Village of Bartlett, Illinois  •  228 S. Main St. •  Bartlett, IL 60103  •  630.837.0800  •
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Village Newsletter

The Village of Bartlett publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to all Bartlett residents approximately the first week of even months. Also, be sure to check out our online community calendar for information about upcoming events.



Clean Up Week - June 23 thru June 28
backpack with school supplies

Spend the week cleaning out your basement, closets and drawers, and then bring your old flags and eyeglasses, gently used school supplies and personal documents for shredding to Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street. Every resident who participates in a Clean Up Week activity will be entered into a drawing to win a free rain barrel.


School Supplies
Monday, 6/23 thru Friday, 6/27 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 6/28 from 9 a.m. to noon

The school supplies collection will take place all week, and residents will be able to drop off "slightly used" school supplies for those in need. Staff will take the materials to SCARCE for proper distribution. The school supply dropoff site will be the multi-purpose room on the first floor of Bartlett’s Village Hall.

American Flags and Eyeglasses
Monday, 6/23 thru Friday, 6/27 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 6/28 from 9 a.m. to noon

The Village will collect worn American flags, for proper disposal, and used eyewear, which will be given to the Bartlett Lions Club. These two collections will take place all week. Bring your flags and eyeglasses to the multi-purpose room on the first floor of Village Hall.

Document Shredding
Saturday, 6/28 from 9 a.m. to noon

The shredding event will take place on Saturday, 6/28. This program is for residents only and NOT commercial businesses. The event will be held in the Village Hall parking lot.


garage sale signBartlett is hosting another village-wide garage sale on Thursday, 8/14 through Saturday, 8/16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A map for the event, including the addresses of all participating households, will be available at Village Hall and on the Village website. The Village will also publicize the garage sale in the newspaper and the next issue of the Bartletter.

Residents who would like to participate and have their address listed on the map can fill out the village-wide garage sale application here or at Village Hall. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, July 25.









Strategic Plan 2014 - 2015
2014-2015 Strategic Plan cover

The Village of Bartlett Board of Trustees has voted to approve the updated Strategic Plan. The intent of the plan is to help focus more clearly on what is important for the future of the Village. The 2014-2015 Strategic Plan that follows includes five Key Strategic Goals along with objectives that help support those goals.

Facilitate Activities that Foster a Sense of Community
*Foster development that serves as community focal points and considers adjustments to reflect evolving needs and market trends
*Develop an effective approach for more active involvement in promoting municipal authority and local control
*Evaluate inter-organizational activities to maximize and balance social and cultural opportunities in the Village
*Promote community identity and events
*Encourage resident involvement
*Maintain and enhance communication
*Facilitate intergovernmental relationships with other local taxing districts
*Continue efforts toward promoting, embracing and enhancing our schools and our local education system

Attract and Retain a Diverse Business Population
*Continue to develop our downtown
*Continue to provide support to existing and new business community
*Continue to address the development of the Brewster Creek Business Park
*Continue to address business development of the Bluff City and Blue Heron business parks
*Advance the development of commercial areas at Rt. 59 and Lake Street and Rt. 59 and W. Bartlett Road site
*Review all business policies, processes and regulations to foster enhanced business activities and general welfare of the community
*Develop a business attraction strategy/process and marketing mechanism to ehance our profile in business community

Maintain and Enhance the Appearance of Our Community
*Advance residential, industrial and commercial regulations via ordinance and policy reviews and implementation
*Promote an inviting outdoor environment
*Continue to provide for community land use planning
*Continue the corridor plan for West Bartlett Road

Continue to Provide High Quality, Responsive, and Cost Effective Village Services.
*Focus on the development, motivation and recognition of the municipal staff
*Maintain a fiscally responsible government
*Continue to evaluate and implement the use of technology in providing services and municipal operations
*Encourage regional and local transportation availability
*Continue to provide and maintain infrastructure, facilities and services to focus on core municipal service areas
*Continue to address residential drainage and stormwater concerns
*Maintain a safe community
*Maintain emergency management efforts

