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Wheeling, Illinois – December 24, 2014 – The Village of Wheeling is deeply saddened to announce that Trustee Robert Heer died on Wednesday, December 24, after a sudden illness.
Trustee Heer was transported to Northwest Community Hospital late
Monday night, and transferred to Northwestern Memorial in Chicago on
Tuesday. Additional detail regarding the circumstances of his passing is
not available at this time.
Wheeling, Illinois - November 14, 2014 - In order to increase its
options for communicating with its residents, the Village of Wheeling
has established new social media accounts for broadcasting information.
“An important aspect of our overall goal of providing quality service
to our residents is effective communication,” Village Manager Jon
Sfondilis said. “Many of our residents prefer to get their information
online, and increasingly they turn to social media to accomplish this.
While the Village will maintain its more traditional platforms,
including our printed newsletter, our cable
While the social media accounts will be used to inform the public about topics of interest, they won’t be used as a discussion forum. “If residents have questions or concerns, the best way to get them addressed is the old-fashioned way,” said Village President Dean Argiris. “Give us a call. That will help our staff get the details they need to assist with your specific issue.”
In order to receive Wheeling updates through social media, users of these platforms can “like” the Village on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, and subscribe to its YouTube channel. Interested individuals can also visit the Village’s website, www.wheelingil.gov, where they can sign up for email updates and public safety updates, and access a wealth of additional information.
Wheeling residents who prefer to avoid the internet can get Village updates through ComcastChannel 17 or AT&T Channel 99, as well as through the Wheeling Circular newsletter.
Wheeling, Illinois – On Friday, October 11, the Village of Wheeling will dedicate a newlyconstructed path along Dundee Road between the Des Plaines River and the overpass of the Tri-State Tollway.
The path addresses a critical gap in the area’s pedestrian network: a three-quarter-mile section of Dundee Road that pedestrians could only traverse along a well-worn six-inch-wide dirt path. Cyclists passing through this stretch had to choose between riding in the mud and braving the 50- mile-per-hour traffic on the road.
The new path is being named in honor of Phyllis Harmon, a nationally-prominent bicyclist and former Wheeling resident credited with helping to renew the status of cycling as a sport, a social activity, and a practical means of transportation.
The completion of the Phyllis Harmon Path closes the only remaining gap in a 12.5-mile pedestrian thoroughfare that runs along the south side of Dundee Road from Illinois Route 53 in Arlington Heights to Green Bay Road in Glencoe. Dundee Road is now the only street south of Half Day Road that permits a direct and uninterrupted pedestrian crossing of the full Des Plaines River area, which includes Milwaukee Avenue / River Road, the river itself, adjacent Forest Preserve lands, and the tollway.
The Phyllis Harmon Path also helps realize Dundee Road’s long-recognized potential as a critical east-west corridor that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists throughout northwest Chicagoland greatly improved access to regional amenities such as the Skokie Lagoons, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Green Bay Trail.
Notably, the path also provides a connection to the 53-mile Des Plaines River Trail, which runs from North Avenue in River Grove to the Wisconsin border, and is popularly used for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and other recreational activities.
The Phyllis Harmon Path is one of the few entry points to the Des Plaines River Trail that can be accessed by bicycle, and is the southern entry point to the longest stretch of the trail with no difficult street crossings (32 miles). The path will soon connect to a new pedestrian crossing signal at Portwine Road that will extend the segment of trail without a difficult street crossing an additional four miles south to Milwaukee Avenue.
Engineering and construction costs for the path are approximately $600,000, substantially below the initial estimate of $1.26 million. Eighty percent of project expenses were federally funded through an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant awarded in October of 2010 and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The length of the path totals 1.16 miles: 4,550 feet on the south side of Dundee Road, as well as 1,550 feet on the north side, extending from the Potawatomi Woods access road to Portwine Road. Project construction began in late July of 2013, and completion is anticipated by the end of September.
“This is a terrific example of the Village using a creative approach to identify and solve a problem,” Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris said. “It’s a little stretch of pavement built at a small expense, and it’s going to make a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. Beyond the recreational benefit, this path will provide a lot of people on both sides of the river with another practical transportation option. And that benefits everybody who commutes along Dundee, whether on foot, on a bike, or in a car.”
