction projects please visit http://www.invillapark.com/302/Construction-Projects and select the project of interest.

2016 Road Improvement Projects


VILLA PARK – Stay up-to-date on street improvement projects throughout the year, by visiting the Village website.

You can find the latest information by clicking on the "Referendum Road Improvement Projects" button on the left side of the Village's home page. This will take you to a page with information on the road referendum projects and finances. Updates on 2016 projects are at the top of the page.

Scam alert

Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 30

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

VILLA PARK – On April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Villa Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Villa Park Police Department located at 40 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Submit Your Nominations for the 2016 Villa Park Senior of the Year

2015 Seniors of the Year
Jeanie Nicholson and Peter Kurasz were named Villa Park Seniors of the Year for 2015. Nominations for the 2016 Senior of the Year are due April 27.

VILLA PARK – The 2016 Villa Park Senior of the Year will be announced during the Senior Fair May 5 at the Community Recreation Building, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.

Nominees must be residents of Villa Park and 65 years or older. Nominations, in 50 words or less, can be sent to the Senior Concerns Commission, Attn: Clerk Korynecky, 20 S. Ardmore Ave. Nominations must be received by April 27.

The Senior Fair, hosted by the Senior Concerns Commission, is a free fair providing services and information for our senior community from many participants including the Lions Club, Secretary of State’s office, Osco Drugs and York Township Senior Center.

Villa Park to Flush Watermains in Early May


VILLA PARK – The Village of Villa Park will be performing its semi-annual watermain flushing operation in May. This is a necessary maintenance procedure to clear the mains of rust deposits and to check fire hydrants for proper operation.

Flushing will be performed on May 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Village staff ask residents to refrain from doing laundry during these times, as rust stains could potentially damage clothing.

Staff regret any inconvenience this may cause, and thank residents in advance for their patience. Contact the Public Works Department at (630) 834-8505 with any questions.


Flood Preparedness


With spring weather often comes plenty of rain. The following information distributed in a recent FEMA release includes important flood preparedness information.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. 
 
Flooding can occur slowly over many days leaving enough time to evacuate in advance or prepare to be home for several days without power, water, or access to roads or services. Or, as in the case of flash flooding, it can happen very quickly with little or no warning and you may need to move quickly to make it to higher ground.
 
In the event of a flood, America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Flood offers the following tips to reduce the risk of damage to your home or business: 

  • Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems;
  • In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating the building;
  • Waterproof basement areas and make sure your sump pump is working; and
  • Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
 
After a flood, timing is of the essence. Water left in your home for a significant period of time can cause mold, and even in some cases, structural damage. It is important to clean your home as soon as possible following a flood.
 
Keep in mind that extreme care is necessary when cleaning out your home following a flood. America’s PrepareAthon!’s how-to flood guide also provides recommendations on how to best protect yourself and your property after a flood.
DuPage River Sweep

Register Now for the DuPage River Sweep May 21


Join the fun of the DuPage River Sweep while enjoying the outdoors on the morning of Saturday, May 21. Make a difference in the quality of water and in the appearance of waterways in your community.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. -noon to help remove trash and debris as well as to restore areas near streams of the DuPage River and its tributaries. Since 1991 over 10,800 volunteers have participated in this annual clean-up and have removed nearly 3,252 tons of trash, but each year there’s always more to clean! Everyone is welcome!

Please call The Conservation Foundation at (630) 428-4500 x121 or visit www.theconservationfoundation.org/sweep to register and for more information.


Pool Passes on Sale May 2

Villa Park Pool Passes go on sale May 2

VILLA PARK – Season pool passes go on sale May 2. As in previous years, fees will be less expensive through June 4.

There will be a new season pass system for 2016. All family members who will have a season pass will need a new photo taken. Season passes will be the size of a key tag and contain a barcode that will be scanned at the front gate of each of the pools. Please watch for a pass application that will arrive via email or US mail if you purchased a pass in 2015. Pass applications are available online at www.vprd.org and at both the Iowa Community Center and Community Recreation Building.

Visit www.vprd.org for more information about pool passes and programs. Villa Park pools open in June.

