Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation

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Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
March 2023

    CITY NOTES                       Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded
    Change Your Clocks,
    Change Your Batteries
                                     Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation

         Daylight Saving Time
    begins at 2 a.m. Sunday,                  ith its winding
    March 12. When you change                 walking paths,
    your clocks, the Wheaton                  historic central
    Fire Department also
                                     fountain, abundant
    encourages you to change
    the batteries in your smoke      green space and
    detectors and carbon             dozens of benches,
    monoxide detectors, if they      Wheaton’s Adams Park
    are the type with replaceable    has been a favorite
    batteries. Replacing the
                                     community spot for
    batteries approximately
    every 6 months helps ensure      generations. The next
    they operate correctly, and      time you visit, you can
    using Daylight Saving Time       appreciate that you’re
    is an easy way to remember       in an arboretum.
    when you last replaced the
                                        Adams Park, the
                                     historic 2.5-acre City
    Pedestrian Safety in             park located adjacent
    Downtown Wheaton                 to the Wheaton Public
        With the warmer months       Library and just            for arboretums and          several of whom are
    right around the corner,         north of downtown           botanic gardens.            International Society
    Downtown Wheaton will have                                   Qualifications cover        of Arboriculture
    even more foot traffic. As a     Wheaton, recently
                                     received official           areas including the         Certified Arborists –
    pedestrian, it’s important to
    always use the crosswalks        Level 1 Arboretum           variety of plant species,   perform the care and
    and obey traffic signals.        Accreditation by the        having an arboretum         maintenance of Adams
    Drivers should also exercise     ArbNet Accreditation        plan, accessibility, and    Park, along with caring
    caution by stopping for                                      staffing to care for the    for more than 20,000
    pedestrians at crosswalks
                                     Program and The
                                     Morton Arboretum.           park.                       trees throughout
    and intersections, staying out
    of crosswalks when stopped       The City’s Forestry           The City of               Wheaton.
    at intersections, and obeying    Division received           Wheaton’s Public              “Earning this
    posted speed limits.             this designation by         Works Forestry &            status for Adams
                                     achieving specific          Public Grounds              Park helps the
    ComEd to Perform Tree                                        Division’s 9 full-time      community recognize
    Trimming Soon                    standards of
       Trees and branches            professional practices      staff members –             what a fantastic
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                                      have,” said Forestry       steps to receive             arboretums and
    that interfere with power
                                      Superintendent Jason       accreditation not            gardens dedicated to
    lines can create safety
                                      Ackerlund. “Our            only helps validate          woody plants.
    hazards and cause power
    outages. Preventative tree        goal is to provide a       what we know is an              The City of Wheaton
    maintenance helps avoid           diverse, informational     outstanding park, but        has maintained Adams
    power outages. Starting           and relaxing natural       it provides educational      Park since it was
    this month, ComEd will            environment for            opportunities for the        donated to the City
    trim trees, branches,             everyone to enjoy.         community, as well,”         by Katherine Adams
    and vines that interfere          When you visit the         said City Manager            Wells in 1943. As part
    or have the potential             park, you can see and      Michael Dzugan. “This        of a master plan to
    to interfere with power
                                      learn about many           process is another           make the park more
    lines. In some cases, tree
                                      more types of trees        example of the City’s        accessible, in 2019
    removal may be required.
    For more information, visit       and plants than in your    dedication to the            the City completed
    ComEd.com/Trees or call           neighborhood.”             environment and              significant renovations
    800-Edison-1 (800-334-7661).         In conjunction with     Wheaton’s urban              to widen paths and
    You can also view a map of        this plan, the City also   forest.”                     replace stairs with
    impacted areas in Wheaton         created an online             The Morton                accessible ramps to
    by visiting the City's website.   map with information       Arboretum now lists          different park features
                                      on each of the park’s      Adams Park as an                Adams Park is
    City Boards & Commissions
                                      138 trees, of which        accredited arboretum         always free and is open
    Seeking Applications for
                                      there are 53 different     in the Morton Register       to the public year-
    Open Positions
    Do you want to make an            species.                   of Arboretums, a             round.
    impact in the Wheaton
    community? Get involved by
    applying for an open position     City Parkway Tree Pruning Program Underway

