The Joliet City Council
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The race to pick up open seats on the Joliet City Council has started as the April 2 election season gets underway. About a dozen candidates filed their petitions at city hall ahead of Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. City Clerk Christa Desiderio said the city gave residents the option to take out petitions through her office. Those interested in running for local offices were able to take out petitions as early as Sept. 18. Desiderio noted that not everyone that took out petitions through her office filed to run in the election ahead of the deadline.
The CEO of Cullinan Properties lauded its plans for Rock Run Crossings Monday at a meeting of the Joliet City Council, calling it a game-changer not only for the city of Joliet but also the region. “We view this as a game-changing project for the region, not just [for] that site but just overall,” said Chris West, CEO for Cullinan Properties. He said people should note all the benefits the development has as far as sales tax, employment, and amenities for the community. At 265 acres, this mixed-use development Rock Run Crossings in Joliet has proposed to include residential, office, retail, restaurant and entertainment use in the northeast corner of Interstates 55 and 80.
The Joliet City Council took action this week to postpone a vote on awarding a professional services agreement for phase one of an alternative water source study. Officials had raised concern over the idea of awarding a contract at their June 18 pre-council meeting. Joliet currently uses an acquifer to operate its water system, which is comprised of 21 deep groundwater wells, 5 shallow groundwater wells, 11 wastewater treatment plants and 612 miles of water main. Like many communities in the northern Illinois region, Joliet needs to decide what action to take in the event that its water supply runs dry. The water levels in the acquifer are expected to de-saturate within the next 15-30 years, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
The City of Joliet may be looking to reevaluate its commitment to Innovation Pavilion and its plans to operate a high-tech business incubator in downtown. At the recent Joliet City Council meeting, officials were briefed on the controversy surrounding Innovation Pavilion CEO Vic Ahmed. He stepped down from his post recently and is facing accusations for sexually harassing or assaulting at least three ex-coworkers. In addition, a former employee filed a lawsuit against Ahmed, accusing him of sexual assault.
During his years of working in city government, Joliet City Manager David Hales said that he’s found that the best way for pedestrians to get around is on a sidewalk.
News briefs from the City of Joliet this week.
The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved an annexation agreement and rezoned just over 138 acres near the corner of Breen Road and Route 53 that will pave the way for industrial development in a rural stretch south of town.
Parents looking to rent a bounce house for their kids’ birthday party will have a 2-day time limit if they place it in their front or side yard in Joliet.
The City of Joliet is set to vote this week on a change in rules regarding the hiring and appointing of relatives by current elected officials and employees.
The City of Joliet plans to finalize a development deal that will bring 35 new apartments and new retail space to its downtown in the next 2 years.
The City of Joliet will begin the process of finding a replacement for its city manager during a special council meeting on April 12 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Joliet City Council members who habitually miss the city’s twice-monthly public meetings will no longer continue to be paid after notching 5 absences. The city council voted last week to approve the amendment that will stop pay for council members who continue to miss meetings. Under the new rules, a council member who misses 5 meetings within a 52-week, rolling calendar, won’t be paid for their next missed meeting. Council member Jan Quillman said that she asked for the city’s staff to look in to making the change after seeing chronic absenteeism on previous incarnations of the city council.
Joliet's mayor and city council will meet with the public on Feb. 15 to address questions regarding immigration and other concerns regarding recent executive orders from the President.
Voters will have an abundance of choices on April 4 as 15 candidates run for 3 open seats on the Joliet City Council.
Due to the overwhelming response to fill the vacant positions on the Rialto Square Board, Mayor O'Dekirk has announced the formation of a citizen volunteer steering committee.