The path will be dedicated in honor of Phyllis Harmon in observance her many distinguished contributions to the sport and pastime of cycling. Harmon has been widely credited with reestablishing the League of American Wheelmen (now the League of American Bicyclists) in the years following World War II. Through her advisory role with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now the Active Transportation Alliance) and her service on the Illinois Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, she has helped to reshape transportation policy and transform streetscapes throughout Illinois.
In recognition of her efforts Ms. Harmon has received the Paul Dudley White Award from the American Heart Association, and has been inducted into both the Chicagoland Bicycling Federation Hall of Fame and the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Although currently living in Florida, where she still bicycles regularly at the age of 96, Ms. Harmon is a native Chicagoan and a longtime resident of Northern Illinois who moved to Wheeling in 1969. In 1970 Ms. Harmon founded the Wheeling Wheelmen cycling club, which remains active as a social, recreational, and advocacy organization.
“Phyllis Harmon has spent a lifetime making connections and removing barriers to promote the health and civic engagement of people here in Wheeling and throughout the country,” Argiris said. “It’s the Village’s privilege to name this path in her honor as a fitting commemoration of her achievements.”
The Village has scheduled a dedication ceremony for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 11, to be held at the Potawatomi Woods picnic shelter just north of Dundee Road and east of Milwaukee Avenue. Ms. Harmon will be in attendance.
Contact: Andrew Jennings, Village Planner, 847-499-9061
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Wheeling Police Department Officer Shamekia Goodwin-Badger (age 33) died at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Wheeling Fire Department personnel transported Officer Badger to Lutheran General Hospital on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after she became ill while participating in a training session at the Wheeling Police Department. Even with the heroic efforts of the Wheeling Fire Department paramedics and emergency room staff Officer Badger was unable to recover.
Officer Badger began her career with the Wheeling Police Department on May 27, 2008, after serving with the Hawthorn Woods, IL Police Department for four years. In addition, Officer Badger was a decorated United States Army veteran having faithfully served her country in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq.
The loss of Officer Badger has deeply shaken all members of the Wheeling Police Department. She was an officer who could handle any situation, displaying a calm, firm demeanor, but also one that was compassionate and understanding. Officer Badger worked with the midnight shift where she utilized her skills as a youth officer and evidence technician to assist those she worked with. Officer Badger was someone very special to the members of the police department -- no matter what was happening in one’s life, you could always go to her for a word of encouragement and a guaranteed smile.
Officer Badger enjoyed serving and protecting the residents of the Village of Wheeling, but outside of work, Officer Badger was a mother who dearly loved her 13-year-old daughter. Spending time with her daughter was the most important part of her life.
Village flags will fly at half-staff in remembrance of Officer Badger and purple bunting will drape the entrances of the department.
A wake/memorial service will be held at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189 S. Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling on July 31, 2013 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been created for Officer Badger’s daughter. Donations/checks may be written to the Wheeling Police Benevolent and are being accepted at 1 Community Blvd. Wheeling, Il. 60090.
Services will be held at a later date in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Officer Badger will be laid to rest in her home state.
The 2013 Wheeling Memorial Day Parade will be at 10:00 am on Monday, May 27th, 2013.
The Parade will start at Sams Club at 1055 McHenry Road and will travel southeast bound on McHenry Road to Wheeling AMVETS Post 66 at 700 McHenry Road.
McHenry Road (Route 83) will be totally closed from Aptakisic Road to Lexington Drive from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Residents of the Cedar Run, Brookvale, Fariwayview and Pine Hill subdivisions or complexes will be unable to enter or exit during that hour.
Traffic on McHenry Road from the north will be rerouted to go either southbound on Buffalo Grove Road or eastbound on Lake Cook Road. Traffic on McHenry Road from the south will be rerouted north on Lexington Drive to Lake Cook Road.
Please contact Commander Pete Panagakis (847) 459-2615 of the Wheeling Police Department Traffic Unit with any inquiries.