    on one of the boards! The
    following are accepting
                                           he City’s Parkway      preserve the natural             crown of the
    applications:                         Tree Pruning            growth habits of the             tree to promote
    •    Band Commission                   Program is             City’s parkway trees,            new growth and
    •    Bicyclist and Pedestrian     underway for the            and is also beneficial           strengthen existing
         Commission                   2023 season as City         for the following                limbs.
    •    Downtown Design              crews and the City’s        reasons:                    • Eliminates weak
         Review Board                 contractor, Winkler’s      • Helps to maintain               forks in tree stems
    •    Fine & Cultural Arts         Tree Service, started           a tree’s shape and           and reduces the
                                      pruning parkway                 appearance.                  weight on support
    •    Historic Commission
    •    Library Board
                                      trees located South        • Eliminates dead or              limbs.
         To apply, complete           of Roosevelt Road,              broken branches         • Reduces the
    the City's online Boards &        West of Lorraine Road,          and limbs that can           possibility of future
    Commissions Application.          North of 22nd Street,           fall off at any time.        damage to the tree
                                      and East of Blanchard      • Reduces tree limbs              by high winds and
    Employment Opportunities          Street. Residents can           and branches that            storms.
         The City of Wheaton has      expect to see City              occasionally grow       • Maintains adequate
    the following employment          owned and contractor            too close to utility         visibility and
    opportunities available:
                                      owned bucket trucks             lines.                       vertical clearance
    •    Administrative Assistant
                                      and chippers in work       • Thins the crown of              for vehicle and
    •    Civil Engineer - Capital
                                      areas. Signage will             a tree to improve            pedestrian traffic.
    •    Civil Engineer - Summer      be present to notify            airflow, which is           For more
         Internship                   residents they are              beneficial.              information or
    •    Crossing Guard               entering an active tree    • Reduces branches            questions, please
    •    Part-Time Social Worker      pruning work zone.              that are crossing or     contact the City of
    •    Public Safety Analyst           The City’s Parkway           rubbing together.        Wheaton's Forestry
         Summer Laborer               Tree Pruning Program       • Allows sunlight             Division at 630-260-
         To find out more, visit      is a program that helps         to penetrate the        2122.
2   www.wheaton.il.us/jobs.
Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
Participate in the City’s Sewer Reimbursement Programs
                                                        issues or prevent future issues on their property.
                                                           The 3 Sewer Reimbursement Programs include:
                                                       • Residential Sewer Backup Prevention Program:
                                                            Prevents future sewer backups into your
                                                            home by rerouting basement plumbing to an
                                                            overhead sewer. The City will reimburse 75%
                                                            of eligible repair costs, up to a maximum of
                                                       • Sanitary Sewer Service Line Reimbursement
                                                            Program: Replaces your entire sanitary service

       he City of Wheaton is committed to reducing          line to fix breaks in the system. The City will
       sewer issues in our community. In addition to        reimburse 65% of eligible repair costs, up to
       the extensive investments made in improving          $13,000.
   the portion of the sanitary sewer system            • Foundation Footing Tile Disconnection
   maintained by the City, we also offer several            Program: Disconnects illegal direct connections
   reimbursement programs to assist residents in            to the City's sewer system. The City will
   making improvements that will address immediate          reimburse 100% of eligible costs, up to $5,000.

   Community Relations Commission Accepting
   Nominations for 2023 Good Citizens Awards

      he Community Relations Commission is seeking group who make generous and extraordinary
      nominations for individuals and groups for the contributions to the City.
      City of Wheaton’s 2023 Good Citizens Awards      This may be volunteer service for a school,
   now through Friday, March 31.                     religious institution, nursing home, civic group, or
     The categories for nominees are:                nonprofit organization.
  • Student (elementary, middle, high school, or       To nominate someone, fill out an online
      college)                                       application at https://www.wheaton.il.us/
  • Adult                                            goodcitizens by Friday March 31, or mail your
  • Group                                            application to Wheaton City Hall, Attn: Andrea
     Nominees must be current Wheaton residents      Rosedale, 303 W. Wesley St., Wheaton, IL 60187.
   who go above and beyond for the benefit of        The Community Relations Commission will review
   Wheaton and its citizens.                         nominations and honor award recipients at the
3    This award helps  recognize a resident or       Monday,   May 15 City Council meeting.
Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
    Wheaton Community Welcomes Economic Development
                                   high-profile projects             downtown.               operator new to the area,
                                   across the City.                 The City Council         has signed a lease to
                                      Last year, the             also recently approved      occupy the former Ultra
                                   successful Tax Increment      several significant         Foods space near the
                                   Financing (TIF)               projects in the downtown, Target shopping center. A
                                   District #2 Main Street       demonstrating the           multi-tenant development
                                   Redevelopment Project         success of the Downtown     is under construction
                                   came to its completion.       Streetscape Project as      on the site of the former
                                  TIF #2, established in         a catalyst for business     Macaroni Grill restaurant,
                                  1999, revitalized the Main     investment. Construction    which will include a drive-
    Mayor Suess                    Street Corridor into a        is under way on Liberty     through Chipotle; and
                                   vibrant, thriving mixed-      Flats, an 18-unit, 4-story  Nordstrom Rack and

