The Village of West Dundee is conducting a 2014 Parkway Tree Planting Program, and is currently working to identify planting locations.
As is true throughout the region, parkway trees in West Dundee have been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. The Village of West Dundee has removed in excess of 1,000 dead and dying parkway trees over the last 2 years alone.
The Village continues its efforts to prioritize funding for replacement of trees. We have been fortunate to have several of the West Dundee Homeowners Associations partner with the Village to stretch the available tax dollars this year. Three HOAs have offered to contribute dollars, which the Village has agreed to match within the 50/50 cost-sharing program for tree replacements within those respective subdivisions.
This year, the Fairhills Association, who has participated in the 50/50 program each of the past 3 years, has contributed $1,500 toward planting of parkway trees in their immediate subdivision. The Grand Pointe Single Family Association, who has also participated the past 3 years, has contributed $9,000. The Carrington Reserve Association is participating for the first time this year in an amount of $12,000.
Under the 50/50 program, homeowners are able to contribute half of the cost of a new tree in order to ensure the planting of a tree at their residence within the current year's program. This practice allows the Village to stretch the available dollars to plant more trees in the community, and allows residents the opportunity to facilitate the timely replacement of a parkway tree at their home.
The Village initially budgeted $18,000 toward this year’s parkway tree planting program. Based on the Village Board’s review, an additional $15,000 has been allocated based on savings in other areas of the budget, in order to maximize the benefit of the HOA contributions and increase the number of trees to be planted in the community this year.
Based on the average per unit cost of $240, without the HOA or individual 50/50 participation, the Village would be planting approximately 140 trees. With these contributions and participation, the Village is now able to plant approximately 230 trees throughout the community.
Based on the extent of the HOAs' participation this year, a few changes to the traditional 50/50 cost-share program that the Village has offered to individual residents are necessary:
- This year’s 50/50 program will only be made available to residents not supported by HOA 50/50 participation, i.e. the Hills of West Dundee, Tartans Glen, Old World Village and Old Town neighborhoods. By limiting the 50/50 parkway tree planting program to these areas, the intention is to ensure that the available tax dollars are equitably distributed throughout the Village.
- Tree plantings fully funded by the Village of West Dundee, provided at no cost to the homeowner, will be limited to approximately 10 locations. Locations for plantings will be determined by the Public Works Department and prioritized for locations that have no trees on their parkway.
- Tree plantings for 50/50 program participation by individual residents in the areas that are not being supported by HOA dollars are limited to 30 locations.
- Participation in the 50/50 program is limited to one tree per address and is available on a first-come, first-served basis up to 30 locations.
The Village has received very favorable pricing on plant material. Our average cost for a 2-1/2 inch tree, installed, is $240. The cost is slightly higher for certain species. The 50/50 participation cost is $120 for most species.
Please Note: If you would like to contribute directly to the replanting of the community's parkways, the Village can facilitate the planting of a parkway tree for residents willing to participate at 100%, by paying the full cost of the tree planting.
The deadline to apply for either the 50/50 tree planting program or the direct purchase program is Wednesday, October 8th so the material can be ordered.
To apply for the 50/50 program, download, complete and return the 50/50 Parkway Tree Order Form along with your check for the applicable amount. Included with the Order Form is a program information guide and tree species descriptions.
To request a parkway tree at full cost, please contact either Village Hall or the Public Works Department as indicated on the program information guide.
The trees will be installed beginning in mid-October into the month of November.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact West Dundee Village Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-551-3800 or the Public Works Department at email@example.com or 847-551-3815.
The Village of West Dundee, along with our neighboring communities of Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts and Sleepy Hollow, are partnering with the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce for the Second Annual Community Service Award Program in order to recognize outstanding volunteers within our respective communities.
The Village of West Dundee recognizes that one of our greatest assets are the volunteers that put forth their personal time, efforts, dollars and support for community programs and projects. These individuals and programs make our community a truly special place.
The Community Service Award Program provides an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the volunteers that make our community exceptional, and take note of their dedication to improving the quality of life for the residents of West Dundee.
Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for this award. A copy of the nomination form is available below.
The basic criteria for nominations will include years of service to the community, legacy created, and the enhancement and breadth of the impact on West Dundee.
Please take this opportunity to nominate or recognize an individual within the community who you believe is worthy of this recognition and gives of themselves selflessly to improve upon our West Dundee community.
Nominations should be received by no later than Sunday, October 5. Please email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to Village Hall at 102 S. Second Street.
