Naperville City Council Update 09-09-16

Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville City Council recognized Olympic Gold Medalist and Neuqua grad Kevin Cordes with a statue at their latest meeting.

Cordes just returned home from from Rio, where he took 4th place in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, 8th in the 200-meter breaststroke, and swam in the preliminary heat for the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay- ultimately winning gold in the finals.

“Getting an award in the city I grew up like that, is, I don’t even know, a lot of emotions going through my head, because going through elementary school, middle school, high school, I spent a lot of time here,” said Kevin Cordes.

Also discussed at the meeting was the Water Street District’s new parking garage.

Council voted to prohibit valet services from using the 521-space Water Street deck to park cars, agreeing with staff that they should instead be sent to the municipal deck for storage.

“I think keeping the valet vehicles stored here, and keeping more spaces open for people who are parking themselves at the Water Street deck, is going to provide better customer service,” said Jennifer Louden, Transportation Team Leader with the City of Naperville.

The ordinance will be reviewed one year after the deck is open in mid-October.

And finally, council continued discussion on changing the hours that professional residential lawn mowing companies can operate on the weekends.

While the council agreed hours should be cut back, Mayor Chirico wanted a more restrictive limit.

“I think 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday allows for those situations when there’s weather that’s throwing businesses off, that gives them enough time for a catch up day, without disrupting neighborhoods,” added Chirico.

Despite his plea, council voted 6-3 to change operating hours from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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