City to Issue Precautionary Boil Orders:
Due to stricter procedural regulations from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in regards to water main break response and testing, Naperville’s Water Utility will begin issuing precautionary boil orders to customers when circumstances warrant. These boil orders will inform customers if there has been a situation which caused the water system to become more susceptible to outside contaminants. Those in impacted areas will be asked to take precautions, stopping the use of tap water for activities like brushing teeth, washing produce, cooking, or drinking. Bottled water or tap water boiled for five minutes should be used instead. The City will notify those impacted through an orange envelope at their front door containing all the pertinent information, as well as at a secondary prominent location on the home. It is important to note that precautionary boil orders do not mean water has tested positive for contamination: it means further testing of the water will take place. Green door tags will be issued once the water is deemed safe from contaminants. More information is available on the City of Naperville website.
Little Friends Rezoning Decision Delayed:
At the request of North Central College and Little Friends, Naperville City Council tabled a decision on whether to rezone property currently owned by Little Friends. NCC President Troy Hammond said the college wants to buy the property, which sits in Naperville’s historic district at 140 N. Wright Street, and build a facility for graduate health sciences. That would require the rezoning of the land to a College/University district, which needs council approval. It would also require the demolition of the current structures on the land, including a house built by Peter Kroehler in 1909. The sale of the land would allow Little Friends, a nonprofit serving people with autism and other developmental disabilities, to move to a larger facility in Warrenville. Several public speakers at the meeting felt the college has been a good neighbor and rezoning the land would allow Little Friends to grow in its mission. Others spoke against the rezoning, saying the Kroehler building is too historically important to demolish. Other concerns were that loose restrictions on College/University zoning could allow the college to do whatever they want with the property, potentially disrupting the neighborhood. The item will return to council on July 16, allowing NCC to develop more specific plans for the site.
Census Workers Sought:
The U.S. Census Bureau partnered with DuPage County to host the first Complete Count Committee meeting at the JTK Administration Building in Wheaton. The Census Bureau offered up advice to the committee and will train them to optimize community outreach efforts when conducting the 2020 Census. They also gave community members a chance to apply for temporary jobs to help out with the census. You can visit the 2020 Census website to see what jobs are available.