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.



History is Worth Celebrating! - 9/5 to 9/7
Bartlett Heritage Days logoBartlett Heritage Days 2014 is the 5th annual community-wide fall festival designed to honor and celebrate the Village’s rich history. After August 1, the winning 2014 button design will be available for sale on T-shirts and buttons at several locations listed at and at the festival. NEW this year is a Heritage Days geocache medallion hunt and a Bartlett Antique Road Show in Bartlett Park, Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Other highlights of this year’s festival include:

• Ladies’ Night, Banbury Fair, Friday, 7 p.m.
• Old-fashioned Trolley Rides, free with Heritage Days button, stops at Bartlett Park, Village Hall and Leiseberg Park, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Village, the trolley also offers four, 45-minute historic Bartlett tours each day, narrated by Bartlett Historical Society docents (noon, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.)
• Craft Show, Bartlett Park and Jewelry Row, Oak Street, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Flea Market, Bartlett Avenue north of the train tracks, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Children’s Art in the Park by Color My World Art Studio and Arts in Bartlett, Railroad and Main, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Decorate a Box Contest by Arts in Bartlett: bring entries on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Four Paws Animal Foundation Pet Parade at 9 a.m., Pet Contest registration at 10:30 a.m., judging 12:30 p.m., Bartlett Park, on Saturday
• Animal Show by Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett Park, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Exhibits at the Bartlett Depot Museum, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Bartlett History Museum in Village Hall, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
• Miss Patti E, The Vagabond Musicologist at the Bartlett Depot Museum, Saturday, 1 p.m.
• Classic Car Show, Bartlett Avenue north of the train tracks, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Living Out Loud teen band, Derango Family Dental; games & snacks to benefit Juvenile Diabetes

Some events/times may change; go to for updates.


Heritage Days Carnival in Leiseberg Park!

Live Music & Entertainment * Food Trucks
Beer & Wine Garden * Carnival Rides * Fun

Friday, 9/5 - 5 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Sonic 7 & 8 p.m. Smokin’ Gunz
Saturday, 9/6 - noon to 10:45 p.m.
noon - 4 p.m. $25 unlimited ride wristbands
1:30 p.m. Southbound 61 & 3:30 p.m. Leaving Scarlet
5:30 p.m. Forget Hannah & 8 p.m. Friction
Sunday, 9/7 - noon to 5 p.m.
noon - Terata
2 p.m. Battle of the U-46 Marching Bands! or












Zoned for Business
The Still Bar & Grill is now open at 326 S. Main Street in the Main Street Plaza. Village resident Brett Gaylord and business partner Jim Leo own and operate this casual establishment that Jim Leo and Brett Gaylord from The Still Bar & Grilloffers barbeque and other American fare. Broasted chicken, smoked brisket, catfish, chicken and waffles, burgers, sandwiches and salads are all on the menu. The Still’s full bar offers craft beers on tap, moonshine specialty drinks and martinis, including the Bartlett Pear.

The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and closes at 11 p.m. most nights. Visit, the Facebook page or call 630-855-9402 to learn more.

CrossFit Arioch is a new gym at 1235 Humbracht Circle, Suite E, in the Brewster Creek Business Park. Started 20 years ago by former gymnast Greg Glassman, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that fits the individual’s needs and combines gymnastics, weightlifting and cardiovascular fitness into ever-changing, daily workouts.

Alberto Diaz and Greg Buck from CrossFit AriochCrossFit Arioch owner Alberto Diaz and head trainer Greg Buck take an all-inclusive approach to fitness, scaling every exercise to suit persons of any fitness level. Visit, the gym’s blog, its Facebook page or call 630-329-2260 for details.

Long-time Village business Bartlett Sports has relocated to 350 S. Main Street in the Main Street Plaza. Providing team uniforms, business apparel, school spirit wear and more to the Bartlett area for more than 20 years, Julie and Bern Bauer’s business can be reached at or call 630-289-0090.

