Christopher Zaruba Appointed to City Council
The Wheaton Mayor and City Council approved the appointment of Christopher Zaruba to fill the North District Wheaton City Council seat at the Council's July 1 meeting. Councilman Zaruba is filling the North District seat recently vacated as a result of Philip Suess, the former North District Councilman, being elected Mayor in April 2019. The 2-year appointment will expire May 2021.
No Garbage Pickup Thursday
Due to the Independence Day holiday, there will not be garbage/recycling/yard waste pickup on Thursday, July 4. Thursday and Friday routes will be delayed one day this week.
City Offices Closed Thursday
Non-emergency City of Wheaton offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. They will reopen on Friday, July 5.
More Payment Options Coming Soon for Daily Fee Commuter Parking
The City of Wheaton has contracted with Total Parking Solutions to install new digital kiosks for commuters paying daily parking fees at the College Avenue Train Station, the Downtown Wheaton Train Station and at the corner of Crescent and Chase Street.
Drivers will enter their license plate number into the kiosk and can pay with cash, a credit/debit card, online or via an app. Informational signage and flyers will be shared with commuters prior to the installation of the kiosks, which will occur later this summer.
Harrison Avenue & Blanchard-President Street Resurfacing
The Illinois Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Harrison Avenue and President/Blanchard Street this month. These projects include curb replacement, adjustment of storm & sanitary structures, sidewalk replacement at intersections for ADA compliance and resurfacing of the pavement. Both projects use partial federal funds and will be administered by IDOT. For more information, contact the City of Wheaton Engineering Department at 630-260-2067.
Adams Park Closed during Improvements
Work is underway to make Adams Park accessible to all. A master plan for Adams Park calls for updates to the park to make pathways ADA-accessible, including eliminating the raised sidewalk in the northeast corner of the park, widening the main walkways and making them ADA compliant. Paths that currently consist of brick pavers will be replaced with stamped concrete, which will eliminate tripping hazards that can arise as bricks move with weather and settling. The City anticipates it will reopen the park in late August. Thank you for your patience as crews implement these improvements. For more information and project drawings, visit www.wheaton.il.us/adamspark.
Annual Music in the Park Event is July 13
The Wheaton Fine & Cultural Arts Commission will host the 12th annual Music in the Park event in Memorial Park from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Admission is free. The rain location is Gary Wheaton Church. This event will feature: Jonas Friddle & Anna Jacobson: Old-time fiddle tunes and jug band blues on banjo and fiddle; Chris Vallillo: American roots music featuring six-string, bottleneck slide guitar and harmonica; Neptune's Car: Contemporary acoustic duo bending country and fold.
Golf Ball Works of Art on Display
The Wheaton Fine & Cultural Arts Commission encourages the community to see the golf ball creations from last year’s Summer of Golf, which will be on display July 7-28 at the Burning Bush Gallery, 216 N Main Street. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Fine & Cultural Arts Commission. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 and 28; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment at 708-705-8669. An Artists Reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 12.
Metra COPS App Allows Users to Report Concerns
Metra users have several options to report safety concerns to Metra, including a new COPS app, available for Apple and Android devices. The app allows users to report unattended bags/packages, safety concerns, suspicious activity, vandalism, and robbery/theft. You can also text a tip to 312-313-9015, or use the web form at www.MetraCOPS.com. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or Metra Police at 312-322-2800.