WHEELING, IL – The Village of Wheeling is continuing to respond to
flood conditions caused by this week’s storm. Both the County and the
Village have declared a state ofemergency.
Wheeling Responds to Flood Conditions (Update April 19th)
WHEELING, IL – The Village of Wheeling is continuing to respond to
flood conditions caused by Tuesday and Wednesday’s storm. As of
Friday morning Milwaukee Avenue has been reopened, but Wolf Road between
Dundee and Manchester, Jackson Drive, and Wheeling Road between Dundee
and Hintz are closed.
WHEELING, IL –The Village of Wheeling has prepared for and is
responding to flood conditions caused by the ongoing rainfall and its
associated effects on the Des Plaines River and Buffalo Creek.
WHEELING, IL – The Village of Wheeling has prepared for and is
responding to flood conditions caused by the ongoing rainfall and its
associated effects on the Des Plaines River and Buffalo Creek.
Dundee Road Closed at Railroad Tracks August 3 - 10, 2012
WHEELING, IL – The Canadian National Railway has scheduled repairs of
the Dundee Road grade crossing, commencing August 3, 2012, at 8:00 a.m.,
and concluding on or before August 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.
WHEELING, IL – The Villages of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove,
Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Palatine, Vernon Hills, and Wheeling have
entered into an agreement with Integrys Energy Services, Inc. to provide
electric supply services which will save eligible customers more than
42% off their current electric supply. The price reduction refers to the
electricity supply portion of the bill only, not the cost of delivery.
Wheeling Wonderland Holiday Passport Finale Celebration Scheduled for December 17th at the Westin Hotel
WHEELING, IL - This is the final week of the Wheeling Wonderland
holiday passport program. The final celebration will take place
tomorrow, December 17th, at the Westin hotel from 11:00a – 2:00p.
WHEELING, IL – Wheeling is proud to welcome home American Idol
finalist Haley Reinhart! Haley will return to Wheeling on Saturday, May
14 for a hometown visit and celebration. The Village of Wheeling
encourages fans and residents to visit
Fans who wish to purchase admission or to reserve seats for the
afternoon’s races (which begin at 1 p.m.) will be permitted to remain in
those seats for the free performance. Tickets for the races start at $8
and can be purchased online at
www.arlingtonpark.com. Event attendees are advised to allow extra
travel time, as higher-than-normal traffic volumes are expected.
Arlington Park Racetrack is accessible by commuter rail on the Union
Pacific Northwest line (Arlington Park stop). Carpooling or the use of
public transportation is strongly encouraged for both the motorcade and
the performance. Also, fans are encouraged to bring signs to both events
showing your support for Haley. Haley Reinhart American Idol Hometown
Click on the image below for a PDF version of the flyer and press release
WHEELING, IL – Wheeling is proudly preparing for the probable
hometown visit of American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart. Viewers will
vote on Wednesday night for their favorite performers, and results will
be announced at the end of Thursday night’s program. If Haley
remains as one of the top three finalists, she will return to Wheeling
on Saturday, May 14 for a hometown visit and celebration. The Village of
Wheeling encourages fans and residents to vote for Haley, and to visit
up-to-date details on Haley’s pending visit.
WHEELING, IL – Two access ramps connecting the Edens Expressway and
Willow Road will be closed for approximately one month starting Nov. 3,
according to representatives from the Illinois Department of
WHEELING, IL – The Canadian National Railway is conducting repair
work on the atgrade rail crossing on Hintz Road in Wheeling that will
require the road to be closed.
WHEELING, IL – On September 13, 2010, The Illinois Department of
Agriculture confirmed the presence of a very small number of Emerald Ash
Borer (EAB) beetles in the Village of Wheeling. This is the first
time the invasive insect species has been detected in Wheeling.
The Wheeling Police Department will be conducting concentrated traffic enforcement over the next several weeks to coincide with the start of the school year. Patrol and Traffic Officers will be out in force around Wheeling schools issuing citations for speeding in a School Zone, Violation of Crosswalks, Talking on a Cell Phone in a School Zone, Texting While Driving, and other safety-related infractions. After three months without school, it is time to pay close attention to our driving habits. It could save a child's life!