Evaluate and Promote, Where Possible, Environmentally Friendly Development, Purchases, Awareness and Programs
*Evaluate municipal purchases and practices for environment-friendly alternatives



Timeout with the Trustees

T.L. Arends
Michael E. Camerer
Vince Carbonaro
Trustee TL Arends Trustee Michael E. Camerer Trustee Vince Carbonaro
Trustee Gregory Martin Trustee Aaron H. Reinke Trustee Eric Shipman
Gregory A. Martin
Aaron H. Reinke
Eric Shipman, a website that posts “best of” rankings for cities around the globe, recently named Bartlett one of the "Top 13 Small Cities in Illinois.” This kind of positive recognition is always encouraging for us as a Board and helps us continue our focus on keeping Bartlett a great place to live, work and play.

One thing we do annually to achieve that end is strategic planning. If you haven’t already, please take a look at the story above to see the strategic goals and objectives that we recently approved for 2014-2015. More than just words on paper, most of our municipal services and programs can be directly traced back to the goals we set out in the Strategic Plan.

For example, our annual June Cleanup Week activities are one way that we can encourage and promote environmentally friendly practices in the community. The Summer Storm information in this issue ties back to “maintain a safe community,” an important objective under the fourth goal in the Strategic Plan.

We look forward to the Arts in Bartlett Festival of the Arts each summer and the Fourth of July Festival and Parade because they are fun for all ages. But by supporting and promoting these events, the Village also is fostering community in Bartlett.

One more example, the long-running Pride in Ownership program (you can see the details below) is a way for the Village to encourage property owners to help “maintain and enhance the appearance of our community.”

Do we plan in order to make a website’s “best of” list? Of course not. But having a sound Strategic Plan in place is probably one key to why the Village of Bartlett continues to shine.


Are You a Proud Property Owner?
The Village of Bartlett’s Pride in Ownership Program recognizes outstanding property maintenance of single family homes, multifamily homes and commercial properties. Winners are recognized at a Village Board meeting, and the winning properties are displayed on the Village website.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a neighbor, please submit your name, phone number and the address of the property you are nominating to: Paula Schumacher, Village of Bartlett, 228 S. Main Street, Bartlett, IL 60103, by August 1, 2014.

Although it’s not required for nomination, please feel free to include a photograph or briefly write why your nominated property puts a proud smile on your face.











Parkway Tree Program
Through its long-running Parkway Tree Program, the Village of Bartlett has shared the cost of planting trees with homeowners and has diversified the number of species used for parkway planting. However, the program was changed last year, 2013, to better address the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation threatening all ash trees in Illinois. The Village will continue to reforest Bartlett’s parkways this season, once again using the revised plan.

Under part one of the plan, the Village will plant smaller diameter trees (1 inch) area by area to replace ash trees that have been removed. The type of new tree planted and its location will be determined by the Village and there will be no cost to residents.

The second part of the plan allows homeowners to participate in tree replanting. Residents who would like a tree that is larger in diameter (2 inches) can select a tree at a flat fee of $50.

The Village will begin accepting tree orders for the 2014-2015 planting season starting in July. Residents can select the variety of tree they would like planted from a list that will be available on the Public Works Department webpage after July 1.

Orders, with checks payable to the Village of Bartlett, must be received by September 8, 2014. Please mail orders to: Parkway Tree Program, Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett IL, 60103. Visit the Public Works Department webpage after July 1 to view photos of the trees or call Bartlett Public Works at 630-837-0811 for more information. Due to the fixed number of available trees, orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. A tree can only be ordered if the ash tree at the address has already been removed.

Prior to the EAB infestation, Bartlett had more than 5,800 parkway ash trees throughout the community. The PW Department estimates that it will take several years to completely remove and replant all the trees impacted by the EAB infestation. As of the end of November 2013, Public Works staff and contractors had removed 1,132 emerald ash borer infested trees from Village parkways. In the next few years, approximately 1,000 more trees will be removed and 1,000 trees will be planted each year.


