Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mayor Gresk

City Honors Mayor Gresk at Last City Council Meeting

Mayor Michael J. Gresk presided over his last Wheaton City Council meeting on Monday night. In recognition of his 12 years serving as Wheaton’s mayor, and his legacy of volunteerism, concern and caring for the entire Wheaton community, its residents and its businesses, the City Council declared April 15, 2019 as Michael J. Gresk Day in the City of Wheaton. You can read the full proclamation on the City’s website. The City thanks Mayor Gresk for his many years of dedicated service to the community.  

Councilman Thanked for Years of Service to Community

In honor of serving three terms on the Wheaton City Council, the City honored outgoing City Councilman John Prendiville on April 15 with a proclamation. The City highlighted his knowledge of the issues, and the way that after listening to both sides of the issues, he made decisions based on what he believed was best for Wheaton. The City thanks Councilman Prendiville for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Wheaton community. Read the proclamation on the City's website.

Front Street Resurfacing Underway 

City of Wheaton Public Works crews began resurfacing Front Street between Western and Gary Avenue this week. During this work, Front Street from Western to Gary will be closed to all through traffic. Residents who live in the affected area will be allowed access. Eastbound traffic will be rerouted to Wesley Street, which will be divided down the center to allow for 2-way traffic. 

Parking, including metered parking, will be prohibited on Wesley from Western to the mid-block between Gary Avenue and West Street. All Metra traffic will be detoured to Gary Avenue. Thank you for your patience as crews work to improve this portion of Front Street. 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month 

The Wheaton Police Department urges motorists to drop their phones and drive, or pay up. During National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, motorists will see increased patrols and enforcement zones across Illinois throughout the month. The Wheaton Police Department will be ticketing drivers who text or use their cellphones while driving.  

Texting while driving distracts a driver visually, manually and cognitively. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.  

Read tips for a safe driving experience on the City’s website.  

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Downtown Parking Available

Just a reminder, free customer parking is always available in downtown Wheaton. Parking is available in the Wheaton Place Garage (between Wesley & Front Street), Willow Avenue Garage (220 S. Cross Street) and Lot #2 (south side of Wesley between Main & Hale). 

The City has added six more daily fee spaces for downtown Wheaton employees, which are available on the top floor of the Wheaton Place Garage.

Native Plant Sale Approaching

Grow native with Wheaton’s popular annual plant sale, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the City's Public Works Department Facility, 821 W Liberty Drive.  

The City of Wheaton, Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission, and the Wheaton Park District encourage residents to use native plants in future landscape projects. Native plants are adapted to the soils and climate of our area. Native plants provide a habitat for a wide variety of native wildlife species, provide an attractive, low-maintenance landscape and are beneficial because they do not require irrigation or fertilizer, are resistant to drought and insects, and will not harm or degrade native ecosystems. See information about the plants offered at the sale

For information about pre-ordering a rain barrel, see the Wheaton Park District's website

Volunteers Needed for Prairie Path Cleanup 

The Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission encourages the community to take part in the annual Prairie Path Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-noon. The event will take place rain or shine. This is an all-ages event, and all volunteer groups, families, businesses, student groups and others are welcome. Please contact wheatoncleanup@gmail.com to volunteer. 

Participants should meet at Lincoln Ave & Prairie Path, 2 blocks west of Gary Avenue, on April 27. Plastic bags for trash and recycling will be provided. Please bring work gloves.  

City of Wheaton Named Among America's Healthiest Companies 

The City of Wheaton has been named one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, whose workplace wellness program helps businesses invest in the health of their employees. Wheaton is one of 151 organizations across the country recognized this year for empowering employees to make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. This is the third year the City of Wheaton has won the award. For more information, visit the City’s website

Call Before You Dig 

April is celebrated as Safe Digging Month, just in time for many homeowner projects as the weather warms up. 

If you’re planning to install a swing set, do some landscaping that requires digging, put up a fence, build a deck or even install a mailbox post, the City of Wheaton urges you to call JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) before digging to ensure you do not cut or damage underground utility lines when you dig. 
All residents need to do is call 811, or submit an online request two business days before digging. JULIE Inc., a nonprofit organization, will come out and mark utility lines free of charge so homeowners and contractors know where these underground utilities are located. For more information, visit the JULIE website

City Offices Closed 

Please note that non-emergency City offices will be closed on Friday, April 19. Garbage/yard waste collection will not be affected. 

City of Wheaton Videos

Downtown Wheaton Streetscape Update 

Chat with the Mayor: Habitat for Humanity 

City Scene: Annual Road Program 

Upcoming Meetings

Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Commission Meeting 

Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. 
Wheaton City Hall 
303 W Wesley Street 

Fine & Cultural Arts Commission Meeting 

Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m. 
Wheaton City Hall 
303 W Wesley Street 

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting 

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. 
Wheaton City Hall 
303 W Wesley Street 
Council Chambers 

Environmental Improvement Commission Meeting 

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. 
Wheaton City Hall 
303 W Wesley Street 

The City Council Planning Session originally scheduled for April 22 has been cancelled. 

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