Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mayor Suess

New Mayor, City Council Members Sworn Into Office

The City of Wheaton welcomed a new mayor and two City Council members at the May 6 City Council meeting. Philip Suess, formerly the North District City Council member, was sworn in as Mayor of Wheaton. Suzanne Fitch was sworn in to serve another term as a City Council At-Large member, and newcomer Erica Bray-Parker was sworn in to serve as the other City Council At-Large member.

City Seeks Candidate for North District Council Position

The Wheaton City Council is seeking individuals who would be interested in being appointed to the currently vacant North District City Council position. The North District includes properties in the City located north of the railroad tracks. The position became vacant on May 6, 2019 as a result of Councilman Suess being sworn in as Wheaton City Mayor. The appointment to this position is for the remaining two years of the North District City Council seat, ending May 3, 2021.

Individuals interested in being considered for this position are asked to submit the following documents to the Wheaton City Clerk, Wheaton City Hall, 303 W Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, no later than 5 p.m. on May 28, 2019:
  • A complete resumè
  • A statement identifying the reasons why you wish to be considered for an appointment to the City Council
  • A statement identifying the three most important issues the City needs to address in the next two years, as well as your opinion on how those issues could be addressed.

Any questions pertaining to this solicitation should be addressed to the City Clerk, Sharon Barrett-Hagen at 630-260-2012.

See What’s Happening in Downtown Wheaton

Crews are making progress with Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape Project, installing new sidewalks on the north side of Wesley Street and more. Take a look at this quick video update.

Pride in Preservation Sign

Look for Pride in Preservation Signs

The City of Wheaton Historic Commission will place “Pride in Preservation” purple lawn signs throughout Wheaton at designated Wheaton Historic Landmarks and locations listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places. Many of these sites include a plaque with the estimated date of construction or a permanent interpretive sign with more additional information. For an online tour of Wheaton's Landmarks, see the City’s website. Also, see all of the activities happening for Preservation Month.

DuPage County Historical Museum Architectural Walking Tour  

Take part in a walking tour through historic Downtown Wheaton from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, starting from the DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E Wesley Street. Hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum, the event asks, "Who were the men who shaped downtown Wheaton?" Learn about local buildings, the architects that designed them and the men who commissioned them. The tour covers 1.5 miles including Memorial Park, Adam’s Park, City Hall, Front Street, and Trinity Episcopal Church. Children’s tour includes scavenger hunt element. A fee applies. To register, call 630-510-4941 or visit http://dupagemuseum.org/calendar.

Free Parking at Cantigny May 11-19 for Preservation Month

In honor of Preservation Month, Cantigny Park is offering free parking for Wheaton residents May 11 through May 19.  Just show proof of Wheaton residency at the parking booth for admittance. Museums, gardens and other attractions inside the park are always free admission.

Part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, Cantigny Park is the 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to 30 acres of gardens, the McCormick House, the First Division Museum and a 27-hole golf course. The Robert R. McCormick Museum was listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places in 2011 by the City of Wheaton Historic Commission. For more information on Cantigny Park, please visit www.cantigny.org.

Temporary Location Change for Electronic Recycling

Due to work at the City’s Public Works Storage Yard, the monthly electronic recycling events for May, June and July are scheduled to take place at Commuter Lot 9, located near the intersection of Carlton and Liberty Drive. Please note that due to the location change, this collection will not be able to accept scrap metal or fluorescent tube bulbs.

Save the Date for Front Street Celebration

Mark your calendar for an event celebrating the rededication of Martin Memorial Plaza and the return of Vintage Rides to Front Street. The “We’re Back on Front Street” Celebration & Ribbon-Cutting will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the new Martin Memorial Plaza, located on Front Street just west of Main Street. 


Road Closures for Wiesbrook Tiger Trot This Saturday

The 2019 Wiesbrook School Tiger Trot will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. These streets will be temporarily closed during the event, but uniformed police officers will assist and direct traffic. To ensure the safety of participants, please do not move barricades.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture with Timeless Appeal: The Wheaton Designs of Edward Dart 

As part of Preservation Month, Wheaton architectural historian Bob Goldsborough will discuss the prolific work of architect Edward Dart, who dotted Wheaton's landscape with more mid-century modern homes than any other architect. This lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Wheaton Public Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at https://www.wheatonlibrary.org/events/calendar.

Police Announce Results of Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

Between April 1 and April 30, the Wheaton Police Department participated in Illinois’ Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign, bringing awareness to area and issuing 72 citations and 20 warning citations. Increased enforcement was part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read more about the enforcement campaign

Library Hosting Information Session on Solar Power

Are you thinking about going solar? DuPage County residents have an opportunity to learn about Solarize Chicagoland, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. 
During Solar Power Hour, a presentation at the Wheaton Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, you’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. This group buy program is brought to you by MREA, CUB, Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties. Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/309200049785435/

City of Wheaton Videos

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Downtown Wheaton Streetscape Update

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Upcoming Meetings

Housing Commission Special Meeting

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

Liquor Control Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

City Council Planning Session

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing and Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.*
*The meeting will immediately follow the public hearing.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

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