One more business coming to downtown Bartlett soon: Marco’s Pizza at 223 S. Main Street in Bartlett Town Center.


Bartlett Company Earns Audubon Award
Mike Vondra, owner and president of Bluff City Materials Inc. in Bartlett was one of four recent recipients of the Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon - Chicago Region. Vondra, along with Steven Byers and John Nelson of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and David Clement from Vulcan Materials Co. were recognized for a restoration project at the Bluff Spring Fen.

A fen is a rare wetland maintained by groundwater that has a year-round temperature of approximately 50 degrees; this alkaline water flows year-round supporting a unique ecosystem of plants and animals. The Audubon-honored project involved restoring areas impacted by mining activities dating back 100 years.

"Mining companies typically are taking material out of the ground. Here Bluff City and Vulcan Materials Co. were filling in algae-filled gravel pits from earlier mining and created a piping system to reroute stormwater runoff around the fen to protect the groundwater," Nelson said.

Also committed to this public-private collaboration, which demonstrates how industry can positively contribute to conservation and restoration: Mackie Consultants (Rosemont), The Forest Preserve of Cook County, the Village of Bartlett, the City of Elgin, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Director Randy Heidorn and his predecessor Carolyn Grosboll, Friends of the Fen, Illinois State Geological Survey, and Illinois State Water Survey.

Open daily, Bluff Spring Fen is accessed through the Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Road in Elgin. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April through October and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November through March.























A Minute with the Mayor
Bartlett Village President Kevin WallaceSummertime and the living is easy in Bartlett! That is partly true for me and the rest of the Village Board. After all, we just finished enjoying another wonderful Fourth of July Festival and Independence Day parade. Thank you Bartlett Fourth of July Committee, Bartlett Lions Club, Bartlett Park District, Village staff and all of the volunteers for another great celebration.

The trustees and I are also looking forward to more fun at Heritage Days in September. But summer also brings many critical issues, and there is plenty of work going on at Village Hall right now.

We are continuing to address the large percentage increase in property taxes that Bartlett residents in DuPage County saw on their last tax bill. It seems that two items were the main contributors to the hike.

First, School District U-46 increased its levy for 2013 by 1.7%. This increase generated approximately $5.1 million for tax year 2013. Most of the complaints the Village has received are related to U-46 and the large dollar increases residents are paying to the school district.

In addition, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) determines a burden factor. The “burden factor” is the amount of the tax levy attributable to each county in a multi-county jurisdiction such as Bartlett. This burden factor applies to all taxing districts on a property owner’s bill.

The Village was made aware of a burden shift of approximately 2% to DuPage residents this year. I have had discussions with the Illinois Department of Revenue and the County Clerk, and based on the information received, we have calculated that a burden miscalculation increased DuPage taxes by approximately $380 for a home valued at $300,000. In November, the Village will get final 2013 assessments for Cook County and, at that time, it can calculate what the adjustment may be for 2014.

The Village will have the opportunity to talk more about this issue as well as other topics, when we meet with Illinois State Senator Thomas Cullerton for a Town Hall at Bartlett Hills Golf Course on September 10 starting at 5 p.m.

Another vital project that the Board is just starting to work on is our Potable Water Study.

As most of you know, the Village of Bartlett owns and operates a public water supply system that provides water for its 41,000 residents as well as its commercial and industrial users. The Village currently purchases approximately 60% of the water used to supply the system from Elgin with the balance of the water pumped from Village owned and operated wells. Bartlett’s contract with Elgin expires in 2019, but decisions made now will have a major impact on Bartlett’s water supply for decades to come.

Below, you can see a summary of the Potable Water Study put together for the Village by consultant Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. The Village Board took its first look at this study in June. The full report is fairly long and the Board expects to review it at length over the next several months.

Bartlett residents, business owners and other interested parties will have the opportunity to learn more about this topic at the Village Board meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/19, when Burke Engineering returns for another presentation.

