Archive | January, 2011

Red Light Camera Installed

January 23, 2011

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by Karen Skillman

Below is the press release from the village regarding the newly installed red light camera at Winfield and Roosevelt roads. The camera, it seems, is on the east bound direction, a grace period is in effect until February. As someone who lives nearby on Winfield Rd, I can attest to the number of accidents, sometimes we can hear them. I hope this helps reduce accidents as promised.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2011

Village of Winfield Launches Red Light Camera Program

The Village of Winfield has begun implementing a Red Light Photo Enforcement Program at the eastbound intersection of Roosevelt and Winfield Roads, with signs clearly posted alerting drivers to the presence of the cameras.  The primary objective of the program is to provide 24-hour automated intersection enforcement and increase traffic safety by reducing accidents resulting from red light-running violations.

Statistics indicate red light running is the leading cause of urban auto accidents.  Motorists and pedestrians are more likely to be injured severely in accidents involving failure to obey traffic controls than in any other type of accident.  Deputy Chief Stacy Reever is confident moving forward with the program will benefit the community. “We spent a substantial amount of time evaluating information including traffic data and comparing both the technology and services provided by a number of vendors.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we made the best choice on behalf of our residents”.

A 2-week grace period through the end of January introduces the program, during which time violators will receive Warning Notices, as opposed to actual $100 citations which will be issued beginning on February 1, 2011.

A comprehensive program has been established to govern the issuance of the tickets.  The video images of all potential violations are first reviewed by a specially trained Winfield Police Officer before any notices are sent to the vehicle’s registered owner.  Like a parking ticket, these violations are treated as a civil offense and will not impact driving records or insurance rates, unless the owner fails to pay the fine or to contest liability in a timely manner, which may result in a suspension of the driving privileges of the registered owner of the vehicle.  When a citation is issued and received by the violator through the mail, they will be referred to a website where they can review the still and video images of their violation.  The vehicle’s registered owner has the right to contest a citation through the Village’s administrative hearing system for red light enforcement violations.  This hearing system is a local method to judge municipal violations as opposed to going through the County court process.

Motorists should be aware they will not receive a violation if:

  • They enter the intersection on a green or yellow light which turns red prior to them completing their left turn;
  • They come to a complete stop and then proceed forward to gain a better sight distance before turning right;
  • They come to a complete stop after the stop bar (unless they force a pedestrian or biker from the crosswalk).

According to Deputy Chief Reever, there are a number of benefits associated with these cameras.  Specifically, the installation of the equipment came at absolutely no cost to the Village and a camera monitoring intersection frees up officers to focus on other areas within the community.  “Drivers need to understand that it’s dangerous to run a red light. You put yourself and others at risk in an attempt to shave a few seconds off the time it takes to get to another red light a few blocks down the road”.

Residents interested in learning more abut Winfield’s photo enforcement program are invited to visit the Town’s website at www.villageofwinfield.com for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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Development & Roosevelt Road

January 22, 2011

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by Dennis Clark

In these difficult times when so many people are struggling with employment, higher cost everywhere and perhaps the inability to sell their home to move to a better place – it is very easy to look for someone, a local agency or government, to blame.

Yet in this dismal climate I would like to point out some positive facts I found on the internet:

  1. Eleven businesses decided to come to Winfield in 2010. Pepper-Jack’s Southwestern Grill will be opening in early 2011 and Winfield’s Economic Development Committee sent out over 150 inquires to businesses as Winfield looks to continue this trend including a bakery that has been consistently identified by residents as a desirable business.
  2. In 2010, Winfield, despite its relatively small size, according to a Metro Study report, ranked among the top ten communities in the Chicagoland area for new housing permits. As Fisher Farms is reaching it completion, the president of Airhart Construction stated, “There’s pretty amazing activity; I think it is very fair to say that Winfield is at or near the top of residential building permits pulled in DuPage County for 2010.”
  3. The Village Board and staff have shown builders such as Airhart and MI Homes that they value good partnerships. Last year MI Homes received approval for a major change to the planned development off Highlake Road and is adding 44 additional townhomes over commercial development.
  4. And tonight I see listed on the agenda that yet another residential development is being discussed for County Farm Road by a very familiar and quality development group, Kingsland Properties.

It is hard to argue with facts, and in this economy these are pretty amazing facts. I am not sure what draws these types of activities to Winfield and the people who buy these homes, but perhaps it could be attributed to the Village’s natural beauty and character that is provided by our mature trees, the surrounding golf courses and forest preserves, the DuPage River and the Illinois Prairie Path. Perhaps they have heard of the planning going on with the Riverwalk spurred in no small part by the matching donation of Central DuPage of $80,000 and the spirit of the people working on this project. Perhaps they see a Village Board that cares more about quality of life of its citizens and is making plans to address infrastructure issues and balance the budget. When I look back on past administrations this was not always the case and this Board is now saddled with some of these mismanagement issues from those past administrations.

