Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Adams Park Improvements Begin Soon

To make Adams Park accessible for all users, work on the park's pathways and more will begin soon. Once complete, residents will see wider paths that are ADA-accessible, a ramp up to the fountain and more. See this video about the project and what you can expect this summer.

Bike Racks

More Bike Racks Available for Summer

The City has added more bike racks to accommodate all the summer riders this season. The additional racks can be found on Front Street near Kimmer's Ice Cream.

Water Main Work at President & Willow Tomorrow

Crews will be completing water main work at the intersection of President & Willow tomorrow. Due to the nature of this work, a flagger will be directing traffic. While through traffic will be allowed, drivers should expect delays during work, which is expected to begin mid-morning and continue through late afternoon. Drivers may want to use an alternate route. 

Wheaton Library Among Top 20 in State for Attendance

A report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized the Wheaton Public Library on its list for highest attendance in the state of Illinois. The recently released Public Libraries Survey report provides an annual snapshot of public library use, financial health, staffing and resources. It showed that the Wheaton Public Library had 513,098 visitors for Fiscal Year 2016, a major achievement for a library in a community of this size.

Wheaton Fire Department Rating Could Provide Lower Insurance Rates

The Wheaton Fire Department recently learned that the Insurance Services Office raised its grading level for the City of Wheaton’s fire protection capabilities, rating Wheaton among the top 3% of fire departments across the nation.
The ISO’s Public Protection Classification involves a grading process every four years to establish personal and commercial property insurance rates. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the best possible score for a community’s fire department, water system and 9-1-1 dispatch center, Wheaton moved from a grading of 3 to a rating of 2. The improved score will result in cost savings for applicable Wheaton property owners for their property insurance.

Get Ready to Take Part in “Make Music Wheaton”

Get ready for a new event in downtown Wheaton making its debut on Friday, June 21. Make Music Wheaton is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. Wheaton is one of only two Illinois cities that will host thousands of Make Music performances as part of the world’s largest annual music event.

Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, jazz to rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, parks, stores and other public spaces on the longest day of the year. Have musical talent you want to share? All genres and methods of making music are welcome. Register to participate today at www.makemusicday.org/wheaton.

Stay Safe this Summer; Keep ATV's & Mini-Bikes Off Public Streets

The Wheaton Police Department would like to remind residents that riding ATV's and mini-bikes on City streets and in Wheaton parks is illegal and can be dangerous. These vehicles are not street legal and police will ticket riders who drive on public roadways, sidewalks, and parks. These vehicles may only be driven on private property. The Wheaton Police Department thanks you for your help in keeping our neighborhoods and parks safe for everyone.

Karlskoga group

Wheaton welcomes the Karlskoga BATS from our sister city in Karlskoga, Sweden! A group of more than 70 baseball players is visiting for a tournament in the area. The City of Wheaton enjoyed meeting this group and welcoming them to our city. 

Low Salt Award

Wheaton Receives 2019 Low Salt Community Award

The Conservation Foundation selected the City of Wheaton for the winner of the 2019 Low Salt Community Award. This award is given to communities and organizations who make significant strides in reducing their road salt usage while keeping our roads safe.
While the use of road salt is part of the City's strategy for keeping roads safe for drivers in winter weather, excessive use of salt can have negative consequences on the environment in higher concentrations. High levels of chloride can negatively affect aquatic wildlife, which can in turn affect water quality. The City of Wheaton works to keep streets clear through plowing and using a biologically safe beet juice-based anti-icing solution that increases the salt's effectiveness, allowing staff to use less salt overall. Public Works crews follow a policy that establishes salt use limits for each route and identifies the materials and application rates to be used. Operations include pre-treating salt and de-icing streets before storm event, which aids in the reduction of salt needed.

Meet Young Adult Author Joelle Charbonneau

Spend the afternoon with Joelle Charbonneau, the NY Times Best Selling author of the Testing Trilogy. This event will take plac3e at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Find more information at https://wheatonlibrary.org/content/meet-author.

Mark Your Calendar for Health Fair & Recycling Event

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, NAMI DuPage will host a Mind Your Health Fair at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. Included in this event is an opportunity to recycle books, records and more with SCARCE; paint (for a fee); and a syringe collection in partnership with the DuPage County Sheriff’s office. This event will also offer a wide range of services, demonstrations, pet adoptions, and much more. This is a free event.

City of Wheaton Videos

June 17 City Council Meeting         

City Scene: Adams Park
Martin Memorial Plaza Rededication

Upcoming Meetings

Bicycle Advisory Commission Meeting

Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

City Council Planning Session

Monday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street
Council Chambers

Fine & Cultural Arts Commission Meeting

Tuesday, June 25, 6 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

Environmental Improvement Commission Meeting

Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Wheaton City Hall
303 W Wesley Street

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