Direct all inquires for information regarding this release to:
Sergeant Paul Hardt of the Wheeling Police Traffic Unit at 847-459-2649.
Wheeling, Illinois - December 23, 2009 - At their December 21 regular meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wheeling announced that Jon Sfondilis has officially been named Wheeling's Village Manager. Sfondilis has been serving as Acting Village Manager since September 29.
Sfondilis steps into his new position with 17 years of experience at the Village of Wheeling. He began his career as summer help, then worked as a laborer in the Building Services Division of the Department of Public Works, and was eventually promoted to the position of Assistant Public Works Director before becoming Assistant Village Manager in March of 2007. Sfondilis earned a B.F.A. and an M.B.A. while working full-time at the Village. Of Sfondilis's promotion, Village President Judy Abruscato says, "These are challenging times for Wheeling, just as they are for every municipality, and the Board of Trustees is confident that Jon's many years of service here will help him lead with decisiveness and compassion. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity." On his new position, Sfondilis, says, "I believe I bring a unique perspective to the position of Village Manager. My years as a resident of this community and my time within the organization provide me with unique and necessary insight that will benefit citizens, businesses and employees. I am honored to carry this responsibility.
U.S. Census Bureau is Looking for Census Takers
Wheeling, Illinois - January 28, 2009 - During the month of February, the Census Bureau will conducting employment testing in Wheeling for positions related to the 2010 Census. These are temporary part-time jobs with flexible schedules. Many people in the area are needed, as a thorough and accurate census is important for everyone in the local community. Hiring will begin during the first quarter of 2009. Pay in this area will be between $13 and $17 per hour. Census employees receive paid training and mileage reimbursement. Experience is not necessary, but applicants must pass a qualifying employment test.
Testing in Wheeling will be conducted on the following dates.
2/5/2009 Village of Wheeling Council Chambers 255 W. Dundee Road 9:30 AM 2/12/2009 Village of Wheeling Council Chambers 255 W. Dundee Road 9:30 AM 2/19/2009 Village of Wheeling Council Chambers 255 W. Dundee Road 9:30 AM 2/26/2009 Village of Wheeling Council Chambers 255 W. Dundee Road 9:30 AM
Interested applicants must bring identification to the test session. If a US passport is presented that is the only document needed. Alternatively, a driver's license/state-issued ID may be presented along with a Social Security card or birth certificate. The test and application process takes approximately 1½ hours to complete.
For more information visit www.2010censusjobs.gov
HERE TO TAKE OUR BUSINESS SURVEY
This survey process is conducted every several years to gather thoughts and observations from local business owners and is designed to develop an understanding of the future plans of local businesses. This insight will be critical in the village's evaluation of new programs and procedures in the coming year that will support continued growth in the business community.
An online form has been structured that can be completed simply by logging onto the Village website: www.wheelingil.gov
Local businesses can simply log on and follow the link to the online survey.
Responses will be compiled with all survey respondents, and will be reported in general terms that will not include company's specific responses or contact information. Contact information is requested only in the event that follow up for clarification is needed or to further discuss any particular comment that is provided. The only individuals who will review the completed surveys will be:
Peter Vadopalas, Director of Economic Development, Village of Wheeling Office: (847) 229-4718
Cathy Powers, Executive Director, Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce Office: (847) 541-0170
HERE TO TAKE THE BUSINESS SURVEY
Wheeling, Illinois - October 23, 2008 - the Village of Wheeling and the Wheeling Board of Health will be hosting a blood drive from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Fire Station on Dundee Road adjacent to the Village Hall.
Blood donors of all types are needed every day…for critically ill patients, accident victims, people needing surgery and those patients suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer and leukemia. If all eligible people would donate, there would never be a blood shortage.
Appointments are greatly appreciated for our blood drive. To schedule an appointment, please call Beverly Slaby at 847-229-4768 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Wheeling, Illinois - September 23, 2008 - The world-famous dancing hot dogs that have served as the official ambassadors of Superdawg for 60-plus years have been featured in every publication from USA Today to TIME……and now they are officially bringing their blinking eyes to Wheeling.
