Council Update 09-23-16

Just roughly one week after Safety Town was notified that their building was in the running to become the new home for DuPage County traffic court, the deal was tossed after DuPage County officials decided it wasn’t a viable location.

At the latest city council meeting, Mayor Steve Chirico notified the council that DuPage County officials have rejected housing traffic court at the building because it doesn’t fit the size and security requirements for court, but Safety Town is still being considered for other uses.

“This particular item I think we still have issues with, it is an underutilized building, and we have a lease that’s expired and we have a lot of expenses that we’re facing, new parking lot, new roof, and the list goes on and they’ll be big numbers,” said Mayor Steve Chirico.

Changes are also ahead for the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon.

Race representatives spoke at the meeting, requesting a change in the race route after complaints were made from nearby churches.

“By 10:30 in the morning, traffic can get into downtown from the north on Washington St., from the east on Chicago Ave., from the west on Jefferson Ave., or Aurora Ave, with a slight detour across the Eagle Street bridge to Jefferson Ave., to get in and from the south on Washington Street,” said Craig Bixler, Race Director for the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon.

The change will also help clear up congestion in Downtown Naperville.

The city says they will send out traffic control plans to churches and others affected to let them know the best way to proceed to their location.

And another Naperville church is expanding. Truth Lutheran Church, located on Washington Street in Downtown Naperville, got approval from council to build a new church at the northwest corner of Mill Street and Bauer Road.

The only changes to the plans came about after neighbors and the petitioner asked for the removal of a portion of land that would allow a pass through lane for vehicles not attending the church.

“The church entry-way here is immediately across the street from the entry-way to Cress Creek town-homes, so that’s going to create more traffic there and we’re not in favor of that,” said one neighbor.

Construction on the 15,000 square foot building could begin in the spring.

At the next city council meeting, council is expected to vote on whether or not to allow alcohol sales at the downtown Walgreens.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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