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Budget, booze and buildings: 6 items from the Wheaton City Council

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:54 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – The Wheaton City Council took action on several long-developing city issues during its meeting Monday.

1. 2014-15 city budget approved

The council unanimously approved the final draft of the $89.4 million budget for the next fiscal year.

The budget was about $600,000 higher than some of the projections used in the public hearing process, but remained in the black by more than $17,000. Though residents may end up paying more property taxes overall due to fee increases, the city avoided hiking its tax levy for the fourth straight year.

2. Dry City Brew Works gets liquor license

Wheaton's upcoming brewery, Dry City Brew Works, was officially granted its liquor license, and plans to open later this year.

Under its Class M license, the brewery will be able to serve up to three drinks to patrons, as well as sell growlers and bombers of its specialty beers, according to brewery representatives. Tasting DeVine is the only other business with the license, city documents said.

In the same motion, the council unanimously amended the Class O License classification as a supplemental license to 120B N. Main St., officially allowing the manufacturing of beer for retail.

For previous coverage of the brewery, visit www.shawurl.com/ztx.

3. DuPage Pantry Plus has liquor license, too

The convenience store at 238 N. Gables Blvd. also got a new liquor license Monday, taking advantage of an amendment the council passed in early March allowing businesses of its kind to sell alcohol.

The ordinance, originally requested by 7-Eleven and Bucky's Express, prohibits alcohol consumption on-premises and requires businesses devote two percent or less of square footage to alcohol sales. Beer may not be sold in packages of less than four cans or bottles and wine and spirits cannot be sold in containers less than 750 milliliters. Liquor sales must take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

4. 4 days of alcohol at the Taste of Wheaton

For its final alcohol-related act of the night, the council amended its liquor code to grant a fourth day of sales for outdoor liquor license-holders.

The change came at the request of the Taste of Wheaton festival, which then promptly obtained a new liquor license reflecting the amendment for this year's event.

5. Farnham Manor formally denied

The council voted 6-1 to deny a request for the subdivision of three properties in the 100 block of East Farnham Lane.

Developer Cesario Builders previously petitioned to turn 102, 106 an 108 E. Farnham Lane into seven single-family lots, destroying two houses and building five new homes. Residents and council members alike expressed concern about zoning problems and lack of uniformity with the rest of the block.

Council member Todd Scalzo was the lone dissenting vote at Monday's meeting. Scalzo previously said many of the technical problems with the development would likely become the norm in the coming years.

Previous coverage of the issue can be found at shawurl.com/14gd.

6. New building codes approved

Finally, the council approved a series of updates to the city's building codes to align with the 2013 guidelines set forth by the International Code Council, a nonprofit organization that provides suggested standards for new construction to municipalities and states.

Currently, the city observes the 2003 codes.

Updates include provisions for gray-water recycling systems, denying HVAC systems service of both a dwelling unit and a garage and special provisions for roof gardens and landscaped roofs. The council did make two major adjustments, rejecting a requirement that new residential homes include a fire sprinkler system and mandating heat detectors in garages.

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