Did You Know?

...Bartlett Hills Golf Course Clubhouse is newly renovated and available for you to celebrate all of life’s special occasions. The beautifully remodeled lobby and banquet hall feature fresh carpets, paint, and furniture accents.

The friendly, professional staff is happy to help you every step of the way and will make planning your event easy and stress free. With a variety of packages from which to choose, you can customize any get-together, from weddings and golf outings to showers or parties of all types.

For any lucky couple who is recently engaged, wedding dates are still available for 2014, and incredible incentives are still being offered for late summer and early fall. For further wedding or event inquiries, please contact Mary Gearhart at 630-213-3103 or visit the website,













When Summer Storms Strike
Summer brings warm temperatures and the potential for severe weather. Residents are reminded to take the possibility of severe weather seriously and prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips for weathering any storm.

•Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are right for a serious storm or tornado to develop. Watch for danger signs and be ready to seek shelter quickly. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for National Weather Service bulletins.
•Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the storm’s path.
•Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Warning sirens will be sounded and you should find shelter immediately.

•Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature. It automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued. The National Weather Service uses county names in its advisories, so know the county where you live and work.
•Check the weather forecast before going outdoors and postpone plans if storms are imminent.
•Keep a list of emergency phone numbers. Teach children how and when to call 911.
•Choose a friend or relative who lives out of the area that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and condition.
•Keep important documents and records in a safe deposit box or other secure location.
•Maintain a disaster supply kit.

•Close all windows and doors. Draw shades or blinds to reduce the risk from flying glass.
•Avoid using the telephone or other electrical appliances until the storm passes.
•Turn off air conditioners. If lightning strikes, a power surge could damage the compressor.
•Delay taking baths/showers until after the storm.
•If outdoors, seek shelter immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are probably close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
•If you are in a boat, try to reach shore quickly.
•If you are driving, pull safely to the shoulder away from trees and power lines. Lightning can flash from trees or power poles into a vehicle through the radio antenna. Normally, in the open, a vehicle is a safe shelter from lightning.
•Avoid touching metal parts of the vehicle when lightning is nearby.
•If you find yourself where there is no immediate shelter, find a low spot away from trees and power poles and squat low to the ground. Make yourself the smallest target possible.

•Check for injured persons and render first aid. CPR will revive most lightning strike victims. Do not move anyone who is severely injured unless absolutely necessary. Wait for emergency assistance to arrive.
•Photograph or videotape damage to property.
•Do not make unnecessary telephone calls.
•If driving, be alert for hazards on the roadway.
•Check on neighbors or relatives who may require special assistance.

Warning Sirens

Bartlett is equipped with several warning sirens to notify you of a weather emergency. Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Other than testing, the signals are sounded only if a tornado warning is issued. If you hear the siren, take cover immediately; turn on a radio or TV for more information. As a Storm Ready Community, Bartlett reminds residents that the weather sirens will NEVER be used to signal that conditions are safe. It is up to you to decide when it is safe to leave places of shelter.












June 28 & June 29
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @Bartlett Park

Join Arts in Bartlett for its 12th annual Bartlett Arts Festival in Bartlett Park, corner of Oak and North, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with music continuing Saturday night until dusk.

You’ll see some of the artists you’ve come to admire at past festivals, as well as several new ones. There will be a wide range of 2-D and 3-D media, including paintings, photography, fiber, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood and more. Food vendors, a wine/beer tent, children’s art activities, and entertainment can also be enjoyed. Judges will select various award winners on Saturday, and the artist voted as the visitors’ favorite will receive the People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

Nonstop entertainment both days. Kick off the weekend at 10 a.m. Saturday by kicking up your heels with the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team and some line dance fun. The music continues after hours on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. with wEs Lee K Band (acoustic fusion), Reverbnation (Debbie O’Cull, acoustic folk), Guitars in Bartlett (folk rock), Laid Back Funky (classic rock) and Rome the Ruins (alternative rock).


