SUMMER/FALL 2019 UPDATE PLEASE DONATE NOW!
Hard to believe that summer is almost over. Thanks to your continued support, the median on Fox Chase Boulevard is looking better than ever! This year the Median Foundation is again asking for a $25 tax-deductible donation (more is always appreciated) from local residents to support our efforts. We accept online contributions or use the linked form to mail us a check. Click here to see our summer donation letter and look for our envelope in the mail!
Our annual operating budget remains focused on maintenance costs, watering and removal and replacement of damaged plants as needed. Sitarz Landscaping continues to keep the landscape beds and adjacent areas weed-free and well-trimmed. Additional planned maintenance items this year include: selective tree and large shrub trimming, relocation of perennials at the Highgate/Southgate intersection, additional perennials in the hilltop landscape bed near Aintree and replacement of hosta plants at the Dunham Road entrance.
The Median Foundation would like to thank Aintree Community Association, The Townes of Fox Chase and the 196 Fox Chase residences that contributed to our fundraising efforts last year. We hope to increase our donations in 2019, so please contribute now! All tax-deductible donations are used to maintain and improve the median areas in Fox Chase Boulevard. We are pleased that so many area homeowners share our interest in maintaining this beautiful feature in our neighborhood.
Special thanks to the City of St. Charles for their ongoing partnership in maintaining the boulevard median and aggressively enforcing the brush and leaf pick-up ordinance (see article below). Take a look at this website and read our archive files if you are new to the area or curious about the history of the Median Foundation. Check out these pictures to see what the boulevard looked like before the Foundation was created and used your generous donations to transform the median from an eyesore into a winding, lush gateway to our community
TREE REPLACEMENTS completed AT ENTRANCE
You may have noticed a couple of crabapple trees in the median area near the Dunham Road entrance that have been removed and replaced with Cornelian-cherry Dogwood trees. These flowering trees were selected to maintain consistency with the “tree grove” concept at the entrance and elsewhere in the median landscape areas. Thanks to the City of St. Charles for replacing these trees!
MEDIAN FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS!
Earlier this spring, the Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation was featured in a recent Daily Herald newspaper article as well as an article in the St. Charles Living magazine. Click here to see our press release describing how a grassroots effort has successfully transformed and preserved a community focal point.
Brush Pick-Up Dates Announced
The City has announced brush pick-up dates for 2019. On the East Side, the remaining dates for pick-up at eligible residences will be on Oct 21 and Nov 18. Branches and brush must be placed on the parkway, in front of your house or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected.
We remind residents that brush should not be placed at the rear of your residence along the Fox Chase Boulevard parkway, as this violates City ordinances. The Median Foundation is vigilant in reporting violations of the brush pick-up guidelines to maintain the safety and beauty of the boulevard and surrounding areas (see following article for more details).
City Takes Action to Eliminate Brush Piles
The City of St. Charles has taken steps to address the unsightly piles of brush and yard waste that accumulate along Fox Chase Boulevard and elsewhere in the City. Here is a quick summary of the actions the City has taken in response to concerns expressed by the Median Foundation and other residents in the community:
The City revised the Brush Pick-up ordinance (8.24.030), which is posted on the City's website and regularly communicated in the Den Newsletter. Brush must now be placed on the address side of the parkway for pick-up. These guidelines apply to all residents in the City of St. Charles that are eligible to participate in the Brush Pick-up program.
The City continues to reinforce the guidelines by sending letters and/or contacting residents living near locations where brush/leaves are inappropriately placed along the Boulevard.
Median Foundation Board Members applaud the steps taken by City administrators and fully support their commitment to maintain the beauty of Fox Chase Boulevard and other parkway areas in the City. We encourage neighbors to contact the Public Works Department at (630) 377-4405 (email: email@example.com) or contact a Median Foundation Board Member to report residents that do not follow the Brush Pick-up guidelines.