Carefully examining all of our options for Bartlett’s future water supply is critical for our community. Fortunately, we have the time to thoroughly evaluate our existing and alternative water supply sources before making a decision that will provide high-quality, reliable and cost effective water to Bartlett far into the future.

person drinking a glass of waterThe long-term potable water supply is an issue that the Bartlett Board of Trustees has identified as a top priority in the Village for several years. Consultant Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. was brought onboard to help evaluate the existing and alternative water supply sources for the Village of Bartlett. The evaluation focused on those options that provide a quality, reliable and cost effective long term water supply to Village residents.

The Board took its first look at Burke’s report in June. Below is a brief summary of the Potable Water Study, which can be seen in its entirety at: Potable Water Study.

The Village of Bartlett owns and operates a public water supply system that provides water for the Village’s 41,000 residents as well as its commercial and industrial users. The Village currently purchases approximately 60% of the water used to supply the system from Elgin with the balance of the source water pumped from Village owned and operated wells. Over recent years, Bartlett’s average daily water usage has been about 3.7 million gallons per day (MGD) with an average daily purchase from Elgin of about 2 MGD. The Village’s record high usage for one day is approximately 8.6 MGD.

The contract with Elgin expires in 2019 and has a 5-year notice clause for its extension. Decisions made now about whether to continue, increase, decrease or terminate purchasing water from Elgin will likely determine or have an impact on the water source used for the Village’s water supply for decades.

Five potential alternatives for the water supply source water were reviewed for this study:
~ Continuing the status quo combination of purchased water from Elgin and well supply
~ Converting to a 100% Elgin water purchase
~ Converting to a 100% well water supplied system
~ Connecting to one of two Lake Michigan water provider systems

Information was collected from meetings with Village staff, Elgin water department staff, staff at two Lake Michigan water providers, as well as review of a recent Illinois State Water Survey report on Northeastern Illinois Regional water supplies, discussions with Illinois Department of Natural Resources and state water survey staff, and discussions with area well drillers and water contractors. The facilities that would be required for each of the supply options were identified and capital costs were assigned for those facilities.

Although each of the five alternatives represents a viable water supply option, the alternatives are not equal. Significant differences exist between the alternatives with respect to:
~ the predicted long term sustainability of the alternative
~ the potential for changes and/or variability in the quality and quantity of the source water
~ the source water chemistry
~ the Village’s liability and/or exposure for compliance with future source water regulations
~ unknown factors

These differences were considered in identifying the pros and cons for each alternative and is playing a significant role in leading to the identification of which of the alternatives provides the best long term sustainable water supply option for Bartlett.

Several cost centers were identified and used to compare the cost associated with each potential supply option:
~ capital improvements cost
~ projected water purchase cost (at 2015 rates)
~ Bartlett’s water fund annual operating cost (estimated for 2015)
~ buy-in fee cost (Lake Michigan water options)


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 began accepting tree orders for the 2014-2015 planting season in July. Residents can select the variety of tree they would like planted from the following list. 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.

Japanese Tree Lilac - A small (to 30 foot in height) tree, possibly the most hardy of lilacs. A profusion of white blooms cover this tree in mid-June.

Kentucky Coffee Tree - This tree adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. Hot, dry, poor soil are not limiting factors to the Kentucky coffee tree once it's established. Foliage is blue-green, turning to yellow in the fall. The mature size is about 60 feet tall. Newly planted trees tend to look sparse until the leaves emerge in spring.

Northern Catalpa - Large, heart-shaped, tropical looking leaves turn yellow in fall. The large showy spring flowers look like orchids! When the flowers shed, they look like the slang word for the catalpa, “popcorn” tree. The tree produces small tiny pods, which can be mowed up. The mature size is 50-80 feet tall.

European Hornbeam - A medium sized (40 feet high x 30 feet spread) pyramidal shaped tree that has a very formal appearance. It turns yellow-green in autumn and has few insect pests.

