At the Monday, June 18, 2018 City Council meeting, there was a special recognition for Sophia Miller, age 11, and Maggie Pilon, age 12. Both of these young women are students at Leman Middle School. Riding their bicycles around the neighborhood Tuesday, June 5, 2018, they noticed flames on the siding of a home on Hathaway Avenue. Per the information of the email of Jen Miller, Sophia’s mother, “According to the girls they did not see anyone outside the home that would be aware of what was going on but noticed several cars in the driveway.” Assuming the family was inside, they went to the door and rang the doorbell, which was answered by a small child of approximately five or six, and the father right behind him. “Sophia told the man ‘I think your house is on fire,’ as her friend Maggie pointed to the flames. When the man went outside and saw the flames, he called to his wife to get out and grabbed a hose in an attempt to put out the flames.”
He thanked the girls. They rode their bikes home, “shared what happened and asked if they could have ice cream for being helpful.” On their way to get the much deserved ice cream, the mother and girls drove by the home, where there now were two fire trucks and several police cars. The mother, father, the three children and the rest of the family were outside. When the fireman asked why they didn’t call the fire department, “Sophie responded, ‘I did not know the number to the fire department and figured we should tell the people to get out of the house.’ If no one was home, they were going to call the fire department.”
Mayor Ruben Pineda thanked each of the girls for their actions and quick thinking. “You should be extra proud of yourselves.” West Chicago Fire Protection District Fire Chief Pat Tanner also thanked them, but praised them for not using their telephones. “I commend you for not using your telephones. Today many take pictures or video the happenings, but do nothing to help. Your actions helped.” (As a side note, the two girls dressed up for this occasion. One could see they knew this was an important event. They could not stay for the rest of the meeting as they had ice hockey practice.)
AROUND AND ABOUT
West Chicago resident, Kathy Steere, is a participant in the Nature Artists Guild exhibition now through Friday, July 13, 2018, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street in Oakbrook. The artists’s reception is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.
In the Kids Lunchtime Entertainment series at The Shell, Miss Jamie is the performance at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018. She and her puppets share values from life down on the farm through songs both new and familiar. Persons bring their own lunch.
West Chicago Park District hosts the J. P. Sports “Chicagoland Summer Slugfest” baseball and softball tournament Friday through Sunday, June 29 to July 1, 2018, at Reed-Keppler and Pioneer Parks.
With the resignation of Susan Gillespie, there is a vacancy on the Community High School District 94 Board of Education. Persons interested in serving on the board can submit applications to the attention of the Board President, Community High School District 94, 157 W. Washington Street, West Chicago, IL 60185, or hand-delivered to the District Office, during business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline is Friday, June 29, 2018.
Persons applying must be at least 18 years of age on the day of appointment, be a resident of Illinois and District 94 for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment, be a registered voter, not be a child sex offender, not hold another incompatible public office, not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District and not be a school trustee.
Applications should include a resume outlining professional, educational, and personal qualifications and a list of three personal and/or professional references, with contact information including home address, telephone number, and email address. Applications are subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The successful applicant must file a Statement of Economic Interests with the DuPage County Clerk following his/her appointment.
Coffee with the Mayor is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
West Chicago Public Library District and West Chicago City Museum host an Ice Cream Social at noon, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in the main program room. 118 West Washington Street. The activities of the family event include learning to make ice cream, crafts, a tour of the circa 1860s Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot at 134 Turner Court and making an ice cream sundae.
To celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary at its current location, the West Chicago Public Library District holds a Library Card Design Contest from Monday, July 2 through Monday, August 13, 2018. The artwork can be submitted for Youth, Teen and Adult categories, with prizes awarded to winners in each group. Contest guidelines are available July 2, 2018.
Winfield Farmers Market, organized by the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, is from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays on the Southwest corner of Geneva and County Farm Roads. However, for the Fourth of July, the market is open Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
In honor of Independence Day, it is Military Appreciation Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Turtle Splash Water Park. Military personnel receive free admission with a military ID card.
The artwork of the two First Star Art artists, jammer and jrr, is on exhibit during the month of July at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. The artists’ reception is from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018. The Blue Ridge Strangers provide the musical entertainment, plus there are refreshments and door prizes. First Starr artist jammer is the drummer in the band.
Their artwork is simultaneously dramatic and whimsical, dark and intensely colored, in several mediums: acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, chalk, ink, photography, and digital paint. They hold multiple awards for their work, including West Chicago’s People’s Choice 2014, Art for All Annual Juried Exhibit 2015 & 2017. Their works are in private collections internationally, have been featured in magazines, on events posters, used for community events and statewide conferences, and are studied in educational programs nationwide, as well as used as children’s book illustrations. (www.merleburl.com)
The monthly West Chicago Park District social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the ARC in Reed-Keppler Park, 201 West National Street. To celebrate National Park & Recreation Month, the occasion is a hamburger cook-out. Guests bring a dish to share and a complete place setting. Although there is no charge, reservations are required and may be made in person at the ARC or online at we-goparks.org. Reservations are due Friday, July 6, 2018.
At its 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship services during the summer, Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, presents the Nehemiah series.
Gallery Theater Studio needs volunteers. There are many different ways to help. These include box office, publicity, set building, stage manager props, costumes, lights, sound, website, and refreshments. The next season begins with the production of “Southern Fried Funeral” in August. For more information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Leland F. Stahelin, who at the age of 92 passed way Friday, June 22, 2018.
