E-Newsletter - April 2019
Ground Breaking for Elk Grove Village VFW Hall Elevator
On Monday, April 8, Keeley Construction hosted a ground breaking ceremony for the elevator installation at the Elk Grove VFW Hall located at 400 E. Devon Avenue in conjunction with VFW Post 9248, Community Character Coalition (CCC), and the Village of Elk Grove. This groundbreaking marks the commencement of construction for the installation of a much-needed elevator at the Elk Grove VFW Hall, our Veterans’ home away from home. Currently, the VFW Hall has no ground floor entry, and no wheelchair accessible entrance—VFW members have to enter the VFW Hall by using a staircase.
CCC member Kitty Weiner first proposed the idea of raising funds to help the VFW with this project. Mayor Johnson saw an opportunity to achieve this ambitious goal by connecting the CCC with the owners of Castle Chevrolet—Joe Castelbuono, Tony Castelbuono and Bob Politza—who generously donated a 2017 Corvette to raise funds in the “Vette for Vets Car Raffle”. The Elk Grove community raised $178,953 through raffle ticket sales and many generous donations from the Elk Grove business community. These funds were donated to VFW Post 9248 to support this project.
The installation of an elevator into an existing building is a complex project, and has presented many challenges throughout the development period, including additional costs that exceeded the original fundraising estimates. Earlier this year, Bill Keeley of Keeley Construction stepped in and generously offered to take over the project construction and help out in closing the gap on the fundraising side. Keeley Construction anticipates a completed elevator installation by the end of the summer.
Spring Large Branch Collection Begins April 15
The Village is offering residents the opportunity to participate in a Large Branch Collection program this spring. Please read below to find out more about the program and how to schedule your pickup.
Large Branch Collection Pickup Weeks:
Residential Community east of IL Route 53 April 15 - April 19
Residential Community west of IL Route 53 April 22- April 26
The Large Branch Collection Program picks up branches meeting the following requirements:
Large branches (3 1/2 to 8 inches in diameter) from all trees and bushes except evergreens are eligible for pick-up.
Stack branches in the parkway with cut ends pointing to the curb.
Branches should be placed in the parkway no sooner than the weekend before the designated pickup week.
For more information and to schedule your pickup, please call (847) 734-8800 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM or click here to sign up online.
Yard Waste & Small Branch Pickup
Yard waste pick up began again on April 1! Yard waste collection takes place the same day as the homeowner's garbage collection date and includes leaves, brush, grass clippings, garden waste, and tree and brush trimmings. Yard waste must be placed in 30-gallon biodegradable "yard waste type" paper bag or unlined 30-gallon rigid metal or plastic garbage can. As a reminder, stickers are required for Yard Waste pickup.
Small branch pickup does not require a sticker, as long as you follow these guidelines: brush or tree trimmings must be cut up and tied them into bundles of no more than four (4) feet in length, two (2) feet in diameter and weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds per bundle. Tree trimmings and branches cannot be larger than three and a half (3.5) inches in diameter. Please do not bind the bundle with wire or nylon cord.
For more information about yard waste & small branch pickup, please click here.
Spring Cleanup Assistance Program
The Elk Grove High School “Service to Others” program is offering a Spring clean-up for seniors and those with disabilities that no longer can do outside maintenance work themselves. Student volunteers help wash windows, rake leaves, clean flower beds and other small outside jobs. There are eighteen (18) available slots. Slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. There is no charge to the residents.
To be included in this program residents can call Community Service (847) 357-4120 to place your name on the list and a short interview is done to determine qualification. The deadline to register is Friday, April 19. The clean-up day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23.
Coffee With The Mayor & Board
All residents are welcome to stop by and meet with the Mayor and Board of Trustees to discuss any concerns or have questions answered. The Coffee will be held in the atrium of the Village Hall near the Council Chambers at the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex, 901 Wellington Avenue.
Coffee with the Mayor & Board
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Coyote Sightings Update
Over the past few months, the Village has received reports from residents with concerns about increased coyote activity in populated areas. While not all coyote sightings are cause for concern, our top priority is keeping our residents and pets safe. The Village is taking a proactive step to strategically address coyote issues or concerns by partnering with Scientific Wildlife Management. Scientific Wildlife Management has worked with many municipalities throughout the Chicagoland Area and is led by Rob Erikson, one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic of urban coyote management.
The Village has hired Scientific Wildlife Management to understand, monitor, and manage the coyote population within Elk Grove Village. We ask that residents report any coyote concerns, issues, or contacts to Scientific Wildlife Management on their website (http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/report-a-sighting). They will review the information that residents provide such as location, physical condition of the coyote, and the behavior of the coyote in order to identify any coyotes that displays unusual or threatening behavior.
For more information, please visit the Village website.
Winter Farmers Market Concluding
There is one more Elk Grove Winter Market is dedicated to bringing residents and visitors alike a wonderful Saturday market with a tempting variety of fresh indoor grown veggies, meats, eggs, pasta, breads, flavored nuts, sauces, dog treats, and much more. The final winter market will take place on Saturday, April 27.
Elk Grove Winter Market
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road
Find more information on the Winter Market, please visit the Elk Grove Farmers Market Facebook Page.
The Elk Grove Youth Committee is offering seven $1,000 scholarship awards this year to recognize High School Seniors for their outstanding leadership, community participation, and service within the community.
These scholarships are offered in partnership with the Village of Elk Grove and the Elk Grove Parks Foundation, which each typically provide two (2) scholarship awards annually. The Village of Elk Grove is able to offer three (3) additional scholarship awards thanks to the generosity of Mikerphone Brewing, who donated proceeds from their 2018 craft beer festival to support youth scholarships in the community.
For more information, and how to apply, click here.
Think Green Elk Grove - Guide to Recycling
As the weather becomes nicer, it’s about time to get back to the basics of good recycling. The fact is that some recycling actions make a bigger impact than others. Remember the essentials: Increasing the amount of paper, cans, and bottles that go into the recycling cart and decreasing contamination can make a huge difference.
Waste Management's Recycle Often. Recycle Right campaign focuses on bringing consumers and businesses back to recycling basics and promotes three basic tenets to better recycling:
For more information on recycling in Elk Grove Village, please click here.