Village receives $500,000 grant to address flooding in north Lombard Vista Pond will soon be expanded to help address localized flooding issues in the north portion of the village, thanks largely to a recently announced $500,000 grant from the state of Illinois administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The Vista Pond Expansion project was developed to address localized flooding that occurs in and around Vista Pond, located north of St. Charles Road and east of Grace Street. During storms that exceed the 25-year-storm events, the pond has a propensity for flooding, according to Lombard Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith. He said the plan is to excavate the west end of the pond and increase capacity by 7.2 acre feet, which is equivalent to 2.3 million gallons of added storage. This additional capacity will reduce the risk of property loss to the surrounding properties. “On behalf of the Village of Lombard Board of Trustees and our residents, I’d like to thank the governor and the state of Illinois for the support of this project,” said Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio. “The governor’s first-hand account of the conditions of Vista Pond after the April 2013 storms showed a strong commitment on the state’s part to work with municipal government units to address local issues in a timely fashion.” DCEO has agreed to pay $500,000 of the estimated $882,700 project, with the Village of Lombard funding the remaining cost from its FY2014 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Earlier this year, the Village of Lombard met with state legislators to discuss a number of potential projects to aid flooding. The village identified Vista Pond as a high priority project, according to Goldsmith. During the village’s most recent damaging flooding event in April 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn visited the Lombard and saw the impact on the community. The area has been subject to repetitive loss due to storm events. “That pond is located within a combined sewer area, which limits the options available to the residents and the village to address stormwater,” Goldsmith said. “The completion of this project will provide additional capacity that will assist with areas downstream of the pond, as well as those areas immediately adjacent to the pond.” The village is the property owner of the park and has a lease agreement with the Lombard Park District for a playground at the southwest portion of the park. The park will not be affected by the pond’s expansion. “We've been working for years on solutions to address the flooding experienced by folks who live near Vista Pond,” said District 4 Trustee Peter Breen. “During heavy rain events, residents in Northeast Lombard rely on Vista Pond to store water that would otherwise flood their homes. However, when Vista Pond floods, those who live nearby have suffered greatly. By providing additional storage for water during heavy rain events, this expansion project will reduce and hopefully eliminate the flooding experienced by Vista Pond neighbors. I'm grateful to the state for its assistance in funding this project.” “ During the April storm event, I served as acting village president and witnessed the conditions that exist for the neighborhood around Vista Pond, said District 6 Trustee Bill Ware. “Working as chairman of the Public Works Committee, I sought to have this project included in the CIP to minimize the risk of flooding. I appreciate the board’s support of this project and continual effort to improve storm water management throughout the community.” Additional questions about the Vista Pond Expansion Project can be directed to Lombard Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith at 630-620-5766 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detectives charge Michigan man in unauthorized video recording by Bonnie MacKay An investigation by Lombard detectives ended with charges against a Michigan man Monday night. According to Lombard Police Detective Lt. Cyndy Velazquez, investigators were made aware of possible unauthorized videotaping by a female complainant. The detective related that the 41-year- old woman had been in a long-term relationship with a man, who she believed was secretly video recording and photographing her. She said the recordings were done without her knowledge, according to the detective. When the woman accidentally learned of the alleged video recordings and photographs back in 2011, she ended the relationship with the man, who lived in the Lombard area at the time, according to the detective. “She confronted him and made him delete them,” Velazquez said. However, recently, somebody approached the woman and asked if she was on a certain Web site and had shared some pictures of herself. Velazquez said detectives conducted an investigation, which included subpoenas and interviews. The subject was taken into custody Sunday, Oct. 19, without incident. Although David A. McCann, 29, currently lives in Lansing, Mich., the lieutenant said he travels for business and was in the area to speak with the complainant. Police were on hand to pick him up when the meeting took place. McCann was charged with three counts of unauthorized video recording and live video transmission. He was transported to DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, where he was awaiting bond court on Tuesday afternoon.
Lombard’s free leaf pick-up program runs through Nov. 29 The Village of Lombard’s free leaf pick-up for residents is currently under way and will run through Saturday, Nov. 29. The free leaf pick-up is for Kraft brown paper bags only (unlimited number of bags) and these bags must contain only leaves. Residents will be required to place yard waste stickers on any cans filled with leaves. Bags of leaves may be put curbside on residents’ regular garbage collection day. The weight limit per bag or can is no more than 50 pounds. It is against village code to place leaves in a public alley, roadway, street, driveway or sidewalk. In addition, leaves may not be blown or raked out in to the streets as they can block the storm drains in the street, which can cause flooding when it rains. The village’s yard waste collection program will end for the season on Nov. 29. Cans and bags filled with other yard waste (grass clippings, small twigs or branches and plant materials) must have stickers on them. Properly bundled brush does not require a sticker. Brush is defined as limbs or branches from trees, shrubs or bushes. Bundles of brush must be securely tied, not exceeding 6 feet in length or 18 inches in diameter and cannot exceed 50 pounds each. No individual branch or limb can exceed 6 inches in diameter. Stickers may be purchased at a cost of $1.89 each and are available at the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson; Jewel food stores, 1177 S. Main St., Lombard, and 33 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park; Schroeder’s Ace Hardware, 837 S. Westmore; Ultra Foods, 491 E. Roosevelt Road; and West Suburban Bank’s Lombard locations at 707 N. Main St., 1122 S. Main St. and 711 S. Westmore.
