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Bryon Vana,
City Administrator
(630) 353-8114
City Hall (630) 852-5000
Police Department (630) 971-3999
Public Works (630) 852-5000
Mayor Kathy Weaver
City Clerk JoAnne Ragona
Treasurer Michael J. Coren
Ward 1 Ted Schauer
Ward 2 Tina Beilke
Ward 3 John F. Poteraske, Jr
Ward 4 Joerg Seifert
Ward 5 Joseph A. Marchese
Ward 6 Sylvia McIvor
Ward 7 Halil Avci

Congratulations to the 2012 Darien Citizens of the Year!

 

Robert & Charleen Vuillaume

 

Please join us for a Coffee & Cake Reception in their honor on March 5th during the City Council meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.  The Citizen of the Year banquet will be held on March 24th at Alpine Banquets.  Tickets are $30.00 each, and can be purchased at Darien City Hall.  For more information please call Mary at 630-353-8102.

 

Electric Aggregation Ballot Question

The City of Darien has placed a referendum on the upcoming March 20th ballot allowing the City of Darien to solicit bids for the purchase of power on the open energy market.  The goal is to reduce the electricity costs for residential homes and small businesses.

 

Residential electric rates are set every May by ComEd.  The fixed rates are then in effect for 12 months.  The City is taking the necessary steps to have other electric suppliers provide rate quotes to compete with ComEd.  Even if the power is purchased from another supplier, residents would not notice a change as their billing would still be through ComEd.

 

The City of Darien has been purchasing its power for water pumping and street lighting operations from suppliers other than ComEd since 2007.  These suppliers have been able to offer lower rates than those we would have received from ComEd.

 

Municipalities are now able to receive bids from suppliers on behalf of the entire community.  If the rates are lower than ComEd’s, the municipality can move all residential and small business accounts in the city limits to the new supplier.  This is similar to how the City of Darien negotiates advantageous pricing for refuse haulers, concrete driveway repair, tree trimming, and gas lights.  Before the municipality can make this choice for electricity, the residents need to approve a resolution on the March 20th ballot.

 

Even if the referendum passes, Darien is not obligated to switch suppliers.  The referendum simply gives the municipality the right to solicit competitive bids.  Once the bids are received, then the City Council will decide if it is in the best interest of the residents to move to the lower cost supplier. Residents will have a few chances to opt-out of the aggregation program, but must do so before the City service begins. Residents will receive notice from ComEd informing them of the opt-out period, who to contact, and how they must communicate their intention to opt-out.  If not, all residents will remain with ComEd for the following 12 months.

 

 For more information please visit our website at http://www.darien.il.us/Departments/Utilities/Utilities.html#ElectricAggregation

or call Scott at 630-353-8104.

 

Chicago Water Rate Increase

On January 1st, the City of Chicago and the DuPage Water Commission increased the amount the City of Darien is charged for water we receive from Lake Michigan by 34%.  This is only the first year of four annual increases by the City of Chicago through 2015.  Some communities increased their water rate on January 1st to make up the difference for the higher cost of water.  The City of Darien will maintain water rates at their current level until the water budget is reviewed as part of budget meetings that began on February 22.  The next budget year begins on May 1, 2012 and will take these current and projected future increases into consideration.  If you would like more information please call City Administrator Bryon Vana at 630-353-8114.

Next City Council Meeting

The next city Council meeting will be on February 6th at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting may be viewed on DCTV channel 6.

City Meeting and Committee Agendas

The following links will direct you to the City Meeting and Committee agendas and packet information on our website.  Stay informed on City issues and upcoming projects! 

All Agendas:

City Council Meeting Agenda:

 Last Week to Recycle Your  Holiday Lights!

Don't know what to do with the strands of Christmas lights that are tangled, broken or have lost their glow?  Don’t throw them in the garbage - recycle them!  The City of Darien has partnered with Elgin Recycling to offer our residents free recycling of holiday lights!  All light colors and strand lengths will be accepted. Items include mini-lights (Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords.   Please - no CFLs.  From November 26th through February 10th you may bring your lights to the Darien Police Department lobby at 1710 Plainfield Road Monday thru Friday from 6am to 10pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 7am to 3pm.  For more information please call 630-353-8115 or visit www.elginrecycling.com

Darien Park District Flea Market

The Darien Park District will be host a Flea Market on Saturday, February 4th, from 9am to 1pm at the Community Center located at 7301 Fairview Avenue.  Over 50 sellers – Free admission!  For more information please call 630-968-6400

Darien Community Blood Drive

The 2012 Darien Community Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday February  the 7th at the Lace School Gymnasium. The Co-sponsors for this event are the Darien Lions Club, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, the Darien Woman’s Club and VFW Post 2838.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, , in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have an ID, and have not donated blood for a minimum of 56 days.

Blood cannot be manufactured , and can only come from volunteers. Every pint of blood donated is truly the gift of life! All donations go to the Life Source Center and will be distributed within the Seven County Greater Chicagoland Area.

2012 Creative Youth Art Fair—Call for Entries

Budding young artists, ages 4 through high school are invited to submit their work for the Darien Woman’s Club Charity Fund, Inc. annual Creative Youth Art Fair, set for Sunday, February 26th at Eisenhower Junior High. The fair showcases artwork created by children from Darien and the surrounding school districts in 6 different media categories.  Registrations forms are available on the DWC website:  www.darienwomansclub.org  Forms must be completed and postmarked by February 9th, or dropped off at the Indian Prairie Library circulation desk by February 16th.

 

2012 Darien Vehicle Stickers are now available!

Vehicle stickers are not required in the City of Darien, but are available for your convenience.  The donation is $3.00 per sticker, and this year all proceeds benefit the Historical Society.  Stickers are currently available at City Hall, the Police Department and the Park District.

“Images of America: Darien”

The Darien Historical Society is supporting “Images of America: Darien,” by Deborah Coulman, Debra Kieras, Mary Krekelberg & Dean Rodkin.  This book has both images and historical accounts of the City of Darien.  You can reserve your copy by sending your name, telephone number, e-mail address and $22 to Dean Rodkin, 10 S 236 Birnam Trail, Willowbrook, Il. 60527.

 



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