Pulse: Another remap anyone?
November 3, 2013 9:30PM
Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas (center) prepares on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, to defend his 2014 proposed budget against cuts during a Will County Board finance committee meeting. | Cindy Cain~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:15AM
The Joliet City Council is expected to vote on a new map for council districts this week. The map, based on the 2010 Census, is designed to make the five council districts relatively equal in population.
But if anyone really wants the map drawn differently, they do not have to wait for the 2020 Census. Several people have raised questions about the map, although no alternatives were drawn.
City Manager Thomas Thanas said another remap could be proposed before 2020 if it meets the population requirements.
“We need a plan”
Neighborhood groups are trying to convince the Joliet City Council to vote against a special use permit that would allow a TitleMax on Jefferson Street. The council meets Monday and Tuesday.
In the past, neighborhood groups successfully opposed Jefferson Street plans for a pawn shop and used car lot specializing in high-interest loans for customers with bad credit.
“We don’t want these up and down Jefferson,” said Carol Ann Heinemann, president of the St. Pat’s Neighborhood Association. “We need a plan to develop Jefferson Street.”
Kaupas wary of budget cuts
Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas packed the house at least week’s county board finance committee meeting. He had all of his top brass on hand to fend off a possible 2014 budget cut for his department, a department Kaupas says isn’t adequately funded to begin with.
It turns out that the committee backed off more cuts. But committee members did ask Kaupas if he would be willing to consider consolidating vehicle and building maintenance with other departments. Kaupas said he would consider it. But Pulse could tell he was still leery of possible budget cuts when he said, “You can take the responsibility away, but the money I never got for it, don’t take that away.”
Friefield reappointed to Governors State board
Bruce Friefeld, the Will County Board’s chief of staff, must be one of the busiest guys in the county. Not only is he working with the board on regional transportation projects, a possible looming strike by the county’s union workers and the 2014 budget, Friefeld was just reappointed as a Governors State University trustee.
Friefeld, who lives in Mokena, has served as an unpaid trustee on the GSU board since 1996 and he was chairman of the board from 2000 to 2007.
He has a vision
Joliet Catholic Academy Principal and CEO Jeff Budz thinks the Heritage Quad featuring a recreation of the old Victory Light tower will be a popular place for more than just students.
“I can see alumni coming back,” Budz said. “I can see wedding parties.”
Herald-News reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.