Village President Chris Nelson will chair a small committee who will choose the recipient to be honored. This recognition will take place at Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquet Center on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
A cocktail reception will be held at 5:30 pm to meet service award recipients from each community, followed by an awards ceremony at 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets for the award celebration, please contact the Northern Kane County Chamber at Melissa@nkcchamber.com or by phone at 847-426-8565.
Based on direction from the Village Board and a focus on general aesthetics of the neighborhoods of West Dundee, the Village will be placing increased attention a number of common property maintenance code violations.
The areas of code enforcement that will be focused on include:
• Vehicles parked in driveways should not block the sidewalk, particularly during daylight hours, in order to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment throughout the Village.
• Refuse containers should not be placed curbside any earlier than the evening prior to collection. Typically, this is Thursday evening. During the week of the 6 major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day), collection is moved to Saturday, in which case refuse containers should not be placed earlier than Friday evening.
• Garbage cans should not be stored along the front (street side) of your home, but rather along the side or in the rear yard.
• Grass and weeds within your individual lot should be properly maintained, and do not become overgrown or unsightly. These would include any planting beds, landscape areas or lawns.
• Outdoor fire pits must located in the rear yard and at least 20’ away from any structure or combustible material. No garbage or yard waste is permitted to be burned.
• RVs, boats and trailers may not be stored in any driveway for longer than 48 hours.
Please click below for additional information regarding enforcement intentions related to these code compliance issues.
The Village has been made aware of the multiple letters and misleading information that has been circulated regarding the change to the Municipal Electrical Aggregation Program supplier from First Energy to Constellation effective this September, and wishes to provide some additional clarification. Please click below for more information.View/Download PDF
The Village has engaged a consultant team, headed by Hitchcock Design Group, to initiate a comprehensive downtown evaluation in order to create a viable framework for public and private investment over the next 1, 3 and 5 years.
Hitchcock Design has completed an Opportunity Analysis Report, which provides an overview of the resources, market conditions and stakeholder interests of West Dundee's downtown and summarizes promising downtown opportunities that will be explored in greater detail in the next phase of the project.
Residents, business owners and other interested parties are able to interact with the consulting team through the project website at www.wdundeedowntown.com and in person at an upcoming open house on Weds, September 17 (tentative time and location: 6:00-8:30pm at Emmett's Brewing Co, 128 W Main St) to remain involved and in touch with the project.
To access the Opportunity Analysis Report, please click below.
In 2013, the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville and Elgin received grant funding to provide for a regional study regarding housing stock and projected future housing needs.
Through the study, present and future housing needs were analyzed utilizing multiple data sources and existing housing conditions in such areas as housing affordability, housing and transportation costs, and housing condition. Additionally, the capacity for new housing was reviewed by creating profiles of the workforce in the sub region and identification of industry sectors and commuting patterns, and; utilizing population, demographic and employment forecasts and determining potential new populations for each municipality and for the study area as a whole.
Click below to view the final report.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. It is an annual intrastate relay fundraiser conducted by officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents.
The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The West Dundee Police Department would like to thank the following local Torch Run 2014 Sponsors:
C Moore & Co., Inc. (700 Willow Ln, West Dundee)
Moffett Physical Therapy (12531 Regency Pkwy, Huntley)
Spa Bleu (106 N. Second St, West Dundee)
Bolz, & McCarty, LLC (895 Main St, West Dundee)
Davis Business Solution Inc. (514 Market Loop, West Dundee)
Dr. David Forbes (600 Spring Hill Ring Rd, West Dundee)
Eric J Fernandez & Co (895 Main St, West Dundee)
Huntley Cross Fit (10643 Wolf Dr, Huntley)
Mark D. Uteg, Law Office (707 Main St, West Dundee)
Miller Funeral Home (504 Main St, West Dundee)
Oxford Engineering (613 Main St, West Dundee)
Ryan & Ryan (4680 Main St, West Dundee)
Schwarz, Wieler & Lengle (303 Main St, West Dundee)
Following the passage of a voter referendum in March 2012, the Village contracted to procure lower-cost electric supply for residents and small businesses. The current Electrical Aggregation contract with First Energy Solutions will expire in August. Through a competitive bid process, the Village has renewed the program and contracted with Constellation Energy at the fixed rate of 7.57 cents per kWh for a 3-year term, ending August 2017.