Bicycle Month in Bartlett
man on a bikeEnjoy all three Friday Family Bicycle Rides. Trailers and connector bikes welcome with 16-inch wheels the minimum recommended. Rides are 6 to 8 miles, at an easy pace, on safe trails, sidewalks, and paths with some street crossings. Helmets are required. The rides leave at 6 p.m. sharp, so come early to learn basic safety checks.

June 6 - meet at Jim Jensen Pavilion to ride to the top of Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve. Going home, meet firefighters at Station Two for refreshments.
June 13 - ride Woodland Hills beginning at Happy Trails Park and ending with refreshments provided by Ralph Binetti.
June 20 - meet at Valley View Park on Westridge Boulevard to tour the James Pate Philip State Park trails. Refreshments by Spin Doctor Cyclewerks.

Additional June bike events: June 8 - Join Team Tess on the Tour de Cure fighting diabetes. Get more information at or stop by Spin Doctor Cyclewerks.
June 14 - Tour of Bartlett. Meet at American Chartered Bank at 9 a.m. for Fix a Flat and Ten Things to Know. Choose your distance - miles 1-6 will be easy paced in town; miles 6-25, a moderate paced road ride.
Bike Week June 16 to 20 - Metra bike commuters, get free coffee at Bartlett Coffee Depot.
June 17 - Bike to Work with Dan Cronin, time tbd.
June 19 - take the 8:52 a.m. train downtown for the Jump in the Lake Ride & lunch at the Zoo.

June 29 - Bike the Burbs II leaves Spin Doctor Cyclewerks at 7:30 a.m. taking the Great Western Trail to Elmhurst for the first refreshment stop. Next stop, Warrenville for lunch via the Illinois Prairie Path. Explore Herrick Lake Forest Preserve before heading home on the IPP Elgin Branch. All three trail segments are approximately 20 miles each at 12-14 mph.

See all ride information at or email



Fourth of July Festival, July 3 - July 6
The Bartlett Fourth of July Committee invites you to celebrate at Apple Orchard Park.

Thursday, July 3
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Carnival - Private Special Needs Time
5 - 11 p.m. Carnival (Pay One Price $23)
5 - 11 p.m. Food & Beer Tent
5:30 - 8:15 p.m. Smokin’ Gunz @Bandstand
6 - 11 p.m. Bingo Tent
9 - 11 p.m. American English @Bandstand

Friday, July 4
Noon - 11 p.m. Carnival
Noon - 11 p.m. Food & Beer Tent
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Free Children’s Entertainment @Bandstand area
1 p.m. Tractor Pull for all ages @Aquatic Center
3 - 5:30 p.m. Los Treboles Negros in Beer Tent
4 p.m. Turtle Race @Aquatic Center
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sam Savage @Bandstand
6 - 9:15 p.m. Bingo Tent
8 - 11 p.m. Rick Lindy & Wild Ones @Bandstand
8:30 p.m. Chicagoland Skydiving Center
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza * (music simulcast on FM 98.1)

Saturday, July 5
Noon - 11 p.m. Carnival (Pay One Price $23 from noon - 5 p.m.)
Noon - 11 p.m. Food & Beer Tent
4 - 5 p.m. The Redmonds @Bandstand
5:30 - 8 p.m. Johnny Russler & Beach Bum Band @Bandstand
6 - 11 p.m. Bingo Tent
8:30 - 9:25 p.m. Chasing Alice @Bandstand
9:30 - 11 p.m. Bad Medicine @Bandstand

Sunday, July 6
1 p.m. Bartlett Lions Club Fourth of July Parade Downtown
3 - 8 p.m. Carnival (Pay One Price $20)
3 - 8 p.m. Food & Beer Tent
3 - 7 p.m. Bingo Tent
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Crossfire @Bandstand
6 - 8 p.m. Hi Infidelity @Bandstand

*The Festival Closes at 9:30 p.m. FOR FIREWORKS and RE-OPENS after the show
Visit for schedule updates.