Last August Village Officials first unveiled plans to bring just the second free-standing Superdawg to Milwaukee Ave. The original founders of Superdawg, Maurie and Flaurie Berman and son Scott Berman have been working on development plans and are now ready to turn the dirt and start construction.
The Village Board will be the first to stick shovels in the ground at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony to take place at the new location, 335 S. Milwaukee Avenue, on Friday, September 26th at 4pm.
The new 'American Graffiti'-esque restaurant will be built immediately to the north of another iconic name in the restaurant business, Bob Chinn's Crabhouse. The site will have 46 indoor seats, a landscaped picnic area and 71 drive in spaces with outdoor menus.
While the new Superdawg is slated to have a modern, almost futuristic look, architectural staples like the blue control tower, the blue and white diamond pattern and of course, the dancing hot dogs will be prominent features in the new design.
"Since we made the announcement last year the phones haven't stopped ringing asking when Superdawg is coming," says Peter Vadopalas, Director of Economic Development for the Village of Wheeling. "People are excited to eat the first superdawgs served up in Wheeling and we are excited to add Superdawg to Restaurant Row."
Wheeling, Illinois - September 19, 2008 - The Village of Wheeling has suffered from a flooding that occurred on Saturday, September 13, 2008 and Sunday, September 14, 2008 causing severe damage to public and private property, disruption of utility services, and endangerment of the health and safety of the citizens of the Village of Wheeling within the disaster area.
Therefore, Acting Village President Dean S. Argiris has declared a state of emergency authorized under local ordinance and Illinois State Statute on behalf of the Village of Wheeling and will execute for and on behalf of the Village of Wheeling, to coordinate the necessary response and recovery activities necessary to bring said disaster to a rapid conclusion for the best interest of the residents of Wheeling pursuant to the Cook County Emergency Management Agency Ordinance as amended, and the Illinois Emergency Management Act (20ILCS3305) as amended.
A proclamation will be filed with the Village of Wheeling Clerk's Office and shall expire after seven (7) days, unless terminated by Dean S. Argiris as principle executive officer of the Village of Wheeling, or unless extended as required by local ordinance.
If your home received flood damage, please call the Village of Wheeling at (847) 459-2633. This is an automated answering system and messages will be retrieved several times a day. When calling this number, please leave the following information:
The Village of Wheeling has adopted a floodplain ordinance that requires that permits be obtained for any repair or reconstruction of flood damaged structures. Special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings. A building is considered substantially damaged when the cost of repairs are 50% or more of the structure's pre-flood market value. If the building is found to be substantially damaged, the structure should not be repaired until compliance with the floodplain ordinance is demonstrated. In some cases, this may involve either elevating or flood proofing the structure so the potential for future flood damages are reduced.
All electrical and plumbing repairs may only be made by a licensed, professional electrician or plumber. A building permit is required for all demolition, remodeling, reconstruction, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, and/or replacement of heating/air conditioning systems. A building permit must be obtained to ensure that all repairs are done properly and safely. Please contact the Community Development Department at 847-459-2620 with permit questions and requirements.
Wheeling, Illinois - August 8, 2007 The Market Square Restaurant will be hosting the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's 3rd Annual Pig Roast to benefit 'Camp I Am Me' for young burn survivors on September 8, 2007. 'Camp I Am Me' is a benefit sponsored by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance which provides a setting for young burn survivors to share their common experiences and play while not feeling self-conscious about their scars. It costs approximately $1,800 to send a child to 'Camp I Am Me' but the families never incur a fee as all costs are paid through fundraisers.
The pig roast on September 8, 2007 will take place from 11am - 5pm in the Market Square parking lot at 600 W. Dundee Road. There will be food, drinks, kid's games, entertainment and hourly raffles. The cost for food and one drink is $10. Kids under 12 eat for free. All proceeds will go toward the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's 'Camp I Am Me'. The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is a non-profit organization.
Wheeling, Illinois - April 17, 2007 - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is hosting three Open Houses on behalf of FEMA to present newly produced digital flood rate maps (FIRMs), for Cook County, Illinois. The revised maps are effective April 16, 2007.
