Naperville Now 08-29-17

5th Avenue Development

The Naperville City Council held a public meeting last night to discuss approving Ryan Companies to work on the 5th Avenue Development project. Several council members and some residents expressed a concern about a lack of transparency in the decision process. But Mayor Steve Chirico said there is no downside to moving forward with Ryan Companies as the city is not committed to the plan and will not be paying the company to come up with a concept. The council will vote on whether to approve Ryan Companies at their September 5 regularly scheduled meeting.

 Home Rule Sales Tax

Council also began discussing the budget process, including raising Naperville’s home rule sales tax. The tax was implemented in 2015 but included a sunset clause to revisit the tax in 2017. Council will consider keeping the tax at .5 percent or raising it as high as 1 percent. Several council members said they prefer to raise money through the sales tax because it also comes from visitors through purchases made in town. The conversation will continue at several workshops in the coming months.

K-9 Disc Championships

Naperville is going to the dogs this weekend! On Saturday at 9:30 a.m. there’s the Ashley Whippet Last Chance Qualifier and then on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. will be the Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships. Spectators are invited out for both events, which take place at Nike Park located on Diehl Road and Mill Street.

Metea Boys Soccer

After a two hour weather delay, Metea Valley boys soccer was finally able to play its first home game of the year against Prosser last night. The Mustangs showed no signs of rust from the rain, jumping out to a 3 to 1 halftime lead. The offense continued to roll in the 2nd half, as Metea added five more goals for the 8-2 win. Two goals apiece from Jaylen Brooks and Shareef Amor powered the Mustangs.

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