Passport to Adventure
This summer, plan on making a stop or two on the “Passport to Adventure” program, the perfect summer activity for the whole family. For 22 years, this program has been operated and sponsored by Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association, a consortium of more than 60 museums, nature centers, historic farms and science centers throughout Kane and DuPage Counties. The program is for children age four and older and encourages families to discover, learn and have fun by visiting these wonderful sites.

All you need to start is a free “passport,” available at the Bartlett History Museum in Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street; Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue; Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road; Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Avenue; and at the Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. The “passport” lists information for all the participating sites, such as location, hours, and admission fees, if any. The Passport program runs until Labor Day.

Start your passport journey at the Village of Bartlett Museums. The History Museum’s current exhibit, “The Firemen’s Festival, One Fun Way to Fund,” tells the story of this annual fair held in Bartlett from 1938 to 1969. Test you skill at some games and experience through personal memories and photographs what made this event so memorable. Also, check out “Groundbreaking, Can You Dig It?” to see the shovels that turned the soil for several Bartlett buildings.

At the Depot Museum it is all about steam! “The Age of Steam” depicts Bartlett’s steam rail past through pictures and residents’ remembrances. “The Age of Steam, From Bovine to Bottle,” reflects back on Bartlett’s Huntley Dairy and the steam power that was used to process the thousands of pounds of raw milk delivered daily by area farmers. “Full Steam Ahead,” is a photo exhibit by Bartlett resident Tom Cerwin, who photographs today’s historic steam rail lines. For hours and more museum information visit



From the Archives

Each Bartletter, the Bartlett History Museum features an item from its collection, which includes a large array of images, objects, books and ephemera that are reflective of the Village’s rich history. The heart of any museum is its collection. In fact, it is what defines an institution as a museum. For without a collection, a museum could not curate exhibits, educate, create programming, respond to inquiries, conduct research and more.

The collection of the Bartlett History Museum is always growing due to the generous donations of current and former residents, individuals and institutions interested in preserving Bartlett’s history. When an item is reviewed and accepted for donation by the museum’s director, the process of accession begins.

First the item is labeled with a unique accession number. Next it is entered into a digital collection management system by its number and corresponding information, such as the donor, detailed description, age, provenance, notes, etc. Photographs or scans are also taken of the item. This is done because the items can’t speak for themselves and future generations can appreciate and learn from this record.

Correct storage of a collection is also imperative in order to further the preservation. Items are placed in acid free boxes and/or sleeves and housed in correct conditions, such as uniform temperature, humidity and light. The Bartlett History Museum follows the standards and best practices for collection care.

Organized baseball began in Bartlett in the early 1900s with the formation of the men’s Bartlett Cubs team. This horsehide baseball once belonged to Henry Thurnau, manager of the team in 1927. He, along with the players, autographed this ball for posterity on September 25, 1927. The ball was donated by Thurnau’s granddaughter Janice Kirk and is just one of many Bartlett Cubs items in the museum’s collection.


































National Night Out 2014
National Night Out 2014 logo


The Village of Bartlett invites you to this year’s FREE National Night Out events. With your participation, NNO 2014 will be another huge success!



Friday, August 1
6 to 10 p.m. - Twilight Skate Park Bash at Bartlett Skate Park
6 to 8 p.m. - Tailgate Party at Jim Jensen Pavilion in Apple Orchard Park
8 to 10 p.m. - NNO Pool Party at the Bartlett Aquatic Center

Saturday, August 2
3 to 10 p.m. - Block Party/Neighborhood Lighting Competitions

Tuesday, August 5
5 to 9 p.m. - NNO Picnic in the Park at Bartlett Park

NNO activities & events may be subject to change.