Another pile driver joins the project VIBRATION IN DOWNTOWN LOMBARD doubled last week with the addition of a second pile driver on the north side of the railroad tracks. Currently, crews are installing pilings along both the north and south sides of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks as part of the pedestrian tunnel and platform improvements at the Metra train station. The installation of the pilings, which began on the south side of the tracks on Monday, Oct. 13, is expected to take two to three weeks to complete, according to the village. The entire project is projected to take about 10 months.
Narcan program annual report, donation The highly successful DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) released its first annual report during a press conference organized by the DuPage County Police Chiefs Association on Oct. 16, that included a $50,000 donation from Oak Brook businessman Ed Heil that will go toward sustaining the DNP in the future. The DNP recognized those police departments in DuPage County communities that have already saved a life following a heroin overdose. Thirty-three communities are participating in DuPage County and approximately 1,700 officers have been trained to use Narcan on the street. Twenty-five lives have been saved using Narcan. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin made the announcement about the $50,000 donation from Heil. Cronin said: “We’re so grateful to the Heil family for their generosity and determination to equip our police officers with Narcan. This gift will have a lasting impact in our community for many years to come. It’s important we encourage others to learn the facts, join the fight and help us save lives.” Heil lost his grandson to a heroin overdose. The press conference featured remarks from Cronin, DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba. Cronin noted: “This is a truly groundbreaking effort. The most important impact we can have in our county is saving lives. I think we all agree we considered this program a success when officers saved the first person’s life using Narcan. The benefit to families, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings whose loved ones have been saved is priceless.” Berlin said: “I am extremely proud to be part of this effort that has already saved the lives of 25 individuals.” He added: “It is my sincerest hope that those whose lives have been saved will look at their experience as a wake-up call and get the help they need to live a productive life free of drugs.” Zaruba said: “Education is the answer to prevention, so law enforcement teamed up with the experts, our school district superintendents, reformed users and the parents of those children who were not as lucky as those who are in remission from the addiction of heroin. We brought the message directly to the parents and to their children about the truth of this.” DNP Director George DeTella from the DuPage County Health Department read a letter of recognition that was presented to each police department that has recorded a save. DeTella said: “You have made the difference. By encouraging your staff to get trained in the administration of Narcan you have already saved a life. That is no small accomplishment.” Also recognized at the press conference, held at the DuPage County Health Department, was the DNP contribution from Lillian Pickup, representing the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Karen Ayala, executive director at the health department, presented Pickup with a plaque. Ayala said: “Your exemplary career has been devoted to saving lives and your life-long commitment to public service and the well-being of every citizen is a high standard that is beyond comparison.” Others participating in the press conference were DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen, Hanover Park police officer Tim McNulty, who has saved a life using Narcan, and Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field. For more information on the DNP or the Annual Report, call the Health Department at 630-682-7400 or e-mail DNP@dupagehealth.org.
Annual Christmas Mart to be held in Lombard Nov. 1 Several churches and organizations along West Maple Street are hosting the “Lombard Christmas Mart,” an art, craft and boutique extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mart will feature over 75 crafters, artisans and specialty vendors from Lombard and surrounding areas. Helen Plum Library, along with Lombard Historical Society, First United Methodist Church, First Church of Lombard, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Maple Street Chapel, Sacred Heart Catholic and the Lombard Community Senior Center, work together to make this a great community event. Offering a variety of crafts and features, the mart has something for everyone. Besides unique items for Christmas giving, there will be a rummage sale, attic treasure sales and a used book sale. Also you may visit Lombard’s history at the historical society’s 1800s Victorian Cottage and First Church Maple Street Chapel. Lombard businesses have supported the mart by donating prizes for a drawing. Shoppers who go to five of the seven locations will be eligible for the prize drawing. A mini passport will be provided at all locations to help visitors track which locations they have been to. First prize will be a night at the Lombard Westin Yorktown Center. Additionally, Shannon's Corner Butcher Shoppe and Deli, Darlinn's Beauty Shop, the Victorian Cottage and Lombard Town Centre have donated prizes or gift certificates. Those attending the mart can park for free in any of the church parking lots. Everything will be within a three-block area and easily walkable. If the weather is inclement, drive to each location and park. More information is available at www.stjohnslombard.org.