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5 things to know: Elmhurst City Council

ELMHURST – In addition to voting in favor of a policy that requires new single family homes to provide on-site storm water storage, here’s a list of five items that came up at Monday’s meeting.

1. Medical Marijuana

The Elmhurst City Council sent a referral from Third Ward Alderman Michael Bram to the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee to review where medical marijuana dispensary may be allowed in town.

2. Pilot recycling program

The council also approved a report from the Public Works and Buildings Committee for a pilot recycling program in the Central Business District. The program would place six recycling containers designed to aesthetically match existing trash receptacles with smaller openings and clearly marked recycling signs in the downtown. The program is to be reviewed in the fall.

3. Water service charges

The council approved an ordinance increasing water and sewer charges as outlined in a Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee report. The average Elmhurst resident’s estimated monthly utility bill for water and sewer charges will increase $9.88 a month. Low-users may see a higher increase in their bill as the city implements a capital investment recovery charge that will help cover infrastructure improvement costs. Water rate increases by the DuPage Water Commission are expected to have increased by 85 percent from 2011 to January 2015.

4. Road Construction

City Manager Jim Grabowski reminded residents that while the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to open an additional lane of traffic this week on Route 83 while workers continue to patch the bridge over Salt Creek, once that project is complete, IDOT will replace the North Avenue bridge over the creek.

5. Backyard Chickens

After a resident requested an update during public comment, Public Affairs and Safety Committee Chairman and Seventh Ward Alderman Patrick Wagner said the committee plans to review allowing chickens to be kept on residential property. Wagner said the committee was waiting for more information from city staff.

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