Wheaton mayor gears up for annual state of the city address
Jan 09, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Michael Gresk is expected to address the state of the city at two public events next week.
Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk is expected to address the state of the city at two public events next week.
Gresk, whose second term as mayor expires in 2015, is scheduled to address Wheaton's chamber of commerce at a luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 and at a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at Wheaton at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.
Gresk, a banker by trade, said he expects to review the progress the city has made in the past year, including gaining a AAA bond rating from Moody's Investors Service, the highest rating possible from the group.
"That's significant in telling us we are a financially stable community ... in a time when there are not a lot of AAA bond ratings out there," Gresk said.
Gresk said the city did "tough stuff" in 2008 and 2009, including budget and staff cuts, to maintain its financial stability.
He said he also plans to mention some of the new development expected to come to fruition in 2013 in the city, like the Mariano's Fresh Market, which is expected to open in October at the corner of Naperville and Roosevelt roads.
Gresk said he does not expect to make any significant announcements at the forums.
"Don't expect any shockers," he said.
Those interested in attending the chamber of commerce luncheon will have to pay $35 for admission if they are not a chamber member. Chamber members will pay $25 for the event at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road.
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton event is free for the public at the Wheaton Park District Community Center. Gresk will be just one of the speakers at this "State of the Community" event, which is also expected to include speakers from the Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 board and the Wheaton Park District, according to a news release. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and speakers will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Gresk said he will also be giving a preview of his address to the Wheaton Rotary Club at its monthly meeting scheduled for noon Jan. 16 at Arrowhead Golf Club.
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