Wheaton City Council Highlights
Meeting: April 18, 2011
Council Thanks High School Volunteers
The Wheaton City Council presented a proclamation to Wheaton Warrenville South High School students who volunteer their time helping with the City’s electronics recycling program. The City and the Environmental Improvement Commission offer free electronic recycling collection at the Public Works Storage Yard on the second Saturday of each month, and students from Wheaton Warrenville South have consistently volunteered to help unload electronics, sort them and pack them at each event. The Council commended students for helping in the collection of 245,556 pounds of electronics recycled in Wheaton in 2010, keeping harmful materials out of landfills.
Earth Days Celebrated April 16-30
In honor of the nation’s 41st Earth Day, which is a day drawing attention to protecting our environment, Mayor Michael Gresk presented a proclamation to Kay McKeen on behalf of the Environmental Improvement Commission making April 16-30 Earth Days in Wheaton. These days encompass the April 16 Recycling Extravaganza in Wheaton, Earth Day, Arbor Day, the Native Plant Sale, Prairie Path Cleanup and Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup. The Environmental Improvement Commission organizes these events.
Join Countywide Stream Cleanup Effort
Mayor Gresk presented a proclamation to the Environmental Improvement Commission in honor of DuPage River Sweep Day and encouraged residents to take part in cleaning up the river on May 14. The River Sweep involves citizens and volunteer groups helping “sweep our rivers clean” by picking up debris in and along local waterways. Wheaton’s Environmental Improvement Commission uses this day to kick off its Creek Cleanup Program, which encompasses multiple weeks throughout the summer.
Exchange Club Marks 100 Years
The Exchange Club of West DuPage will celebrate the National Exchange Club’s 100th anniversary on April 18, 2011. In honor of this anniversary, Mayor Gresk read a proclamation making April 18 National Exchange Club Day in Wheaton. The organization consists of volunteers who work to improve the community through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities and the prevention of child abuse.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Wheaton will join 65 other nations in making World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 30. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise comprised of a series of mindful relaxed movements found to benefit one’s health, especially in managing stress and aiding the immune system.
Council Grants Church Relocation Request
The City Council approved a special use permit that will allow St. John Lutheran Church to relocate the congregation to the former Wheaton Bible Church on Cross Street. The plans call for reducing the seating capacity of the Cross Street church’s sanctuary and eliminating two existing parking lots at Cross Street and Seminary Avenue.
Resident Appointed to Commission
The City Council appointed Louise Ferrebee to a three-year term on the Sister City Commission.
Council Thanks Outgoing Council Members
Mayor Gresk presented proclamations to City Council members Liz Corry and John Prendiville in recognition of their service to the community. This was the last City Council meeting of both Corry’s and Prendiville’s terms on the Council, as newly elected members will be sworn in at the May 2, 2011 City Council meeting. Members of the Council thanked Corry and Prendiville for serving the community in this capacity.