             heaton’s business     use center. This project      apartment development       J.Crew Factory stores will
             community is          added $40 million in          at the southwest corner     be joining the Danada
             thriving, and         equalized assessed value,     of Liberty Drive and        Square East Shopping
    there is much to celebrate,    an increase of 346.4%         Wheaton Avenue. The         Center.
    including new businesses       from 1999 and produced        City also approved a            Another strong
    establishing themselves        several successful            334-unit apartment          economic indicator
    in Wheaton; development        redevelopment projects        development to be built     illustrating financial health
    of both residential and        and infrastructure            on the block bounded by     in Wheaton is the City’s
    commercial properties;         improvements including:       Wheaton Avenue, Liberty     annual sales tax revenues.
    and strong economic           •    Wheaton Property          Drive, Hale Street, and     After the City experienced
    growth reflected through           Partners (120 E.          Willow Avenue, which        a 5% decrease in sales
    sales tax revenues.                Liberty Drive): a large   is an investment of
                                                                                             tax revenues in 2020, we
        Wheaton homeowners             class A mixed-use         approximately $100
                                                                                             have experienced a sharp
                                       building.                 million. A new owner
    and developers continue                                                                  positive turnaround,
                                  •    Wheaton 121 Luxury        of the property at the
    to invest in properties                                                                  with a 26.6% increase
                                       Apartments: a             northwest corner of
    across the City. The City’s                                                              in 2021 and another
                                       306-unit luxury           Main and Front Street
    Building Department                                                                      1.1% in 2022. While part
                                       residential apartment     also plans to renovate
    has seen an increase in                                                                  of this growth can be
                                       development.              the building to house a
    homeowners investing                                                                     attributed to a change in
                                  •    Redevelopment Grant       new retail and restaurant
    in interior remodeling                                                                   sales tax legislation that
                                       Programs: TIF #2          tenant on the ground
    fueled by a rise in more                                                                 now provides sales tax
                                       provided financial        floor with a new office
    individuals working                assistance to more        tenant on the second floor. to the City from online
    from home. The City is             than 130 business         In the next 6 months, 3     purchases, continued
    also seeing a significant          owners for new signs,     new restaurants will be     increases demonstrate
    investment in improving            awnings, façade           opening along Front Street  the  strength of the local
    multi-family housing. With         improvements, as          in Downtown Wheaton.        economy.
    832 commercial permit              well as retail grants     Between 2021-2022, the          In Wheaton, you’ll
    applications in 2022 alone,        for making interior       City also welcomed 83       see  the many signs of a
    this 41% increase from             improvements.             new businesses to the       successful   business and
    2021 reflects that several    •    Downtown                  community.                  residential  community:
    multi-family housing               Streetscape Project:         There are also plans     new   businesses   bringing
    subdivisions are making            a $35.7 million multi-    in store in several other   more   opportunities
    significant improvements           year infrastructure       commercial corridors.       to shop, dine and
    to each individual                 project that brought      On Roosevelt Road,          do business locally,
    living unit within their           updates and               the City approved the       surrounded by a thriving
    complexes. Wheaton also            improvements to           redevelopment of the        residential community
    welcomed a total of 40             underground utilities,    vacant PNC Bank at              To all our businesses
    new homes in 2021 and              roadways, lighting,       Roosevelt and Naperville    and residents that call
    2022. This all illustrates         and signage while         Road to become a new        Wheaton home, we
    a substantial level of             creating wider, more      urgent care facility and    appreciate your hard work
    investment into Wheaton            pedestrian-friendly       day care center. VASA       and support of the City’s
4   that coincides with several        sidewalks throughout      Fitness, a national fitness continued efforts.
Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
Wheaton Police Officers Making Lunchtime Visits with
    Community School District 200 Elementary Students
       Wheaton Police officers visited Wheaton's Community Unit School District 200 elementary schools
    during lunch as part of the Police Department's community outreach efforts. This program provided
    opportunities for students to get to know the officers who serve in their community and have positive
    interactions with them. Thank you to the students and school staff for the welcome and all the great
    questions! We appreciate the continued partnership with District 200 to create safe school communities.