The paper-shredding event, hosted by the West Chicago Environmental Commission Saturday, June 2, 2018, was quite successful. Assistant Director of Public Works Tim Wilcox said, “We had 198 participants, second highest since we’ve been keeping track.” Accurate Document Destruction, Inc. certified that 13,960 pounds of paper or 6.98 tons of paper were shredded. Although there were 245 participants in 2016, more paper was shredded this year. The total in 2016 was 13,660 pounds or 6.83 tons of paper.
Matt Lafond, Executive Director of Cantigny Park, was inducted into the West Chicago Rotary Club Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (www.merleburl.com)
Beginning in July 2018, Leman Middle School has two deans, Antonio Diaz and David Serpas. Kevin Bulava was hired as an assistant principal at LMS, joining Amie Correa and Maggie Lay. (www.merleburl.com)
The “DuPage Herald Business Ledger” recently honored the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. For the fourth year in a row, Synergy Builders, 850 Meadowview Crossing, Unit 13, in West Chicago, placed in the Small Businesses category, 15 to 99 employees. This year it ranked three. In 2017, it was six, in 2016, it was 10 and in 2015, it was 11. Other categories were medium and large companies. Synergy Builders is a design-build home remodeling team servicing the Chicagoland area for more than 15 years. The CEO is John Habaermeier. There are 24 employees. Some of the reasons for Synergy being a great place to work include clear expectations, understanding visions, plenty of room for growth, fun social activities and a professional, but relaxed atmosphere. The process for selecting the companies involves an evaluation of the company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics, plus an employee survey.
West Chicago Police Officer Derek Mielke graduated from the Chicago Police Department Basic Training Academy for Metropolitan Police Officers Friday, May 25, 2018. He also received the Class Physical Fitness Award.
Siemens Industry, Inc., recently closed its West Chicago facility at 1500 Harvester Road. This involved 200 workers.
Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously contribute through monetary and in-kind donations to clubs, churches, organizations and schools. Contributing to offset the cost of the big tent used by the West Chicago Garden Club at Blooming Fest 2018 were Ball Horticulture, Jel-Sert, Republic Bank, NorthStar Credit Union, Bond-Dickson, and The UPS Store.
The UPS Store, 1879 North Neltnor Boulevard, now offers paper shredding services. One is on site shredding, which is good for small amounts of papers. The cost is 69 cents a pound. The other is a giant securely locked bin where the paper is dropped and the paper shredding company picks up about every two weeks and shreds at their location. This is good for large amounts of paper to be shredded and the cost is 89 cents a pound.
At the meeting Monday, June 18, 2018, City Council approved a contract for the Sherman Street Area Resurfacing Project in the amount of $234,866.44 to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. of Schaumburg. The project consists of approximately 0.39 miles of roadway resurfacing on Sherman Street between Stimmel and Ann Streets, and on Stimmel and Blair Streets between the Pearl Street right-of-way extended and the CN railroad tracks. The work generally consists of pavement milling, hot-mix asphalt resurfacing, full-depth HMA pavement patching, intermittent concrete sidewalk, curb ramps and combination concrete curb and gutter removal and replacement, utility structure adjustment, installation of area reflective and strip reflective crack control and parkway restoration.
Also approved was a contract for the 2018 Contractual Street Striping Program in the amount of $40,000 to Superior Road Striping, Inc. of Melrose Park. The project consists of pavement marking removal and installation of thermoplastic pavement markings on Atlantic Drive between the UP Railroad and North Avenue, at the Wilson and Joliet Street intersection and at the Hawthorne Lane and Prince Crossing Road.
Two contracts were awarded for work at the 200 Main Street building. One was for the Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint project in the amount of $88,000 to Husar Abatement, Ltd. of Franklin Park. The second one was a contract for Project Management and Air Quality Testing services related to the aforementioned contract and program in the amount of $23,355 to Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. of Yorkville. According to the time summary, “One of the first steps to the rehabilitation of 200 Main Street is to abate and/or encapsulate asbestos containing materials and lead-based paint from each of the four floors of the building. Once completed, structural deficiencies will then be addresses, followed by exterior masonry repairs and roof replacement project.”
Two ordinances were passed and were “the third in a series of municipal adjustments as a direct result of the State’s mismanagement and its subsequent siphoning of another $350,000 in income and personal property replacement taxes (total of over $500.000 over the last several years) using a very large budget gap for West Chicago and communities throughout the State,” according to the item summary. One ordinance imposes a $0.03 per gallon tax on motor fuel. The second imposes a 3.0 percent tax on package liquor sold at retail. Both ordinances become effective September 1, 2018.
Council approved a Downtown Facade Grant Program Agreement in the amount of $6,000 for replacement of the roof at 113 Main Street to Marziani Enterprises.
Also there was an ordinance and resolution approved regarding bank-owned and abandoned properties. The item summary stated, “One of the most challenging aspects of achieving code compliance comes when dealing with bank-owned and abandoned properties. Grass and weed problems are all too common with these properties, but break-ins and broken windows also occur frequently. Researching and identifying the specific ownership and responsible contact for each property is time consuming and often takes a back seat to day-to-day code enforcement activities.” The ordinance is entitled “Registration of Defaulted Mortgage and Vacant Property.” The resolution approves the contract with Pro Champs Inc. granting the right to implement the provisions in the aforesaid ordinance or a fee paid to the City. “With the proposed changes to Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code and an implementation contract with Pro Champs, Inc., proactive property registration is coupled with an enforcement mechanism that not only promises hands-on enforcement, but also generates modest revenue for the City.”
WICS News Channel 20 in Springfield-Decatur-Champaign recognized Lamar Moore, a 2010 graduate of West Chicago Community High School, as a local police officer who goes above and beyond the line of duty. He goes to different neighborhoods playing basketball and interacting with the youths. Moore said he does this to show the community a different type of police presence, showing that cops are here to serve and protect them
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