Villa Ave. to Host Shred Fest April 16


VILLA PARK – State Representative Deb Conroy with Old Town Villa Ave Businesses and AT&T will host Villa Ave Shred Fest from 9 a.m. to noon April 16 in the parking lot at Villa Avenue and St. Charles Road in Villa Park.

Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information to be safely shredded. Please remove all paper clips, staples and other bindings. Rep. Conroy will also be collecting old cell phones to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Each donated cell phone can provide a $5 calling card for a soldier overseas.

Limit two boxes per person.

Yard Waste Collection Begins

 
VILLA PARK – Roy Strom Company began collecting brush and yard waste on a weekly basis as of April 1. This seasonal service operates until Dec. 2 this year. Brush and yard waste are collected on the same day that household garbage and recyclables are picked up.
 
Brush must be tied into bundles no longer than four feet and no larger than 18 inches in diameter. Bundles may also not weigh more than 50 pounds. No limb more than four inches in diameter will be accepted. Please, use only biodegradable twine or string. Stickers are not needed for disposal of brush bundles.
 
Residents may dispose of leaves, grass clippings, weeds and shrubbery trimmings by using either 35-gallon trash cans (maximum size) clearly marked “yard waste only” or 30-gallon Kraft paper bags and attaching a $2.50 yard waste sticker.

Notice: on July 1, 2016 yard waste stickers will increase to $2.60.

Disposal stickers may be purchased at grocery and hardware stores throughout Villa Park, as well as at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave. Because all yard waste is taken to a composting facility, plastic bags may not be used.

Secretary of State's Office Stops Mailing Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders, IEPA Suspends Vehicle Emissions Test Notice Mailings


VILLA PARK – Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State's office is suspending the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices, according to a message on the office's website.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. Motorists can sign up to receive reminder notices electronically by email. Sign up for electronic reminders here.

In addition, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) also suspended the mailing of vehicle emissions test notices beginning December 2015.

Upcoming Events


Check out these upcoming events. You can always visit our Community Calendar for more details about any of these and other events.


April 8
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

April 9
- Helping Hands at Herrick Lake, 9 a.m. - noon at Herrick Lake, Wheaton
- Boutique Bash, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 64 East Drive, Northlake

April 11
- Village Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 12
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.
- Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, 7 p.m. at the Iowa Community Center, 
338 N. Iowa Ave.
- Traffic & Safety Commission meeting, 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 13
- Summerfest Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

April 14
- Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Lions Club meeting, noon at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 St. Charles Road

April 15
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

April 16
- Electronics Recycling, 9 a.m. - noon, at the Public Works Garage, 20 W. Home Ave.
- Cache In, Trash Out Restoration Workday, 9 - 11 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook
- Spring into Volunteering, 9 a.m. - noon at Spring Creek Reservoir, Bloomingdale
- Villa Ave Shred Fest, 9 a.m. - noon at Villa Avenue & St. Charles Road
- Volunteer Spring Cleanup, 9 - 11 a.m. at Mallard Lake

April 19
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

April 20
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- Economic Development Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 21
- Adjudication, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 22
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

April 23
- Volunteer Workday at the Native Plant Nursery, 8 - 11 a.m. at Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville
- District 45 PTA Just for Fun 5K Run and Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run, 8:30 a.m. at the Ruggard Gazebo

April 25
-  Village Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.


April 26
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.
- Sugar Creek Golf Course Administrative Board, 6 p.m. at Sugar Creek Golf, 500 E. Van Buren St.
- Community Pride Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 27
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- Arbor Day Tree Planting, 11 a.m. at Villa Park Historical Museum, 220 S. Villa Ave.
- Summerfest Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.

April 28
- Fire & Police Commission meeting, 7 a.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Environmental Concerns Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Lions Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Villa Park Public Library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave.

April 29

- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

April 30
- Volunteer Workday at the Native Plant Nursery, 8 - 11 a.m. at Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville
- 2016 Prairie Path Cleanup, 9 a.m. - noon at Villa Park Historical Museum, 220 S. Villa Ave.
- Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m - 2 p.m. at the Villa Park Police Dept., 40 S. Ardmore Ave.



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