Wheaton City Council Highlights
Meeting: Oct. 17, 2011
Council Approves Repairs to Parking Garages
To address structural maintenance needs at the Wesley Street and Cross Street parking garages, the Council approved a bid for $212,577 to complete the repairs. Last year’s snow fall and snow removal operations accelerated the need for repair of the parking structures, and City staff believes some of the repair work must be completed before the upcoming winter season. Repairs include concrete repair; expansion joint repair and replacement; and brick and masonry repair. Because some of the damage occurred during snow removal, the City will attempt to recoup repair costs from the snow removal contractor.
Telephone Services Contract Approved
The Council approved a seven-year contract with Call One for telephone services and equipment for municipal buildings. The contract will replace outdated equipment, address service problems of increasing frequency and severity the City has experienced, and save the City $52,500 over the length of the contract.
Ordinance Removes Property from Proposed Special Service Area
The Council voted 4-2 in favor of removing the properties at 218 E. Wesley St. and 232 W. Willow Ave. from proposed Special Service Area 7. The Downtown Wheaton Association intended for the Special Service Area not to include residential properties. The property at 232 W. Willow Ave. is a former commercial site that was rehabbed and divided into residential units, and the contract purchaser of the 218 E. Wesley St. site is working on plans to construct a future residential project.
League of Women Voters Week is Oct. 24-30
In honor of the Wheaton chapter of the League of Women Voters’ efforts to promote participation by an informed electorate, Mayor Michael Gresk presented a proclamation to Beth O’Malley making Oct. 24-30 League of Women Voters Week in Wheaton. O’Malley noted the chapter would host its annual State of Our Community forum at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center.
City Marks Spirit of Assisi Day Oct. 27
The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, which have been a part of Wheaton since 1947, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s gathering of leaders of all major religious traditions with the Spirit of Assisi Celebration. In doing so, they will host an Interfaith Prayer for Universal Peace at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Chapel of the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. In recognition of this event, Mayor Gresk presented a proclamation to Sister Glenna Czachor making Oct. 27 Spirit of Assisi Day in Wheaton.
Firefighters Honored for Saving Two Trapped Firefighters
Wheaton Fire Chief Berk presented Unit Citation Awards to Lt. John McDonnell, Firefighter Kevin King and Firefighter Matthew Berk for their efforts during a fire July 11, 2011 in saving two trapped firefighters. Fire Chief Berk also presented a Citation Award to Deputy Chief William Schultz, who remained in the building an ensured all individuals made it out safely.
Mayor Dons Naperville Central Hat
Mayor Gresk put on a Naperville Central High School hat to honor the efforts of both Wheaton Warrenville South and Naperville Central high school’s Volley for the Cure, a volleyball match between the girls volleyball teams to raise money for breast cancer research. The teams raised more than $50,000. Mayor Gresk and Naperville Mayor Pradel agreed to wear each other’s team hat at a Council meeting in support of both teams.