Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Residents can purchase 55-gallon plastic barrels and rain barrel accessories to reduce flooding and take advantage of the village's storm water utility incentive program.
The village of Downers Grove will hold a rain barrel sale this spring for those interested in taking advantage of the storm water utility incentive program. Downers Grove has teamed up with the Naperville-based Conservation Foundation to offer 55-gallon rain barrels at a discounted price—$58.50, plus sales tax, for residents who pick up the barrel, and $63.50, plus sales tax, for home delivery. Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater at the end of a downspout and store the water for later use, for example in watering plants or washing cars. Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, helps reduce flooding, and can have a dramatic impact on water quality in rivers and streams, according to village officials. The …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Beginning Monday, the cost of garbage stickers went from $3.37 to $3.52.
Trash will now cost slightly more for Downers Grove residents. Beginning Monday, the price of garbage stickers increased from $3.37 to $3.52. The price of carts also went up: The increases are part of the village's contract with its waste management company, Republic Services. There will be no change in the appearance or color of the stickers. Stickers purchased before April 1 will be accepted on garbage/yard waste. The contract with Republic Services also includes an amnesty day for unlimited trash pickup, which is scheduled for the week of Sept. 30 on regular pickup days. For more information, visit www.downers.us. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on Downers Grove news:
Monday, April 1, 2013
The free event will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Lincoln Center auditorium.
The village of Downers Grove, in cooperation with the Naperville-based Conservation Foundation, will host a free workshop Wednesday to educate businesses and non-profits on water conservation strategies and storm water management. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center auditorium, 935 Maple Ave. Participating vendors will be on hand to provide services and answer questions related to the village's Stormwater Utility Credit Program, such as water quality and how to reduce a site's run-off rate and volume. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., presentations will be made on the following topics: Vendors include: For more information, visit www.downers.us. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on Downers Grove news:
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Downers Grove Professional Firefighters Association has thrown their support behind incumbents Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell and newcomer Greg Hosé.
The Downers Grove Professional Firefighters Association (DGPFFA) earlier this month announced its endorsement of village council candidates Bob Barnett, Marilyn Schnell and Greg Hosé. All six council candidates completed a questionnaire from the DGPFFA, and were subsequently interviewed by the organization's Political Education Committee. “We selected the candidates we felt expressed the best vision for continuing to provide the high level of public safety service the citizens of Downers Grove have come to expect," DGPFFA President Rob Pekelder said in a press release. READ: Get to Know the 2013 Downers Grove Village Council Candidates Barnett, Schnell and Hosé have also received endorsements from the Downers Grove Community Advocates, a …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Village Hall is one of nine sites designated for early voting March 25 through April 6.
Early voting for the April 9 consolidated election began Monday at Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave., and several other area locations. All voters registered in DuPage County may vote early at any of the nine designated polling places, now through April 6. Voters must bring a government-issued photo ID such as a passport, driver's license or military ID. Voting will be conducted on ATM-like touch screens, according to the DuPage County Election Commission. Downers Grove Village Hall is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the location and hours of other early voting sites, call the DuPage County Election Commission at 630-…
Monday, March 25, 2013
The video, produced by DGTV, offers voters the chance to get to know candidates running in the April 9 consolidated election.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Two forums will be held in the coming week for the six candidates running for Downers Grove Village Council.
Two forums will be held in the coming week for candidates running for Downers Grove Village Council. The first forum—hosted by the Downers Grove Watch Association, a nonpartisan citizens group—will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Downers Grove Park District Lincoln Center auditorium, 935 Maple Ave. The event will include a presentation from Bruno Behrend, executive director of For the Good of Illinois, on challenges facing Illinois municipalities. Candidates will take the stage at 10:30 a.m. Another forum will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave. That forum is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lisle. Six candidates are running for three seats …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Three restaurants and a liquor store were all caught on the same day selling alcohol to an 18-year-old acting for the Downers Grove Police Department.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The council voted Tuesday to approve salary increases for Downers Grove police, as well as the village manager and attorney.
Downers Grove officials approved salary increases for police and two senior employees Tuesday, despite objections over the village's compensation policies. The village council voted 4-3 to approve a 2-percent raise and a $10,000 bonus for Village Manager Dave Fieldman, bringing his annual salary from $160,000 to $163,200. Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve a 3-percent raise for Village Attorney Enza Petrarca that brings her annual compensation to about $128,000, according to village records. The measures extend severance pay for both employees—Fieldman by three months and Petrarca by six. The council also voted to approve a new three-year agreement between the village of Downers Grove and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave.
The Downers Grove Village Council is set to consider salary increases for two village employees, as well as a new labor agreement with the local police union. The council will vote Tuesday night on amended employment agreements with Village Manager Dave Fieldman and Village Attorney Enza Petrarca that would give them both raises and extend their severance pay if either should be terminated without cause. Fieldman is up for a 2-percent raise, bringing his annual salary from $160,000 to $163,200. He is also set to receive a $10,000 bonus for his performance in 2012, according to village documents. The resolution would extend Fieldman's severance pay by three months. Fieldman last received a raise in April 2012, when commissioners agreed to …