    Reminder on Campaign Signs in Wheaton
           s we are in the     campaign signs:
           spring election        Size: Campaign
           season, the City    signs must be no more
    reminds residents          than 16 square feet in
    and businesses of          residential districts or
    Wheaton’s restrictions     32 square feet in non-
    on where you can and       residential districts.
    can't place campaign          Location: Signs must
    signs.                     be on private property.
       These requirements      They must not be in
    are part of the City’s     the parkway, generally
    Zoning Ordinance           the area between the
    to help ensure the         sidewalk and the street,
    safety of drivers          or on any other public        You can read the        and $500.
    and pedestrians by         property. Signs can’t      City’s ordinance             To report signs that
    maintaining clear sight    be attached to a tree or related to signs. Under      are not meeting these
    lines and discouraging     utility pole, regardless   Wheaton City Code,         requirements, you can
    distractions to drivers.   of whether it is on public violations can result in   use the City’s Service
       Requirements for        or private property.       a fine between $100        Request Form.
Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation

     Candidate Forums -                 Council Forum             High School, Clare Woods        electronic recycling
     Wheaton City Council             The City of Wheaton         Academy, and Inklude            collection. This is a drive-
     and District 200              will record these forums,      Studio on display at some       through event where
     Date: Thursday, March 2       and they will be available     of Wheaton’s women-             volunteers will help
     Time: See below               after the event on the         owned or -managed               unload items from your
     Location: Wheaton City        City's website. More           businesses. Presented by
                                                                                                  car. There is a charge
     Hall, 303 W. Wesley St.       information about the          the Wheaton Community
        The Wheaton League         event is available on          Relations Commission,           for all TVs and monitors
     of Women Voters will          the Wheaton League of          Downtown Wheaton                at this event. For more
     host a Candidates Forum       Women Voters website.          Association, and DuPage         information, see the City's
     in which candidates for                                      Art League. Visit https://      website.
     Wheaton City Council and      We Are Women Art               www.wheaton.il.us/
     Community Unit School         Exhibit                        womenshistorymonth for          Women's History Month
     District 200 Board will       Date: Now-Friday, March        an event map.                      Wheaton's Community
     participate. All District     31                                                             Relations Commission
    200 and City Council           Time: See link below           Electronic Recycling            has compiled a range
     candidates on the April       Location: Throughout           Dates: Saturday, March 11
                                                                                                  of local resources and
     ballot have been invited to   downtown Wheaton, view         Time: 9 a.m.-noon
     attend.                       30+ pieces of artwork          Location: Public Works          events related to Women’s
        Schedule:                  from local women artists       Storage Yard, 820 W.            History Month. Visit the
    •    6:00 p.m.-District 200    from the DuPage Art            Liberty Drive                   City's website to learn
         Forum                     League, St Michael's               Bring unwanted              more about Women's
    •    7:15 p.m.-Wheaton City    School, Wheaton North          electronics to the monthly      History Month.

                                                 LIBRARY EVENTS
                 Visit the Wheaton Public Library website for details and for registration at wheatonlibrary.org/.