Each Open House will include a 15-20 minute presentation followed by free time to review materials and ask questions. All Cook County residents are invited and encouraged to attend. This will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and learn about the National Flood Insurance Program. Cook County has been charged with digitizing and updating the FIRM maps for the entire county. Village of Wheeling staff is currently reviewing the revised maps, but there is no indication of any changes being necessary.
The General Public Sessions are being held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The dates, times and locations are listed below. The closest session for Wheeling residents is on Wednesday May 9, 2007, at the Mount Prospect Public Library, in Meeting Room A.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 South Holland Community Center 501 E. 170th Street South Holland, Illinois - Free parking available on site
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Mount Prospect Public Library, Meeting Room A 10 South Emerson Street Mount Prospect, Illinois - Free parking available in adjacent structure and on the street
Thursday, May 10, 2007 University of Illinois Chicago Student Center East - Room 302 750 South Halsted Chicago, Illinois - Paid parking available across the street. Metered street parking also available
Questions regarding the Open House Meetings should be directed to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
Shelly Fuller John Bishop 847-608-3100, ext. 2018 217-782-4435 firstname.lastname@example.org John.Bishop@illinois.gov
More information about the Flood Map Modernization Program is available on the web at http://dnr.state.il.us/Flood/ .
Wheeling, Illinois - October 9, 2006 - Village Manager F. Wallace Douthwaite announced that Deputy Chief John Stone has been named Police Chief effective October 6, 2006. Stone had been acting Police Chief since John Popadowski's retirement August 18.
"John has shown quickly that he has the leadership abilities and traits I like in a police chief," Douthwaite said. "Additionally, he has been with the department for a number of years in a variety of roles and has a good understanding of the department's mission and goals."
Stone began his law enforcement career 29 years ago in Wheeling and has never worked for another department. The United States Marine Corps Veteran looks forward to the new challenge, but readily admits that the mission of the department remains the same, serve the people of Wheeling.
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity and appreciate the confidence the manager and Board of Trustees has in me to lead this department," Stone said. "While my duties and responsibilities will change a bit, I'm still working side-by-side many talented, professional and dedicated men and women which obviously makes it much easier to succeed."
Wheeling, Illinois - October 3, 2006 - According to Village of Wheeling Public Works officials, 95 percent of all Village streets are open following last night's torrential downpour. Public Works crews were recalled at approximately 7:30 p.m. October 2 and worked through the night to clear catch basins that had become clogged with debris and leaves.
"There was very little damage caused by the wind, but tons of leaves and debris blocked grates and catch basins around town which led to flooding in some areas," said Chuck Spratt, Public Works Director. "Our guys' biggest challenge was keeping the drains clear so the water could recede."
Officials did say that the Will Rogers Memorial Diversion Channel worked as designed to filter excess water into the Des Plaines River. As of Tuesday morning, the river was flowing and not exceeding bank levels.
"Besides the extreme rate of downpour, we also had to deal with power outages which obviously caused sump pumps to quit working that led to some basement flooding," said Steve Morris, Public Works Utility Superintendent.
The west portion of Wheeling was hit the hardest and Public Works crews are working diligently to drain the retention pond by Lakeside Villas to both aid in an efficient recovery time and prepare for forecasted rain this evening. Updated information will become available on the Village of Wheeling website, Channel 17 and local media outlets.
"We are aware that potentially heavy rains are forecasted for this evening and ask the community to help us by clearing the grates and drains on their streets so water can recede as quickly as possible if flooding occurs again," said Keith MacIssac, Fire Chief.
Wheeling, Illinois - September 25, 2006 - Village Manager F. Wallace Douthwaite announced that James Lang has been named to the position of Director of Economic Development, effective October 1. Lang has been the Public Relations Director for the Village since 2003. "Since January of this year, James has been an important part of our economic development team," Douthwaite said. "Over the last few months, he has been doing the lion's share of our economic development efforts and has performed admirably. As it looks like Ken Bonder will be retiring towards the end of the year I thought it best to promote James and make him the full-time economic development point person."
