Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation
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March 2023 CITY NOTES Wheaton's Adams Park Awarded Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation W 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 batteries. 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 Continued on next page Continued on next page CONTACT Police/Fire Emergency: 9-1-1 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by General Information: 630-260-2000 searching for "City of Wheaton." THE CITY Wheaton City Hall: 303 W. Wesley Street Send feedback to email@example.com 1 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
CITY NOTES Continued from page 1 public resource we “Taking these extra database of the world’s Continued from page 1 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 T 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 Commission 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 Improvements 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.
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 $8,000. • Sanitary Sewer Service Line Reimbursement Program: Replaces your entire sanitary service T 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 T 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.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 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 W 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 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 A 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. 5
UPCOMING EVENTS 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. 6
Illinois Emergency Management Agency's DuPage County (IEMA) Severe Weather Preparedness Month Early Voting Program Began T his spring, registered voters can cast their ballots for local positions including those on the Wheaton City Council and School I Board. 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 7
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