City Council Update

This strip mall on Ogden Avenue will soon be home to a new grocery and liquor store after moves taken at the latest City Council meeting.

Fresh Thyme, the phoenix-based farmer’s-market style grocery store applied for a liquor license last month to sell beer and wine at their new location.

But with a day care center within 100 feet, current code would prohibit the sales.

“Why would I not want liquor near a school, it seems to me certainly a day care center falls even more so into that definition,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Boyd-Obarski.

However, as the liquor is packaged, most agreed it would pose less threat than a bar.

An exemption to the distance requirement was added, allowing businesses to sell within the 100 feet, as long as liquor sale isn’t their primary business.

The store is expected to open in September.

In other news, the appointment of Mike Issac to the Financial Advisory board was also raised as a concern at the meeting.

Once word got out that the Naperville Petland Co-Owner was set to be appointed, residents who perceive him as part of a puppy mill business voiced their objections.

“I don’t understand why someone involved in that business would be considered for such a prestigious group of people for such an awesome town,” said Resident Tracey Rees.”

Mayor Chirico said his choices weren’t based on social issues, but rather another list of criteria.

“First I want the best candidate, second I want to try to have a gender balance, regional balance, ethnic balance and age if possible,” said Mayor Chirico.

Due to a procedural issue, the item was tabled to the next special meeting on August 11.

Council also voted to table a potential settlement agreement between the City of Naperville and Malia “Kim” Bendis, who was considered to receive nearly $18,000 in a smart meter lawsuit.

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