    Seed Starting                  with STEAM Trio,               national level. Provided        preserve the landscape
    Date: Wednesday,               described as a dynamic         in partnership with             and culture of England’s
    March 15                       blend of traditional Irish     the Wheaton League              Lake District. Registration
    Time: 7 p.m.                   and Celtic melodies with       of Women Voters and             required.
    Location: Hybrid               modern rhythmic ideas          the City of Wheaton
    Wheaton Public Library         and chord structures.          Community Relations             Bombshells: Hollywood’s
    225 N Cross St                 WPL acknowledges               Commission. Registration        Leading Ladies
        Give your garden a         support from the Illinois      required.                       Date: Thursday, March 30
    head start for the spring      Arts Council Agency. No                                        Time: 7 p.m.
    growing season. Learn          registration required.         Living History: Beatrix         Location: Hybrid
    about the equipment                                           Potter
                                                                                                  Wheaton Public Library
    and methods used for           Women of Wheaton               Date: Wednesday,
                                                                                                  225 N Cross St.
    starting seeds indoors         Date: Tuesday, March 21        March 22
                                                                                                      Remaining iconic to this
    from a University of           Time: 7 p.m.                   Time: 7 p.m.
                                                                                                  day, join Film Historian
    Illinois Extension Master      Location: In-person            Location: Hybrid
    Gardener. Registration         Wheaton Public Library         Wheaton Public Library          Dr. Annette Bochenek
    required.                      225 N Cross St.                225 N Cross St.                 as she discusses the top
                                   Wheaton historian                 Meet this beloved            Hollywood bombshells,
    Concert: STEAM Trio            and journalist Bob             author and illustrator          their history and legacies.
    Date: Sunday, March 19         Goldsborough will              whose skills went far           This program will include a
    Time: 2-3:30 p.m.              share the history and          beyond Peter Rabbit.            multimedia presentation
    Location: In-Person            accomplishments of some        Beatrix Potter overcame         consisting of photos, video
    Wheaton Public Library         of Wheaton's notable           barriers to keep women          clips, and captivating
    225 N Cross St.                women who have made            out of business and             stories. Registration
       Celebrate St. Patrick’s     an impact at the local or      science and worked to           required.
Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
Illinois Emergency Management Agency's                                                 DuPage County
    (IEMA) Severe Weather Preparedness Month                                               Early Voting
                                                                                           Program Began

                                                                                                  his spring,
                                                                                                  voters can cast
                                                                                           their ballots for local
                                                                                           positions including
                                                                                           those on the Wheaton
                                                                                           City Council and School

        n Illinois, the weather    weather conditions,        public when dangerous           While Election Day
        can change from            Illinoisans are            weather conditions are       for the Consolidated
        sunny skies to a           encouraged to:             expected.                    General Election
    downpour of rain and          • Update your family           The National              is April 4, the Early
    thunder. While the                  communications        Weather Service              Voting program allows
    variable weather is                 plan                  and state and                any eligible DuPage
    normal for many, it           • Make a severe             local emergency              County voter to
    is important to not                 weather               management officials         vote before Election
    become complacent                   preparedness plan     strongly encourage           Day. All locations are
    about severe                  • Build an emergency        people to have a             100% compliant with
    weather threats. The                preparedness kit      National Oceanic             the Americans with
    Illinois Emergency            • Identify your safe        and Atmospheric              Disabilities Act. Early
    Management Agency                   place to during a     Administration (NOAA)        Voting at the DuPage
    (IEMA) and the National             storm                 All Hazards Weather          County Fairgrounds
    Weather Service               • Know the various          Radio with battery           started Thursday,
    (NWS) have teamed                   weather watches/      backup. In addition to       February 23, 2023.
    up to publish a Severe              warnings/advisories   NOAA weather radios,            For more information
    Weather Preparedness          The National Weather        Wireless Emergency           about early voting
    Guide to help                  Service (NWS) is the       Alerts (WEA) can             locations across
    Illinoisans be better          official agency for        provide lifesaving           DuPage County and
    prepared when severe           issuing severe weather     information about            additional information,
    weather strikes.               watches, warnings and      impending storms and         visit DuPage County's
    To stay safe in severe         advisories to alert the    emergencies.                 website.

                                                           CITY CALENDAR
                                        City Council Meetings and              March 2023
                                        Planning Sessions are held         4   Coffee with Council, 10 a.m.
                                        in the Council Chambers at
                                                                           6   City Council Meeting, 7 p.m.
                                        Wheaton City Hall, 303 W.
                                                                          13   City Council Planning Session, 7 p.m.
                                        Wesley St. Coffee with Council
                                        takes place in the Gamon          20   City Council Meeting, 7 p.m.
                                        Room. Visit www.wheaton.il.us     27   City Council Planning Session, 7 p.m.
                                        for a complete list of meetings
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