When I look to many other Villages such as; Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Oak Brook to name a few, I see Villages that are currently struggling to pay for services in spite of a heavy concentration of retail development. West Chicago has a number of empty stores and Winfield has some of its own – notably on Geneva Road.

So if retail development is the key, as some folks are now claiming, why is it that other Village’s that have far more retail development can not fill their empty stores with merchants and are having financial difficulties? The idea of development of Roosevelt Road by eminent domain will cost the Village dearly in money, time and most likely lost property. The last time this was attempted, about 15 residents signed pre-annexation agreements with West Chicago and about 20 acres are now lost forever. I understand that several others are once again thinking of talking to West Chicago. For the taking of people’s land to give to another private entity usually does not settle well with people and they take very aggressive steps to protect themselves. I think that Roosevelt Road will one day be developed, but at this time it does not yet seem right. A feasibility study conducted back in 2003/2004 clearly showed the high cost to provide infrastructure to Roosevelt Road and a much better value and return could be obtained by going north to St. Charles and North Ave.

Studies have shown that empty retail stores do not produce the needed local taxes like residential development since residential goes on year in and year out regardless of the economy. Thus, it seems that our path of development for additional residential areas and infill, the concentration on the downtown redevelopment and push for commercial activity for St. Charles and North Ave corridor is probably the most prudent and safe course of action.

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Winfield United 2010 Annual Letter

January 17, 2011

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Dear Winfield United Members,

As we begin our 7th year, Winfield United for a Better Community is itching to add new members and strengthen our position as a civic organization teaming with volunteers dedicated to the Village of Winfield. Our village leaders remain committed to accomplishing aggressive goals to improve our streets, walkways, businesses while creating so many opportunities for people to get involved in our community. We want to continue doing our best to support the efforts of our village government, village staff, and the service organizations that contribute so much toward making our village such a success story. Our organization is fortunate to have dedicated members that graciously and thanklessly sacrifice their time because they care so much about Winfield. We are hoping to grow that effort, especially this year as we see a brighter future just around the corner.

Our team concept has worked very efficiently over these past years by having the ability to focus our efforts into specific areas of interest or projects that benefit Winfield. The Community Projects, Civic Involvement and Communications Teams have each had their share of accomplishments this past year that are briefly highlighted below. We are grateful to all of the team leaders and members who serve on these teams and encourage everyone to be actively involved to allow us to do even more for our village.

The Community Projects Team coordinated a variety of projects including several village beautification projects and supplying activities for children at the Criterium Races and Good Old Days. The WU Good Old Games promises to once again thrill youngsters and oldsters alike during the Good Old Days 35th anniversary. The Outdoor Community Classroom at Winfield School continues to “grow” beyond the wildest expectations. Our projects list can be extendedeven more with enough volunteers willing to help out. This team really knows no limits.

The Civic Involvement Team, while having a short break from the election activities, remains committed to the belief that we all benefit with a strong village board that continues to value the ideals that we embrace as an organization, open and honest government that serves the residents of Winfield first and foremost. A special thanks to this team that has worked so hard in the difficult political arena and continues to present a consistent message to our residents that reflects the foundation of Winfield United.

The Communications Team also had a very successful year as well. They worked diligently to update our website with new information on a regular basis and worked together with the volunteers who take notes during the Village Board Meetings to provide updates to our members. We are grateful to these volunteers who regularly attend these meetings so our members can be informed on a timely basis. These efforts are greatly appreciated by all of our members.

The tremendous success of Winfield United for a Better Community can only be attributed to the strong support of our members as active participants in our community. On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Team Leaders, we express our sincere gratitude to each of you for volunteering your valuable time and resources well beyond all expectations. Together, we have continued to help make Winfield a better place for all of us.

Our continued success as an organization is directly dependent on the future commitment of our membership. As we try to participate in a greater number of volunteer projects, help to improve communications throughout the village, and support open and honest government, we must also realize that our efforts will be limited by the number of members willing to volunteer for these tasks. Personally, I am asking each of our members to further challenge themselves in the next year by finding at least one additional member that would be willing to join in our efforts. Imagine the community benefits that our organization would be able to provide if we doubled our volunteer members.

Many of our activities and projects still require financial assistance which is why we continue to ask for your financial support. Our annual membership dues remain at $30.00 per household. In addition, many have our members have asked for the ability to make further contributions to help finance the organization’s needs. I am pleased to announce a new level of membership available to any interested members that will further enhance our abilities to conduct community business.

Platinum Membership : $500.00 and up

Gold Membership : $250.00 to 499.99

Silver Membership : $150.00 to 249.99

Bronze Membership : $50.00 to 149.99

Our fiscal year begins in September and member dues are requested to be sent to our P.O. Box 383, Winfield, IL.

Once again, I want to thank all of you for your support and for making…………. Winfield United for a Better Community.

Visit our website www.winfieldunited.com for additional information.

Steve Romanelli

President

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