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Elk Grove Fact Checker - Eliminating Misperceptions in Elk Grove Village

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Elk Grove 2025  June 22, 2017

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RUMOR: The Village has forced Berthold's Nursery to vacate their property and close their business.

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FACT:The sale of Berthold's Nursery was a mutually agreed upon transaction, which was beneficial to both parties. Both the Village and the owners of Berthold's Nursery were extremely satisfied with the outcome of the agreement.


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RUMOR: The Village has no good reason to sell Fire Station #8 on Oakton.

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FACT: The sale of Fire station #8 is anticipated to tie into a larger redevelopment. This proposed redevelopment, information on which will be shared as it becomes available, provides an opportunity for the Village to consider combining Fire Station #9 on Greenleaf and Fire Station #8 on Oakton into a new, consolidated Fire Station. This consolidation will not only allow for improved operations, but will save money long-term on maintenance and upkeep costs.

The value of the land under Fire Station #8 alone is almost equal to its original construction cost approximately 20 years ago, without considering the value of the facility, which will be taken into account in the sale price. Additionally, the Village is saving money that would otherwise have to be reinvested into Station #9, which is over 45 years old, has reached the end of its design life, and is generally manned by one (1) engine and only (3) staff. This consolidation will also return two properties to the tax roll.

Leona's  January 12, 2017

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RUMOR: The Village is causing delays to the opening of a Leona's restaurant in the Village.

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FACT: Leona's had serious issues with a franchisee who intended to open a Leona's Restaurant on Devon Ave in Elk Grove Village.  As a result of these issues, Leona's has taken back direct control of the restaurant from the franchisee and is currently working to get the restaurant ready to open in February of 2017.

 

Vehicle Stickers  August 16, 2016

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RUMOR: Other municipalities do not require vehicle stickers

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FACT: Many communities in the area collect revenue through the use of vehicle stickers, as can be seen in the list below.

Vehicle Sticker Cost - Passenger Car

  • Elk Grove Village: $25 ($3 for Seniors)
  • Park Ridge: $45 ($0 for Seniors)
  • Mount Prospect: $45 ($36 for Seniors)
  • Schaumburg: None
  • Des Plaines:$30 ($3 for Seniors)
  • Arlington Heights: $30 ($12 for Seniors)
  • Hoffman Estates: None
  • Rolling Meadows: $30 ($20 for Seniors)
  • Palatine: $30 ($6 for Seniors)

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RUMOR: It costs more to administer vehicle stickers than the Village collects in revenue.

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FACT: Annual administration of the Vehicle Sticker program cost $40,000 and brings in $715,000 in revenue, for a net of $675,000.  This fee on vehicles is put toward the cost to maintain Village roads, which includes not only resurfacing and construction of roads, but also plowing, salting, pothole repair, and other maintenance needs

Elk Grove Vehicle Sticker Revenues

Vehicle Sticker Revenues:         $715,000

Vehicle Sticker Program Cost:   $  40,000

Net Revenue                              $675,000

All communities use a variety of methods to collect the necessary revenue to operate government functions and services.  While some communities may not require vehicle stickers, Elk Grove Village finds charging a tax on vehicles in the Village to be an equitable way to raise funds that help pay for the maintenance for Village streets.


Shopping Centers  August 16, 2016

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RUMOR: All of the businesses in the Elk Grove Town Center are moving out.

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FACT: No mass exodus of businesses is expected from the Elk Grove Town Center.

The Village has heard some concerns from Facebook that businesses are leaving the Elk Grove Town Center shopping center (SW corner of Biesterfield and Arlington Heights Rd). 

 The Town Center Shopping Center is owned by a company named Brixmor.  We spoke with a representative of Brixmor regarding the Facebook posting.  They assure us that there is no mass exodus from the Elk Grove Town Center and said:

“We have leases in place with existing tenants, plus we continue to actively negotiate renewals as well seek new tenants for the center.  We are committed to providing a shopping venue that is relevant to the community we serve.”

Despite this, there is always the possibility that some tenants may choose to close or relocate their business.  The Village cannot dictate the terms of agreements made between private businesses in the free market.  Landlords and tenants are free to make decisions based on any number of considerations, including rent, customer base, site traffic and location, just to name a few.

However, residents can do their share to support local businesses.  Concerned residents are encouraged to patronize local stores and restaurants.  Customer support, by way of frequenting local stores and restaurants, is the best way to ensure the businesses you love stay in town!

We are also aware that many residents are eagerly awaiting new tenants at the former Food 4 Less (901 Meacham) and the former Dominick’s (980 Elk Grove Town Center).  Albertson’s (Parent company of Jewel) and Kroger (Parent company of Food 4 Less) have current leases on these properties and are choosing to continue to pay the full rent at these sites rather than see a competing grocer move in.

In other words, corporations are utilizing their profits to maintain empty spaces to limit competition.  The Village is working cooperatively with the owners of these shopping centers to find viable tenants, but we face limited options due to the terms of the current leases.   


 

Snow Removal Operations  December 29, 2015

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RUMOR:Elk Grove Village is responsible for plowing and maintaining all roads in the Village.