Wheeling, -April 17, 2006 -Building code is the job of professionals who work in the Community Development Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau. During the week of May 7-13, your local building department will be a part of the worldwide celebration of Building Safety Week. Building Safety Week raises public awareness of building safety to promote the use, enforcement and understanding of building safety and fire prevention codes to protect lives and property. "Building a Safer World Together" is the theme of Building Safety Week 2006.
Building code regulations in the Village of Wheeling help to ensure that homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings are as safe as possible. Codes address all aspects of construction including structural integrity, electrical, mechanical, plumbing systems and property maintenance. "Building and code officials are here to help the public understand building safety issues," said Jim Kelly, Building Director. "In this age of do-it-yourselfers it becomes extremely important for homeowners to work with the Village of Wheeling to make sure their residence fully complies with building safety codes."
The importance of regulating and enforcing building codes is, unfortunately, often overlooked until a catastrophic tragedy occurs. The inspection of buildings during and after construction by inspectors from the Community Development Department and Fire Department helps to ensure that buildings in the community are safe places to live, work, play and learn. The Community Development Department also enforces property maintenance regulations, reviews plans and issues building permits. Building Safety Week, first observed in 1980, is sponsored by the International Code Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies worldwide by promoting ideas, methods and technologies that encourage the construction of durable, buildings and homes.
The Village of Wheeling is an active member of the Code Council, a membership organization dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. The International Code Council develops codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.
Wheeling, -April 5, 2006 -The Illinois Department of Natural Resources in with the National Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Village of Wheeling its 16th consecutive 'Tree City USA' distinction and fourth consecutive 'Growth Award' for its efforts in promoting a viable tree program.
"We take a lot of pride in and enhancing the aesthetics and environmental health of our Village and it is nice to be recognized," said Edwards, Village Forester.
A community must meet certain criteria to become a 'Tree City' including having a tree board forester, implement enforce a tree care ordinance and follow a Community Forestry annual budget of at least $2 per capita. In addition, an Arbor Day Proclamation and celebration must be observed. According to Edwards, this year's Arbor Day celebration is scheduled for 10am April 28 at Walt School and will the Pavilion Senior Center choir as well as the planting of a tree.
The 'Growth Award' was established by the National Arbor Day Foundation lo recognize environmental improvement encourage higher levels of care throughout America.
"Each year the Village tries to come up with new ideas
and to enhance our efforts and year we teamed up the Park
District to supply our wood chips use at their parks,"
Edwards said. He added that he already anticipates receiving a
'Growth Award' next year for recent revisions the Village
recently adopted regarding its tree The changes in the ordinance
efforts, tree replacement and general
aesthetic enhancements are as various developments come
Wheeling, Illinois -March 8,2006 - 5810 = $580,000. Winning lotto Not exactly, unless you are the Village of Wheeling. Village officials special census conducted in December resulted in 5,8 10 additional this year, officially bringing Wheeling's population to 40,306.
"Our next regularly scheduled census was scheduled to take place in 2010," said Ken Bonder, Assistant Village Manager. "Due to the of residential development that has occurred the last couple of years we thought it prudent to request the special census as it would result in additional revenue sharing from the state. That being said, we were pleasantly surprised with the total."
The 5,800 individuals will result in approximately $580,000 to the Village over the next five years leading up to the regular census in 2010. "The Village Board realized that a special census would allow us to tap another revenue source without using property tax," Bonder said. "The results will bring the Village almost $2 million dollars we would have overlooked. "The additional funds will go into the Motor Fuel Tax Fund and General Fund.
"This was a pretty drastic increase in population and it directly the efforts of the Village to enhance and improve Wheeling," said Lang, Public Relations Director. "Future development and redevelopment projects will undoubtedly keep our population rising as more and more people are making Wheeling their 'Community of Choice.'
Wheeling, Illinois -January 4, 2006 -The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently awarded the Village of Wheeling with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Village of Wheeling's Finance Department for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The of Achievement of the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
"This recognition is really validation for the work the entire department does in maintaining a solid financial structure that allows the Village to run smoothly," said Michael Mondschain, Director of Finance.
The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of full disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.