July Council Update

City council members recently took to the dais for their July meeting. Topics of discussion ranged from puppy mills to a billboard lease.

Nursing Home Approved

A new nursing home facility called HarborChase will be coming to Naperville after getting the green light from the council.

The new convalescent center to be built near Nike Park will have enough space for 96 units across 5.8 acres. The council voted unanimously to approve the development.

Two residents voiced concerns, including Fran Bixler, who felt the construction traffic could be dangerous.

Bixler asked, “if a permanent access road cannot be constructed can we ask that a temporary road be constructed to help eliminate the construction traffic to make Commons and West safer to navigate during construction?”

The city is currently conducting a traffic study on that area.

Billboards Can Stay

Two Ogden Avenue billboards won’t be moving anytime soon.

Back in 1994, Dolly Long, owner of Simply Hair Salon And Renewal Spa at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Rickert Drive, annexed her property into the city, allowing them to use a portion of it to build a road.

In return, the city agreed to allow her to keep the billboards on her property for 20 years – a contract that was up last month.

She petitioned the city to extend the life of that agreement for seven years.

“Since we didn’t give you a year’s notice I think we should give you at least another year,” said Councilman Doug Krause. “I’d be willing to do two in a half because we are in the middle of a year. But to give you thirty days notice to take down that sign, I’m sorry things don’t work that way.”

The council voted to extend the agreement until the end of 2015.

Pet store owners and animal rights activists addressed the council about the sale of puppy mill puppies in Naperville businesses.

Owners of both Happiness is Pets and Petland said their customers are satisfied with the health and wellbeing of puppies purchased from their stores.

Activists continued to push for a city-wide ordinance banning the sale of puppy-mill puppies.

The council said they will continue to gather information on the topic.

The group also voted to increase the cap of late night liquor licenses outside of downtown by one, to accommodate Chi City Sports Tap & Grill off North Aurora Avenue in a former Blockbuster store.

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