No Warranty For Pets:
Naperville will not be requiring a four-year warranty on dogs purchased in pet stores, but the debate over selling commercially bred animals at those stores may still not be over. Council voted against the warranty after hearing from speakers on both sides of the issue, with a majority of the council members deciding the warranty provision would not do enough to prevent any pet stores from using inhumane breeders as a source for their animals. They did however agree to pass a new animal control ordinance that would require the microchipping of shelter animals, set tighter regulations for incessant barking and keeping animals out of extreme hot or cold weather conditions, and increase fines for those in violation.
5th Avenue Nears Design Phase:
Also in discussion at the meeting was the 5th Avenue project. Council unanimously voted for Ryan Companies to continue taking the lead on the redevelopment discussions of that district for another two months. Ryan Companies presented the results of their surveys, which included residents’ preferences on what should go in the space as well as building height. Additional parking and green spaces were the most popular options while 71% of residents felt new buildings should be capped at four floors. At the end of council’s deliberations, Ryan Companies said they would have a difficult time fitting everything the public has requested into those parameters. The company also indicated they are prepared to start drawing up designs for the property – they’d need the go ahead from council to do so, which they plan to ask for at a July 9 workshop.
Officials and first responders from Aurora and Naperville have gathered for a joint counterterrorism awareness workshop. The National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI are sponsoring the 2-day workshop, which began yesterday. The focus will be on enhancing response scenarios to a complex terrorist attack, and shoring up safety plans for big events that take place here in town. Eight to ten weeks after the workshop, Aurora and Naperville will receive a report that identifies safety gaps that could be better filled.
Props for Water Polo:
It was another great year for local girls water polo and several athletes were recently honored as all-state team members in the year end banquet. Naperville North finished third place as a team, the best ever finish for the Huskies. Senior Alli Horn earned a spot on the third team all-state team, junior Taylor Wessel was named to the 2nd team and leading scorer Isabelle Rocco was a first team all-state pick. Naperville Central fell to North in the sectional championship, but still had a great season thanks to third team all state pick, Charlotte Albright and first team all-state member Rylee Brower. Metea Valley finished another strong season, making the sectional semi finals behind the efforts of senior Anna Scovill, who was named to the all-state third team.
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