City Budget Meeting
Naperville City Council met with staff last night for the first of three scheduled budget discussions. A large part of the meeting was spent talking about the city service levels it provides its residents, including public safety. Staff recommended creating a new police department position called the Deputy Director who would work to implement new policies and manage technological operations for $147,000 a year. They also recommended spending $1.3 million to replace one of the fire department’s ladder trucks, which they said is costing the city $50,000 in repairs each year. Some members of council questioned whether these expenses were necessary during a tight budget year. Staff will reevaluate and report again at the next budget meeting on November 13.
Naperville students are thinking of the “next big thing” on the moon. Last night, eight groups from district 203 and 204 were selected to present their proposals in the “Shark Tank”-style competition in partnership with TedxNaperville and Nokia. Their ideas were presented to judges who are leaders in business, science, engineering, and corporations. The ideas ranged from building an underground moon base to creating a space suit for astronauts that reflects particles. The first place winner was Team Space Bricks from Neuqua Valley, who will get to go to TedxNaperville and will present their idea at the Nokia table at the event to hundreds of people attending on November 10.
Scarecrows at Fall Festival
Today and tomorrow are your last chances to check out some straw-filled fellas at the Morton Arboretum. The annual Fall Festival and Scarecrow Trail features creations made by local Boy Scout troops set up around Meadow Lake at the arboretum. The display is open to view from 7 a.m. to sunset and is included with arboretum admission.
Volleyball Sectional Semis
Plainfield North hosted the girl’s volleyball sectional semi finals last night. In the first game, Waubonsie Valley and Benet Academy needed three sets to decide a winner. The fifth seeded Warriors surprised the top seeded Redwings by taking the opening set 25-22. Benet battled back to win the second set 25-13. The third set was back and forth, but the Redwings were able to come out on top and advance to the sectional finals for the second straight year.
In the second game, Naperville North did not mess around as the second seeded Huskies made quick work of Lockport, winning in straight sets 25-10, 25-17. Benet and Naperville North will play for the sectional championship tomorrow night at 6 p.m.
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