2014 Parkway Tree Program order form

To order a tree, please send your name, address and phone number along with the variety of tree and check payable to the Village of Bartlett. Orders must be received by September 8, 2014. Please mail to: Parkway Tree Program, Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett IL, 60103. For more information, please call Bartlett Public Works, 630-837-0811.


Village-Wide Garage Sale
Thursday, 8/14, Friday, 8/15 & Saturday, 8/16
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s time to bargain hunt again at Bartlett’s community-wide garage sale. Find links to the map & addresses of participating households below. Happy shopping!

Garage Sale Addresses
Garage Sale Map


Back-to-School Safety - Tips for Motorists
Sharing the Road Safely with School Buses
School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, 4 to 7 years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:

* All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
* School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
* All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
* While state laws vary for a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
* The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
* Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail
to look both ways when crossing the street.
* Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.

Sharing the Road Safely with Child Pedestrians
All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.

* Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
* In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
* Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
* Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
* Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.

These Back-to-School Safety Tips are from the National Safety Council website,

Tea with Abigail Adams
Leslie Goddard portraying First Lady Abigail AdamsDid you know Abigail Adams has been designated the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States? Adams was the wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. Her life is one of the most documented of the first ladies; she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia during the Continental Congresses.

The Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Public Library District invite you to learn more about this fascinating first lady, as portrayed by Leslie Goddard, at the 17th annual First Ladies Tea on Wednesday, 9/17 at Bartlett Public Library, 800 W. South Bartlett Road. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and the program begins at 7 p.m. Call the library, 630-837-2855, to register for this very popular free event.



From the Archives

The Bartlett Firehouse Open, a golf outing at Bartlett Hills, was started in 1965 by Don Buckner, Pete Wehle and Bill Tiknis as a mixer for the local firemen and policemen. A piece of drinkware was given to each player to celebrate their playing in the event. Throughout the years, different shapes of glasses were given out.

In 1984, the 19th outing was commemorated with a 7-inch tall blue stein in the shape of a fire extinguisher. This stein is part of a recent large donation of Bartlett artifacts and images given to the museum by former Village President Bill Tiknis.

























Heritage Days
Singer Patti EckerHeritage Days is a time to celebrate Bartlett’s history and a perfect time to learn more about it with a visit to the Village’s museums!

It is the “Age of Steam” at the Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Avenue, which will be open on Heritage Day Saturday, 9/6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a free family friendly steampunk concert at 1 p.m. on the east side of the museum. Miss Patti E, The Vagabond Musicologist, a Chicagoland singer accomplished on guitar, banjo, banjolele and musical spoons will be performing. With her grand voice, astounding energy and saucy wit, her lively concerts engage audiences of all ages. She will be singing songs from Sir Godfrey Arthur, Sultan El Vis Prez Ali and other notable personages.

The Bartlett History Museum, located in Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street, is featuring the exhibitions “The Firemen’s Festival, One Fun Way to Fund” and “Groundbreaking: Can You Dig It?” The museum is open on Heritage Day Saturday and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. It is also open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the museums and all activities are always FREE, so you can stop in and discover how the Village got its start. For the Depot Museum’s operating hours visit


Passport Program Wraps Up Season
There are only a few weeks left in this year’s Passport to Adventure program, which ends on Labor Day, 9/1. Children are reminded that they have until Saturday, 9/13 to pick up their seven-site-visit prize at Village Hall and register their site totals for consideration for the Mayor’s Medallion award.

More than 600 Bartlett children participate annually in this summer program sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.


Did You Know?

...that earlier this year, the Village was awarded a 50/50 grant for $36,800 from the Illinois Department of Resources for two bike path connections to James 'Pate' Phillip State Park.

man on a bikeOne link will connect the existing Koehler Fields bike paths to the state park’s bike trails. The other link will connect the existing bike path in the Lakewood Mill subdivision to the state park’s bike paths. Construction is expected to be completed this fall.

Use the following link to see an up-to-date, interactive map of Bartlett’s bike path system.