Great changes do not occur over night, but rather are the result of hard work by many people over a long period of time.
Leading a community like Addison requires knowledge, commitment, and experience…not just talk.
While we've always believed that our actions speak louder than words, we wanted to highlight some of Mayor Veenstra and the United Addison's Team's more recent accomplishments.
The United Addison Team has a proven record of leadership, leadership that focuses on the success, health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire community.
Ensuring Effective, Efficient, and Open Government
- Maintained Addison’s Excellent AA+ (Fitch) and AA (S&P) Bond Ratings.
- Expanded the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services provided by the fully-accredited and state-of-the-art Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center (ACDC) to 16 agencies, including the DuPage County Sheriff, at no additional cost to Addison taxpayers.
- Maintained the Addison Police Department’s accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Only the top 1% of law enforcement agencies in the nation receive this level of accreditation.
- Continued our more than 30-year tradition of broadcasting all Village Board and Committee meetings on our local cable access channel, ACTV. To increase transparency, we've also live-streamed these meetings and made recordings available on-demand from the Village’s website.
- Hosted a monthly live question-and-answer program with the Mayor.
Leading During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Built on existing intergovernmental relationships to provide COVID-19 vaccines to 1,300 seniors and our most at-risk residents.
- Provided 7,000 COVID-19 essential kits to underserved areas of the Village.
- Launched the “Get the Addison Appetite” initiative, authorized more dining options, and reduced fees to help Addison restaurants weather the pandemic.
- Re-imagined the Village’s annual tree lighting ceremony to include a COVID-safe Santa parade for young families.
Building a Stronger Community Together
- Organized an interfaith Church Leadership Council to help address important issues facing the community and share resources.
- Coordinated with Addison Township to develop a consolidated food panty to serve residents in need.
- Rebuilt the Village Green to better serve as a site for community events, including Addison’s famous Rock ‘N Wheels summer concert programs.
- Recruited new employers to Addison, including Altofer CAT and Amazon. In 2020, the Village issued over 100 new licenses to Addison businesses.
- Expanded housing options for seniors who want to downsize but remain in Addison.
- Created a Workforce Development Committee in the Village to ensure our residents have access to the training necessary to secure good-paying jobs.