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FACT: several major roads in the Village are maintained by Cook County and the State of Illinois, who have their own snow removal operations. A complete list of County and State maintained roads can be seen below:

Cook County Roads - To report hazardous conditions on these roads, please call Cook County at 847-397-4145.

  • Arlington Heights Road (south of Higgins)
  • Devon Avenue
  • Landmeier Road
  • Meacham Road
  • Nerge Road (west of Rohlwing Road)
  • Plum Grove Road

State of Illinois Roads - To report hazardous conditions on these roads, please call the State at 847-705-4171 or 847-705-4162.

  • Arlington Heights Road (north of Higgins)
  • Busse Road
  • Elmhurst Road
  • Higgins Road (Route 72)
  • Rohlwing Road (south of Biesterfield)


The storm on December 28 brought 13 hours of nonstop sleet/ice/snow. All Village streets were worked on throughout the day, but with 330 lane miles of road to maintain, it takes time to complete snow removal operations. Throughout a winter storm, but especially during and following the heaviest part of the storm, snow can pile up.

Elk Grove Village Public Works began salting early morning on 12/28, salting every street in the Village four times that day and a fifth time in the morning on 12/29. Plowing operations took place throughout the day and overnight hours. The Village targets clearing major roadways with the highest traffic volume first to ensure the largest volume of traffic moves safely. At approximately 2:00 a.m. on 12/29, Public Works was able to focus snow removal operations on clearing residential streets, and as of 9:00 a.m. on 12/29, all streets in the Village have been cleared.

We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation, patience and understanding during the unpredictable winter season. For more information on snow removal activities on Village streets or to report a concern, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at (847) 734-8800 or click here to use the online service request system.


Hiring Policy  December 2015

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RUMOR:The Village Board changed the policy to allow for the hiring of elected official family members

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FACT: The Elk Grove Park District changed their policy. The Village does not control or have any oversight over the Elk Grove Park District. The Elk Grove Park District is its own governing entity, with its own board of directors elected by the community. Any questions or concerns regarding Park District policies should be directed to the Elk Grove Park District, not the Village.

Metal Poles  November 2015

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RUMOR: The Village is installing metal poles as a traffic/communication/other monitoring device.

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FACT: A total of five thimetal poleck, metal communication poles are being installed to assist in monitoring water levels as part of the Busse Dam Modification Project to help alleviate flooding along Salt Creek. These poles are permanent installations to enable communication for the management and operation of the new dam gates.

Two poles are being installed near Busse Dam (one each at the south and west dams) and additional poles are being installed along Salt Creek, near Arlington Heights Road, John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Golf Road. The poles located in the Village (at Arlington Heights Road and John F. Kennedy Boulevard) will be painted black to match our decorative street lights.

Additionally, you may have noticed some smaller poles on tripods traffic counterthroughout the Village. Civiltech Engineering is performing design studies for the Federally funded rehabilitation of Biesterfield Road from Rohlwing Road to Meacham Road, JF Kennedy Boulevard from Arlington Heights Road to Elk Grove Boulevard, and Elk Grove Boulevard from Arlington Heights Road to Victoria Lane. As part of the project they are collecting traffic count data at key intersections utilizing video technology. 


 I-90 Overpass Enhancements October 2015

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RUMOR: : Elk Grove Village is paying $410,404 for welcome signs on I-90 overpass bridges over Arlington Heights Road, Busse Road and Oakton Street.

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FACT: As part of the I-90 widening project, the Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the bridges over Arlington Heights Road, Busse Road and Oakton Street. Elk Grove Village recognized this unique opportunity and is paying for the inclusion of aesthetic enhancements on these overpass bridges, including façade design, staining and community branding.

Community branding efforts such as this are an important part of how the Village distinguishes itself from other communities to attract new businesses and redevelopment in order to keep our community modern and strong.

I90 Overpass Enhancements

 

The enhancements on all three bridges totals $410,404, which breaks down as follows:

  • $82,595.90   –  Arlington Heights Road Overpass
  • $110,832.50 –  Busse Road Overpass
  • $163,445.30 –  Oakton Overpass
  • $17,843.68   –  5% design charge (required by the Tollway)
  • $35,687.37   –  10% engineering charge (required by the Tollway)
Costs for these projects are primarily funded by the Village’s Busse/Elmhurst Road TIF fund, which is funded by the business community and designated for the purpose of enhancing the business community.

 Sticky Coating on Cars August 2015

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RUMOR: The sticky substance is jet fuel being emitted from aircraft flying into O’Hare Airport.

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FACT: The sticky substance is called honeydew and is caused by the Lecanium Scale Insect. Honeydew is a sap residue secreted by the insect after they ingest tree leaves and sap and is not harmful. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of Lecanium Scale in the Village. 

Lecanium Scale and other scale insects are always present, but due to a long wet spring immediately followed by a hot dry summer the scale (and the residue!) has been more noticeable this year. The dry weather has also caused the substance to become airborne and travel greater distances from the trees it originated from.

You may notice the substance is sometimes grainy and discolored—This is because sometimes mold grows on the honeydew, which gives it a sooty appearance. Additionally, dust and other airborne particles will become stuck to the honeydew and contribute to the grainy texture and coloration.