All eligible account holders (see attached for eligibility) received a letter last week outlining the new contract with Constellation, which included opt-out information. Account holders who wish to continue at the aggregated rate need do nothing. Those wishing to be excluded from the program may opt-out at any time. Residents and small businesses that did not receive an opt out notice and were not automatically enrolled may join at any time during the 3-year term by calling Constellation Energy at 800-718-1493. There is no fee to enroll.
What if I don’t want to be in the program?
You may opt out before the program begins, at no cost. You may leave the program after it begins, also at no cost. Eligible resident and small commercial accounts will receive an opt out letter which they must sign and return within 14 days if they do not want to be in the program. Otherwise, they will automatically be enrolled. If you want to leave the program after having been enrolled, simply call Constellation Energy and to be moved back to ComEd or another supplier at any time. There is no early termination fee.
Ratepayers will continue to receive one bill from ComEd to include the electric supply charges from Constellation Energy. ComEd will continue to charge for delivery. The way you pay your bill, such as budget billing or automatic payment, will not be affected by enrollment.
Benefits of the Village’s program vs. electric supply through ComEd:
1. One fixed rate provides an easy-to-understand benchmark: The ComEd rate consists of three individual billing items (two are re-set twice a year, and the other varies every month.) As such, few know what the ComEd rate is in any given month. The program offers an easy-to-understand rate, against which informed residents can readily compare other offers.
2. Provides maximum flexibility: When a program is suspended and ratepayers are returned to ComEd service, they are required to remain at ComEd for 12 months (following a 60-day window). With an aggregation program, residents are free to come and go with no restrictions and no charges.
For more information and FAQs, please click below.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to call Village Hall at 847-551-3800. You may also call NIMEC (Northern Illinois Electrical Cooperative) at 800-727-3820 to leave your question and callback number. NIMEC will contact you within 24 hours regarding your questions.
The Spring / Summer edition of the Village Newsletter is now available online. Click below to view the Newsletter.
A print edition of this Newsletter is also expected to arrive today in the mailboxes of all addresses in the Village.
In this issue:
• 2014 Village Board Goals
• FY 2014-15 Budget
• Municipal Cost Comparison
• Downtown Redevelopment Planning
• Electrical Aggregation
• Water/Sewer Rates
• Credit & Debit Payments now accepted!
• Service Request System Web & Mobile App
• Water Treatment System Modifications
• Water Quality Report
• Concerts in the Park
• 2014 Roadway Improvement Program
• ...and more!
With spring comes the sight of young deer and other newborn wild animals.
A doe will leave her fawn(s) alone for many hours every day in order to keep them safe from predators and because they are not able to keep up with her.
You might see a fawn in a field, off the side of a road or in your yard. Regardless, leave them alone unless you observe one of the following indicators that they are in trouble: Please call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if you observe a fawn that is clearly injured, cries non-stop for hours or is lying with the side of its head on the ground straight in line with its body.
Please do not attempt to move or rescue a fawn left alone. Unless the above mentioned conditions are observed, leave them for their mother's return.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an adult beetle known for nibbling on ash foliage. It was determined that the larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark and wood of ash trees, which disrupts the ability to transport water and nutrients causing dieback and death. The adult beetles are dark metallic green bullet-shaped and about 1/2 inch long, with a narrow and elongated body, flat head and black eyes. As they emerge trees they will leave a unique "D" shaped exit hole, approximately 1/8 inch in diameter that may appear on the trunk or upper branches. Millions of ash trees in the Midwest have been infested.
The EAB was first found in West Dundee on Market Loop in 2009. Since then, the Village has identified and removed over 900 parkway trees. This is just over 16%, or 1 out of every 6 parkway trees within the Village has been removed in those five years.
The Village of West Dundee conducts an annual tree assessment that begins in mid May. Tree removals begin shortly thereafter and continue on as resources allow. Locations where trees are to be removed will be notified from the Village with a letter informing them of why the tree was removed and what the process is for replacement.
If you feel your tree is infested, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 551-3815 and Village staff will come out to inspect the tree.
For additional information, refer to the following links:
Illinois Department of Agriculture: http://www.illinoiseab.com
A 2% increase to the water/sewer rates and $0.50 increase to the bi-monthly distribution charge went into effect throughout the community on May 1, 2014. All bills generated after this date will reflect these changes.
Click below for detailed rate information and calculation of total billing amount per 1,000 gallons of usage.
The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment. Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2014 programs.View/Download PDF
Residents can report minor traffic violations to the Police Department by completing a Neighborhood Traffic Violation Report Form regarding specific vehicles. This form is available by clicking below, and also on the Police Dept and Area Construction Projects pages of this site.
