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E-Newsletter - October 2018

Post Date:10/24/2018 4:00 PM

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Elk Grove Fire Chief Named Illinois Fire Chief Of The Year!

Congratulations to Fire Chief Richard Mikel on being named 2018 Illinois Fire Chief of the year. This award is acknowledged throughout the fire service in Illinois and nationwide as a prestigious recognition of the efforts a Chief Fire Officer takes to protect the community. Chief Mikel was presented his award at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Peoria on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as part of the Presidential Banquet and Reception. Chief Mikel joined an elite group of 24 other fire chiefs who have received this award since 2001.

For more information, click here.

Village Hires New Public Works Director

Elk Grove Village is excited to announce the hiring of Colby J. Basham as the new Public Works Director following a national search for candidates to lead this vital operational department.  Basham’s first day on the job will be October 29, 2018, and he will work alongside current Public Works Director Vito Sammarco until Vito retires on November 30. Sammarco is retiring after over 20 years of service to the Elk Grove Village community.

 For more information, click here.

Village Industrial Vacancy Rate Down To 2.55%!

Elk Grove’s industrial vacancy rate continues to fall! Colliers International recently released its 2018 third quarter industrial vacancy report for the O’Hare Industrial Market and the Village’s vacancy rate for the Business Park stood at just 2.55%, down from 2.64% last quarter. This is a new historic low!  

A vacancy rate of 5% is considered essentially full, taking into account natural vacancies for businesses that are moving in and out of properties. Elk Grove Village has now sustained a vacancy rate below 5% for over two years.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours

Elk Grove Village has set Halloween trick-or-treat hours from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on October 31. Residents are encouraged to turn on their front porch light if they want to pass out candy on Halloween.

The Elk Grove Village Police Department will be conducting extra patrols in residential neighborhoods on Halloween. You should immediately dial 9-1-1 if you observe any suspicious activity during trick-or-treating.

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween! 

Lifesource Community Blood Drive

The Village has partnered with Lifesource to offer four community blood drives this year. There are many benefits to donating blood, not only the joy of being able to help save lives, but also for your personal well-being. Donating blood can increase your overall heart health, enhance the production of new blood cells, and is associated with a decreased for a risk of cancer. 

Community Blood Drive
 November 3, 2018, 
8:00am - 12:00pm
Village Hall, 
901 Wellington Ave

To make an appointment in advance, please visit the Lifesource website.  Drop-ins are also welcome!

Coffee With The Mayor And Board

The Village Board hosts their regular Coffee with the Mayor and Board at the Council Chambers in Elk Grove Village Hall. Residents and business owners are invited to come meet the Village Board and discuss any questions, comments or concerns over a cup of coffee.

Coffee with the Mayor and Board
November 3, 2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Village Hall, 901 Wellington Ave

Early Voting

The Village of Elk Grove is an Early Voting location for the Gubernatorial General Election.  Early Voting is scheduled from October 22, 2018 through November 5, 2018. Elk Grove Village elects its officials in at-large elections, therefore, no primaries are held for Village offices. The Village holds Consolidated Elections in April of odd numbered years.  Primaries and General Elections for national or state offices are held separately.

Offices up for the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election include:

  • 3 – Village Trustees - Each for a four (4) year term
  • 2 – Library Trustees - Each for a six (6) year term

 For more information on Early Voting, visit the Village website.

Think Green Elk Grove - Composting

Composting is a naturally occurring process that breaks down plant waste such as leaves, grass, and non-woody plant material into useful compost. This can be done outside through using a compost pile. Some basic requirements must be followed to ensure your compost pile does not become a nuisance, but healthy and odor free:

  • Elk Grove Village only allows grass, leaves, non-woody plant material, and chipped The depositing of garbage, food waste, pet waste, meat scraps, fat or grease or materials that may attract animals or pests to a compost pile is strictly prohibited.
  • A compost pile must be contained in some type of enclosure. A compost pile should be at least three (3) to five (5) feet high. You may also purchase a commercially constructed container.
  • Compostable material must be placed in such a way that the material will not become windblown.

Please be aware that compost piles are only permitted in rear yards, and cannot be located in a drainage easement. For more information, visit the Village website.

Compost Collection Service

Don't have time, but still want to improve the environment? Green Dirt Compost is currently the only provider for a residential subscription compost collection service in our area.

Residential compost subscription service works similar to the old milk jug service. Clients are provided with a 5-gallon plastic bucket with a lid and place all of their compostable waste into the container. This container is picked up weekly, and replaced with a clean, empty container to use for the following week. The collected materials are then composted using a vemicompost system at the Green Dirt Compost’s Facility.

For more information on this service, visit Green Dirt Compost.


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