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Wheaton approves extending agreement with library's Cafe on the Park for another year

The Cafe on the Park – which opened in the Wheaton Public Library in April 2016 – will continue to serve coffee, muffins and other items as part of an agreement extension with the city. At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Wheaton City Council approved extending a service agreement with Cafe on the Park owner Pete Leonard for another year. The original agreement with the city expired July 5.
The Cafe on the Park – which opened in the Wheaton Public Library in April 2016 – will continue to serve coffee, muffins and other items as part of an agreement extension with the city. At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Wheaton City Council approved extending a service agreement with Cafe on the Park owner Pete Leonard for another year. The original agreement with the city expired July 5.

WHEATON – The Cafe on the Park – which opened in the Wheaton Public Library in April 2016 – will continue to serve coffee, muffins and other items as part of an agreement extension with the city.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Wheaton City Council approved extending a service agreement with Cafe on the Park owner Pete Leonard for another year. The original agreement with the city expired July 5.

Leonard also owns Second Chance Coffee Co., a coffee business that employs ex-prisoners. The company roasts and distributes coffee under the brand name I Have a Bean, which is sold in Cafe on the Park.

Cafe on the Park overlooks the city-owned Adams Park. As part of the new agreement, the $500 monthly concession fee the cafe pays to the city will remain the same.

At its July 30 meeting, the Wheaton Public Library Board of Trustees had voted to approve renewing the service agreement for another year at the concession rate of $500 a month. In a letter to the City Council, library Director Betsy Adamowski said Cafe on the Park "has been doing excellent service and is fulfilling the strategic goal of making the library a destination."

In the letter, Adamowski said the library board would like to renew the service agreement with Leonard for another year to allow for a review of the cafe's finances and the gathering of information on what other libraries and units of government charge for a fee for similar services.

In April 2019, the board plans to discuss with Leonard the successes, challenges and goals of the cafe moving forward and ask city Finance Director Robert Lehnhardt to look over the cafe's financial documents.

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