Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

Garbage Pickup Delayed

Lakeshore Recycling Systems will not be collecting garbage and recycling today or tomorrow due to the ongoing extreme weather conditions. Thursday and Friday routes will be collected on Friday and Saturday, respectively. If you experience any issues with your pick-up, please call Lakeshore Recycling Services at 773.685.8811 or Wheaton City Hall at 630.260.2019. 


Prevent Pipes from Freezing

The City’s Water Division recommends the following tips to prevent your home’s pipes from freezing:

  • Make sure to insulate pipes in unheated areas or against outside walls and seal any leaks that may let cold air in.
  • Keep your garage door closed if your water meter is located in that area.
  • Disconnect your garden hose and shut off the water supply to outside faucets.
  • If the temperature gets extremely cold, open cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to get to pipes and let a faucet drip at a trickle if possible.

City Offices Are Open

City of Wheaton offices will be operating as usual on Jan. 30 & 31. While City Hall will be open for business, during these extremely cold conditions, the City encourages you to stay indoors and call City Hall at 630-260-2000 before coming in. Please be safe and postpone trips that do not need to be made during dangerously cold conditions. For more cold weather emergency information, see the City's website

Warming Center Information

The Wheaton Public Library serves as a warming center during its open hours. For a list of all warming center locations in DuPage County, please visit DuPage County's website.

Check on Neighbors During Extreme Weather

The City of Wheaton encourages you to check on neighbors and friends who may need assistance during these dangerously cold temperatures. We appreciate your help ensuring our community is safe.

Library Hours Adjusted During Extreme Cold

Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the Wheaton Public Library will operate on the following schedule for today and tomorrow:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 30: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, noon-9 p.m.

In addition, story times and Battle of the Books for Wednesday and Thursday are cancelled. The library plans to resume normal hours on Friday.

Remember Fire Safety with Space Heaters & Fireplaces

First, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. The Wheaton Fire Department recommends you replace the batteries about every 6 months, and regularly test your detectors to make sure they are operational.
Space Heaters:

  • If you have a space heater, keep anything that can burn – such as bedding, clothing and curtains – at least 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory. 


  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home. 

City Honors Individuals with Life-Saving Awards

At the Jan. 22, 2019 City Council Meeting, the City honored three civilians, two Wheaton Fire Department paramedic/firefighter crews, and three Wheaton Police officers for their life-saving actions in three emergency medical incidents.

Congratulations to civilian Mark Wedow of the City’s Engineering Department, who received a Civilian Life-saving Award. Also, congratulations to civilians Maria Ghanayem and Christina Ghanayem for their efforts during a medical emergency. Congratulations to Paramedic Mike Beckley, Paramedic George Ochoa, Lieutenant Franzone, Firefighter Mellinger, Firefighter Fennell, Paramedic Greene, Paramedic Kelly, Lieutenant Siemsen, Firefighter Ruck and Firefighter Gerdes for receiving a Unit Citation – EMS Award for their life-saving actions. Also, congratulations to Wheaton Police Officers Jerry Zywczyk, Tamra Lundy and Miguel Palomo, who were honored for their life-saving roles in these incidents.
You can watch a video of the awards presentation on the City’s website.

Restaurant Week Continues through Feb. 2

Enjoy Wheaton’s tastiest during Restaurant Week, the best week to visit Downtown Wheaton’s restaurants as they offer special menu items, discounts, prix fixe menus, special events and much more. For information, see www.downtownwheaton.com.

Coffee with Council on Saturday

Have an issue you’d like to discuss with members of the City Council? You can attend Coffee with Council at 10 a.m. this Saturday in the Gamon Room at City Hall, 303 W Wesley Street.

DuPage County Hosting Stormwater Meeting

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee will hold a public meeting as part of their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in the County Board Room at 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois to allow the public to provide input as to the adequacy of the DuPage County Water Quality Program. The full DuPage County Stormwater Management Program Plan can be found on DuPage County’s website

Save the Date for Ice Cubed Fest and Ice-a-Palooza

Brave the cold and plan a day in Downtown Wheaton during the annual Ice Cubed Fest and Ice-a-Palooza. The Downtown Wheaton Association’s Ice Cubed Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a live ice sculpting demonstration from noon to 3 p.m. in Martin Memorial Plaza. The Wheaton Park District’s Ice-A-Palooza will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Athletic Complex Rinks, 500 S Naperville Road, with ice skating, hockey, games, a DJ, bonfires, character visits and more.

Radon Awareness Month

Did you know that January is Radon Awareness Month in Illinois? Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It’s estimated nearly 1,200 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year.

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and enters homes, schools and other buildings from the soil. Performing a radon test is the only way to know if radon levels in your home are high. To learn more about radon and how to test your home, visit the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s website.

City of Wheaton Videos

State of the City Address

Jan. 22 City Council Meeting

Chat with the Mayor: Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District

Upcoming Meetings

Coffee with Council

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Gamon Room

City Council Meeting

Monday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

city hall

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