Thursday, August 11, 2011
Meanwhile, Supervisor Todd Morse said he has asked for an opinion on the legality of the meeting at which residents voted to take no action on obtaining new township office space.
The Wheatland Township highway commissioner said Wednesday the township board is welcome to use his building for meetings, but there's not enough space for the supervisor and assessor offices. The idea of relocating those offices to the highway department's three-year-old, $3 million building on 103rd Street was broached Tuesday night as residents debated the merits of different solutions for the township's space problems. Ultimately, the resounding vote was to take no action at the special meeting attended by nearly 200 township residents. Meanwhile, Supervisor Todd Morse said he questioned the legality of the Tuesday meeting and said he has asked the township's law firm, Ancel Glink, to provide him with an opinion. In rejecting the other…
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The decision came after questions were raised about why the township could not use the newly built highway commissioner's building instead of finding new space.
Wheatland Township residents soundly rejected all plans to build or lease space for a new Wheatland Township Administration Center Tuesday night, voting instead for “Option F: Do Nothing.” It was a question that came up near the end of the meeting -- Why can't the township supervisor and assessor use space in the $3 million highway commissioner's building? -- that prompted the group of nearly 200 to vote to take no action by a landslide. "It couldn't have turned out better," said Mike Crockett, who was one of group of residents who spearheaded an effort to pull the plug on the township board's plans to build a new $1.5 million town hall. Options A through E allowed those in attendance at the special meeting, held at Plainfield East High …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The space needs committee will make its recommendation and the township board will present its case for a new building before residents vote.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wheatland Township residents exercising rarely used laws to wrest decision-making power from elected officials -- which could culminate in a vote on a new town hall Tuesday -- is getting to be big news. Township space study committee member Deb Holscher said she's been told the Wall Street Journal may send its Chicago bureau reporter to Plainfield East High School to cover the 7 p.m. meeting. The meeting's also getting big play on the Illinois Republican News Watch Web site, which has posted the article, “A must-attend meeting for Wheatland Township taxpayers.” It describes the gathering as “a historic opportunity to have (taxpayers') voices heard.” Officials are expecting a big crowd, which is why the meeting's being held at the high …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The space study committee has already decided that only 3,800 square feet will be needed, but is collecting more info on building options and groups that might use the building.
Wheatland Township residents will vote next month whether they want to buy, rent or build a new town hall or remodel the existing building. Tuesday night, the space study committee charged with evaluating the options proposed that the new township headquarters be about half the size of the building the township board had planned to build. They continue, however, to look at area buildings that are for sale or lease, explore the costs of upgrading the current building at 31W236 91st St. in Naperville and consider the pros and con of building on a site the township owns at 4232 Tower Court in Naperville. At a special town meeting on Aug. 9, the committee will present its final conclusions and the decision will go to the voters who attend. “…
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Questions arise over bills from the township's legal firm, with some trustees suggesting new lawyers be retained.
It took only two minutes for Wheatland Township Supervisor Todd Morse to make a motion to withdraw the special meeting agenda the township board and its attorney had drawn up and for the board to unanimously approve it. Instead, the agenda drafted by an attorney for a residents group demanding more details about the proposed township building prevailed and will be the basis for discussion and voting in a special town meeting set for 7 p.m. May 23. “They got an agenda in, and we withdraw our agenda,” Morse said. For the last month, the two sides had been bickering over language for the meeting agenda, finally putting forward two separate documents for meetings slated for the same time and place. The township board had approved its own …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Move would give the township board time to sorts out its options on finding a permanent solution, one citizen leader says.
Wheatland Township citizens opposed to construction of a new town hall are eying office space in the Republic Bank building at Route 59 and 111th Street as a possible stop-gap measure. “It looks like a good option,” said Mike Crockett, one of two leaders of a faction of Wheatland residents who last month petitioned for a special meeting on the issue. At it, they asked that all details of the proposed $1.5 million town hall and other options be put on the table. One of those details is a survey of existing properties the township might buy or lease. Trustee Joe Hudetz, the Naperville developer behind the English Rows Towne Center, suggested the Republican Bank option, Crockett said. The office suite is ready to move into and has plenty of …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Record crowds turned out for Tuesday's annual town meeting, voting another special meeting to re-visit town hall options.
More than 130 people attended the Wheatland Township annual town meeting Tuesday, where a vote was made to stop all action on a proposed $1.5 million town hall until township officials can provide more details. The issue will be discussed again at a special, as-yet-unscheduled town meeting. Because electors voted to hold that meeting, they will have the authority to action on the issue. Opposition to the new building, proposed for a site at 4232 Tower Court in Naperville, has been building in recent weeks. But the issue is not a new one -- it's been the topic of several town meetings since 2004. Some residents of the township, which encompasses parts of the village of Plainfield and the city of Naperville, believe it would be less …