City Council Roundup: Garbage Info, Deadlines for Sign-ups, Recycling Event, Early Voting

Nine things discussed at Tuesday's Elmhurst City Council meeting you may want to know about.

UPDATE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21

The City of Elmhurst released an announcement Thursday evening stating that City Hall will, in fact, be an early-voting location for the April Consolidated Election. Previous information shared at the Tuesday, Feb. 19, City Council meeting is no longer valid. Information below has been updated to reflect the correct information.


Among other business, aldermen at the Feb. 19 City Council meeting:

  • were reminded to check their mailboxes for information on the new garbage program. Third Ward Alderman Michael Bram clarified that the price listed on the card, $14.93 per month for the 65-gallon tote and $20.70 per month for the 95-gallon tote, is not in addition to what residents currently pay, but the total monthly fee, which is lower than what residents currently pay.
  • learned the city is partnering with the Park District for disposal of residents' old blue recycling bins when the new 65-gallon recycling totes are delivered. Residents can either keep their old bins for recycling overflow, or drop them off at City Hall, 209 N. York; Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave.; or York Commons Pool, 655 S. York. To dispose of an old garbage can, make a large X on the can with masking tape, write "Please dispose of this can" on the tape and set it on the curb on garbage day.
  • learned the Elmhurst Police Department is still accepting sign-ups for its spring Citizens Police Academy. The free, 12-week program begins Wednesday, March 13. Applications are available online.
  • learned Elmhurst City Hall will again be a site for early voting for the April Consolidated Election. DuPage County registered voters can vote early in the council chambers, 209 N. York St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 25-April 6. Based on previous information from the DuPage Election Commission, it was announced at the regular meeting of the Elmhurst City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and in the upcoming edition of the Front Porch newsletter that City Hall would not be an early voting site, but that information is no longer valid.
  • heard Mary Queen of Heaven Church, 426 N. West Ave., will host an electronics and recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. "It covers just about everything you can think of," Alderman Norman Leader said. Contact Matthew Williamson at (630) 215-8611 or ngvdesigns@yahoo.com.
  • learned there will be a 4th Ward Town Hall meeting with aldermen Steve Hipskind and Kevin York at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Elmhurst Police Station, 125 E. First St.
  • were reminded the last day to sign up to march in the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day parade is Saturday, Feb. 23. For an application, click here.
  • were questioned by resident Claude Pagacz about the city's marketing campaign without having measurable results. Chamber CEO John Quigley thanked the council for the money, said statistical data is at a minimum, but cited high click-through rates for the online "shop local" ad. He said the money is used for print, web and direct mail marketing, event sponsorships, promotions, product giveaways and more. He said since 2011, sales tax revenue has exceeded expectations by more than $1.5 million.
  • learned from Quigley that the city and chamber will host a mayoral forum at Angelo's Restaurant Wednesday, March 20. More details to come.

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Joanne DeZur February 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I thought the new system was supposed to lower garbage costs. Tell me how it does that when I have to pay monthly for a garbage can I will not need, when I supply my own it only costs me once not every month. With recycling and a compost pile there is only enough garbage for the small container about once a month.
Doremus Jessup February 22, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Maybe I'm just nitpicking but I wonder if Mr. Quigley can say why he has the Chamber of Commerce's 990 form done by accountants in Oak Brook? Are there no qualified accountants in Elmhurst or is there some conflict of interest that they have to go outside Elmhurst to get that done? Also the money that Elmhurst is providing($10,000) is it being spent using Elmhurst vendors when possible?
Tony H February 22, 2013 at 02:39 PM
It will lower you cost, since you pay for garbage on your water bill. The amount you now pay is more than what it will cost when this kicks in. Now you pay $15.16 a month, you will start to pay $14.93 a month, lower just not by that much.
Jim Court February 22, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Everyone one of us should look for ways to improve our community at all levels. Does anyone want to join me in the creation of a blog, website, or any other forum where we can express positive ideas as well as challenge the status quo if need be. Not a place of negativity but one that has a true commitment to the benefit of our great community. Of course, IF one of the quarries could be converted to Lake Elmhurst with an attached park, that would be a good start. I have many ideas, I am sure that many of you also do. Doremus, and all of the fellow commentators...what do you think?
Jim Court February 22, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Bram We talked years ago about improved noise barriers along RT. 290. I realize that the State is essentially broke now. The time was good back then but nothing ever happened. Is there anything we can do now to improve the quality of life and lower the noise levels ? Let's make our wonderful community the quiet bedroom community we seem to enjoy. Let's get rid of the noise.
Jim Court February 22, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Shop local is a sound idea. Many would but the three hour parking and subsequent ticketing amounts to a get out of dodge mindset. If I park in one place and am notated by parking enforcement, leave shortly afterward, am gone for half the day and return to Elmhurst downtown I can receive a ticket. The meter is running from the instant you park and has a twenty four hour time frame and a three hour total in that 24 hour period. You can receive a ticket. Until this changes people will head to the malls where you can park all day.
Peggy Suratt February 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM
doremus: for people like jq, it's do as i say, not as i do. and don't forget DJ; he's not only the Pres, but he's also the Chief Executive Officer !
Jim Court February 24, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Peggy, You have a lot of thoughtful ideas. Sometimes we agree (unknown to you) and sometimes we don't. That is fine with me, Based on your understandings of the three candidates, are you publicly committed to any particular candidate and why? Perhaps you are not sure or it is too early to make a decision. I would enjoy hearing what you think. Doremus, I was hoping to hear from you and Stewart among others about the idea I submitted earlier.
Doremus Jessup February 24, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Jim, Sometimes I think having a place to go and talk all things Elmhurst would be a good idea but I tend to avoid commenting on articles here that have been saturated with comments already. I like the compartmentalization that the individual articles provide, if a blog or forum would provide that then I think it would be a good idea. Also, I like to pull up the Patch and see if any interesting comments have been made on Elmhurst topics only to have to scroll through those comments about some dog or cat in a cartoon is a real chore, I wish those were put somewhere else.
E Rutledge February 25, 2013 at 03:13 PM
doremus says "i tend to avoid commenting on articles here that have been saturated with comments already"; ok, the RoboSurvey article had 64 comments; so why did doremus offer five comments (numbers 22, 25, 39, 49 & 54) on a pretty saturated article ? i'm guessing it's because doremus is the alter ego for the diane or one of her drones. and its consistent when you think about because this same inconsistency (read hypocrisy) is what the diane is all about. she barks about a 10,000 drop in the bucket to the Chamber, or claims that the Addison LLC deal is a back room conspiracy, but then she refuses to release the results of the RoboSurvey - what gives here doremus ? in another post you spin "i believe i have established some ethos ... and that i have voiced my concerns in a consistent manner". how do you figure; you love getting in the mix on saturated articles. so perhaps you should restate your ethos as "i don't comment on saturated articles unless they are about my candidate" then at least, you would appear to be anonymously transparent !
Doremus Jessup February 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
E Rutledge, You posted what my order of comments on a thread where "(numbers 22, 25, 39, 49 & 54), I applaud your due diligence, but getting in a comment thread at number 22 is not what I consider being saturated. I am taking a week off from political posts but I could be expected to post again starting Saturday. Until Saturday I will keep my posts on other topics. P.S. Maybe you should play those numbers in Powerball or something.


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