From these reports, the Police Department sends a courtesy letter to the vehicle owner advising them of the reported violation and encourages the driver to obey traffic laws. The form may also be used to report general traffic concerns by completing the "other" section of the form. All submissions will be reviewed by the Police Department.
This form should not be used to request emergency assistance or report crimes in progress. In these cases, dial 911.
The March edition of the Construction Times Newsletter is now available.
Work is scheduled to resume on the Routes 31 & 72 intersection improvement project on Wednesday, March 26.
In October of 2013, the West Dundee Village Board and Department Directors held a workshop to discuss the direction of the community in both the short and long term.
One of the outcomes of this meeting was the creation of a set of Village Board Goals for 2014. While the goals do not capture all of the many activities conducted by the West Dundee staff throughout the year, they do outline some high-level efforts that the Village will strive to undertake. The goals also allow residents and business owners in West Dundee the opportunity to see the Village Board’s priorities for the year.
Please click the link below to view the Village Board Goals. Over the coming months, please be on the look out for updates on progress toward achieving these goals.
ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill. Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services. In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.
To apply for ComEd’s Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency such as Community Contacts, Inc at 100 S. Hawthorne, Elgin, (847) 697-8800.
For more information on any of ComEd’s assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd’s bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.
IDOT provides a question/comment submittal form on their website for issues related to roadways maintained by the State of Illinois, which would include Routes 31 and 72 in West Dundee.
This form can be used to communicate with IDOT on a variety of topics, such as reporting potholes or debris in the roadway, burned out streetlights, or construction related inquiries. Click below to access the form.
Did you know there are more manufacturing job openings in Kane County than there are applicants with the proper training? The Kane County Department of Employment and Education ATIM Program offers free training, plus assistance with transportation costs, equipment, uniforms and more. Call 630.966.1435, ext. 40081 to see if you qualify or click on the links below.View/Download PDF Visit the website
Please be advised that the Village of West Dundee no longer provides child car seat safety checks.
Child car seat safety checks are available from Sherman Hospital, located at 1425 Randall Road in Elgin, by appointment. Please visit the Advocate Sherman Health website for additional information or call 224-783-8996 to set up an appointment.
Upcoming safety seat check events may also be posted to the website www.seatcheck.net.
In response to questions and comments received from the community regarding the presence of hydrogen sulfide and chlorine residuals in the water system, the attached information is provided.View/Download PDF
If you received a letter that your tree will be replaced, it will be done so based on available time and resources. If you should have questions, do not hesitate to contact Public Works at 847/551-3815.
Attached are tree care guidelines, which will be provided to each owner receiving a new parkway tree.
The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment. Click below for a copy of the DTHS Annual Newsletter, which provides information about 2013 programs.View/Download PDF
Please visit the Resident Info Kit on our website for additional information.
The Illinois Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act, which initially banned TVs and monitors from entering landfills beginning January 1, 2012, has been expanded to include the following electronics products:
- TVs & Monitors
- Computers (including Laptops & Tablets)
- Electronic Keyboards & Mice
- Fax Machines
- VCRs & DVD Players & Recorders
- Portable Digital Music Players
- Video Game Consoles
- Small Scale Servers
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable & Satellite Receivers
These items must be returned for recycling or reuse. Manufacturers of these electronic devices in Illinois are required to accept them for recycling. A list of companies is available on the IEPA's website.
Electronics may also be dropped off for recycling at the Elgin ReStore at 800 N State St in Elgin from 9am to 6pm Wednesdays through Fridays and 9am to 4pm Saturdays, or at the West Dundee Public Works Facility at 900 Angle Tarn Monday through Friday 8am to 3pm.
This article provides a brief history and a look forward at recycling in Kane County and Dundee Township.Visit the website
ComEd's Smart Ideas program offers energy efficiency incentives, tools and tips from to help you take control of your energy usage and save money.Visit the website
Click below for helpful and easy tips from the Police Department to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle break-ins.View/Download PDF
Although recreational fires are legal and do not require a permit, there are a few basic rules that need to be followed to ensure the health and safety of your family and neighbors.
Before breaking out the marshmallows and campfire songs, please review these rules to enjoy it all in a fire-safe and respectful manner.
Both the State of Illinois and Kane County have enacted programs to ensure that individuals with special needs or disabilities gain the assistance needed in times of emergency or natural disaster.
Please pass this along to family and friends who care for individuals with special needs or the elderly.
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