by Dave Noble, City News Editor
ELMHURST – With the intention of explaining the local etiquettes, social norms and expected behavior of living in the tight-knit community, the Elmhurst City Council last week unanimously approved a 36-page “Code of Conduct” handbook that will be distributed to all new residents, starting this fall.
“Appropriate Attire for Shopping at the Elmhurst Farmer’s Market”, “When and Where You Should Lock Your Car Doors”, and “Gaining Your Neighborhood’s Approval Before Making Exterior Changes to Your Home” are among the topics in the handbook, which begins with a brief history of Elmhurst and details the common struggles of newcomers to fit in. All incoming residents will be required to read the handbook and pass a written test on the material before moving to town.
“We want people to start off on the right foot when they move here,” said Elmhurst Communications Manager Kassondra Schref, who developed the lengthy handbook after a recent study of current and future construction in downtown Elmhurst revealed that the city’s population will increase by 50% over the next ten years. “The Code of Conduct handbook will help families cope with living here and assist them in gaining acceptance from members of the community.”
Schref noted that the handbook will also provide new residents with the proper protocol for addressing any problems they have with living in Elmhurst.
“Before calling the city with a complaint, we prefer residents to raise the issue in local social media outlets, where their peers will evaluate its validity,” said Schref, who added that the handbook includes a section on “Elmhurst hacks” contributed by lifelong residents. “This is where new residents can find information on the police department’s typical DUI checkpoint locations, which neighborhoods have the best trash to pick through during ‘Spring Clean Up Week’, and other tips.”
The Elmhurst City Council also approved construction of a “tent city” in Eldridge Park that will serve as temporary housing for the children of new residents who fail the Code of Conduct test.